The Bride: Kim, 29, Online Advertising
The Groom: JD, 32, Marketing
The Location: Lowndes Grove Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina
Wedding Colors: Summer Pastels – pale blue, muted pink, white and gray
What made this wedding modern: JD and Lisa come from two very different backgrounds, so they created their own modern style by “marrying” their two cultures – Korean & southern. Lisa and JD incorporated traditional hand-made fans from South Korea as favors, which were perfect for the southern heat; served southern style and Korean style barbecue during the reception; and had a traditional Korean bowing ceremony during their welcome/rehearsal dinner.
Kim and JD during the Korean bowing ceremony
As Lisa puts it, “JD is a southern boy from Charlotte, NC who grew up with an American childhood and I am a Korean-American gal who was born and raised in NY, but with a traditional Korean upbringing raised by parents who came to the states in search of the American dream! So we were glad to share elements of our roots with our guests on our day.”
Where they splurged: Lisa and JD’s big splurge was the venue. “It was beyond our budget even with the reduced costs that came with our off-season wedding date and smaller guest count, but I loved how the plantation evoked that old-school charm and grandeur of what the south had been. It was very “Gone With the Wind,” and every time we saw it I had the movie’s song singing in my head!”
The Lowndes Plantation.. I'm with Lisa, I can hear the Gone With the Wind theme song loud and clear!
Where they saved: The photography (believe it or not)! “I searched Craigslist.com to find photographers – and found an amazing one in Joelle Maki, who offered a very low-cost “a la carte” option where we were able to select certain items versus a bigger package that included things I didn’t find necessary. Our videography was done by a friend, who is a documentary film maker, and he captured our day in that very cool cinematic fashion! “
Favorite Part of the Wedding: “My favorite part was the venue! I really, really, really loved being inside the plantation – a house, really – there were so many beautiful rooms and each had a different theme and color palette, with very traditional details from the crown moldings to the regal, sweeping drapes that you don’t really see in homes today. I couldn’t get enough of it! We spent our wedding night inside the plantation, too – which functions as an inn, as well.”
Looking back, what you would change:
“I tried saving on everything – including very very small things such as sparklers for our getaway. Well, I didn’t know how much of a difference the size of the sparklers would
make so I ended up buying 100 of the small, 7” kind (thinking I was scoring a deal) – which burned out in 10 seconds! So I would probably spring for the longer ones 🙂 “
Despite any regret on the sparklers, this bride and groom getaway still sparkled! I also *love* the dress change!
“Everyone will have an opinion, go with your gut and at the end of the day remember that no matter what happens, no matter what does or doesn’t happen right, nothing will ever replace the feeling you will have on that day and you will never forget it!”
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