The wedding of Foster and Chontelle was inspired by the bride’s love for New Orleans – the music, the food, and of course, the culture.  The original plan was to have a destination wedding but once the couple toured the historic South Carolina Lace House at the Governor’s mansion, a destination wedding was a thought of the past.   The venue looks like a house straight from the French Quarter right in the heart of downtown Columbia, SC. Josh and Amanda had an eclectic styled wedding coordinated with rustic & vintage/antique elements and a color scheme of neutral and gold tones.

From The Coordinated Bride, Chontelle

My husband is a Deejay  and on-air radio personality, DJ Frosty, and we met at a club he was deejaying at back in 2007. We dated on and off for many years before deciding it was time to settle down. Last summer while at Disney World with my entire family and our children he surprised me with such a magical proposal. We were meeting Mickey and Minnie Mouse for the first time little did I know he had them in on the surprise. Minnie was motioning to me where my ring was, and like always I started to give my now husband a hard time. Jokingly telling her “I know right?! Tell him to get on it” I then looked at him and said, “she’s asking where’s the ri-” and before I could finish saying RING, he was down on one knee with the most beautiful ring, and the rest is history!

For my bridal bouquet, I made a beautiful antique looking brooch bouquet and tied in some burlap pieces to coordinate with the bridesmaids’ bouquets. I used different brooches to incorporate the “something old, something new, something borrowed something blue” tradition by collecting pins from family members.

I wanted to stick to the vintage vibe for my wedding dress, so I knew it had to have lace. I also didn’t want it to look too old fashioned, so I was looking for a modern type of lace (dress) with some bling, it had to be sexy but classy. I was nervous about if I was going to find something to fit the New Orleans vibe I was going for, but I had great help from the professionals. I found my dress in Atlanta at Bridals by Lori, while filming for the hit TLC show, Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta. It was the first dress I tried on and I knew it was the one. Although I tried on a few more dresses, I came back to the first one and that was that!

As far as my bridesmaids, mix-matched dresses are very trendy right now and I loved the idea of my girls picking a dress (within the look and light gold color I was going for) that would be true to their own style and flatter them best for their different body types, which coordinated so perfectly.

For the guys, we knew we wanted a more casual look, so we chose to have the guys in suits. I always loved the vibrant blue suit with caramel brown shoes and belts. My husband’s suit was custom made by Woodbury Collections, and the guys were to match. It was such a nice hue of blue and the guys looked amazing.

Our wedding just gave me tons of ideas of what I could make, which ended up being almost everything. Doing so is what revealed my hidden talent and passion for event & floral design to what has now jumpstarted my business, B. Rose Event & Floral Design.  I really have a love for vintage and old, rustic things so I was going to find a romantic and elegant way to mix the two styles and it turned out beautifully. I like unique pieces, so I didn’t want the typical floral arrangement centerpieces I usually see. I had been collecting wine bottles for a while and knew I was going to recycle them somehow for my centerpieces.  So I spray painted them different colors of golds like matte gold, rose gold, copper, etc. I then distressed the bottles and decorated them using different style ribbon, like burlap, lace, pearls, old wooden buttons, things like that to adorn them with. There were three to a table with the center bottle holding a rustic type of plant and were placed on top of a round wood slice and accented with candlelight. Alternating tables had stacks of vintage hardcover leather library books I shopped around for that were draped with string pearls and accented with candles. Our linens were alternating satin and lace with gorgeous antique plates accented with gold chargers and gold utensils.  It really played well with the historic charm of our venue.

When it came to flowers I wasn’t really for the typical roses and hydrangeas centerpieces. I really wasn’t even sure I wanted many flowers at all. I ended up using synthetic rustic plant-like stems for my bottle centerpieces, burlap floral pieces to make my bridesmaids bouquets and boutonnieres, and fresh flowers for the large beautiful arrangement for the arbor at the altar.

Advice for future Coordinated Brides – Try your best to not let this process stress you, take each milestone of planning one step at a time. At times it will get overwhelming, or stressful but don’t lose sight of what really matters- your union with your life partner. Just focus on the love you two share, and sharing those moments with the ones you love and care for and if mishaps happen… It’s OKAY. As perfect as we want our wedding day to be, things do come up, my veil fell off TWICE walking down the aisle and it was still the most beautiful walk because at the end of that aisle was the person I love most waiting for me and that’s all that mattered. So just take a deep breath and enjoy this journey into marriage always keeping your eye on the prize- the person you love.

Vendor Collaboration

DJ DJ T Mobile // Band :Party Bonehamm and Friends // Veils and headpieces: Bridal by Lori // Musicians: Jon Rooks Music // Hair Stylist: JCPenney Salon @ Vlg of Sandhill // DJ: Shejay // Makeup Artist: Shades of Kim Beauty LLC // Transportation: Camden Carriage // Other: Ed’s Bartending // Cake Designer: Bonnie Brunt Cakes // Event Designer: B. Rose Event and Floral Design // Caterer: Southern Way Catering // Reception Venue: The Lace House and Governors Mansion // Event Planner: The Diva Wedding Planner // Photographer: Carlton Adam’s Photography // Submitted via Two Bright Lights