Jana + Bailey | Pawley's Island, SC destination wedding

Venue:  Litchfield Plantation, Pawley's Island, SC
Coordinator:  Gigi Noelle Events
Florist:  Blossoms Events
DJ:  Paul Matthews Entertainment
Caterer: Purple Onion Cafe & ART Catering
Videographer:  Lowcountry Wedding Films
Rentals:  Simply Shells Rentals, EventWorks, Hotz Rentals 
Hair:  Emette Tedder
Makeup:  Tiffany Long
Stationery:  Palmetto Pearl
Bridal Boutique:  Coastal Knot Bridal Boutique

When Jana contacted us about photographing her wedding, we were beyond excited.  Jana is not only a fellow photographer with Magnolia Photography, but also a friend.  We knew she and Bailey would plan a gorgeous wedding, and that they most certainly did.  Jana & Bailey, thank you for being such beauties on the "other side" of the camera!  Enjoy a glimpse at their beautiful day...

From the bride, Jana...

If you could pick one moment that stands out to you as the best on your wedding day, what would it be? A few moments stand out to us on our wedding day! I'm not sure that we can honestly pick just one! However, one of our favorites as a couple would have to be when we were announced into our reception for the first time as husband and wife! It all felt so real for the first time. For me, it was the time before the wedding I got to spend with my grandmother.

During your wedding planning, what was your vision for your wedding day? Style wise - southern, low country, with a traditional flair with LOTS of details! It was very important for me to create a timeless, traditional feel for our wedding (although we didn't follow all the traditions), one that would not go out of style next year. We used neutrals with a few pops of color to compliment the spring time. As for the atmosphere, we wanted our guest to have a relaxing and enjoyable experience. We constantly kept in mind that this would probably be the last time all of our family and friends would be in one place so we wanted it to be memorable!

Describe any special traditions, personal mementos, or helpful friends/family members who played a sentimental role in your wedding planning or wedding day. Oh lord there was SO much of this. 

Special traditions:
We buried the bourbon, which you are supposed to do a month before the wedding but we did it the night before.

My something blue was my necklace which was a blue opal that my grandfather gave my grandmother on one of their first dates.

Our wedding "cake/cakes" were made by my aunt Gina. Her chocolate pound cake has always been my favorite.

In honor of Bailey's grandfather I had a handkerchief made from his shirt to give to Bailey at the wedding embroidered with his initials and our wedding date.

We also used silver pieces from Bailey's great grandmother Charlotte for our communion during our ceremony.

Friends and family played a huge role in our wedding! Although we had vendors for just about everything, there was just so many little things that they helped pull together. The week of the wedding was like being in college again. Our house was always full of people in and out helping with everything from painting parking signs to ironing tablecloths. It was a mad house, but so so much fun!

A few of my favorite memories from planning for our wedding would be the help we received from our grandparents over the two years. My grandfather helped sand and brand all of our oyster knife favors and my grandmother helped put together and stamp each of our wedding invites. The time spent with them during these wedding projects are something I will cherish forever.

I'm sure there are more but these are all I can think of!

What made you choose your venue(s) for your wedding day? The trees and the southern charm! Choosing the right venue is the foundation of the entire wedding, and knowing that we knew Litchfield was everything we had ever envisioned for our day. I also liked that we had the house the entire weekend. There was no way we were going to be able to enjoy our wedding having to come in and out within one day!

What was your First Dance song? Is there a special story behind it? "Way You Look Tonight" -Frank SinatraThere was no sentimental meaning behind this for us however it is a classic and we knew we wanted something like that! :)

What was one wedding planning decision that proved invaluable? Documentation of our wedding day. This hands down was our priory from the beginning. Our wedding day was such a whirlwind and while we remember bits and pieces of it, just seeing our pictures made us realize we didn't really remember as much as we thought. Bailey did not see the importance of having a videographer (as most people do not), but the second we walked away from our ceremony his exact words were "I am so glad you made us get the video because I don't remember anything I just said." Therefore, I'd say having documentation of our ceremony is pretty invaluable! Having amazing people to work with and document our day was just icing on the cake! Secondly, our florist who helped tie my vision together completely. They were never afraid to tell me if something was not going to look right or give their thoughts. Flowers were also a important detail to me (weird, I know) but they really help pull together a wedding. Plus, they provided the perfect sideboard and cross for our ceremony!