Locally Sourced Charleston Wedding

burlap bunting

Sourcing your wedding locally has many advantages, and one of the biggest is supporting your local economy. This was very important to our next couple, from their flowers to serving a local beer, Adrienne and David tried to source as local as possible to keep their wedding a hometown affair. Read on to see how they did this, plus read their full budget breakdown which is always great to see.

They started things off right by hiring Blue Planet Green Events who believes that elegance, sophistication, and style need not be compromised to be eco-conscious. We love that … don’t you? Scroll on to see the rest of this locally sourced Charleston wedding, and as always check out the entire gallery all captured by Charleston wedding photographers Amelia + Dan.

modern designed wedding invites

Jenny Packham Dress

sheer backed wedding dress

locally sourced wedding bouquet from Blue Planet Green Events

champagne colored bridesmaid dresses

wedding first look

blue suit groommen look

words from the vendors

From Blue Planet Green Events:
Adrienne and David have a deep love for the outdoors and they wanted to make sure that their wedding reflected their values. Everything from the Coastal Crust beer truck serving up handcrafted, local brews to the flowers designed by Blue Planet Green Events (BPGE) and sourced from local farms; everything that could be local was.

The ceremony design featured BPGE’s hand-made wooden chuppah with local greenery and flowers. Atop the chuppah laid a prayer shawl that has been in the bride’s family for generations. Along the aisle hung mercury glass jars overflowing with local blooms

romantic outdoor wedding venue

unplugged wedding sign and memorial sign

hanging mercury glass aisle decor

simple and elegant wedding decor

tying the knot

Adrienne and David wanted a simple, elegant, and fun environment for their guests. The antique beer truck showcased by beautiful café lighting and farm-style pub tables certainly set the stage and the band Two 3 Ways kept people on the dance floor all night.

Mosaic Catering offered a Lowcountry-style menu with their famous mac and cheese bar, slider station, and coastal station.

pretty and simple table decor

cocktail hour hors d\'oeuvres

vintage beer truck for Coastal Crust

The reception design incorporated succulents, local, in-season flowers, mercury glass, and romantic lighting such as candlelight and chandeliers. In keeping with the couple’s eco-friendly ideals, all food and flowers were composted and all else recycled thanks to FWD (Food Waste Disposal).

elegant and eco friendly flower arrangements

succulent centerpieces

local floral decor

wedding drinks

advice from the bride

My biggest piece of advice for future brides is two fold. First, find an advocate to make sure your voice is heard during the planning process and on your wedding day. Whether that person is a sister, a friend, your mother, your fiance or a professional wedding planner it’s important to find that person to help you speak up to make sure your wedding dream comes true.

The second is don’t skimp on photography! Find a photographer that jives with your budget & personality. After it’s all said and done, all you have left is your memories and photos (and lots and lots of love!) We love our photographs so much!

outdoor lighting ideas

Mosaic catering

outdoor lighting

coffee wedding favors

Photography: Amelia + Dan

Event Designer, Coordinator & Flowers: Blue Planet Green Events
Venue: Legare Waring House
Stationery: GID Studio
Caterer & Dessert Bar: Mosaic
Hair & Makeup: Carrie Mcleod of Paper Dolls
Dress Shop: White
Dress Designer: Jenny Packham
Prop/Furniture Rentals: Snyder
Lighting: Other Brother Entertainment
Beer Bar [beer, wine + espresso]: Coastal Crust
Band: Two 3 Ways
Transportation: Charleston Black Cab Co. & Durham School Buses
Food Composting And Recycling: FWD [Food Waste Disposal]

Read on to see how much this elegant wedding gone green cost. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you.


Categories: Featured Weddings & Events
Colors: black, pink, white
Styles: classic, garden

Darling Photography | Ira & Lucy | Susan Zaring Design

Wedding Chicks Vendor Guide

Darling Photo


Darling Photography is all about capturing you. From the tips of your soul to the bottom of your heart, Jenn and her associate, Ryan, focus on you and your partner to be sure that your images not only speak to who you are today but also keep your legacy for countless years to come. View all of their incredible work here and don’t forget to take a peek at their Wedding Chicks vendor page.

Ira and Lucy


Specializing in Vintage Rentals, Event Design, and Coordination, Ira & Lucy is pursued by regional photographers, brides, couples, corporate event planners and more, for unique design and creative collaboration. View all of their work as well as their wide selection of divine rentals here and don’t forget to take a peek at their Wedding Chicks vendor page.

Susan Zaring Floral

Susan Zaring Design, a floral and design studio located in San Francisco, CA sources the highest quality product with a commitment to seeking out the best florals in the bay area. Susan partners with local farms and vendors, and grows select varieties in her garden to create architectural, romantic, whimsical, yet moody, and angelic designs. View all of her thoughtfully inspired work here and don’t forget to take a peek at their Wedding Chicks vendor page.

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How To Have A Wedding In Hawaii

Hawaiian wedding

Bright blue sky, waving palm trees, and crashing ocean waves, what could be better then a destination wedding to the Aloha state?! It truly is hard to beat that, but we think we have just the cherry to top of this gorgeously designed wedding… DIY projects! That’s right, this crafty bride created several of the adorable elements for her big day.

The Goodness not only captured Brit and Tim’s wedding but also designed her paper products AND featured her hand made projects on their blog! To find out more about how to have a wedding in Hawaii stick around and see more of this stunning day in the full gallery and check these super cute DIY’s below.

DIY star fish veil

teal and grey groom with star fish boutonniere

tropical wedding bouquet

words from the vendor

From The Goodness:
This was a wedding filled with either custom design or DIY goodies. Their invitations are unique and designed around a Hawaii kitsch theme, the views for their ceremony and reception are to die! We (The Goodness) designed the Save The Dates, Invitations, tote bags, the cute flag Place Cards, and the MR and MRS signs on their chairs! 

They had their family and friends come along for three days of adventures with their fun destination wedding in Hawaii. Everyone was invited to the rehearsal dinner and they received cute designed tote bags, the wedding was the next day ending with a day out and about with all their friends and family seeing Oahu.

welcome bag

vintage hawaiian themed wedding invites

vintage hawaiian stationery

from the bride

When Tim and I decided on a destination wedding we knew it would not be easy, but it was worth it. We decided on Hawaii as a place that our closest friends and family could go for the wedding but also for a memorable trip. I worked with a wedding planner who lives in Hawaii to help me prepare for the big day. I also worked with Lisa and my MOH Jillian to help formulate the theme and create all of the DIY projects.

We chose Kualoa Ranch for its stunning natural beauty away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki. The ceremony was held on Secret Island, a gorgeous beach that we took boats across an ancient fishpond to reach.

teal and grey groomsmen

beach wedding party

diy aisle decor bunting

hawaiian beach wedding

hawaiian wedding kiss

We really liked the idea of vintage Hawaii so that is what we went for with the decor and design. Vintage postcards, bunting, tiki mugs and hula dolls all added to our classy and kitschy theme. We used the tiki mugs as vases and accented each table with a pineapple. Our guests enjoyed shaved ice and hawaiian pupu’s while classic hawaiian music serenaded them during cocktail hour.

tiki head vases and ocean themed centerpieces

guestbook table and escort card flags

find your flag to find your table

cute flag escort cards

Oahu table

hula girl figurine and hawaiian flower

cute vintage hawaiian mrs and mr signs

blue ombre wedding cake

The only thing that you miss with a destination wedding is more friends and family being able to attend. In those situations a teleporter would work wonders, but The Goodness did a fantastic job of capturing the day with their amazing photography.

I do have to say that I would not change anything! The wedding was beautiful and better than I imagined it would be. The scenery was gorgeous being in Hawaii. The food was delicious with local produce! We even had shaved ice! The weather was perfect, not too hot and we even had some rain for good luck!

wedding on Hawaii

vintage hawaiian postcard display

hawaiian shaved ice

hawaiian wedding

diy projects

Don’t run off just yet! We still have some awesome DIY projects for you to fall in love with! Brit was one ambitious bride, not only did she plan a destination wedding but to top it off created some of the most adorable details within it. And you can make those same fantastic details by clicking on the links below and following the steps featured on The Goodness!

Looking to tie the knot with the ocean splashing behind you? Amp up  your beach theme by adding a starfish to your veil with this sweet little DIY!

star fish veil DIY

Looking for a flirty and easy way to decorate your wedding a reception? A DIY bunting always makes for a fun feel at your reception or ceremony.

cute DIY bunting

How about this super cute ring bearer pillow?! Love, love, LOVE…Right!?

DIY fabric flower ring bearer pillow

You simply must watch the entire wedding video The Goodness created of this vintage Hawaiian wedding!

Photography, Cinematography & Stationery: The Goodness
Coordinator: Milestone Events Hawaii
Venue & Caterer: Kualoa Ranch
Dress designer: Maggie Sottero
Bridesmaid dresses: J Crew
Prop/furniture rentals: Pacific Party Rentals
Jewelry: Tiffany
Shave Ice: Keneke's Grill
Hair and makeup: Maleana
Cake: Paradise Pastries
Event planning: Milestone Events Hawaii
Florist: Paiko
DJ: Just Press Play
Boutonniere & Veil or Hair Accessories: Bride

DIY Projects:
Ring Bearer Pillow : By the Bride DIY on The Goodness
Bunting: By the Bride DIY on The Goodness
Veil: By the Bride DIY on The Goodness


Categories: Featured Weddings & Events
Colors: blue, green, red, yellow
Styles: beach, classic, themed, vintage