Real Weddings

Who To Spend Your Wedding With

photography by Paige Winn

It seems like a silly question, but have you thought about who you will want to spend you wedding with? This beautiful bride told us that when it was all said and done, she wished she had more time with just her immediate family.
Get more advice from the bride and and see their full budget breakdown below. All captured by  Paige Winn Photo at the fetching Lowndes Grove Plantation. And don't forget to stop by the full gallery, there is always a lot more to see!

peep toe wedding shoes

Vera Wang ruffle wedding dress

wedding ready

peach and cream wedding bouquet

paige winn photography

From the Bride

Our style is very “Coastal Living” and we love the water, so I wanted to create a very coastal, whimsy, southern vibe for the space. I was extremely fortunate my sister does graphic design, and she created everything from the invites to the signage and framed quotes we selected to display on the wedding day.

our wedding chalkboard wedding sign

lanterns hung from trees as wedding backdrop

suit and tie groom and groomsmen look

five differently colored flower girl looks.

tying the knot


Throughout the planning processes, I wanted our guests to walk in and immediately know this was Robby and I’s wedding. Everything from the venue space to the ceremony speech, the colors we chose, and the décor reflected who we are and what we love as a couple. The best weddings we had been to in the past were very personalized, and I knew right away my main planning priority would be to represent “us.”

gold and teal candle holders

ourtdoor lounge with mr and mrs pillow

side table flower arrangement

teal bridesmaid dresses

It’s funny how things always seem to end up as they should-and, despite any lingering worries, my husband and I totally felt that was the case.  I would say the people we possibly spent the least amount of time with were our parents. There are so many people who want to see you, and your immediate family will feel more inclined to take a back seat and let your guests have the moment.

Looking back, I really wish we were around them more to share the experience. It’s hard not to get overwhelmed, but make sure you take a moment for both yourselves and your  immediate family members.

escort card board

white and teal wedding reception

pink and peach centerpiece

teal and gray wedding bar

wedding kiss

sweetheart table

cake cutting

Read on to see how much this coastal breeze wedding 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.

First and foremost, I made a significant attempt to estimate a budget and track the actual costs throughout the planning process. One thing that ended up costing a lot more than we anticipated was the stationery and printing! And because we were having it outside of DC, hotel costs, etc also came into play. I have to admit that it was difficult to come up with a good estimate in advance, and there are some things you just can’t anticipate. (I still don’t know a hard number of where we ended up.) Don’t worry about cost to the point where it keeps you from enjoying the process, just do the best you can to prioritize! While we ended up being over my estimate, we wouldn’t have changed a single thing.
Be organized, make the effort to research your vendors, take one day at a time, try to visualize things from other people’s perspective when planning (parents, guests of different ages, guests with kids, etc.), stay in the moment the day of, and make sure to let your guests know their attendance is appreciated. But above all, my best advice would be to make your wedding personal.
Budget Breakdown:
Transportation: 1,400
Ceremony music: 700
DJ: 800
Officiant: 400
Beauty (hair/make-up): 300
Photographer: 4,000
Wedding Planner: 3,000
Venue/catering: 20,000
Rentals: 8,000
Rehearsal dinner: 1,800

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Cake & CatererFish
DJCreative Sound
Dress ShopThe Bridal Salon At Saks Jandel
FlowersFirst Bloom
Hair, Makeup & BeautyWedding Hair By Charlotte@weddinghairbycharlotte
JewelrySusie Saltzman@susiesaltzman
OfficiantCharleston Wedding Officiant
PhotographersPaige Winn Photo@paigewinnphoto
Rentals: Dance Floor, Tent, Chairs, Tables, Linens, Flatware, & PlatesSnyder Event Rentals@snyderevents
StationeryStephanie Santell
TransportationLimos For Less
VenuesLowndes Grove@pphgevents