You guys, choosing the photos for today’s real wedding was the hardest thing EVER. Each one of these shots absolutely takes our breath away – you’re in for a real treat. Speaking of treats, Bailey & Ryan’s wedding was on Halloween, so they worked with the amazing team at ELM EVENTS to create some fun nods to the holiday while still keeping things beautiful, classic and elegant. From the bride:
I met Ryan one summer interning up NYC while I was still in college at the University of Georgia. We were friends at the beginning. I thought he was a catch (he was handsome, funny, smart, life of the party and had some pretty sweet dance moves) so for some reason I was trying to set him up with my friends! Luckily those attempts failed. I had read a book called The Secret that summer, which in a nutshell can be summed up as “if you want something bad enough in this world, write a letter to the universe and believe it with all your might so that it will come true.” So on last night of my internship I wrote on a piece of paper: “World, I will fall in love with someone like Ryan Gladysz,” crumbled it up and threw it into my dorm room closet. I came up for a college trip shortly after that and we hit it off instantly. I invited myself to a Giants football game with another couple and I kept buying him beers and he kept kissing me! We had a couple too many cocktails on our first date and I told him he was going to fit really well into my family one day. That didn’t scare him off. 4 years later he proposed at the same spot, beside the river, where we had our first date.We knew since we met we were “the one’s”. There was no question — it was just a matter of time!
“I wanted to get married in a charming Southern city (since I’m from the South) and Ryan was on board. Charleston was destination for everyone — literally no guest was from South Carolina. And it’s a perfect city for guests to explore… And eat! For location, my parents said every spot was incredible but Legare brought a tear to their eye. So that settled it. When I started to think through the planning process, the “look and feel” (and gorgeous flowers) were the most important aspects to me. A wedding planner was essential being that were are out-of-towners. Once we chose The Legare Waring House, I noticed that there were several to-die-for, swoon over, drool worthy, stunning wedding set ups on Legare Waring’s website … And Lauren Miller had planned them all. So we brought her on board to make it all come to light! I had a charming, eclectic, rustic vision in mind. I wanted an outdoor element. I wanted it to be gorgeous and warm, with a “muted spring palate.” And I REALLY NEEDED chandeliers. The bridesmaid dresses played a crucial role in how the colors of the event panned out. I had 10 bridesmaids and assigned them each a color (5 colors in total). I even picked my dress after theirs were decided on! Love a casual mismatch.I made my wedding invitations by hand to bring the flowers to light and help with the rustic, yet elegant but fun feel. Same thing with the wooden signs, table numbers and place cards.I hand painted all of the wood signs throughout – table numbers, welcome boards at the ceremony, etc.” We think Bailey knocked it out of the park with this picture perfect day, photographed byAaron and Jillian Photography.
Photographer: Aaron and Jillian Photography//Floral Designer: Branch Design Studio//Reception Venue: Charlestowne Landing//Event Planner: ELM EVENTS//Equipment Rentals: EventHaus Rentals//Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo //Shoes: Jimmy Choo//Jewelry:Kendra Scott//Transportation: Lowcountry Valet & Shuttle Co//Caterer: MOSAIC Catering + Events//Hair Stylist: Paper Dolls Wedding Hair & Makeup//Dress Store:Sarah Seven//Linens and Coverings: Snyder Event Rentals//Band: The Midnight City//Cake Designer:WildFlour Pastry//