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Colorful Italian Inspired Wedding at the William Aiken House // Becca + Josh

July 7, 2022

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From the very first time I ever spoke to Becca on the phone, I knew I HAD to work with her.  Her sense of style, love of details, and vision for her wedding day got me really excited and I am just so thankful that we had the opportunity to work together.  Becca is literally my dream client.  She had a very clear vision for her day and it all came together so well.  The pure joy that we were able to capture in their photos was all thanks to her – we can only create magic when our clients let down their walls and simply enjoy the day, unabashedly.  Becca did exactly that and it was such a joy to witness!

First of all, Becca had 4 – yes, 4!!! – dresses, at least 3 pairs of shoes, multiple sets of earrings… she is very much into fashion and I love how she planned out her wedding day to make sure that she had plenty of time for outfit changes throughout the day.

Becca chose a modern Justin Alexander gown for her First Look with Josh.  Shortly after their First Look, we tucked Josh away and Becca changed into her favorite/secret dress – a Monique Lhuillier printed floral gown.  She wanted to surprise Josh at the altar with this dress, so we kept them apart until ceremony time.  It was such a fun element of their day, keeping this gown a secret from Josh until she walked down the aisle!

Becca’s bridesmaids all wore different dresses in shades of blue, white + yellow.  I absolutely love how they coordinated with the venue and florals so perfectly.

After a heartfelt ceremony with personal vows written by each other – in matching Dior notebooks, naturally – Becca + Josh recessed as The Plantation Singers sung “Oh Happy Day!” and led guests into the tent for cocktail hour.

Becca’s favorite drink is an Aperol Spritz, so they used the drinks as escort cards to guide guests into the house for dinner.  Edible flowers and sugar butterflies were sprinkled in the drinks for some added fun!  The dinner tables were decorated with beautiful florals, chinoiserie elements, lemons, and hand calligraphed name cards.  It felt like a true al fresco dinner in Italy!  And then there was their cake… a gorgeous cake with colorful pressed flowers, which was perfect for their celebration.

Before their First Dance, Becca changed into dress #3 – a silk dress with a plunging back – and then after dinner, Becca changed into her final dress of the night – a fun metallic tassel dress perfect for dancing!  Guests also loved watching the live wedding painter work on her painting throughout the night – another fun element in this perfect day.

This wedding was absolutely incredible, Becca + Josh are amazing, and I just love how it all came together.  This is a wedding that proves that thinking outside of the box and incorporating the things that you really, truly love is SO WORTH IT.  Every single element was so well thought-out and I loved watching Becca’s joy throughout the day.  At the end of the night, they jumped into her grandfather’s car and left as husband + wife!  Such a fun way to end the night.

Congratulations you guys and THANK YOU for allowing me to capture this incredible day for you + your families!!

Blue Yellow Italian Inspired Wedding at William Aiken House Charleston Dana Cubbage Photographer


Wedding Photography: Dana Cubbage Weddings | Venue: William Aiken House | Planning + Design: Intrigue Events | Floral Design: Festoon Charleston | Cake + Catering: PPHG | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuiller | Hair + Makeup: Lashes and Lace | Bride’s Jewelry: personal | Bridesmaids Dresses: various designers | DJ: Darby Events | Rentals: Snyder + Ooh! Events | Linens: Stradley Davidson | Lighting: Lit Charleston | Stationery: Ellen Davis Creative | Calligraphy: Paper Glaze Calligraphy | Signage: The Luxe and Co. | Live Wedding Painter: Event Painting by Haigan

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