Khaki & Carl's tattoo infested wedding in the swamplands

July 10 |

The Offbeat Bride: Khaki, photographer

Her Offbeat Partner: Carl, Musician

Location & date of wedding: The Inn at Middleton Place (plantation), Charleston, SC — 4/18/09

What made our wedding offbeat: We got married on a plantantion in Charleston, SC (The Inn at Middleton Place) on April 18, 2009… sounds traditional, I know. But, I wore a black wedding dress and the bridal party wore pin-up style pink dresses by Stop Staring.

Being a photographer, and my husband a musician, we knew we wanted to do things our own way and didn't want to follow all the traditional wedding customs. I don't think anyone was really shocked. It was a smaller wedding (80 people) and everyone knows us so well, and knew better than to expect something very traditional.

Our biggest challenge: The biggest challenge was planning a wedding out of town, and only visiting once. We live in Brooklyn, NY and the wedding was in Charleston so we had to be very specific and detailed with our instructions to the vendors and planners. Unfortunately we had to pick a lot of our vendors blindly, and in one instance it turned out to be quite a nightmare.

To make it short: We hired an event producer for our floral and furniture/decor. In the beginning (eight months prior… before they had our deposit), they seemed great! Then a couple months before my event there were issues that I didn't know existed.

Apparently, the woman assigned to our wedding was no longer working there and my file was totally unorganized. I had a hard time getting anyone to contact me and finally the owner did. She was so totally far from customer friendly. Apparently her employee underquoted us, and so she acted as if she was doing us a huge favor and even suggested I go elsewhere for my furniture almost one month before my wedding. We are still trying to get reimbursed for things that were not delivered.

My favorite memory: Singing and dancing to my favorite songs with my husband and all our friends!

My advice to other brides: Don't let wedding planners sway you into fitting their "wedding mold." Be sure and tell your photography specifically everything you want shot. Eat some food. Don't sweat the small stuff… nothing will be perfect (your fantasy is always much different than the reality, so be prepared for that). Relax… delegate jobs to your friends and bridesmaids.

If you're a control freak, this is your chance to stop being so crazy! Have fun!

Care to share a few vendor/shopping links?:

Enough talk — show me the wedding porn!:

    • Thanks! We loved how they came out. I ordered them from pickworld.com. The price was not bad and they did a great job. The weren't quick to respond to my email, so your best bet is to call them first, and then email your artwork. Our friend, who is a comic book illustrator did the artwork of me and my hubby. We used it on the save the dates, stickers, picks, thank you cards, and gift boxes… everyone loved it!

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  1. The guitar pic's were sooooooo cool. Where???? I can't believe I sat through all those pics and wasn't bored. lol.

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  2. I've been looking high and low for super cute guitar picks for my October wedding and haven't found anything! Where did these come from? We must know!

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    • don't know but if your computer savvy you can send Legendsguiarpicks.com a design or just have words on them.. I loved the turnout of ours.

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  3. YAY!!!! Another wedding in the Lowcountry. Your wedding looked absolutely beautiful! Middleton Place is one of my favorites. The gardens are amazing and it had been a fantasy of mine to have been married at the point. The Inn itself is far from traditional and the bath tubs are worth the stay alone.. It's been years since I've stayed there but I can't wait for a long weekend!

    Thanks for the heads up on the one vendor!

    Congrats.

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  4. this is rare, but i enjoyed every picture i saw on that album! everything was so classy, yet rock n roll. kudos to you for pulling off such a badass affair :)

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  5. Your dress is amazing!!! And so are the bridesmaids dresses!! I love stop staring. And your shoes!!! Pretty much in love with your whole wedding right now… gush!!

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  6. love the pink and black combo! Off beat brides are some of my MOST FAVORITE clients!! Totally cool and totally unique

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  7. I love the centerpieces…where did you find the vases?

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  8. Love this site sooo much…very liberating! Before I came accross it I was wondering about whether to hide my tattoo on my wedding day or not…in mainstream wedding photos there are NEVER any tatts.
    Now Im like OMG these tattooed brides are SO hot…I want more tatts :)

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  9. Absolutely stunning and has given me muchos ammunition to use against my mother's "hide your tattoos" tirade when we go wedding gown shopping. Whoever took these photos really captured the energy of the moment, its truly beautiful!

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  10. Please please please tell me where the bridesmaids dresses came from!

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