Real Wedding Q&A: Melissa & Jason

Melissa & Jason's wedding defines classic chic. From the absolutely beautiful bride, to the fabulous flowers, their big day was seriously stunning!

Don't miss their AMAZING wedding video below. Warning: tissues required!

Q. How did your fiancé propose?

A. Jason proposed at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC on 3.11.11. He had the famous magician Steve Cowen perform a private magic set for the two of us and the very last trick left a diamond ring in my hand.

Q. How did you choose the location for your wedding? What type of venue were you looking for?

A. I always wanted a southern wedding, since I was born and raised in the South. Charleston was always our number one wedding pick and once we saw Lowndes Grove Plantation which sits on the Ashley River, we knew it was meant to be. It was a gorgeous southern plantation, but was chic and elegant and unlike the traditional Southern plantation.

Q. How did you choose your bridesmaids dresses? A. My bridesmaids actually chose the Lynn Lugo dress themselves. I have to admit they have great taste. I chose black because I wanted all my girls to feel elegant yet comfortable in their dress. I fell in love with the back of the Lynn Lugo dress and my bridesmaids feel in love with the bottom which allowed plenty of room for dancing.

Q. Where did you purchase your ceremony/reception gowns?

A. Both of my gowns were purchased in NYC. My ceremony dress is from Pronovias, while my reception dress is designed by Jim Hjelm.

Q. Most memorable moment of the day?

A. This is a hard question because I had so many great memories that day. I will use my husband's most memorable moment. There were butterflies everywhere the day of our wedding at the plantation. It was just fascinating to see them fluttering about the grounds. Jason's mother had died when he was very young and I knew he was missing her very much that day. We had placed her favorite flowers (daisies) on her chair for the ceremony and right after Jason and I said I do' a butterfly flew in-between us. Jason had trouble catching his breathe for a moment because he knew it was his mother watching down on us and sending her love throu the gorgeous butterflies. Makes me cry every time I think of that special and unforgettable moment.

Q. What inspired you when you were planning your big day?

A. Our wedding was focused on the details. Our custom "B" monogram and invitation design was transposed onto the cake, the dance floor, and even fabrics that lined the bars and tied the cocktail tables.

Q. Favorite detail of the day?

A. Besides the "B" monogram that was placed throughout the wedding, I loved that after the ceremony we had our wedding party change shoes. All of my bridesmaids wore cowboy boots that I had bought for them and the groomsmen wore customized Nikes purchased by the groom.

Q. Any advice for future brides?

A. Don’t be afraid to step outside the box. This is the one day which everything is about you so make your dream wedding all about you. Advice is always welcome, but you control your happy ever after that day.

~Wedding video~

See more photos!

Venue: Lowndes Grove Plantation
Photographer: Jennifer Beardon
>Ceremony Gown: Pronovias
Reception Gown: Jim Hjelm
Bridesmaids Dresses: Lynn Lugo from Bella Bridesmaid Charleston
Flowers: Stems
Videographer: Life Stage Film
Wedding Planner: Lizz Akerman, Southern Protocol

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