Generally speaking, wedding planners are a combination of personal assistant, event co-chair and fairy godmother. They suggest, assist, organize, double-check and generally get things done. But when Hurricane Matthew battered Hilton Head Island one week before Amy and Jason Loizides’ scheduled October 15, 2016 wedding, Celebrations Catering & Events coordinator Jackie Brino became more than a wedding planner: She became a miracle worker.

Maggie Lowther and Robbie Kelly were married September 3, 2016 at Honey Horn, a day after Tropical Storm Hermine blew through the Lowcountry, leaving debris and tree limbs in her wake.

Luckily, the easygoing bride took it all in stride.

Every wedding has the opportunity to become the bride and groom’s work of art. For Katherine Palmeri, that goal was taken literally.

The artist hand-painted all of her printed materials, then worked with the pros at Savannah Print Factory to digitize her artwork and design the invitations, save the date cards, table numbers, menu cards, place cards and every other bit of paper for the weekend.

There’s no doubt that tiaras are guaranteed to make you feel (and look) like a princess on your wedding day. Whether you opt for a full-on sparkly headpiece worthy of a true blooded queen, or you prefer a subtler design more akin to a bejeweled headband, rest assured there is a bridal tiara out there to suit your personal style.

Submit an engagement photo for a chance to have your wedding featured in an upcoming issue!

All of the engagement photos we receive will be posted to our Facebook page, and you can vote for your favorite couple using “likes” Monday, July 3rd through Monday, July 17th. The couple with the most “likes” will have their wedding featured in an upcoming bridal section. Submissions will be accepted through June 30th.

A lot of bridal guides will try to tell you what you “must have” to make your wedding day a success.

While it can be exciting to see all the edgy new trends that brides and grooms are incorporating to make their wedding days the best ever, we think the only thing you “must have” for a successful soiree is love. If you have that — and we’re certain you do — then everything else is just icing on the cake. (Unless you’re serving pie, in which case, mmmm, ice cream!)

Love and family the focus of perfect Colleton River wedding

When planning the ultimate dream wedding, there are many ingredients that go into creating the perfect day. A few key ingredients? A gorgeous couple, a bride who is supported by her family and enjoys the wedding planning process with her mother, a wedding planning team that is able to translate inspiration into reality, a beautiful location, and plenty of of personal and meaningful details. 

Longer engagement gave couple time to plan every detail of Sea Pines wedding

Sometimes when you’re in love, one set of wedding vows just isn’t enough.

Caroline Santorum and Lee Ayres exchanged traditional wedding vows on June 11 at Sea Pines Country Club in front of 215 family members and friends. But a couple hours before that, they exchanged a different set of vows, promises of love and devotion they wrote themselves.

Kentucky Derby-themed wedding at hit at Harbour Town

For a bride who grew up in Sea Pines and a groom who hails from Louisville, Kentucky, the Harbour Town wedding of Megan Dolyniuk and Stewart Koch on May 7, 2016 — the same day as the famed horse race in Stewart’s hometown — was a destination wedding with a bit of derby celebration.

Once your engagement is announced, the planning process begins. This timeline will help keep you on track when it comes to planning a stress-free wedding. (Yes, it’s possible, right?)

While most toasts are for the bride and groom, there is much to be celebrated at a wedding. The newlyweds may toast their bridesmaids and groomsmen, as well as their families, friends and guests.

Build a buzz around your wedding with photos, videos and other digital tools.

The band or DJ will stop playing, the cake and food will be eaten, the flowers will sadly die. How will you make your memories of this day last? Turn to your photos and videos. This area is home to many fantastic photographers to fit any budget — from students to celebrity photographers who have retired to the Lowcountry.

From the proposal to the prenup, there are a few nitty gritty details that need to be handled before that sweet walk down the aisle.  

You’ve met the love of your life and you’re ready to tie the knot. But how should you propose, and what will you need to make it down the aisle? Here are a few tips to help you on the road to wedded bliss.

You’ll know it’s a good party when palates are pleased and plates are empty. Make sure your menu’s a winner with some careful planning. 

Forget flowers and favors for just a moment: The one component you won’t want to skimp on at your wedding is the food. Aside from the music (which often translated to “how the party was”) and how the bride looked, the food is one of the most talked about elements of a wedding. Ever been to a wedding with bad food? Don’t let sub-par selections or flat flavors steal the spotlight on your big day. Here are Hilton Head Monthly’s biggest tips to ensure guests leave the table sated and impressed — no matter your budget.