As a long-time wedding editor, here’s the advice I gave my sister-to-be

My sister Anna established her wedding design guideline – “al fresco, Italian garden party meets Southern flair” – from the start. She didn’t need my help in that department. But given that I got married in the same places 11 years ago and have interviewed countless couples in my roles as’s wedding editor and founder of Over The Moon, I don’t couldn’t help but offer some practical advice as Anna got started. on her honeymoon.

My first wise wisdom (if I say so myself) was choosing the right planner. When I got married in 2010, the wedding industry hadn’t yet been so influenced by Pinterest boards and Instagram inspiration — and obviously, back then, the pandemic wasn’t a factor. Today there are so many moving parts and COVID protocols to follow. With social media, it can seem difficult to come up with an original idea when apparently everything has been seen and done under the sun. All of the above makes finding the right planner essential. You want someone who understands your credentials, and who you can talk to in shorthand, I advised my sister. Fortunately, she listened.

For her wedding in Charleston, I recommended Augusta Cole, a planner who works frequently both in New York and in the Lowcountry. Cole and her team know that the pandemic means every event should have a plan B and a plan C, but she can also create a layered tablescape that really speaks to the couple getting married – and if you need her respects a budget, she can do everything without breaking the bank.

My second tip? Hire a photographer you want to spend time with. You need someone you feel comfortable with and can trust. (Lucy Cuneo was a shoe for that. With her easygoing sense of humor and low-key yet professional demeanor, she was perfect for the job. She was supported by Joseph Rogero, whose detailed photos are so special and the flash photos at the end of the night are always so fun.) I also told my sister to make a list of photos and plan her portraits. A beautiful bridal portrait that looks timeless and elegant is something you will cherish forever, so don’t leave the setup to chance. Great photos require scouting, so choose your location, move furniture ahead of time if necessary, talk to your photographer about lighting, and allow plenty of time before the ceremony to take that shot. Unlike a birth plan, which is often thrown out the window once you’re in the hospital, a plan list can be referenced throughout the night.

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