Nonwhite gown: Opting for a subtle pastel or platinum dress shows off a bride's sophisticated, independent side. "I'm older and wanted to do something different," says Tracy, 36, who wore silvery gray.
Retro topper: A vintage touch adds instant charm and sentimentality to a celebration. In memory of her maternal grandparents, Tracy used the porcelain bride-and-groom cake topper from their wedding. "It was almost like having them there," she says.
Big destination wedding: Weddings away from home used to be such tiny affairs, you could count the invitees on one hand. Not anymore: A whopping 125 guests, some from as far as South Africa, hightailed it to Tracy and Scott's celebration.
Weeknight nuptials: Friday is becoming the new Saturday for "I dos." Tracy wanted to get the formality—and stress—of the wedding over with quickly, so she and Scott held their ceremony and formal affair on Friday evening, then threw a casual oyster-and-beer bash on Saturday night. Guests were more relaxed, too.
Gospel choir: More and more brides are feeling the spirit by hiring multivoice ensembles. A Bluffton church choir sang "Amazing Grace" and gave Tracy and Scott's wedding the distinctive Southern feel they craved.
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