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Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Award 2018

Wow, we are so excited to share that we have received Wedding Wire’s Couples’s Choice Award for 2018! Thank you so much to all of our amazing 2017 clients! We are truly honored!

More Fun with Boutonnieres!

Our floral team has been at it again! They have created a few new boutonnieres we wanted to share with you. Our “southern charm” is a stunner. Fresh mint paired with seersucker, how cute? Plus it smells SO good!

Southern Charm


Next up is “the perfect catch”, designed with the fisherman in mind. You’ve found the perfect girl, now here is the perfect boutonniere! Our floral girls kept things simple with the greenery, added a gorgeous white dahlia, and a cute fishing lure to complete the look.

The Perfect Catch


If you are planning a nautical inspired wedding, this is the boutonniere for you. We like to call it “anchors away”. Our favorite detail has to be the rope wrap.

5 Anchor's Away


Our floral team always loves coming up with new ideas. Let us create something uniquely you!



All About the Men!

We are continuing the day featuring items designed with the groom and his groomsmen in mind. We have highlighted a few of our favorite companies, each providing a different service. We are here to help you check off items on your wedding “to do” list!

Charleston Brews Cruise:

Looking for a fun activity with all your groomsmen? You have to try Charleston Brews Cruise! Not only do you get to make your way around Charleston but, you get to have some tasty craft beers along the way. What’s not to love about that?! It’s 4 hours of fun at three different local breweries all while being chauffeured around by bus.

Charleston Brews Cruise


Charleston Shucker Company:

Struggling to think of a gift to get all your guys for being a part of your wedding? We have found the perfect gift that any southern gentleman would love, custom oyster knives! The Charleston Shucker Company offers several different styles and even better, the engraving is complimentary. It’s a one of a kind keepsake for your groomsmen.

Charleston Shucker Co

The Groomsmen Suit:

Now it’s time to make sure your guys are looking dapper for your big day. The groomsmen suit is here to help! It’s an online company that provides tailored suits for you and your groomsmen. Just send them your measurements and it gets shipped right to your door. The best part is that the suit is yours to keep and cost less that renting!

Groomsmen Suit


Today it’s all about the men and the perfect accessory, their boutonniere! Our lead floral designer had some fun and created a few unique options for the guys. First up is an adorable nautical style, ideal for beach side “I Do’s”.

1 Nautical

Next up we have something designed with the outdoors man in mind. It’s our “hunter gatherer” boutonniere. The perfect combination of rustic and woodsy.

2 Hunter Gatherer

Now for something a little out of the box. We like to call this our “Sea of Love” boutonniere. So cute for the guys that like to spend all their time on the water.

Sea of Love

It’s time to “Go Big or Go Home”! The simplicity of this boutonniere is what we love the most. Not to mention the gorgeous parrot tulip!

4 Go Big or Go Home


Boutonnieres can be so much more than a few spray roses with a touch of greenery. Let’s have fun and create something special!

Artistic i

So you’ve booked your photographer and videographer to capture every moment of your big day. You think you have all of your bases covered but, why not try something a little bit more unique? Laura Martindale Welch is a live wedding artist that brings your wedding day to life on canvas. It’s a one of a kind piece where you can go back and relive such a special day.

Maybe you want her to capture your wedding ceremony, your first dance as husband and wife, the two of you cutting the cake? There are many options to choose from. Laura arrives several hours ahead of time to begin painting the background of your piece of art. She continues to paint throughout the event so your guests can enjoy watching everything come to life!














Amanda and Trey decided to have her capture their first dance. To see her in action is truly amazing! She has the ability to capture a moment unlike any camera lens ever could. Now Amanda and Trey have a one of a kind piece to treasure in their home for years to come!

To check out more of her work, please visit

Couples’ Choice Award

Thank you to all the wonderful couples we worked with in 2016! It was such a great year and we are looking forward to what 2017 has to offer!

Unique Groomsmen Gifts

I don’t know about you, but shopping for my girlfriends is a whole lot easier than for guys. You can’t go wrong with some cute stationary, wine glasses, personalized shirts or maybe just some flowers. So we can only imagine how difficult it will be for your man to get his groomsmen something that’s both unique and thoughtful. Have no fear! We have come up with a few gift ideas that are pretty popular go-to choices, but also some creative, personalized ones as well.


Guys need to keep in mind some of these boys (and/or family members) have been with you since little league or college. You chose the most important men in your life right now to stand next to you on the most important day of your life. You don’t have to give the same gift to all, give something useful that characterizes the parts of their personality you love about them.


–          The Flask– Personally, it’s a little over done but a definite go-to gift for any man. Why not have it engraved for that extra personal touch!

–          Personalized sterling silver money clip– We all know every guy needs some sort of wallet or at least a money clip. Can’t go wrong here!

–          Personalized bottle opener– For the partier of the group (flask would be good for him too)

–          Pocket knife– For the outdoorsman. But I’m sure almost every man would find plenty of use for this. Again, have it monogrammed!

–          Sports Jersey– For the sports fanatic. Get each one a personalized jersey with their names on the back from their favorite sports team. Very creative and thoughtful!

–          Pocket Compass/Pocket Watch  – A timeless gift perfect for every guy. Always can be engraved for a more personal touch, and a great way to make sure they are on time for everything!


These last few we LOVE as gifts for the guys. Practical yet sophisticated and personal. All of these suggestions can be found right here in Charleston; We love to shop local!


–  Oyster shucking knives– Every man who loves seafood can’t resist football, beer and an oyster roast. So why not get him a custom engraved oyster knife. You can find some at The Charleston Shucker Company. All items are made in the owners’ home in Charleston!


–  Charleston Oyster TieCharleston Oyster Tie is a distinctive company where a mother produces these creations straight out of her home in Summerville. They wanted something unique that spoke about Charleston’s great qualities. All made from high quality, natural woven burlap. The company preferred burlap because oysters are sold in burlap bags; so it was only suiting to be the perfect material to blend the two styles together, something casual yet natural to Charleston.


–  Brackish Bowties – Started in Charleston, by two young men looking to immolate a distinctive style and capture the spirit of the south. Created with all sorts of different feathers, each one is hand selected and no two are alike. “Brackish is redefining tradition while crafting memorable yet personal pieces for the modern man’s closet”.


We hope these are some fun, unique options for your Groomsmen gifts!!

Borrowed and Blue

Thomas and Chelsea’s romantic fall wedding has been featured! The Veranda at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens could not have been a more  beautiful setting.


Borrowed and Blue

Rachel and Steven’s Romantic Plantation Wedding

Rachael and Steven

Middleton Place

This day was a long time coming for this adorable couple. They first started dating in high school and in true, slow, southern fashion,  10 years later the wedding of their dreams came to life at Middleton Place. Rachael’s favorite color was pink and Steven gladly obliged looking so handsome in a classic suit with touches of pink. The bride stunned in a ruffled, white dress and had a bouquet filled with peonies, ranunculus, and roses. As if her Vera Wang dress wasn’t statement enough, Rachael added a beautiful floral headband with pink orchids and wax flower to her hair.


The ceremony took place in Butterfly lakes, which is a beautiful terrace style garden that overlooks two twin lakes shaped like a butterfly.



Flowers were  very important to Rachael – she wanted lots of them and she wanted them everywhere!  Hundreds of pink rose petals covered the entire 100′ long aisle.



Steven and Rachael couldn’t resist the opportunity to photograph with the adorable sheep that roam the plantation! Such a unique perk of booking at Middleton Place.

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed refreshing sweet tea bourbon cocktails in the Sundial Garden. There were so many delicious southern treats being passed around. A local favorite being oysters on the half shell.



Guests made their way over to the Pavilion where they would find their table assignment hanging on vintage windows. Rachael and Steven named each table after one of their favorite foods and why it was their favorite. Such a creative way to tie in the couple’s personality! As guests found their seat there was a beautiful table setting with  a menu card describing each course.


The elegant ruffled chair covers from Wildflower Linen  made each table so charming.


The Engaging Events team draped the entire room from top to bottom, adding in statement chandeliers and lots of candles creating the romantic atmosphere Rachael and Steven had asked for.


Rachael could not have been happier walking into the room and seeing each table dripping with gorgeous flower arrangements.


With a glamorous seating area outside, guests were able to enjoy the evening dancing under the café lights and the stars.


The couple was very adamant about having Chick-Fil-A for a late night snack, because they do not have one where they live now! And who couldn’t resist milk and cookies and the end of the night.

As the two departed, they were showered with more pink rose petals. By the look on their faces we were confident that the couples’ vision of a classic, southern romantic wedding came to life that night.


Creating your Guest List

Probably one of the most difficult tasks to handle during your wedding planning process is your guest list. This is something that your wedding planner unfortunately can not do for you. We had an opportunity to attend a luncheon in which Peggy Post was our speaker. This was a treat because Peggy is Emily Post’s great-granddaughter-in-law. She continues her work as director and spokesperson for The Emily Post Institute in Vermont. So I turn to Peggy to help make this process as easy as possible for you. Here are some helpful suggestions.


The ideal guest list consists of a magical number of family and friends that:

-Suits the size of your ceremony and reception sites.

-Corresponds with the level of intimacy you would like you wedding to have.

-Can be accommodated within your wedding budget-an important reality.


Establish neutral dividing lines

-Divide the list into equal thirds with the couple, the bride’s parents, and the groom’s parents each inviting one third of the guests.

-The bride and groom reserve half the list for themselves, with the other half divided equally between their parents.


Categorizing the guest list

-First Tier: Immediate family (parents, siblings, grandparents, the couple’s own children)

-Second Tier: Extended family members (aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews)

-Third Tier: Family friends (parents’ close friends, long time friends and neighbors, childhood friends and their parents, if close to you)

-Fourth Tier: Bride and Groom’s friends, broken into subgroups (childhood friends, high school and college friends, work friends, new friends)

-Fifth Tier: Parents’ or couple’s colleagues (associates, employers, employees)


Inviting Plus-Ones

Today’s etiquette says that you should invite the spouse, partner, fiancé, or significant other of any guests in a serious or exclusive relationship, even if you don’t know or care for this person. After that, it’s up to the hosts to decide if singles may have the option of inviting a guest. Some of the plus-one considerations involve deciding just how many your budget can handle.


*For more helpful etiquette information,*

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