October 8, 2011

The Veranda at Magnolia Plantation

Sarah and Jared were married on the white bridge lawn at Magnolia Plantation.

This is one of the most photographed foot bridges in the lowcountry…They followed the ceremony with Cocktails, Hors D’oeuvres and Lawn Games on the Veranda and Front Lawn.  Upon sunset..guests were ushered to the back lawn where Southern Oak Trees, tents, bistro lighting and candlelight greeted them…along with great food from Duvall, Dance Music, Cupcakes from Elaine’s Events and the super fun photo booth from Olive Productions.

A great time was had by all – we hope you enjoy these sneak peeks..see more of this great event on our Scrapbook!

The Engaging Events Chalkboard served as a directional piece as well as a schedule of events.

The back lawn behind the veranda created a wonderful garden party feel…as did the lounge seating and umbrella tables from Eventworks!


Elaine Mincey provided wonderful cupcakes and a small cake for the ceremonial cutting.

Congratulations Sarah and Jared!

The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island

October 1, 2011

A second chance at love…..I think we all love those kind of stories….Jessi and I were thrilled to be a part of one last month.

Nancy and Ken were married at St. Andrews Church on Ashley River Road in an intimate ceremony with just immediate family;

and then celebrated with all their family and friends at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island.

Nancy had lost her first husband of many years a couple years ago and had prayed she would find someone to share the rest of her life with.

Well her prayers were answered when she met Ken- a sweet guy with a great sense of humor.

It was our pleasure to get to know them both and be a part of such a special day in their lives.

Nancy chose a color palette of copper and dusty purple- our florist Judy Johnston created show stopping florals to coordinate

with mixed arrangements of copper flowers and submerged copper orchids.


The couple chose a food station/tapas style reception and the Atlantic Room housed a shrimp & grits station as well as a

beef tenderloin carving station with potatoes au gratin and roasted fall vegetables.

The centerpiece for the room was the Engaging Events glass tower with sugar rimmed champagne glasses garnished with a fresh blueberry and a wonderful array of cheeses and fruits.

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At the far end of the room Engaging Events and the Ocean Course created a beautiful delectable display of petite desserts in lieu of a wedding cake.

Creme Brulee, Pecan Tarts, Key Lime Tarts, Chocolate Truffles were just some of the wonderful offerings.

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We chose beautiful textured copper linens throughout the reception with accents of the dusty purple twist linens.

Outside on the porch guests enjoyed a grilled fish and risotto station, a beautiful mahogany bar and a dance tent accented with Engaging Events

crystal chandeliers, dusty purple fabric draping accents, sofa seating with dusty purple throw pillows and Engaging Events

lantern clusters (these brown lanterns are new to our inventory this fall season:))

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It was a great pleasure for the Ocean Course to host this wedding reception as well- as the couple spent much of their courtship on dates at the clubhouse restaurant.

The staff of the Ocean Course and Engaging Events is so happy for these two lovebirds and wish them many happy years to come…

Many thanks to the Ocean Course for the fabulous setting and food, Judy Johnston for the gorgeous florals, and King Street Studios for some of these detail shots.

Here’s a quick peek at Laura and Jason’s Wedding from October 22, 2011 at the Historic Rice Mill.

Thanks Liz for sharing your blog post with us!

The Carriage House at Magnolia Plantation

September 24, 2011

Congratulations to Nicole and Hector married one month ago at Magnolia Plantation!

It was a very challenging day for our crew, as the weather wasn’t the clear sky, sunny, warm day we had all hoped for.

During the afternoon we had quite the downpour and the remainder of the late afternoon brought showers on and off.

This is a bride’s worst nightmare when planning a ceremony riverside under a beautiful old oak tree.

However, Nicole and Hector had Engaging Events on their side!

 We had advised them to get a tent to cover the patio, just in case of such a scenario. We took it right down to the wire in terms of timing.

We had originally discussed making a decision on the location of the ceremony(under the tree or under the tent) 30 minutes prior to guest arrival.

When watching radar online it quickly became obvious that the decision was not going to be clear cut that far out.

 With their agreement we stretched that timeline– literally making the decision 15 minutes before the ceremony was to begin. Our waiting paid off…..

Nicole and Hector were married riverside, under a beautiful old oak tree, with the sun out…during the “kiss” it started to sprinkle…and I prayed once again for just a few more moments!

Well, the man upstairs delivered…and not only with holding off the rain for a little more time….but as Nicole and Hector recessed down the aisle..the Most Amazing, Vibrant, Brilliantly Romantic RAINBOW…YES RAINBOW I have ever seen appeared overtop of that beautiful old oak tree.

 Sometimes a special couple and a team of wedding planners just get lucky!

I don’t often do this – here on the blog – but my many many thanks and kudo’s to the Engaging Events crew for making this couples dream ceremony happen!


This beautiful wrought iron arbor was the backdrop for the ceremony riverside….

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Many Thanks to Elaine Mincey for creating this wonderfully yummy cake with the linen design piped on….

Our wonderful florist – Judy Johnson – created centerpieces from inspiration photo’s provided by Nicole..

….blooming branches, hydrangae and votive candles were one style of centerpiece, and submerged orchids and branches with floating candles fashioned the other tables.

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The Engaging Events team provided fabric draping throughout the space softening its rustic architecture.

Engaging Events sofa seating framed the dance floor creating a lounge feel.


The Patio we tented as a ceremony back up location was allowed to house seating, food stations and bench seating as originally planned.

The Engaging Events crystal chandeliers added an element of formality to the area.

Once again, our congratulations to Nicole and Hector…..we wish them many many years of happiness and RAINBOWS!!!!

It’s a Girl!

Congratulations are in store for Ben and Lindsay!

They welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Erica Nicole, into the world on September 9!



Lindsay and Ben were married last year at the Historic Rice Mill,

I can’t think of a better one year anniversary present!

Congratulations again!

You Asked For It!

Engaging Events is excited to announce we are rolling out design and decor packages!

These packages are perfect for DIY brides looking for an “Engaging Event”

without the need for the services included in our full service package.

Design and decor packages include use of Engaging Events decor items, with the option of adding a day of coordinator.

We have packages to fit into any budget,

including use our exclusive florist, the amazing,  Judy Johnston : )


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Abbey and Joseph

The Thomas Bennett House

July 3, 2011

We are thrilled to Congratulate Abbey and Joseph on their recent nuptials at the Thomas Bennett House.

Abbey found a print fabric she loved, early on in the planning, and it became the inspiration for much of her design.

We enlisted Studio R Designs to help us with the wedding invitations,

wedding programs and featured below- the bands and seals for her specialty drink.


The Dance tent brought all the design elements together- two shades of green, white, the inspirational print fabric

and all the blush flowers she loved. Here you see the tent draped with green fabric by the Engaging Events Crew- and lit with

our Custom Drum Shades covered in her inspirational fabric. We had our tailor create throw pillows in the inspirational fabric for the lounge

seating area’s; and table  runners that we used throughout the reception.

Also shown here (from a distance) are our glass cylinders covered with a vellum containing the design from the inspirational fabric-  they

were  beautiful during full daylight as shown here, and once the sun went down they added to the romance of the setting…..

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The all white dance floor- really set off the dance tent as well- Thanks to Snyder Event Rentals!

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Our own Judy Johnston- searched and recovered some vintage milk glass vases as containers for the centerpieces.

Abbey loved dahlia’s, lisianthus, roses and rice flower in  blush pinks, cream and pale green .

The wedding cake was also inspired from the fabric- as well as the palmetto roses that were on Abbey’s dress….

Many thanks to Elaine Mincey for another beautiful (and delicious) creation!

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The First and Second Floors of the Thomas Bennett House were the setting for a dinner of food stations served tapas style following the ceremony.

Many thanks to Good Food Catering for the Scrumptious Meal!

We wish Abbey and Joseph many years of happiness…..Congratulations!

20 Year Vow Renewal

June 16, 2011

The Sanctuary, Kiawah Island Resort

We were thrilled to be the planners for a 20 year vow renewal in June at The Sanctuary.

It was a beautiful day for a special couple, and their wonderful family and friends. Their story is a truly romantic one,

to simply renew the promises they made 20 years ago, overlooking the ocean, a setting that has been so much a part of their past.

They chose a cake that was inspired from basket designs of American Indians- a part of their heritage.
Many thanks to Elaine Mincey for this beautiful and delicious cake.

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The guests were greeted with the beautiful aroma of gardenia’s upon arrival to the cocktail hour at the beautiful Ocean Room Restaurant.

Guests were treated to luxurious table settings including silk linens, hammered glass charger plates with gold rim,

letterpressed menu cards presented in ivory bengaline napkins and once again the beautiful aroma of a gardenia.

The table names were street’s the couple had lived on in the past or had special meaning to them.

They were presented on a 100% cotton paper calligraphied by Gayle Hilton of Calligraphy by Request.

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Following dinner- the adults moved to the Grand Oaks Ballroom for Candlelight Dancing. They were treated to rich ivory tones and textures,

with lounge seating areas, Cabaret Seating, gorgeous flowers and dramatic floral tree’s with hanging crystals and votive candles.

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It was a beautiful June evening, so having access to the patio from the Grand Oaks Ballroom was an added treat.

Engaging Events lounge furniture, lamps, additional cabaret tables and fabric draping from the pergola above

created a cozy welcoming atmosphere throughout the evening.

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We were so glad to be a part of their special day and want to thank the wonderful staff of the Sanctuary,

Eventworks, Snyder Event Rentals, and Kenneth from Presentation Services for all of their help, and products to assist us in creating such a gorgeous event.

Wedding Wire

Engaging Events is now WeddingWire Rated for 2011

Charleston, South Carolina – July 6, 2011 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, is pleased to announce that Engaging Events is WeddingWire Rated 2011 for Wedding Coordination. WeddingWire Rated is an annual award program that distinguishes wedding vendors across the country for their excellence. Based on hundreds of thousands of recent wedding reviews, WeddingWire Rated is the most recognized and trusted brand among engaged couples looking to find the best local businesses for their wedding.

Engaging Events has 27 reviews on WeddingWire. Reviews by our newlywed clients include detailed ratings and insightful descriptions about their experiences working with our business and staff. Our reviews provide transparency for potential clients, assisting them in making the most informed decisions for their big day.

“We are delighted to unveil the 5th annual WeddingWire Rated program,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire, Inc. Engaging Events has made a commitment to capturing their clients experiences on the nation’s leading wedding review site.”

As the largest site for wedding reviews, WeddingWire empowers engaged couples with the most comprehensive and trusted review system available. The WeddingWire Rated program provides Engaging Events with a simple platform to capture customer feedback from their wedding planning experience. Newly engaged couples can easily access all of the reviews for Engaging Events on We would like to thank our newlyweds for our WeddingWire Rated 2011 recognition.

For more information, please visit Engaging Events on WeddingWire at

For more information on WeddingWire Rated 2011, please visit

Engaging Events is so excited to have two weddings in the Spring/Summer 2011 Issue of Charleston Wedding Magazine!

Chloe and Preston met in Spain and when they began planning their wedding they wanted to incorporate details special to them.  They had met in Spain so it only seemed appropriate to tie in Spanish details!

The ceremony under an oak tree with church pews, umbrellas, and hand fans to keep guest cool in August heat.

At the reception, everyone enjoyed family, friends, Spanish inspired food and great music,

For more pictures and to read the entire article visit Charleston Wedding Magazine