Briana and Ben

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Resort

October 30, 2010

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Briana and Ben’s ceremony was held on the Grand Lawn at the Sanctuary resort on Kiawah Island.

The ocean view was framed by gorgeous alter arrangements done by Judy Johnston.

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Guests were welcomed to the cocktail hour with Charleston gates featuring blue and cream hydrangaes, charleston lanterns,

and an ” Avenue of Oaks” covered with Spanish moss.

The Charleston theme was carried out at dinner with tables named after Charleston Streets,

the Engaging Events team took black and white photo’s of the street signs, matted and framed them –

they have now become a keepsake for the happy couple!

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Special thanks to Studio R for the custom monogram which was used throughout the weekend.

The monogram was used on the cake created by Elaine Mincey,  as well as the specialty cocktails, cocktail napkins, invitations etc.

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The crowd danced the nite away to the sounds of the Quiana Parler Band , dined on a delectible surf and turf dinner,

and the couple sent their guests off in style with chocolate truffles from Christophe Artisan Chocolates….wow – what a night!

Congratulations again to Briana and Ben! Best wishes to you both!!

Briana and Ben’s Rehearsal Dinner


October 29, 2010

Ben and Briana Kicked off their wedding weekend of festivities at the Sandcastle on Kiawah Island.

All of their wedding guests were invited to a nite of fabulous food and good cheer.

They celebrated with their family and friends on the eve of their wedding to the cool sounds of Rotie Salley of Soulfish singing and playing guitar.

Their favorite lowcountry eats were also served- oyster po boys, fried chicken, homemade mac n cheese, shrimp and grits just to name a few.

It was a fun filled nite and the perfect way to kick off the weekend!

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Ben’s prized possession, his boat “Po Boy” was the centerpiece of the room…

The gum paste boat was created by Elaine Mincey;

and miniature cupcakes were the perfect dessert item after all the fabulous southern but filling food.

Briana and Ben were looking for a more relaxed rehearsal dinner anxious for everyone to arrive to the island and just kick back and enjoy!

Judy Johnston created center pieces with sand, shells and beach grass to set the tone.

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A wonderful time was had by all!

Ashley and Mark

Pepper Plantation

October 23, 2010


Engaging Events was so excited to be apart of Ashley and Mark’s wedding at the rustic Pepper Plantation!

Clemson colors were the inspiration for this fun and energetic lowcountry couple.

The back lawn was a perfect location for the ceremony overlooking the pond, Judy Johnston created a beautiful arrangement of smilax, dahlias, stock, hydrangae

and bittersweet as the focal point leading to the ceremony area.

The back fence was accented with bittersweet, bringing in the vibrant orange.

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The color scheme of purple and orange worked great with the rustic barn feel of Pepper Plantation.


Guests enjoyed Bourbon and Cokes and Bourbon and Ginger-Ales (Favorite’s of the Bride and Groom!) after the ceremony,

served in our Mason Jars and displayed on our drink tower.

Our Congratulations to Ashley and Mark- we wish you all the best!

Kristin and Ryan

Kristin and Ryan

The Ocean Course at Kiawah

October 2, 2010


When Kristin and Ryan were planning their wedding they thought vintage.

The ceremony was held on the lawn framed by two floral arrangements and a picture perfect sunset.

Following the ceremony, guests were served Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka and Lemonade while they enjoyed the gorgeous view of the ocean.

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Our very own Judy Johnston created Kristin’s bouquet, wrapped with a blue ribbon and two charms engraved with

Kristin and Ryans initials and date.

Jim Smeal created  a delicious carrot cake with cream cheese decorated with two love birds.


When it came time for dancing, everyone headed to the candle lit Ryder Cup Lounge.

At the end of the night, Kristin and Ryan said good-bye in a golf cart before heading to an after party at the Sanctuary.


Many Thanks to Leigh Webber for these fabulous photo’s…and Dorsey Sullivan and the Ocean Course Crew for a job well done!

Congratulations Kristin and Ryan!

Engagement Session


Over the weekend bride and groom to be, Abbey and Joseph had their engagement photo session with Liz Duren!

Abbey and Joseph will be married July 3, 2011 at the Thomas Bennett House.


Kia and Antwan McLean

September 25, 2010

The Ocean Club at  Grande Dunes

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina


Kia and Antwan are a fantastic couple- searching for a wedding that was not only fun but incorporated a lot of personal touches.

The ceremony and reception were held at the Ocean Club at the Grande Dunes Resort in Myrtle Beach.

The ceremony was held on the  terrace overlooking the ocean, a million dollar view and the weather could not have been better!

Kia and her bridesmaid’s bouquets were a gorgeous arrangement of white and purple orchids created  by our own  Judy Johnston.

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After the ceremony, guests headed  poolside for cocktails and hors d’eouvres where the specialty drink was grape lemonade garnished with a “M” stir stick (stands for McLean ~their last name:)).

The design of the stir stick was taken from their custom invitations- many thanks to Studio R Designs for all their help!


After cocktails and then dinner in the elegant Ocean Club dining room….. guests headed to the  dance tent (otherwise known as the “McLean Dance Lounge” for dancing and desserts.

Everyone enjoyed cake, cupcakes adorned with edible diamond rings,  and a candy display ~ with what else?~ purple candy!

The tent had so many fun touches like these purple zebra pillows with custom drum shades to match!



Wedding Websites

Brides and grooms always want to know the best way to keep friends, family, and guests up-to-date with events leading up to the big day.  Our suggestion…create a Wedding Website!

The internet offers many different ways for you to create and personalize your own wedding website so you can put all of your wedding information in one easy to access place.  Wedding websites can announce your engagement, provide important guest information such as maps, times, locations, and is a great place to list your registries!  Wedding websites are great because the can help you stay organized during the planning of your wedding and some websites offer budgeting tools and easy ways to keep track of your RSVPs.

There are so many different websites to choose from, you can sign up with a free website or pay a little extra and have a custom website built for you like our September 25 couple Antwan and Kia, their names were the website’s address! How fun!


Wedding websites are also a great for posting fun quizzes and polls like Lindsay and Ben did on their website.

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Not computer savvy? No worries! Many websites offer templates to make customizing your website easy.  So have fun with it!

Every bride has heard the saying  “Something old, something new. Something borrowed, something blue.  And a silver six pence in her shoe.”  But what is the story behind the tradition and what is the significance of each item!

This popular  rhyme has been used by brides since the Victorian Era.  Each phrase of the rhyme is said to be a good luck token for the bride to be.  “Something Old” represents the brides old life.  In  the old days, if you married above your class, this helped serve as a grounding force.  Reminding you this is just a new chapter in your life.  In the photo below the bride’s future father in law gave her the groom’s late mothers pearls to incorporate into the day – she chose to use it in her bouquet wrap……


“Something New” represents the couple’s new life together and their future.  For Megan and Scott, Scott gave Megan a beautiful necklace and earrings set which she wore the day of their wedding day.


“Something Borrowed” is to be from a happily married woman and meant to carry over the good fortune.  It also shows love and admiration for the person you borrowed it from. In the photo below, Erin’s grandmother’s broach on her sash was that something special.


“Something Blue” represents purity, fidelity and love. Katie’s fabulously fun shoes below became her something blue on  her special day.


In modern times “A silver sixpence in her shoe” is often left out of the popular rhythm, but represented financial security and future wealth.  Since the sixpence is no longer made in Britain many American brides choose a shiny penny instead!

When you  follow this good luck tradition have fun and pick items  that are uniquely you!

 Chloe and Preston

Magnolia Plantation

August 7, 2010   


We were so happy to be a part of Chloe and Preston’s Wedding…they are a super couple

 and their wedding had so many wonderful unique touches!

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Their ceremony took place under the big beautiful oak at the Carriage House at Magnolia Plantation –

overlooking the Ashley River. We utilized Charleston Gates covered with spanish moss, greenery, dendrobium orchids

and planter boxes filled with cream hydrangae as the backdrop for their ceremony.

Their guests enjoyed the ceremony from the authentic Church Pews,

shaded with umbrella’s and decorated with mason jars filled with flowers.



 The Inside of the Carriage House featured the chandeliers decorated with spanish moss, greenery and white blossoms.

We utilized soft aqua blue color linen with an apple green linen and natural wood chairs for a soft and pretty atmosphere.

Engaging Events added to the look by draping fabric over the doorways,

and utilizing sweet grass baskets as containers for her wildflowers.

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Chloe’s dress and the location were a big inspiration in much of the design.

 Studio R created save the dates, invitations and these great bands and seals for her specialty drink

utilizing the lace pattern from her dress and the magnolia blossom to represent  the location.

Elaine Mincey utilized the lace design in the pattern you see on the cake, and then topped it with one of her signature magnolias.

Many thanks to all the vendors who made this nite so magical for Chloe and Preston, and to Taylor Stewart and MCG Photography for the great images!

Megan and Scott tied the knot on July 24th at the Pavilion at Patriots Point.

It was a sunny yet balmy day in the lowcountry as most July weddings are…but love was in the air:)



The Reception tent was airconditioned (thank goodness!) but the clear sidewalls of the tent still

enabled their guests to enjoy that fabulous Harbor View.

Engaging Events utilized the white tent liner and added white pole covers and our crystal chandeliers to dress the space.

Add in a crinkle blue taffeta cloth for the tables, taupe napkins and chair sashes- and voila- that cool summer feel was on its way!

Our fabulous florist- Judy Johnston and team created low and tall floral centerpieces using blue hydrangae, bare grasses, pittosporum, orchids and branches.


The Dinner Buffet Arrangement consisted of sand blasted manzanita branches embellished with blue and clear crystals and Phaleonopsis Orchids.


Our many Congratulations to Megan and Scott- we hope your lives are full of fun and romance just like this special day!


 Many thanks to Leigh Webber Photography for sharing these images with us!