Melissa and Pablo

The Historic Rice Mill

July 3, 2010


Melissa and Pablo were married on the patio of the Historic Rice Mill Building overlooking charleston harbor and Marina.

Melissa’s color scheme and “theme” was the peacock feather, we used a deep rich blue, turquoise, and green’s creating a rich, soft and pretty design.

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Melissa’s Bouquet and her flower girls pomander balls were designed to be very natural, and earthy in design utilizing:

scabiosa, delphinium, hyacinth, garden roses, dusty miller and berries for a colorful yet earthy look.

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The wedding cake was created by Elaine Mincey and embellished with peacock feathers,

utilizing Engaging Events own custom designed cake stand covered in seaglass.

We also dressed up our pendant lampshades utilizing the peacock feathers for the patio of the Rice Mill.

A good time was had by all, special thanks to Good Food Catering for the fabulous eats,

Elaine Mincey for the oh so perfect wedding cake,

the Charleston Chamber Players for the timeless, and romantic ceremony music,

and our own Judy Johnston for the fabulous flowers.

Kara & Scott

Kara & Scott

The Pavilion at Patriots Point Golf Links

Friday, June 25, 2010

This wedding is a perfect example of our goal to create a wedding “uniquely you”. Kara loves pink, I mean loves it,

so we used oodles of it throughout her wedding. Her color palette of bright pink, orange and lime green is surprising to some, refreshing to others and gorgeous to us!


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The ceremony took place on the lawn overlooking Charleston Harbor.

In lieu of traditional chair flowers we used our shepards hooks and hung cute vases of flowers to line the aisle.

The “altar” area featured bright pink carnation balls- fashioned by our own Judy Johnston.



Ok, so another thing Kara loved was polka dots, and lots of them.

We fashioned her save the dates and her wedding invites with them. Designed by Studio R, the backside of her invite panel was the design above (polka dots with their intials)

so we worked with Studio R and a local print shop creating this laminated board that Kara could easily frame for her home later.

For the wedding it served as the placecard display- we glue dotted the escort envelopes to the board and as each guest picked up their card–

more, and more of the design of the board was revealed.


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I think this center photo says it all….what a colorful beautiful tent. We glammed it up a bit using our crystal chandeliers.

You’ve seen our glass tower used for drinks many times, but this time it held the shrimp tinis guests enjoyed at the cocktail hour.

Many thanks to Duvall Catering for a fabulous meal.

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Gorgeous flowers as always- Many thanks Judy!

Kara and Scott provided us with photo’s of the two of them throughout their relationship in many of their favorite places,

we used the names of the different places as their table names, framed the photo’s and voila!

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Our newest addition to our decor collection……..drumroll please……

White Back Bar Shelves!!!!!

You can always count on us to find, build or buy what you need….none of the rental company’s in town own white back bar shelves so we had them made,

just another uniquely you item to add to our collection!

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So did I mention she loved pink:)

We also rented an all white dance floor from Snyder Party Rental- it was perfect!

The Engaging Events white planter boxes in front of the band were filled with tropical plants and our uplights.

I have to also  mention our many thanks to Eventworks- a new rental company in town that is fantastic.

Service and product are both great. Many thanks to them for helping us create a great event!

Lindsay & Ben

Lindsay &  Ben

The Historic Rice Mill

Friday, June 18, 2010

Ok so every now and then you get those clients that are just cute as a button, well this was one of those times.

Lindsay and Ben are adorable, sweet, fun and most of all in love:)

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Lindsay’s design taste was unique in that she didn’t like things to “match” too much, she likes organic touches and all things “green”,

at the same time she likes clean lines…hope you enjoy how we put all that together!

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Have I mentioned that I love, love, love alium’s!!!!!


So I can’t take 100%  credit for this cute display- Lindsay saw it in a magazine-

we hung photo’s from their childhood and time as a couple using clothespins and twine

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We always love working at the Rice Mill their staff is great! As I mentioned above Lindsay likes things a bit organic and eclectic

while at the same time enjoying clean lines..below are some fun centerpieces and a snapshot of the sofa seating area and charming Marina Room above.

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Lauren & Christopher

St. Lukes & The Historic Rice Mill

June 5, 2010

We were proud to be a part of Lauren and Christopher’s special day.  Thank you to Liz Duren for these lovely set up photo’s.


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Lauren’s Bridesmaids wore beautiful smoky blue gowns and we adorned the chapel with Lauren’s favorite combination

of pinks, corals, yellows, cream and peach flowers.

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As guests arrived at the Rice Mill they were greeted with hanging  lanterns in the tree’s as well as this charming placecard board.

We adorned it with little yellow daisy’s in a circle pattern mimicing the circle patterns from her invites from TGK Designs.

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Lauren wanted a DIY project and created her own programs using her monogram and that circle pattern.

Elaine Mincey fashioned a fabulous cake using the wedding invitations circle and dots pattern as her inspiration.

Judy Johnston -our ever awe inspiring florist- created beautiful florals in these wonderful spring colors.

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The Historic Rice Mill never disappoints—with its hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, and stunning harbor views, and amazing lighting-

a romantic beautiful setting is never too hard to come by.

Here you will see that great smoky blue color in the linens, a romantic and stunning headtable, and Engaging Events handy work creating a fun

and fabulous patio setting using green draping and our white asian lanterns for the ceiling.

Our many thanks to Lauren and Christopher for allowing us to be a part of their special day!

We were proud to be a part of the wedding of Lee Anne and Phil on May 15th at the Wickliffe House!

The invitation to the wedding was designed by Studio R designs and captured the elegance of Charleston Gates,

the formality of the wedding Lee Anne and Phil were hoping for;

 but most of all the design was “Uniquely You” for our special couple!



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As guests arrived they continued up the spiral staircase inside the historical Wickliffe House to the ceremony.  The ceremony arrangments were gorgeous!  

One of the “Uniquely You” elements of Lee Anne and Phil’s day was a ceremony “in the round” on the 2nd floor of the Wickliffe House.



We brightened up the inside with gold chiavari chairs and champagne linens, while cake was placed on a whimsical, yet elegant, textured linen making it a great focal point in the room. 

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The front porch and the tent were connected utilizing a special tent configuration allowing guests on the porch to view all the action in the tent.

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We are proud to say this was another “uniquely you” element,

 as this tent configuration has never been done in that space and was the brainchild of Designer Cindy Zingerella.

Our many thanks to Atlantic Tents who helped us make this happen!



Who doesn’t love those gorgeous bar shelves from Snyder Party rentals- dressed up of course with a floral creation from our ever talented Judy Johnston!

Lindsay & Matt

Hi my name is Jessi Martin and I am doing a summer internship with Cindy Zingerella at Engaging Events this summer.  I absolutly love working with Cindy and Angie and could not have asked for a better place to intern this summer!  My first day I was thrilled to be a part of Lindsay and Matt’s wedding on May 1st, 2010 at St. Lukes Chapel and the Historic Rice Mill.


 This photo provided by cvi photography & co.

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The ceremony was held at St. Lukes Chapel and was gorgeously decorated with flowers from our own Judy Johnston.  Wreaths accented with apples welcomed guests into the church, while pink tulip pew markers and bright pink gladiolus altar arrangments framed the bride and groom and gave a burst of color to the church


Guests were welcomed at the reception held at the Historic Rice Mill with a refreshing raspberry lemonade signature drink.

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We decorated the outdoor patio with white draping and chinese lanterns giving guests a nice place to relax and view the harbor.  Later in the night guests were able to kick off their fancy shoes and dance the night away in flip flops matching Lindsay and Matt’s color scheme!  


 The evening ended with a rose petal departure for the bride and groom to a waiting Charleston Black Cab.  My first event was great and I was so happy to have been apart of Lindsay and Matt’s special day, and I wish the best of luck to the new bride and groom!

The remaining photographs provided by Lowcountry Photography.

Katie & Mike



Katie and Mike were married under the avenue of oaks at Legare Waring House at Charles Towne Landing on May 22, 2010.  The oak trees offered a beautiful backdrop accented with yellow gladiolus and blue hydrangeas by our florist Judy Johnston.  The trio from Magnolia Music welcomed guests as they waited for the ceremony to begin and set the mood for an elegant evening.

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Our drink tower was filled with vodka lemonade in cobalt blue glasses, garnished with a lemon wedge.  The tower was great entrance piece to the tented reception, and provided guests with a refreshing drink to start the evening!    blog5

These funky pin cushion proteas gave the community table a touch of fun!


We draped the tent with cobalt blue fabric and accented with touches of yellow.  We dressed up the tent with our crystal chandeliers and framed the dance floor with our sofa’s and coffee tables.  The fountain provided a great focal point and soothing sound during the evening.


Katie wanted a non traditional wedding cake and decided to go with red velvet and vanilla cupcakes. Since Katie’s dogs couldn’t be a part of the wedding, Elaine Mincey created these minuature dogs to ensure they were a part of Katie and Mike’s special day!  

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You may recall my comments a couple months back about “Seeing Blue….” well we are happy to share with you some images from Katie and Chad’s wedding – one of the couples we were “seeing blue” with. Their wedding was on April 17, 2010 at Magnolia Plantation.  We had beautiful weather, as well as a wonderful time meeting their families and friends. We will share some of the images of the happy couple in a later blog (from the ever talented Alan Hawes of Lowcountry Photojournalism) but meanwhile thought you might enjoy seeing their vision of blue…..



Katie and Chad were married under this timeless and elegant southern oak located on the lawn overlooking the Ashley River at the Carriage House at Magnolia Plantation.




Katie, Chad and their guests enjoyed a seated dinner buffet in the rustic and beautiful Carriage House at Magnolia Plantation.  We adorned the doorways with light blue fabric, used sweetgrass baskets to hold the earthy florals by our own Judy Johnston, and adorned the chairs with navy blue sashes.

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Judy our florist never disappoints the photo above left, adorned the dinner buffet.  We also created an interesting placecard display utilizing blue seaglass.

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To add a gorgeous, yet dramatic backdrop for the cake the front door was also “dressed up” with a bit of light blue fabric.


  The patio was tented and served as space for the cocktail hour as well as the dance area after dinner. The Hors D’oeuvres table you see in the distance in this photo was on wheels. So when cocktails were over we simply rolled it away- opening up the dance floor for later in the evening. Our dynamic duo (Tom and Steven) did an awesome job draping the tent.  To give the tent some pop I covered our oversized lampshade pendants with a fun print fabric (picked out by our bride) and her mom fashioned pillow covers for our pillows for the sofa seating what a transformation of this space!

To start off the busy spring wedding season, Engaging Events was asked to take part in a photo shoot for The Bride Book magazine!  The Location was  beautiful Osprey Point on Kiawah Island.  Osprey is an amazing venue!  Not only is it nestled among  the gorgeous views and landscapes of Kiawah Island but this venue has a lot to offer and an endless amount of possibilities.

The Osprey clubhouse  is beautifully decorated on it’s own but with its darker carpet, curtains & wood beams, it does have a more masculine, dark look that can make it hard for some to be able to visualize having anything but a fall reception there.  We really wanted to take this opportunity to show how any space can truly be transformed into the wedding of their dreams for any season!


One way that we softened the look of this venue was by covering their existing drapes with our own fabric!  The draping really brightened up the space while enhancing it’s existing beauty.

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The Grill Room at the Osprey is the perfect spot for a cocktail hour before dinner, or an additional space for seating and food stations with a Heavy Hors d’ oeuvres reception.

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One of my favorite areas is the porch! It not only allows you & your guest to enjoy the beautiful view but the porch extends the whole length of the building!  We really wanted to showcase this space because whether you plan a seated meal or a roaming food station reception , this space will definitely be a popular spot with your guests…and remember for those smaller more intimate affairs the porch could also serve as your ceremony site!


The main room at the Osprey is full of elegance and charm and the warm yellow linen (rented from Connie Duglin Linen) with the tiffany blue accents really brightened up the space. The ballroom is very versatile and can really be used a number of ways, whether you are looking for a seated meal as featured here, or food stations.  The view from this room is just gorgeous, the lagoon, the palms and of course the elegant and timeless southern oak tree’s.


Heather and Antony were married inMarch at beautiful Boone Hall Plantation, the backdrop was the breathtaking avenue of Oaks.

What a romantic setting for a romantic couple!

Our thanks to Lowcountry Photojournalism for the great photography, Snyder Party Rentals for the tables, chairs and linens, and Duvall Catering for the fabuolus Food.

All the fabric draping, chandeliers, and gorgeous flowers are Engaging Events creations- thanks Team!


Their ceremony location was not one of the typical locations clients choose at Boone Hall.

Since they were hosting an intimate affair the lawn area near the slave homes was the perfect spot so that they could capture that beautiful avenue of Oaks.


The Unexpected….

The design and decor was a bit of the unexpected at the Cotton Dock at Boone Hall Plantation.

Heather and Antony loved the crisp clean look of a white wedding- so we added a bit of platinum to set it off.

However, the crystal chandeliers, and cafe lighting mixed with the white fabric draping was a bit different from what you would typically

see at that location…but it worked sooooo well! This was definitely one of our favorites!


Judy fashioned several styles of centerpieces to keep each table unique and interesting.

Here you see a moss covered tray with white dendrobium orchids at varying heights.