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Recycled Linens ~ Going Green!
This is the veranda at Osprey Point on Kiawah
Island. The linens shown here are from BBJ
and are made of recycled materials.
wood containers for florals and added our fun
lamp shade pendants for a bit of style.

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~ A centerpiece arranged in our wood baskets ~
Feature branches, hydrangae, and anemones
we used making this rustic, earthy design
a show stopper!

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Lounge Area
Cozy & Warm
This area at beautiful Osprey Point is adjacent
to their lovely veranda and is perfect for cocktails
before dinner.Our sofas, throw pillows,
and candles scape make for a
cozy intimate space.

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Natural Elegance…
A bit of formality ~ done naturally
These tall floral arrangements fashioned in a moss
covered container combines the elegance of a traditional
affair and this rustic, earthy themed event.

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~ Place Cards with a Bit of Whimsy ~

Floral Blossoms, Butterflies, and dragonflies

adorned this unique place card display

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Earthy Delight

A petite cake with a lot of Style…

Vines, Spanish Moss, Ivy & some Fall Blooms

Make this Cake a “natural” fit in this

Kiawah Island setting.

Seeing Blue?……

I think I am seeing blue:)…….Last week I met with two of our clients for this spring and summer- both are using blue in their color palette. The interesting thing about blue- is there are so many shades, and so many different emotions all these different blue shades can create. Our April Wedding clients, Katie and Chad, are using navy blue and light blue (for those familiar with charleston also known as “Citadel” blue) and Ivory. The navy brings in that touch of formality that comes with a dark color and and evening wedding, the light blue adds that hint of spring, and the ivory is classic. Katie and Chad are too much fun! In the times we’ve met they are constantly making each other laugh – I know their families and friends are in for a wonderfully fun wedding and reception – just like the happy couple. Their wedding and reception are at Magnolia Plantation- they will be married on the lawn under the oak tree overlooking the Ashley River- the Carriage House and Patio will be the site of their reception. A few hints of unique elements to come….sweetgrass basket centerpieces, a placecard display that will have you seeing blue, and a cozy, comfy lounge and dance area that will be the hit of the evening.

Our second couple is Megan and Scott- they will be married in July at the Pavilion at Patriot’s Point. Their blue brings to mind tropical waters but in a cooling tone, they are pairing it with taupe and white- for a crisp clean look- but are also using elements that are very soft and inviting. Megan and Scott are super sweet and I know their wedding day will be filled with romance, and fun. A few hints at special touches for their wedding……with lighting, linens, and flowers we will merge soft and traditional with a few modern elements creating a summer evening to remember.

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Janis & Dave

October 3, 2009

The William Aiken House

 Janis & Dave are a very fun and quirky couple!

Janis is very detail oriented and really knows what she likes.

Dave likes pretty much whatever Janis likes but he also had some special requests for their day.

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I have to say that I am not always a fan of using the bridge over the pond at the William Aiken House –

But the way we used it for Janis and Dave may have changed my mind!

We covered the bridge in white fabric, and then used a custom aisle runner with their monogram and a gold border to finish it off!

Judy and her team created an gorgeous “altar” area using the existing pergola and greenery, roses, lilies, and hydrangea.

– and of course I can’t forget about our wrought iron lanterns that also hung in between the columns of the pergola.

It was all done so tastefully and created such a romantic setting.

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As I said, Dave did have some requests of his own ~

One of which was to have a vocalist sing a song or two in Italian during the ceremony.

Anne Marie Fairchild is a local vocalist that I have had the priviledge of hiring  a few times.

She started off the ceremony with Ava Maria and then, during the ceremony,

 sang “The Prayer” – and at Dave’s request – in Italian!!!

Thank you Anne Marie!

For the reception ~ Janis liked the 1950’s era and so the florals and textured linens really helped us to create that look.

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A Candy Station in the Dining Room was such a hit ~ from the begining to the end of the night!

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Elaine Mincey – of Elaine’s Events Cakes of Distinction – provided us with her

Sugar Mangnolia Cake ~ You may have seen it in magazines before ~ If not, Check it out here…

The woman must have the patience of a saint to hand make all of those sugar Magnolia’s!!!

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The Dance Tent did not Disappoint!

We Fashioned the tent with Gold Satin fabric accents and hung our crystal chandeliers…

Judy and her team created beautiful tall and short arrangements  that were just stunning upon entering the tent.

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Janis & Dave danced the night away and then finished the night off with a sparkler departure ~

and of course…a romantic carriage ride.

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Congratulations Janis and Dave!!!

Katie & Jonas

Katie & Jonas
September 5, 2009
Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church
The Creek Club at I’on

Katie and Jonas were so much fun to work with!

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 Katie has a very hip sense of style and her gorgeous gown was definitely a reflection of that.
The color palette for the wedding was Cobalt Blue, Chocolate Brown, White and Green- and they were beautiful together.

We kept the church simple and elegant with Green Dendrobium Orchids sprays

at the Altar, and Green Hydrangea with Cobalt Blue ribbon for the pews.

The church is so pretty on its own – that is really all it needed.

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At the Reception we gave the porch some pizzazz with chocolate brown fabric crisscrossing

throughout the ceiling and adding our fun café lights for some romantic lighting once it got  dark.

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Our Sofa’s next to the fireplace inside made it a cozy spot to watch all the action on the dance floor.

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Café Catering did an outstanding job with the food…

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…and our Judy and her floral team really did a great job

with the hydrangae and green goddess calla lily arrangements in crisp clean white containers.

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For a end of summer beginning of fall time of year I felt like the

color scheme and design really worked—- hope you do too!

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Erin & Patrick

September 19, 2009

Location – The Pavilion at Patriots Point

Color Scheme:  White, Ivory, Brown and Blue

 

Erin & Patricks wedding was gorgeous and fun – just like the happy couple!

Erin and Patrick made it official on the of the Pavilion at Patriot’s Point.  Under the trees and the hanging blue Hydrangae Pomander balls that Erin loves so much.

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Erin’s dress had a blue band which is what started their “theme” throughout the planning

We had the blue ribbon band on their “save the dates”, invitations, Cake (more about that below), their welcome    boxes, ceremony programs, and on their specialty drink glasses.   

Classic, simple, and elegant!

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Erin's Family was all about the bar so Snyder Event Rentals mahogany bar & shelves were perfect!

Erin's Family was all about the bar so Snyder Event Rentals mahogany bar & shelves were perfect!

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We also brought in the black & white dance floor that Patrick (Yes the Groom!) had to have :)

 

We found beautiful blue & ivory damask linens that just went with our crystal chandeliers like...peas & carrots!  :)

We found beautiful blue & ivory damask linens that just went with our crystal chandeliers like...peas & carrots :)

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The Mighty Kicks rocked the crowd & looked good too with the boxwoods & Palm trees to frame them off. 
The Engaging Events planter boxes, little white lights and spot lights gave the “stage” area the polished look we love. 
 
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The cake by Elaine Mincey was fabulous as always 
~we wanted that blue ribbon band of course but needed it to be just a little more special ~
Elaine stepped it up by molding it into the damask pattern in the linens and…Voila!!!
Photo:  Mike O'Bryon Photography

Photo: Mike O'Bryon Photography

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We can’t forget about that great lawn with the million dollar view of the harbor! 
Erin loved lounge seating ~ so, our ivory sofa’s, fashioned with brown throw pillows, and our end tables,
adorned with the blue damask linens, made that area quite the popular spot!
Photo: Mike O'Bryon Photography

Photo: Mike O'Bryon Photography

We used our cylinders &  candles with pale blue seaglass on the firepit wall
and added our shepards hooks & wrought iron lanterns to illuminate the area.
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Judy did an amazing job with the flowers…Blue Hydrangea
and Erin’s favorite ~gerber daisy’s ~ came together to be timeless, elegant and fun…
just like Erin!!!
 
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And Now, for the most fabulous part of the nite…

Erin & Patricks’ first dance to “September”!

Kudo’s to them ~ they had so much fun together & they looked great!

Although not a traditional song choice, it fit them perfectly!

It is a first dance that Angie and I loved and will never forget!!!

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Photo’s:  Mike O’Bryon Photography

Wedding ~ November 15, 2009

Kristen & Scotty From Greensboro, NC

The Ceremony took place at the First Baptist Church in Downtown Charleston and the reception followed at the Historic Rice Mill.

*Features*  ~ Be sure to check out our new lampshade pendants and the fabulous green draping used on the ceiling of  Rice Mills patio! 

Kristen & Scotty’s wedding invitations had the sea oats on them and Elaine Mincey, of Elaines Creative Cakes, carried that through so beautifully onto their cake…

Candlescapes with coffee beans added that cozy aroma as well as incorporating in with the color scheme.  Kristen was actually a little worried at the beginning about her choice in color scheme…she loved coral, apple green, and chocolate brown colors, and how they complimented each other but was concerened that it not end up looking like a spring wedding since it was taking place in November.  I think the way we used the color was a home run!  They each had their place in the design but with some simple creative design elements, we created a truly charming, cozy fall wedding.

The Joe Clarke Quartet provided that big band sound during their reception…

…Kristen & Scotty then finished off their wonderful evening with a horse and carriage ride back to the romantic and charming French Quarter Inn.

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October 22, 2009

Rue De Jean Welcome Party

Jen & Matt are from New Jersey, as are the majority of their wedding guests, so they decided to have a welcome party/Rehearsal Dinner for all the guest that traveled down for the wedding.  Matt’s parents wanted to bring the beach and some of it’s fabulous fall features into the rehearsal party – But, also choose a venue in downtown Charleston.  Upstairs Rue de Jean was decided on but, with no visible water nearby, what was a designer to do?  Well, Judy Johnston and Cindy worked together to bring one of the more visible elements of the beach in the fall to life – Wheat was used to mimic the sea oats and sand, then a little blue color was added to create a very welcoming vibe but also, the Charleston Fall Beach theme that they were hoping for.  And let me tell you, once these were added to the already beautiful exposed brick and wood beams at upstairs Rue de Jean, it really made the wheat and blue colors stand out! 

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check out the Grooms cake which was done by Elaines Creative Cakes.  If you can believe it, the hat at the top of the cupcake stand is an actual cake!!!  The Groom is a huge NFL Baltimore Ravens fan so they wanted to incorporate that but in a very unique way...it turned out perfect!

Check out this Grooms cake which was done by Elaines Creative Cakes. If you can believe it, the hat at the top of the cupcake stand is an actual cake!!! The Groom is a huge NFL Baltimore Ravens fan so they wanted to incorporate that but in a very unique way...it turned out perfect!

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Wedding: October 23, 2009

Jen & Matt used a color palette of a pistachio green, gold, cream, dark brown and shades of eggplant and purples for their stunning fall wedding at Lowndes Grove Plantation.  They started the evening out on the front lawn of the plantation for their ceremony.  Judy created very natural, yet eye catching, arrangements to frame the ceremony area – they contained: branches, eggplant dendrobium orchids, and amaranthus.  Cocktails then followed in the first floor of the house, the patio and tent area.  Engaging Events Sofas and hanging lanterns were the focal point for the patio – and with a beautiful sunset right before dinner…the setting couldn’t have been more perfect or more “Charleston”.   Dinner was held on the 2nd floor of the house, followed by the cake and toasts back downstairs in the first floor ballroom.  The cake had such beautiful details and was absolutely magnificent!  Dancing then followed back in the tent where Quiana Parler definitely helped them work off their dinner!    It’s amazing how her band always packs the dance floor!  Engaging Events Crystal chandeliers hung in the tent creating that historic Charleston romantic lighting that we all love!  The floral arrangements in the tent were the perfect touch ~ we used white chairs and white containers on pistachio linens ~ and filled the containers with eggplant dendrobium orchids ~ It made such a  Pop!  We then finished out the evening with a sparkler send off…

 

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Pictures By:  Damon R. Smith Photography