The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead

Sarah and Chris

Ritz-Carlton Atlanta, Georgia

September 29, 2012

As we begin final preparations for our fall season- we thought we should bring you photo’s from the wedding we coordinated in Atlanta last fall. Yes…Engaging Events does travel!!! In fact….We will be traveling again this fall- this time to Ohio to create a dream wedding for a couple who have chosen a rustic setting.

 Sarah and Chris chose a much more traditional road….ceremony in the beautiful Peachtree Road United Methodist Church and reception at the stunning Ritz Carlton in Buckhead. This was a super special wedding for us as it was the 2nd wedding we coordinated for Sarah’s family. We also coordinated her sisters wedding a couple of years ago here in Charleston.

Pink was the color of choice for Sarah- she really wanted the most romantic look possible to things and her fairtale style gown really helped set the tone. We used pinks, peaches, ivorys, can champagne for her color palette. Her Save the Date, Wedding and Program had a very vintage look on beautiful cotton paper, with the invitation being letterpressed by Sixpence Press.


We brought our décor with us to Atlanta to create lounge areas for Sarah and Chris’ reception.  They chose Tapas style stations and the Ritz did a beautiful job with the food presentation.


Our own Judy Johnston made the trip with her floral crew and we softened the very masculine room with orchid and ribbon strands on the columns, and a beautiful garland to top the bar shelves.


One of our favorite design elements was the monogram that we had made for the dance floor. The cake covered up the monogram during guest arrival- as the bride and groom were introduced onto the dance floor- they immediately cut the cake- we then surprised the crowd by rolling the cake away and revealing the spotlit monogram on the dance floor- what a wow factor!

Sarah and Chris are such a sweet couple and are only 2 months away from their first anniversary…we are so excited for them as the approach that milestone…

The Ocean Course, Kiawah Island

Thea and Ron

September 22, 2012

30 Year Vow Renewal

Thea and Ron decided to renew their vows last September at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, and we were thrilled to be a part of it. There is something special about a vow renewal …. after many years of marriage still wanting to gather your closest family and friends to celebrate your love doesn’t happen every day. I wish everyone experienced this special moment in their lives because while everyone is excited at a wedding for the couple to begin their lives together….at a vow renewal there is history and everyone knows the trials and tribulations that life has thrown the couple and yet they still pause to cherish their love. There is no greater happiness or excitement than you see at an occasion such as this….

It isn’t hard to see why Thea and Ron chose the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island to host their renewal…the view is gorgeous and serene. As a couple they have often “escaped” life for the weekend at Kiawah and it brought them great joy to be able to share their special place with the people they love most.


The color palette of earth colors: taupe, green, cream and a touch of blush pink was just stunning and understated at the Ocean Course.


As always the chef and staff of the Ocean Course did not disappoint..great food, drink and fun was had by all!


Our many thanks to MCG for the gorgeous pictures and to Thea and Ron for allowing us to help you create such a special day for you and your family!


The Historic Rice Mill

Zari and Drew

September 24, 2012

The Historic Rice Mill 

We spent a lot of time at the Historic Rice Mill last fall and are excited to share all of our unique designs with you!

For Zari and Drew’s fabulous affair guests arrived from the church  with the reception entrance lined with luminary bags with custom designed seals from her inspiration fabric.

Engaging Events Lanternabra’s framed the entrance as well!

Her color palette of Purple, charcoal grey, black and white was gorgeous in the Rice Mill.

The Wedding cake was a show stopper on the beautiful antique sideboard of the Rice Mill. The design was taken directly from her save the date, Wedding Invitation and Wedding Program Suite. Many thanks to Jaclyn Story for this wonderful creation!


The custom fabric Zari chose was utilized in creating throw pillows, runners, and scanned onto printable vellum to wrap our glass candle cylinders.


Zari wanted the Marina Room at the Rice Mill to have a focal piece that would welcome and impress her guests at the same time…we created a tall community table down the center and our own Judy Johnston  fashioned a branch arrangement with hanging flower viles and votive candles that any bride would love to have!


Zari and Drew were so wonderful to work with and we wish them much happiness in the years to come!

Big thanks to Borrowed and Blue for featuring Arielle and Ret’s wedding at Boone Hall!

Check it out the feature HERE!





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Allison and Scott

Carriage House at Magnolia Plantation

June 23, 2012

Can’t believe its been almost a year since Allison and Scott’s nuptials- where does the time go!

Allison chose a color palette of champagne/taupe, blue and cream…Hydrangea’s were a must have:)

She loved the rustic structure of the Carriage House and wanted to let the woodwork and wrought iron chandeliers set the tone.

A wedding cake and grooms cake from Ashley bakery stole the show…. featuring the fleur de lis since they are both LSU grads!


The Ceremony took place on the large Lawn of the carriage house…and with 250 plus guests a tent for band and dancing outside adjacent to the patio was in order. The Patio of the carriage house was the perfect place to kick back and enjoy the view and the tunes!


The Umbella tables on the lawn not only made it a fabulous garden style party but shaded the guests from the June sun.

We wish the happy couple a Happy Anniversary and are happy to share this Magnolia Plantation Wedding with you!

The Woodlands

This week we had the pleasure of visiting The Mansion at the Woodlands. The Woodlands is on its way to becoming Charleston’s only exclusive, luxury special event venue. The Mansion at the Woodlands is an eighteen bedroom, 1906 Greek revival which sits on eleven acres of parkland grounds beneath towering pines, magnolias and moss draped oaks in historic Summerville.

The concept of the Woodlands as a luxury special event venue is unique to any other venue in the Charleston area. Imagine having your own private estate for your wedding weekend, pretty fabulous right?! With guest rooms uniquely decorated, a pool, spa and a restaurant kitchen who needs to leave!

Now we just need to find a bride to host a wedding weekend at The Woodlands and give her guests an experience they will never forget!


After months of planning, Katie and Bobby’s “Sharing the Romance” Wedding at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens came together on February 9th, 2013.

What better way to show off the lovely details and thank all of the vendors for their generous donations and hardwork than to feature their wedding on the Wedding Row and in the Post and Courier on Valentines Day!

Katie and Bobby found out they won giveaway hosted by Magnolia Plantation and Gardens last August.  Katie and Bobby were both deloyed in Afaganistan when they heard about the giveaway with special permission were able to see each other to make their video submission that put them in the running for the $50,000 wedding in Charleston, South Carolina.  Once they made it into the top four their families began campainging for them here in the states, while across the world in Afganistan, friends of Katie and Bobby were also voting and the rest is history!

We were so honored to be apart of such a special day and wish all the best to Katie and Bobby.  Congratulations to you both!  Thank you to all of the vendors who helped make this event possible, Magnolia Plantation, Charleston Wedding Magazine,  Snyder, EventWorks, Vanity Salon, Fabulous Frocks, Mosaic Catering, Tiger Lily Florist, Judy Johnston of Engaging Events, Ice Box, Complete Music, Mel of Richard Bell Photography, Classical Charleston, Mist-a-Misquito, Atlantic Tent, Charleston Place Hotel, Scotti Cline Designs, Calligraphy by Request, Davids Tuxedo, Elaine Mincey “Elaines Events”, and A Charleston Wedding.


Wilkinson’s Landing

This fall we stumbled upon a gem!

Wilkinson’s Landing is in a secluded location just outside of Edisto Beach.  Wilkinson’s Landing is the perfect location for an intimate wedding or a lowcountry rehearsal dinner!

To find Wilkinson’s Landing you drive in down a dirt road surrounded by oak trees and then you are greeted with  unobstructed views of the ocean for miles.

Wilkinson’s Landing has two “areas” to host events.

 “Red’s Shed” overlooks Frampton Creek and Inlet while offering the perfect location for an oyster roast, lowcountry boil, or pig pickin!

 Wilksinson’s Landing comes with a great history.

In 1916 the house was purchased from Salt Landing Plantation, dismantled, placed on a barge, and then floated down the South Edisto, up St. Pierre Creek, and then up to Store Creek before being reassembled to where it sits today!

 The house is currently a work in progress, the finished house will act as a bridal suite with a wrap around porch.


The highlight of this venue is the ability to have a private beach wedding.

The property has a private dock, boat, and captiain which can bring you and your guests to a private beach for a very private beach ceremony!


We were lucky enough to get a boat ride out to the small private island where ceremonies are held and it took out breath away.


 Another great piece of history at Wilkinson’s Landing is the Tabby Oven.  In the early 1800s, Hephzibah Jenkins Townsend, mistress of Townsend Plantation, now known as Botany Bay Plantation, wanted to raise funds to build Edisto’s first Baptist church. When her husband refused to help, she had a huge tabby oven built where slaves could bake bread to be sold in Charleston to raise money to build the church. Mr. Townsend refused to allow the slaves to help with the baking of the bread and she told him she would do it herself. Apparently not wanting his wife to be selling bread on the streets of Charleston, Mr. Townsend relented and the money was raised to build the first Baptist church on Edisto Island. The first Baptist church on Edisto was dedicated in 1818 and stands just off SC Hwy 174 and is also the burial site of Hephzibah Townsend.

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Last week Engaging Events was honored to receive the Brides Choice Awards for 2013 from the Wedding Wire.  The Wedding Wire is a great tool for brides to read reviews about different vendors.   The reviews come from brides, mothers of the brides, and fathers of the brides, just to name a few, who have used them and review the vendors based on their personal experience.  We refer our brides to the Wedding Wire  to check our references and see how our past brides felt about the services we provide.  Its the most convenient way to check references, and the Wedding Wire offers a place to create your free wedding website, along with other tools for planning your wedding.  If you haven’t checked out Wedding Wire yet you should!     

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