Kristin and Travis
French Huguenot Church & The Historic Rice Mill
October 13, 2012
If you find yourself being one of those brides or grooms that find they have a very traditional and classic side but love the style/design of a modern affair too…check out this wedding! It has all of those elements wrapped up in one…It is just stunning and we were so happy to be a part of the special day Kristin and Travis planned.
We had chosen this fun navy and white fabric and had our tailor make napkins and overlays for us!
Kristin and Travis chose different locations and restaurants in DC as their table names and we had our Calligrapher style the table signs with the name and a little explantation of why it was significant to them as a couple:)
We love the design of this wedding and hope you do too!! Just goes to show you that even if you like different design styles we can incorporate them in a way that you truly can “have it all!”
At some point during the wedding there is a round of toasts. These toast may be given by the Maid of Honor, Best Man, Father of the Bride or the Bride and Groom themselves. After hearing many speeches over the years and giving my first Maid of Honor speech this summer here are a few tips…
A toast basically consists of five sections: background, an anecdote, comic relief, a turning point and a conclusion.
First things first, introduce yourself! Everyone will know you are the maid of honor or best man by the time speech time comes around but people want to know why you were chosen for this honorable position! Clarify your relationship to the bride and groom in the beginning. Guests will want to hear why you were chosen to be in a position of honor.
Think about who you are toasting since the majority of the speech will be directed towards them. Think about how the bride and groom met. Did you met your best friends significant other and instantly knew it was magic? The day is about sharing the love the bride and groom have for each other, and guests will love to hear their love story.
Not a comic? Don’t fret about making the speech funny, sometimes it’s just not your personality. If a sentimental speech is more your style stay true to yourself, you’ll only be more nervous when you hear crickets after what you thought was an a great joke. But on the flip side if your joke does tank, own it. At least you’ll get the sympathy laugh right?
Length. Short and sweet is a good rule of thumb but be sure to not make it too short. A 45-second job won’t sound heartfelt and 45 minutes will be painful. Try to stay within the five-ten minute time frame.
If the thought of speaking in front of a large group of people terrifies you practice in front of friends and family! Practice makes perfect, along with a little liquid courage, just be sure not to overdo it!
Cathy and Shaun
The Historic Rice Mill
We were thrilled to help Cathy and Shaun with the design and décor and day of coordination for their December wedding last year.
It was held at the Historic Rice Mill on one of our beautiful December days.
Pink Peonies are Cathy’s favorite flower and our own Judy Johnston wiggled her nose and made them appear in December! No small feat!
A custom made hydrangea print served as the guest book.
Engaging Events fashioned a hydrangea wreath and hung on the beautiful brick wall in the entry of the space. Our Console table below held family, and couple photos.
Our sofa seating area held our grey pillows along with some monogrammed pillows Cathy had made.
We utilized our café lighting on the patio creating that oh so sweet romantic feel:)
It was a beautiful December evening and we were so thrilled to have been a part of it!
The Historic Rice Mill
So happy to share another Rice Mill wedding with you!
This couple didn’t want to get hitched without their dogs…so a first look was in order. A first look is when a couple see’s each other at a scheduled time and place before the actual wedding ceremony. It is a really good fit for some couples and worked particularly well for this couple who wanted photographs with their dogs but knew they wouldn’t necessarily cooperate at a ceremony.
Hydrangae centerpieces in cobalt blue, cream and light blue in mason jars wrapped with lace and placed upon burlap runners, was so charming and a perfect fit for this bride’s style. She loved vintage items and loved the relaxed feel of the burlap runners.
We used our chalkboard to fill everyone in on the dinner menu.
The couple took photographs of their dogs with numbers hanging around their necks and matted them to use as table numbers- super cute DIY project for them:)
Guests enjoyed wedding cake that was adorned with cake topper showing each off their home states.
Our many congratulations to this wonderful couple…
Joanna and Steve
The Historic Rice Mill
October 11, 2012
We were thrilled to be selected by Joanna and Steve to help them design their wedding and handle day of coordination last fall.
Joanna and Steve held their wedding on a Thursday…10.11.12 ….they loved the date significance..
They are true patriots – Steve is a policeman and they have several family members who have served in the military including Joanna’s father. So they wanted to honor them with photo’s and memorabilia as well as the red, white and blue color scheme.
God Bless America and this sweet couple….
Their ceremony was held on the open Patio of the Historic Rice Mill..
They chose a tapas station style reception utilizing all of the beauty of the inside of the Rice Mill along with the covered patio and the super cool mahogany bar area.
Thanks to Joanna’s family for allowing us to be a part of this special day….
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!
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!
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