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Kelsey and Patrick

Kelsey & Patrick

The River Course- Kiawah Island

April 20, 2013

We were so excited when we found out that Kelsey and Patrick’s wedding was going to be included in the exclusive national magazine “Coastal Living Weddings” we wanted to shout it from the roof tops and tell everyone! But we had to keep the images from you,…. and mum was the word until the magazine came out. As we shared with you a few weeks ago- the magazine is  now out and we are so thrilled to give you some more images and details about their exciting weekend!

Patrick’s parents hosted a welcome party on Friday evening at Osprey Point Clubhouse- it was a fabulous event and we will share images of that with you soon.

Prior to the wedding weekend guests received their invitations. These were some of the most gorgeous invitations we’ve ever seen! We created them with the help of Heather at Sixpence press. Kelsey’s mother had mentioned wanting to have the invitation be a booklet- so we worked with Heather to create a soft, romantic design. The booklet was a champagne colored silk and inside on the right, Heather mounted a letter pressed invitation, on the left was a pocket that held the invitation to the welcome party, farewell breakfast, map and reply card – all of these pieces were letterpressed as well. Heather also created a custom monogram seal, and had the booklet made with a lace and ribbon band.

The wedding was on Saturday and to be honest the weather forecast was not encouraging- It was unusually cool that day, and overcast for most of the day- we had watched the weather carefully and while it didn’t look like there was any sunshine in our future there wasn’t supposed to be any rain either- so we went with the original plan to have the ceremony on the lawn. We adorned the ceremony chairs with lace and lamour sashes, and flower clusters of garden roses, coastal grasses, dendrobium orchids and wax flower. During the ceremony our vocalist Ann Marie Fairchild sang the Lord’s Prayer- and while she was singing the sun came out- bright and strong…..- everyone just kind of looked at each other in shock and smiled. We all knew that the ceremony had been truly blessed!


 Then it was party time….cocktails were enjoyed on the porch and upper lawn. The Engaging Events team had created  a floral cascade over the opening leading to the lawn, we added pink champagne fabric to the archways, brought in tree’s with romantic little white lights and a farm table with Lanterns and Rose Petals to add to the charm.


 When it was time for dinner the guests entered the ethereal ballroom- chairs were draped with covers and tails from Wildflower Linens. The tables were draped with BBJ linens and overlays– and napkins tied with ribbon and a floral sprig. A custom Menu Card die cut to size by Sixpence Press – to fit in the hammered glass chargers from Snyder Event Rentals. The Mahogany Chairs were provided by Eventworks. We brought in more tree’s and shrubs and filled them with white twinkle lights and used our White planter boxes to create a beautiful bandstand. Our floral designs with alternating tall and short arrangements was eye catching and romantic at the same time. And our lounge furniture created the perfect setting in the big bay windows of the River Course.




The wedding cake was inspired by the Bride’s gown and created by Jim Smeal- a well known local baker.


At the end of the nite- guests were bid farewell with favor bags of homemade caramel popcorn made by the River Course.

It was a fantastic evening- and wonderful families. We feel so lucky to have been able to get to know all of them and be a part of such a special day in all of their lives. Congratulations Kelsey and Patrick!

Courtney and Matt

Courtney and Matt

May 11, 2013

Patriots Point

A gorgeous bride, a handsome groom, a beautiful May day, a venue on the water..hmmmm stuff dreams are made of huh? Well that is what Courtney and Matt’s day was like this past May – and we were so thrilled to be a part of it.

Judy designed an absolutely gorgeous bouquet for Courtney using peonies, garden roses, stock, delphinium, dusty miller, and lily of the valley.

The Wedding Ceremony took place on the lawn overlooking the harbor- we used a curved white arbor as a base- added some flowing white fabric, a couple of bouquets and a timeless wrought iron table for the unity sand ceremony; creating the soft and romantic setting Courtney & Matt dreamed of.

The Reception tent was just as soft and romantic as the ceremony, centerpieces of peonies, garden roses, hydrangea, delphinium, dusty miller and queene anne’s lace -fashioned in a mercury glass vase was gorgeous on the pewter linens. Engaging Events created the vintage looking wooden table  numbers.

Cake Designer Jim Smeal created a gorgeous -soft and romantic cake that had a little of the silver color to it -and we placed it front and center for all to see:)

Calligraphy by Request handled all the escort card, and food sign calligraphy for us- what beautiful, timeless writing she has!


Continuing the soft romantic look- Engaging Events hung our crystal chandeliers and café lighting in the existing tent creating that oh so dreamy atmosphere:)


Many thanks to Courtney and Matt for allowing us to be a part of their special day- it was gorgeous and so were you!!


Save the Date, Invitations, and More!

With wedding season upon us we’d like to talk about Save the Dates, Invitations, and most importantly the Post Office. With the postage rate increase this January, it got us thinking about how important it is to have all of your wedding paper goods weighed for postage.  At Engaging Events we take a sample the save the date and invitation to the post office and have them weighed for postage prior to purchasing the postage.  This is a very important step in the process of mailing out your save the dates and invitations.

Oversized and heavy weight invitations require additional postage and the .60 wedding cake stamp is not enough.  It is also a good idea to have your invitation weighed prior to purchasing stamps because if your invitations has bulky items incorporated in the design (bows, wax seals, etc) it may be considered a parcel which requires a different type of postage.  When your invitation is sent as a parcel it goes in a different pile from the regular mail, so during security check the parcel invitations do not get ripped or ruined from the security slots. So what to do when your invitation requires additional postage?

We use various sites that let you create your own stamp, yes customizable stamps! A few of our favorite custom stamp websites are: http://www.zazzle.com/stamps and http://www.pictureitpostage.com/

Both sites let you create custom stamps with your own image and in the denomination you need! Now that you’ve got the correct postage another important things we do at engaging Events is hand cancel every invitation that goes out.  The cancellation stamp is used to “deface” the stamp so it cannot be reused and by doing this the letter does not have to go through the postal machine that puts the large barcode across the top of the invite.  There was a lot of time and money put into those invitations, sending them with a cancelled stamp also gives the first glimpse to where the wedding will be if you send them from a post office in the city you’re hosting the wedding!

And just a reminder! Save the dates should be mailed out six to nine months before your wedding.  Invitations should be mailed out seven to eight weeks before a destination wedding and six to seven weeks for a local wedding.

The Island House

Lauren and Ben

The Island House

April 27, 2013

A spring day on the water at the Island House is always a treat, but especially with this happy couple! Lauren and Ben are always smiling- you can tell how much happiness they bring to each others lives by just looking at them! We LOVED Lauren’s chosen color palette – a beautiful water colored blue- almost peacock colored but not quite, apple green and coral. To enhance the organic look we chose linens with texture and burlap runners and ties to bring it all together.

Lauren and Ben wanted to have a few DIY projects but nothing that would take away from the week of the wedding- so they made some directional signs, and some kraft tag that the guests wrote messages on and hung from the screen Lauren ordered online.


Our own Judy Johnston fashioned the gorgeous bouquets  the girls carried using succulents, button mums, ranunculus, garden roses, thistle , and sweet pea.

Guests danced the nite away under the tent- which featured a dessert table, and umbrella tables overlooking the water.


A great time was had by all- and we were so thrilled to be a part of it. It was the 2nd wedding we had done for Lauren’s family and it was great to see all of them again. All of our love and well wishes go out to Lauren and Ben!

Couples’ Choice Award

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Engaging Events, LLC, Best Wedding Planners in Charleston, Florence, Myrtle Beach - 2014 Couples' Choice Award Winner

WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards recipients represent the top five percent of wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism.
Thank You Wedding Wire!

St. James Episcopal Church and Lowndes Grove Plantation

Laura and Walsh

St. James Episcopal Church  and Lowndes Grove Plantation

April 13, 2013

We recently shared with you the exciting news about one of our clients weddings being featured on Style Me Pretty. We thought we would share a few more images with you and a little more about their fabulous day.

One of the best things about Laura and Walsh’s beautiful wedding was the weather- We all dream of that perfect day for our wedding 75 degree’s, crisp blue sky and sun…well Laura and Walsh definitely got that. They began the evening with their Nuptials at St. James Episcopal Church on James Island. It is a beautiful southern chapel with great big oaks dripping in Spanish moss surrounding it. Laura carried a bouquet of Peonies, Garden Roses, Ranunculous and Anemones accented with Dusty Miller.


As guests arrived to the reception they were greeted with Bottled beer, Lemonade and Sweet Tea on the front lawn along with custom corn hole boards the couple had received as a gift. The cocktail tables dressed in pewter were accented with budvases of cream flowers – roses, stock, ranunculous, and some more of that romantic Dusty Miller.


The Dinner Tent was swagged with pewter fabric and our timeless crystal chandeliers. Tables consisted of Mahogany Farm tables and pewter linen tables with the flowers in containers of Mercury Glass with each table having its own unique design – either footed bowl or table cascade. Mahogany chairs, votive candles and napkins tied with pewter ribbon completed the look. The couple and their guests danced the nite away to the sounds of Plane Jane- a favorite local band.


We didn’t stop there though. With the couples love of the outdoors in mind- we fashioned a portion of the reception to be open air in good weather- and as I mentioned above- “The Man upstairs” came through for us on the weather! So Café Lighting, White plantation bar and our bar shelves finished off the patio leading to the dock. On the lawn, Laura dreamt of a comfy, cozy romantic spot to watch the evening unfold- so we utilized our vintage seating area and hung our wrought iron lanterns from the tree’s above.


I don’t think anyone could of ever asked for a more lovely evening – a sweet couple, wonderful weather, beautiful venues- and Engaging Events leading the way….Congratulations Laura and Walsh!













Special Event Insurance

At Engaging Events we recommend Special Event Insurance to all of our brides.  Special Event Insurance provides broad protection against inclement weather, no-show vendors, and alcohol related accidents.  In the Lowcountry, many fall weddings occur the during hurricane season, and the last thing anyone wants is their wedding to be ruined by a hurricane!

Photo Credit David Stubbs

Special event insurance is very affordable and easy to obtain.  Many insurance companies allow you to add on a special event policy to your existing home owners policy and the cost is typically $200 – $250.

We strongly recommend every bride at least look into special event insurance because anything can happen, so why not be covered!

Laura and Walsh on Style Me Pretty

Laura and Walsh’s wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty!

They were married this past April at Lowndes Grove Plantation located on the Ashley River.

We loved being a part of this lovely couples wedding, we hope you love it too!

Coastal Living Weddings Magazine

Kelsey and Patrick

April 20, 2013

The River Course at Kiawah Island

After months of keeping this feature a secret, we are thrilled to share

Kelsey and Patrick’s Kiawah Island Wedding featured in Coastal Living Weddings Magazine!


Special thanks goes out to all of the vendors!

Patricia Lyons Photography

Sixpence Press – Invitations, Programs, and Accessories

Calligraphy by Request

Clelia Reardon – Ceremony Music

Quianna Parler Band

Artistic Eye Productions

Ann Marie Fairchild – Vocalist

Bill Nuttall – Bagpiper

Allen Johnston – Officiant

Eventworks Rentals

Snyder Rentals

BBJ Linen

The Total Table Linens

Wildflower Linens

Vanity Salon

Moore Makeup

Firecracker Bill – Trees

Presentation Services

Cigar Row

Madison Row – Brides Dress

LulaKate – Bridesmaid Dresses

Charleston Style Limo

Chariot of Dreams

Market Street Sweets

The Rivercourse at Kiawah Island

Engaging Events on Borrowed and Blue

Engaging Events was featured on Borrowed and Blue this week!  Cassidy and Trevor’s wedding was held at Cassique on Kiawah Island last summer.  We  had a blast working with them and we’re so excited to share their wedding with you!