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Unique Groomsmen Gifts

I don’t know about you, but shopping for my girlfriends is a whole lot easier than for guys. You can’t go wrong with some cute stationary, wine glasses, personalized shirts or maybe just some flowers. So we can only imagine how difficult it will be for your man to get his groomsmen something that’s both unique and thoughtful. Have no fear! We have come up with a few gift ideas that are pretty popular go-to choices, but also some creative, personalized ones as well.


Guys need to keep in mind some of these boys (and/or family members) have been with you since little league or college. You chose the most important men in your life right now to stand next to you on the most important day of your life. You don’t have to give the same gift to all, give something useful that characterizes the parts of their personality you love about them.


–          The Flask– Personally, it’s a little over done but a definite go-to gift for any man. Why not have it engraved for that extra personal touch!

–          Personalized sterling silver money clip– We all know every guy needs some sort of wallet or at least a money clip. Can’t go wrong here!

–          Personalized bottle opener– For the partier of the group (flask would be good for him too)

–          Pocket knife– For the outdoorsman. But I’m sure almost every man would find plenty of use for this. Again, have it monogrammed!

–          Sports Jersey– For the sports fanatic. Get each one a personalized jersey with their names on the back from their favorite sports team. Very creative and thoughtful!

–          Pocket Compass/Pocket Watch  – A timeless gift perfect for every guy. Always can be engraved for a more personal touch, and a great way to make sure they are on time for everything!


These last few we LOVE as gifts for the guys. Practical yet sophisticated and personal. All of these suggestions can be found right here in Charleston; We love to shop local!


–  Oyster shucking knives– Every man who loves seafood can’t resist football, beer and an oyster roast. So why not get him a custom engraved oyster knife. You can find some at The Charleston Shucker Company. All items are made in the owners’ home in Charleston!


–  Charleston Oyster TieCharleston Oyster Tie is a distinctive company where a mother produces these creations straight out of her home in Summerville. They wanted something unique that spoke about Charleston’s great qualities. All made from high quality, natural woven burlap. The company preferred burlap because oysters are sold in burlap bags; so it was only suiting to be the perfect material to blend the two styles together, something casual yet natural to Charleston.


–  Brackish Bowties – Started in Charleston, by two young men looking to immolate a distinctive style and capture the spirit of the south. Created with all sorts of different feathers, each one is hand selected and no two are alike. “Brackish is redefining tradition while crafting memorable yet personal pieces for the modern man’s closet”.


We hope these are some fun, unique options for your Groomsmen gifts!!

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Thomas and Chelsea’s romantic fall wedding has been featured! The Veranda at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens could not have been a more  beautiful setting.


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Photos by: MCG Photography

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There are many traditions and rituals performed during the celebration of marriage, and the getaway car is one of my favorites!

So many choices and decorating options, its such a fun way to end the night!

After guests say their good-bye’s what better way to announce the newlyweds to the rest of the world than with the clamor of tin cans and a “Just Married” sign!

A classic way to leave in style is in Rolls Royce.

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The best part about a getaway car is it doesn’t have to be a car at all!

Kristin and Ryan left in a  decorated golf cart!


Kristen and John chose to have their golf cart decorated with a cute sign, tulle, and even Christmas lights!


Horse drawn carriages are another alternative to the traditional car.

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In Charleston we are lucky to have unique  getaway options.

The bicycle taxi’s known in Charleston as the Rickshaw are great because they are affordable and environmentally friendly!

Another favorite is Charleston Black Cab.  These classic and antique looking cabs came straight from London!


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Briana and Ben

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Resort

October 30, 2010

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Briana and Ben’s ceremony was held on the Grand Lawn at the Sanctuary resort on Kiawah Island.

The ocean view was framed by gorgeous alter arrangements done by Judy Johnston.

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Guests were welcomed to the cocktail hour with Charleston gates featuring blue and cream hydrangaes, charleston lanterns,

and an ” Avenue of Oaks” covered with Spanish moss.

The Charleston theme was carried out at dinner with tables named after Charleston Streets,

the Engaging Events team took black and white photo’s of the street signs, matted and framed them –

they have now become a keepsake for the happy couple!

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Special thanks to Studio R for the custom monogram which was used throughout the weekend.

The monogram was used on the cake created by Elaine Mincey,  as well as the specialty cocktails, cocktail napkins, invitations etc.

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The crowd danced the nite away to the sounds of the Quiana Parler Band , dined on a delectible surf and turf dinner,

and the couple sent their guests off in style with chocolate truffles from Christophe Artisan Chocolates….wow – what a night!

Congratulations again to Briana and Ben! Best wishes to you both!!

Kristin and Ryan

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The Ocean Course at Kiawah

October 2, 2010


When Kristin and Ryan were planning their wedding they thought vintage.

The ceremony was held on the lawn framed by two floral arrangements and a picture perfect sunset.

Following the ceremony, guests were served Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka and Lemonade while they enjoyed the gorgeous view of the ocean.

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Our very own Judy Johnston created Kristin’s bouquet, wrapped with a blue ribbon and two charms engraved with

Kristin and Ryans initials and date.

Jim Smeal created  a delicious carrot cake with cream cheese decorated with two love birds.


When it came time for dancing, everyone headed to the candle lit Ryder Cup Lounge.

At the end of the night, Kristin and Ryan said good-bye in a golf cart before heading to an after party at the Sanctuary.


Many Thanks to Leigh Webber for these fabulous photo’s…and Dorsey Sullivan and the Ocean Course Crew for a job well done!

Congratulations Kristin and Ryan!

 Chloe and Preston

Magnolia Plantation

August 7, 2010   


We were so happy to be a part of Chloe and Preston’s Wedding…they are a super couple

 and their wedding had so many wonderful unique touches!

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Their ceremony took place under the big beautiful oak at the Carriage House at Magnolia Plantation –

overlooking the Ashley River. We utilized Charleston Gates covered with spanish moss, greenery, dendrobium orchids

and planter boxes filled with cream hydrangae as the backdrop for their ceremony.

Their guests enjoyed the ceremony from the authentic Church Pews,

shaded with umbrella’s and decorated with mason jars filled with flowers.



 The Inside of the Carriage House featured the chandeliers decorated with spanish moss, greenery and white blossoms.

We utilized soft aqua blue color linen with an apple green linen and natural wood chairs for a soft and pretty atmosphere.

Engaging Events added to the look by draping fabric over the doorways,

and utilizing sweet grass baskets as containers for her wildflowers.

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Chloe’s dress and the location were a big inspiration in much of the design.

 Studio R created save the dates, invitations and these great bands and seals for her specialty drink

utilizing the lace pattern from her dress and the magnolia blossom to represent  the location.

Elaine Mincey utilized the lace design in the pattern you see on the cake, and then topped it with one of her signature magnolias.

Many thanks to all the vendors who made this nite so magical for Chloe and Preston, and to Taylor Stewart and MCG Photography for the great images!

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.

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!