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Cocktails, yes please!

 Need a fun, creative way to make your cocktail hour stand out? Why not choose an amazing specialty drink for all your guests to sip on while they are waiting to celebrate YOU!

Placing a unique drink tower as a focal point does not only add elegance to your big day, but also helps take a lot of pressure off your bartenders. Having a drink pre-made for your guests to quickly grab and start sippin’ helps avoid the usual swarming of the bar right after the ceremony.


Yes, here in the South, Sweet-Tea Vodka and Lemonade is “the go-to” obvious drink of choice. But why not mix it up? Here are a few tips on how to choose your signature drink: Choose something with a pop of color, but also that goes with your theme! Don’t over complicate your drink; keep it simple with one or two liquors and a mixer. Then top it off with some colorful fruit or garnish. Pick something that is sentimental to you—this day is all about you and your other half. Give people a taste of what makes you a unique couple. Last but not least, TRY your own drink! No one wants to serve a cocktail that isn’t tasty. Make your signature drink something all your guests, hopefully, will remember.

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Jennifer and Jay’s Wedding

Photos by: Bella Loren Photography

New Decor!

We’ve added new items this spring to our décor inventory!

The first addition is our new rustic wood drink tower.


Next up we added a large inventory of silver hammered candle sticks in three different sizes.

We also added matching silver hammered urns in three sizes, perfect for floral centerpieces!

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Our third addition is new vintage seating.

Included in this vintage seating is a bench, two chairs, and coffee table.

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Kiosha and Joseph

The Island House

November 19, 2011

Finally…..we had the opportunity to help a wonderful bride with her Charleston Wedding Planning at a venue we had longed to create a design for…The Island House….

Kiosha and Josephs fall wedding took place on a beautiful day in November….the ceremony backdrop was a beautiful waterway and marsh; and Judy Johnston our floral designer, added to the beauty of the setting with urns filled with grasses from this region, blue hydrangae and deliphinium.


The Brides priorities were to have  a beautiful design and an organized day and that is where we came in… to ensure her Charleston Wedding Planning experience was organized, creative and most of all fun….

She grew up on Johns Island so when she and her family discovered the Island House just down the road from where she grew up she knew it was the place….she wanted a more formal affair and enlisted our help because of our Design experience – in particular with draping tents.

Our Bride knew her color scheme right from the start; cobalt blue, pewter and white….and so that begins our design story…

In the photo’s above you see the cobalt blue hydrangae used for her chair markers; Engaging Events shepards hooks and lanterns that created a walkway from the ceremony to the reception tent…and the 3rd photo is of the urns that framed the ceremony area.

Kiosha and Joseph’s reception was held in the existing tent facility along with a tent the Engaging Events team had added …the guests enjoyed cocktails followed by a seated dinner then dancing in this space…We added a Tent liner to the existing tent (thanks to Eventworks for a beautiful job wtih that) along with Engaging Events custom drum shades for lighting in addition to the existing perimeter twinkle lights. Their were 3 different styles of centerpiece for the dinner tables, and menu cards at each placesetting.

The tent added on was provided by Atlantic Tents and was an open gable tent overlooking the water…in this tent guests enjoyed the Engaging Events lounge seating, dancing and bar.

We were so thrilled to be able to have an event at this venue with such a fantastic couple and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Kiosha’s mom who helped her and I with all the plans…she was a blast to work with too – so thanks Stephanie!

Janice and Andrew’s Wedding

Photos by: Abby Carter

Setup by: Collette Mruk

Caitlin and Chris

Cooper River Room

November 5, 2011

Caitlin and Chris were married at St. Andrew’s Church in the Old Village of Mt. Pleasant.

They followed up the ceremony with a reception at the Cooper River Room at Mt. Pleasant’s waterfront park. This is a really neat venue and we were excited to be designing an event there. The view is spectacular and the venue is unique and flexible in its use.

In Lieu of a guest book, Caitlin chose to have her guests “Leaf” their signature on their new family tree!

Guests enjoyed cocktails on the lawn, followed by dinner in the Cooper River Room- Caitlin’s color scheme was so pretty for fall, charcoal grey and apple/pear green and ivory. We used beautiful button linens from Connie Duglin Linens in ivory accenting them with charcoal grey runners and then Judy our florist helped finish it off with bouquets of green hydrangae.


Guests enjoyed a “Beer Rita” as the specialty drink- yes you guessed it- a margherita meets beer- created by the fabulous crew at Mosaic Catering.

Guests dance the night away to the sounds of Soulfish, in a tent bedazzled with Engaging Events chandeliers, and comfy cozy lounge furniture.

Caitlin, Chris, and all their family and friends had a great time…we wish them many happy years to come….

Nancy and Ken

The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island

October 1, 2011

A second chance at love…..I think we all love those kind of stories….Jessi and I were thrilled to be a part of one last month.

Nancy and Ken were married at St. Andrews Church on Ashley River Road in an intimate ceremony with just immediate family;

and then celebrated with all their family and friends at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island.

Nancy had lost her first husband of many years a couple years ago and had prayed she would find someone to share the rest of her life with.

Well her prayers were answered when she met Ken- a sweet guy with a great sense of humor.

It was our pleasure to get to know them both and be a part of such a special day in their lives.

Nancy chose a color palette of copper and dusty purple- our florist Judy Johnston created show stopping florals to coordinate

with mixed arrangements of copper flowers and submerged copper orchids.


The couple chose a food station/tapas style reception and the Atlantic Room housed a shrimp & grits station as well as a

beef tenderloin carving station with potatoes au gratin and roasted fall vegetables.

The centerpiece for the room was the Engaging Events glass tower with sugar rimmed champagne glasses garnished with a fresh blueberry and a wonderful array of cheeses and fruits.

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At the far end of the room Engaging Events and the Ocean Course created a beautiful delectable display of petite desserts in lieu of a wedding cake.

Creme Brulee, Pecan Tarts, Key Lime Tarts, Chocolate Truffles were just some of the wonderful offerings.

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We chose beautiful textured copper linens throughout the reception with accents of the dusty purple twist linens.

Outside on the porch guests enjoyed a grilled fish and risotto station, a beautiful mahogany bar and a dance tent accented with Engaging Events

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lantern clusters (these brown lanterns are new to our inventory this fall season:))

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It was a great pleasure for the Ocean Course to host this wedding reception as well- as the couple spent much of their courtship on dates at the clubhouse restaurant.

The staff of the Ocean Course and Engaging Events is so happy for these two lovebirds and wish them many happy years to come…

Many thanks to the Ocean Course for the fabulous setting and food, Judy Johnston for the gorgeous florals, and King Street Studios for some of these detail shots.

Ashley and John

Ashley and John

St. James Episcopal Church & The Citadel Beach House

November 13, 2010

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Ashley and John were married at St. James Church on James Island- this has been Ashley’s families church for many years….

As guests arrived to the reception,

they were greeted with Blueberry vodka and Sprite (Ashley’s favorite!) served in mason jars on the Engaging Events drink tower.

The Wedding cake was displayed as a trio of cakes each  a different flavor, Red Velvet, Vanilla Cake with Raspberry filling and Vanilla Cake with Lemon Bavarian Cream Filling. Each Cake was iced with  Cream Cheese and Buttercream.

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In addition to cake, there was also a candy bar!

The candy bar was filled with Hershey Kisses, Hershey Nuggets, Rock Candy, Mints, Salt Water Taffy and Almonds.

All coordinating with the Navy, Silver and White color scheme!

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Instead of flowers, the tables were decorated with a variety of centerpieces and candles.

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At the end of the night guest’s saw the bride and groom off with glow sticks!

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Congratulations Ashley and John!

Ashley and Mark

Ashley and Mark

Pepper Plantation

October 23, 2010


Engaging Events was so excited to be apart of Ashley and Mark’s wedding at the rustic Pepper Plantation!

Clemson colors were the inspiration for this fun and energetic lowcountry couple.

The back lawn was a perfect location for the ceremony overlooking the pond, Judy Johnston created a beautiful arrangement of smilax, dahlias, stock, hydrangae

and bittersweet as the focal point leading to the ceremony area.

The back fence was accented with bittersweet, bringing in the vibrant orange.

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The color scheme of purple and orange worked great with the rustic barn feel of Pepper Plantation.


Guests enjoyed Bourbon and Cokes and Bourbon and Ginger-Ales (Favorite’s of the Bride and Groom!) after the ceremony,

served in our Mason Jars and displayed on our drink tower.

Our Congratulations to Ashley and Mark- we wish you all the best!

Chloe and Preston

 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!