Location: Harborside East
Photos by: Taylor Stewart
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!
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….
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.
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.
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
crystal chandeliers, dusty purple fabric draping accents, sofa seating with dusty purple throw pillows and Engaging Events
lantern clusters (these brown lanterns are new to our inventory this fall season:))
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
St. James Episcopal Church & The Citadel Beach House
November 13, 2010
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.
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!
Instead of flowers, the tables were decorated with a variety of centerpieces and candles.
At the end of the night guest’s saw the bride and groom off with glow sticks!
Congratulations Ashley and John!
Ashley and Mark
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.
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
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!
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.
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!
Kara & Scott
The Pavilion at Patriots Point Golf Links
Friday, June 25, 2010
This wedding is a perfect example of our goal to create a wedding “uniquely you”. Kara loves pink, I mean loves it,
so we used oodles of it throughout her wedding. Her color palette of bright pink, orange and lime green is surprising to some, refreshing to others and gorgeous to us!
The ceremony took place on the lawn overlooking Charleston Harbor.
In lieu of traditional chair flowers we used our shepards hooks and hung cute vases of flowers to line the aisle.
The “altar” area featured bright pink carnation balls- fashioned by our own Judy Johnston.
Ok, so another thing Kara loved was polka dots, and lots of them.
We fashioned her save the dates and her wedding invites with them. Designed by Studio R, the backside of her invite panel was the design above (polka dots with their intials)
so we worked with Studio R and a local print shop creating this laminated board that Kara could easily frame for her home later.
For the wedding it served as the placecard display- we glue dotted the escort envelopes to the board and as each guest picked up their card–
more, and more of the design of the board was revealed.
I think this center photo says it all….what a colorful beautiful tent. We glammed it up a bit using our crystal chandeliers.
You’ve seen our glass tower used for drinks many times, but this time it held the shrimp tinis guests enjoyed at the cocktail hour.
Many thanks to Duvall Catering for a fabulous meal.
Gorgeous flowers as always- Many thanks Judy!
Kara and Scott provided us with photo’s of the two of them throughout their relationship in many of their favorite places,
we used the names of the different places as their table names, framed the photo’s and voila!
Our newest addition to our decor collection……..drumroll please……
White Back Bar Shelves!!!!!
You can always count on us to find, build or buy what you need….none of the rental company’s in town own white back bar shelves so we had them made,
just another uniquely you item to add to our collection!
So did I mention she loved pink:)
We also rented an all white dance floor from Snyder Party Rental- it was perfect!
The Engaging Events white planter boxes in front of the band were filled with tropical plants and our uplights.
I have to also mention our many thanks to Eventworks- a new rental company in town that is fantastic.
Service and product are both great. Many thanks to them for helping us create a great event!
Hi my name is Jessi Martin and I am doing a summer internship with Cindy Zingerella at Engaging Events this summer. I absolutly love working with Cindy and Angie and could not have asked for a better place to intern this summer! My first day I was thrilled to be a part of Lindsay and Matt’s wedding on May 1st, 2010 at St. Lukes Chapel and the Historic Rice Mill.
This photo provided by cvi photography & co.
The ceremony was held at St. Lukes Chapel and was gorgeously decorated with flowers from our own Judy Johnston. Wreaths accented with apples welcomed guests into the church, while pink tulip pew markers and bright pink gladiolus altar arrangments framed the bride and groom and gave a burst of color to the church
Guests were welcomed at the reception held at the Historic Rice Mill with a refreshing raspberry lemonade signature drink.
We decorated the outdoor patio with white draping and chinese lanterns giving guests a nice place to relax and view the harbor. Later in the night guests were able to kick off their fancy shoes and dance the night away in flip flops matching Lindsay and Matt’s color scheme!
The evening ended with a rose petal departure for the bride and groom to a waiting Charleston Black Cab. My first event was great and I was so happy to have been apart of Lindsay and Matt’s special day, and I wish the best of luck to the new bride and groom!
The remaining photographs provided by Lowcountry Photography.
Katie and Mike were married under the avenue of oaks at Legare Waring House at Charles Towne Landing on May 22, 2010. The oak trees offered a beautiful backdrop accented with yellow gladiolus and blue hydrangeas by our florist Judy Johnston. The trio from Magnolia Music welcomed guests as they waited for the ceremony to begin and set the mood for an elegant evening.
Our drink tower was filled with vodka lemonade in cobalt blue glasses, garnished with a lemon wedge. The tower was great entrance piece to the tented reception, and provided guests with a refreshing drink to start the evening!
These funky pin cushion proteas gave the community table a touch of fun!
We draped the tent with cobalt blue fabric and accented with touches of yellow. We dressed up the tent with our crystal chandeliers and framed the dance floor with our sofa’s and coffee tables. The fountain provided a great focal point and soothing sound during the evening.
Katie wanted a non traditional wedding cake and decided to go with red velvet and vanilla cupcakes. Since Katie’s dogs couldn’t be a part of the wedding, Elaine Mincey created these minuature dogs to ensure they were a part of Katie and Mike’s special day!