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The Wedding Row

Jennifer and Michael’s beautiful Oceanside wedding on Kiawah has been featured on The Wedding Row this week! The ceremony took place on the lawn right before sunset and guests danced all night long to the Might Kicks.

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Amanda and Garrett at Magnolia

Amanda and Garrett

The Carriage House at Magnolia Plantation

June 8, 2013

Amanda and Garrett were married under the beautiful large Oak tree at the carriage house at Magnolia Plantation a little over a year ago. We were so excited to have their wedding featured in the recent edition of Charleston Style and Design Magazine.

Amanda is all girl through and through- favorite color is pink, loves anything gold, and a girl can’t live without some lace in her life! So we decked out the Carriage House with all of the above. Her groom- Garrett- let her have her pink, her gold and her lace- and made sure he lived up to the  look by sporting a seersucker suit in sage green. – What a guy!

Because it was June- we wanted to make sure her guests were cool by using umbrellas at the ceremony area. Our traditional black Charleston style urns held the flowers and greenery for the “altar” area.


Inside the carriage house we draped in pink, flowers in cream and pink, containers and chairs in gold, and greenery & flowers hanging from the chandeliers.

Amanda’s dress was a show stopper with an underlay in blush pink and an overlay of lace..and Jim Smeal helped us carry on with the theme by using the pattern from her dress on the cake- it was absolutely stunning (and delicious!)



 They had such a blast that nite- they danced the nite away, and ended the evening with a fun sparkler departure.

Happy Belated Anniversary – Amanda & Garrett!


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!!


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

Shannon and Philip

Harbourside East

May 19, 2012

Shannon & Philip

A stunning venue, a stunning view, a stunning bride and groom……we were so thrilled to be a part of Shannon and Philip’s wedding day!

Held overlooking Charleston Harbor and the Cooper River Bridge they were married under a chuppah of white fabric and purple and white blossoms. A custom aisle runner bearing their initials, and framed with rose petals, was a beautiful walkway for the bridal party entrance. To add to the beauty of the setting we added Umbrella’s to shield guests from the sun and add to the garden feel.

Upon conclusion of the sweet ceremony, guests proceeded to the reception site via a lantern lined walkway along the harbor.  They then took the stairs to the patio of Harborside East. They were greeted with a specialty cocktail and two tents with custom fabric draping and crystal chandeliers. The color palette of smoky purple, black and white was gorgeous! We added to the outdoor feel stringing cafe lighting between the two tents creating an open air cafe feel.


The inside of Harborside East has a distinct style that Shannon loved and we wanted to enhance – we embellished the existing chandeliers with orchid strands and little purple acolytes, hung custom fabric draping in the smoky purple color ….the result …a gorgeous room!

We were so thrilled to coordinate this wedding not only because it was a fabulous couple but because we are so excited that Harborside East has reopened…it is a great waterfront venue and we look forward to bringing you more Harborside East Events soon…

Many thanks to our vendors:

Lindy- Harborside East, BBJ linens, The Total Table linens, Photographer- Taylor Stewart, Jim Smeal– Wedding Cake, Mike and the guys at Atlantic Tents, Eventworks, The Root Doctors Band, Studio R – Wedding Invitations, and as always our wonderful floral team- headed by Judy Johnston.

Congratulations Shannon and Philip!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Elizabeth and Chris

Old Exchange Building

April 14, 2012

Want a wedding that is a Charleston Wedding through and through? Well take a look at Elizabeth and Chris’ wedding below- We were excited to be a part of their Wedding Planning process- we worked together for about 18 months planning this big day and enjoyed every minute!

They held their ceremony at St. Mary’s Catholic Church- it is such a historic and beautiful church located on Hasell Street- we don’t have photo’s of the church yet but will share them with you when we do!

They followed that up with a reception at the Old Exchange Building….this building has such history, the declaration of independence was ratified in South Carolina in this building; George Washington attended balls at this building, and it also has a dungeon where pirates were kept. A must see if you visit Charleston!

Old Exchange Building

Guest were greeted by costumed guides that offered tours of the dungeon during the first 1/2hour of cocktails; below you can see photo’s of the first floor room in the hall where we had hors d’oeuvres and a specialty drink of Sweet Tea Vodka and Lemonade- and finished off with a personalized tag and ribbon band – Tag was designed by Studio R Designs.

We were fortunate to have a Jim Smeal designed wedding cake as the dessert that evening- Jim incoporated into the design the design of the damask linens and their new “B” monogram- Thank you Jim for a gorgeous and delicious cake!

We “decked the hall” with beautiful blue damask linens, black chivari chairs, white floral containers filled with white hydrangea, blue delphinium, white calla lillies, and white dendrobium orchids. We also added beautiful charleston greenery and floral sprays to the existing mantles.

We want to thank Elizabeth and Chris and their families for allowing us to be a part of their special weekend- The weather was great, the food was fantastic, and everyone enjoyed this true Charleston experience!

Many thanks to our vendors: Robbin Knight Photography for these images,  Studio R Designs, Eventworks, Jim Smeal, Mosaic Catering, Soulfish, and the Old Exchange for helping us created a fabulous event for these great families!

Kristen and John

Kristen and John

John’s Island Presbyterian Church & Ocean Course at Kiawah Island

November 6, 2010


Kristin and John were married at the beautiful John’s Island Presbyterian Church.

The church was built in 1719 so you can imagine how much character this church has!


The reception was at the Ocean Course on Kiawah.  Guest’s enjoyed Arnold Palmer’s, shrimp and grits, and oyster Rockefeller just to name a few of the tasty treats!

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Kristen’s bouquet was filled with garden roses and tulips and wrapped in her grandmother’s handkerchief (something borrowed!).

Jim Smeal did a wonderful job replicating the lace pattern from Kristin’s dress onto the delicious cake.

Even though it was little chilly, that didn’t stop everyone from dancing the night away! Even Cody and Jake stopped by for the fun!


Best of Luck and Congratulations Kristen and John!!!!

Kristin and Ryan

Kristin and Ryan

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!