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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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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!

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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!

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

Abbey and Joseph

Abbey and Joseph

The Thomas Bennett House

July 3, 2011

We are thrilled to Congratulate Abbey and Joseph on their recent nuptials at the Thomas Bennett House.

Abbey found a print fabric she loved, early on in the planning, and it became the inspiration for much of her design.

We enlisted Studio R Designs to help us with the wedding invitations,

wedding programs and featured below- the bands and seals for her specialty drink.


The Dance tent brought all the design elements together- two shades of green, white, the inspirational print fabric

and all the blush flowers she loved. Here you see the tent draped with green fabric by the Engaging Events Crew- and lit with

our Custom Drum Shades covered in her inspirational fabric. We had our tailor create throw pillows in the inspirational fabric for the lounge

seating area’s; and table  runners that we used throughout the reception.

Also shown here (from a distance) are our glass cylinders covered with a vellum containing the design from the inspirational fabric-  they

were  beautiful during full daylight as shown here, and once the sun went down they added to the romance of the setting…..

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The all white dance floor- really set off the dance tent as well- Thanks to Snyder Event Rentals!

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Our own Judy Johnston- searched and recovered some vintage milk glass vases as containers for the centerpieces.

Abbey loved dahlia’s, lisianthus, roses and rice flower in  blush pinks, cream and pale green .

The wedding cake was also inspired from the fabric- as well as the palmetto roses that were on Abbey’s dress….

Many thanks to Elaine Mincey for another beautiful (and delicious) creation!

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The First and Second Floors of the Thomas Bennett House were the setting for a dinner of food stations served tapas style following the ceremony.

Many thanks to Good Food Catering for the Scrumptious Meal!

We wish Abbey and Joseph many years of happiness…..Congratulations!

Christin and Wes

Christin and Wes

Hibernian Hall

June 4, 2011

The Wedding of Christin and Wes happened at St. Matthews Lutheran Church and was followed by a

wonderful reception at the Hibernian Society Hall.

Christin had chosen a color palette of blue, pool, and taupe- and loved some paper balls she saw on Etsy.

We ordered up 50 of them and the Engaging Events team went to work hanging them in the beautiful Rotunda of

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Guests were greeted by a tower of Firefly and Lemonade adorned with cute little tags using

the design from their Invitation Suite. Elaine Mincey created a beautiful taupe cake incorporating the

swirl design from the linen pattern and the invitation suite.

Engaging Events introduced their new table lamps at Christin and Wes’ wedding- they looked fabulous

and added a cozy atmosphere to the sofa seating area.

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The tables were covered with pool linens and taupe damask linens. Judy Johnston the Engaging Events floral designer

created beautiful floral centerpieces – some containing blue hydrangea and scabiosa. While other tables were adorned with

cream calla lilies.

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The porch was illuminated by uplights on each of the columns, and guests enjoyed seating on the porch

throughout the evening.

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We congratulate Christin and Wes on their wedding nuptials- and are so glad to have been a part of their special day.

Briana and Ben

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!!

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!