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Borrowed and Blue

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.


Borrowed and Blue

The Island House

Lauren and Ben

The Island House

April 27, 2013

A spring day on the water at the Island House is always a treat, but especially with this happy couple! Lauren and Ben are always smiling- you can tell how much happiness they bring to each others lives by just looking at them! We LOVED Lauren’s chosen color palette – a beautiful water colored blue- almost peacock colored but not quite, apple green and coral. To enhance the organic look we chose linens with texture and burlap runners and ties to bring it all together.

Lauren and Ben wanted to have a few DIY projects but nothing that would take away from the week of the wedding- so they made some directional signs, and some kraft tag that the guests wrote messages on and hung from the screen Lauren ordered online.


Our own Judy Johnston fashioned the gorgeous bouquets  the girls carried using succulents, button mums, ranunculus, garden roses, thistle , and sweet pea.

Guests danced the nite away under the tent- which featured a dessert table, and umbrella tables overlooking the water.


A great time was had by all- and we were so thrilled to be a part of it. It was the 2nd wedding we had done for Lauren’s family and it was great to see all of them again. All of our love and well wishes go out to Lauren and Ben!

 Leigh and Patrick

White Point Gardens and Harborside East

March 24, 2013

We were so thrilled to help Leigh and Pat tie the knot at their wedding this spring…I had the pleasure of helping with Pat’s sisters wedding several years ago so it was so fun to work with his family again. Leigh and Patrick are bartenders at two local hot spots The Brick and Mac’s Place. Their priority for the reception was to have it be a great party that EVERYONE enjoyed. Their goal with the ceremony was to keep it intimate with just their immediate family and closest friends. Leigh had always dreamed of being married at the Gazebo at White Point Gardens and even though the weather that day was pretty wet early in the day, we got a break in the weather to make it happen for her that afternoon. Here she is looking stunning on the way to the ceremony…

The reception was held at Harborside East- a venue that is super unique in the architecture and perfect for a great party. Leigh chose a color palette of charcoal grey, coral, green and cream and it was really lovely in the venue and perfect for the start of spring!

Guests were greeted with… a cocktail of course!  – a “his” and “her” favorite!

The wedding cake brought together the organic look Leigh loves with the color palette she had chosen.

Leigh wanted to make sure the Existing HUGE Bar at the Harborside looked awesome so we added branches and orchids to each and every support pole at the bar- and it looked FABULOUS!


Outside a romantic and Comfy Lounge area was dressed up with some of our fantastic fabric draping with sheer coral fabric, crystal chandelier, and our Vintage seating area.



The venue has a HUGE Patio – Half of it is covered and Half is open air…while our original plan was to use both…. the rain of the day changed it up for us… so we kept it all under the existing covered portion and the tent we added. We added cool café lighting, some Tree’s and draping and VOILA…transformed into a comfy, romantic hang out that EVERYONE  enjoyed!


Leigh and Patrick hired the Travis Allison Band to make the tunes, Charleston Party Booth to have the playful fun of a photo booth, and for the finishing touch we had a Cigar Roller from the Cigar Row join us later in the evening….

What a great time was had by all- Including the Engaging Events team! We loved planning with Leigh and Pat and are so thrilled they had such a fabulous day!

We are so proud to announce the Courtney and Matt’s wedding was featured on Borrowed and Blue today!

 We had a fantastic time planning this wedding with these two and we are so excited to share their dream destination wedding with you!

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!!

Kia and Antwan McLean

September 25, 2010

The Ocean Club at  Grande Dunes

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina


Kia and Antwan are a fantastic couple- searching for a wedding that was not only fun but incorporated a lot of personal touches.

The ceremony and reception were held at the Ocean Club at the Grande Dunes Resort in Myrtle Beach.

The ceremony was held on the  terrace overlooking the ocean, a million dollar view and the weather could not have been better!

Kia and her bridesmaid’s bouquets were a gorgeous arrangement of white and purple orchids created  by our own  Judy Johnston.

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After the ceremony, guests headed  poolside for cocktails and hors d’eouvres where the specialty drink was grape lemonade garnished with a “M” stir stick (stands for McLean ~their last name:)).

The design of the stir stick was taken from their custom invitations- many thanks to Studio R Designs for all their help!


After cocktails and then dinner in the elegant Ocean Club dining room….. guests headed to the  dance tent (otherwise known as the “McLean Dance Lounge” for dancing and desserts.

Everyone enjoyed cake, cupcakes adorned with edible diamond rings,  and a candy display ~ with what else?~ purple candy!

The tent had so many fun touches like these purple zebra pillows with custom drum shades to match!



Janis & Dave

October 3, 2009

The William Aiken House

 Janis & Dave are a very fun and quirky couple!

Janis is very detail oriented and really knows what she likes.

Dave likes pretty much whatever Janis likes but he also had some special requests for their day.


I have to say that I am not always a fan of using the bridge over the pond at the William Aiken House –

But the way we used it for Janis and Dave may have changed my mind!

We covered the bridge in white fabric, and then used a custom aisle runner with their monogram and a gold border to finish it off!

Judy and her team created an gorgeous “altar” area using the existing pergola and greenery, roses, lilies, and hydrangea.

– and of course I can’t forget about our wrought iron lanterns that also hung in between the columns of the pergola.

It was all done so tastefully and created such a romantic setting.

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As I said, Dave did have some requests of his own ~

One of which was to have a vocalist sing a song or two in Italian during the ceremony.

Anne Marie Fairchild is a local vocalist that I have had the priviledge of hiring  a few times.

She started off the ceremony with Ava Maria and then, during the ceremony,

 sang “The Prayer” – and at Dave’s request – in Italian!!!

Thank you Anne Marie!

For the reception ~ Janis liked the 1950’s era and so the florals and textured linens really helped us to create that look.

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A Candy Station in the Dining Room was such a hit ~ from the begining to the end of the night!


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Elaine Mincey – of Elaine’s Events Cakes of Distinction – provided us with her

Sugar Mangnolia Cake ~ You may have seen it in magazines before ~ If not, Check it out here…

The woman must have the patience of a saint to hand make all of those sugar Magnolia’s!!!


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The Dance Tent did not Disappoint!

We Fashioned the tent with Gold Satin fabric accents and hung our crystal chandeliers…

Judy and her team created beautiful tall and short arrangements  that were just stunning upon entering the tent.


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Janis & Dave danced the night away and then finished the night off with a sparkler departure ~

and of course…a romantic carriage ride.

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Congratulations Janis and Dave!!!

Wedding ~ November 15, 2009

Kristen & Scotty From Greensboro, NC

The Ceremony took place at the First Baptist Church in Downtown Charleston and the reception followed at the Historic Rice Mill.

*Features*  ~ Be sure to check out our new lampshade pendants and the fabulous green draping used on the ceiling of  Rice Mills patio! 

Kristen & Scotty’s wedding invitations had the sea oats on them and Elaine Mincey, of Elaines Creative Cakes, carried that through so beautifully onto their cake…

Candlescapes with coffee beans added that cozy aroma as well as incorporating in with the color scheme.  Kristen was actually a little worried at the beginning about her choice in color scheme…she loved coral, apple green, and chocolate brown colors, and how they complimented each other but was concerened that it not end up looking like a spring wedding since it was taking place in November.  I think the way we used the color was a home run!  They each had their place in the design but with some simple creative design elements, we created a truly charming, cozy fall wedding.

The Joe Clarke Quartet provided that big band sound during their reception…

…Kristen & Scotty then finished off their wonderful evening with a horse and carriage ride back to the romantic and charming French Quarter Inn.




















October 22, 2009

Rue De Jean Welcome Party

Jen & Matt are from New Jersey, as are the majority of their wedding guests, so they decided to have a welcome party/Rehearsal Dinner for all the guest that traveled down for the wedding.  Matt’s parents wanted to bring the beach and some of it’s fabulous fall features into the rehearsal party – But, also choose a venue in downtown Charleston.  Upstairs Rue de Jean was decided on but, with no visible water nearby, what was a designer to do?  Well, Judy Johnston and Cindy worked together to bring one of the more visible elements of the beach in the fall to life – Wheat was used to mimic the sea oats and sand, then a little blue color was added to create a very welcoming vibe but also, the Charleston Fall Beach theme that they were hoping for.  And let me tell you, once these were added to the already beautiful exposed brick and wood beams at upstairs Rue de Jean, it really made the wheat and blue colors stand out! 












check out the Grooms cake which was done by Elaines Creative Cakes.  If you can believe it, the hat at the top of the cupcake stand is an actual cake!!!  The Groom is a huge NFL Baltimore Ravens fan so they wanted to incorporate that but in a very unique way...it turned out perfect!

Check out this Grooms cake which was done by Elaines Creative Cakes. If you can believe it, the hat at the top of the cupcake stand is an actual cake!!! The Groom is a huge NFL Baltimore Ravens fan so they wanted to incorporate that but in a very unique way...it turned out perfect!