(This wedding was planned and coordinated by one of B.I.O. planners – Jill Areheart.)

We had so much fun working with Caroline and Philippe. They are a wonderful couple and their focus was on building a day full of special touches, surrounded by family and friends, without sweating all the small stuff. It was truly a beautiful event full of love.

Although Caroline grew up in Columbia, she and Philippe live in California. Her Dad lives here, but her mom is in Hawaii. Philippe is French, so his parents – and many of his friends and relatives – travelled from France for the wedding. Needless to say, we did a lot of planning over email!

 The ceremony was at Rutledge Chapel with two of their friends and fellow professors officiating. One did each part of the service in English and the other translated into French. They had a large bridal party, and I must say that all the French speakers were very good sports following my Southern instructions!

 Philippe had told me that everyone would stay as late as possible and they did! The ceremony was at 3pm, and they were still having fun at 11pm when we had to close the reception. The Seibel’s house was a perfect venue, and the weather really cooperated. Guests had wine and passed hors d’oeuvres in the garden with the afternoon sun shining. My favorite part was that people enjoyed themselves so much many had their shoes off and were sitting around on the grounds picnic style!  The sun was setting when the buffet was served inside, so we lit all the candles placed around the grounds, and guests came back out to enjoy dancing under the stars. 

Photography was by Southern Wedding Photography

 Guests entered the reception directly into the garden area



 Here are photos of the grounds before guests arrived. We hung white paper lanterns from the trees and also used our shepherd hook lanterns with candles we lit at sundown.





 The bride and groom hired a carriage for the trip from Rutledge Chapel to Seibels House.




The cake from Parkland was perfect. The topper is from the bride’s grandparents wedding. They’ve been married 68 years!



The food was from Kendall’s Katering. Flowers by Southern Stems.



The indoor centerpieces added just the right touch. Southern Stems used a single blue hydrangea in one of our cube vases for each table.



 The memory board at the reception with pictures of Caroline and Philippe growing up. It was a huge hit – the guests loved looking at all the photos of them.  You can also see the CD guest favors. The title was Caroline and Philippe: the Soundtrack, and they had the DJ play it during cocktail hour.




 We clustered the bridesmaids’ blue hydrangea bouquets into vases on one of the mantels at Seibels House during the reception.



We hung café lights around the tent (from Palmetto Party Rental) to add a little sparkle. For the outdoor centerpieces we took three cylinder candleholders and tied them with brown and blue ribbons.