When you begin working with couples, you truly never know how things are going to turn out from our initial meeting or what path you may be going down- this is what makes the planning process so much fun and exciting.  Watching ideas  pour out of couples and helping bring them to life.

I met Craig and Nicole almost 2 years ago – we began planning their wedding at that point but due to unforeseen circumstances, the wedding was briefly put on hold and rescheduled for this summer.  With this additional time to plan, we could have all the great pieces of the puzzle come together beautifully!!!

Nicole and Craig very clearly wanted a truly elegant southern wedding down to every last detail.  It begins with the location of their reception.  They picked one of the most beautiful Southern locations for their reception- Boone Hall Plantation Cotton Docks.  The next step was to get the perfect caterer to create the perfect Southern meal…and boy did we find the perfect combination!  Catering was by Royal Grand Events – Curtis is beyond amazing and has a staff that matches his every move. 

Guest arrived at the Cotton Docks where they were treated to cocktail hour on the back dock- fresh fried green tomatoes, BBQ sliders and a rich chocolate fondue were the tasty treats to enjoy until dinner.

The menu that the couple picked was really and truly the most perfect Southern meal:  Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Collard Greens, Charleston Red Rice, Black Eyed Peas, Green Beans, Macaroni and Cheese and Pasta Salad, Home-made Cornbread. Dinner was served ‘family style’ to  complete the Southern dinner feel.

Inside, the room was just beautiful- the couple picked loden green and chocolate brown linens that were dressed with gold chargers and topped with a hand fan.  We hung fabric at each door way that blew gently in the breeze- we filled the fireplace with candles and hung fabulous wrought iron lanterns to add a finishing touch.

The bride created all of her own floral designs – and I must say, she has missed her calling- the hydrangea and rose pieces she made were amazing, I love the combination taller and shorter arrangements- her bouquet was breath taking, and I loved the raffia wrapped stems!

I was so excited to finally work  with a friend of mine, Juliet Jones – she has begun an amazing career in photography and she is just doing a fabulous job!

Here are a few photos- they are candid- I am not a professional photographer, some of these are as it was getting dark so please forgive the quality but I wanted to show how lovely this event was!!

The drive way up to the mansion.



The gorgeous couple (photo by Juliet Elizabeth)



The back dock. (photo by Juliet Elizabeth)



Photo by Juliet Elizabeth



One shot of the room – you can see the fabric in the door as well.



You can see the wrought iron lanterns down the center beam with taper candles.



You can see the combination of round and banuqet tables we used.



Head table…



Close up on table (photo by Juliet Elizabeth)



Dance floor area, seating area around the fireplace filled with candles



The gorgeous cake by Jean-Paul (photo by Juliet Elizabeth)



Place setting detail and bride’s bouquet!



Signature platter.