(This blog created by planner/designer Jill Areheart)

Sarah and Travis were a fun, laid-back couple, who put a lot of emphasis on making sure their guests had a wonderful time. And they certainly did! From gourmet food and an international wine bar, to late-night carriage rides and a fun photobooth, there was something for everyone to enjoy.

Professional photos are thanks to Michael Koska Photography. The unmarked ones are candids we took while setting up.

Vendors LOVE:

Ceremony and Reception Venue: The SC Lace House and Garden

Catering: Food for Thought

Lighting: Ambient Media

Photography: Michael Koska Photography

Floral Design:  Balloons, Arches and Flowers

DJ: Partytime DJs  (TJ McKay)

Tents/Rentals: Palmetto Party Rental

Design/Set: By Invitation Only….Event Planning & Design

As the setting for it all, they picked a beautiful southern venue, the SC Lace House, and let us help them bring their own unique style to it.

For the seated dinner, we set a mix of round and rectangular tables in the mall area in front of the House. We wanted to bring in the navy of the bridesmaid dresses, but keep the overall look light, so we used navy runners with lavender and apple green accents on white.

The governor even popped over to look at everything while we were setting up 🙂

LOVE these centerpieces for the round tables. Sarah saw a picture of it, we found the right vases and Savanda with Balloon Arches and Flowers made it gorgeous.

We created menus using a graphic of the lampposts on the Lace House grounds. And yes…we bought aLOTof green apples from Sam’s Club that week.

The arbor in full bloom made a gorgeous backdrop for the ceremony:

First dance under the clear-top tent on the terrace.

Since the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner and dancing were all in different locations on the grounds and in the house, Sarah had these fabulous signs made to help direct guests.

Instead of a big cake, they had a small one for cutting, plus individual pies and an ice cream sundae bar. YUM!

The “wines of the world” bar was a big hit!

And one final shot in front of the gorgeous fountain at the Lace House.


Oh my gosh what an amazing day!!!  We had the best time designing this booth and getting it all set up…you know us, give us a challenge and we will find a way.

We met so many lovely brides ~ talked about some great weddings coming up and enjoyed seeing fellow vendors!  Here are few images from the show.

Special thanks to Palmetto Party Rental and  Something Special Florist




Oh my gosh ~ well you all know how connected we get to our couples after working together during the planning process, but when you start out working on a wedding of a dear friend ~ man can you just get carried away (sort of)!

BIO planner, Jill Areheart came to me stating that a very dear friend of hers was getting married and she wanted us to work together on helping Natasha and Andrew bring their dream to life!!  I was so honored that Jill asked me to work with her on this and the excitement we all got when we met even the first time blew us away!

Natasha and Andrew, along with their families had really beautiful, grand ideas~ when we joined forces, it truly took on a life of its own and I know I look at these images once a week!

This wedding was so much fun ~ one funny moment I have to touch on is that father of the bride is a KISS fan and made sure that we had a visit from a ‘KISS’ member to entertain us…it was so awesome!

Who ever said that an ‘all white wedding’ could not pack some ‘WOW’ needs to take a look here and see its elegance and beauty!

Photography ~ All Dressed Up Photography

Venue ~ Thornblade Country Club

Look at this show stopping aisle and alter!

Makes me cry each time I look at it….

The floral design was so beautiful throughout the club~ carrying the look of elegance everywhere you went.

We transformed the library with drape and crystals to a fun martini bar.

Over all shot of the ballroom~ beautiful.

Fun dancing shoes!

Love the fun send off we did ~

Hello all future brides and grooms – it is that time of year ….so mark your calendars!!

This bridal show is crazy big and crazy fun- you will see almost every kind of vendor that you may be looking for, but of course we would love for you to come by and see us!!!

We will have our booth set up with all sorts of ideas; come chat about how we can help the make your wedding everything you want it to be and the process less stressful as well as signing up for our fabulous giveaway.

Please come out and meet us:

 Sunday, January 8, 2012

 Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

1pm until 5pm

Watch us Thursday morning, December 29, 2011 on Good Day Columbia on WACH Fox for our ‘Tie the Knot Tips’ segment on how to maximize you experience at a bridal show!!

Admission is $7 (you can get a $2 discount coupon from participating vendors)

Here is the link: http://www.bridecity.com/columbia_show.php

Hope to see you there!

(this is all the girls from last year’s show 🙂

Oh my goodness…where to begin…well, where you should always begin, at the beginning with a blank…TENNIS COURT and a beautiful home.

Mary Elizabeth came to us to help create a beautiful at home wedding for her 400 guests!  We called in some amazing and talented vendors to work very closely on the details since weddings that take place at home or that are what build from the ground up have many, many details from large to small with each one being very important!

We designed with them for months on creating very unique and different spaces over the property and in the home.  They wanted every inch used in a way that guests had a different experience as they moved through out ~ touching all the senses.

As you will see below, we transformed their ‘back yard’ in to a gorgeous, memorable event ~ enjoy the images as we talk about them.

Fabulous vendors:

Design, draping, drum lights, furniture ~ By Invitation Only…Event Planning

Rentals ~ Palmetto Party Rental

Photography ~ Kathy Moore Photography

Videography ~ Cinema Couture

Lighting ~ Ambient Media

Catering ~ Aberdeen, Jack Brantly

Ice Bar ~ Ice Sensations

A very, very special thank you to the crew that helped work on this amazing event~ we worked for almost a week on this build, we had the best time and unforgettable moments!  Jill Areheart, Keith Marsh, Darren Murphy, Harriet Easler, Juli Blalock, Ashley Hawkins, Lacy Geary, Barbara Tobias, Rachel Murphy, Catherine Anderson, Connie Hancock, and Mary Varga

So let’s begin…here is where we began, tennis court.

Here is a shot from the same place…once it was all set day of the wedding.

Gorgeous shot by Kathy Moore of the inside of the tent.

Amazing strawberry tree from Jack Brantly

Photo from the stage, you can see the beautiful custom monogram by Palmetto Party Rental and the lovely lighting by Ambient Media

Lovely cake and dance floor.

Lounge area…

Custom built bar with images of the couple under the glass.

Well….self explanitory.

The fun and lovely martini ice bar!

Ambient Media did such a beautiful job lightning this event!

Candy station

Inside where we hung photos of family members.

Couple arriving~

** This post and wedding by Jill Areheart~planner/designer with BIO!**


This was such a fun wedding! Jessica was one of the happiest bride’s I’ve ever seen – and that’s saying a lot! She and Billy and their families are so full of love and kindness and wanted to make sure that not only was it a special day for them, but a wonderful event for their guests as well.

The reception was at 701 Whaley, and the coral and apple green colors were perfect. We anchored the large space with black linens, so the bright colors could really pop. And Jessica really focused her flower budget on some “wow” pieces. Combined with the gorgeous food from Capital City Catering, the whole event was striking and fun.

But what made the reception really special were all the personal touches: from the cookie buffet with homemade treats from family and friends, to the basket of flip flops for dancing, and the adorable kids table to cater to all the little ones, they made sure everyone was attended to and included as part of the day.

Thanks to Landon Jacobs for the photos.


Ceremony: Forest Lake Presbyterian

Reception: 701 Whaley

Catering: Capital City Catering

Photography: Landon Jacob Productions

Floral Design:  Something Special Florist

Cake: Parkland Cakes

DJ: Woody Windham

Design/Set: By Invitation Only….Event Planning & Design

Shot of the reception in full swing. You can see the paper lanterns we hung over the dancefloor and the fabulous hanging floral piece from Something Special.

The Cookie Buffet! We found the perfect color ribbon and paper to bring in the coral and apple green.

Jessica is a teacher and a devoted aunt and wanted to make sure there was a fun kids table with food just for the little ones. A friend made the adorable sign and we had a blast creating decorations for the table.

We topped the guest tables with coral and apple green fabric woven around cylinder candles.

For the cake table, we layered one of our favorite linens – an ivory rosette – over coral and hung wrought iron lanterns above.

Melanie here… adding a shot Jill did not 🙂 but it is great….we created a photo booth and Lacy and Jill jumped in for a quick fun shot!

Love this shot!

Talk about being in full {Spring} swing….the colors of this wedding are so vibrant and exciting~ I loved, loved, loved working with this family.  So creative, fun and excited about every detail.

We were so lucky to be back down at the beautiful Citadel Beach House and once again working with the talented Juliet Elizabeth Photography!!!  The Beach House is fabulous for larger guests list like this one ~ we were able to use all aspects of the house and grounds for the entire event.

Ceremony was out on the lawn, having the ocean as it’s back drop and custom hand painted aisle runner ~ we them moved the festivities of cocktail hour on the patio.  The couple chose a yummy, yummy signature cocktail to be served in their custom created cups.  They served  traditional jumbo shrimp cocktail around their custom ice sculpture….just perfect details tied it all together.

You can see the absolutely gorgeous floral design throughout the event created by Branch Design.

In the house, we enjoyed abundant and delicious eats from Catering for All Occasions ~ we kept the design very crisp with all whites and then let the vibrant color of the floral design really pop!

Fun was truly had by all…they danced the night away, we hated to leave 😦

Photos below are a mix, but Juliet’s work is obvious ~ thank you so much for sharing!!!

Juliet Elizabeth Photography 

Catering for All Occasions

Floral design by Branch Design

Love this image of the pomander lined aisle.

Gorgeous custom created aisle runner!

Beautiful ice sculpture~

Signature cocktail in custom cups in front of the cabana.

Fun square bar 🙂

Shot from the balcony inside.

The screened porch.

Love the monogram over the cake~ great detail.

Look at this gorgeous couple!!!!

Several years ago, Darren and I met a couple that we really clicked with~ they brought us on to help with their wedding in Charleston.  During their event, we had the absolute best time with their bridal party….they were SO MUCH FUN!  A few years went by and I got a phone call from Ariane….a bridesmaid from that very couple’s wedding.  She was getting married and wanted us to do her wedding, we were beyond thrilled and honored!!!!

Not that it was a surprise, but we clicked with Ariane and David  in the same way…. I was ready for the fun to begin again!!!  Ariane’s attention to detail is exquisite ~ you will see it all through the photos below.  As you can see, NO detail was too small to bring to life.

They selected the Citadel Beach House in Isle of Palms for both ceremony and reception….beautiful.  I was so lucky to work with the unbelievably talented Juliet Elizabeth Photography once again!!!

Photos below are a mix of my candid and Juliet’s wonderful images….her photos carry her logo.

Vendor love:

Ceremony/Reception:  Citadel Beach House

Catering: Gourmet Bay Catering

Photography: Juliet Elizabeth Photography

Hair:  Affair Hair by Tanesha

Make up: Pamela Lesch

Flowers by : Teri Bennett

Planning: By Invitation Only…Event Planning & Design

Their gorgeous invitation~

Out of town bags…

LOVE these custom signs!!

Rattan fan programs

This rooms was so elegant.

The couples setting card 🙂

One of my favorites…check the monogram over the fireplace!

Here you can see it again!!!

See the details….custom wood stirrer and napkins.

Guests got to take home a wonderful snack of candied pecans.

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