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Caroline and Harris came to us from another one of our beautiful brides!  I love when our past couples ‘pass us on’ to our new couples ~ it warms our hearts.  Working with Caroline and Harris as well as their families was a wonderful experiene~ each of them had great ideas/thoughts about the details and specifics ~ we teamed up to help create a gorgeous, memorable event.

The coupled married at Alhambra Hall in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.  The event had elements from both Charleston and Columbia, places dear to the couple.  I had the pleasure of working with some of the most wonderful vendors as well that made a perfect team to bring it all together.

Sara York Grimshaw created the floral design that was so lovely~ incorporating Southern cotton bowls in to Caroline’s bouquet and boutonniere.  Magnolia leaf garlands draped the back of the ceremony chairs in richness ~ and  large wrought iron lanterns hung from the rafters inside and dress the tables to create beautiful Southern elegance.

Guests were treated to a true Southern item (and Columbia tie)…Adluh Grits!

Lindsey Alexander captured this wedding and its details ~ she documented the day exquisitly….this wedding had such lovely details that it had the honor of being featured on The Wedding Row blog http://theweddingrow.com/caroline-harris-alhambra-hall/!

Vendor Love:

Venue ~ Alhambra Hall

Photography ~ Lindsey Alexandar Photography

Floral Design ~ Sara York Grimshaw

Catering ~ Cafe Catering

Rentals ~ Eventworks

Ceremony Music ~ Chris Teves

Planning, design, lounge ~ By Invitation Only…Event Planning & Design

Gorgeous couple coming down the aisle.

I just love the lush magnolia garland!

Beautiful bout with the cotton bowl incorporated…check out the tie that matches with cotton 🙂

So Southern and elegant.

Great view back across the cocktail area and ceremony in the back ground overlooking the bay.

Drink station with goody bags for the youth!

His and Hers signature cocktails.

LOVE~ guests favors were custom bags of grits from the couple.

Classic photo of 3 generations.

Beautiful shot inside Alhambra Hall

Another angle

Lanterns area  favorite of mine…

More magnolia leaves bring the South inside.

So sweet ~ couples seats.

Check out this cake topper~ being a Lilly fan myself…I just LOVE

Our favors~

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*This blog created by Jill Areheart, planner/design with B.I.O.* 

From the moment I met Tori and her parents they made me feel like part of the family. And when I met her fiancé Jordan, he literally welcomed me with open arms too.  That’s just the kind of people they are, so it was no surprise their day reflected that strong sense of hospitality, friendship and family.

 This was one of the prettiest back-yard weddings I’ve been part of, but then it was one of the prettiest back yards I’ve seen! Tori’s mom is an incredible gardener and she and Tori’s dad spent hours and hours making sure the setting would be perfect!

Vendors:

Venue: Private Home, Norway, SC

Catering: Capital City Catering

Photography: Sutherland Hill Farms Photography

Floral Design:  The Ivy Porch, Steve Lovelace

DJ: Sound Quest DJs

Tents/Rentals: AllStar Tents and Events

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

Carriage: Carolina Carriages

Cake: Parkland Cakes

Entrance to the back yard. Guests walked from the nearby church and had cocktail hour in front of the house; then, once the bride and groom arrived, they entered the backyard for the full reception!

This yard had so many elements to work with. We put the vegetable sauté station in front of this fabulous birdhouse.

Check out these centerpieces! Every table had a silver tea set and tray filled with gorgeous blooms. Steve from The Ivy Porch did an amazing job on all the flowers.

(Photo courtesy of Sutherland Hill Farms)

One of my favorite elements was our chandelier over the cake. It’s always a challenge to decide how to make everything work with a floorplan that makes sense! We really wanted the cake in this corner, so then we had to figure out how to rig the chandelier. I was so happy with how it turned out.

Another wonderful feature of the yard was the koi pond. We put our ottomans out for seating and lanterns along the rim. It looked spectacular as the sun set.

One of Tori’s big challenges when she first came to us was trying to find a great color for the bridesmaids’ dresses that would go with the orange she knew she wanted. We played around with a bunch of swatches and she loved the idea of using silver/grey. Look how great it looks! It helped that she also picked stunning dresses!!

I love this picture captured by Sutherland Hill Farms:

Tori and her dad had a carriage take them to the church a couple of blocks away.

(photo courtesy of Sutherland Hill Photography)

Capital City Catering did a wonderful job as always of customizing the menu for their couple. The menu included smoked salmon that was caught by Tori’s parents in Alaska and Capital City displayed with all the accompaniments and “Orange Tiger Mousse” complete with a purple paw piped on top.

(photo courtesy of Sutherland Hill Farms Photography)

The Clemson Tiger showed up at the reception and even took the couple for a ride in a neighbor’s golf cart.

The wonderful couple with their favorite wedding planner and caterer 🙂

From left: Jill Areheart, By Invitation Only…Event Planning & Design, Victoria, Jordan, and Lee Anne with Capital City Catering.

(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.

I am not sure I can find the appropriate words to describe the beauty, elegance and grace of this wedding and reception!! Leigh Ellen, Crantson and Julie (mother of the bride) brought us some of the most amazing thoughts that they wanted to incorporate ~ so as we began developing these ideas with them, it took on a life of its own!!

Leigh Ellen knew in her mind what she wanted,  she supplied us with many photos and thoughts and we brought some really unique ideas to life…you will see them below.  Leigh Ellen’s vision was absolutely amazing and it made it so much fun and gave us a great challenge…which we LOVE!

All the details came together beautifully with excellent vendors:

Reception ~ Historic 701 Whaley Building

Florals by Julianne Sojourner, My Friend’s Garden

Catering by Jack Brantley, Aberdeen Catering

Cake by Parkland Cakes

Band ~ Heartbeat of Soul

Wedding photography by Jeff Hall

Detail photographs by Clark Berry Photography

Rentals by Palmetto Party Rental

Draping/lights by By Invitation Only…Event Planning & Design

Let’s look at the fabulous images!

Look at these beautiful women!  stunning!

Gorgeous ceremony at Trinity Episcopal!

What a beautiful, beautiful couple!!!

We draped the cocktail hour space with gold fabric and lighting…701 Whaley is just so lovely!

Seating card arrangement 🙂

Lovely family photos ~

Guestbook!

Oh how I love this space….we added the beautiful white fabric and up lights to enhance this elegant evening!

Another angle~

…another angle.

The stairs ~

Head table ~ Jack’s china made every table so beautiful ~ Julianne’s did such an amazing job with beautiful baby’s breath arrangements!

So here is a great shot of the gold mylar chandelier B.I.O. created for the event~ it was so unique!!

Another shot of the head table and cake.  The lace topper on the cake table was the mother of the bride’s veil….and the floral cake stand was the perfect touch!!!

I just love the cute birds on top 🙂

Leigh Ellen found an image of paper flowers as a back drop for the band so she asked if we could create….and we did 🙂 we made them out of sheet music!

B.I.O. created the lovely menus with a ‘cobalt font’ to add in that beautiful color to the tables!!

….and a ‘sweet’ touch ~ the couple decided to give guests Krispy Kreme donuts…

And here are a couple of the B.I.O. girls (Ashley and Catherine) getting ready to serve donuts and shots of milk to guest~ they stopped to pose with Jack Brantley and Harriet!

And one last night-time shot!

 I was SO excited when Mariah and Dustin contacted me about their wedding~the couple lives in Utah but have family in beautiful Hilton Head, SC…so it was very easy for them to decide on a lovely location, and wow did they pick a GORGEOUS one!  The couple married at the breath-taking Palmetto Bluff Chapel.  This quaint chapel always makes me pause and take in its beauty.

The couple got married early in the day, then traveled around the island for amazing photos, later in the evening, they hosted a reception of dinner and dancing at Spanish Wells Golf Club on the water!

For the reception, we really wanted to transform the space to the feel they were looking for…below you will see the before and after photos to see the change.  Sadly, these day photos do not do it justice!!

Some images below are by the talented Photography by Anne– this was our first time working together and I am looking forward to more beautiful weddings with her and her absolutely wonderful team! What beautiful images!!!!

The dinner served at this reception was just PERFECT ~ Sandstone Catering went above and beyond…no detail was too small for their attention.

Beautiful floral design was created by Flowers by Sue ~ and the great dance party was kept going PartyTime DJs – Tony Signorino.

Enjoy~

This great shot of Mariah just before she went down the aisle!

Look at the beauty of this chapel….so elegant.

Love the mint julep cups ~ so Southern!

So sexy and romantic!  The windows are my favorite.

Okay, so here is what we began with at the club… (photo by me) {Again…these day shots do not begin to show you how elegant it was that evening}

…and here is how we finished! (photo by me)

Another angle (photo by me)

Yet another angle of the room (photo by me).

…and after 🙂 (photo by me)

Low centerpiece (Photography by Anne)

Lovely shot of one of the tall centerpieces (photography by Anne)

The table names were South Carolina plantation names and history- so unique. (Photography by Anne)

Favors (Photography by Anne)

Cake…Signes Barkery (photo by me)

Outdoor lounge area…(Photography by Anne)

I know, odd title being that I don’t have children, HOWEVER this wedding really made me stop and ‘smell the roses’ while we were planning.  The bride is the sister of my best friend who I met in 6th grade!!!  When I met Trish, Grayson (the bride) was ‘a baby’ to us….but she was my sister too since Trish and I basically grew up together!   On May 2nd, I watched this amazing and beautiful woman marry her love…it was so emotional for all of us to be together ~ being a part of this was so very special for me!!

The couple picked such beautiful locations for their ceremony and reception…the service was performed by the bride’s grandfather at St. Luke’s Chapel in downtown Charleston.  Guests then made their way to the oh so beautiful Charlestown Landing ~ Legare Waring House…it all was so amazing.

Below are many photos of the events…Erin with Gene Ho Photography shared some of her fabulous images….thank you so much.

Florals were created by Frampton’s Florist.

The couple got engaged in front of the American Theater….Ryan used the marquee to propose, so of course they went back for this fabulous shot!

The Legare Waring House (photo by me 🙂

The tent back in the ally between the oaks (photo by me)

We used our fabulous antique mason jars with a lovely hydrangea bloom.

    

Candles around the fountain was so romantic later in the evening

      

One view from the back of the house towards the tent. (photo by me)

The mother of the bride made wonderful home-made cookies for the cookie bar.

 

The beautiful bridal party!!!  (photo by me)

Cute bottle koozies.

One of my favorites…my dear friend Trish and lovely bride Grayson!!!

 

The bride’s bouquet carried a locket with her father’s photo.

I just love these last two shots Erin got of the tent at night…so beautiful!!!

* Blog by Jill Areheart.

Ok – fair warning…I cannot keep myself from gushing over this wedding!  I barely even know where to begin talking about this amazing couple and their beautiful day, but I’m sure this post will be filled with lots of adjectives and exclamation points.

We began working with Julia and John and year ago. Julia had grown up in Columbia, but the couple now lives in New York.  She wanted all her big city friends to see Columbia at its best and enjoy an amazing weekend of fun and hospitality here, and she did not let a single detail get overlooked! I love that Julia and John are both a tad obsessed with details…Julia even did a 12-page guide for the wedding party with directions, contact info etc. for the entire weekend. She is a planner’s planner!

The couple only did one trip to SC during the planning, so we became very good email friends.  And Julia’s mom in Columbia was also a huge, wonderful part of the planning.

I love, love, love the overall feel of this wedding. The couple wanted southern elegant, but a bit modern. Julia loves pink and knew she wanted as much pink as possible and still look like a beautiful wedding and not a sweet 16 party.  I think it came out perfectly.

One of the first things they chose was the Lace House as their venue, and it was a spectacular setting.  We used the main floor of the house and the grounds for cocktail hour and then guests were invited to find their seats for dinner outside in the mall area of the grounds.  We worked with Palmetto Party Rental to find the right tent set-up to fit the area and cover all the tables in case of rain. Luckily the weather was great, but the tent looked amazing. Ambient Media did a fabulous job with the lighting design for both the grounds and the tent. We supplied the light and dark pink paper lanterns and they hung those with the lighting.

Thanks to All Dressed Up Photography for letting me share some of their gorgeous photos here. You can tell which ones below are theirs and which are my very UN-professional candids!

But back to those details…this event was full of them. I was so happy to see them all come together so gorgeously throughout the day as we were setting up and all the various vendors arrived. Scott Jones with American Floral went above and beyond his always beautiful work with the flowers.  The low arrangements on the long tables were the perfect accent to the antique china provided by Aberdeen Catering. We used light pink linen with a charcoal runner and tucked the menus into dark pink napkins. Linens by BBJ Linen.

 Love this photo of Julie before the wedding “arranging” the rose petals around the beautiful cake from Parkland Cakes.

Julia loves pink peonies and her bouquet could not have been more perfect for her.

The lovely seating cards!

The guest thoroughly enjoyed the great southern specialties from Aberdeen Catering (Jack Brantley). There was even a station with freshly grilled venison sausages.

The favors were grits, cobbler and muffin mixes from Adluh Flour.

Check out the bride’s sassy party dress!

…and the SHOES!

I love the emotion!

Jill and Julia 🙂

A big thank you to Keith, Barbara,  Jennifer, Mary and all the crew for making this happen. The best payoff was when the groom hugged me at the end of the evening and said it was everything they had hoped it could be.

J

And the most amazing ‘Masters’ grooms cake!!!

 I am speechless (as if that would ever happen)… however this wedding was just so breath-taking and beautiful that words cannot express my thoughts completely!  It all started with a gorgeous couple and their unbelievable families!

Tabitha and David decided to have their inter-faith wedding at one of Charleston’s most famous and sought after locations, the Citadel Beach House.  During the planning process, they picked the most amazing vendors to make this wedding so amazing and special.  They began with the photographer they JUST HAD TO HAVE ~  Tracy Turpen was a perfect fit for this very artistic, creative couple. 

The bride gets her creativity honestly…her mother hand-made most all of the personalized details that you will see throughout the images.

Tabitha and David took different aspects of their wedding and made them so unique….it began with one of the most beautiful and unique chuppahs I have seen.  It was created on site and made out of native driftwood!  It was a work of art!

I am just going to start with the photos and chat about it as I go since it really is so amazing!

The so fabulous food was provided by Good Food Catering– what an amazing job they did!!!!  All the great entertainment was provided by Sam Bigby~

As guest arrived in the parking area, they were greeted by this lovely sign made by mother of the bride….

This hand painted sign met guests at the road…

Here is that amazing drift wood chuppah!!!

Well the only little ‘issue’ we had was the uncontrollable weather…so we did have to add our ‘rain’ tent for the ceremony but it was still so moving and beautiful!

Now these shots just take my breath and bring tears to my eyes….look at this look and emotion!

This image defines ‘the look of love’!!!!!

The flower girls carried Charleston sweet grass baskets…

Now this was so amazing….her mother created these seating cards, each was a customized small glass bottle with a personalized message in it 🙂  –  

Here is a room view from the balcony in the beach house.  I loved their colors of tan, olive and a slate blue!!!!

A view from the entry doors…

Another room shot- you can see the gorgeous center pieces created by the oh so amazing Tiger Lily (Gayla).  They were lovely tall vase with manzanita branches with hanging votives and small square vases at the bottom topped with hydrangea bloom.

The porch…

The tables were dressed with rattan chargers and the table numbers were small wooden boxes and white printed vellum made my mother of the bride ~ each had a votive inside.

The memorable sweet grass cake created by Ashley Bakery!

My favorite….the BLUE candy bar!

The scrapbook created at the photo booth provided by Shutterbooth!  There was a line all night!

Her gorgeous portrait taken at Lowndes Grove Plantation

The couple provided ‘dancing shoes’ for all their guests!

Each custom-made out-of-town gift bag for their guest carried their custom designed monogram compass!!

The personalized bottle water.

Here are the invitations these were created by Tara at Jot Paper!

Programs created by mother of the bride.

And the most amazing final shot…

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