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{This blog and wedding by Ashley Sykes!}

When I first met Chrissie I was so excited to be a part of her special day. She was full of life & that southern sweetness that Carolina girls are known for. The backdrop for this amazing day began in a quaint little white church built in 1884. With its amazing architectural aspects it was a perfect spot for Chrissie & Paul to start forever together.

Vendor Love:

Cake, Michelle Hopkins

(Some of these beautiful images are by Richard Ellis Photography, which are marked, others are candid!!)

After a sweet ceremony filled with lots of emotion & love the bridal party drove to the McCants family home in the blue Chevy truck that Paul picked Chrissy up for on their first date.

Chrissie wanted bright & vibrant colors as well & choose some wonderful fuchsia & orange colors that popped against the beautiful backdrop of their family home.  As guests arrive, they were treated to fabulous homemade peach jam.

We were able to create a design that incorporated market umbrellas for each of her food stations that the wonderful Capital City Catering delivered amazing food underneath, including homemade churned peach ice cream!

We added a beautiful lounging area underneath one of the old, large oak trees & hung crystal chandeliers above to bring the indoors out with an elegant yet outdoor southern feel. After the sun set it was a popular area for guests to gather underneath.

 Everything about this wedding fit so perfectly and beautifully together…from the contemporary lines of the venue to the modern chic design of the floral creations….it was SO perfect!

I knew from the very first meeting with Melissa that I was just going to love this wedding from all the fabulous ideas she had…we helped her expand on the (what I call ‘modern classic’) color palette of black, white and bright green!!!!  I love the use of the natural elements throughout the entire event!

Their wedding took place in Charleston, with their reception at the new Founder’s Hall at Charlestowne Landing.  This venue has a modern/angular twist to it and their reception fit like a glove in this beautiful space.

Catering was done by dear friend and colleague, Capital City Catering ~ and AS ALWAYS, it was just wonderful.

The ‘oh so amazing’ floral design was created by Beth at Wild Flowers Inc ~ these pieces stole my heart!

As you will see below, I have been so lucky to receive a few images from the wonderful photographers, Bent Studio!!  I can not wait to see the rest but thank you for sharing a few of the breath-taking detail shots and one of the beautiful couple!!!

Some of the images are from my camera as well (as you can clearly see) – but Bent Studio images are labeled!

The couple displayed great photos of them over the years with their signature guest book.

On the next table, they had wonderful photos of their families at their own weddings!

The couple had guests coming from all over so they displayed a map with push pins and their guests marked where they were from ~

On shot of Founder’s Hall

The great home made cookie bar!  The bride’s mother baked these lovely treats!

Cake was created by Monica Tatis!

The screened porch at Founder’s Hall.

I just adore Marcia and Darrel- they are so sophisticated, elegant and have a classic style that I have just fallen in love with.  Marcia wanted to use black and white damask for their color palette with fuchsia accents.  We carried this pattern throughout the wedding in beautiful touches.

They wanted to have a relaxing cocktail hour  then invite guests into a lovely elegant sit down dinner.  The ceremony and reception was held at the Clarion Hotel.  Ceremony was held in the Magnolia Room – we had crisp white chair covers on either side of a fabric draped, column lined aisle. 

The cocktail hour was held in one salon where we designed a great lounge area using By Invitation Only…furniture.  We created custom coffee table bases that matched the damask pattern.

Guest were then invited in to dinner – the ballroom was classic- lovely floor length black linens topped with By Invitation Only…custom made damask runners.  The table was dressed with silver chargers,  matching menu cards and beautiful fuchsia hydrangea pieces!

The head table was so romantic – we lined the front with mirrors, added pillar candles and dressed it with the bouquets!!!

The gorgeous cake was created by Parkland Cakes, photography by Patty Hallman. Flowers by Pampered Plants.

These images are candid!!!  We snapped only a few so we could get some on the blog-  Patty Hallman did send us a few ‘teasers’ that we have included!!!

Seating cards- sorry for the photo quality…





Patty Hallman shared this with us- so lovely!



Ceremony shot – thank you Patty Hallman



Again- thank you so much Patty for sharing this image.



Lovely shot of the couple just after the ceremony!!!!  Patty Hallman




The lounge area- the photo does not do the ambiance justice~



Looking in to the lounge area from the dining room-



One angle of the dining room.



Another angle…



Table close up.



Another table close up.



Looking from the lounge to the dining room with the head table in the background.



Close up of head table.



Cake table



Candy bar before we got floral accents in it…


The wedding made our 4th of July so absolutely wonderful!!!  What a perfect place and day for such a lovely wedding.  Kristi and Dan were soooooo much fun- working with them and mother of the bride, Susan was just fabulous.  Everyone had a great attitude that this wedding was going to be FUN if nothing else!!!!!!

The ceremony and reception took place at a most lovely private home  on Lake Murray  belonging to the Aunt and Uncle of the groom.  It was the most perfect outdoor space for this wedding, luscious green grass as far as the eye can see and a view of the lake that just made you stop and enjoy.

Kristi and Dan had the ceremony down by the water on beautiful white beach sand- the bride’s family hand made the classic Southern benches that guest sat on.  Their programs were handheld fans that offered a little breeze in addition to one coming off the lake when the ceremony began at 7pm.

The bride was gorgeous- she wore a beautifully fitted beaded gown and an exquisite orchid in her hair.  The bridesmaids wore a deep red gown and of course, Rainbow flip-flops (I love it).  The groom and groomsmen wore tan suits with ties matching the bridesmaids gowns.  It really was the most perfect selection for this outdoor 4th of July wedding!

Everyone danced the night away under the tents with the Little Cat Z Band.  Catering was by the talented and yummy Capital City Catering – they served BBQ sliders (come on, it IS the 4th), their signature fresh fruit tree and home-made chicken salad just to name a few items.

The ‘icing on the cake’  was that we had a front row seat to the Lake Murray fireworks display-

The wedding cake was made by the groom’s mother- fabulous!

The beautiful flowers by Think Floral, owner/designer Debby West.

Here are a few shots…

The great ceremony benches and program fans.




A shot during the ceremony!  They are so lovely-



I LOVE this shot of them just after the ceremony 🙂



The best drink station 🙂 Capital City Catering makes fresh squeezed lemonade that is the BEST, also served sweet and unsweet tea- we placed bottled water in the metal buckets



The home-made BBQ served with sweet and dill pickles as well as slaw.  I love their display for this!



Great shot of the veggie cups with ranch, part of the fruit tree, chicken salad in the background and crab cakes!



We place the bar around the lovely magnolia tree in a semi circle, wrapped it with lights and place two of the home made monogrammed table runners!




Shot of the set up –



Shot of the table holding the wedding photos of the bride and grooms family.







The bride with her wonderful parents!


So exquisite, so elegant, so lovely!!!!  Andrea and I met several years back- ironically enough, she was my Carolina Bride representative when we were just starting out – we became friends through the years of working together.  So of course when she told me she was getting married, I was beyond thrilled and wanted to help in any way I could!

Andrea and Johnathan’s ideas were amazing- they picked the sophisticated colors of cerise, ivory and  taupe accented by gold.  The combination was show stopping. They had all sorts of unique elements to make their wedding so exciting and fun as well as very moving!

The late afternoon ceremony was held out on the putting green at Columbia Country Club.  The bridal party processed to the soft sounds of a harp and the absolutely stunning bride was escorted down the aisle by her brother.  Andrea was beyond full of emotion- it was all I could do not to cry while getting her ready for her entrance-

After the ceremony- guests enjoyed cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres on the porch.  Wine was set up in a unique self serve display that was just lovely.  Dinner was served in the lavishly set main ballroom- from the cerise chair ties to the menu seating cards – no detail was overlooked.

The family table centerpiece, cake flowers and bouquets/bouts. were created by Southern Stems – gorgeous work as always!

Photography by the very gifted Clark Berry– again, always a pleasure working with them!

The yummy white chocolate wedding cake with raspberry filling was created by Angi Anderson.  Great sounds were provided by the Coastal Breeze Band.


Clark Berrycreated a wonderful guest book from the photos taken during their engagement session.  Programs were fans printed by the bride.




Ceremony site- the topiary belonged to the couple, Southern Stems place blooms in them to add that pop of color.







Petal monograms at the entrance of the club.



Seating cards were displayed on this fabric backed frame made by the bride.



The lovely wine display.



The beautiful ball room.



The ‘family’ table- centerpiece by Southern Stems.



Guest tables – centerpieces put together by B.I.O., menu cards and table numbers created by B.I.O.





We tied the matches to the sparklers for their send off next to the beautiful card box.



The brides gorgeous bouquet created by Southern Stems and menu seating card created by B.I.O.


We were so lucky to be able to be a part of this gorgeous event!  Kari and Cole were just the most amazing couple- so easy going, so elegant and sweet- just beautiful!

They picked a breath-taking location for their wedding, the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens in Belmont, North Carolina.  This garden is beyond amazing- I just fell in love with it!  The couple put lots of details in their wedding that just made it ‘them’.  The ceremony was to take place in the ‘White Garden’ , cocktail hour at the Orchid Conservatory and reception under the tent out from the Great Hall.  Sadly we did have rain just before the ceremony was to begin so we made the decision to move the ceremony in the Great Hall- I think it turned out just BEAUTIFUL!!!!

The groom had only one specific request…a soft serve ice cream station- it was perfect with sprinkles and all.  The candy bar was also a huge hit.

Photography was by the amazingly talented Kellie Kano!!

The lovey printed items were created by Graphically Inclinded Designed – the couples custom made invitations, programs and accents all had the same pattern throughout – and what was spectacular is how they carried it to their wedding cake.

Catering by Side Porch.

Programs were hung on each chair.


The Great Hall – photo by Kellie Kano



Ceremony in the Great Hall- photos DO NOT do it justice!



Program and bride’s bouquet- photo by Kellie Kano



The Orchid Conservatory- this place was beyond amazing.  Cocktail hour was held here.



Lemonade and tea were served from our spigot jars into mason jars!





Details – photo by Kellie Kano


Lanterns over the dance floor and lovely orchid arrangement for the tall cocktails.



Seated table centerpieces.



Lovely cake and design!





Great sweetheart table!!!



Shot of the sweetheart table, bride’s bouquet and bridesmaids!



Candy bar before we got the apples out 🙂



The soft serve ice cream!



The gorgeous couple!  Look at this amazing shot Kellie Kano captured before the ceremony!!




I had to grab one shot of them while Kellie was working with them!






The gorgeous bride – photo by Kellie Kano.


The lovely invitation created by Graphically Inclined Design


This wedding was so charming and lovely-  this couple definitely brought both of their personalities when planning!!!  The setting was the gorgeous Honeysuckle Acres Bed and Breakfast– it was the most perfect backdrop for this garden event.  The B&B is just a short distance from Columbia, in Winnsboro.  The bride and her ladies stayed the night before the wedding having the whole house to themselves!  So relaxing and fun…

The weather was perfect- cool morning gave way to a bright sunny day then softened into a romantic sunset for the 5:30pm ceremony.  The details we sweet and personal- programs were created by the bride, they selected a favor that was perfect, an herb packet and a ‘green’ pot for planting all packaged in a lovely box with a personalized label.  The groom’s sister created the perfect groom’s cake, TEXAS, celebrating their home!!

The soft, elegant flowers were created by floral designer Leslie Wacker,  Southern Stems.  Music was provided by Partytime DJ’s ( Tony Signarino). The photography was by Clark Berry Photography, here is the link to the slide show from them (as always, just perfect!)

Here are a few photos!!
Front door
Ceremony area
Flowers by Southern Stems
Lovely couple
Reception set up
One of the tables centerpieces and the favor
The other centerpiece- they were so lovely.
Cake by Sylvia’s
Texas groom’s cake by the groom’s sister

I know I am a little behind but we are busy, busy!!

So- this past weekend, B.I.O had two weddings going on- I had one here in Columbia and Laura had one in Charlotte that we went up to help with.

Unfortunately we did not get too many photos, so please forgive me- but we will give just a few and at least share a little bit of the story since this was a unique and special situation…

When I was first contacted by Dawn, she explained in detail her situation- she first and foremost said that her date was tentative and would need to work with a planner that was flexible and understanding to change! 

As we shared emails, I quickly learned Dawn was not ‘close by’ to sit down for a meeting- both Dawn and her fiance we currently serving duty in Afghanistan.  I was so impressed by all that she had accomplished over seas but now she needed some help and called on us!  She would not be returning until late spring so we needed to get a few things accomplished before then.

This was such a unique situation- I am so glad they had faith in us to let us handle the most important day of their lives.  Dawn and I shared some very ‘real’ moments- I remember her calling early one morning (due to time differences), we were talking ‘wedding’ then she began to discuss how her fiance may be in a dangerous situation- it was surreal but a whole new connection came about between us!  I have such an appreciation for those that serve- I was glad I could be more than just a ‘planner’ to her- we have a friendship that is special.

Dawn had lovely ideas – she picked the Riverbanks Botanical Gardens for her wedding and reception, with soft pink for her main color – the bridal party was just AMAZING and loads of fun – we had the best time!


These gorgeous flowers were by Southern Stems– perfect for a garden wedding!!



The flower girls going down the aisle!


Dawn and her Dad…


Her PINK candy bar.


And yes…that crazy, fun bridal party doing “Y.M.C.A”!!



These two are from the wedding in Charlotte-

I just wanted to share a neat little idea- each table had an individual book that guest at the table left wishes in- this took the place of a traditional guest book.



The program fans for guests!



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