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Kate, Tony and their families are the coolest people~ we became family once we began working on their wedding with them~ they were so much fun yet focused on creating a memorable event that guests would be talking about for years to come.

The dedication that went in to the planning warms our hearts every time we talk about it.  They were very specific about certain items but then let us run with some of our own thoughts that really made this beautiful Fall day emerge so beautifully.

The couple married at the elegant St. Joseph Catholic Church and picked the gorgeous Millstone at Adams Pond for their reception. Guests arrived to cocktails out front with the couple then enjoyed the yummy tastings in the house from Southern Way Catering.

Once everyone’s tummy was full, they all moved out back under the draped tent to enjoy the wonderful sounds of The Finesse Band!  They rocked all night long~

Take a look at the wonderful images captured by the talented All Dressed Up Photography to see how lovely this event turned out.

Vendor LOVE:

Reception ~ The Millstone at Adams Pond

Catering ~ Southern Way Catering

Photography ~ All Dressed Up Photography

Floral Design ~ Something Special Florist

Event Rentals ~ Palmetto Party Rental

Band ~ The Finesse Band

Draping and event design ~ By Invitation Only…Event Planning  Design

Cake ~ Parkland Cakes

Grant at Something Special Florist started at the front doors with the ‘love’ ~ the great floral monogram of the couples initial.

This is so pretty~ Tony’s cover and her stunning bouquet at the altar.

This moment melts me ~ Kate and her dad.

XOXO!

The traditional arch~

Beautiful Adams Pond

Closer view.

One of the food tables inside~ this arrangement is just gorgeous.

Cute koozies.

We draped the tent in toffee colored fabric and covered tables in rich navy.

Rust colored chandeliers matched perfect!

The cake table was gorgeous with the ivory rosette linen.

Tony’s sword!!!

…and the traditional ‘swat’ from the sword….I just love BOTH of their faces 🙂

Just gorgeous~

This is a hard post for me, not in a bad way, but in a way that I just love this couple, this family, this wedding and all the vendors that helped bring it together in to one absolutely beautiful and breath-taking event, I could talk forever.

Ali and Ryan are one of the most loving, giving, understanding and relaxed couples I have ever met.  When we began planning with them, we knew it was an instant  connection and jumped in with both feet.  The ideas that they brought paired with our resources and experience created an event that was beyond gorgeous and memorable ~ so much that it got featured on the amazing blog ‘Southern Aisle  http://www.southernaisle.com/2012/05/lace-house-love.html?spref=fb

Don’t over look the details in each photo~ there are so many from the floral chandelier to the unique table numbers!

The photos below will tell the story, I mean I could talk about this forever but I will let Brantley’s beautiful images show you 🙂

Vendor Love:

Ceremony & Reception: South Carolina Lace House

Photography: All Dressed Up Photography

Catering: Southern Way Catering

Floral Design: Something Special Florist

Lighting Design: Ambient Media

Cake: Parkland Cakes

Rentals: Palmetto Party Rentals

DJ: PartyTime DJ

Video: Life Stage Films

LOOK~ just gorgeous!

Our ceremony set in the Memorial Garden. Petals and crystals hung from the trees.

Sweet pomander balls.

Guestbook table

I adore this program!

Their direction sign…they crack me up!

Beautiful signature cocktails…

This is SO fnny~ their is a video of this too but I just loved this moment!

The fronot of the beautiful Lace House with a perfect wreath.

An all time favorite~ seating chart on a window taken from their home renovation!

Gorgeous table setting with home made table numbers.

So pretty~

This moment is a favorite of mine.

Guests were treated to prelines as a treat!

Look at the show stoping cake!

So my favorite photo in here…you see the floral chandelier hanging, the custom gobo and our beautiful couple right in the center!

Great night shot!

They really do crack me up!!!

This wedding was so special to all of us~ Rachel is one of the B.I.O. family so of course being able to help them make their day so special was an honor!  We truly felt like part of their families~ they welcomed us with open arms.

Rachel wanted her summer wedding to have bright, bold colors that popped in the beautiful 701 Whaley!  Ceremony was upstairs in the lovely Granby Room.  The emotion that came forward during the service moved us all ~ not a dry eye. 

Rachel and Quinn selected great vendors that made a great team to bring all the details together ~ each detail was perfected and truly enjoyed by everyone.

Vendor love:

Photography ~ All Dressed Up Photography

Floral Design ~ American Floral

Catering ~ Capital City Catering

Rentals ~  Palmetto Party Rental

Cake ~ Parties to Go

Music ~ DJ Pierre, Pro Music and Sound

Venue ~ 701 Whaley

Draping, design, planning ~ By Invitation Only…Event Planning & Design

Their lovely ceremony set up.

I love this moment…

Very sadly, Rachel’s brother is stationed overseas and could not make the wedding, but he was very close to her through the entire event~ Scott at American Floral made sure.

Room shot where you can see the vibrant blue draping and how it matched the bold floral design.

American Floral created both tall and low centerpieces that work great in this room!

Fun photos dressed the windows.

Great evening shot of our food display and florals.

Love the mint green cake ~ Carol of course did a beautiful job!!

In this you can see the light strands we did over the dance floor.

And I had to add this….I love her expression!!!  BEAUTIFUL!

*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.

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 ~

I LOVE LOVE LOVE when we are lucky enough to be part of a wedding in which we have already had the honor of working with the family 🙂  Several years ago we met the Anderson family when their first daughter got married….now we were called on to help plan with their next daughter getting married~ it was soooo amazing to be with this beautiful family once again!

One of the best parts about working with Catherine and Carl was the connection we already had with them ~ they have been working with our company over the past few months and we have gotten so close…the hard part was trying to keep Catherine from ‘working’ her own wedding – she is so cute!

The day was perfect and beautiful ~ the couple wanted a traditional Southern wedding experience in every detail, so we began with the private ceremony being held at Rutledge Chapel and the Historic Seibels House and Gardens as the reception backdrop.  Southern was in everything….Jack Brantley once again catered for this family and American Floral created the gorgeous floral design that contained my favorite….Dogwood ~ how much more Southern can you get??

Now when I say this family was fun….that is an understatement.  When the bride shared a dance with her dad….it took an interesting turn, the entire Anderson family stepped out on the dance floor and did ‘The Hustle’ ~ beyond AWESOME (see photo below)!!!

Vendor love:

Reception ~ Seibels House and Gardens

Catering ~ Aberdeen Catering, Jack Brantley

Photography ~ Gregg Martin

Rentals ~ Palmetto Party Rental

Floral Design ~ American Floral

Cake ~ Parkland Cake

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

Now on to photos~ entry photo in to garden.

Under the tent….

Another shot of tent.

Fabulous, fabulous cake!

Love these arrangements ~ the dogwood and tulips are my favorite.

Gorgeous food displays~

Yes….and this is the family doing ‘The Hustle’ 🙂

And of course, all the crew had to come to her wedding!!!  Love you girl!!

Lindsay and Derrick truly are each other’s sunshine…even on a cloudy, stormy day!!  Lindsay and I truly clicked when we met….not only were we on the same page, but I think we wrote the book together 🙂  This couple (along with their beautiful families) had ideas that I myself would use at my wedding (if I did it over).  First were the colors….I love, love, love the yellow- one of my favorites, then they added in the rich navy that just was gorgeous!

The Saluda River Club could not be a more lovely back drop for pairing of a natural feel and Lindsay’s chic fashion taste!  The yellow was so bright and beautiful outside for the ceremony ~ then bringing it in to the club with soft white and pops of blue were so elegant.  We added a few soft touches with draped fabric and candlelight that made this event soooo lovely!!

Kickstand Studio captured some AMAZING images that they were so kind to share, you will see them noted below!

Beautiful flowers by American Floral

Catering by Southern Way

Bar Service ~ A Black Tie Affair

DJ ~ Partytime DJ

Rentals ~ Palmetto Party Rental

Draping, design, styling~ By Invitation Only…Event Planning & Design

We were able to get the ceremony complete before our rare March thunderstorms came rolling in!  Ceremony was so lovely…

This young man was so serious about his ‘job’ but wanted me to tell him ‘one more time’!

Lovely~

I just love how she is looking at him!  ….and of course the yellow flowers are just amazing!

Makes you cry when you see this!

Beautiful venue~ but you see our storm rolling in….

I want this pool 🙂

We have a fun guest book~

Larger shot of the guest book table ~ they wrote sweet notes and hung it on the twine with clothes pins!

Inside shot~ soft ceiling drape.

Tents down below for lounging!

Romantic…

…AND fun!!!!

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