Archive for March, 2010

A Sunset to Remember

March 30, 2010

March 26, 2010 was perfect: the sun was shining, a slight breeze was blowing, the candles were lit, and most importantly, Melanie Pelouze and Chris Schmidt exchanged their vows. Surrounded by friends and family, the happy couple stood below a hand-painted “Amour” sign at the Boone Hall Cotton Dock when they tied the knot.

The stage was set inside the Dock House and outside on the Dock for an elaborate reception design that appeared simplistic while bringing the outdoors inside. Each table was decorated with sage or brown and adorned with many white vases filled with various flowers. Antiqued lanterns were placed above the tables and along with all candles in the Dock House provided a soft, romantic glow. Paper butterflies hand-cut from newspaper were sprinkled across all the dinner tables which were themed and named after poets. Using jute, burlap, greenery, and the colors ivory, sage, and brown, we were able to create a delicate and comfortable oasis for Melanie, Chris, and all their guests. Melanie and Chris also chose to incorporate small touches of the French culture into their special day. Hand-painted French signs were strategically placed throughout the building and their non-traditional wedding cake consisted of mini macaroons in various colors and flavors.

Out on the dock, guests enjoyed a specialty beverage station with the cool night breeze. Decorated with white curtain fabric and sage covered ottomans, guests took in the beautiful sunset out on the dock during cocktail hour and the reception. Amidst all the love from friends, family, and for each other, this sunset will be one to remember for Melanie and Chris!

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A Picture Says a Thousand Words

March 25, 2010

Weddings are a time to celebrate the life of the bride and the groom and to toast to their continued future happiness. At the Emily Blanton  & Dan Kaufmann’s wedding on March 13, there was no end to the fun and celebration. Held at Boone Hall and the Boone Hall Cotton Dock, guests had the pleasure to enjoy all sorts of fun, from the signature cocktail of Firefly Lemonade to the Horah later in the evening. As the celebrations continued, one couldn’t help but notice the photo wall display behind the sign-in book. With framed photos of Emily and Dan throughout the years as well as their years together, it was an elegant yet subtle salute to their now shared lives.  The photos were also adorned with antique broaches provided by the Mother of the Bride for a sophisticated, old-world touch.

Let the games begin

March 21, 2010

It’s not that often that we’re able to plan an afternoon soiree, but Laura Mabe and Dave Gardner wanted to take advantage of the amazing sunset at the fabulous Lowndes Grove Plantation.  It was the perfect time of year for such an event- Not too hot during the daytime ceremony, cool in the evening while everyone enjoys the beautiful sunset, and of course, a location to that makes all brides’ dreams a reality!

At  the reception, we provided an outlet for guests of all ages to enjoy. Channeling our school days art projects, we created a fun set of games on the side lawn. Guests enjoyed playing bocce, horseshoes, and croquet next to the water during the evening reception. From grandparents to grandchildren, it was clear this was a party favorite for all ages!

We also worked to create a beverage station everyone could enjoy. Serving Southern sweet tea, lemonade, and water with cucumber, our refreshing display was more than a place for guests to wet their whistle. From the hand tied and decorated mason jars to the personally be-ribboned beverage dispensers, this display was too precious for words!

The wedding decor centered around a photo of a wedding cake Laura found in a wedding magazine.  Covered in oak branches, leaves and Carolina Wrens, it proved to be the perfect inspiration for her sophisticated, yet rustic affair.  Ashley Bakery did an amazing of job recreating the confection, but with a few added touches of their own.  Not only did it look amazing, it was delish!

Let there be light…

March 4, 2010

Let’s state the obvious… weddings are beautiful, elegant, filled with flowers and champagne … a happy bride and a lucky groom. There is one thing however, that many people tend to overlook, not even noticing the importance it lends to the stunning atmosphere they have just entered.  The mood of a wedding sets the tone for the whole event.  Lighting creates dramatic and alluring colors that make the event unforgettable. And Todd, at Technical Lighting & Event Company helped us create just that.

Last weekend, at Becky Mann and Mark Joye’s wedding, I could not help but bask in the glow all around me. Their evening reception was dimly illuminated by candles and blue-tinted lights, setting the romantic and whimsical aesthetic for the night.  Upon entering the stately stairs at The Hibernian, speckled with hundreds of candles glowing in the Charleston sunset, I was immediately captivated by the ambient gleams of blues, lavenders and grays. The yellow light that beamed from each candle rose and met the pale blue-lighted columns that spanned to the top of the building. It was breathtaking.

Once inside the building, I was met with a dim glow from votives and flutes, amid white tulips and roses that were lining the sign in table. This subtle light diffused into the rotunda, bouncing off the glass-ball-encased roses and billowing from the white-tissue flowers that were delicately floating from the ceiling.

Up the stairs, into the ballroom, my eyes were met with tiny, sparkling votives on each table. Surrounded by arrangements of white roses, tulips and other white flowers, the light softly complimented the delicate petals and reflected off the silver, blue and lavendar draped linens.

The light continued to dramatize the custom bar, lightly beaming from the hanging chandelier, giving off just enough light to catch the draping in the sheer, white fabric that covered the tent.

Night events are always going to be more dramatic, but it’s the light that makes it breathtakingly-beautiful. Colors take on a new hue, transforming the room into a palette of alluring shades that are sure to catch everyone’s eye.