Archive for the ‘decor & design’ Category

Wren Bistro Bar & Market

February 18, 2011

Last week we caught lunch at a cute bistro in downtown Beaufort, SC.  Wren Bistro &  Bar is located 2 streets from the Beaufort waterway on Cateret Street. We had both a delightful (& productive!) lunch- but honestly, you would have thought we had never eaten out before. We could barely stop oooohing & ahhhhing enough to get our sandwich & salad down. We were so impressed & inspired by the ambiance & decor of this eatery that we just had to share!

Wren has exposed brick walls & they have jute rugs hung from the rafters to mimic the look of curtains. There were long linen booths along both walls with glass pendants hung from above & french bistro inspired weathered wooden chairs. It was just as cute as could be. Understated- yet simple southern style.

They even had a simple arrangement consisting nothing more than sand, rocks, moss, oyster shells, bark & a palm frond- a total inspiration for a Spring bride!

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Starting Spring Off Right

February 16, 2011

We are so excited to kick off the Spring season outdoors with a fun rehearsal dinner at Lowndes Grove Plantation!Picture this: we start the evening off with field games- Croquet, Bocce, & Horseshoes.

 

Before you know it, its a starry night next to the Ashley River. Glowing lanterns hanging from the oak trees & warm fire pits softly light the area. Can you say romantic?

Scattered bales of hay will be lined in plaid & burlap fabric for a natural touch.

Guests will be mingling and noshing on blueberry pie at long wooden farm tables with runners in the hunter green plaid.

If you can’t picture it yet, maybe looking at the layout will help:

I know, I know… you wish you were invited. But hey! that’s what we’re here for. Your rehearsal dinner can be just as fun and amazing.

Red = <3

February 15, 2011

Even though Valentine’s Day is over, love is still in the air. We wish it was Valentine’s Day every day! What girl doesn’t love getting spoiled with flowers, chocolates, and romantic dinners?

That’s why we can’t get enough of the girly hues – the reds & pinks remind us of ol’ St. Valentine. We thought we would share a  few of our favorite inspiration photos . . . .

Sweet…

Sexy…

Sultry

These dresses would make FAB bridesmaid dresses.

Feel free to mix and match different shades of pink

Choose a modern pattern, such as this lattice, in a buttery soft fabric to cover your tables.

The lines will create a sleek look that offers a fresh alternative to traditional linens.

Be bold! Pucker up with some classic red lipstick.

You can never go wrong with Chanel. Just make sure you pick a red that doesn’t make you look like Ronald McDonald.

We like: Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick 14 Passion

And don’t forget about your nails! Try: Blushing Bride by Essie (how perfect is that?)

1 more must-have

. Last, but CERTAINLY not least…

Red, red Wine

Try this Cabernet Sauvignon: Clos du Val ($23)

According to the Wine Enthusiast: “Tastes sweet and jammy in fruit, with cherry-blackberry, cocoa and cedar flavors and satin-smooth tannins. Finishes with a bite of tartness.

 

 

Bar Adornments- often overlooked, but-oh-so important

June 25, 2010

During the planning process, we really get to know our brides personally.  We understand their style and priorities which makes for a unique event tailored just for them.   Often times, we struggle getting them what they want within their budget parameters.  When this happens, details get cut.  One of the first items that tend to go, are the bar flower arrangements…..

In the grand scheme of things, I understand that these arrangements seem unimportant.  But besides guest table centerpieces, can you think of another arrangement that guests really notice?  While at the bar waiting for their cocktail, guests are usually alone, quiet and taking it all in.  These small representatives are there saying… “Hey, look at me!  Your hostess really did think of EVERYTHING!!”

~Melissa

A Royal Impression

June 16, 2010

In Charleston, there’s never a shortage of venues located on the water boasting spectacular views, a nice breeze, and the perfect setting for a momentous occasion. For our May 15, 2010 wedding, this is was no exception. Cynthia Gutierrez and Stephen MacKenzie held their wedding reception at the Pavilion at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. After the ceremony, which took place at the Unitarian Church dowtown, the happy couple and their guests enjoyed cocktails and the sunset next to the Charleston Harbor.

Dinner was served under a tent covered in an abundance of fabric. The mood was set with purple up-lighting, the bride’s color of choice, which was incorporated into many aspects of the decor. From the flowers, ottomans, and programs, royal purple was featured prominently and lent the reception venue a rich appearance.

While dining next to the water, watching the sun set below the horizon, guests were seated at island-themed tables. Names include Bora Bora, Maui, Caymans, and Bali. This fun twist on the seating arrangements was a perfect fit for an almost tropical location.

The Pavilion at Patriots Point served as a beautiful sanctuary on such a special day for a beautiful couple. The abundance of royal purple lent a royal impression for a magical evening.

Destination Debordieu

June 15, 2010

Missy Rickard and Conor Mulkeen celebrated their nuptials at the Debordieu Club, located slightly north of Charleston in Georgetown, SC.  On May 1, 2010, family and friends gathered at the exclusive club for the ceremony and reception in celebration of the newlyweds. The color palette consisted of ivory, midnight blue, gold, and pale pink, accented with lighting provided by TEC and the soft glow of candlelight.

The transformation of Debordieu was mostly due in part to fabric. At the ceremony site on the water, we created a romantic  environment with shepherd hooks, ivory fabric, and glass balls filled with lush flowers. Cocktail hour also saw flower-filled glass balls hung from the trees and ivory ottomans arranged along the banks of the river. This aesthetic element was also transferred to the main ballroom, where the party got started after dinner. The same ivory fabric was used to partition the back of the room into three cozy lounges, each filled with candles, flowers, sofas, and ottomans. The lounges allowed guests a quite place to rest after dancing the night away to the music of Loose Chain.

The weather was perfect, the atmosphere was lively, and the new Mulkeen family was radiant. The incandescence of the colors, fabric, and location helped to make this a truly romantic wedding.

A few weeks after Missy & Conor’s dream wedding they were featured on Charleston’s newest wedding blog, the Wedding Row. Please check out their feature: 

http://theweddingrow.com/?p=2619

Green with Envy

April 26, 2010

Saturday, April 10 marked the first time Cassique,  Kiawah Island’s exclusive private Clubhouse was used for an event (post the Rivercourse disaster). Kara Roberts & Tyler Cole’s wedding couldn’t have been more perfect for a newly married couple to celebrate with their family and friends. The couple tied the knot on a bed of white flower petals in front of custom fabric panels created by ACB staff and hung in the existing arches. Two running waterfalls lent a soothing sound amidst the tears of happiness and vibrant smiles.

Photographed by the oh-so-talented Tim Willoughby, the dinner and reception took place in a tent decorated floor to ceiling with white and green custom fabric and too many white flowers to count. The peonies, hydrangeas, roses, tulips, and orchids were limitless; ranging from small to extra large, the arrangements added a new dimension of height, smell, and aesthetics to the tent.

Working with two colors, green and white, the ordinary reception tent was transformed thanks to many yards of fabric. From green fabric draped along the ceiling to hand-sewn green and white pillows to the custom stage skirt, virtually no surface was without some fabric adornment. Using ACB lounge items such as our white couches and green-painted parsons tables, guests had a comfortable place to relax after dinner. Kara and Tyler had an non-traditional wedding cake which consisted of a large strawberry cupcake surrounded by dozens of smaller cupcakes for the guests. It was clear this was a crowd favorite of the night, along with the band, the Mighty Kicks!

When the evening was through, we couldn’t have asked for anything more perfect: the weather,  the location, the food, the band, the atmosphere, but most importantly a more precious couple!

Paradise Found

April 6, 2010

Anna Gonowon is one of those brides that you always remember. She lights up the room with her infectious laugh that seems to linger long after she has left. Her vision of a reception that incorporated her Filipino lineage with the southern charm of Charleston, was brought to life at the William-Aiken House. With exotic flowers imported from Hawaii, vibrant carlisle covering the tables and the faint glow of paper lanterns swinging from oak trees, this wedding was a fusion of Filipino heritage and southern elegance.

The Gonowon – Hall wedding last Saturday, March 27, was one of those total body experiences — from the eye popping aesthetics, to the delicious southern/Asian cuisine and the body-moving sounds of The Maxx — all five senses were tingling with excitement.

The inspiration was centered around a beautiful, bright carlisle lamour. Pinks, reds, yellows and teals were sprinkled throughout the decor. From the sheer, red swag of the tent to the carlisle drum shades that hovered over the dance floor… color was an element that transformed this space into a tropical oasis. Billowing flowers that channeled the islands in the Pacific sprung from white vases, exploding in colors of orange, hot pink, yellow and red.

From the moment the Atlanta-based band, The Maxx, took the stage, they got the party started in “Club Anna,” singing everything from Frank Sinatra to the Black Eyed Peas. As the night wound down and guests lined up to give the bride and groom and sparkler farewell, Chinese takeout boxes were passed out as favors, hiding a delicious surprise — a scrumptious double chocolate cupcake dipped in chocolate, from Cupcake — labeled with “Sweet Dreams… Anna and Roland.”

The wedding was certainly a dream,  sweeter than any.

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!

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!