Archive for the ‘inspiration’ 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!


Style Me Pretty Features ACB!

February 16, 2011

On Feb. 10, 2011 we we had the honor of being  featured on one of our favorite blogs: Style Me Pretty.

SMP wrote, “Charleston, South Carolina is home to many of THE most romantic weddings that grace the pages of wedding glossies and blogs! Some of the very best come straight from the fabulous and artistic talents of the ladies at A Charleston Bride.”

To summarize, Style Me Pretty basically said that we are the QUEENS of creating romantic weddings to be remembered – and we must admit… its true! 🙂

They also highlighted a beautiful wedding we did in May 2010 for Emily & David.

Check out pictures from their wedding and the nice things SMP had to say about us by clicking here

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 . . . .




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.



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!

fall color palette i love

September 24, 2009

Early this year, I found this serving tray and fell instantly in love.


I adore the champagne & taupe along with the shades of orange (from peach to coral to persimmon)! I’m typically not a fan of peach and try to avoid it at all costs, but it looks amazing when mixed in with some stronger shades of the orange family.  I’m incredibly happy about getting away from all the chocolate brown!

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A few weekends ago, we had a client use this palette at the Cotton Dock at Boone Hall Plantation. All of the guest tables adorned this bright  persimmon hue with floral centerpieces designed in many shades of orange.  The bridesmaids dresses and other accents displayed the taupe/champagne hue.  We used round ottomans dressed in persimmon and crisp white sofas accented with color corresponding pillows.  We pulled the taupe into the color palette to derive variation. It was a gorgeous palette set against the lowcountry marshscape.