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!!”



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:

Pretty in Pink

April 26, 2010

Heather Cusano and Pete Mermell are the type of people that always bring a smile to your face. They are very happy and warm, which is exactly how their wedding was. On April 17, Heather and Pete tied the knot at St. Luke’s Chapel and then headed across the street for their reception at the Wickliffe House. Heather’s favorite color is pink and with her bright personality, “pink bling” quickly became the theme of the evening. From the table linen to the candle holders to their champagne flutes, the couple was surrounded by the vibrant pinks, ivories & crystal accents during their special night. One of the prettiest touches of the day were all the beautiful pink and white flowers arranged by ACB”s florist, Jonie LaRosee.

This wedding was all about lighting and simplicity. Working with Heather, we used dozens of candles of all shapes and sizes including hanging crystal candle holders and floating candles to light up the night. While the DJ played the music, guests enjoyed food provided by Mediterra and danced the night away on the side lawn.

Pete and Heather‘s wedding spirit was fun and infectious. Along with their guests, they brightened the night and celebrated in style.

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!

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.