The ladies of Easton Events are a well-known, wedding event design team. Getting their start in Virginia, they’ve recently decided to grace the Lowcountry with their presence by opening up a brand, new office in Charleston, South Carolina. We couldn’t be more excited with this top-notch addition to our squad of Charleston wedding vendors and we’re about to show you why! They joined forces with Gayle Brooker for a garden party inspired shoot at the stunning William Aiken House and if I had to guess, you’ll be pinning away at all the prettiness!
I’m so glad we get to close the week with this little Lowcountry gem at Pepper Plantation! Jennifer + Mike rounded up a talented group of Charleston wedding vendors to pull off their December extravaganza starting with the amazing design team at Sweetgrass Eventsand floral creations by Wildflowers Inc. Seriously, isn’t Jennifer’s bouquet is insane? They left the task of capturing all the details to the superb Virgil Bunao, while the gals from Sweetgrass Events executed everything to perfection. Tell me you don’t love every minute of this!
Last week, the creative geniuses of Maddison Row and Bella Bridesmaid teamed up for ‘The Art of the Dress’ event and treated all of their guests to an evening of luxe bridal heaven. The soiree took place at the gorgeous Rebekah Jacob Gallery and the fabulous Dana Cubbage Photography was their to capture the crazy beauty. Another one of our favorites, Charleston wedding vendors, Virgil Bunao, was there to man the photo booth! Check out some of these ridiculous bridal creations. If you find something that suits your fancy, check the designers below. I mean, can somebody give me that mint bridesmaid gown!?!? I die.
Gowns for our Lowcountry Ladies!
Peplum Gown: Legends by Romona Keveza / Silver Beaded Top Ballgown: Claire by Anna Maier / Illusion Lace neckline gown with Nude underlay: Gemma by Anna Maier / Silver Lace gown: Treasure by Monique Lhuillier / Chantilly Lace Cap Sleeve Sheath Gown with detachable tulle skirt: Embrace with Embrace Skirt by Monique Lhuillier / Hand Beaded A Line gown with tulle bottom – Amethyst
Floor Length Mint Bridesmaid Dress: Melinda by Dolly Pearl / Floor Length Blush Bridesmaid Gown: New Monique Lhuillier tulle / Floral Print Dress on models: Amsale in shell printed chiffon / Striped Short Dress: LulaKate Pearl dress with 31 Bits necklace / Long Sleeve Lace Shortie: Posey by Encore / Taupe Cap Sleeve Neutral: Newbury long by Ceremony by Joanna August with 31 Bits necklace
We’re closing out the week with a visit to one of my favorite places in the Lowcountry, the one-and-only, Kiawah Island. Kiawah is a quaint, upscale coastal town only 30 minutes from Downtown Charleston, and it’s surely worth the short drive. This beauty takes place at Cassique and comes to us from a crew of talented Charleston wedding vendors. Bride Jennifer dazzled in a gorgeous strapless gown while her hair was pure perfection in an effortless half-up do. Her bridesmaids looked chic in black Jessica McClintock gowns that were accompanied fabulous orchid bouquets…and boy, do I mean fabulous! The couple said their ‘I do’s’ in a swanky, outdoor ceremony before celebrating the night away with family and friends! Thanks to Fia Forever Photography for capturing all the details…
It’s no secret that I daydream about Charleston weddings. Whether it’s a breathtaking Lowcountry plantation, a jaw-dropping bouquet or a stunning Southern bride, I love all of it. Every last single drop! Lucky for me, I know you ladies share in my obsession. I couldn’t be more excited to share this swoon-worthy bridal session at one of my favorite Charleston wedding venues, Lowndes Grove. This little slice of Lowcountry heaven played host to the beautiful Miss Coley as she suited up in her bridal attire for her timeless bridal portraits from our friend, Jennings King Photography.
Hopefully, you caught Dodeline Design’s early guest post about a stationer’s role in your seated dinner extravaganza. If not, feel free to check it out here! Sticking with the served dinner topic for your Lowcountry wedding reception, we’ve asked another talented Charleston wedding vendor to discuss the catering end of things. So, please welcome the crew from Duvall Events as they teach you everything you need to know when planning your plated dinner reception…
A served and seated dinner provides an entirely different event experience and aesthetic than a stations or buffet style reception. It can be a wonderfully intimate way to celebrate your new marriage with your closest friends and family all seated around a table, getting to know each other. There are a few basic things all brides and grooms should know when deciding on a served dinner.
1. Served dinners are more expensive. When having a served dinner, you need a seat for every guest attending the reception, this drives your rental cost up- more tables, more linens, more centerpieces, more glassware. Consider mix and matching floral centerpieces with candle or lantern centerpieces to save on your floral budget. If everyone’s being served at the same time, catering companies need more staff to execute dinner service- more chefs and more servers- this inevitably increases your bottom line budget. Lastly, even if you have an open bar, if you want wine service with dinner, most catering companies will charge a per-bottle fee in addition to your open bar price. Consider having guests get up to go to the bar for a refresher or ask the servers to offer refreshments if they’re free. If you insist on wine service with dinner, consider closing the bar during the dinner hour to save on your bar cost.
2. Served dinners require more planning. If you’re planning on offering multiple options, you must pre-plan and coordinate your invitations so you can have a proper entree count to provide your caterer. We typically ask for these final entree counts at least 2 weeks prior to the wedding. Additionally, it is important that your catering company know about any allergies so they can accommodate any guests that may need a special entree. During dinner service, we typically ask that the place cards somehow denote what entree the guest requested on the response card. If this is not done, often times people forget what they ordered and guests end up with entrees they do not want.
3. Served dinners take time. An average served dinner will typically take about an hour and a half, with getting guests seated prior and up and onto the dancefloor after. If you’re dreaming about a wedding full of people buzzing about and hitting the dancefloor all evening, know that a served dinner takes time to execute and will typically take up ⅓ of your reception.
4. Details matter. When planning a served dinner, talk with your caterer about customizing the china, glassware and flatware you use. Mix vintage patterns to create fun decor. Incorporate a metallic charger to make a statement or mix and match water glasses to create an eclectic feel. The table settings will be a focal point so pay attention to every detail- what napkin fold do you want? How do you want the place card? Will there be a menu card at each setting? Does the chair match the aesthetic? When making all of these decisions, be sure all of these details coordinate with the centerpieces you have chosen. Get creative with your table scapes and chairs and your tables are sure to catch the eye! Lastly- candles, candles, candles! Candleligt is the best way to create budget friendly ambiance at your wedding. Ask your caterer if they provide votives to sprinkle on the tables. If not, purchase a box and have your caterer place a few on each table. It will make a world of difference!
All images via Duvall Events
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