Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Jill and Michael - The Historic Rice Mill Building

5 Days before Thanksgiving Jill and Michael were surrounded by family and friends at The Historic Rice Mill Building and they had plenty to be thankful for…especially the weather! It was November 21st in Charleston but it felt like June and the sky was an amazing blue! The couple exchanged vows on the back patio of the Rice Mill Building where 115 guests were seated comfortably in slatted wood chairs. The pew markers were fabric sashes that matched the linen on the entrance and cake tables. It was a beautiful service and “the force” was definitely with them since Jill had her childhood Princess Leia doll tied to her bridal bouquet as her something old. After the ceremony, guests were greeted with a cocktail hour and a stations reception with the catering provided by Good Food Catering. Jill wanted every guest to have a seat so we did family style rectangular tables where guests were assigned a specific table but could then sit at any seat within that table. The menu included a Wadmalaw Island Mixed Green Salad with julienned vegetables, blueberries, candied pecans and vidalia onion vinaigrette; Deep Fried Turkey with giblet gravy; Brown Sugar and Dijon glazed ham studded with mustard greens; Lowcountry Shrimp & Grits, Sweet Potato Puree with candied pecans, Roasted Asparagus and Sauteed Julienned Vegetables. Yummy!! Needless to say if anyone left hungry it was their own fault! :0) After dinner the guests danced the night away to the sounds of DJ Rob Duren and enjoyed a slice of heaven from Elaine’s Events – Cakes of Distinction. Best wishes to Jill and Michael and thank you for letting Peacock Events be a part of your special day! Thank you to Rod and Tara at Red Shutter Studio for capturing the evening and sharing these images…

The beautiful Historic Rice Mill Building!

The bridal bouquet with Princess Leia as Jill's "something old."
The groom's boutonniere!
The bridesmaid bouquets!
The family style rectangular seating with lanterns and floral centerpieces!
The lottery ticket favor tree...there was a sign that stated that since Jill and Michael were lucky in love each guest should take a ticket to try their own luck...it was a big hit!
The Magnolia Cake was made and designed by
Elaine Mincey of Elaine's Events!

The happy couple and their bridal party in front of the Rice Mill Building!

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lear
Best wishes in the future and thank you for letting us
be a part of your special day!!
The vendors I mentioned above can be found at the following sites...
The Historic Rice Mill Building and Good Food Catering
Elaine's Events
DJ Rob Duren
Red Shutter Studio

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

7 Months Ago Today...

It's crazy to think that 7 months have passed since Ashley and Craig were married! On May 2nd, 2009 a new chapter of their lives began and I was lucky to be a part of it. They held their ceremony and reception at Kiawah Island's Rivercourse. Ashley wanted a simple and beautiful wedding so we decided on a color palette of ivory/white, navy blue and hot pink. The talented Heather Forsythe photographed the wedding and shared these stunning images...enjoy...

Monday, November 23, 2009

6 Months Ago Today...

6 Months ago today I was happy to be working at the William Aiken House on Stacy and Justin's wedding day! It was a wonderful and beautiful day. Stacy and Justin were married on property at the coy pond, followed by a cocktail hour and seated dinner for their guests. Stacy and Justin knew exactly what kind of wedding they were looking for and thankfully they chose me to bring their vision to life. Their photographer, Liz Duren, was a pleasure to work with and captured the following details and moments from the day...enjoy...

Please check out some of the vendors on this wedding at...



Florist - Branch Design Studio


Venue - The William Aiken House


Tents, Linen, Chair Rentals - Snyder Event Rentals


Monday, November 9, 2009

Stacy and Trevor - St. Luke's Chapel and The Rice Mill Building

Stacy and Trevor were married on September 26, 2009 at St. Luke's Chapel followed by a celebration at The Historic Rice Mill Building! Stacy and Trevor were wonderful to work with and wanted to make sure their guests had an amazing time! They loved the color purple and we decided to embrace it throughout the whole wedding including the bridesmaid dresses! Thank you to Tracy Turpen (www.tracyturpen.com) for capturing every detail...Here are a few images to enjoy...

Stacy and Trevor in one of their cute engagement pictures...

Stacy looking fierce in one of her bridal portraits...

The newly weds signing their marriage license...

The wedding party...

The couple by the marina behind the Rice Mill Building (http://www.goodfoodcatering.net/)

Kissing by the cake...thank you to Elaine's Events (http://www.elainesevents.com/)

Friday, October 2, 2009

Meghan and Josh - The William Aiken House

Where to I even begin...there are too many wonderful things to say about this couple and their wedding! Meghan and Josh were so much fun and we had a blast planning their late August wedding at the William Aiken House! I just received a sneak peak of their wedding pictures from their photographer and thought I would let the photos do the talking...Enjoy!

Meghan and her dad before the ceremony!

Josh before the ceremony with his mom in the reflection of the mirror!

A Moment Alone...
the newly weds standing where just hours before the said "I do!"
By suspending a piece of fabric we were able to make the beautiful pergola
into a chuppah to represent Josh's Jewish heritage!

Mr. and Mrs. Murphy steal a kiss under a beautiful
Magnolia Tree dripping with candle light!
As always the William Aiken House and their staff were a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend this venue! Check them out at www.williamaikenhouse.com
Thank you to Brady with My Favorite Memory for the beautiful images I can't wait to see the rest!! Check Brady out at www.myfavoritememory.com

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Say Yes To Picking A Dress...

Today's post is all about wedding fashion! Every bridal magazine is filled with hundreds of ads displaying mouth watering designs for bridal dresses and while it can be exciting it can also be overwhelming! As if picking out "THE DRESS" for yourself isn't hard enough then you have to pick out a beautiful gown for your closest girl friends to wear and feel comfortable in! Lucky for all of us...there is help! Katherine Mullins McDonald, one of my favorite bridal designers, is actually a local gal and one of my previous brides! Her company LulaKate offers silk dupioni, shantung, chiffon and seersucker dresses in a plethora of colors and styles and their gowns are designed, made-to-order and sewn locally to make sure each dress is perfect! You can visit http://www.lulakate.com/ to see all of the beautiful options!
In my wallet, I carry a little card that say "Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman wearing it." The quote is by Yves Saint Laurent and my mother sent me this card when I got engaged and I just think it is a wonderful message to all Brides and women!!

These beautiful images are from Juliet of Juliet Elizabeth Photography - who I love!! If you are in need of a super fun and talented photographer or if you just want to find inspiration then do yourself a favor and check out her at http://www.julietelizabethblog.com/

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

10 Items Every Bride (or wedding planner) should have on Hand on the BIG Day!

1. Bobby Pins and Safety Pins
2. Shout Wipes
3. Travel First Aid Kit
4. Lint Brush
5. Manicure Set
6. Tums
7. Travel Sewing Kit – including scissors
8. Feminine Hygiene Products
9. Tylenol
10. Deodorant

You can purchase "survivial kits" or make your own!

If you decide to purchase we recommend you visit http://www.mrandmrs.com/

They have a kit for every occasion!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Blast from the Past!

Since it is the end of August and people are starting to talk about the Fall I thought I would share some photos from a past Fall wedding! And since Peacock Events is producing a wedding this weekend at the William Aiken House it seemed only fitting to feature a Fall wedding at that venue! Kristin and Greg were married last October and they totally embraced fall colors, candle light and even football! Enjoy!

Thank you to the William Aiken House (www.williamaikenhouse.com) and staff for another flawless event and to My Favorite Memory (www.myfavoritememory.com) for the beautiful images!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Julie and Bob - Trinity United Methodist Church & Hibernian Hall

In the wedding business it is rare that we get repeat clients however sometimes we get lucky enough to be involved in the weddings of siblings! It is always fun because you already know the family! This was the case for on June 27th with Julie Young because I was involved in her brother Brett’s wedding in 2006! Julie and Bob were married at Trinity United Methodist Church and then celebrated at Hibernian Hall with more than 300 family and friends. Here are a few of the images…