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Local Charleston Favor Finds

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On this Friday afternoon we thought we would share a few of our favorite Charleston finds! They make perfect wedding favors and unique local additions to your Charleston welcome bag. Definitely check out the product websites… these companies are churning out really fresh products with local flare and fantastic packaging! Below are just a few reasons why we LOVE living and working in Charleston.
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charleston favorsJack Rudy Cocktail Co.

charleston local candlesREWINED

charleston welcome bagsCharleston Bloody Mary Mix

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Charleston Wedding Inspiration: Chandeliers

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Lighting is one of the utmost important details of a wedding.  A beautifully lit chandelier can transform a Sperry tent into a romantic reception.  With chandeliers made in as many styles as there are wedding fashions, you’re sure to find something that suits your taste.

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Winter tabletop photo by Leo Patrone, Australian wedding photo by Jonathan WherrettTent lantern lights photo by Elizabeth MessinaGray interiorGlass droplets, Glass chandelierMultiple chandeliers, Paper chandelier, Brass chandelier

 

Parker and Scott’s Memorial Day Wedding

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Parker and Scott were married at Grace Episcopal church the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. Having grown up attending Christmas Eve service at Grace Episcopal and Christmas day at Keswick Hall, Parker always knew where she wanted to be married! With picture perfect may weather and a room filled with whites and pinks the night could not have been more magical.

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Ceremony Venue: Grace Episcopal Church// Reception Venue: Keswick Hall// Catering: Keswick Hall// Rentals: Festive Fare// Save the Date and Day of Printed Materials: Rock Paper Scissors // Wedding Invitation: The Lime Tree// Makeup: Lora Elaine// Hair: Bella Hair Studio// Band: Soul Play Band// Cocktail Music: Peter Richardson// Wedding Cake: Favorite Cakes// Florals: Jack H. Lucky Floral Designs//  Photography: Jen Fariello// Videography: Meet + Cute Films// Vintage Car: Albemarle Limousine// Lighting: Blue Ridge Light Forms// Tent: Skyline Tent Company

 

Color Me Beautiful: Color Blocking

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The bold hues of summer continue this fall with saturated color blocking everywhere!  We love the combination of two bold solids cozying up together. The key to not looking messy?  Keep it tailored and avoid heavy makeup.

We think this modern trend lends itself well to wedding details, decor, even wedding party attire.  Choose two strong colors, or three if they are within the same color family, and find places within your decor to align them in a striking way.  Keep everything else neutral.  Or incorporate the trend by choosing color blocked shoes, bridesmaid dresses, or paper goods.

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Forget Me Not Friday: Refreshment Stations

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With the hot and humid Virginia weather these past few days we have been thinking about  iced drinks, fresh fruit, and lemonade stands!

Outside ceremonies in the summer months call for iced beverage stations so guests can refresh and cool down while sitting outside during the ceremony.

The design behind your beverage station can make a lasting impression on wedding guests since it’s one of the first things they see. From mason jars with striped straws to crystal champagne flutes the concept behind the beverage station sets the tone for your wedding style!

Here are a few things to consider when creating a drink station:

1. Have signage letting the guests know they can serve themselves.

2. Don’t pre-pour your drinks on a hot summer day. The glasses will “sweat” and could ruin your table clothes before the guests even arrive!

3. Use glass containers rather than silver to avoid condensation on the surfaces.

2. Include cocktail napkins on the drink station table for guests to wrap around their glass

3. Leave galvanized buckets or drop tables nearby so guests can dispose of their straws and napkins as they leave the ceremony.

4. Have wait staff waiting with empty trays to catch the glasses as guests make their way the reception.

Enjoy the summer and beat the heat with a cool refreshment!

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Forget Me Not Friday: Pinning a Boutonniere

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A boutonniere signifies the importance of an individual at a wedding! From the groom and his groomsmen to the father of the bride, these arrangements are a special way to honor the men in a wedding ceremony. Originally boutonnieres were pushed through the left lapel buttonhole. The stems were held in place with a loop at the back of the lapel. Today’s jackets often lack this necessary loop to hold the boutonniere in place; this is how the process of “pinning a boutonniere” became the norm.

Step 1: Make sure the flowers, greenery, and other pieces of the boutonniere are arranged as you want it to look on the lapel.

Step 2: Place the boutonniere so the flower is on or just below the widest part of the lapel. Pin the boutonniere on the man’s left.

Step 3: In order to hide the pin, insert the pin behind the left lapel and through the stem. We recommend using two pins to secure the boutonniere.

Step 4: Give the boutonniere a little push to check its stability.

Step 5: Look handsome!

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Image 1 courtesy of Lynne Brubaker, Image 2,3,5,6,7, and 9 courtesy of Jen Fariello, Image 4 courtesy of Holland Photo Arts, Image 8 courtesy of Patrica Lyons.

Forget Me Not Friday: Bridal Hair Styles

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There are many options when it comes to selecting your wedding day hair style! We have narrowed it down to 5 types of styles that can be adapted to fit the feel of your big day. Enjoy these looks from the most traditional style to the most laid back.

1. Swept Back Chignon

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2. Traditional Chignon

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3.   1/2 up 1/2 down

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4. Loose Curls

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5. Bohemian Chic

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Image 1, and 2 courtesy of Patrica Lyons, Image 3 courtesy of Lynne Brubaker, Image 4 courtesy of Jen Fariello, Image 5 courtesy of Adam Barnes, Image 6 courtesy of Eric Kelley.

 

 

 

Forget Me Not Friday: Letterpress Printing

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Letterpress printing is a printing technique where ink is rolled over an individually cast die and pressed into the paper. This printing process begins by creating a design on the computer.  There are printers that make photo polymer plates that have raised text and other design elements.  Each color used on the invitation requires its own plate.

The actual printing process begins by locking the customized plate into the letterpress machine. The ink is mixed by hand and applied to the roller before the printing can begin! The printer will feed the paper through the machine and the ink is rolled into the plate. This plate is then pressed onto the paper. This process is repeated for each color once the previous color ink has dried.   The thicker your paper the deeper the impressions.

Letterpress printing creates a beautiful addition to any invitation!

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Image 1 and 2 courtesy of Patricia Lyons, Image 3 courtesy of Lucy O, Image 4 courtesy of Holland Photo Arts.

 

Forget Me Not Friday: All About Tents Part II

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Last week we discussed different types of tents used for wedding parties. This Friday we are chatting about additional items that can spruce up your wedding tent!

Side Pole Draping: From Pole tents to Frame tents there are many side poles installed during construction of the tent. Draping these poles is a way to reduce the roughness of the aluminum surrounding the interior of the tent.

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Ceiling Draping: A wonderful way to transform a tent structure is to drape the ceiling. Draping hides the structural elements of the tent and gives a polished and personalized look. There are a few ways to approach draping: you can go custom and choose both the type of material and the color, or you can choose non custom draping. As with all things (custom) there is a higher price point if you go in this direction. Draping a ceiling takes at least one full day.  Partial draping is also an option. Colorful swags of material make your space unique and eliminate the bareness of the tent.

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Hanging Lanterns: Adding lanterns to your tent ceiling creates a dramatic space for your guests. Not only do they provide a natural glow, these fixtures fill the top of the tent with interest and excitement! Be sure to check with your tech tent vendor as to what the fire code rules are for your area.

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Chandeliers: Whether you wish to have a crystal chandelier or something more casual such as a ribbon chandelier, there are many options when it comes to light fixtures.

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Crenellation: Crenelated decorations add a nice touch to the perimeter of the tent!

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Image 1 and 7 courtesy of Adam Barnes, Image 2,3, and 5 courtesy of Patrica Lyons, Image 6 courtesy of Lucy O Photo, Image 4 courtesy of Holland Photo Arts.

Forget Me Not Friday: All About Tents Part I

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Tenting 101!!

So you need a tent….

Whether you are having your reception entirely under a tent or adding onto a building to create some extra space – tents come in a ton shapes and sizes.

Let’s start with the 4 main types of tents that are used to create event spaces.

Pole Tents: A traditional pole tent is constructed using center poles to push up the canopy portion of the tent. The tent is stabilized with guylines, which are ropes or cables that are used to restrain the motion of the tent, at each of the side poles.  Pole tents are usually installed on grass or soil since they are staked into the ground. They need about 8’ extra feet of clearance around the perimeter to accommodate the length of the guylines. We tell our clients that a pole tent has that circus feeling with swooping high ceiling.

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Sperry Tents: Sperry Tents are constructed out of sailcloth canopies that have geometric support patches and sweeping seams.  These handmade tents have support poles within the tent that are built out of solid wood. The peaks of a Sperry Tent can also be topped with pennant flags! When you light the ceiling of a Sperry they have an amazing glow.

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Frame Tents:  A frame tent is a versatile and free standing structure that can be installed on about any surface! These tents are constructed with a heavy aluminum framework and are anchored down with weights. Since they are freestanding structures frame tents can be installed against an existing building to create an extension of an indoor space. Frame tents do not have center poles allowing for a clear interior space. They are not very beautiful as the ceilings are quite low. If you can afford to do some draping to disguise the poles and beams that is ideal.

Navitrac Tents: Navitrac Tents and Frame tents are very similar in terms of appearance. However, the structural elements of Navitrac Tents are a bit different. Navitrac Tents are designed with thicker beams, thus eliminating the number of metal poles within the tent. Frame and Navitrac Tents come come in two forms: white top and clear top. The Navitrac is sturdier  than the frame so if weather conditions are not optimal the Navitrac is the best bet

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Image 1 courtesy of Lucy O, Image 2,3,4, and 8 courtesy of Lynne Brubaker, Image 5,6,7, 10 and 11 courtesy of Patrica Lyons, Image 9 courtesy of Jen Fariello.