Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Getaway Vehicle

Nothing screams Getaway better than a classic car as a surprise to the unexpected couple.  If you're anything like us, you'll appreciate the restoration of this beautiful Chevy Malibu that was decorated for fun to await the couple's departure. 

Boone Hall Cotton Dock

We cannot express (even through pictures) how beautiful this wedding was.  It was held at Boone Hall Plantation and it was the rainiest day of the year.  That's right.  Torrential downpour until right after the ceremony itself was completed.  As if by some miracle, at the end of the ceremony as the couple said "I DO", the sun came out and rays of sunshine blessed this wedding.  

The rustic atmosphere of the Cotton Dock at Boone Hall and the talents of all the team at A Charleston Event & Charleston Florals transformed the empty barn into a beautiful vintage theme that had all the guests feeling as if they were stepping back in time.  

This is only a sneak preview of the setting.  The talents of photographer Karyn Iserman will be shown later on, but in the meantime, enjoy and pull some great ideas from this detailed wedding from A Charleston Event and the ACE Team.


The vintage look was made possible partially by the bride's family who brought with them a variety of antiques that have been dear to their hearts as the children were growing up.  I think our favorite part of the entire wedding was the hand-made cake stand that the father of the bride made specifically for the wedding.  

We look forward to sharing other photos from this event once we get them. 

Design & Coordination - A Charleston Event
Decor, Draping and Florals - Charleston Florals
Venue - Cotton Dock at Boone Hall Plantation
Entertainment for Ceremony and Reception - Other Brother Entertainment
Cupcakes - Cupcake in Mt Pleasant
Rentals - Snyder Event Rentals and A Charleston Event
Photography - Karyn Iserman (coming shortly)

All images on this site remain the property and copyright of A Charleston Event. 

Elizabeth & Matt's Wedding

When Elizabeth and Matt decided on the ideal spot to exchange vows on June 24th, they used Elizabeth's experience to fall back on and her knowledge of sites that she had worked with prior.  You see, Elizabeth worked with A Charleston Event for nearly two years on a part time basis, originally starting off as an intern while studying at the College of Charleston.  
One of her favorite weddings that she had worked on in the past was held at this very same place and it was for another one of A Charleston Event's own planners.  "I just fell in love with the backdrop and the flow of the event space", says Elizabeth.  "It really was exactly what Matt and I envisioned for our wedding day. " 
The large oak tree served as the true southern backdrop for the ceremony itself. With small accents of color matching the wedding theme of purples and apple greens, it took no time at all to transform this magnificent tree into a romantic scene for the order of ceremony.   Simple pew markers of like-colored flowers were attached to natural wood chairs and purple petunias from local farms were the focal point markers for the bridal party to stand.  A large lantern held the matching candle inside that held the Unity Candle Elizabeth and Matt lit during their ceremony.  This ensured the candle stayed lit throughout, even on a breeze filled waterway.  
Lounge seating was set up on the wrap-around porch in front of the huge fireplace where a 3ft moss covered monogram initial hung to symbolize the couple's last name.  The bouquets stood on the sides of the fireplace hearth on pretty wrought iron stands with different levels to show off their bright colorful combination of hydrangea, lisianthus, roses, sweet peas, iris, fugi mums and bells of Ireland to remember the Irish ancestry in the family.  A friend of the family made the precious little cushions and table runner for the lounge seating area to match the rest of the wedding colors.  
During Elizabeth and Matt's engagement session with Richard Bell Photography, they kept in mind the types of photos they wanted displayed at their wedding, which would serve as a 'guest book' that would prominently be forever displayed in their new home
Instead of just signing the guest book, the couple also wanted to add some fun for after the festivities were over.  Elizabeth opted to buy souvenir post cards that guests could write messages on.  After the wedding, the post cards will all be sent to the couple over the period of a couple of weeks so they can continue to receive well wishes even after the wedding is over.
The bride also painstakenly collected small green and purple medicine jars and vases to scatter around the reception site.  As one of the guests commented, "We knew we would be attending a beautiful wedding in Charleston.  We just didn't realize it would be like a little slice of heaven."

All of us at A Charleston Event & Bridal Library wish Elizabeth and Matt a lifetime of love and happiness.  We're so excited to show this small sneak preview of the wedding.  We cannot wait to see the professional photos from Richard Bell Photography.  We also thank the I'On Creek Club for their wonderful site, the fabulous staff and assistance they provided on the day and Charleston Florals partner florist Karen Spalviero from Keepsakes Florist for all the beautiful floral designs.  Most of all, the ACE Team for rocking out another wonderful wedding for one of our very own!

Wedding Design - A Charleston Event & Bridal Library
Venue - I'On Creek Club, Mt Pleasant
Floral Design - Charleston Florals, Keepsakes Florist
Catering & Bar - Creek Club

Ceremony Entertainment - Classical Charleston
Reception Entertainment - Permanent Vacation
Wedding Cake - Ashley Bakery
Photography - Richard Bell Photography
Rentals - I'On Creek Club, A Charleston Event and Snyder Party Rentals