Happy Anniversary

Today, this lovely couple is celebrating their first wedding anniversary, so what better way to celebrate than with a blog post reliving their stunning Charleston wedding. This bride and her family were so fun to work with, (I mean the bride was on stage all night with the band, and the Mother of the Bride did snow angels on the fluffy white carpet we had in the tent, so I mean really fun!) and we really worked with them to create a fun experience for their guests as well. We thank Ryan Ray for all of the lovely images.

Lettered Olive worked with our clients to create paper pieces that were uniquely them! The cherry blossoms represented the groom’s home of DC, and we incorporated them throughout the wedding decor (perfect for spring in Charleston also). LO also created a custom wedding crest emblem for pieces like the ceremony programs, wedding welcome booklets, and save the dates. One of my favorite invite ideas is the “post toast” which is the get together including all of the guests after the rehearsal dinner.

Marcia, our Mother of the Bride, helps her daughter put on her Oscar de la Renta mermaid sheath.

Wedding party wore classic full length black gowns and tuxedos for the black tie formal affair.

After a ceremony at First Baptist Church in downtown Charleston, a gospel choir sang to guests as they boarded transportation to the reception.

Our couple hosted guests at Runnymede Plantation, outside of Charleston. We love doing events here because it’s a blank slate, we can add several tents or utilize the outdoor space overlooking the Ashley River, and it makes for stunning photo ops.

Cocktail hour featured local seasonal items (by Cru Catering) and fun cocktails served with beautiful details, like custom printed tray liners and embroidered monogrammed aprons by Lettered Olive.

We love to create bar experiences. This one was a huge square accessible by all sides so there was never a line, and glassware artfully displayed on the interior- I hate a junky/crowded bar set up. We took an element from the printed materials to put on fabric to cover the bar for a statement, and huge lanterns covered in fabric featuring another pattern from the paper make the bar useful even after dark.

For a floral statement, escort cards were “planted” in this garden of blooms. We always have several “soirettes” on hand to assist guests finding their cards, so it’s not only a pretty but seamless experience.

Of course, the outside of the tent has to be finished nicely, when the outside is as lovely as this…

A super chic but formal and airy dining room was tailored with finished gray flooring, grey linens, oversized gold lighting features, and a mixture of tall and small statement florals. The place settings were watercolored acrylic menus with gold etching and tags featuring another pattern from the wedding printing.

Another Jim Smeal stunner!

After dinner, guests were treated a big reveal (one that we had already given the bride earlier so she could enjoy and really take it all in). The lounge was carpeted and draped to created a dreamy and romantic reception area. We created lush indoor and outdoor lounge spaces for guests to enjoy after dinner.

Our bride was FUN!!!! And loves to dance, can you tell???? We love her second look, a short suit, with the most perfect bow on the back by Viktor and Rolf.

One of the other perks of my production team being firemen is that we can do custom firework displays for our couple’s send off… Happy Anniversary Lauren and Clay!