Monday, March 28, 2011

Nicole + Jared {Charleston Wedding

Since the weather is a little dreary outside, I thought I'd try to liven up everyone's
morning with a little Monday Flower love. 

First up is Nicole and Jared's I'on Creek Club wedding designed by the ladies of
Red Letter Events and Branch Design Studio and photographed by the fabulous Marni Rothschild.  The vibrant color palette can't not make you smile.  I love how the mix of pinks, corals and yellows pop right off the bright blue of the bridesmaid's dresses.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Bagpipers {Wedding Details}

After celebrating St. Patrick's Day this past weekend,
I haven't been able to stop thinking about bagpipes. 
(Confession: I've even been listening to Celtic music on pandora all week long)

I love seeing a bagpiper at a wedding ceremony.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!
The sound of the pipes is so stunning and
it leaves quite the unexpected impression on your guests.
It definitely is a pleasant change from 'Here Comes the Bride'.

There are countless ways to incorporate the pipes into your wedding.

-At the ceremony location,
have the piper welcoming guests to set the stage for the day.

Images by Tracy Turpen and Shannon Grant

-Consider having the bagpiper lead the processional to the sounds of
'Highland Cathedral'.
But keep him hidden until it's time. 
It's a great surprise for your guests and it's definitely a showstopper.

Conducted by Captain Lutz Bammler MMK Nordsee via Youtube

Image via  Snippet & Ink

-Lead the bridal party to the reception for a grand entrance

Image via Snippet & Ink

How cute is he?

Recommended Ceremony Music:

Wedding March
Love Divine (Hyferdol)
Amazing Grace
Highland Wedding
Highland Cathedral
Mari's Wedding
Murdo's Wedding
Ode to Joy

So now don't you want to have a bagpiper?

In town, check out:

Capt. Jim Dillahey
Director of The Citadel's Bagpipe Band

James Ryan

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Heidi Elnora: {Wedding Dress Designer}

This year Charleston Wedding Magazine is bringing heidi elnora to town as the featured designer for the highly anticipated Bridal Show this Saturday, March 26th.

Take a quick peek at her new 2011 Collection
It's full of southern charm and sass and I can't wait to see it hit the runway.

So dreamy and feminine...right?

Her new concept allows brides to "build-a-gown". 
After choosing a Silhouette, brides can customize their gowns by selecting the fabrics and embellishments to create a truly personalized and one-of-a-kind gown. 
The sky's the limit!

You can find Heidi's gowns across the country or visit her two locations in Birmingham and Atlanta

Don't miss her this Saturday.  Tickets are $45.00, doors open at 10:30 am. Enjoy!

Speciality Drinks: {Wedding Details}

With the start of wedding season upon us and the temperature rising, I can't help but think about what cool, refreshing cocktails will be served up this spring.

Here are a few of my favorite options...

Guests are always pleasantly surprised
when greeted with a colorful glass of sangria. 
The best thing about sangria is you can mix up the recipe to fit your liking. 
Not a fan or red wine?  Why not try white?

Photograph via The Sun Blog

Mojito with a Carribbean twist?  Yes, please!
Check out this winning signature cocktail created by
Ice Box Bar Services's mixologist, Boris Van Dyck,
that was featured at this year's Charleston Food + Wine Festival. 

Photograph by Reese Moore via Charleston Mag

Going green for your big day?
Duvall Events featured this delicious,
chilled beverage at the Green Fair this past fall.

Photograph by Jonathan Kantor via The Food Network

1 part Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, 1 Part Lemonade and a Twist of Lemon over ice. 
Your Northern guests will fall in love with this fan-favorite.
How's the saying go..."Put some South in your Mouth"?

Tiger Lily Martini
Okay, this one is a personal favorite. 
While in college, this was the signature drinks at one of my favorite restaurants.
It's delish. 
Not too strong, not too sweet. 
Something that both men and women enjoy.
You'll have to excuse my bartending terms, hopefully this makes sense :)

1 part Peach Schnapps
1 part Sour Mix

Dash of Sprite
Top of with champagne
Drip Chambord down the side of the glass

Unfortunately, they don't have a website and no image of the beverage
but I promise it's worth testing out :)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Gibbes Museum: Fine Art and Flowers

Want a chance to check out some of Charleston's top floral designers at one of the Holy City's most sought after venues?  Don't miss Fine Art and Flowers at The Gibbes Museum presented by the Women's Council March 24th and 25th.

Don't miss this opportunity to view arrangements inspired by impressive works of art from the Museum's collection!

Participating designers include:
Anne Bowen of  Stems
Mitchell Crosby of JMC Charleston
Tara Guerard of Soiree
Lee Horst Puckhaber of Forget Me Not Flowers,
Elizabeth Klumb of Bloom Floral at Charleston Place
Jim Martin of the Charleston Parks Conservancy
David Singleton of eventsublime
Mary Silsby of Lotus Flower
Lisa Thomas of Out of Hand
Clara Varga-Gonzales of Tiger Lily Florist

Opening Night Party: $75, Giftos at the Gibbes—Memories of the Met: $65 (tables of 10 available for $650), Combo Ticket: $125

Make sure to stop by The Gibbes Museum's Calendar of Events to find more information.

Gibbes Museum of Art
135 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843.722.2706 x22
twitter: @GibbesArt