Beach Beauty


The dog days of summer are upon us and the beach scene is still up and running. Whether it’s warm or cold the beach is always beautiful, especially when you dress a bride and groom up and hand them a bouquet of flowers! Photographer KT Merry led a Bliss and Bokeh workshop last September… the result these amazing photos! Enjoy!

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Mandy and Chas


During their honeymoon ten years ago, Mandy and Chas ate dinner overlooking a beautiful cliff in Hawaii with a vow renewal ceremony in the distance. “That night we said that we wanted to come back in ten years and renew our vows with our family. I even remember talking about bringing the kids that we would eventually have. Ten years seemed so far away at that time.”- Mandy

After years of career changes, having babies, and losing loved ones Mandy and Chas’s marriage grew strong. “We decided to have the vow renewal ceremony for two reasons: We agreed to it during our honeymoon in Maui but more importantly, we wanted to celebrate this amazing journey that we have had together so far.” Although they had discussed going back to Maui, Charleston, South Carolina took precedence. Mandy and Chas fell in love in Charleston, Chas proposed at the French Quarter Inn, and they resided here for a few years, and still visit often.

 Heather and I coordinated and designed the Welch’s vow renewal last September. We wanted to create a memorable evening full of family, close friends, love and laughter. The William Aiken House was the perfect venue. Mandy and Chas were able to renewal their vows on the lawn, eat dinner in the formal ballroom, dessert in the downstairs living room and then stay in a suite on the property. Their story has recently been featured in the Charleston Weddings Summer 2015 magazine. Click here to see an online story and some of Mandy’s top tips.

Its always a pleasure working with the following vendors! Great photos by Marni Rothschild Pictures. Rentals by Snyder Events. Calligraphy by Elizabeth Porcher Jones. Chris Newman of Classic Charleston Officiant. Venue, Catering and Cake: William Aiken House, Patrick Properties. Music by Jaykob Kendrick from OtherBrother Entertainment.

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Lillian and Gregory


In honor of this darling couple’s recent first anniversary, I’d like to share a few of Gayle Brooker’s photos and details from their wedding! Lillian and Gregory met in college, Lillian from South Carolina and Gregory from Texas. They tied the knot in Charleston, SC; ceremony at Lillian’s hometown church St. Philips Episcopal and the reception followed at Hibernian Hall. Their precious flower girls wore floral halos and dresses to compliment the bridesmaids.


Studio R designed Lillian and Gregory’s save the date after the iconic black iron gate at St. Philips Church. Their wedding invitation suite was designed and printed by Reaves Engraving; calligraphy by Calligraphy by Request.



Bridesmaids carried bouquets with garden roses, peonies, astilbe, green viburnum, lisianthus, white nerine lilies, and white frizzle tulips. Their Lela Rose dresses were from Bella Bridesmaids. Lillian’s bouquet had large bowl of cream peonies, green viburnum, garden roses, lisianthus, white canterbury bells, eucharis lilies, lily of the valley, white jasmine vine and ranunculus.

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Beautiful green garlands adorned the gates at the church and reception.


Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal did not hold back! This 6 tier beauty stood a few feet tall and had small details from Lillian’s childhood gate at home and the church gate. Black iron gates are some of Charleston’s masterpieces, and Jim brought them to life in a cake design. Cru Catering also did an excellent job satisfying taste buds, their food was not only delicious it was presented with creative thought… they think outside of the standard food display we often see at weddings. Lillian and Gregory selected a menu including a sushi bar, maple leaf farms duck breast, slow roasted angus prime rib, charcuterie table, crab cakes, fried green tomato, crispy apple smoked bacon wrapped quail… I could go on! YUM.

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Within the vast room upstairs at Hibernian Hall we wanted to create a sense of space. A double sided lounge was designed for those who wanted to watch the dancing, and the other side was for those who wanted to catch up with friends but still feel apart of the action.

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Arrangements tall and low were designed to provide interest and various height throughout the space. Most all rentals were from Snyder Events.


The lovebirds during their first dance as Mr. and Mrs.!


There was no reason to let leftover cake to go to waste. Small boxes were designed for a piece of “to-go” cake, adorned with a wooden fork… Enjoy!

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The couple zoomed off in a 1957 Bentley from Lowcountry Valet and lived happily ever after!

Graceful Southern Wedding Inspiration


Let’s start this week off right with some breath taking photos by Elisa Bricker! This styled shoot by Ginny Au was taken at Middleton Place Plantation during the Bliss and Bokeh Workshop. We enjoyed the few moments we had with the “Ginny’s” – Ginny Au planner and designer and Ginny Branch a prop stylist – while setting up. Thank you for letting us do our thing and create beautiful blooms for the table and bouquet! See more photos on the recent post at Once Wed.



Summers Corner


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….Summers Corner….

“This is an invitation to you.

To come back to the garden.

To rediscover something important that has been lost.

We invite you to dig your hands in the earth and breathe in

the rich, complex bouquet of the Lowcountry.

To stop and smell the roses. And the thyme and rosemary and sweet basil.

To watch the bees go about their work.

To pick a ripe, red strawberry, put it in your mouth,

close your eyes and be instantly reminded of the

unprocessed, unfiltered, uncompromising power of the real.

Take it all in. Stay awhile.”

Quote and illustrations from Summers Corner website – Designed by Strada Advertising


We had a blast creating a garden-inspired space to promote the new community: Summers Corner. We first came in contact with the Summers Corner team during the BB&T Charleston Wine and Food Festival this past March. Designing hand in hand with Two Forks Collective, Gathering made the festivals “Third Space” a reality. Guests entered a greenhouse look and feel, filled with flowering plants, herbs, and potted greens. A collection of bird houses hung above. Nooks were created to encourage people to write post cards to family and friends, take a photo and share via social media under hashtag #summerscorner, relax on a cushioned bed of palettes adorned with bug hotels, seed packets, garden tools, and flowers, enjoy a cup of locally crafted soda from Cannonborough Beverage Company, and/or wear a flower crown from Flower Shop Charleston. We look forward to the upcoming events in Summerville and the completion of the soon to be magical place called Summers Corner. All photos by Brennan Wesley. Huge thanks to Snyder Event RentalsProduction Design Associates and Limelight Custom Sign Co.!

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Charleston Weddings: Spring Bridal Show


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What a lovely change of pace to open Charleston Weddings Magazine and see SPRING. As I sip a warm latte, wearing a sweater I can only dream of spring and summer months coming soon. But let’s not get to ahead of ourselves, because I’d like to focus on whats coming up within the month of March. We have a number of exciting things to share with you! Let’s start with the Bridal Couture Show.

Baker Motor Company: Charleston Fashion Week is quickly approaching, taking place March 17th through the 21st. We are thrilled to be the presenting sponsor of the Bridal Couture Show for the 8th year in a row. Up until the first model walks the runway on March 22nd, Charleston Weddings Magazine has a week filled with beautiful gowns from some of our favorite boutiques and designers – see page 144 for details. We are especially excited about this years featured designer: Amsale. Purchase tickets soon to see how we design this year’s runway tent into a bridal wonderland!

Stay in touch for our next blog post on the Charleston Weddings Magazine feature “Sweet Spring” at the William Aiken House!

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Baker Motor Company: Charleston Fashion Week


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It’s hard to believe we are about to approach the NINTH year of Baker Motor Company: Charleston Fashion Week. As the CFW Event Designer and presenting sponsor for the Bridal Couture show, we have been there every year, every step of the way! From what once started as a pole tent in Marion Square, CFW has grown into a village of multiple tents for fashionistas to get their fix. Image: Brianna Stello

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Each year another new and exciting element comes to play for “Fashion Camp.” This name was coined from the production staff, because for the most part we live in the park for a week or two working on execution and breakdown. The recent article in ART MAG, interviewing CFW Production Director Naomi Russell, sums up the changes best:

March 17th – 21st will be here soon! Purchase tickets and see what Baker Motor Company: Charleston Fashion Week is all about!

Carolina Bride Book: Coastal Luxe



We would like to kick off 2015 with some exciting news we have been bursting to share! This past year we were approached by Cristina Wilson and Drew Humphires of Carolina Brides Magazine to do a photoshoot that would be featured in the book: Carolina Bride: Inspired Design for a Bespoke Affair. Drew and Cristina trusted us completely which allowed our creative minds to take flight. Heather and I pulled together a dinner for eight amongst the oaks at Runnymeade Plantation. We expanded our horizons incorporating a cake, specialty cocktails, printed material, and wedding gowns. Special thanks to our super talented friends/vendors: Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal, Jackie Robinson of 42 Pressed, Allison Long at Charleston’s Bella Bridesmaid, Carol Hannah, Snyder Events, Rebecca Boggs from Tout Talent, Lindsey Nowak for styling, coordinating and selecting gowns, as well as arranging hair and makeup, Meg Workman and Lauren Fetter from Wedding Hair by Charlotte, Wildflower Linen, Nuage Designs, and last but not least Corbin Gurkin who’s lovely photographs we can’t get enough of! The book is sold in stores and available online at or Amazon.

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The Countdown to 2014


It is hard to believe we are in the midst of the holiday season! 2014 is JUST around the corner… As we count down the final days of 2013 we are looking forward to filling you in on what we’ve been up to…

You’ll hear about our recent adventures, Southern Living Magazine feature, blog love on Style Me Pretty, The Wedding Row, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Boss Mag… As well as our Brides Magazine feature, Smitten Magazine DIY segment, and the arrangement that landed on the cover of Flower Magazine.  ALL great things we are super excited to share with you. Stay tuned!!

Until then… heres a sneak peek to the next post… Marianna and Clint featured in the recent Charleston Weddings Magazine.  HAPPY MONDAY!

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In need of some table inspiration? Possibly within the color palette of melon and cornflower blue? You’re in luck! We are excited about our recent feature on Martha Stewart Weddings blog: A Brides Guide. In collaboration with Kristin Newman Designs we took inspiration from the colors of the morning sunrise to create this fresh and simple brunch table setting.


Lindsey Nowak of KND arranged for us to shoot at The Ordinary. The Ordinary is a new “dining must!” The restaurant is no doubt a Charleston gem. During its pre-The Ordinary days it was a bank. You can only imagine the amount of character this place has! Go if you haven’t been!


Natural light streamed through the windows as we set up. If you don’t know this already… photographer Corbin Gurkin OWNS natural light. She is oh so talented! Really enjoyed working with her on this project! While Corbin was working her magic we were busy assembling props and making sure every detailed was accounted for.


Our behind the scenes action and contribution to the project is best illustrated by Kristin Newman in her recent blog post:


Heather chose mokara orchids and parrot tulips to bring cheer to the brunch setting. She pulled the lovely tinted juice glasses and bowls from her “private collection” of specialty pieces. Mary Ruth brought visual texture to the table with patterned place mats and delicately etched champagne flutes. Lots of fun was had behind the scenes while Mary Ruth perfected and taught us all the art of melon-balling, following a great demonstration from Heather! (not as easy as it looks!)


My favorite find of the season are these beautiful handmade copper boxes that I sashed with satin ribbon. They are perfect for holding a small, personal gift to guests! Thank you to Shira Savada, Real Weddings Editor for Martha Stewart Weddings, who invited us to create a table setting in this specific color palette! Shira has a special eye for bringing classic and current beauty to bridal! She’s a superstar in the world of Bridal Media and we are proud to call her a colleague and friend here at Barrie Newman! 


It was a pleasure working together on the project as always. Stay tuned for many more to come! Melon ball demonstrations are welcome at the next gig!