Bailey and Abed and their families were some of my absolute all time favorite clients. Their love for one another, their joyful spirits and their constant gratitude while we were all working together made planning their intimate pop-up wedding in Charleston feel like anything but work! Haha!
Honestly, I’ve never planned a wedding in less time than Bailey and Abed’s big day. The task was big and the time to plan was short: we needed to plan a wedding for 50 guests in less than 3 weeks…during the holidays. That’s right, we didn’t start working together until December 30 and they were planning a wedding for January 19!
Thanks to an incredible team of vendors, lots of creative freedom, close to 300 phone calls, an epic group chat with me, Bailey and mom Lisa (#IMissYall), with more than a few sleepless nights, our first wedding of 2019 was a smashing success! And let me give y’all engaged couples a small word of advice, if you’re planning a wedding on a time crunch, showing your wedding planners a little bit of gratitude, flexibility and trusting them to do what they do best will go a VERY long way. Our beautiful bride Bailey, her handsome groom Abed and Bailey’s incredible parents, Lisa & Tim, showed us all of the above and then some. Aren’t they just the sweetest family ever? Seriously, we fell in love with their whole family!
Not to mention, in my 10+ years in the event industry, I’ve never had clients pull our team up on the dance floor during the reception to thank us and make a toast to us in front of all their guests until Bailey & Abed. I thought my heart would burst open! That’s the best kind of energy to start the year with!! BIG HUGE THANK YOU to their whole family for choosing us and trusting us with their wedding! We love y’all so much!!
Ok, ok, ok, I’ll stop with the mushy stuff and let’s get down to their details! Kaitlin Poirier, one of our favorite photographers in Charleston was available to capture their beautiful wedding day. For flowers, Bailey asked for bright cheerful colors in her florals, lots of lush greenery and thanks to accidentally ordering 2 BALES of smilax (instead of 2 bunches) we were able to create a gorgeous backdrop for the ceremony at Upstairs at Midtown. Greenery + exposed brick + bright colorful blooms = #drooling. To create her organic, whimsical bouquet and all of the floral arrangements we combined some of my favorite David Austin English Garden roses: peach Juliet, deep pink/reddish Darcey, and apricot Lady Emma Hamilton with bright pink Foxtrot tulips, massive white and blush peonies, rich purple anemones, and a dazzling array of ranunculus in shades of peach, blush, burgundy, white, orange and coral. These were honestly some of my absolute favorite florals ever!
Their rooftop ceremony, surrounded by their closest friends and families, was perfectly complemented by acoustic guitarist, Gregory Guay. And in lieu of a traditional unity ceremony, the couple opted for one of our favorite alternatives, a glass ceremony! If you haven’t heard of Unity in Glass yet, you don’t know what you’re missing! Similar to a sand ceremony, you and your spouse combine crystals of colored glass and mail it back to the company where a highly skilled glass artist will create a completely custom work of art that you’ll treasure for a lifetime. Choose from sculptures, vases, bowls and much more!
After the ceremony, the guests hopped aboard pedicabs from Charleston Pedicab and headed down to the private courtyard at the Macintosh for an intimate and delicious dinner reception. Gregory’s band Caja De Cuerdas kept the dance floor packed all night long!
:: Vendor credits ::
planning, design & floral design : Sara Skinner & Megan O’Donnell for Scarlet Plan & Design | photography: Kaitlin Poirier Photography | ceremony venue: Upstairs at Midtown | reception venue: The Macintosh | cake: Cakes by Kait | hair & makeup artist: Contours & Curls | ceremony musician: Gregory Guay | officiant: Jim Bush | reception band: Caja De Cuerdas | pedicab: Charleston Pedicabs | unity ceremony: Unity in Glass
Sure, aisle markers are great, but adorning the entire back row of seats with greenery and blooms can make a HUGE impact!