This gorgeous wedding inspiration was richly warm, luxuriously rustic and an inviting celebration incorporating the colors, materials and textures found in a mountain lodge. Plush furs, traditional tartans, rich leather, antlers and hardwoods complemented this simple color palette perfectly to round out this masculine wintry wedding at the gorgeous Coleman Hall & Chapel in Charleston, SC.Read More
i love her, and that's the beginning and the end of everything. - f. scott fitzgerald
We had an absolute blast working with Shaun and Will. It's no secret that we love our clients, but every now and then we hit the jackpot with hilarious, champagne guzzling, trusting, laid-back couples. And that's exactly what happened with Shaun & Will! From laughing hysterically on our planning calls, to boozing about the city before their wedding together, laughing so hard champagne was shooting out of our noses, the hilarity was nonstop with these two!Read More
The Parsonage in Charleston was the perfect venue for Brent & Lisa's intimate, family only elopement.Read More
Addressing your wedding invitations is kind of a big deal. And although there are about a million super fun ways to address your envelopes for your wedding invites and more fonts and envelope choices than I can count, there are some rules of etiquette that simply cannot be broken when it comes to HOW the titles are worded.Read More
Bollywood met Birmingham at Middleton Place for Revolution Wedding Tour's Charleston Mega Tour. Our Indian Summer design was jam-packed with vibrant colors, exotic accents, luxurious South Asian touches and filled with tons of inspiration for the perfect fusion wedding. Talk about a dream come true!Read More
Oftentimes I hear brides and grooms telling me all the reasons they can't afford a wedding planner and I just want to BEG them to reconsider that stance for sooooooo many reasons. You can't afford NOT to have a competent wedding planner on the ground handling all the details you've worked so long and so hard to put together. Here are just a few reasons why you should think twice before skipping a planner. I'm likely going to repeat myself a few times here, but trust me, I speak the truth!
I'm not going to touch on Destination Weddings in this post because we've got one specifically dedicated to that in the works so just stay tuned!
1. Peace of mind!
This is the biggest and the most important reason you should have a wedding planner that is both competent (and I stress that word) and professional (another word that deserves much emphasis) handling all the details of your big day. A real true event planner will have a whole team with her (or him!) so that no detail goes unnoticed.
Oh, what's that? Your auntie used to work at a flower shop in college back in '87 and she's going to do all the planning AND the flowers? Oh, your mom's cousin's best friend's step-brother's nephew's girlfriend does planning on the side? First of all, no. Second, do you really want your loved ones or some random person "working" your wedding instead of enjoying it? Don't you want to spend that wonderful day WITH your friends and family versus ordering everyone around and making sure people have done their "jobs" as well as making sure the vendors are on point? Wouldn't it be brilliant to have someone there to make sure all that happens while you get to be the Bride and not the Planner?
Furthermore, that person is more than likely not a professional wedding planner. Without the experience of a seasoned planning professional, when the average person gets hit with a high-stress, highly unpredictable day things can go very wrong. I'm not trying to scare you, but if things get hairy, can your mom/sister/cousin/aunt/friend handle the stress? And do you even want to expose her to that? Don't put the people you love to work at your wedding. The margin for error, stress and drama is exceptionally high when you do that!
Event & Wedding Planner jobs have landed on the top 5 lists of most stressful jobs for the last 5+ years. Simply put, we're used to this shit!
2. You will get access to our connections!
We've spent years carefully curating a list of vendors* we trust and highly recommend. We've built relationships with people and we know how they operate, we know that they are true professionals and we can attest to their abilities to deliver on their promises. We know exactly who to match you up with to fit your design and budget. We know who to guide you toward and who to steer you away from.
And even aside from discounts, we can open doors to vendors that may only work with clients that have wedding planners. That's right, there are many venues and vendors that will only work with people that have a planner. Without one of us, you'd likely never even know about them!
*PLEASE know that our Preferred Vendor list is not built on kickbacks, charging vendors commissions or referral fees. We find kickbacks to be not only dishonest, but wholly unethical and would never suggest a vendor based on them paying us to do so.
3. We can help you SAVE money!
Yes, you heard me right. We can save you money by helping you spend it smarter and negotiating better terms with your vendors. And sometimes our Preferred Vendors will offer discounted rates or throw in a little something extra for Scarlet brides. I'm not saying we will definitely be able to get you discounts and freebies with every single vendor, but sometimes it will happen. We work very closely with our preferred list for many reasons and occasionally they'll toss in a little lagniappe (a little something extra) for our clients. Let me reiterate that, we cannot guarantee discounts from everyone, but sometimes they will be offered. Do not go into a relationship with a planner simply because you think she's going to get you bajillions of discounts and get you a free wedding because you will be sorely disappointed, but certain vendors are able to extend discounts and upgrades for the clients of a planner they love.
We can also help you spend your money smarter by showing you where you can source things for less, talking you OUT of wasting $250 on a custom aisle runner you will probably trip on, and introducing you to the wonderful world of new talent! Love a high-end designer's flowers but can't afford it? We can introduce you to new talent that is very similar to their design aesthetic for a fraction of the cost. Bringing me right back to point #2 again, we know people!
Did you know it takes roughly 250-300 hours to plan a wedding for 125 people? Do you really have that much time on your hands? We do!
5. We can handle the drama!
If we know beforehand that Aunt Carol and Uncle Victor don't get along we can make sure they don't have any run-ins during the wedding. We can help you with the seating chart and make sure to seat them far, far away from each other at the reception (and we even keep an eye for trouble!) instead of them accidentally ending up at the same table and someone getting stabbed. This has legit happened. Buy me a margarita and I might just tell you that story!
6. We are your new, super organized, wedding loving best friends!
In addition to all the normal stuff like putting your timeline together and creating floorplans, we are one of the only people you know who will never get sick of your wedding! We spend hours gathering all your important personal belongings, helping you make your seating chart, putting together and delivering your Welcome Bags, helping keep you calm when your future sister-in-law gets a mad classy, monstrous new skull & crossbones tattoo right across her throat 2 days before your super traditional cathedral wedding (airbrushing isn't that expensive and works really well!), performing amateur relationship counseling when the groom insists on wearing his ratty old beat up Chucks with his custom Vera Wang tux (just let it slide!), coming with you to fittings, helping you pick out just the right shoes and earrings and then helping you again when you change your mind, keeping you hydrated & fed the day of the wedding, and answering every call and text you send our way. We keep track of payments for your vendors, help the best man and the MOH write their speeches if they need us, hand out all the tips, and we keep your event running seamlessly, handling whatever gets thrown our way.
And, honestly, the only thing we want at the end of the night is for you to hug us and tell us that you love us before you head off into Happily Ever After. That's the stuff we live for. Make your planner feel like she's loved and we will move mountains for you. Always.
7. We have brilliant ideas!
What? It's true Sure, you've seen all kinds of cool stuff on Pinterest but so have 100 million other Pinners. Most wedding planners & event designers strive to create unique events customized to the exact taste & budget of each client. And that means we get to know you as a couple and then come up with truly unique ideas for just y'all. We don't just copy our other weddings or another designer's work.
Or maybe you want to do something completely wild? We have crazy out of the box ideas (and the right connections!) to take your event to the next level! Want to hear more? Schedule your complimentary consultation with a Scarlet Wedding Planner today!
I know some of y'all are still worried that you cant afford a planner, but here's one last piece of advice, the ages old saying: "You'll catch more flies with honey than vinegar" is one that will never go out of style. There is not one client that's been genuinely being kind and honest about their needs that has walked away without us finding a way to help them.
One of my absolute favorite past clients was on a tight budget and totally overwhelmed with planning, but she reminded me so much of my little sister, and on top of it she was absolutely delightful and gave me all the warm fuzzies when we talked for the first time that I knew I had to work with her and she's become one of my dearest friends (love you, Em!). So don't let your idea of what you can and can't afford stand in your way of at least talking to a wedding planner!
Happy planning, my loves!
enjoy a few photos of the SPD crew in action!
OMG, y'all when I say I'm behind on blogging I'm not even close to kidding! This gorgeous bohemian beach wedding shoot we did for A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog has been patiently waiting for me to get it together for like a year! Ooops!
At Scarlet Plan & Design we're always drawn to the more challenging events and adore the nontraditional, so Charleston Boho Beach Wedding Styled Shoot was right up our alley! But that afternoon, Mother Nature decided to give us a run for our money... Freak thunderstorms, relentless unyielding winds on the beach, traffic drama, and timing snafus threatened to shut us down, but we pulled it off and it was both creative and stunning! What do you do when your beach shoot can't be shot on a beach? Move the entire thing inside a vintage bus! And luckily we were able to get back together a few days later at Boneyard Beach to grab a few shots actually on the beach! Enjoy!
Last September, we made our way to the Isle of Palms for a gorgeous, Bohemian Beach Inspired afternoon at the Citadel Beach House where we created a whimsical atmosphere with a color palette of rich cranberry, ocean blues, pale peach and soft creams. We designed a killer tablescape highlighted by a mesmerizing teal sofa from CRUSH Event Rentals. A luscious floral arrangement from Forage + Fleur by Rebekah Clark Moody anchored the table while one-of-a-kind pieces from Vintage English Teacup were meticulously scattered amongst the charming table settings from Polished! Sablée whipped up an array of sweets, a dazzling four-tier, hand-painted cake and, our personal favorite, vibrant purple macaroons. - from A Lowcountry Wedding Blog & Magazine
Planning & Design: Scarlet Plan & Design // Photography: Dana Cubbage Weddings // Florist:Forage + Fleur by Rebekah Clark Moody // Hair & Makeup: Pink Dot Beauty Bar // Stationery: Jankun Creative // Furniture Rentals & Lighting: CRUSH Event Rentals // Table Settings: Polished! // Videography:Before Your Eyes Cinematography // Catering: Coastal Crust Food Truck // Bar: FLÛTE Charleston // Cake, Sweets & Cheese Wheels: Sablée // Transportation:Lowcountry Valet & Shuttle Co. // Favors & Goodies:Simply Southern Wedding Décor // Music: Charleston Virtuosi // Gowns: Fabulous Frocks and Ivory + Beau // Menswear: Kenneth Beatrice & The Modern Gent // Rentals: Vintage English Teacup // Styling: Sara Skinner & Alden deHart // Models: Anna Baginski & Chelsie Ravenell// Flower Crown, Arm Band: Anna Bella Florals
And here are a few from our sunset shoot at Boneyard Beach on Folly.
OK, so this might come off as a tad ranty, but hear me out! I'm soooooo tired of looking at wedding photos and all I see are guests hidden behind their damn cellphones. Where is the bride walking down the aisle with her father? Hidden behind Auntie Carol's gigantic friggin' iPad, 17 cellphones, Uncle Bob squatting in the aisle because he has a DSLR and now fancies himself a photographer, and even a couple of disposable cameras. Seriously? Where did you even get that fossil?
Y'all, stop! For the love of all things sacred and sugar-glazed, please stop it! Tell me this has not become the norm.
Oh, but it has! Everyone thinks they are entitled to get that special shot. But let me clarify this for you, you're not entitled to any such thing. You were invited by the happy couple to take part in witnessing and celebrating their union and the only thing you're entitled to is that, so feel free to just enjoy the moment and make memories. I'm not telling you not to take any photos...oh, wait, that's exactly what I'm telling you. PUT THE PHONE/CAMERA/IPAD (really? you carry an iPad around with you in real life situations?) DOWN AND ENJOY THE MOMENT. At least wait until after the ceremony to break out the devices again.
If the happy couple hasn't already decided to make their wedding unplugged, let me break down why you, my dear guests, should just go ahead and turn off your devices for a hot second.
Now let's have a chat about "Uncle Bob"
Uncle Bob is the cousin/uncle/father/friend with the "fancy" camera and the eye for ruining a pros shot. (That's what we folks in the wedding biz call "that guy".) Believe it or not, the happy couple actually hired a professional to take their wedding photos. Can you imagine the nerve?! They had the gall to spend thousands of dollars on a professional photographer and, in some cases a videographer, to capture images of the most important day of their lives. And you, my overly eager - ahem, obnoxious - friend, are in their way!
Let me repeat myself. You are in their way. When you hold up your camera while they are having their first dance, everyone who looks at the wedding photos will see that bright little light in your hand or (worse) you blocking the photographer. When you lean into the aisle when they are exchanging vows, having their first kiss, entering the church, you are blocking the photographer. And more often than not, churches have very specific rules when it comes to where the photographer can be. The photographer will painstakingly research the best place for them to set up their cameras and then most of the time they cannot leave that location for the duration of the ceremony. But if you decide to hop into the aisle, you will be the only thing people will focus on when they see the photos. And I hate to break it to you, but the only images the couple will really and truly care about come from the photographer they hired. Your photos, while appreciated, are not the ones they are most looking forward to. Sorry.
Now, about the flash.
And, no, I don't mean a super fun flash mob! The photos are trashed when you use the flash. That flash and the awful red dot that accompanies it can be seen like a beacon fire on a mountaintop! Yes, that's how it looks. That cannot be edited out. Once the flash goes off, the photo is ruined.
Bruh, we need to talk about social media etiquette.
I can't even count how many times we've seen overly excited bridesmaids or random guests/family members post a photo of the bride in her gown on Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram before the ceremony. I actually had a bride tell her wedding party that if they posted a pic of her online before the ceremony that she would smash their phone with a hammer! I kid you not, she pulled out an actual hammer. Don't even ask me where she found a hammer at the beach...
But seriously, y'all, it's not OK to post photos of the bride or groom on the internet before the ceremony or First Look. We get it, you're super excited about your bestie getting hitched, and OMG she really does look totes fabs, but just slow down, tiger, this isn't your moment to share. We've had many grooms see their brides beforehand and it's really heartbreaking for that special moment to be ruined. Please just don't do it.
And now what you've been waiting for...the photobombers in action! Enjoy the awfulness.
Ohhhhhh the the Historic Rice Mill…so gorgeous! I was thrilled when I was given this venue for my first Scarlet Wedding Tour. It is a blank slate while still feeling super southern – and that is MY THING. The venue itself has exposed brick (my fav!), old wood flooring, and tiled ceilings…not to mention the huge windows that overlook the bay filled with dreamy sunsets and gorgeous boats!
When I was thinking about the venue and what I wanted to do with it, the team was talking about going and getting oysters. OYSTERS popped in my mind and became my inspiration. The colors of deep blues, pearly whites, and soft grays would really soften the space and create such a romantic feel.
I wanted to use oysters but knew that going this route can sometimes become tricky in being able to keep the “over all feel” elegant and romantic without it becoming too theme-y. My very awesome husband agreed to create a stunning oyster garland that I draped down the estate table. The raw roughness of the shells paired with soft grays, deep navy, and feminine details really make the design feel elegant and coastal at the same time!
The stunning luxury linens (those coral ones are my all time favorite), milky glass spun plates, feminine glassware, ghost chairs, effortless florals, and watercolor paper suite all while overlooking the Ashley River really made the entire design come together in such a gorgeous seamless way!
I know what you are all thinking…and yes, those models are really in love! Miss Charleston, Kristen and her hunky boyfriend, Taylor really were amazing to work with and they are even more gorgeous in person! Seriously, they are going to have the prettiest babies someday!
Photography: MacKenzie Clark with The Click Chick Photography | Venue: Historical Rice Mill | Floral Design: Rebekah Moody Forage & Fleur | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens | Paper Suite: Melanie Jankun with Jankun Creative | Catering: Good Food Catering | Cake: Chef Desmond Pringle with Gardenia's Custom Cakes | Rentals: Event Haus | Rentals: Polished | Transportation: LowCountry Valet | Music: Charleston Virtuosi
Today I am so excited to talk about Petra Petrillo and Flute Bar Service & Party Rentals. Petra was kind enough to host an Open House Holiday Party for all us event pros at LOKAL on Johns Island a few days ago and I am constantly blown away by her creativity and grace. As always, the cocktails were incredible, the food was outstanding and the service was perfect. Just a few of the many reasons that we are overjoyed to have Flute and her sister company Crave Catering on the Scarlet Wedding Tour.
- how long have you been in the event business? and/or business for yourself? Cooking and mixology were always in my life! My husband - Executive Chef Mike Petrillo and I opened our first restaurant in Pittsburgh, PA in 2002. We have started with catering as well as private parties back then. In 2007 we moved from Pennsylvania to Charleston and we launched Crave Charleston Catering. After 7 successful years in catering business I have started Flûte Charleston - bar service. I have many years of bartering experience and it just made sense to us to open a bartering service.
- what inspires you? Farmer’s markets and interesting grocery stores! I am exited about seasonal fruit for juices - I love mixing cocktails with fresh squeezed juice! Also, I have a passion for traveling and like to collect different ideas from various countries.
- what will guests of the scarlet wedding tour be seeing from you? Flûte will prepare 3 specialty cocktails created just for this event and will be serving them at Boone Hall Plantation.
- what are some of your favorite venues to work at? My favorite definitely are plantations - they are just stunning! My favorites are: Boone Hall Plantation, The Island House on John’s Island and Brookland Pointe Plantation on Edisto Island.
- what do you love most about this industry? I really like working with people and be part of their special day. I like to see how the events come together.
- what do you hope guests of the Scarlet Wedding Tour will take away from this experience? I hope they will be inspired to have a wedding of their dreams. With all the wonderful vendors participating in the Scarlet Wedding Tour there are going to see that the options and ideas have no limits!
- name one thing/place someone coming to Charleston from out of town must see or do. Carriage ride and a tour of one of the mansions in downtown is a must!
I am starting to get incredibly excited about the Scarlet Wedding Tour, y'all! We've got less than 2 months to go and so much in store for our guests!
Today I'm delighted to introduce everyone to the super talented Rebekah Clark Moody of Forage + Fleur. She's so much more than just a talented young woman, she's sweet and funny and kind and we just adore working with her and introducing her to our clients. She's one of the floral designers guests will see on the tour and she's doing two of our fabulous venues! Her designs will be at The Historic Rice Mill and Upstairs at Midtown.
- How long have you been in the event business? and/or business for yourself? I have been in the event industry for almost three years (wow, time flies) and I launched my business in August 2014.
- What inspires you? Authentic moments. Whether it’s sitting down for an intimate dinner with family and friends or getting to know new people at creative gatherings, I love spending that time to create memories. Beautiful light. There’s just something amazing about working on a project when the lighting is just right. I recently worked on my first styled bridal shoot where we recreated the English countryside. Looking through the camera lens when the light highlighted the model and my floral bouquet, how could you not get inspired? And lastly an amazing meal. Sitting down with good friends and good food inspires me greatly. The structure and menu of a well planned meal has the ability to make me think creatively of how a well designed arrangement could compliment the moment and enhance the atmosphere.
- What will guests of the Scarlet Wedding Tour be seeing from you? Soft, lush blooms with lots of greenery mixed in. The floral arrangements that I design are very natural and whimsical. I forage and work with flowers in their natural state. If my flowers or greens naturally fall to the right I put them on the right. When you see my designs I want them to look as if these flowers naturally grew together and I simply put them in a vase with unique variations and vibrant colors.
- What are some of your favorite venues to work at? Some of my absolute favorite venues in Charleston are River Oaks Charleston, Boone Hall, and Runnymede Plantation.
- What do you love most about this industry? I love the ever-changing nature of the event industry. Each and every event is unique, so it is fun to collaborate with other creative vendors to make each event remarkable. We as artists evolve and change over time. It’s inspiring for me to see our work evolve and change through our collaborative process.
- What do you hope guests of the Scarlet Wedding Tour will take away from this experience? Inspiration and peace of mind. The wedding planning process can be quite challenging, so having good vendors that can help guide you along the way is crucial.
- Name one thing/place someone coming to Charleston from out of town must see or do. I would spend a day downtown, walking along the Battery, exploring all the beautiful historic homes, and eating at some amazing restaurants... like the Ordinary, Husk, or Two Boroughs Larder. Ok, maybe that is more than one.
I am so excited to talk about my good friend Dana Cubbage of Dana Cubbage Weddings on the blog today! She was one of my first friends here in Charleston and is one of my go-to photographers when I have clients looking for a photographer with her clean, elegant, timeless style. Dana is quick to laugh and has to be one of the easiest people I know to get along with. Brides and grooms just adore her and we are absolutely delighted to have her on The Scarlet Wedding Tour.
We've put some fun questions together for folks to get to know the sponsors of The Tour a little better. Enjoy!
happy planning, loves!
- how long have you been in the event business? and/or business for yourself? Photography was always a hobby of mine, but my background is in business + finance. After 7 years in corporate America, I was laid off at the most perfect time and became a full-time wedding photographer! It was the push I needed to make it happen! I've been shooting weddings full-time since August 2012 :)
- what inspires you? Traveling, new locations, beautiful light, color, texture, architecture, nature, my clients… there is so much beauty in our every day life!
- what will guests of the scarlet wedding tour be seeing from you? I'll be photographing all of the lovely details that the Scarlet Plan & Design team creates! Shooting details is one of my most favorite things!
- what are some of your favorite venues to work at? I absolutely love plantations + nautical settings! Luckily, Charleston has plenty of them. In Charleston, I'd have to say my favorite venues are Lowndes Grove, the William Aiken House, + the Legare Waring House… but honestly, there isn't a "bad" venue in town!! I just really love the versatility of those places :)
- what do you love most about this industry? The camaraderie among the vendors. I've met SO many incredible people in this industry and I feel like we are so very lucky to be surrounded by such creative AND kind people!
- what do you hope guests of the scarlet wedding tour will take away from this experience? I hope they are able to see the possibility of creating a unique wedding experience for themselves and their guests. I hope they come away with new ideas + inspiration on what is possible!
- name one thing/place someone coming to charleston from out of town must see or do. Taco Boy :) You know it's my fave! Other than eat, I'd say take a walk downtown South of Broad. It's magical down there!
I adore helping the sweet moms of my clients dress for the wedding day! I love when they want to compliment the wedding party with their attire but want to look their best at the same time. I mean, your mom has to look amazing, right?
But sometimes its really hard to find a gown or dress suit that looks appropriate for a wedding without looking like a performer in a casino. Avoid the dreaded bling, mamas! If it's covered in sequins and sparkles, you're running the risk of looking like one of Beyonce's backup singers and that's not really the most appropriate for your child's wedding. A little bit of sparkle can go a very long way, loves!
Also note that unless you're attending a brunch wedding, there is no need to wear something as boring as a day suit, ladies. You're a person of honor at the wedding and as such you must look the part.
One of my favorite places to find amazing gowns is Rent The Runway. There is no shortage of incredible couture gowns appropriate for every type of wedding! Here are just a few of my favorites perfect for nighttime events!
For only $135, this incredible Monique Lhuiller would be stunning at a formal but fun wedding!
This low-backed, black and gold Theia is just beyond incredible!
Color blocking is huge right now and has taken runways and the red carpet by storm all over the planet. Go bold with this black and white confection by Milly for only $150.
Another Monique Lhuiller gown, this one in glittering gold, would be perfect for any wedding where gold is being featured.
This modest black lace Anna Scholz gown is just incredible!
Is the event at a fabulous art gallery or perhaps have a more casual, but still elegant, feel? This black jumpsuit by Cushnie Et Ochs is the perfect fit!
This playful high/low gown by Monique Lhuillier would be perfect for a daytime or evening event.
Whimsical garden wedding? Look no further than this Badgley Mischka for only $165!
This one shouldered, floor-length Badgley Mischka with the flattering peplum waist would be just as at home in an ultra formal setting as a semi-formal one. And for only $150, who could say no?
Yes, I know, I'm obsessed with Badgley Mischka, but who isn't? This royal blue and black peplum/ruffled gown is just killer!
It's Friendor Friday again and we're over the moon to announce and feature the newest sponsor of the Scarlet Wedding Tour (read all about it on the blog if you missed it!), Firefly Vodka! That's right, y'all. We just got my favorite vodka distilled and bottled right here in the Lowcountry. If you haven't had a chance to check them out in person, I strongly urge anyone over the age of 21 (sorry, Liza) to head over to Wadmalaw Island for a tasting! With 6 flavors of vodka to choose from, several options for liquor, wine and new rhums (that's how they spell rum), the options for tasty concoctions are just endless!
Whether you want to serve your guests spiked Arnold Palmers, banana pudding shots, or peach cobbler cocktails (yep, that's a thing!), the folks over at Firefly can create the perfect concoction to wow everyone invited! We simply cannot wait to see what they've created for guests of the Scarlet Wedding Tour!!!
This week's Scarlet Wedding Tour Sponsor Spotlight belongs to my dear friend Mackenzie Clark of the Click Chick Photography. Mackenzie was one of my first friends when we moved to Charleston from Atlanta late last year and we immediately became close. She took me to mixers, networking events and introduced me to almost everyone I now know. We've done several shoots and events together and I love the heck out of her. Her sweet spirit, loyal friendship and willingness to help no matter the situation has made her much more than just a friendor, she's easily one of my besties and my little guy's Auntie Kenzie!
Mackenzie's style could best be described as pure, warm, cheerful happiness. The vibrant colors she captures and the emotions her photos convey are virtually indescribable. Every photo she takes is just chock full of life. It's easy to see why she's so incredibly popular here in Charleston. From engagements to weddings and family sessions to portraits, The Click Chick has an award winning eye for photography! She's been published online and in print numerous times over the last several years.
Mackenzie was one of the very first people to even hear about this wacky idea we had. She signed on to be a part of this before there this was even a thing and we can't think of a better person to have sponsoring The Scarlet Wedding Tour and photographing the couples taking the tour. After the tours conclude, Mackenzie will be hanging at the Afterparty at The Yacht Club The Charleston Harbor Resort with everyone available to chat with couples one on one about their weddings. Make sure you find her to say hello!
With this amazing summer drawing to a close and dates still open on our calendar for Fall and Winter 2014, we're offering Takeover Coordination (similar to the Day Of Coordination packages most people are familiar with) for only $1400 for couples getting married in Charleston, SC and Atlanta, GA! What a deal, right?! Only one catch, you must book or inquire about our services by September 30th to secure your date at this rate.
Happy planning, my loves!
The only thing hotter than a well dressed man is two well dressed men! Here we've culled some of our favorite looks for tying the knot in style. Some of them are matching, some of them are complete opposites and some are just too dope (do the cool kids still say that?) not to include!
The one piece of advice I give all my couples is to be true to themselves and to make sure your attire is well tailored. If you're not comfortable wearing a tuxedo, then don't do it. However, if you're the sort of couple the adores being matchy-matchy then absolutely match one another for your wedding. This is your day and you should feel your absolute best while letting your personalities shine through!
Why not have one of you wear a bowtie and the other can wear a necktie in coordinating colors like the couple below? I honestly just can't handle how much I love the light gray suits sans jacket and just the vests!
Matching tuxes will never be wrong in my book either! Good gracious, men in well fitted tuxes just make your heart go pitter-patter...
And matching brown designer suits with matching socks? That's a done deal!
I just love these handsome fellas in blue and navy blue suits that really compliment each other perfectly. You really can't go wrong!
There is nothing I don't love about everything in the photo below! Super dark jeans with white tux jackets and the Happily Ever After jump? Adore!
One of the best ways to set the stage for the mood and style of your event is through the escort cards. They are one of the first things your guests will see before entering the reception and it's a great chance to show off your personalities. Between unique cards and even more unique displays, the opportunities to do something completely out of the ordinary are endless! We hope the following images inspire and ignite your imaginations to let your personalities shine through at your wedding!
With watercolors making a huge impact on weddings right now it's safe to say we're utterly smitten with these amazing escort card displays found on Ruffled! How perfect would they be for a wedding in a museum or lovely garden fete?
And aren't we all a little obsessed with gold right now? I can't even contain my excitement over these gorgeous gilded farm animals!
What do you do when you've only got a small space to display your escort cards? Utilize the wall! Why not incorporate flowers from your bouquet and the tables into one of the most unique displays we've ever seen?
Even if you're not having a nautical wedding, using a boat to display your escort cards is super fun!
Who could resist the rustic charm of these?
I can honestly say with all certainty that if I found a portrait of my own face as my place card I'd be over the freaking moon!!
And all it takes for this little gem is matchbox cars and tiny Christmas trees! Stop. The. Madness. I'm utterly obsessed. If someone would like to make these for me I will love you forever! Please & Thank You!
photo credits: style me pretty, ruffled blog, craft gawker, the knot, southbound bride
Maegan & Phillip's rehearsal dinner was so much fun to plan! They wanted something super laid-back and relaxed before the big formal wedding the next day so they opted for Monday Night Brewing Company in Atlanta, GA. The menu from Simply Catering consisted of simple, homegrown, Southern favorites such as deviled eggs, macaroni and cheese, BBQ and amazing cobbler! Yum-O! MNB provided the personalized beer glasses for the guests to use at the bar and then take home afterwards as their favors. Paper Daisies did the invitations and all the printed items for the rehearsal dinner as well as their wedding. (Blog post on their wedding coming soon!) And Scarlet Plan & Design did the floral design.
photos courtesy of KBG Photography
When choosing your wedding decor, never think for a second that you're limited to only traditional options. If you're getting hitched outside a church, the only thing that you are limited by is your, or your planner's, imagination.
Backdrops can be used for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you'd like to add some extra color or a fun focal point for your guests. Or perhaps you'd like to show off your wedding vows on a massive handpainted canvas. No matter your reason, if you can dream it up, it can be done! So be brave and go for something that really speaks to you.
This gorgeous floral backdrop would look just as at home in a lovely garden wedding as it would in a barn. It would even look incredible in an art gallery!
If you're getting married in a garden and want something outside the traditional flower route but still want to add a bit of whimsy, check out these amazing hedges in the initials of the newlyweds!
Or this eco-friendly living backdrop!
Love books? We do!
These wooden doors are just amazing too!
I'm especially smitten with the idea of writing your wedding vows or a favorite passage on a giant backdrop!
Or upcycle an old wooden pallet with a lovely garland.
So go have some fun with your ceremony decor!