11.11.2012

Sarah and Russell: Modern with a hint of Orange at the Lazy Goat

Sarah was a busy medical student studying internal medicine.  Russell is an engineer.  Though Sarah and Russell only used B & R Events for our Marilyn Package, we were able to set them up with some ideas.
We initially met with Sarah, her sister, and mother two years prior to the big day.  We were happy to tell them about venues that suited Sarah's vision- downtown, modern, and the perfect size for about 80 guests.  The Lazy Goat's patio for the ceremony and upstairs Caprine Room were logical and gorgeous choices for their fall nuptials.
The six o'clock ceremony overlooked the Reedy River with the patio's water fall feature fell behind the wedding guests.  Sarah and Russell's closest family and friends were greeted by the melodies from John Atkin's guitar.  Their bridal party looked stylish in pewter dresses and charcoal shadow stripe suites with orange patterned ties.  Sarah's fit and flare chiffon gown was accented with a pewter sash and she carried orange roses bound with pewter textured ribbon. Spencer Stanton of Stanton Photography was able to capture so many cool shots of the ceremony and used his vision to even shoot up into the Caprine Room's floor to ceiling glass windows.
The Lazy Goat created a cocktail style menu and Sarah and Russell ordered their wedding cake from Table 301.  Dahlia created stunning floral arrangements of varying white submerged flowers in staggered cylinder vases topped with floating candles.  High Tide's classic songs filled the reception while wedding guests mingled and enjoyed small bites and cocktails. Sarah created little boxes of candy in black jewelry boxes with their monogram drawn in chalk.
Here's to Sarah and Russ!

8.31.2012

Rene and Matt: Canary and Pussy Willow at Grace Church and the Huguenot Loft



Rene and Matt were another sweet couple that found B & R Events at Wedding Festivals. They had already booked the Huguenot Loft, but being new to Greenville from Michigan they wanted help to ensure that their family had a great time.

 
Rene told me right off about her obsession with pussy willows.  She wanted to incorporate them into all elements of the wedding and reception.  A stunning medium toned grey and a cheery canary yellow were also Rene's choice for their early fall soiree.
 
Grace Church was the perfect setting for their short and sweet ceremony.  Guests were welcomed by the enchanting melodies played by the Goodwin Quartet.  They laughed with Bruce Creamer as he led Rene and Matt through their ceremony.  Melissa Ragan captured the warmth and sincerity of their vows.

 
 
Kristi and Andrea with Dahlia A Florist loved Rene's obsession with pussy willows and incorporated fun yellow and white flowers and textures.  The tables were dressed with steely grey linens and crisp white napkins with natural wooden chairs to compliment the original hardwoods of the Loft.  

 
Rene wanted to make sure that everyone would hit the dance floor.  Vic Thomas with DJ GVegas was the ideal choice to emcee and mix their wide range of music.  Rene also provided silver flip flops for all the ladies. 

 
Rene and Matt agreed that the food and bar were going to have to be top notch, so they were happy to use Larkins on the River for catering.  Couture Cakes created a four tier cake with a pussy willow and ivory and yellow flower branch crawling up it.  Guests were loving the apple cinnamon with cinnamon butter cream cake.  A candy bar was set for favors to continue on the sweetness of their special day. 
At the end of the evening, Rene and Matt were showered with dried lavender by their friends and family as they wished them farewell.

Congratulations Rene and Matt!

6.28.2012

Natacha and Victor: Peacock and Silver at Holy Trinity Anglican Church and the Hyatt Regency

  
Photos courtesy of Marshall Graham Photography
 Can we talk about the two happiest, luckiest kids in the USA? 
That would be Natacha and Victor. 
Another gorgeous couple that attended the Hyatt Wedding Festivals.  After attending the show and seeing our booth, they set up their "Getting to Know You" session.
Then Natacha told me the great news- at the show, they won the Grand Prize!  That year, it was "the Hyatt Reception".  The couple won $3500 off their reception at the Hyatt.  That was all that they had booked, and Natacha already had her gorgeous one shoulder gown.
Natacha and Victor had met during school in Miami.  Victor went overseas to serve our country while Natacha continued with her studies.  When he got home, they came up to visit family in South Carolina, and decided to call it home for a while. 
Natacha told us that she loved bling, and wanted to use silver and navy with peacock feather accents.  They loved the idea of a church for the wedding, wanted to make sure that they had a plated dinner and open bar for their out of town guests, and wanted great music. 

Black tie was the attire of choice for the occasion.  Natacha let the bridesmaids choose what style gown they wanted to wear as long as it was navy chiffon and by a particular designer.  Gents donned tuxedos with black bow ties.  White and ivory blooms popped against the dark tones and showed off the crystal and peacock feather accents.
Guests were shuttled by trolley from the Hyatt the day of the wedding to Holy Trinity Anglican Church.  A white N and V wreath hung on the red doors of the church.  Ivory shimmering paper with navy script and peacock feather in the seam made up the program.  Rahab Hackett played the harp while Natacha was escorted down the aisle by her mother. 
We enlisted Marshall Graham and Justin Robinson to make sure the memories lasted.  DJ Jamie Blair was on music once he got approval from Victor's disc jockeying groomsman. 

Photos courtesy of Marshall Graham Photography


Photos courtesy of Marshall Graham Photography


Photos courtesy of Marshall Graham Photography


Photos courtesy of Marshall Graham Photography


Photos courtesy of Marshall Graham Photography


Photos courtesy of Marshall Graham Photography

After the ceremony, Natacha and Victor's guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the Hyatt's lobby and the newlyweds hitched a ride in a vintage Packard.  After a lively introduction, guests could take in the scenery- blue up lighting around the perimeter of the room, crystals dripping from the centerpieces, silver satin napkins, menu cards and place cards on shimmering paper, and silver chargers.  Peacock feathers were tucked into the napkins and the centerpieces.  Navy crinkle taffeta linens covered the round and square tables with silver chivari chairs and silver satin napkins at each place setting.

The cake was even adorned with crystals thanks to Susan at Couture Cakes.  Natacha loves sweets, so there was a sweets table prepared with all sorts of treats, including cake pops and donut holes.  When guests wanted to take a break from dancing, then they could get away and take a trip to the photo booth.  At the end of the day (literally, the reception ended at midnight) we sent the happy couple off to the elevator to their suite.  Guests left with silver luggage tags,photo strips, sore feet, full bellies, and happy hearts.

Photos courtesy of Marshall Graham Photography


Photos courtesy of Marshall Graham Photography
 

Photos courtesy of Marshall Graham Photography
 


And here is the amazing trailer for their video! Check it out!

6.21.2012

Brittany and Michael: Purple and Sassy at the Wyche Pavilion



























We met Brittany at the Wedding Festivals at the Hyatt. I went to hand her some information, and she said that her wedding was at Larkins and she was definitely going to call us.

Brittany set up her appointment right away and I was lucky enough to hang out with her, Michael, and her mother Donna.

Brittany and Michael used B & R Events for day of coordination for their downtown Greenville wedding.  Everything Brittany chose was a little sassy, and a lot of fun.  Brittany's girls got ready in the Rick Erwin's apartment.  We LOVED her one shoulder, ruffled, fit and flare gown that she accented with a bird cage veil.  The guys donned classic tuxedos and the girls wore dark purple taffeta cocktail dresses with black accents.

Dahlia created fluffy and fun flowers for Brittany and Michael's big day.  Different variations of white mum, white feathers, and purple lisianthus decorated the couple's wedding arch in Larkin's Courtyard.  Their guests enjoyed Joyce Fankhauser playing the harp while Brittany and Michael performed a sand ceremony.

Sam Brooks with Life of the Party welcomed the guests to the reception in the Wyche Pavilion.  Flash Booth 5 was there for the guests that didn't want to dance, but instead wanted to play!  Justin Robinson was able to capture all the heartfelt moments, like Donna's speech at the beginning of the reception. Kathy and Company baked and decorated a contemporary cake featuring purple and white lilies. And Season's Photography made sure that they got Brittany and Michael's sparkler send off before the newlyweds escaped on a stretch Excursion.

Want to check out the awesome video?  Here it is!  (Boom.)


Thanks again for choosing B & R Events!  We loved working with you!







5.16.2012

Katy and John: Rehearsal Dinner at the Huguenot Loft



























John's mother is the ultimate hostess.  She wanted to invite all of Katy and John's guests to the rehearsal dinner.  B & R Events suggested to Katy that they check out the Huguenot Loft for the rehearsal since many of the guests were staying close.  John's parents loved the loft and booked it on the spot.
As the wedding approached, John's family got more and more busy.  His sister was getting married, his mother was taking care of an ill family member and had community obligations, his dad had a business to run.  Katy called B & R Events 6 weeks before the event and told us that they needed help.

The entrance into the Huguenot Loft


We had the pleasure of working with John's mother for this gorgeous event. We met with her at Professional Party Rentals and worked together to choose byzantine and ivory damasks for the linens, with chocolate underlays, mahogany chivaris with gold cushions, and a lounge area for the cocktail area. 

 John's mother has a wonderful stationer in Atlanta that she works with all the time as well as a dear friend that is an interior designer.   She chose soft white card stock and had all the escort cards, place cards, menus, table numbers, and favor tags written in gold ink.  Chocolates and fans were given to all the guests as favors.


Photos arranged by the mother of the groom's friends


Lounge furniture from Professional Party Rentals

John's mother wanted it to look different from the wedding and to be a plated dinner. Katy and John loved Soby's when they lived in Greenville, so we called Table 301 (Soby's Catering). Jessica with Table 301 helped put together an excellent menu; BBQ duck confitt on cheddar biscuits, portabello mushroom bites, open face BLT, an awesome fruit and cheese display with nuts and olives (I credit this display for my love of mustard cheese), then each guest had a choice of braised shortribs, potato crusted halibut, or roasted chicken.


Fruit and cheese display by Table 301

John's mother had her favorite florist from the Buckhead area, David LaVoy, create the centerpieces.  Red asiatic lilies, red ranunculus, and red celosia all in custom bronze vases.

For additional decor, we enlisted Optrics and U Rent A Plant.  Optrics swagged soft white twinkle lights in the hardwood and carpeted areas of the loft and wrapped the poles with magnolia garland and lights.  U Rent A Plant brought in 66 plants in varying heights with and without lights. 
Lighting by Optrics
Centerpiece by David LaVoy
When Katy and John went to their cake tasting with Couture Cakes, they went ahead and chose a chocolate peanut butter cake.

Cake by Couture Cakes

Katy and John had requested Happy Ending Band to provide live music live people ate and socialized.  Their music has a broad range and was enjoyed by all.


Happy Ending Band playing during the cocktail hour
Katy prepared an excellent slide show, set to music, for all the guests to enjoy prior to the toasts.  Audio Solutions had the perfect set up- a huge flat screen TV with speakers.  They also provided the microphone for the speeches.  Daneman Video captured every word of John's speech, as well as the speeches of their close friends.

All eyes on the big screen

A close up of John and Katy watching the slide show

Thank you so much, Katy and John, B & R Events loved sharing your wedding weekend with you! 

5.10.2012

Katy and John: Eggplant and Silver at Cliffs Chapel and Larkin's on the River's Wyche Pavilion



Photos courtesy of Elev8 Studios unless otherwise watermarked
 
Katy and John met at Furman University.  John is from Atlanta and Katy is from a small town called Calhoun in Georgia.  After a romantic proposal in Italy, Katy and John made the decision to have their wedding in Greenville because of their love of Greenville's downtown.  Katy wanted her guests to experience Greenville's downtown- a major backdrop for their relationship.
A color scheme of purple, silver, and ivory was chosen for their August wedding.  John and Katy wanted a cocktail style reception, with an awesome live band, amazing food, and an open bar.  They knew right away that having the reception at the Wyche Pavilion, which they had always admired when they stayed at the Hampton Inn Riverplace across the river.
Katy and John blocked several rooms at the same Hampton Inn so that their guests could have the same view.  We were happy to not only design their invitations and programs, but helped design a little 14 page booklet printed and bound by TruColor to go in all of the out of town bags.  We also got local treats for their guests to enjoy, Leopard Forest Coffee, Happy Cow Creamery candy, and Love Muffins from Brick Street Cafe were presented in purple bags along with their booklet.

B & R Events's outline with the guests' booklet
Katy and John chose The Cliffs at Glassy Chapel for their ceremony.  She knew that their guests would love the breath taking views that only the chapel can offer.  A stretch Navigator, a stretch Excursion, a chauffeured Expedition, and a town car got the bridal party safely up the mountain.

Dahlia worked closely with B & R Events to create the perfect look for Katy and John's ceremony.  The bridesmaids carried ivory dahlias and roses, the aisle was lined with ivory and purple petals and the pews were decorated with ivory orchids, the entrance to the chapel had monogram wreaths and swags of greenery and ivory flowers, and Katy carried purple and ivory dahlias with ivory roses and hydrangea.  It was the perfect addition to Kay's gorgeous silk-chiffon and lace Melissa Sweet gown.
Katy's grandfather, AKA Lots of Poppa, is a Methodist minister and officiated the ceremony while the bridal party of 19 stood by the couple's side.























Daneman Video and Elev8 Studio were able to capture group photos and other footage on top of the mountain before the ceremony.  As guests were arriving, a heavy duty rain storm had started, complete with claps of thunder and heavy winds.
By the end of the ceremony, guests were able to leave the chapel safe and dry while Katy and John finished with photos and video.

After the ceremony, guests headed back downtown to the Wyche Pavilion for the reception.  Guests were greeted with passed hors d'oeuvres and frozen dragon fruit daiquiris to fight the August heat.

Even though Katy and John chose for their reception to be cocktail style, all of their 150 guests had a place to sit.  And at that place to sit were two fresh sugar cookies for them to take home.
Instead of the traditional bridal portrait, Katy chose to display a cross-stitch created by her grandmother in honor of her wedding day.


Couture Cakes created their wedding cake.  Under the ivory butter cream were fresh and fruity flavors- key lime, strawberry lemonade, and lemon.

Total Package Band helped keep the dance floor full and emceed all the special moments.  Katy and John chose music that would appeal to all ages and performed their first dance to "If I Could Build My World Around You" by Marvin Gaye and Tammy Turrell.

Katy wanted all of the femail guests to be comfortable, so she supplied various sizes of black flip flops for them to change into, which were displayed with left over purple bags in which to carry their heels home




At the end of the night, the band played "With This Ring" as the last dance.
Their guests bid them "adieu" by showering them with ivory and purple rose petals.

And then Katy and John were whisked away in a rickshaw.

Thank you, Katy and John, for choosing B & R Events!  You were truly a joy to work with!


P.S.  Can't get enough?  We also planned Katy and John's rehearsal dinner!  Coming soon!