Charlie's Casino Bash: Vintage Birthday with a Red Sox twist

Charlie had one heck of a swinging birthday party on September 25th.

Charlie and his lovely wife, Amanda, are repeat offenders with B&R Events. You may remember them from when they renewed their vows last November. Charlie knew that he wanted to celebrate in style, so he sent us an email to see if we planned other events beside weddings.
But of course!

Charlie's guests had to come in through a red velvet rope, but only if they were on the list, at the Marriott and walk the red carpet. We created a custom step and repeat where Jeff Hall took photos of all the guests, paparazzo style.
When guests walked into the ballroom, the could hear the music of the Joe Clarke Big Band. The Joe Clarke Big Band featured eight musicians and the sound and the songs were incredible.
Every guest was greeted with a chip bucket and the signature drink, Red Carpet Rum. The lounge area had red furniture, we used red and black lamps for the cocktail tables, and red and black ostrich feathers were on the seated tables.

The menu was customized with some of Charlie's favorite food; sliders, mini bratwurst, smoked salmon amuses, pork belly BLTs, and bruschetta. And don't forget about the open bar...

Don't forget about the casino part of the Casino Bash! Charlie's guests could play poker, roulette, black jack, or craps. In Any Event provided the tables and the dealers. At the end of the evening we gave away gift certificates to the three highest funny-money winners.

Couture Cakes of Greenville created a fantastic and delicious birthday cake. Let me break down the layers for you: edible image playing cards of caricatures of Charlie and Amanda, roulette wheel, die, the 4 suits of cards with the Boston Red Sox emblem (Charlie's favorite team).

It was so awesome to plan Charlie's Birthday! It was such a fun night!


Ashley and Brian: Autumn-Awesomeness at the Cliffs and Wyche Pavilion

Ashley and Brian are both super smart.
They both have their PhDs from Penn State.
Brian is a Star Wars fan.
Their wedding...was the epitome of autumnal awesomeness.

Ashley picked a gorgeous and simple color palate: cream, sage, orange, and brown. Their wedding ceremony was lovely and heartfelt, where both bride and groom shared their vows to each other and Brian's dad officiated. Adam Haley, who we believe to be an up and coming photog superstar in Pennsylvania, was able to capture the sweet event. He was even cool enough to let us use some of his images in the collage above. The bridal party scaled the mountain in Eastside Transportations's vintage trolley.
Dance to the Music provided the tunes for the reception at the Wych Pavilion. Ashley and Brian picked local favorites, from Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Colorado, for their favors and had a finger print tree as their guest book. Kathy and Company provided a delicious pumpkin spice cake and Dahlia was able to work with gourds,mango calla lilies, and apples to make oh-so-yummy centerpieces. We also got the biggest compliment in the world from Ashley's dad- a major acknowledgement in his welcome speech. WOW. We will definitely be posting the video soon.


Jamie and Russell: Feathers and Light at the Huguenot Loft

We met Jamie for the first time at the January Wedding Festivals. She had just been proposed to in December, knew that she would have a large guest list, and a not-so-large budget. Jamie came to the show with her mother, Cheryl, her soon to be mother-in-law, Sherri, and her maid of honor, Alisha. When I introduced myself and asked when and where the big day was, I was given a date and no location. I promptly pulled out my camera and showed the lovely crew pictures of the Huguenot Loft and was telling them all sorts of budget friendly ideas.

As they walked away, Sherri leaned into me and said, "You are fabulous."

Cheryl emailed me the following Monday and booked our services. We are so happy they did!

With a guest count of 230 people and a budget of $17,000, Jamie got the wedding of her dreams.
We started with the dessert reception concept. Jamie did a great job of informing her guests to eat dinner before her 7:30 p.m. wedding with dessert reception immediately following.
Larkins kept the menu simple of just desserts, coffee, wine, champagne, and beer. Oh, and a massive wedding cake (over 3 feet tall!) from Hollys Cakes.
Jamie told me she really wanted peacock feathers and candles incorporated into her big day. Peacock feathers were used on the invitations, the out of town guest bags, the guest book and pens, in every program, and even on the cake. B&R Events made the men in the bridal party peacock feather boutonnieres, while Dahlia incorporated 100 feathers into the bridesmaid bouquets, Jamie's bouquet, and an alter arrangement.
We decided that we would give the two areas of the Loft two distinctive feels- the ceremony area would be dark and candle (and luminary) lit and romantic and the reception area would have a modern feel. Jamie and Russell had the most fun favors- a photo booth from Shutterbooth!

We used hour glass shaped vases on the cocktail tables and filled them with peacock feathers and LED lights. The "low top" tables had three tall pilsner vases with purple water that was illuminated by purple LEDs and a floating votive on top. We used chair sashes as runners to keep costs low (try $2). We then hung 60 lanterns over the dance floor to give it emphasis.

Oh, and do you like the awesome floor decal that was in the middle of the dance floor?

93 candles, 42 luminaries, and a single spot light were the only sources of light for Jamie and Russell's 7:30 ceremony. DJ EZ and I were on the phone during the entire ceremony to keep the music perfectly timed (the BB is so much easier than a walkie-talkie).

At the center of the room was the cake, which Jamie and Russell cut immediately before their first dance. The color palette of plum, pale gold, ivory, and black were ideal for all the feathers and light.

Congratulations Jamie and Russell! We really enjoyed working with you!


Wedding Festivals: Fall Edition

Wedding Festivals was so much fun! It is almost like a family reunion...we see people we love and we get to catch up. We also get to meet the "new" additions. Everyone was fabulous, and we loved our two designs. The photos truly do not do it justice.

We started out with just a tent frame. Strung a combo of crystal garland and twinkle lights and accented it with yellow and white decor.

The stationary was done to show how we can design a monogram (I actually designed it the night before due to just getting back from vacation). Polka dotted china with crystal votive holders kept the look modern and fun.

Custom aisle runner that we often produce for our clients.

We love mixing textures. Textured satin with velvet and a little organza all in the same shape of yellow kept the booth consistent, but the mix of three fabrics kept it interesting. Plus the yummy leather lounge seating from Professional Party Rentals? LOVE

This gives you a better idea of the total effect from top to bottom.

Another angle. More texture with different variations of flowers accented with crystal and ostrich feathers.

More details...don't the flowers just make you drool?We also participated in the Table Top Display area. Vintage Brooch Bridal Brunch (have you tried to say it 5 times fast yet? It's quite a feat.) was influenced by our philosophy that it is sometimes best to work with what you got! Debbie collects vintage pins, so she has more than just a couple laying around.

Crinkly overlays complemented the grass bundles. The sapphire blue worked so nicely with the ivory and grass green.
Vintage mirrors, vintage plates, and a little gift for the girls? Awesome.

Thank you to all the brides that came out! Send us an email if you have not received your FREE newsletter from B&R Events. And make sure that you mention you came to the show if you contact us, because you will get $50 off any package. (You know we love a coupon or a bargain.)

Michele and Craig: Sunflowers at the Westin Poinsett

Michele and Craig had the most beautiful day for their intimate sunflower celebration. Michele is just crazy about sunflowers (and Craig), and she knew that they would be a stunning statement for her big day.
The ceremony was sweet and Erin Knight did a fantastic job playing her harp during the event. The Westin Poinsett had a fantastic menu for Michele and Craig- shrimp and grits, pasta station, antipasto platters, everything was delicious. Holly's Cakes created a delicious cake that included not only smooth butter cream icing, but also chocolate ganache. (OMG)
Dahlia created the bouquets and other personal flowers, while B&R Events created the centerpieces. Simple arrangements with polished river rocks and big open sunflowers. Michele and Craig did their first dance to their music being played on Michele's iPod on equipment rented from PSAV. Brett Seay took Michele and Craig up to the roof of the Westin to get photos with Greenville's city line in the background and then to Falls Park where Craig proposed.
Congratulations Michele and Craig!


Wedding Festivals

This Thursday is Wedding Festivals at the Carolina First Center from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m..

Our table top display is featuring Vintage Brooch Brunch and will be featuring a very vintage bridesmaid brunch (or reception- think of the bacon possibilities!). We always love the "work with what you got" concept and think it is fun to recycle and beg, borrow, and kind of steal from your family.

Come and see our Citrus Celebration Reception at our booth! Inspired by white coming back for weddings in the upcoming spring and summer and that citrus colors were ALL OVER New York fashion week. Now, Mr. Kors decided to play with orange, but we already get a ton of orange with our Clemson weddings. B&R Events is going with something a little different.

So come to the Carolina First Center! And here is a link for a coupon.

While you're there, stop by our booth and sign up for the FREE Ten Reasons to Hire Pros (everybody gets one that signs up).

Oh, and did I mention that we will be giving away a FREE 2 Hour Consultation or $100 off our Audrey or Grace Package to 2 lucky winners?

See you Thursday!


Meet us at...

The fabulous wedding show!
Wedding Festivals is September 16th, Thursday, at the Carolina First Center.
We are so excited.
We will be distrubuting "Top Ten Reasons to Hire Pros" and giving away a 2 hour consultation with $100 off any package. So make sure to register to win at our booth!
And just for showing up, we will have a special offer for all the couples that show up that day!

Can't wait to see you there!


Brittani and Jimmy: Wisteria and BBQ at Larkins

Brittani and Jimmy had a hot and lovely big day! For their nuptials they chose Larkin's on the River's Courtyard and had a gorgeous garden ceremony. Kay Greene with Just Weddings provided the floral arrangements and did a fantastic job of complementing the wisteria bridesmaid dresses.
Life of the Party not only brought the party to the reception in the Shirley Roe Cabaret Room, but brought the music to the ceremony. Brittani was able to walk down the aisle to the bridal march, complete with chimes, and no musicians. Bruce Creamer with Marriages and More officiated the short, but sweet, ceremony.

The guests traveled upstairs and husband and wife did their first dance to "Something" by the Beatles. Brittani and Jimmy chose Larkin's "Walking in Memphis" buffet- barbecue heaven! The menu was ideal because everything was gluten-free for the bride. Brittani was even able to have the first bite from her wedding cake because it was gluten-free. Moments were captured by the lovely and talented Gena Murphy and at the end of the night all guests left with a little candy from the candy buffet.

Thanks Brittani and Jimmy for letting us help you with your big day!


Candice and Drew: Courtyard with Preppy Colors in Anderson

B&R Events traveled to Anderson to be the wedding coordinators for Candice and Drew's big day! We were so pleased to work with the super sweet couple and with new vendors. Candice chose a fabulous color scheme of bright pink and clover green with elements to reflect their new home town, Charleston.
B&R Events was so pleased to work with our good friend, Renee Burroughs, on Candice's vision. B&R made sure that everything was in its place and dressed at The Carriage House while Renee made everything look fabulous! Branches done up with a willow tree effect, wrought iron stands with clover green Japanese lanterns and bright pink ribbon, mint julep cups, and brushed nickel lanterns were just a few elements Renee used. We love a great team effort!
The ceremony took place at Concord Baptist Church, which matched Candice's decor choices perfectly. Rebecca Perkins was able to incorporate bright parasols into her photos of the female attendants.
Tuckers of Anderson catered and provided spicy shrimp and grits, a gorgeous crudites and cheese display, carving station, and mashed potato bar. Holly's Cakes did such a bang up job with the five tier cake. Every tier was different, ranging from Swiss dot to filigree with a gorgeous bow on top.
Candice and Drew got away through the Carriage House's lovely courtyard to their decorated Honda. Congratulation Candice and Drew!


Katie and Chris: Gator Colors at Keowee Key

Katie contacted me about her June 5th wedding a year and a half ago. She told me that it was important that their wedding be near Lake Keowee because that is where they met, they had their first date (and kiss), and Chris proposed to her there. Katie also told me that Chris is a huge Florida Gators fan, and that their summery color palette was inspired by the Gators colors. B&R Events was so happy to refer Katie and Chris to the Club at Keowee Key, which was friendly to the feel of their wedding and their budget.
Katie's mother is a talented florist and she arranged all the decor that involved white and orange gerbera daisies. The tables were also topped with blue table runners, while the ceremony aisle was lined with white Japanese lanterns on shepherd hooks wrapped in blue and white spotted ribbon. The ceremony was on the lawn of the club, which overlooked Keowee Key's golf course. Bruce Creamer with Marriages and More officiated Katie and Chris's civil ceremony and brought just the right amount of humor to reflect the couple. The Party Machine was able to provide music for the ceremony and reception, and Katie and Chris were able to recess down the aisle to "Let's Get it Started."
The Club at Keowee Key was able to prepare a custom "down home" menu with barbeque, a baked potato bar with all the fixings, corn on the cob, etc. Guests also enjoyed the stunning upside down cake that Art Eats Bakery carefully and thoughtfully put together. Fletch and Michelle of Aperture Vision Photography was there to catch all of the awesome dance moves of Katie and Chris's guests.
Katie and Chris, I feel like I have known you forever!



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Mandy and Grant: Lillies and Rock at the Reserve at Keowee

Mandy and Grant had a gorgeous lakeside wedding and reception at the Reserve at Keowee. Mandy and Grant and the majority of their guests are from Georgia, and the Reserve had the views and resort feel that they were looking for.
Mandy chose a palate of pale and hot pink with black and white accents. Their flower from Dahlia included a stunning combination of pale pink and hot pink hydrangea and bright pink stargazer lilies. When Mandy was stuck on what to give her guests as favors, B&R suggested she give stargazer lily bulbs. It was such an appropriately springy favor!
After a gorgeous ceremony in the Reserve's Founder's Hall, the chapel on property, the bridal party and guests moved to the Great Lawn. Orange Krush started the evening playing jazz and moved on to a full on dance party. They truly rocked the house, and were playing selections from the Temptations, Etta James, the Black Eyed Peas, and KC and the Sunshine Band. Their stunning cake, with its simple black and white elegance, was from Couture Cakes. Cox Photography sent Angela, who was very flexible and talented. The night ended with a sparkler send off and Mandy and Grant getting away on a decked out golf cart to their cottage.
Here is to the sweet and awesome couple! Congratulations!


Laura and Matt: Lavender and Heather at the Table Rock Lodge

Laura and Matt were planning on having an outdoor mountain ceremony at the Table Rock Lodge, but mother nature had other plans. B&R Events had set up the ceremony site outdoors on April 23rd, and by noon April 24th, I was calling Laura to tell that the doppler looked down right SCARY. After Laura approved the move, the ceremony was moved by B&R Events and took place in front of the gorgeous fireplace at the lodge. Thank god for wedding planners!
Linda Thompson with Designer Concepts created lovely bouquets to go with Laura's natural theme. She even included rosemary, so the bouquets were not only beautiful, but fragrant as well. Chris Cash and Joe Wehunt played the guitar and keyboard, so the wedding party and bride were able to walk down the aisle to Elvis's "Love Me Tender". Fantastic.
Photography J&J were manning the photo booth and while the guests dined on a hearty pasta dinner by Chelsea's Catering. Jamie Blair rocked it out the entire night and was fantastic at keeping the crowd moving.Instead of a traditional wedding cake, the couple chose several cakes from the infamous Brick Street Cafe. At the end of the evening the couple got away in Matt's raised SUV and their guests showered them with dried lavender.
Congratulations Laura and Matt! The day was gorgeous!


Kristi and Chris: Pewter and Citrus at Clemson's Owen Pavilion

Kristi and Chris had a gorgeous lakeside wedding and reception at Clemson University's Owen Pavilion. Kristi was true to her alma mater and chose orange as her accent color while her bridesmaids wore a chic pewter.
Renee Burroughs created stunning floral arrangements that Kristi and Chris's guests were able to take home at the end of the night. Orange and silver koozies and flip flops were also available for their guests ultimate comfort.
MC2K traveled from Atlanta and played dance music from today and yesterday. Holly's Cakes created a masterpiece that not only complemented the color scheme, but also imitated the design on Kristi's gown.
Jacob Dean Photography captured all the memories, and provided one of the most memorable portraits B&R Events has ever seen. Kristi chose to have her bridal portraits done with her horse, Gambler, and they were absolutely amazing. At the end of the evening, the new Mr. and Mrs. got away in a classic, cherry red Chevelle.
Congratulations Kristi and Chris! We had so much fun with you and your group!


Shannon and Randy: Pink Butterflies at the Hyatt Regency

Shannon and Randy had one of the springiest weddings B&R has ever coordinated! Shannon chose pale pink and celery green for her April 10th nuptials and the lovely couple said their vows at the charming Christ the King Lutheran Church. Before their ceremony the bridal party headed to Falls Park with Charlie Register of Register Images and took pictures and even had time to get coffee and ice cream at Spill the Beans before their limo picked them up.

When Shannon and Randy arrived at the Hyatt, they were announced by emcee and DJ extraordinaire, Chris Wagner with Formal Affair. Their cake, from Publix, was enjoyed by all while their Georgia Tech fraternity brothers and sorority sisters as they performed their traditions. At the end of the evening, Shannon and Randy ran through a cloud of bubbles to the hotel's elevator to hitch a ride up to their suite!
If you see the lucky couple, congratulate them! I was just happy to be amongst another group of red heads!


Rolling Along

We moved on April 1st. It was back breaking, but our new home is starting to look put together.
We keep rolling along with consultations, and we have 3 awesome clients that are getting married in April.
Below are the "before" pictures of the new office in the new house. Like I said before, we are hoping to use the space starting in July, so keep your fingers crossed that we can paint, furnish, and organize the office in that amount of time.




I haven't written in a month. The R house was for sale, and the evening of the Chopin event it sold! Since then has been a whirlwind.
Eight consultations,
2 cake tastings,
2 conference calls,
an Upstate Bridal Association meeting,
3 meetings with our mortgage broker,
toured roughly 20 houses,
finally put an offer on a new one,
negotiated and counter offered,
situated repairs for the buyer of our house,
and packed up a 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch.
All of this over the course of 28 days has been, well, hectic to say the least.
We have been working so hard in all aspects of our business, and we are so excited! We keep adding clients to the B&R Events family and we are so fortunate to work with lovely couples and their families.
And Casa Rambo? Well, we were supposed to be packing a truck today and closing on the new house tomorrow, but that may not happen due to a mistake by our buyer. We will still be moving, but the date will possibly be pushed back. Bummer.
The GREAT news? The new house has plenty of room for a new office to meet with clients! Got to love it! Once we get settled, I can meet with clients at the new office and be able to offer wine and coffee (and other goodies!) and not have to feel like I need to buy stock in Starbucks and AT&T wireless. We are hoping for the big office reveal in July.
Wish us luck! And in the next couple weeks, we will have plenty of beautiful bridal inspiration.


Celebrating Chopin

Chopin would have been 200 years old this past weekend!

One of our good friends, Don Shabkie, thought that it would be an excellent idea to have a concert and celebration for Chopin's 200th birthday. Don is the head of Wedding Music of the Upstate. Since we think Don is super talented, and work with him very frequently whenever we have a couple that wants live performances during their wedding, we took the challenge of helping create a celebration for the late composer.
The program certainly brought culture to the Upstate. Six visual artists were featured, two pianists and a cellist performed, and the Greenville Ballet danced. It was truly an amazing experience.
Holly Cakes provided a BEAUTIFUL cake to celebrate Chopin's 200th birthday.

One of the stunning paintings, by Paul Flint, titled "Waxing up Chopin"

The Greenville Ballet, waiting patiently for their cue at the Westin's mezzanine. Aren't they beautiful? (We made sure they had cake waiting for them in their dressing room since they performed right before intermission. They were so grateful. What a lovely group.)

Where the magic happened.

B & R Events was so pleased to be a part of this event. We were happy to come up with all the marketing and design concepts, keep the performers on cue, and find a wonderful cake baker. We hope that we can partner with Don again and participate with another cultural event...


Heart to Hearts

Valentines day was a lovely day in the R household. We had a nice early brunch at High Cotton, went into a food coma, made brownies from scratch, and then met with the B household for Mexican food. (Yes, our stomachs are still full!) We did not exchange gifts, but the hubby gave me a lovely card.
Even though I am a little late, I wanted to wish all of our readers a very Happy Valentines Day! Our business is all about LOVE and our HEARTS are always in what we do.
So what do you absolutely love? Your business, your dog, that man of yours? What do you put your heart into? And most importantly, who got engaged!


Four Weddings on TLC

I think I might have found my new favorite show. It is now on my list with Rich Bride, Poor Bride, Wedding SOS, and Real Housewives of New Jersey. (We might have impeccable taste in a lot of things, but television shows is not one of those things.)
Four Weddings is a show where four brides attend each others weddings and grade each other on food, gown, venue, and overall experience. Whoever has the best overall score receives a dream honeymoon. I found this show so interesting, I took notes.
I took notes, because these are REAL BRIDES with REAL BUDGETS. They list each bride's budget and guest list at the beginning of the show. I love that. One of the things that I find utterly frustrating about Platinum Weddings and David Tutera' show is that 98% of REAL BRIDES cannot afford the major details in these weddings.
We pride ourselves of helping our couples stick to their budgets. Bravo TLC for a reality show that showcases real people.


Celebrity Weddings: 2009

We love gossip magazines, so we decided to write about some of the celebrity weddings of 2009.

Fergie and Josh Duhamel
First of all, how deliriously happy does Fergie look? She is so pretty, and just put her in a mermaid cut Dolce & Gabbana gown and she is exquisite. They had a more traditional Catholic ceremony and her bridesmaids wore black dresses.

Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett
Who says you can't invite your ex? Or get married at his house for that matter?
We loved the princess feel to corset gown with ballroom skirt and the lavender gowns that her bridesmaids wore. Some of the details that we loved were: the thick white ribbon on the bridesmaids bouquets, the gobos in the tent, and the thousands of white petals.

"Speidi" aka Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt
All around, Speidi should be embarrassed for themselves. But, they did have a gorgeous wedding in Pasadena in a lovely church. Heidi's two bridesmaids wore yellow gowns and Heidi's Monique Lhullier gown featured ruffles. Heidi was dripping with Neil Lane jewels, which was actually a bit much. She should have put all the accessories on, and then taken one off. (Thank you Coco Chanel.) They had two hundred guests at the wedding, and an intimate reception. Also tacky. Oh well.

Jaime Pressly and Samran Singh
Jaime and Samran (an entertainment lawyer) got married at Dick Clark's mansion in Malibu. We love that her gown had straps and was heavily beaded and her birdcage veil with vintage appliques. Jaime's two year old son was the ring bearer and their recessional was to "At Last" by Etta James.

Khloe Khardashian and Lamar Odom

Look at the ruched Vera Wang mermaid dress featuring ruffles and a beaded lilac sash. ::Sigh:: Awesome. We also loved that Khloe let her bridesmaids wear various shades of purple and different styles. Their cake was monstrous, taller than her basketball player husband, and was white with black damask and lilac colored roses. Their reception had arrangements in all different shaped glass vases with white flowers.