3.25.2012

Lesli and Blake; Copper and Lime at Earle Street Baptist Church and the Upcountry History Museum

B & R Events initially met Lesli and Blake because Lesli was a bridesmaid in Jamie's wedding.  Shortly after, Blake popped the question.
Lesli is a pharmacy student and knew that she would need help planning their summer wedding.  After I told her congratulations via Facebook (we friended each other after Jamie's big day), Lesli set up a consultation and booked B & R Events.
Lesli and Blake are a laid back couple.  Some decisions were so easy for them- Blake's uncle is the pastor at Earle Street Baptist Church and they knew they wanted to get married that summer.  Good food was also a top priority and lots of dancing.  Otherwise, they were very open to ideas. 
They chose the Upcountry History Museum for their reception because it had great dancing space. 
Lesli showed me pictures of weddings that she liked from some Southern wedding magazines.  Lesli loved the idea of lots of ivory and green with hints of navy and copper.  Who said you have to just have two wedding colors?
The ceremony was handled by the wedding directors at Earl Street.  Blake and Lesli chose to share a special moment before the wedding while Charlie Register with Register Images documented with photographs.
While the ceremony went on, B & R Events created the reception space.  With a staff of 5, we were able to have everything ready in an hour.  Yup, we were able to get all vendors set up, tables, chairs, and linens out from 5:00 (when the museum closes) to 6:00 with about 35 minutes for finishing touches.  Who wants to worry about that during their wedding?  Lesli and Blake certainly didn't.
For a budget friendly centerpiece, we found inexpensive ivory lanterns, tied navy ribbon at the top, and surrounded them with green moss and green fruit.  What kind of fruit?  Anything that was green and on sale that week!  Key limes, apples, and even brussel sprouts surrounded the ivory lanterns on coppery linens with natural wood chairs.  The ivory lanterns also went on the cocktail tables near the dance floor, but we switched it up with a sage linen with copper sash. 
In the center of the seating was a large, 36 seater, family style table.  The Flower Peddler's Paul White created a huge centerpiece with apples in the vase and plenty of green and ivory flowers.  Paul also created green garland to go down the center of the table.  The bouquets were simply stunning- a combination of green and ivory hydrangea, ivory sweetheart roses, coppery calla lilies, and green cynbidium orchids.  Lesli never had to take any time out of her studies to think about the decor, she just had to tell me if she liked it or not. 

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And that awesome food that they wanted?  We called Granata's Catering.  Yup, we were lucky enough to work with him two weekends in a row.  Lesli and Blake wanted beer and wine with sangria as their signature drink.  Then, we took some suggestions that Lesli, Blake, and Lesli's dad had come up with to do four different stations;three different sliders with homemade chips, pasta with different sauces and toppings, low country boil with a jalapeno corn bread, and a banana pudding station all sorts of add-ins.  We created signs to go at each station to let guests know what was offered at the station and what they could look forward to at the next station.

Photo courtesy of Register Images
And to go with the awesome meal- an awesome cake.  Holly with Holly's Cakes created a simple, four-tiered cake that she them adorned with fresh flower.  But we all know that it is what is in the inside that counts.  Red velvet cake and marble cake with Bavarian cream filling alternated tiers.  Um, seriously, yum. 
Photo courtesy of Register Images
The great dancing requirement- we put a call in to DJ Jamie Blair.  Jamie was just Lesli and Blake's style.  He kept their 190 guests dancing the entire night.  One of the largest conga lines I have ever seen was at their wedding- almost every single guest followed Lesli as she led the line through out the entire museum, including going up the grand staircase.
Photo courtesy of Register Images
At the end of the night, Lesli and Blake's guests sent them off in a shower of bubbles as they got-away in a friend's white convertible.
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Congratulations Lesli and Blake!  We had a blast!

3.14.2012

Alli and Jon: Apple Green and Duet Dinner at Larkin's Caberet Room

Alli grew up in Easley.  Jon is from Virginia.  They met in Clemson.  They got married in Easley and had their reception in Greenville.

You got all that?  Good.

Alli contacted B&R Events with plenty of time in advance.  She was putting a lot of attention into the details of her reception, and wanted a team that could take care of the details and refer super star vendors.  After a great meeting with Alli and her mother Ann, they booked B&R Events for the big day.  We got to meet Jon and he was a bunch of fun!  We knew that we were going to have a great time with them.
Easley First Baptist requires that you use their director for a ceremony.  We went to the rehearsal and got to meet the entire bridal party and got to kick back.  Alli and Jon gave us all of the goodies for the reception and bid us adieu.

The next day was hot, but perfect to go with Alli and Jon's green, ivory, and peach color scheme.  Eastside Limo provided transportation for their crew to get from downtown to Easley. 

Kismet Photography promptly started photos and captured all the details.  Watching Emily and Curtis work is like watching a well oiled machine.  We love working with them, and they were even kind enough to bring personalized bottles filled with water for the bridal party. 

Debbie began set up at Larkin's Caberet Room while I went to the church to take check in on Alli and Jon.  I sprinkled petals, used fashion tape, made sure groomsmen were hydrated, and waited for the church director to get there.  I made sure Alli and Jon and their parents were ready and then I went back to Larkins to assist Debbie.

Everything was looking lovely at Larkins.  Alli's hardwork of creating chalboard table numbers and wine cork place card with Lotto ticket favors were all being displayed.  The favors were absolutely awesome- a scratch-off ticket from SC and a scratch-off ticket from VA with a 2011 penny in a little vellum envelope with a sticker that read, "Lucky in Love". 

A dear friend of Alli's family made their cake.  Twigs brought lovely centerpieces featuring ivory hydrangea, peach roses, and matching apple green greenery.  Alli and Jon hired a caracuteurist to draw portraits of their guests.  The bridal party arrived and we lined them up so Ric Larson with Life of the Party could announce them in.  Alli and Jon treated their guests to a duet plated dinner of filet mignon and rosemary chicken.  It was nice, because they actually seated us amongst their guests (this is unusual) and their guests were going on and on about how it was the best meal they have ever had at a wedding.

Ric did a great job of reading Alli and Jon's crowd and kept the dance floor full. 

At the end of the night, we lined up their guests for a sparkler send off and Alli and Jon got away in a horse drawn carriage.

Congratulations Alli and Jon! 



PS  Look at the professional photos by Kismet!  Just gorgeous!