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.

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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. 
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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.
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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!

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