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!