July 2016


Today, we’re taking a walk down memory lane with this beautiful affair at Palmetto Bluff. This bride wanted a traditional feel for her intimate wedding. A classic monogram was created by Lettered Olive and became a staple in the wedding decor. Creams, whites, and golds were the color palette of choice. Delicate and feminine florals like catalya and phalenopsis orchids, peonies and sweet peas were lush and lovely. All of the pretty images are from Liz Banfield.

Ceremony Collage

The quaint chapel on property is pretty hard to beat. And with a smaller wedding, it’s the perfect size. We’ve transformed the space in many different ways, but for this wedding, a simple carpeted aisle runner and strands of orchids dress up this ceremony.

Champagne Collage

centerpiece and candles Escort card Collage

A table covered in hand blown glass candlesticks and candles provided the decor for the caligraphied escort cards.

place setting

Each place setting was dressed with a monogrammed linen napkin,that the couple could later have for their home collection. Engraved wine tools were wrapped in custom printed paper and doubled as the place card.

dinner Collage

Guests dined on tables lining the portico overlooking the May River. Embroidered chair covers made special seats for the bride and groom. Metallic gold embossed pockets held letterpressed menu cards…

overall lounge

We transformed the ballroom by laying down cream carpeting, fabric draping to keep the candle glow in, and add lamps and chandeliers on dimmers.

Cake Collage

Jim Smeal’s cake artistry mimicked a beaded band on the bride’s dress. Take home cake bags were provided for guests wanting a sweet midnight snack- or to put it under their pillow to dream of their future spouse!

Palmetto Bluff at night

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photo by Corbin Gurkin

What is a wedding or other special celebration with out Champagne (or sparkling grape juice which can be styled the same way)!!!! Here are some of our favorite ways to serve up, set out, or celebrate with bubbly!

Orchid in Champagne

photo by Liz Banfield

One of our “signature” Soiree designs is adding dendrobium orchids to glasses of champagne. It gives it a pretty and extra special finish, and they are food safe of course. A tip to help keep lines down, is to have  servers ready and waiting for guests with trays of champagne, red, and white wine, or even waters so that not everyone has to rush the bars.

Collar Collage

For many of our bride, we worked with Lettered Olive to create champagne collars for our clients based on the wedding paper design. It adds an impressive couture touch for guests.


Fruit Collage

Probably the easiest and sometimes the prettiest way to serve up the sparkling, is by adding fruit or another edible ingredient (lavendar, rosemary, strawberries, etc) or creating a champagne cocktail that calls for flavorful additions.

Sorbet in champagnephoto by Liz Banfield

A big hit at some of our weddings has been adding a complimentary dollop of sorbet to a glass of champagne as an after dinner finishing touch.

pink champagne

photo by Liz Banfield

Even just a beautifully hued sparkling Rose champagne can be all it takes to add a special touch.  Here, a champagne tower is created by nesting boxes stacked with glass toppers in gradual sized squares to allow for spacing of the glasses.

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Feb 20, 2018


I’m so happy to share today’s post on my second mom, Celia Cerasoli. During my years (in college and beyond) at her restaurant, Celia’s I learned so much about wine, her fresh homemade mozzarella and bread, not to mention the catering skills that I would later parlay into my event planning business! Read more on Celia’s story here.


If you recently saw my Summer Party Entertaining piece on One Kings Lane, one of my main tips is to keep it easy on yourself so you can be the hostess. I have used Celia’s lasagne many times when personally hosting, it’s amazing.

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photos by Adrienne Page

I have had Celia help me with many of the parties and dinners I’ve hosted in my home, and even when we do simple it’s still unbelievably good!

She is now offering home delivery of her meals and catering items… head to http://www.celiasofcharleston.com/ for more details. I just had to share and hope you Charlestonians take advantage of the meal delivery service.

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