The amazing Bob Snow - father of the bride aka BobEtsy - sent this to me yesterday and I just had to share.
His daughter Elizabeth was married to Jake Oster at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island on Halloween night. One of their guests staying at the Sanctuary filmed the sunrise for the couple and sent it to them as a gift. This is so thoughtful and touching...I know that they will enjoy many more sunrises. What a wonderful and thoughtful gesture.
Those of us that grew up in Charleston, South Carolina have a special place in our hearts for Folly Beach. When Alissa and Michael contacted A Charleston Event and said that they planned to take their vows barefoot on the sands of Folly, I jumped at the chance to work with them.
You could not have asked for a more beautiful couple. They truly are in love and wanted to make this day special for themselves and their families. Alissa and Michael included personal touches throughout the entire event that would later be incorporated into their lives together as a married couple - the monogrammed corn hold boards, live plants as centerpieces that would later be planted in their yard, handmade wooden crates that they could use within their home. It truly was a wedding built around them both.
I appreciated working with all of the vendors that came together to create this day.
Thanks again to The Knot for publishing this wedding and to the talented Annie Gannon Kaufman with Photo by Gannon for these beautiful images. We hope you enjoy the read.
During a wedding, many couples like to include a unity ceremony as part of the program. The unity candle and the blending of sand have been extremely popular throughout the years. Many couples are very familiar with these options so they always ask: "Is there something unique and different to do instead?"
A few years ago, I was introduced to the Unity Cross and thought it was one of the most beautiful additions to a wedding ceremony that I had ever seen. Not only is the cross elegant and an actual work of art, but its the explanation and interaction of the bride and groom during this time that is memorable.
Take a moment and review the video to see if the Unity Cross is what you would like to include in your wedding ceremony.
The elegance of a Charleston event doesn’t end once the festivities are over. Historic Charleston is home to some of the finest accommodations that Southern hospitality has to offer. Of all Charleston’s historic inns, The Governor’s House Inn offers by far the most romantic grandeur. A bed & breakfast with a history almost as interesting as its location, the Governor’s House was named the most glamorous of Charleston’s inns by one travel magazine, and it’s easy to see why.
The Governor’s House Inn was built in 1760, and served as the residence of Edward Rutledge from 1776 until his death. Mr. Rutledge served in both the First and Second Continental Congresses, and was the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence. His integral role in the formation of our country led his home to be named a National Historical Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Though Mr. Rutledge only served as governor for two years, 1798 until his death, it is from him that the inn got its name. The Governor’s House Inn now pays tribute to this founding father with a portrait hanging in the foyer beside a copy of the Declaration of Independence.
Aside from its fascinating history, the Governor’s House Inn boasts a variety of beautifully decorated rooms and suites. The gourmet breakfast includes traditional southern favorites on a rotating menu including homemade quiche, sausage cheese bake, and banana French toast strata with amaretto sauce. Taking Southern hospitality seriously, the inn also offers afternoon tea, evening sherry, and wine and cheese.
The Governor’s House is also located conveniently near many of Charleston’s finest attractions. Just a short walk from the legendary Battery, Old Market, and Spoleto Venues, the Governor’s House is a perfect spot no matter what your business in Charleston. A short drive will also take you to four of South Carolina’s most beautiful beaches- Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, Kiawah Island, and Sullivan’s Island.
The rich history of the Governor’s House Inn combined with its tradition of hospitality make a stay here unforgettably Southern. The glamour and sophistication of the house itself is echoed in magnificent drawing rooms, boudoir staterooms, and expansive verandah porches, calling to mind images of a genteel lifestyle native only to beautiful Charleston.
And when her lips touched mine, I knew that I could live to be a hundred and visit every country in the world, but nothing would ever compare to that single moment when I first kissed the girl of my dreams and knew that my love would last forever." - Dear John, 2010 movie
Charleston is an extremely popular locale for couples to visit, fall in love and to say "I Do." Don't believe me, just watch the movie. South Carolina has seen its share of movie crews throughout the State. (approx 100) With Valentine's Day right around the corner, the love stories interested me the most. (sorry Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls)
Folly Beach, Downtown Charleston, Edisto, Boone Hall, and Cyprus Gardens are all locations that I have enjoyed throughout my dating years. Watching the stars fall in love, share their first kiss, or have their heart broken in the these locations brings the movie to life for me. I have to say that I wish that I had had their scripts for some of the scenes in my life.
For the month of February, enjoy love quotes from movies, books, and songs on A Charleston Event's Facebook and Twitter account. Can you figure out where the quote came from? Play along.
"So it's not gonna be easy. It's going to be really hard; we're gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me... everyday. " - The Notebook, 2004 Movie
"At the end of every day I drive through the city of Charleston and I cross the bridge that will take me home. I feel the words building inside me, I can't stop them, or tell you why I say them, but as I reach the top of the bridge these words come to me in a whisper. I say these words as a prayer, as regret, as praise, I say: Lowenstein, Lowenstein." - The Prince of Tides, 1991 Movie
Engagement season is in full-effect. As reported by TheKnot.com, 40% of engagements will occur between the months of November and January. (Very busy time for jewelry stores)
The excitement of planning a wedding - the food, the dress, the rings, the vows, etc - can sometimes make someone forget what is truly important.
Melanie Murray, a seasoned wedding officiant and owner of My Weddings Your Way had some advice to offer those brides planning a wedding.
"Every bride dreams of the perfect wedding day but there are times that things don’t go as planned. It is important to remember that everything happens for a reason.
Early one morning before for a beach wedding, I received a text from a bride informing me she had forgotten her cathedral length veil at home which was 3 hours away. Of course she was very upset so I advised her to call her florist and ask for flowers for her hair. No, this was not going to be the exact vision she had dreamed of for her “wedding day look” but it would all work out.
At times, couples forget that the most important part of the day is not the veil, the food, or the wedding décor. It is the commitment of their lives to one another. What matters is their love for each other and their future happiness together. As long as the two of you are together at the alter, you WILL have the “Perfect Wedding.”
You want to know the best part? The outdoor beach wedding had 30 mph winds that day so a cathedral length veil would have been a mess for this bride! See, things DO happen for a reason!"
Special thanks to guest blogger Melanie Murray
With all of the beautiful beaches in South Carolina, it is hard to decide upon which sands you want to say "I Do." Edisto, Folly, Sullivan's Island, Isle of Palms, Myrtle Beach...the shores are endless.
Regardless of where you decide to go, take the time to look up the tide schedule. Most brides want to get married with their feet in the sand but they don't want to be washed away with the currents.
Special Thanks to Glenna McKenzie Richards for the Image