WED is Hiring!

January 29th, 2015

WED is excited to announce that we are hiring! Please email resume to ellen@charlestonevent.com.

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Kelly & Barrett

January 19th, 2015

Kelly & Barrett married on October 10, 2014 were going for the gold, but also the silver. Using marvelous mixed metallics throughout the beautiful reception site at the William Aiken House. Guest were able to take their own personalized Kelly & Barrett glass home from an awesome gold mirrored maude bar. They gathered to watch Kelly & Barrett cut the cake created by Jim Smeal who artfully matched it with Kelly’s stunning Monique Lhuillier dress. The band Liquid Pleasure cranked up the party, until it was time for a sparkler exit for the bride & groom.

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A special thanks to our vendors…

Cake – Jim Smeal

Catering – PPHG

DJ – East Coast Entertainment – Liquid Pleasure

Lighting – TEC

Florist – SYG Designs

Photography – Virgil Bunao

Rentals – Snyder

Sending off 2014 in Style

December 31st, 2014

What better way to celebrate the New Year than with all of our perfect send off’s with sparklers, and fireworks galore!

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Emily Wilbourne and Rob Satzger's wedding at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church and the Daniel Island Club in Charleston, SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790, ameliaanddan.com

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© Dana Cubbage Weddings 2014

Happy New Year!

Traditions

December 24th, 2014

 Tradition; the handing down of statements, beliefs, legends, customs, information, etc., from generation to generation, especially by word of mouth or by practice. Wedding traditions have gone through many generations, some have changed a little, while others have completely stayed the same. The tradition of wearing white didn’t start until Queen Victoria wore a white gown to incorporate some lace she loved and to show her wealth. You see very few people could afford to wear a dress only once, and a white gown would be ruined by the end of the night. The tradition before that time was for brides to wear any color. Since then most brides have stuck with the tradition of wearing white on their wedding day. Here are some more traditions that have stuck around, with a couple new traditions that have started in the past few years.

1. Bridal Portraits

One of the longest-standing Southern wedding traditions is the bridal portrait, which originated in Europe, and the tradition eventually made it’s way across the Atlantic and below the Mason-Dixon line. They have evolved over the years; originally bridals were taken at a photographer’s studio, and featured a stoic, serious bride. But now, brides are going for a more personalized and natural look.

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2. Bouquet

Flowers are incorporated into the wedding ceremony as a symbol of fertility. The first bouquets consisted of herbs and later, orange blossoms. The tradition of the bouquet toss started from when Women would try and rip pieces of the bride’s dress and flowers in gain some of her good luck. To escape the women the bride would toss her bouquet and run away. Today the bouquet is tossed to single women with the belief that whoever catches it will be the next to marry.

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The bridal veil has long been a symbol of youth, modesty and virginity and was used to ward off evil by disguising the bride.

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4. Handkerchief

Early farmers thought that a bride’s wedding day tears brought luck and her tears would bring rain to their crops. Later, it was thought that a bride who cried on her wedding day would never shed another tear about her marriage. Thought the tradition of passing down the wedding handkerchief through family members has remained the same, the reasons why a bride wanted to catch her tears of joy have changed over the years.

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5. Letter to each other

The bride and groom will write letters to each other to express their feelings one last time before they exchange their vows. The tradition now is for the photographer to capture this special moment.

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6. Bride & Groom Not Seeing Each other before Wedding

During the time when arranged marriages were custom, the betrothed couple wasn’t allowed to see each other before the wedding at all. The wedding symbolized a business deal between two families, but he also feared that if the groom met the bride before the wedding and thought she wasn’t attractive, and he might call off the wedding, casting shame onto the bride and her family. It then became a tradition that the bride and groom would not see other until they met at the alter.

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7. First Look

Now couples feel that they will be more relaxed if they see each other for just a few minutes before the ceremony. Of course it helps the process of wedding pictures move along, and allow the bride and groom be able to experience more with their guests.

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8. Father-Daughter Dance

Traditionally the Father-Daughter Dance came before the Bride-Groom dance. The father danced with the bride then presented her to the groom to dance to the steps of a new life. It was a way for the bride to share a special time with the two most important men in her life.

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9. Wedding Cake

A gorgeous wedding cake is often the centerpiece of a wedding and usually sits in a place of honor. This tradition dates back to Roman and Medieval times, back then a stack of buns was used instead of a cake though.

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10. Send off

Pelting newlyweds with uncooked starchy vegetables is a time-honored tradition meant to shower the new couple with prosperity, fertility, and of course, good fortune. Over the years is has varied to a send of after the reception, with sparklers, bubbles, or rose petals send off.

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Rory & Richard

December 15th, 2014

The perfect lowcountry wedding is what Rory and Richard, who live in New York, wanted, and found at Legare Waring House. Inspired by the color yellow, we added the color all over to the reception design in a unique way. They had yellow cushion chairs that complemented with the soft gray table linens, and had hints of cobalt blue throughout. After a gorgeous ceremony in the Avenue of the Oaks, guest enjoyed the bride and groom’s signature drink, a Lowcountry Lemonade in mason jars, perfect for the warm September day.  After dinner served by Duvall events, DJ Mateo pumped up the party with some classic tunes, ending the spectacular night for Rory and Richard.

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A special thanks to our vendors…

Cake – Jim Smeal

Catering – Duvall Events

DJ – Other Brother Entertainment – DJ Mateo

Lighting – TEC

Florist – SYG Designs

Photography – Hyer Images

Rentals – Snyder

Something Old Something New

November 25th, 2014

Founded in 1998, WED has been designing weddings and events in Charleston, SC for a significant amount of time. We love seeing new venues being developed in Charleston frequently. Here are some up-coming venues that we are especially excited to see be used as new wedding venues. All of these spaces have special characteristics about them that make them perfect for our unique brides. We cannot wait to be a part of these venues.

1. Cannon Green

Located in the up-and-coming Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighbor-hood, Cannon Green is Charleston’s newest and most distinctive venue. A collaboration between florists, artists, chefs, and event designers, Cannon Green is designed to enable you to create and revel in your special occasion.

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2. Hobcaw Barony

Hobcaw Barony’s 16,000 acres encompass a rich diversity of every ecosystem found on the South Carolina coast. The native Americans called it Hobcaw, meaning between the waters, and in 1718, the land was granted as a barony to English royalty. In 1905, Bernard Baruch, Wall Street financier and advisor to presidents, purchased the property comprised of 11 former plantations for use as a winter hunting retreat. He invited 20th Century luminaries to enjoy the beauty of the South Carolina Lowcountry.

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3. The Stables at Boals Farm

Situated on 32 acres just outside Charleston, South Carolina, The Stables at Boals Farm is an authentic, working horse farm that originally grew sugar cane and refined it into cane syrup. The Boals Family Farm was established in 1965 when Mr. Ronald M. Boals, Sr. implemented the long line of family roots in the farming, culinary and equestrian fields that date back to the 1800s. That passion will translate to any event held at The Stables at Boals Farm with a Boals Family member assisting you to make your event memorable.

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4. Wingate Plantation

Wingate Plantation was part of the colonial Brick House Plantation of Johns Island. English authority initially granted the plantation in 1707 to Robert Cole and William Taylor. Wingate Plantation represents the largest, undeveloped, intact parcel of the original plantation. The farmhouse on the property dates back to the 1930’s, when it was constructed by the Jenkins family.

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Bourbon Bar

November 21st, 2014

Late September last year, Lynn & Brennan got married under the beautiful avenue of the oaks at Legare Waring House. The couple wanted to serve their favorite cocktails at the wedding. The bride’s signature drink was the famous Pimm’s Cup and the groom’s was the classic Manhattan. The most important part of a Manhattan is bourbon, so the groom picked out his favorite Bourbon’s to create his own unique Bourbon Bar. Their guest’s LOVED it. It was the perfect classic southern staple for their lowcountry Charleston wedding. Cheers!

 

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1/2 pint strawberries

1 lemon

1 lime

1 orange

3 cups Pimm’s No.1 Cup

48 ounces lemon-lime soda

2 cucumbers

 

Manhattan Cocktail

3/4 oz sweet vermouth

2 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey

1 dash Angostura bitters

1 maraschino cherry

1 twist orange peel

 

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Beth + Seana

November 4th, 2014

Glitz! Glam! Action! That’s what it was all about for Beth and Seana’s fabulous wedding at the Historic Rice Mill. This lively couple wanted to wow their guests with sparkles, sequins and a glittering atmosphere. We were able to bring the couple’s vision to life by decking out the waterfront venue with gold sequin linens, paired with vintage lounge ware and a mix of metallics, creating a classic, old Hollywood feel.

Both brides looked stunning, Beth in a Vera Wang, black and champagne gown while Seana rocked a gorgeous fitted black Dolce & Gabbana suit. To add some fun, Seana completed her look with a glitz Chanel bow tie and matching Jimmy Choo’s, can we say swoon?

Guests enjoyed sushi, a raw bar and of course, Beth’s favorite…tater tots with a choice of every topping imaginable.  Cakes by Kasarda wowed us with a decadent cake, fitting perfectly into Beth and Seana’s desired look. The sounds of DJ Mateo had the brides and guests dancing the night away, while a surprise performance by Brooke Collins ended the night with a bang!

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A special thanks to our vendors…

Cake – Cakes by Kasarda

Catering – Good Food Catering

DJ – Other Brother Entertainment – DJ Mateo

Drapping and Lighting – Loluma

Florist – SYG Designs

Photography – Timothy Merrick Events

Rentals –Event Haus House

Videographer – Chap Films 

Katie + Vincent

October 28th, 2014

A vamped up Victorian feel was the inspiration behind Katie + Vincent’s summer wedding. After saying their “I do’s” at St. Mary’s Church, the fun loving couple partied the night away with friends and family down by the market. Using a mix of neutral linens and sophisticated lounge-ware, we were able to deck out McCrady’s Restaurant creating the bride’s desired look of elegance while catering to a fun and energetic atmosphere. DJ Mateo kept McCrady’s bumping while guests enjoyed dancing the night away with the bride + groom.

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A special thanks to our vendors…

Photography – Olivia Rae James

DJ – Other Brother Entertainment – DJ Mateo

Catering – McCrady’s

Rentals – Ooh! Events and Snyder

Florist – Stems

Rebecca & Kristoff

October 6th, 2014

A shared love for Charleston was used as inspiration in the design and details of Rebecca & Kristoff’s charming wedding in June. The couple celebrated their special day with friends and family at Lowndes Grove, which blossomed against the dark greens and bright yellows found in the floral and table settings. Jim Smeal added to the lowcountry inspired atmosphere using sweet grass, basket weaving and Spanish moss detailing on the delicious cake. Guests enjoyed delicious food and spectacular views of the Ashley River while helping Rebecca & Kristoff dominate the dance floor to the energizing sounds of The Voltage Brothers, which kept the party going all night.

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A special thanks to our vendors…

 Photography – Vladimir Chaloupka

 Band – The Voltage Brothers

Catering – Fish

 Cake – Jim Smeal

 Printed Materials – Studio R

 Rentals – Snyder Event Rentals

 Lighting – TEC

Florist – SYG