Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wishing Tree

You will need:
Dwarf potted tree (We found this Japanese maple at a local garden center.)
Potted plants and/or sheet moss
Retro-style sales tags (available at Staples)
Organza ribbon
Permanent pen

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Collective Venues {to show Tommy}

Cottage on the Creek {at Shem Creek}
Saturday Evening $3000
The rental fee includes the use of our catering kitchen as well as our spacious dock and gazebo areas. Also available for use are six - 60" round tables, seven - 48" round tables and 100 white padded chairs. The renter is responsible for the setup and break down
Cottage on the Creek is an enchanting homelike setting located on Historic Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant, SC. From the quaint front lawn and arbor to the sprawling dock and gazebo, classic shrimp boats and beautiful sunsets add the Lowcountry Flavor.


  • Intimate Multi-Level Cottage
  • 250 Guest Capacity - Seating Capacity for 125
  • Accessible by Boat
  • Spacious Dock with Gazebo
  • Covered Porch with Ceiling Fans
  • View of Cooper River Bridge & Charleston Harbor from Upper Deck
  • Working Fireplace in Main Room
  • Use of Tables & Chairs
  • Bridal Suite
  • Catering Kitchen
  • Ample Parking

 Lighthouse on the Creek {at Shem Creek}
Saturday Evening $3000
Lighthouse on the Creek is nestled in the heart of Mt. Pleasant, SC on historic Shem Creek. Classic shrimp boats, playful dolphins and low country sunsets will make your event at the Lighthouse unforgettable.


  • 10,000 sq. ft. of Open Floor Plan
  • 350 Guest Capacity - Seating Capacity for 200
  • Accessible by Boat
  • Covered Porch with Ceiling Fans
  • Outside Bar
  • Built-In Stage Area
  • Bridal Suite
  • Fully Equipped Catering Kitchen
  • Ample Parking

Alhambra Hall
Non-Mount Pleasant Residents - $2,500.00
Overlooking the Charleston Harbor this former Ferry Terminal is appointed with hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings and porches that wrap three sides of the building. 

A limited number of tables and chairs are included with the rental for inside use only. [(10) six-foot long and (10) 60" round tables and 175 chairs)] 

Cotton Dock at Boone Hall
The cotton dock is a rustic, wooden building with exposed beams
running throughout the ceiling. It is located on the banks of the
romantic Wampacheeoone Creek and the perfect location for
both a ceremony and reception. It can accommodate 175-200
guests for a seated event without a dance floor, 150 guests seated
with a dance floor and up to 300 guests for a mingling function.
The dock that overlooks the creek can hold 100 chairs. The
cotton dock is heated and has a beautiful working fireplace.
Tables or chairs NOT included.
Youtube Clip

Pepper Plantation
Tables or chairs NOT included.


Hughes Rental
Best rental deal-- Chairs for ceremony 120 and chairs and tables for reception 120 chairs 13 rectangular chairs  $700 before extra fees
Or benches for the ceremony could save us significantly

Kensington Plantation (Sumter, SC)
$1000 up to 6 hours

Monday, August 15, 2011

easy wedding guest book

a simple guest book

When our niece Kyra asked me to be in charge of a guest book for their wedding reception, I probably said “yes!” before she finished the question. I love projects. I also love simplicity. And weddings. And new love. And I love Kyra.  : )
I immediately saw in my mind’s eye the end result. It involved no fluffy, distracting “stuff”. It involved edge-to-edge pictures. It involved a lot of pictures from their engagement shoot. And most importantly, it would be filled with love from so many people that would be there to celebrate with them on the most significant day of their lives.
Whether you have a baby shower, wedding reception, 50th anniversary celebration, or retirement party coming up, here is one way you could put together a guest book. It’s simple and classic. You just can’t go wrong.
1. Always, always start with your album first. Make sure you know exactly what size you’re dealing with before beginning a project. We decided on a cute & practical 6″ x 6″ size.
2. Prepare your photos for printing. Using digital editing software (I use Photoshop Elements), get your images ready. Because of our 6″ x 6″ size, I created 12″ x 12″ canvases (yay that Costco can now print that size) and put (4) 6″ x 6″ images on each canvas.

3. Print photos.
4. Trim photos.

5. Insert photos. Note: For this title page, I knew this picture would be the title page so I added the text in Photoshop first.

6. Insert blank pages. Note: I decided to put a photo on every left side of the layout and a blank page on every right side. This particular album already came with blank cardstock in each page protector, so lucky me, I saved some time there.

The album is ready for guests to sign! At the reception or party, just take some of the blank pages out and have them on a table with some pens. As they fill up, place them back in page protectors and pull out more blank pages. By the way, I would love to give credit to this awesome little album but nowhere is it branded (and I’ve had it on-hand for years). Sorry.

Jason & Kyra now have this little book of family & friends waiting for them when they get home from their honeymoon. May it always serve as a reminder to them just how loved they are.


Friday, August 12, 2011


Etch initials on mason jar with handle and send them home with each guest as a favor

Folly Beach Wedding Tips

1. Always check the tide for timing of the wedding. We’ve had high tide weddings and no room on the beach for guests... but... that's the time the bride insisted on! Guests were forced on the dunes, which is of course a huge ‘no-no.’

2. Season is big as mentioned before. March, April, May, October are great (and popular so book early) wedding months because the weather is typically wonderful. Not too hot and less chance for hurricanes. (hurricane season is June thru October.... but don't let that deter you from planning!) June, July, August and beginning of September are HOT!!!! and HUMID!!!! The breeze from the shore is not even a relief at times, because the air is so warm.

3. If you do not rent chairs for guests, be sure to have a few chairs for any elderly, not only for possible hot, humid days, but also the unsteadiness of the sand. Even think of having a few umbrellas for elderly to provide shade.

4. You'll have to get a party permit from the City of Folly Beach Public Safety to have an event with 75 or more people anywhere on the beach. It's free, easy and you only need to fill out a one-sided piece of paper. It basically just documents for the Public Safety department, that you are authorized to have an event on the beach, and officers are notified to assure there are not any disturbances for you (not that there are.... but they are at least aware) here is the contact person:
Mary Cunningham, CMC
Office: 843-513-1836
Cell: 843-708-1113

5. Charleston County Parks and Recreation run both the Folly Fishing Pier and the Folly Beach County Park both mentioned earlier. You can contact them for details and requirements for events:
Beth Kempton (or she can get you to the right person)
Group Sales Coordinator

6. If you plan to marry in front of or in the vicinity of the Holiday Inn Charleston on the Beach hotel, you need to contact their sales department to let them know and be sure they have not already booked weddings for that area of the beach, since their weddings groups get priority of the beach space:

7. Not a lot of options for large group receptions on Folly, unless you book a meeting room at the Holiday Inn Charleston on the Beach hotel, if I remember correctly, they can hold up to 250. Other places to have a reception if small, is the county park under the shelter (Call Beth @ ccprc above for details), Folly River Park (call Mary @ City of Folly above for details) and maybe a few choice restaurants, but options are small and limited. You may need to go off Folly for receptions pending your ideals.

8. Weather of course is always an issue of concern. Be sure to ask any of the above contacts what your options are and what protocol is followed in the case of looming inclement weather.

Other recommendations...
- best photo ops are at sunrise and sunset, so research the time of year for the best photo times.
- had a bride once who wanted to throw rice, then bird seed... not a great idea unless you want a flock of seagulls picking at you and your guests! We suggest bubbles, bells... anything non-edible and of course bio-degradable
- Morris Island Lighthouse IS a stunning backdrop... however, it is not completely easily accessible when dolled up for a wedding. Cars can go only so far and then you have to walk... maybe 1/2 mile(?... I'm not good with distance, but a good 10 min walk) to get to the lighthouse... either through the brush or along the beach. If it’s high tide you may be climbing rocks to get there. I would never ask guests to make that trip... but for the photos.... totally make your wedding party, if not at least you and your groom make the hike. Again... if it's hot, you most likely will be miserable pending your wedding attire. But it will be worth it!
- and yes... beach weddings will have public viewers... if you do it in high season (when school is out), you'll have a big audience. Since it's a public beach, you cannot prohibit beach-goers from passing by, so you risk them in your pics. FYI... school gets out mid May in Charleston, not June like up north.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Babysbreath and smores

Wedding Photographers

Captured by Kate
Weddings start at $3000 and include engagement session and second shooter

Juliet Elizabeth

Love!  $3700 includes disc

Patrick Hall
up to 4 hrs $2100 
4-6 hrs $2600
6 hours $3000
Comes with disc

Kate McKinley
$300 Engagement Session
$300 Bridal Session
$500-4600 Wedding

Sweet Tea Imagery kimjimblog
$2800 For a full day of coverage doesn't say what it comes with

Valerie Schooling
Weddings start at $2575

Julie G. Rowe
Package #1 ($2700)
8 hours of wedding day coverage
DVD slideshow with music
High Resolution CD of edited wedding & reception images
1 8x10, 2 5x7, 100 4x6 prints
Online viewing and purchasing for 90 days
A second photographer may be hired for $75 an hour (2 hour minimum).
Package #2 ($2100)
6 hours of wedding day coverage
DVD slideshow with music
High Resolution CD of edited wedding & reception images
1 8x10, 2 5x7, 100 4x6 prints
Online viewing and purchasing for 90 days

Allison Reisz


Carmen Ash
coverage starts at $2900.

All Packages Include:  Bridal Session, Engagement Session, Online Proofing, Binded Proof Book, & Two or More Photographers

Nichole Alexandra

Basic Wedding Fee ~ $3500.00
Includes: All day coverage, 2 photographers, 50% off print pricing,  25% off product pricing, Private online proofing gallery, Traveling fees within 20 miles of 29466, Editing of all images in your gallery, Personal design and ordering consultation, Custom editing & retouching of images ordered, 9x9 Custom album
** free bridal or engagement session fee ($225 value) if booked within one week of consultation
 Note: Digital images cd ~ $650

Stacy Howell
$2000 to $3000
price description

Sally Watts
includes all edited images on CD and all day coverage, as well as an engagement, bridal or boudoir session
Picture above is from an engagement session...

The Connellyswedding photographerswedding photographers
Our rates start at $3000 for 2 photographers, online image gallery, and copy of digital files

Infinity Images (works with Nichole Alexandra)

Our wedding packages range from $1900 to $4000 and include a la carte options such as albums, prints, and high resolution digital images.

Liz Duren
$2500 6 hours copyright free disc include

Elizabeth Scottjamey & chris :: pine island country club wedding charlotte NC
Wedding Coverage Begins At $2500
Complete Packages Start At $3700

Diana Deaver
6 hrs with flashdrive of edited photos and printing rights
coffee table book
Really like

Tomme Hilton Gallery

Shannon Michelle
Start at $2500 includes free engagement

Hyer Images
Start at $2500 
Really lovely!

Table numbers

Thursday, August 4, 2011

table setting

Recycled tin cans wrapped with wrapping paper and labels with each guests name makes for a perfect place to put silver wear, napkin, etc. :) Cute!