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a new fave vendor – spiked charleston ice

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you read it right – spiked italian ice.  remember when you were a kid and italian ice was the best treat of the summer.  well, it’s back with a kick!  i met the guys (and gal) of spiked charleston ice at amanda and rob’s wedding a few weeks ago.  now what you guys don’t know is that amanda and rob got married on a hot charleston summer day.  that’s to be expected, right?  but what was not expected was a power outage on the island that resulted in the ac in their venue not working…for the whole day.  amanda and rob’s wedding was warm…absolutely beautiful…but warm.  but my brilliant bride had a trick up her sleeve: she booked charleston ice.

it was beyond amazing. i always like to rave about wonderful vendors, but this was something new for me.  they had a simple set-up, a card adorned with a “just married” sign, a black and white beach umbrella, and tiny little cups of heaven!  they had a few different flavors – coconut creme with malibu rum, a strawberry skyy with strawberry vodka, an arnold palmer with firefly sweet tea vodka (of course!), and a margarita with tequlia.  my favorite combo was the coconut and strawberry together.  delicious doesn’t do it justice.  the bride and groom and all of the guests couldn’t get enough.  and it took the edge off the heat.  it was beyond perfect for a beach-front wedding but would be perfect at any charleston venue – indoor or out, ac or not.  below you’ll see the promo video they shot at amanda and rob’s wedding featuring a cameo by yours truly 🙂

if you’re a summer bride in charleston and you want that unique treat for your guests, this is it.  trust me, i know these things!

ellen and bryan

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here’s another fab wedding from this spring photographed by one of my fave photography studios, richard bell photography.  ellen is a good friend of mine’s sister-in-law and i was so glad to be given the opportunity to help plan her wedding.  ellen and bryan got married at the island house on john’s island on may 19.  the day started out cloudy and chilly but it didn’t rain and, as you’ll see, the sunset was spectacular!

the ceremony set-up included ivory market umbrellas and beautiful pomander balls on shepard’s hooks by karen at ok florist.  the ceremony was officiated by the couple’s pastor from their church and they had close friends who read and sang during the ceremony.  it was truly a lovely and personalized ceremony for these two.  other lovely touches included the bride’s handmade mason jar program fans – a lovely and clever idea for an outdoor charleston ceremony.  she also used a hammock to hold her wedding gifts and had adirondak chairs and a joggling board along the water for guests to enjoy the view.  with tiki torches and cafe lighting strung to the sea wall, they really took full advantage of the amazing waterfront location of this venue.

after the ceremony, they had a lovely cocktail hour on the island’s home’s front porch and then transitioned to the tent for the reception.  the music and photobooth were provided by finger snappin’ entertainment.  the food was beautifully presented by hambys catering. 

the evening was capped off by stellar dancing and a fantastical musical performance by the groom to his bride.  they truly had an amazing group and were so much fun to be around.    as the clouds parted, the sun peeked through for just

long enough to take some beautiful photos.  don’t you just love this photo?  the sunset was absolutely incredible.  the pictures don’t do it justice.  after the sunset, the party continued with family, friends, sorority sisters, and serenades.

the newlyweds bid farewell through a tunnel of sparkles and departed in a black cab.  they honeymooned in the dominican republic – my fave! and have become a happily married couple.  i wish these two so much happiness in the coming years.

congratulations mr. and mrs. clemmons! thank you for letting elle courtney events be part of your day.  we loved every minute!

 

marwa and ryan

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hello my lovelies!  these wedding posts are long overdue.  i’ve had the most amazing brides this spring and i’m so glad to finally share some of their beautiful photos with you. 

marwa and ryan got married on may 5 at founders hall at charlestowne landing.  marwa was born and raised in egypt and moved to the states for school.  ryan is from here in charleston.  they met through friends and the rest is history.  both of their families were so incredible and i felt beyond blessed to spend this special day with such a truly kind and loving couple. they truly made me feel like i was part of their family for the day.

it was really important for marwa to showcase the blending of their cultures in their wedding ceremony and reception and they came up with some really fun and original ways to do it. i loved it all!

their friends and family watched as marwa’s dad walked her down the aisle to a traditional egyptian wedding song and they exchanged vows to one another in arabic.  (a little side note – the officiant was none other than my husband)  after the ceremony everyone enjoyed some amazing treats from beyond expectations catering including a to-scale replica of the egyptian pyramids made entirely of cheese.  it was incredible!

the music and videoograpy was provided by complete music and video – both allan and pran were wonderful!  charleston uplighting added some drama to the space with green uplighting around the room.  marwa created centerpieces using bright orange calla lillies submerged in glass vases with floating candles.  the room looked so beautiful – just like the couple.  the flowers were provided by keepsake florist.

the party kicked off with marwa and ryan being escorted in by a traditional egyptian zaffa and belly dancers.

finally, the photos were taken by the talented david mandel with ampersand industries.  he was wonderful and i have him to thank for all these lovely photos.  marwa and ryan danced away the evening and left for a honeymoon in northern california.  their wedding was truly lovely.

oh, and david happened to catch this photo of the “super moon” that evening.  just another special touch to the evening.

please see our website and facebook for more photos of this amazing couple’s beautiful wedding.

 

congrats mr. and mrs. borey!

long overdue fabulosity…happy summer!

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it’s been so long lovelies and i must apologize!  elle courtney events is busier than ever and loving every second of it.  we’ve celebrated weddings all over charleston this spring with some truly phenomenal couples.  i’m always amazed at the creativity of my brides and feel so blessed to become a part of their family for the day.  and now we’re making the transition to summer and things will be a bit slower, they always are, but we’ve got a several weddings coming up at the citadel beach house, cottage on the creek, st. luke’s chapel, and runnymede plantation, just to name a few!  we are, as always, so excited. 

in the cray cray past few weeks i have truly recognized just how much i absolutely, positively, undeniably love this job.  it makes me happy in a way that few things do.  like finding louis vuitton on sale happy, accidentally stumbling upon a sample sale happy, winning the lottery happy.  it’s true!  i was on the phone with a bride this week and she said to me that after we’d all left a meeting together, she told her husband, “i want to love my job as much as she does, i want to be that happy” and it makes my heart smile that my brides know how much i love what i do and i love them!  each and every wedding is personal for me and i’ll do everything i can for my lovely belles. 

soooooo, i hope you all have a wonderful weekend this weekend and can do something fun to celebrate the kickoff of summer. 

we’d like to say thanks to the men and women who have given their lives for our freedom – a sacrifice never forgotten.  as for us?  we’re headed to my favorite place on earth – “the city.”  i’m taking advantage of a weekend off and heading to new york to spend time with family over the weekend and then attend some wonderful industry events during the week so i can bring back oh-so-exciting ideas to your events! 

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we will see you next friday.  until then loves! 

-L

It’s Wedding Season!

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Phew!  The busiest time of year is definitely here!  Charleston is buzzing with wedding festivities and we’re buzzing right along with them!  This weekend was spent with some lovely brides (and a groom too) planning and finalizing all of the lovely details of their upcoming day.

Keep your eyes on our website – we’re celebrating with our first Egyptian bride in a few weeks and she and her hubby-to-be have some absolutely amazing ideas for bringing their families and cultures together.  It’s going to be amazing!

Keep planning loves!

friday fabulosity! vintage wedding posters…

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i am so tickled over these custom vintage wedding posters i found online!  i love vintage touches, fashion, decor, and otherwise, and these can definitely be filed under fabulous! 

alexander & co. creates these one-of-a-kind pieces for you and your groom.  you can customize the location, the colors, the wording, even the color of the bride and groom’s hair.  the artist – alexander doll, writes this on their website: “Alexander & Co. is a creative collaboration between Chicago-based artist, Alexander Doll, and you. Your choice of text, along with multiple design and color options give you the ability to create your own custom piece of art.”  i am so in love!  there are multiple cities to choose from, alas charleston is not yet one of them (fingers crossed my strongly worded email of encouragement works!) or you can choose from a bevy of other beautiful backdrops.  they will create poster-sized pieces of art or pint-sized postcards (hello save-the-dates!).  they also make artwork for the nursery for your future little ones.  check out the catalog online and let me know what you think loves?  here are a few more fab samples of their work:

aren’t they wonderful?  one of them might have to be mine.  have a wonderful weekend!  live, laugh, and plan!

all photos in this post are courtesy of alexander & co. at www.customalexander.com