Ain’t no party like a White House Party! ;)

Last Tuesday we hosted our 3rd annual Engagement Party/Summer Social! You know what? We were proud to coordinate this event – I mean, awesome swag bags, delicious food, refreshing drinks, scrumptious cake, tasty desserts, fun music in a casual setting!! What’s not to love?! Don’t just take our word for it, take a look at what attendees had to say!

Had a great time!!! Thank you for everything.” | “Had a blast! Thanks for having us!” | It was fun…thank you!” | “Last night was SO much fun! Thanks again for coordinating it all.” | “Thanks for including us. Good night. Enjoyed it.” | We had an awesome time as always! Already looking forward to next year! | Thank you for having us all!! It was a wonderful Summer Party !!!

It was indeed HOT and humid (after all we do live in Columbia, SC which is known to be famously hot), but thankfully it didn’t rain!! But even if it had, we were once again prepared with tents (thanks to Lee Pitcovich and the team at Something Borrowed). They also provided tables, linens, chairs, dance floor and the AWESOME FANS to help people everyone cool!! If you need rentals for your next event, call them!! The vintage rentals were once again provided by Deborah with Charmingly Southern Vintage Rentals. They add just the right touch, especially at our historic property! 

It was a great night and we had all of the key elements for hosting a fabulous party thanks to our generous event sponsors!! Paige Phillips Photography & Design designed the graphics used on social media as well as the postcard promoting the event. Jessica with JWK Weddings helped us line up sponsors for the party and coordinated the giveaways that night. The awesome door prizes were donated by fab’rik Lexington, Wren Photography, JWK Weddings and Winston’s Gift Shop.

The delicious food was provided by Applause Catering,  cake samples were provided by Bonnie Brunt Cakes and sweet treats were provided by Izzabee’s Confectioneries

Bartending Services were provided by Twist Bartending, Photography by Calico Photography (you can see all of the photos she took here ), DJ services provided by TJ McKay Entertainment.

Gift bags were provided by Blush Boutique and were filled with awesome items from the following businesses –  Calico Photography, ByFarr Design Studio, Leen Machine Calligraphy & Design, Blush Boutique & Home, BP Skinner Clothiers, fab’rik Lexington, Spirit Communications Park, Wren Photography and Twist Bartending!

We also had a drawing for a free onsite makeover by Jamie Lyn Tran with Eyebrowjunkie Makeup Artistry! How fun!!

We opened up the flower barn this year and Applause Catering had more food set up in there and guests could step inside our big walk in cooler to see all the flowers and cool off! 🙂 Here a slideshow of more photos from the night! We hope everyone enjoyed themselves!!

 

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The Cottage

On our property we have a small building that was once the caretaker’s house. We were told that John Wise (photo below) worked on Homeland Farm as the caretaker and gardener for 55 years and this was where he lived.

Since we moved to this historic property in November 2006 we had been using this small building primarily for storage. Ok, basically we just kept piling stuff in there until we had a big mess! So, I finally decided we needed to make better use of this awesome space and utilize it to display our containers, vases, columns, etc. that are available to rent for weddings and events. I wanted to be able to take brides and other clients out there to show them what we have in stock. We set a goal of “getting it ready” by the Engagement Party/Summer Social.

We did it, but we cut it close. We had an electrician come and and get everything up to code and added new outlets and a couple new light fixtures. Thankfully, this was really the only expense we incurred with this little “fixer upper” project. Several hours on a couple different days were spent cleaning out, sweeping, wiping down the cabinets, and cleaning the windows. Voila! It was ready. Of course, it’s pretty rustic and not perfect but that’s what makes it so charming! I mean we didn’t have do any painting and there is shiplap!! It was kind of eye opening to see all of the inventory we actually have and it’s nice for it to all be organized in one space. Can’t wait for you to see it!

 

 

 

 

 

Food, drink, music and more…must have a been a great party!

This past Tuesday we hosted our 2nd annual Engagement Party/Summer Social! While it never rained, we certainly thought it was going to at the beginning of the evening just like it did last year, with the dark clouds and rumbling thunder in the not so far distance. Thankfully, we escaped a downpour but even if it had rained, we were once again prepared with tents (2 this year) thanks to Lee Pitcovich and the team at Lake Murray Event Rentals. They also provided tables and linens were provided by Neeley Consulting.

It was a great night and we had all of the key elements for hosting a fabulous party thanks to our generous event sponsors!! Delicious and plentiful food provided by Scott Hall Catering, scrumptious cake samples provided by Bonnie Brunt and sweet treats provided by Izzabee’s Confectioneries. We provided flowers (of course) and bottled water to keep everyone hydrated since Columbia is Famously Hot after all!

 

We added some new items this year, wine samples were provided by Mercer House Estate Winery, Photography by Nikki Morgan Photography (you can see all of the photos she took here), DJ services provided by Parker DJ Entertainment and vintage rentals provided by Charmingly Southern Vintage Rentals.

We also had awesome swag bags for the brides that attended. The bags were donated by Blush Boutique and filled with fantastic items from the following generous vendors –

  • Leen Machine Calligraphy & Design
  • JWK Weddings
  • Charmingly Southern Vintage Rentals
  • Amazing Moment Weddings
  • Ambient Media
  • WedTexts
  • Paige Phillips Photography
  • ByFarr Design
  • Winston’s Gift Shop
  • Studio Two One Two Photography

 

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Blush Boutique

We also gave out door prizes throughout the evening thanks to the following generous vendors –

  • JWK Weddings
  • Amazing Moment Weddings
  • Winston’s Gift Shop
  • Idol Image Photography
  • Nikki Morgan Photography
  • Jennifer Nolan Beauty
  • Studio Two One Two Photography

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We worked hard to get the cottage “fixed up” just in time for our event. Not much had to be done, just some MAJOR cleaning up and cleaning out, upgrading the electricity and adding new lighting. We wanted to be able to show off this great space that we will be using to display and store our rental items for weddings and events.

 

 

A big thank you to all of the attendees!! We hope you enjoyed yourselves! Can’t wait to start planning for next year! – Jennifer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is my design style?

Good question! I’m glad you asked!

I would say “my style” is my interpretation of the Bride’s vision and a reflection of her unique style and taste. Many floral designers strive to perfect their “signature style” and there is nothing wrong with that, it’s just not for me. Being limited to my “own” style is like being an actor that plays the same type of role in every film or tv show they do.  Boring!! Haha

I much prefer for someone to look at my portfolio of work and imagine the type of bride that carried each bouquet. I find my inspiration direct from the Bride herself and let the creativity flow from there. It is the Bride’s day, not mine and my job is to guide and suggest flowers and colors based on her preferences and my expertise.

Many brides tell me they don’t know much about flowers and that’s okay! I do! 🙂 I can draw inspiration from the Bride’s pinterest board, her wedding dress, the bridesmaids dresses, the wedding colors as well as her personality when I meet with her.

The Carnation is making a comeback!

The carnation was once considered old-fashioned and many times thought of as just a ‘funeral flower’. What a shame! Such a beautiful flower that comes in a variety of gorgeous colors and is still relatively inexpensive. I am happy that so many brides are open to using this flower in their weddings these days. It has great texture and blends well with flowers such as hydrangeas and roses. It also has great impact done in mass for compact designs. A quick search on Pinterest and you will find lots of examples. I’ve attached a couple including a wreath that we did for a wedding last November that incorporated dark purple and red carnations. If you like full and lush floral designs, add carnations to your must-have list!

Brittany and Mark

I have known the Halfacre family for many years. I first met Randy (the Dad) when we opened our business in 2000 and he and I were in a BNI (networking) group together. I was honored to do the flowers for their daughter Hope’s wedding back in 2009 and thrilled when they asked us to do the flowers for their youngest daughter Brittany’s wedding. The Halfacres are very family oriented, which is something that I can relate to and also admire. I am glad to know them and thankful for the work they all do for our community in their many capacities.

Brittany and Mark were married on Saturday, June 15th at a private home on Lake Murray. It was truly a beautiful setting for this sweet, southern wedding. When I met with Brittany and Angela (the Mom), we discussed the details and I was so impressed with how relaxed and laid-back Brittany was. I love it when a Bride lets me know what she wants and describes her vision for the flowers and then trusts me to make it happen! A trait that both she and her sister had!

Brittany carried an all white bouquet of hydrangeas, ranunculus and lisianthus and looked stunning in her gorgeous wedding gown! Her twelve bridesmaids carried white hydrangeas, wrapped with burlap. I loved their tan seersucker dresses with monogrammed sashes.  For the guys, we made the boutonnieres with cotton, which they wore on their seersucker suits. I don’t think it can get any more southern than that! 🙂

For the ceremony, we added white hydrangeas to their mason jars that hung on shepherd’s hooks along the aisle. Angela made a beautiful aisle runner, which was truly a labor of love when you saw how long that aisle actually was!! We also made a wreath of all white flowers, to hang on the beautiful wooden cross made by the Bride and Groom.

For the reception, catered by Hudson’s Classic Catering, we made a large arrangement for the main food table. It included Hydrangeas, of course and Bells of Ireland, roses, carnations, stock and assorted greenery. There were also mason jars with hydrangeas added to the various food stations. For the cake, we added hydrangea blooms and pale green carnations around the bottom. Lee with Event Management did a great job with the tents and overall set-up.

It was a beautiful wedding and I am so glad that we got to be a part of it! Congratulations, Brittany and Mark! I wish you many, many years of happiness together!

I have included a few beautiful photos taken by Ash Little Photography that show the floral details.

Leigh and Grant

I am excited to write a blog post about one of my favorite Brides! We have been doing flowers for Leigh and her family for over 10 years and have provided flowers for many special occasions in Leigh’s life –  Birthdays, Proms, High School and College graduation parties and more! It has been fun to watch Leigh grow up and see what a beautiful young woman she has become!

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We were very excited to get the call that Leigh and Grant were engaged and a date had been set – March 16, 2013! Before we even met Grant, we figured he must be a pretty special guy, and of course he is! It is neat to see how much they love each other and we wish them much happiness in their future together!

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Ok, so let me tell you about the wedding! The ceremony took place at St. James Lutheran Church in Lexington and the reception was held at 701 Whaley in Columbia. This wedding was a LOT of fun for me – A bride that loves flowers, a bride that I have a history with and know her style and taste and a bride that trusts me and lets me take her ideas and vision and run with it!

Orchids are Leigh’s favorite flower and the wedding color scheme was orange, green and navy – beautiful! For the church, we hung wreaths on the doors and garlands on the front railings. We also made an arrangement for the narthex and a garland to go on the guestbook stand. Along the aisle, we added bells of ireland, roses and lilies tied with navy ribbon to the pews and we made arrangements to go on either side of the altar.

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Leigh carried green cymbidium orchids, orange “chilis” roses, protea, “flame” calla lilies and green hypericum berries. Her bouquet was wrapped with a piece of her Mother’s wedding dress. How special!

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Leigh’s nine bridesmaids carried orchids and roses. As a special touch we added a rhinestone initial to the ribbon for each Bridesmaid!

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The boutonnieres were made with orange ranunculus and green hypericum berries. We added an orchid to Grant’s boutonniere, of course!

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Okay, on to the reception! We made two different style arrangements for the guest tables. One was a trio of cylinder vases with green cymbidium orchid stems and orange  gems at the bottom of the vase. The other style was a tall arrangement on a cylinder vase, that included bells of ireland, cymbidium orchids, roses, green fugi mums, protea and green hanging amaranthus. We added orchid blooms to the glass cake stand that held the gorgeous cake made by Parkland Cakes. We also made an arrangement to go in the bar area, pieces to hang on the staircase and last but not least we made an arrangement that was attached to a column and served as the centerpiece for the food table.

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We absolutely loved working with Melanie of By Invitation…Only Event Planning & Design throughout the planning process. It was so awesome to see everything come together that morning at 701 Whaley. Wow, great teamwork!!

Clark Berry Photography shared so many beautiful images with me and it was really hard to pick just a few but I’ve included most of my favorites!

Congratulations again to Leigh and Grant! Thank you so much for letting us be a part of your special day!