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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Featured Weddings

It’s always exciting to hear that a wedding you did the flowers for has been featured on a national blog!!

Back in January we found out that Sarah and Pan’s May 2015 wedding was featured on Fab You Bliss! You can check it out here – Elegant NYC Themed Wedding In South Carolina – Fab You Bliss

 

Then in April we found out that Malynn and Austin’s June 2015 was featured on A Low Country Wedding!! You can check out their feature here – South Carolina wedding at Sardis Baptist Church

 

We just got word that another  one of our June 2015 weddings will be featured on The Knot this coming Fall! Yay!

 

 

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.

Amanda and Matt

Amanda and Matt were married on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Pine Island Club on beautiful Lake Murray. Of course any wedding at this venue will be extra special to me since it is where I got married 15 years ago! We have also known Amanda’s family for many years as they have been long time customers of our florist, all the way back to when we were in Topspin Plaza.

Amanda chose a white and ivory mixture of flowers that included hydrangeas, roses, oriental lilies, calla lilies and orchids. This combination complimented the gray and navy wedding party attire very nicely.

It was truly a pleasure to be a part of the great team of wedding vendors (listed below) that worked together on Amanda and Matt’s special day! Take a look at the gorgeous images below by Travis Bell.

Dreamy Affairs Signature Events

Carolina Event Services

Big Time Entertainment

Carrier Cakes

Capital City Catering

Travis Bell Photographers – (If you’re interested in seeing some of Travis’ sports images, you can visit www.travisbellphotography.com)

Weddings by Jennifer

 

 

 

 

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.

Shelby and Zeb

I met Shelby and Zeb last fall when they came in for a consultation to talk about their wedding flowers. They were a lot of fun and I really enjoyed our meeting. I was so excited when I got a text from Shelby a few weeks later saying she wanted me to do the flowers! Shelby knew exactly what she wanted and what she liked and that happened to be SUNFLOWERS! I love taking the Bride’s vision and ideas and bringing them to life!

Their wedding & reception took place at the beautiful 701 Whaley and was photographed by Clark Berry Photography.  The videography was done by Absolute Wedding Films and the lighting was done by Big Time Entertainment. The beautiful cake and cupcakes were made by Vicki at Vintage Bakery.

Shelby and Zeb are a special couple! I am happy to know them and thrilled that we got to be a part of their big day!

Take a look at some of the beautiful images that Clark and Becki captured!