Nothing kicks off a Party quite like a big ‘ole Thunderstorm!

Engagement Party• Summer Social•

This past Tuesday, June 23rd, we hosted our first ever Engagement Party Summer Social and yes, it started off with a bang! It was almost like it was timed for the beginning of the party!  Right before 6PM, it started getting dark and the clouds rolled in and then boom…thunder, lightning and a huge downpour! Many guests had already arrived and several were just getting here and decided to wait in their cars for a few minutes. Like any good photographer would do, Clark Berry remained calm and assured me that it was a fast moving storm and would clear up soon (he was indeed right). And like any well planned event, we were prepared with a tent, thanks to Lee Pitcovich with Celebrations of Columbia!

They say rain on your Wedding day is good luck right? Well, it must be good luck to have rain at your Engagement Party too! We ended up having a great party that lasted until almost 9pm and we were thrilled with the turn out! We had lots of wedding professionals attend from the Columbia area as well as engaged couples and friends stop by and enjoy the festivities! Everyone enjoyed delicious food from Applause Catering, Desserts from My Dessert Bar and Izzabee’s Confectioneries and cake samples from Bonnie Brunt Cakes. Since it is summer time in SC, we also provided frozen lemonade from Famously Frozen to cool everyone off! It was a great chance for folks to visit and meet new people, see our gift shop, tour our flower barn and even check out our chickens and vegetable garden on our property!

The rain postponed Colatown Photobooth being able to set up initially, but thankfully a few people were able to still participate. Check out the cute photos – Photo Booth

I’ve included a few other photos from the party!

Can’t wait to plan next year’s Engagement Party!

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!