One question I get a lot from people when I tell them what I do is “Where is your favorite place to plan a wedding?”, Charleston, South Carolina is one of those favorites. I have had the pleasure of planning and designing weddings in this beautiful city a few times now and each time I can’t wait to go back!
It’s been a while since I have written I know but I am making it a goal of mine to make a more consistent post at least monthly and maybe even a few times a month. I want to write not only professionally but also personally. I have to tell you though (and from my own Mom, who was an English teacher) I am not a great writer, I write with how I talk. I like to think that’s not a bad thing, I think it is what has hindered me to not post pieces because of the judgement on my writing. I think I need to just throw that away and say “WHO CARES!”, right??? What you want to hear hopefully is what is truly just in my heart and so that is what I am going to do. Screw it, if you are a grammar freak maybe my blogs are not for you, if you are all about hearing my heart keep reading.
Ok, back to my clients Jennifer and Steven’s beautiful downtown Charleston, SC wedding in the historic downtown section set in an old cigar warehouse called The Cedar Room. Destination weddings are something I love to do and a majority of my clients don’t even live near me or even near their venue, just like in this case with Jen and Steven. Our first consultation was a video FaceTime call, living 3 hours from their wedding location and 4 hours from me, what made this the perfect fit, not only are they fabulous, but that they FULLY TRUSTED in why they hired me. This is one of the most important factors in hiring any vendor for your wedding or anyone you ever have to hire for work on your house, a job, etc. is trusting in the skills of what drew you to them in the first place. I always feel so truly honored when I am hired as someone’s planner and designer because it is such a special time if anyone’s lives that I take that so very seriously.
Jen and Steven their freshman year in college at Virginia Tech. They lived across from each other in the dorms and had a lot of the same classes since they were in the same major. The people in their part of the hall spent a lot of time together- they had classes together, ate meals together, went camping, went out on the weekends. Their little section of the dorm became like a family.
When asking Jen and Steven to describe their proposal they said…
“The proposal was perfect. The week prior had been a whirlwind. Within 10 days, I had graduated from PA school, taken my board exam, packed up and moved myself to South Carolina to be with Steven, and flown to Mexico with Steven and a couple of friends for a celebratory vacation. The week we got back was Christmas and unfortunately Steven was working the night shift that week, so I expected to spend most of the week without him. Early Christmas morning, when Steven got home from work, he woke me up and asked if I wanted to open Christmas presents before he had to go to sleep. Half asleep, I agreed. The final gift I opened that morning was from Steven and was a glass desk nameplate for my new office with “Jennifer Templeton” on it. Still half asleep, and now slightly confused, I looked up and Steven was down on one knee! It was the most perfect proposal.”
Why did you choose Charleston, SC as your wedding venue location?…
“In the short time in our new home, we had spent many of our favorite weekends in Charleston, so it was an easy choice for us!”
Describe your wedding day?…
“Jennifer: The wedding day was pure bliss. It was everything I had hoped it would be and SO much more. I wish there were more words to describe how perfect our special day was for Steven and I. From the amount of love, support, and happiness ALL of our friends and family exuded, to the beauty of the ceremony/reception, and everything before, during, and after, our wedding day was flawless in our eyes. Everyone tells you how fast the day goes, which is 100% true. Some of the best ‘day-of’ advice I was given was to take moments throughout the day to stop and really enjoy each part.
Steven: As Jen said, the wedding day WAS a blur. There are so many moving parts, so we made a point to take small breaks and appreciate the day. The wedding day was magical. So much hard work (big thanks to Stephanie) went into making the day as special as it could be. Surrounded by our closest friends and wonderful family, I could not imagine a more special day.”
I love to ask what was your favorite design detail and this is what they said…
“Jennifer: It’s so hard to pick just one! Everything was so incredible. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be the floral arrangements. Lots of “greenery” is something I expressed to Stephanie that I really wanted to incorporate and she truly delivered on this! Her floral arrangements were breathtaking. They felt so unique and purposefully planned; they really popped in our venue setting against the other colors while complementing the overall design. I look back at our wedding photos and am still amazed at how much I love the florals.
Steven: I agree with Jen that the floral designs were wonderful, and I was pessimistic about so having a lot of greenery in the wedding; after seeing it, however, I realized that the women were right.”
I had so much fun planning and designing their wedding and creating their floral was such a wonderful experience! I want to wish Jennifer and Steven a very Happy 1 year Wedding Anniversary today!!! It was again a true honor to be a part of your special day, for you to trust in me and now life long friends!
Wedding Planning, Event Design & Floral Design: Viva L’Event
Photography: Kait Winston Photography
Venue: The Cedar Room
Rentals: Ooh Events
Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental
Ceremony Music: Bunn DJ Company
Reception Music: Diverse Groove Band
Catering & Cake: Merchantile and Mash
Hair/Makeup: Canary Rock Salon
Transportation: Coastal Limousine