Friday, June 26, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
In honor of Father’s Day, I thought we would talk about the role of the fathers in weddings. And no, I do not mean the role of the bill payer. It seems that fathers tend to get pushed to the background in the wedding planning process. For a lot of fathers this is exactly where they want to be. “Don’t bother me with details, just tell me what it’s going to cost me”, is what I hear from most Dads. Even if this is your dad, there are still some areas of the wedding that he can participate in without too much pain on his part.
Number one is of course, walking the bride down the aisle. For the father of the groom, he is many times chosen to be the best man, or in a lot of the weddings we have done, he is one of two best men. Many grooms choose both their dad and their best friend to serve as best men.
Number two would be the father/daughter dance, a staple of nearly every wedding. Nothing brings a tear to the crowd’s eye like the father/daughter dance.
Number three would be the welcome speech. When we help with the planning of a wedding we quite often have the father and mother of the bride welcome guests to the wedding right after the first dance. It gives the fathers a chance to welcome everyone and let the guest know how excited he is to have a new son in the family.
Number four would be for the father of groom. Toasts are an excellent time for the groom’s father to welcome the bride into their family and thank the bride’s family for the beautiful event.
So when planning your event, remember to give Dad his moment in the spotlight too. He’ll love you for it, no matter what he says.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Mickala had booked the venue when it was not much more than a dream in the owner’s eye. We were going on architectural drawings and keeping our fingers crossed that it was going to be something special and it was. The whole wedding was pretty spectacular.
After the ceremony, everyone left for Zen where the reception was to take place. Once there they were greeted by a cocktail hour out in the garden area. There was an open bar along with cheese, fruit and hors d’oeuvres.
Once inside the reception area, guests were blown away by the elegance of the pale ivory linens topped by ivory pin tuck overlays. There was a rectangular bridal party table in the center of the room surround by round tables for the guests. Guests were seated in chivari chairs with ivory cushions. There was a white lounge area upstairs in the loft.
Flowers were soft cream and ivory calla’s mixed with hydrangea, roses and curly willow. There was a mixture of both tall and short centerpieces in glass cubes adding excitement and texture to the room.Mickala had found a cake pictured in a magazine that she loved and Kathy and Company reproduced it perfectly. It was pale ivory with fondant lace and white ribbon on each layer. It was quite the show stopper.
Dinner was a down home southern buffet. Fried chicken, prime rib, mac and cheese, green beans, salad and cheese biscuits had the guests mouths watering.
After dinner guests were entertained by the band The Uptown Players Band.
All and all it was a fantastic evening and event. I can't wait to see the professional pictures. As soon as they come I will share them.
Wedding Planner – Willrich Bridal and Special Events
Reception Venue – Zen
Florist – Memories by McMillan
Cake – Kathy and Company
Rentals - Professional Party Rentals
Transportation – Eastside Transportation
Band – Uptown Players Band
Ceremony Music – Strings For Things
Photographers – Courtney Stuart and Zahra Omer
Caterer – Mary’s Restaurant
Monday, June 8, 2009
I will share the pictures from the wedding a little later, but first, there has been so much interest in Zen, I thought I would show you some of the pictures we took of the venue itself. It is a beautiful site and they were great to work with.
The details at Zen are really special. The bathrooms just have to be seen. If you're looking for a different kind of site to hold your wedding or reception, be sure you check it out. It is on the more expensive side and you do have to bring in all the rentals, but nothing beats it, if you are searching for a sleek, urban, loft feel for your event.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Highlights of the evening included a visit by the Clemson Tiger Cub, a surprise birthday cake for the bride’s father and flip-flops for all the ladies to pamper their feet during all the dancing.
Here are a few pictures of the beautiful day that we took. I can’t wait to see the professional pictures.
Wedding Coordination – Willrich Bridal and Special Events
Florals and décor – Memories by McMillan
Cake – Kathy and Company
Photographer – Nill Silver
Video – Creative Video Services
Ceremony Music – String For Things
Dj – Jamie Blair, Life of the Party
Catering – Clemson Catering
Limousine – DL Limousine
Rentals – Upstate Wedding and Event Services
Monday, June 1, 2009
Thank you Susan and staff for an outstanding event! Kelly and Chad's wedding and reception were absolutely fabulous because of all your attention to detail, organization and planning. We appreciate all the hard work and LONG hours especially the day of the wedding.
I can't wait to see all the pictures to relive the event.