A Look Back on 2015 – 32 Weddings!

A Look Back on 2015It’s so hard to believe that 2016 is here already! Things were so fast-paced last year that this little blog didn’t get nearly the amount of attention that I had intended. Instead, my clients had all of my attention as I coordinated 32 weddings in 2015!

Looking back, I thought it would be nice to have a little run down of all of the venues I worked at last year!

In 2015, I coordinated ceremonies at:

After those ceremonies, I took care of the coordination details for receptions at:

Now that was a fun year! So many wonderful clients, great vendors, and awesome wedding memories! Here’s to 2016!

Wedding Season & a 2014 Wrap-Up

Greenville Wedding SeasonWhen I first started coordinating, wedding season, for me, was May & June and then October. Those are prime times in Greenville. Those are months when it’s best to make your vendor decisions far in advance, especially for photographers, officiants, and other vendors who can only do one wedding a day (maybe two for officiants depending on the ceremony times).

Nowadays, wedding season, for me, is pretty much all year (May, June, and October are just really busy). I’ll end up with small gaps in the winter when it is a less popular time to schedule a wedding (but I LOVE a January wedding, hello, Avett Brothers), and then I’ll have some gaps in the summer when it’s traditionally a bit hotter (but any summer weddings is still lovely, especially inside).

With all of that being said, February is an entire month off for me this year. It’s the only month this year when I don’t have a wedding or event, and I’m fully enjoying some downtime/recharge time on the weekends.

It’s also now the time that follows Christmas, New Years, and Valentine’s Day. Prime engagement time! So, I have been meeting lots of new brides!

Since I hadn’t stopped yet to look back on 2014, I thought now would be a great time to reflect and to let everyone know what I was doing all of last year.

In 2014, I coordinated 29 weddings. All of those were in the Upstate, but I also traveled down to Folly Beach to help with my best friend from high school’s big day (my first on-the-beach wedding!). [Read more…]

Celebratory Drinks with Pearl Wedding Cake Vodka & Liquid Catering

Wedding Cake Vodka Group of Cocktails

Have you ever had a friend get engaged and simply popping a bottle of Champagne seemed like it wasn’t special enough? Are you tired of generic wedding shower punches? Then this post is for you!

A little while back I had the opportunity to spend a fun evening with Lindsey from Liquid Catering, our favorite professional bartending company in Greenville, SC. I had picked up a bottle of Pearl Wedding Cake Vodka because it seemed like a fun challenge, and I reached out to her to create some celebratory wedding cocktail recipes.

The goal was to create recipes that could be used at three different points during an engagement: the newly engaged, the wedding shower, and the bachelorette party! Not only did they each have to fit the theme, they also had to taste really good! Lindsey has had plenty of practice creating custom cocktails for weddings and other parties, so it’s no surprise that she knocked this one out of the park!

 

Pearl Wedding Cake Vodka - Put A Ring On It Put A Ring On It – Cheers to the new fiancés!

 

2 oz. Pearl Wedding Cake Vodka

1 oz. white grape juice

3 oz. prosecco

Shake vodka and juice in a cocktail shaker until cold, strain into a flute and top with prosecco.

Williams Sonoma Sanding Sugar Gold

We added a little gold glitter garnish using the sanding sugar from Williams Sonoma.

After a little trial and error, we decided it was best to run the sanding sugar through a food processor to make it a bit more fine. Not for too long though! Just enough to break it into some smaller pieces. We ran a lemon slice around the glass and the smaller pieces held put, no problem!

 

 

Pearl Wedding Cake Vodka - Coconut Lemon Cake PunchCoconut Lemon Cake Punch – A perfectly balanced wedding shower cocktail

 

1 oz. Pearl Wedding Cake Vodka

1 oz. coconut rum

3 oz. lemonade (we used Simply Lemon so it was nice and tart)

Mix all ingredients and chill (can be done in small or large batches). Pour over ice to serve.

Candied LemonOur garnish for this drink was candied lemons. I had them in a cocktail at Nose Dive once, and I became obsessed. To make my own, I read several recipes. The two most helpful were Martha Stewart’s Candied Lemon Slices and the Candied Meyer Lemon recipe from She Wears Many Hats.

 

 

Pearl Wedding Cake Vodka - Love Is SweetLove Is Sweet – A shot that everyone will enjoy!

 

1 oz. Pearl Wedding Cake Vodka

1/2 oz. creme de cacao

dash of grenadine

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and pour into a shot glass.

 

Pearl Wedding Cake Vodka - Something BlueSomething Blue – Wedding cake and pineapple are a great combination

 

1 oz. Pearl Wedding Cake Vodka

1/2 oz. blue curacao

1/2 oz. pineapple juice

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and pour into a shot glass.

 

I hope everyone enjoys their cocktails! Thank you, Lindsey, for being such an great mixologist!

P.S. Pearl Wedding Cake Vodka has no idea who we are or that we love their vodka this much. We just found a cool product we wanted to share.

Pearl Wedding Cake Vodka Cocktail Recipes with Liquid Catering

Happy Wedding Planning & Cocktail Mixing!

A Tale of Two Weddings: Pretty Place & Hartness Pavilion at Furman and The Cherrydale Alumni House at Furman

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of coordinating weddings for two couples that are dear friends of mine. They were actually Saturday and Sunday weddings on the same weekend at Furman, and the schedule worked out perfectly where I was able to coordinate both. It was a jam-packed few days, but they were full of fun, happiness, and very sweet moments.

For Amanda and Scott’s wedding, things started off on Friday evening on the top floor of the Erwin Penland building, where Scott works.They have a big conference room upstairs that was perfect, and we had a very helpful and efficient rehearsal with both their minister and ceremony musician in attendance. Check out her rehearsal bouquet, great idea for a first grade teacher!

AmandaScottRehearsal [Read more…]

Interested in meeting with a Day-Of Wedding Coordinator in Greenville, SC?

Meet the Coordinator in Greenville, SC

Are you planning your wedding in Greenville, SC and thinking about using a Day-Of Wedding Coordinator? Not sure if it’s what you need or want to learn a little more about the services offered? Maybe you just want to meet and chat with the person who could potentially become a major part of your wedding team?

I completely understand where you are coming from! That’s why I’ve decided start scheduling introductory meeting times each month so that I can set aside a time to meet with couples (or brides, brides and their mothers, brides and their friends) who haven’t booked me yet but just want to meet me and see what this day-of coordination stuff is all about. [Read more…]

A Review of Uptown Entertainment’s Best Wedding Music Advice for Greenville, SC Brides

Uptown Entertainment Justin Reid

Photo Credit Michelle Brooks Photography

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of working with Greenville wedding DJ Justin Reid (pictured above). I was so impressed by his professionalism and level of service that I asked him to partner with me for this post. You can read more about his company, Uptown Entertainment, on their website, but in this post I wanted him to:

1) let you know a little more about himself and

2) tell you what, in his opinion, couples need to consider when planning for DJ services at their wedding

Justin is able to offer a unique perspective because he is a newlywed (he married the love of his life back in October), and he’s been doing weddings for over eleven years! Since his wedding was in NC, he actually had to go through the process of hiring a DJ, just like every other couple out there (although he definitely had a better idea of what questions to ask and what to expect!).

So, without any further adieu, here are his great answers to the questions that I posed! [Read more…]

Boston in March

So, when you work in the wedding industry, you sort of have to take vacations during the off season (or have to risk missing out on the opportunity to help a really cool couple with their wedding!). This past weekend I headed up to Boston, MA with Jon to visit his family.

Much like weddings, we think food is super important during vacations, too! So, we braved the cold weather and had some fun times with family while eating some really good food.

Since I didn’t have the opportunity to write a wedding-based post this weekend, I present to you a Boston-based post instead! [Read more…]

Wedding Day at Cliffs Chapel and Old Cigar Warehouse in Greenville, SC

Cliffs Chapel Ceremony

The wedding this past Saturday was just as beautiful as I had thought it would be. Jac and Chad were so happy to be celebrating this day with all of their family and friends, it was a pleasure just to watch them. By the way, isn’t the back of that gown gorgeous? [Read more…]

Wedding Workday in Greenville, SC: Cliffs Chapel & Old Cigar Warehouse

I really liked being able to write a post last week before I headed off to the wedding, so I decided that I’d like to make it something I would try to do before each of the weddings I day-of coordinate. I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t have time because today’s going to be a pretty long workday, but I’ve been up since 5:30AM, so I’m not going to have to worry about that. ;)

Today’s wedding is going to be beautiful and incredible to work. At the rehearsal last night (which was above On The Roxx, it’s an awesome space) the couple was so sweet and so ridiculously excited about what will be going on today. I was brought on as their coordinator fairly recently, so I didn’t have anything to do with this, but I also have get an opportunity to work with some of my favorite vendors! [Read more…]

Wedding Day at Holy Trinity and Larkin’s Cabaret Room in Greenville, SC

Ceremony at Holy Trinity in Greenville

Beth and Ricardo’s wedding yesterday was absolutely beautiful. The ceremony was held at Holy Trinity on Buncombe Street. It was a simple and perfect traditional ceremony, and Father Holcombe did a wonderful job. [Read more…]