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The EventWorks team is well-versed in weddings - from simple ceremonies to elaborate extravaganzas, we’ve been there for our clients through all kinds of nuptials. But, it’s not every day that we get to help a couple celebrate a surprise wedding. When Austin and Chase invited their friends and family to the Ponte Vedra Lodge & Club to celebrate their engagement, the couple left one very important detail off of the invite… the two would be tying the knot that same day! The surprise ceremony was beachfront bliss, complete with copper tones and coastal details.
Before guests arrived, the couple snuck away to soak up their last few moments together before becoming husband and wife. The photos would not have been complete without their adorable black lab, Colt!
As friends and family arrived at the venue, they were greeted by a sign that revealed the big surprise. The guests were completely caught off guard , and these candid moments of everyone’s shock and celebration turned into the sweetest photos.
Once everyone found their seats and had a chance to catch their breath, the wedding began. Austin and Chase said their “I do’s” beneath a sun-soaked trellis and stunning floral installation from Shea Hopely Flowers. The endless ocean views were mesmerizing and made a breathtaking backdrop for the ceremony.
The ceremony space doubled as the reception area, so the tables were kept clear of decor until dinnertime. Our Light Blue Linens resembled the clear ocean skies and our Antique Infinity Chairs were a near-perfect color match with the trellis and sandy beaches. The rattan lanterns mimicked the sunlight leaking through the trellis slats and the soft colors in the florals tied everything together.
To complete the reception space, the couple chose our Slate Velvet Sofa, our Soho Lounge Chairs and Sophie Coffee Table. The lush fabric of the velvet sofa offered a comfy place for guests to watch the bride and groom share their first dance on the White and Driftwood Dancefloor. The combination of clean lines, soft fabrics and metal details brought a modern romantic vibe to the open-air space.
Austin and Chase’s surprise ceremony is one of our favorite events to date and one we will never forget. Thank you for letting EventWorks be part of your one-of-a-kind wedding. Congrats to the happy couple!
Vendors who made it happen:
Planning + Design: Simply Grace Events
Venue: The Lodge + Club
Florist: Shea Hopely Flowers
Rentals: EventWorks Rentals
Band: The Band Be Easy
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When we receive photos of an EventWorks wedding, it feels like Christmas at the office. We spend months (sometimes even over a year) working on an event and we don’t always get to see the final results. We love seeing our clients’ visions and inventive ideas come to life in their photos. If you’re looking to plan a classic and elegant event, these pictures from Lauren and Alex’s big day are the ultimate inspiration. The couple celebrated their love with a chic wedding at the Gadsden House in Downtown Charleston. From ceremony to send-off, every detail was exquisite.
You don’t need glitzy accessories to make your ceremony look expensive - it’s all about picking the right colors and décor for your space. The couple chose the Wood Slatted Mahogany Chair for their seating to match the romantic theme and complement the neutral tones in the surrounding brick and landscaping.
For cocktail hour, the courtyard was sectioned off with a frame tent and accessorized with a Tent Liner and Leg Drapes. A standard frame tent works well for any wedding, but adding a tent liner and leg drapes brings a luxurious and polished look to the space. Underneath the tent, guests lounged in our Antoinette Settees and Antoinette Chairs. Tip: Make your rental pieces feel more personalized by adding custom pillows, featuring your color scheme or wedding logo. It’s a fun and easy way to make your décor unique and cozy.
If you are serving larger portions during cocktail hour, it’s always a good idea to provide additional table seating. The couple chose to include small 36” round tables and our Antique Infinity Chairs to give guests a place to set their plates and glasses.
They kept the theme going with light and fresh drink options. Champagne was passed around in our Pure Glass Flutes and Signature Citrus Cocktails were served in Old Fashioned Glasses. Tip: Get creative with your drink menu and offer a few signature beverages that say something personal about you. This will make cocktail hour memorable and help set the mood for the rest of the evening.
Long white tables lined the Charleston-style porches at the Gadsden House for the reception. Instead of using standard banquet tables, the couple chose to use 4’x8’ Tables to create a more stately setting. Tip: If you plan on adding large floral arrangements or several decorative elements to your tabletops, the 4’x8’ tables provide the extra room you need without taking away space for your guests to dine.
Lauren and Alex created this chic tablescape using our Glass Dinner Plate, Gold Flatware, Hemstitch Napkin and Pure Wine + Water Glasses. The clear glasses and organic color scheme kept the space feeling spacious and airy. The florals brought a nice texture to the table and the tapered candles added a little height and dimension. The neutral wood tones of our Antique Infinity Chairs rounded out the space, bringing a regal flair to the reception.
After dinner, the stage was set and ready for the couple to share their first dance underneath our Crystal Chandelier. Lauren and Alex picked a seven-piece band to kick off the dance hour. Tip: Hide the clutter of a live band’s equipment with our White Stage Façade. This piece was made to fit the front and sides of the stage, so you can tuck away unwanted visual distractions and dance the night away!
This wedding at the Gadsden House was classic, romantic and everything we love about the work we do. It’s events like these that remind us why we do what we do, and who we do it for. Congrats to the newlyweds, Lauren + Alex!
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Vendors that made this wedding happen:
Photography | Rachel Red Photography @rachelredphotography
Planning + Coordination | King Street Hospitality Group @kshgevents
Lighting | Lowcountry Entertainment @ lowcountryentertainment
Rentals | EventWorks @eventworksrentals
Florals | Out of the Garden @outofthegarden
Video | Knotted Arrow @knottedarrow
Band | Shimmer @eastcoastentertainment
Hair + makeup | Paper Dolls @paperdollshair
Hand lettering | J Lily Designs @j.lilydesign
Getaway | Charleston Rickshaw @charlestonrickshaw
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At EventWorks, we make it a priority to give back to our community and support philanthropic efforts in Charleston. We partner with several non-profit groups, programs and projects to help bring awareness to a cause, raise money for organizations and celebrate big wins for do-gooders in our city.
This year, we helped sponsor the annual harvest dinner for The Green Heart Project. Over 900 people attended the event the non-profit raised over $40,000 for their farm-to-school programs. The day was a sun-soaked celebration of this incredible group’s accomplishments and more great work that is on the horizon for The Green Heart Project.
The Green Heart Project started in 2009 as a small garden project for Mitchell Elementary School in downtown Charleston. This area had been declared a food desert and the majority of students at Mitchell Elementary School lacked access to whole and healthy fruits and vegetables. Founders Karalee Nielsen and Chauncey Jorden made it their mission to connect students with fresh, locally-grown produce. With help from volunteers and the school’s staff, Karalee and Chauncey set out to teach and inspire the community.
By the end of the first year, it was clear that the project had evolved from an idea into an opportunity to teach students an important life lesson: through hard work, teamwork and respect for the process, you can literally bear the fruits of your labor.
The Green Heart Project’s farm-to-school programs utilize school gardens as a vehicle to reinforce classroom curriculum and teach students respect, teamwork, accountability and entrepreneurship as they work alongside volunteer mentors.
These programs take place over the course of the school year and in the summertime for those who show a particularly strong interest in the garden. Students get to oversee the entire process from seed to harvest. Some even have the opportunity to cook the produce they harvest and expand their knowledge through visits to local businesses, large agricultural projects and nearby beaches.
These garden projects are providing students an opportunity to engage in experiential learning right outside the doors of their schools. The Green Heart Project reports growth in educational achievement, cognitive development and social and emotional development for students involved in these garden projects. While the South Carolina Curriculum is not directly tied to gardening, students are able to grasp concepts and theories through real-life applications, as well as connect with their peers and mentors.
Studies have shown that students engaged in garden-based projects are developing motivation, enthusiasm, self-esteem and a sense of self. These projects show a decrease in disciplinary problems and an increase in parental involvement and school attendance. The Green Heart Project is lighting a fire inside students by inspiring them to take ownership of their education and give back to their community. We’re incredibly proud to support this group and all of their efforts here in Charleston!
Feeling inspired? There are several opportunities to get involved and help this project grow. You can make a donation to the organization, sign up to be a garden educator, or become a Green Heart Buddy Volunteer by visiting The Green Heart Project website: http://greenheartsc.org/
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Charleston has earned an international reputation for being one of the world’s top travel destinations and a popular place for weddings. The coastal city boasts miles of historical sites, beautiful beaches and romantic views. With so many great venue options, it can be hard to choose a spot to tie the knot. For their Charleston nuptials, Philip and Brittany decided on Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Founded in 1676, this distinguished property has witnessed the events of the American Revolution through the Civil War and is now regarded as one of America’s Most Beautiful Gardens. The couple’s celebration is a perfect example of how simple décor can make a statement and bring out the natural beauty of a great venue. Browse the photos below to see how they pulled off the simply chic look on their big day.
Complete with soft hues and whimsical details, the couple’s wedding was a perfect balance between modern trends and timeless elegance.
The wedding party brought the glamour to the gardens with a stylish blend of blush-toned outfits and classic tuxedos. Everyone was dressed to the nines, but it was the tiny ball of tulle who ultimately stole the spotlight!
Guests took their seats in our White Garden Chairs to witness the intimate ceremony. The light chairs fit beautifully with the garden views and moss-covered trees.
Brittany and Philip kept the ceremony décor modest to highlight the natural beauty of the outdoor space. They exchanged their vows in front of our Cedar Natural Cross, which was embellished with a delicate floral arrangement. The cross made a stunning visual centerpiece and added a symbolic touch to the nuptials.
Magnolia Plantation offers a few different areas on the property for events and the couple chose the Carriage House for their reception. The building has plenty of inside space, but many couples choose to add a Frame Tent outside to give guests a separate area for cocktail hour and lounging. Our Leg Drapes gave the tent a polished look to match the chic décor inside of the Carriage House.
To complement the romantic ambiance of the ceremony space, we set up our Chloe Chairs and Ivory Linens inside for the reception. The neutral linens and soft hues reflected the natural light and created a dreamy glow throughout the space.
We set the tables with our Scalini Flatware and standard Water Goblet. The Gold Rim Chargers added a hint of color and glamorous touch, but still allowed the beautiful flowers to take center stage. Tip: If you’re planning to add several layers to your tablescape, find accessories in a monochromatic color scheme. The similar tones will keep the setting from feeling busy.
Our Black and White Dance Floor was an eye-catching focal point and added a classic vibe to the first dance photos.
The couple decided to mix things up for the dance hour by adding colored lighting to the room. All of the draping and table cloths glowed with bright splashes of color and the room lit up. Our LED Uplight has several color options and can be used to achieve a similar effect.
Brittany and Phillip really set the bar for the simply chic look and proved that sometimes less is more. With a neutral color scheme and classic décor, they were able to create an absolutely stunning space that showcased the natural beauty of their venue. Congrats to the gorgeous couple on a perfect start to happily ever after!
Vendors who made it all happen:
Design/Planning: Engaging Events
Photography: Rachel Red Photography
Hair + Makeup: Ash and Co Bridal
Catering: B. Gourmet
Rentals: EventWorks Rentals
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At EventWorks, we like to keep things fresh. Whether we’re touching up popular pieces in our fabrication shop or we’re searching for new inventory to add to our collection, we’re committed to quality. We invest in the best and hand-select new items on a regular basis, so our clients always have the latest and greatest to choose from. This season, we are excited to unveil several new additions and share a few styling tips to help you take your event to the next level!
Our Slate Grey Velvet Sofa has been a popular lounge piece for the past few seasons and we wanted to keep the velvet trend going, so we added a new hue and style to the mix. Our Blue Velvet Century Sofa embodies modern luxury, with its rich color and sleek shape. This new piece will bring warmth and sophisticated comfort to any event space.
We can’t decide which view we like best of our new Blythe Sofa and Chairs - the beautiful tufted fabric details on the front, or the natural wood carvings on the back? No matter where you’re standing in the room, this seating will look stunning. They’re also comfortable and spacious enough to seat several guests at once.
For this glamorous inspired look, we paired the sofa and chairs with two Gabby Gold End Tables. The circular pattern in the tables adds a romantic touch and ties in nicely with the design of our Blythe Lounge.
Our Antoinette Lounge is always a big hit, but several of our clients have asked for larger options to better fit their event space, so we’ve added The Adele Sofa and Adele Chairs. With plush fabric and delicate wood details, this linen lounge collection is the perfect addition to a chic farmhouse look or French eclectic feel.
The Adele Sofa and Chair pair great with another one of our new rentals, our Natural Distressed Coffee Table. The light distressed look of this piece adds an element of relaxed elegance and complements the natural wood tones of the Adele.
Our clients love the versatility of our 4ft bars, so we added another option in a new color this season. Meet our Grey 4’ Bar! The dove grey hue is soft and subtle, which blends seamlessly with any event style. Much like our Mahogany 4’ Bar, this piece makes a chic statement and includes a little extra prep space in the back. This neutral design looks great next to styled shelving, like our Maison Gold Bookshelf.
Complete your tablescape with our Bone Stiletto Flatware. The modern, clean details of this line pair well with most china and add a level of sophistication to your table.
The Bone Stiletto Flatware looks like it was made to pair with our Heirloom China. We recently expanded our Heirloom color offerings to include both Grey and White Heirloom in all three sizes of plates, so you can mix and match or use one color set to create a chic monochromatic look.
Clear acrylic chairs are becoming a staple for luxury events. Our Ghost Chairs have been an increasingly popular item for their style versatility. Additionally, they are great for their ability to maintain a feeling of openness despite crowding issues or working with an elaborate decor design. We are excited to add an additional chair to the Ghost family, the Ghost Bar Stool. These guys are light weight and pair well with a number of different cocktail height tables.
If you’re planning to serve up warm sides in individual serving sizes, our Oval Cassette is the perfect choice. At 5.5” long, this dish can hold up to 10 oz.