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Stars at Middleton – Photos by Clay Austin

Posted on: July 18th, 2014 by admin

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Middleton Place is one of the most beautiful venues in Charleston, complete with a garden, waterfront views, a quaint little inn, and roaming peacocks. We were thrilled to work with Charleston Weddings Magazine and the ladies of Tusk Events.

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Sperry has truly outdone themselves with this gorgeous teepee. the inside is just as beautiful as the outside and we filled with florals from Out of the Garden.

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The seamless white canvas of the teepee proves to be the perfect backdrop for fun jewel tones and gold accents that filled the space.

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Gorgeous photos courtesy of Clay Austin Photography!

GLUE STICK GIRLS – Creating a Visual Journal by Nikki Hardin

Posted on: July 11th, 2014 by admin

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If you travel this summer, smart phones make it easy to document every cathedral, museum, scenic outlook, beach, roller coaster and meal along the way. I have so many photos from various trips I’ve taken over the years that I recently went through my computer and deleted the bad, the mediocre and the duplicates. After all, how many shots of a plane wing do I really need?

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There’s another way to capture journeys that is really my favorite. It involves an old-school blank book, some colored pens or pencils, a glue stick and your imagination. Keeping a visual journal that relies on words, drawings, photos and ephemera can be incredibly rich and might even end up being a family keepsake some day.

Artist/photographer/diarist Peter Beard is the master of the visual journal. In my mind, all others are mere scrapbooks. A replica of some of his pages was finally published in a huge volume that I spent way too much money on. No regrets, though. I keep it with my art supplies on my kitchen table for inspiration. Beard has a unique vision that I could never hope to achieve, but his work is nudging me to step up my efforts. My own pages are pretty mundane in comparison, but my project for the summer is to expand my vision and lose my creative inhibitions.

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There are no rules for a visual journal. You could keep an ongoing one of your life like Peter Beard does, but since it’s summer, it’s also the perfect time for a travel journal. You can devote it to one big adventure or record the smaller day or weekend trips you take. Here are a few examples I found online:

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Any kind of blank book will work, although I’m partial to the 8 ½” by 11” hardcover AA Alternative sketch books (you can find them online or in art supply stores), but if you’re traveling, you’ll want something smaller like a Moleskine. You can even find one small enough to tuck in a pocket so you can write or draw in it on the fly.

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Put your supplies (glue sticks, scissors, washi tape, a small travel watercolor set, colored pencils, pens, etc) in a plastic envelope for easy packing. Decorate the cover with a piece of art or a photo, give it a title and get started. The sky’s the limit in terms of materials, but things you could use include:

Fragments of maps

Theater programs

Postcards

Stamps

Photos

Ticket stubs

Stickers

Subway tickets

Receipts

Magazine clippings

Doodles or drawings (Yes, you can draw! We all drew and colored as kids, so don’t let your adult ego or fear of failure muzzle your inner child.)

I love cramming my books with all kinds of oddments like this example.

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There’s something viscerally satisfying about having a big fat record of your days, and the process of working with physical materials after too much time in digital world returns me to childhood. I love to sit in a bar or outdoor café and draw and write while I watch the world go by. Later, I can go back and embellish the pages with any materials I’ve magpied along the way. It’s the next best thing to being in kindergarten again. Let’s go, Gluestick Girls!

Nikki Hardin is the founder of skirt! Magazine and co-founder of Project XX South Carolina. She blogs at www.Fridaville.com. Follow her on Facebook.

Styled Shoot with Lauren M. Creative

Posted on: July 2nd, 2014 by admin

Dance the night away!

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We had so much fun working with Lauren of LMC at the Charleston Distilling Company for a 1920′s styled shoot. The Distilling Co. is the latest distillery to hit Charleston and inside it is glorious! The natural pine walls and simple concrete floors are accented by the statuesque metallic distillers making this the perfect downtown venue on King Street for an intimate reception.

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The table is covered with specialty linens to give a luxurious pop against the rustic, reclaimed wood walls. Each place setting carefully placed with china from Polished!

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Vintage vanities with antique mirrors make the perfect table marker and paired with mercury glass votives create a roaring 20′s paradise.

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 Vintage glass decanters with gold stripping add are a luxe addition and compliment the prohibition vibes.

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Let there be light!

Overhead hangs a glamorous cube crystal chandelier.

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Florals!

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Her bouquet is filled with peonies, garden roses, stock, hellebores, viburnum, anemones, sweet pea, delphinium, snowberries, pieris japonica, and rice flower.

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Let’s toast!

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This vintage mirror makes the perfect menu display! It’s also a great place to share the wedding hashtag with your guests or give directions to the ceremony at an outdoor wedding.

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 Let’s Get Glam!

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Our talented resident make up artist, Devon, worked her magic for this photo shoot with all natural and organic makeup.

She used Glow Time BB cream #3 as foundation on top of Smooth Affair primer and brightener,
Smoky Grey eye shadow with Onyx Mystikol powdered eyeliner, and Black Ice Longest Lash mascara form Jane Iredale.
Vapour Aura Multi-Use in Crush on her cheeks.
Femme Fatale lipstick by Ilia for a pop of color.

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Gown and shoes from Swoon.

Photography by Reese Moore! 

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Au Naturale

Posted on: June 24th, 2014 by admin

Going all natural is one of the best things you can do for your body this summer! You watch what you eat, work out, and are sure not to forget to wear sunscreen but products you apply directly to your skin go straight into your blood stream. Many companies claim to be organic and all natural but you can’t believe everything you read.

We decided to make it really simple by carrying only lines that are actually organic and made from pure, natural ingredients. Another way to keep it simple is by using products with simple ingredients that are 100% non-toxic. We’ve put together a list of the five ingredients that will dramatically change your skin for better, the natural way.

Honey

The first ingredient we chose was honey. The medicinal use of honey goes back as far as the Egyptians. It is most celebrated for its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It has also been known to repair tissue damaged by infection and it’s just as healing on the outside as it is on the inside. Honey-based moisture serum seals in moisture and brings rich color back to tired feet. It’s been called the Instant Pedicure. The finest of moisturizing elements have been incorporated from genuine honey, and aloe leaf juice to pineapple and papaya fruit extracts. It even includes the cutest little application brush!

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Brown Sugar

The next ingredient is brown sugar. While most of us are used to putting this in our oatmeal, it actually makes a fantastic scrub! This scrub eliminates dry, flaky skin to leave lips ridiculously soft and supple. It is paired with jojoba and grape seed oil, creating the perfect conditioner and the softest set of lips.

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Lavender

Lavender is the most delicious smelling herb and beautiful to look at. 80 Acres Lavender body care line includes a body balm, olive oil soap, body oil, salt scrub, lotion, and soy candle. The main component of the product line is olive oil derived from the McEvoy Ranch’s acres of olive orchards which yield an organic, extra virgin olive oil of unparalleled quality. The rich, luxurious and moisturizing products are infused with vitamin-rich plant extracts and botanicals, scented with the essential oils of lavender, ylang ylang, lemon and lime, evoking the colorful hillsides in full bloom around the ranch.

Their entire body care line is free of parabens and phthalates and is never tested on animals.

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Vitamin E Oil

Vitamin E is a strong antioxidant that prevents premature aging. This lightweight oil contains a potent combination of natural, organic ingredients, containing only the finest exotic oils and rare herbal extracts. Buriti oil has recently been found to filter and absorb cancer-causing UV rays from the sun. All the herbal extracts are made in-house exclusively for RMS beauty. Simply apply to clean skin once per day and you will feel the difference in your skin.

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Vitamin E oil prevents the formation of wrinkles by blocking free radical damage. It treats wrinkles by boosting collagen production, a connective tissue that keeps skin elastic. Vitamin E oil also treats wrinkles by supporting new skin cell growth and speeding up cell regeneration. It is also a fantastic remedy for brown spots, dry cuticles, and can even lessen the appearance of scars.

This product is certified organic.

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Olive Oil Scrub

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What is important is what we do not put into our scrubs. This charcoal scrub contains no preservatives, dyes, unnecessary fillers or chemicals of any kind leaving you with a pure, all natural cleanser. Made right here in Charleston, this scrub is the one to beat.

Here are the ingredients for Hunter Brookes Charcoal Scrub

Activated Charcoal: Activated Charcoal is used in far more things than anyone realizes, it purifies our drinking water, our air, doctors use it in case of ingested poison, our soldiers and first responders use it in their gas masks and full body suits.

Coconut Oil: This is truly a wonder oil. Not will coconut oil help reduce fine lines, hydrate the skin, reduce redness and swelling, help even skin tones and reduce sun spots, but it has many medicinal advantages as well. Coconut oil helps kill bacteria, fungus, some viruses and helps to clear up infections.

Sugar: It is a great exfoliant the skin, helping remove dull and lifeless skin while encouraging new cell growth. Sugar is a natural humectant drawing moisture to the skin to hydrate and rejuvenate. Bacteria can not breed in sugar making this a great base for this miraculous product.

Olive Oil: Used by the Romans to clean this is an oil that has proven its worth throughout the years. It moisturizes, helps rejuvenate and elasticize the skin, it is an antioxidant, as well as helping ward off and heal exczema, sunburn.

Castile Soap: This is a big part of what makes our scrub so different, it cleans not just exfoliates and hydrates. Started in 1529, this is an all natural soap made from olive oil making it a gentle yet effective cleanser that contain no harsh chemicals.

Have questions about any of the products discussed or wondering what is right for you?

Email our beauty experts at info@oohbeautiful.com!

Hello World: Writing a Personal Manifesto by Nikki Hardin

Posted on: May 28th, 2014 by admin

I fell in love with personal and creative manifestos several years ago when I discovered “A Manifesto for Incomplete Growth” by Bruce Mau. Although it was intended for designers, it’s such a strong statement about living and working creatively that I return to it again and again for inspiration. Here are a few of his precepts:

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A personal manifesto is to an individual as a mission statement is to a company. I read a definition recently that put these two documents in perspective: a mission statement is usually about the way you do business, while a personal manifesto is a way of life.

No matter what stage of your life, a personal manifesto is a way to gain focus on your life, to articulate who you are. It’s a snapshot in time of your strengths, your values, your passions and dreams. What lessons have you learned? What rules do you live by? What inspires you?

You can also adapt a manifesto to serve a specific purpose. When I started my Fridaville blog, I wanted to include a list of beliefs that guided me as a writer. Later I used it as the basis for a Pecha Kucha presentation and created a slideshow using photos from my blog to illustrate each point:

Get on the bus. 

Kindness matters. 

Nurse a secret passion.

Hoe your own row.

 Cultivate what makes you different.

Make your own map.

Be underestimated.

The right notebook is crucial.

Don’t confuse your soul with your ego.

Carry a camera and a glue stick.

Use your boredom.

Make things with your hands.

Let ideas grow in the dark before you expose them to the world.

Learn something hard.

Tell your story.

If you’re an entrepreneur or a freelancer, a creative manifesto acts as a kind of shorthand to describe your business. In the early years of Skirt! magazine, it was sometimes difficult to explain what we were simply because there wasn’t another publication in the market quite like ours. We knew our mission statement had to reflect the style of the magazine as well as succinctly describe what we were about. The early issues had our mission statement printed on the cover so it would be evident to anyone picking it up.

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Here’s the creative manifesto of an independent graphic designer featured in Uppercase Magazine. As you can see, it serves two purposes — showcasing her design style and her business philosophy at the same time.

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When it comes to personal manifestos, there are hundreds of examples online, ranging from handwritten to highly designed. Here are just a few of my favorites picked from Pinterest manifesto boards:

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20 Things

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This is My Year

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Keep it Simple

KEEP IT SIMPLE

When you get ready to create your own manifesto, have a solo brainstorming session. Sit down with a glass of wine and start writing a list of things you believe in or want to change or dream of telling your kids. No matter what your theme, keep in mind that this is your vision statement, so keep refining it until you have one that fits. And remember that as life changes, so should your manifesto. In fact, instead of writing a list of resolutions at the end of every year, consider doing a new manifesto. Over time, they’ll paint a picture of your life and your evolving dreams, goals and golden rules that’s as revealing as any selfie. But most of all, have some summer fun with it!

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Nikki Hardin is the founder of Skirt! Magazine and co-founder of Project XX South Carolina.

She blogs at www.Fridaville.com.

Follow her on Facebook here.

J. Stark – Leather Goods Handmade in Charleston

Posted on: May 23rd, 2014 by admin

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EVERYTHING I’VE CREATED FOR THE LAST DECADE IS MADE UP OF ONES AND ZEROS AND CEASES TO EXIST WHEN ELECTRICITY ISN’T AVAILABLE. THIS EPHEMERAL NATURE OF MY LIFE’S WORK IS THE REASON J. STARK WAS BORN.

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I had the desire to create tangible goods by hand with a focus on sourcing materials from the United States at every opportunity.

It’s important to me that the goods are useful and durable first, and that the design and materials used in their construction give the goods an authentic and timeless aesthetic.

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I wish to be a member of a new generation of makers that embrace the past and believe hard work, hand-craft, and being genuine are the bonds that strengthen humanity.

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My parents were greasers, outsiders… They grew up in inner city Cleveland and had dreams, but the dream they made come true was to give their children a better life than they had. The names of my products come from the streets they walked to school on, drove their 57 Chevy on, kissed on, rumbled on… It’s a tribute to them, Cleveland, the beautifully scarred years of youth, and to dreamers.

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The name J. Stark is a nod to the character Jim Stark that James dean played in Rebel Without a Cause. I wanted to find a common ground for connection, and we all have lived through the troubles and triumphs of our teenage years. Trying to fit in yet become an individual. Those experiences cut so deep because we were still wet from the mold.

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Does Your Beauty Regimen Pass the Test?

Posted on: April 29th, 2014 by admin

I recently discovered this app “Think Dirty” and am completely blown away by the allergens, toxins, carcinogens, and chemicals banned in Canada and the EU that are perfectly legal here in the United States. The app provides an unbiased look into every beauty product on the market, revealing what “organic” and “all natural” really mean when dealing with beauty products.

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It is super easy to use, you can scan the bar code of major products or manually type in the name of products in your home.

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The app is free to download here and it definitely something worth checking out for the health of your and your family’s skin.

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Every chemical is shown in a clickable list that gives references of where their research comes from and what level chemicals and carcinogens are in your product.

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It’s also a great way to research products to replace your cancer causing stash. If you are like me you’ve got drawers and drawers full of moisturizers, anti wrinkle creams, cuticle nourishment, and loads of eye shadow! While I don’t suggest trashing the entire collection immediately I think  shopping smarter with the help of this app will make you happier and healthier!

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Ooh! Beautiful is proud to carry lines that promote beauty from the inside out. See a full list of the brands we carry and see if they pass the “Think Dirty” app!

Carrie Morey of Callie’s Charleston Biscuits is coming to the Old Village!

Posted on: April 25th, 2014 by admin

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We are SO excited to have Carrie Morey joining us on May 1 from 1pm to 3pm at Out of Hand to kick off our Mayday Celebration!

Meet the woman behind the scrumptious biscuits, learn her secrets, and get your copy signed! RSVP HERE!

Carrie Morey founded Callie’s Charleston Biscuits in 2005 with the goal of making the tender, buttery, made-by-hand biscuits of her mother accessible across the country. Touted by Saveur, Food & Wine, Southern Living, The New York Times and Oprah among others, her biscuits have garnered freezer space in some of the most coveted retail stores in America. Using no machinery whatsoever and with only the finest ingredients, Morey and her small team of bakers are keeping the tradition of Southern biscuit making alive. With seven different varieties of biscuits, a pimento cheese collection, and retailers all over the country, Morey never dreamed that success would taste so good – buttery good that is. Her products are a one-time NASFT (National Association of Specialty Food Trade) gold sofi award recipient and seven-time silver sofi award recipient.

Morey has appeared live on the NBC Today Show and QVC and has been twice profiled by The Food Network’s hit television show Unwrapped. She was chosen as one of Martha Stewarts’s “Dreamers into Doers” in 2008 and profiled on the Martha Stewart Show. Callie’s Biscuits & Southern Traditions: Heirloom Recipes from Our Family Kitchen, Morey’s cookbook and narrative on entrepreneurship and life in the lowcountry is set to debut Fall 2013.

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In addition to her role as owner at Callie’s Charleston Biscuits, Morey operates an incubator, offering baking space along with mentoring to small artisan food businesses on location at Callie’s Charleston Biscuit’s bakery. She acts as a consultant to these entrepreneurs – helping them navigate everything from regulations to production and advising on marketing and growth strategies. Morey is a guest lecturer at the College of Charleston School of Business where for over five years she has been a vital part of the curriculum – presenting the Entrepreneurship Class with a yearly project and valuable lessons from a successful and sustainable small business.

Hunter Brooks Charcoal Scrub: A Word with the Creator

Posted on: April 18th, 2014 by admin

Right now I am staring down less than 100 days until I turn forty. I know everyone says what great skin I have and yes, some of it is in the genes, but a lot of it is the work I’ve put into it.
I am not a good person. I rarely pass a bottle of wine without testing it out, you know for the sake of others just incase it’s gone bad. I am quitting smoking, please don’t judge too harshly. And I was a swimmer all of my life and still don’t wear sunscreen all that much. I even sleep in my makeup more often than I care to admit. See, not a good person.
About fifteen years ago my girlfriend who is an amazing friend but also a bad person, we were sitting in her art gallery guzzling wine when we realized we either become better people for the sake of our aging or figure out how to cheat. We started asking some of the women that were coming in what their secrets were and a few ingredients kept popping up again and again. Persian ladies and ladies of Asain descent all said that they made their own sugar scrub and used it daily. Olive oil and coconut oil were also biggies. We went to work. The scrub that you see now was perfected over fifteen years and too many girlfriend happy hours that I care to admit.

How It Works & What Is In It

The Activated Charcoal Sugar Scrub contains
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Coconut oil
Olive oil
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Castile soap.

The sugar scrub I make is different in that one of the main ingredients is activated charcoal, a detoxifying substance. Not only is my product locally made, all organic, all natural and hand made but contains one of the strongest detoxifying ingredients there is without drying the skin.

Activated charcoal is carbon and can be made from anything from hardwood to bamboo. I use virgin coconut shells that are heavily ground by hand. To activate the carbon it is heated to 800 degrees so it expands to max its surface area making it extraordinarily porous. How porous? A gram of active charcoal has the surface area of roughly 5400 square feet or the size of a football field.

These pores are micro-pores and work by electrical attraction called adsorbtion. It pulls molecules, atoms and ions towards its surface and stick to the charcoal. Toxins are attracted to activated charcoal pulling them out of your skin’s surface clearing your face and body of acne and bacteria. Medicinally, it is used in hospital to remove poisonous substances from your body, alcohol and drugs, mercury, snake venom and spider bites. It is also used in Brita water filters, pool filters and gas masks

The second ingredient is sugar. Sugar not only exfoliates the skin but sugar cannot breed bacteria so it is a safe base for the scrub and will have a good shelf life.

Coconut oil, as I think everyone has become aware of in the past year, pulls out bacteria while also helping even skin tones, such as pulling down sun spots and taking some of the redness out of scars.

The coconut oil and olive oil are great at hydrating the skin leaving you feeling soft, not oil slicked.

Castile soap is a big part of what makes this scrub so different. Castile soap has been made since 1529. It is made from olive oil so it is gentle but thoroughly cleanses for even the most sensitive of skins. Castile soap is a great cleaning agent without leaving the skin dry and taught.

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This is the same recipe I use everyday on my face and body. The product is designed to help with any skin conditions without drying and has a soap component in it so that extra drying soaps are unnecessary.

I sell the 2 oz. samples for $8 and the 16 oz. containers for $22 a jar. My goal is to make this affordable enough so that everyone can afford to use it everyday and not just for that special occasion. It comes in two fragrances which I have kept slight so as to not overwhelm your perfumes or lotions, peppermint and lavender.

Make Your Day Yours!

Posted on: April 11th, 2014 by admin

How to Make it Your Own

We all know that beautiful decor, stunning florals, that chandelier that has Pinterest all a-buzz, and the magic sunset illuminating the Charleston harbor are all reasons that gals just have to get married in Charleston. Let’s face it, weddings here are just fabulous … from start to finish. But it’s the details that are remembered. It’s the little pieces that speak to the couple that receive the rave reviews. What makes your love special? Share it with the world … heck, it’s why they traveled to Charleston in the first place!

Floral Containers 

Did your grandmother hand down milk glass from her grandmother? Or did she collect tea tins from wherever she traveled? Basically, anything these days can be a floral container, and the ingenuity is breathtaking. As florists, we enjoy seeing the little pieces and heirlooms that our brides bring us and we love finding ways to bring it back to life. Whether we’re wrapping a bouquet in vintage lace from your mother’s veil or popping buds into unconventional containers, it’s all about sharing the story of your story and how you two came to be “you two.”

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Something Sweet

The conventional cake is a thing of the past. Now, it’s all about options … as if weddings didn’t have enough options! We’ve had brides print photos of their furry friends and even have their mothers and grandmothers provide the sweets for the occasion. It’s comfort food. It serves to remember the traditions that were born and nurtured when you were a child and long before that, and that will nurture the children you’ll someday have and long after that. It’s definitely worth the extra effort – and guests just go crazy for the “cutesy” affect.

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The Guestbook

Here is where we see our brides’ ingenuity come out swinging. We’ve had signed quilt squares, polaroids taken, signed and archived in vintage books. We even had one gal have guests carve a wooden bench with their John Hancock. We had a lifesaver from a sail boat serve as a guest book for a couple of sailing enthusiasts. But not only is this a way to pay homage to the things that keep you two laughing, and enjoying one another, but it’s a way to remember the people that made the moment such a great one.

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How will you say it?

Words that inspire you? Your vows? The story of your courtship? From programs to napkins we’ve had couples share “The Story of Us” and the words that get you from day to day. Guests love it, it highlights your wedding album, and one day your kids will just go crazy for this fun and festive way that you told your tale.

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It should be special, fun and speak to who you and your fiance are as a pair. It is, after all, your wedding. 

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