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2018 | What a Dream

2018 has been a dream and certainly one for the books. Filled with wonderful clients, top notch vendors, fabulous feats, new business ventures, inspiring ideas and design elements, challenges and growth, we say goodbye to 2018 and hello to the adventures of 2019. We say thank you as the year has comes to an end, and a new chapter of life begins. Reminisce with us in some of our most memorable events and milestones of the year.


 

Kat + Matt’s Wedding | Venue | The Cedar Room

Rentals | Snyder Events| Loluma
Photography| Catherine Ann Photography 
Floral| Roadside Blooms 
Catering|The Cedar Room
Entertainment| Darby Events 
Hair + Makeup|Paper Dolls

Leslie + Peter’s Wedding | Venue | Lowndes Grove Plantation 

Rentals|Eventworks | Snyder Events | Loluma | Ooh Events
Photography|Rachel Red Photography
Floral|Loluma
Catering|Patrick Properties
Entertainment|Darby Events
Hair + Makeup|Ash + Co.

Kristina + Nick’s Wedding | Cancun |Hyatt Ziva Cancun

Rentals|Love Memories Weddings
Photography|Love Memories Weddings
Floral|Love Memories Weddings
Catering|Hyatt Ziva
Entertainment|Hyatt Ziva

Charleston Food + Wine | Amaro Montenegro 



Kelly + Elias’s Wedding | Venue | Runnymede Plantation

Rentals| Loluma | Ooh Events | Snyder Events
Photography|The Image is Found
Floral| Roadside Blooms
Catering|Salthouse
Entertainment|Dj Rehab | Classical Charleston
Hair + Makeup|Pampered + Pretty

Collen + Andrew’s Wedding | Venue | Creek Club at I’on

Rentals|Snyder Events
Photography|Clay Austin Photography
Floral|Roadside Blooms
Catering|Creek Club at I’on
Entertainment|Darby Events
Hair + Makeup|Ash + Co.

Beth + Tyler’s Wedding | Venue | Legare Waring 

Rentals|Eventworks
Photography|Kaitlin Poirier Photography
Floral|Tiger Lily
Catering|Pampered Palette
Entertainment|Wilton Band

Ford – Team Building Event | Venue | William Aiken House

Rentals|Ooh Events | Nuage | Snyder Events
Floral|Roadside Blooms
Catering|Patrick Properties

Devon + Jeremy’s Wedding | Venue | William Aiken House

Rentals| Eventworks
Photography|Jolie Connor Photography
Floral|Frampton Florals
Catering|Patrick Properties
Entertainment|DJ Rehab
Hair + Makeup|Pampered + Pretty

RMC DMC |Rewards Weekend | Palmeto Bluff 

Catelyn + Luke’s Wedding | Venue| William Aiken House  

Rentals|Snyder Events
Photography|Aaron + Jillian Photography
Floral|Branch Design Studio
Catering|Patrick Properties
Entertainment|Epic Charleston

Intrigue Team Expansion + New Business Ventures 

Updo’s for I do’s Launch Party | Venue | Cannon Green

Photography|Kelly Vann Calaway Photograph | Copahee Media
Floral|Roadside Blooms
Catering|In house
Entertainment|DJ Preach

Lauren + Austin’s Wedding | Venue | Lowndes Grove Plantation

Rentals| Snyder Events | LaTavola
Photography|Catherine Ann Photography | Dockhouse Digital
Floral|Frampton Florals
Catering|Patrick Properties
Entertainment|Paint by Chloe

Jazmine + Andrie’s Wedding | Venue | The Governor Thomas Bennett House 

Rentals|Loluma | Ooh Events
Photography|Aaron + Jillian Photography
Floral|Loluma
Catering|Cru Catering
Entertainment|DJ Rehab
Hair + Makeup|Lashes + Lace

The Event Group Weekend | Venue | The Charleston Place | Shipyard Park | Lowndes Grove

Intrigue’s 10 Year Anniversary

Kaley + Pete’s Wedding | Venue | Magnolia Plantation

Rentals|Eventworks | Lowcountry Entertainment 
Photography|Britt Croft Photography | Surrender Films
Floral|Roadside Blooms
Catering|Hamby’s Catering
Entertainment|DJ Rehab

Callie + Michael’s Wedding | Venue | The Cedar Room

Rentals|Eventworks | Loluma 
Photography|Clay Austin Photography
Floral|Roadside Blooms
Catering|The Cedar Room
Entertainment|Epic Entertainment | Classical Charleston

159 Rutledge Grand Opening

Rentals|Eventhaus
Photography|Kelly Vann Calaway Photography | Copahee Media
Floral| Juniper + Jasmine Designs
Catering|Cru Catering | Queen Street Catering | Mosaic Catering | Thurston Southern Catering
Entertainment|DJ Rehab


Charleston Wonderland NYE | Venue Memminger Auditorium 

Rentals|Eventworks | Nuage | The French Eclectic | Loluma
Photography|Magic Moments Photography | Low Country Films
Floral| Roadside Blooms
Catering|Salt Works
Entertainment|Quiana Parler + Friends

A Mindful Bride: Yoga Retreat

As a Bride,

you go to great lengths planning your wedding day to ensure everything will be picture perfect, enjoyed by your guests, and seamlessly executed. Of course all of these elements are extremely important, however, it is crucial to take time to prepare yourself mentally and physically for your big day! Yoga is the perfect outlet to rejuvenate your mind and body during the stress of wedding planning, and the perfect opportunity to relax with your bridesmaids before the big weekend. Treat yourself and your crew to a yoga session and brunch party here at the Rutledge House. Breath, let go of stress, relieve tension, enjoy the moment, and stretch your body. Have the instructor read passages that invoke thoughts of love and happiness. It will be the calm before the storm, literally!

 


 

Ditch The Studio: To make your yoga session an intimate affair, researchvenuesthat have private popup event packages, equipped with vendors and specialized personnel that will take care of the logistics and legwork for you.


 

Home Grown: After taking time to replenish your spirit and your mind, you and the girls can refuel your bodies by partacting in a healthful brunch. Take advantage of local artisans and indulge brunch-y selections such as cold pressed juices, Kombucha, organic blends of hot tea, chia seed pudding, homemade granola with almond milk, acai and smoothie bowls, avocado toast, and fresh heirloom bruschetta.

A Not So Basic Bachelorette Weekend

Goodbye to nuptial traditions & hello to modern couples eager to travel!

 The uptrend in both domestic and international destination weddings means saying goodbye to nuptial traditions, hello to modern couples eager to travel, and welcoming the bridal party to do the same. We can part with the days when throwing a bachelorette party meant a one night affair filled with bar hopping, tacky matching attire, and far too many shots! The bachelorette party is all about the bride making special memories with her closest friends, and a one night rendezvous just isn’t going to cut it. Bachelorette Weekend it is – and even better – make it a destination…maybe even to Charleston, SC! Organizing activities and getting a group somewhere for a destination weekend can be a tough task! Here are some of our favorite tips + ideas to make your weekend away (or stay) as smooth as possible, and fun for the whole group!

 

 

 


Land Your Lodging: Try an Airbnb instead of a traditional hotel

There is no better way to bond with the entire group than sharing a common space such as a home in the destination you are visiting. Everyone is able to get ready together, encouraged to hangout and chat in lounge areas, and eliminate any left out feelings within the group. Not to mention, splitting the cost of an Airbnb property can be substantially less expensive than buying individual rooms in a hotel or resort. ProTip: Buy communal snacks and drinks to keep in the kitchen for your clan, to satisfy any munching or quick bite needs.

 

 


Value in a Venue: If your lodging can’t accommodate all your activities, rent a swanky venue to host the weekend’s festivities! Check out venues that offer special packages specifically for bachelorette weekends or popup events for small groups. Check out one of our favorites here! 

ProTip: Here are some unique private event ideas to host during your bachelorette weekend

  • Sweat It OutJumpstart your day and spend the morning breaking a sweat to getting those endorphins flowing and burn some wedding planning stress. A cardio, pilates and/or dance class at  The Rutledge House is the perfect start to the weekend for you and your girls. After, reward your hard work, by indulging in a yummy brunch. Get more info about their yoga & brunch special here!
  • Belt It Out – Let’s be honest…We all love karaoke, but hate doing it for the whole bar to see. Host your own karaoke night and let loose with your ladies. I promise, Insta-worthy stories and videos will commence, especially with a group of ladies who feel no shame in belting their favorite 90s pop melodies.
  • Paint & ProseccoGive your gals an opportunity to tap into their imaginative side and pour their creativity onto a canvas! Pop some bottles, sip on some bubbly, and paint away! Not only does this create lasting memories, it leaves you with a piece of artwork to cherish after the weekend is through.

 


Private Affair: 

It can be tough establishing reservations for meal times that accommodate larger groups, especially when seeking a dining experience. Host a private dinner with an entirely chef selected menu. Set up a wine or beer tasting with appropriate food pairings. Showcase a chef demo with interactive elements. These intimate experiences will cater to everyone’s needs, and make the most out of your use of a venue. The Rutledge House Wine Cellar is the perfect backdrop for wine tastings and private dinners, and we offer a variety of options for you and your group. Check more info here!

 

Caffeine Crawl:

Get that pep back in your step after the weekend and try an unconventional approach to Sunday Brunch. Go on a caffeine crawl! Research local Coffee Shops, Tea Artisans, and Bakeries to try a little bit from everywhere. The fresh air and cups of joe might just be your bridal party’s saving grace.

 

Hire a Photographer/Videographer:

Quick, add this to your list of bachelorette weekend must-haves! Gone are the days of alternating between which girls take what photos, and the stress of posting photos in the moment. Why not hire a killer photographer/videographer to capture you and all your best gals during the celebration? Any photographer & videographer would be happy to capture these moments for you! ProTip: Plus..it’s the perfect surprise gift for the bride!

 

 


 

Visiting Charleston? Unique Things to Do This Summer

Whether you are new to Charleston, lived here for many years, or came on vacation, you are probably looking for something to do this summer. We have done the research for you and have found several unique events for you to attend. All these all-ages events embrace what Charleston has to offer!

Weekend Wine-Down:

Every Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Deep Water Vineyard, Charleston’s only vineyard, is the site for a fun night of food, wine, and live music.  Located on Wadmalaw Island, Deep Water Vineyards is proud to host their very own unique wine event every Saturday.  Whether you live in Charleston or are visiting for a vacation, Weekend Wine-Down is a perfect place for socializing and making new friends.  If you want to try something new this summer, Weekend Wine-Down is worth the drive!

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Charleston River Dog home game

If you want to join the locals for a night full of fun for all ages, a Charleston River Dogs is a great place to take the family. Located on the downtown peninsula, its a great place to head to before dinner or drinks! Check the schedule here to see upcoming home games. Weekday games start at 7:05, Saturday games start at 6:05, and Sunday games start at 5:05.

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Charleston Farmers Market:

Every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m head downtown to Marion Square Park to get some local produce, food vendors, and products from local artists.  Charleston Farmers Market  is a great place to take the family for a fun day activity.  Located between King Street and Meeting Street you will be in the middle of plenty of other shopping and restaurants!

Shagging on the Cooper:

If you are looking for an exciting event with live music, head over to the Mount Pleasant Pier for some fun dancing and live music.  This is a great family event, located under the Arthur Ravenel Bridge with incredible views of the Cooper River.  On a hot summer evening come join charleston locals dance the night away in the cool breeze over the water!

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Wannamaker Movie Night

Looking for a fun night in the park? Wannamaker County Park has you covered! Bring your own chairs and blankets, take a seat in the park, and enjoy a movie with the Charleston community.  When the sun goes down the movie comes on! Check here for the movie schedules.

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Charleston has so many things to offer to its visitors, from an exciting downtown area, a beautiful view of the Cooper River, to the stunning outdoors away from the city.  Come take a look and enjoy different things that Charleston puts on for its community.  Come bring your family and friends and enjoy your night with us!

Top Bridal Trends for the Months to Come

As spring weddings approach, we are seeing confident and feminine looks that put a fresh spin on the classics. Trends that channel every bride’s inner personality and create a look that is less than traditional and out of the ordinary. The rise of temperatures in the spring and summer months brings inspiration for new bridal looks that are vibrant and enhance a seasonally appropriate feel. Consider design elements like ruffles, florals, color and cuts to add a playful vibe that suits this time of year!

Color Me Pretty: In bridal, ivory, white and alabaster reign supreme, but of all seasons this is the time to experiment! If you are unsure about wearing white, consider taking a risk with color. Choose soft pinks, pastel floral prints, butter yellow, something soft blue and pistachio greens for a look that feels fresh in the months where everything is in bloom – transforms the most traditional silhouette into something unexpected – or go bold with multicolor embroidery!

Back to Black: Black and white are a match made in heaven when it comes to everyday wear, and now the classic pairing is making a splash in the world of bridal fashion. A simple black belt can add a hint of edge to a sweet gown while black velvet ribbon accents provide visual interest without overwhelming a look. Even opt for a piece of dark jewelry or make a splash with a black shoe.

Short Story: From sassy minis to sophisticated tea-length dresses to romantic high-low hems, this trend is not afraid to play with length, and you neither should you. Raising your hemline does not require you to lower expectations for a dramatic dress moment. Shorter skirts feature embellishments and textures and allow for spunky layering. Bonus Perk: Showcasing your fabulous legs – or adding the perfect pop of color with an outrageous shoe.

Bang for Your Bow: Let’s be honest—putting a bow on a wedding dress isn’t exactly revolutionary. But bows are back and even bow-lder than before. This ultimate feminine detail softens up otherwise sultry looks but with ads a sophisticated spin. Asymmetrical bows stand out against clean lines and can introduce subtle volume to your sleeves. The trend has never felt fresher.

Hot for the Cold Shoulder: This trend may have already made its way into your closet—now the cold shoulder look is begging to be featured in your wedding. Strapless used to reign supreme, and then off-the-shoulder made its debut – now this neckline has proved it not going anywhere anytime soon. Add interest to a classic shoulder-bearer with ruffled, off-shoulder sleeves or a cut-out version that still feels fresh. This is the happy medium between a basic strapless gown and anything with sleeves. Bare shoulders and peek-a-boo cutouts highlight your enviable frame and infuse a soft and sexy appeal that feels right for the season.

 

Playsuits, Yes Please: In months where easygoing minis, blouson gowns and effortless A-lines are the best bets, try for something even more easygoing–a jumpsuit or palazzo panted set that feels as special as any bridal gown could. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be the world’s sharpest dresser to pull off an all-in-one wedding-day look! Hint – the same rules for accessorizing apply! Don’t worry.

What’s up Charleston? Things To Do: April-June, 2018

It’s not just a city, but an experience! Charleston is a remarkably dynamic place. Our beautiful city manages to preserve its historic architecture, prime coastal settings, picture-perfect landscapes, creative culture, southern charm and friendly locals. There is no question as to why Charleston remains one of the most notable destinations to visit- and to live! […]

Charleston Fashion Week: Try This on For Size

 

Lexus Charleston Fashion Week, held in Marion Square here in Charleston, South Carolina, is a five night fashion event aimed to showcase emerging designers, model talent, fashionable boutiques and trendsetter personnel. Organized by industry experts, Charleston Fashion Week is recognized as a premier event and serves as a pathway to New York. This truly multimedia event harvests Charleston’s talent along with nationally renowned designers, runway shows, activities, and of course shopping! Here are a few tips you can try on for size.

1. Do Your Research

Review the official program. There you will find all onsite and offsite events that take place throughout the week. Hint: Review the official map or download it to your phone for easy access. With so much going on, it is easy to get lost in the hustle – Save yourself the stress.

2. Don’t Over Commit

In theory, It may seem like a great idea to attend every single event during the week. Highlight what peaks your interest and start from there, it is easier to add to your schedule rather than take away.

3. Experiment

Don’t shy away from attending a show that seems far fetch or not your style..expand your horizon, you might surprise yourself.

4. What to Wear

Picking your ensemble might be the biggest question for anyone attending a fashion event. It is good to dress the part, but do not feel pressured to conform to the norm. This is your chance to show your own personal style. The fashion world is your oyster, time to display your pearls.

5. Have a Plan

Don’t linger at doorways, stand in aisles, sit in seats that aren’t yours, or do anything that stops the ease and flow of traffic at the show. The coordinators, staff, and volunteers work tirelessly to execute a seamless event – Don’t be a bump in the road.

6. Space

Manage your space – Manage your accessories, no matter how fabulous. Hold umbrellas downward, handbags and clutches to your side, and please – tuck your feet under your seat.

7. Be Inquisitive

Fashion Week is a such a great networking opportunity. Make it a point to seek out industry experts, local designers, social media buffers, and fashion bloggers.

8. Mingle

Let’s face it, people in fashion don’t always look the most approachable. However, under that fab exterior they share the same passion for fashion as you – Break the ice and introduce yourself to fellow attendees seated around you. You never know, you may bond over your love for accessorizing or hate for sneaker wedges.

9. Have a Good Time

You’re there – watching an amazing show, mingling with knowledgeable patrons, witnessing new looks, absorbing new ideas, your creative juices are flowing – there is only one thing left to do – Enjoy yourself! Soak in the atmosphere and observe the details of the garments. Be dazzled!

10. Say Thank You

Don’t forget to thank anyone and everyone working the Fashion Week Events. Many of the coordinators and models are volunteers – they do this for their love of fashion!

Food for Thought: Tips for Charleston’s Wine + Food Fest

Charleston’s Wine + Food fest is quickly approaching. Time to sip and sample Charleston’s culinary excellence and renowned culture. The heart of the festival, known as The Culinary Village, is where to engage with local chefs, experts, craftsmen, wine lovers and foodies alike. With over 100 additional events to attend throughout the Charleston area, 2018’s festival proves itself to be better than ever. Whether you stay centered in The Culinary Village, or explore the food mecca of Charleston, here is some food for thought to munch on as you embark on your culinary journey.

 

  1. Do Your Research: What, Homework? Yes! Check out the schedule for all events and prioritize your top picks. Make it a point to seek out activities you missed last year. Enter your schedule into a spreadsheet to highlight your must-dos and maybe-laters.
  2. Don’t Overbook Yourself: Remember, this should be a leisurely walk not a marathon…don’t spread yourself too thin by overcommitting. Savor each event, relsh in the moment, schedule breaks, and give yourself time to recharge.
  3. Don’t Hesitate to Stray: If a ticked event isn’t doing it for you or feels like it is dragging, don’t be afraid to deviate from the schedule. It’s OK to find refuge elsewhere. Find a local bar or restaurant that is more your speed until it is time for the next adventure.
  4. Recharge: Everything tastes better when it is guilt free. Before morning festivities begin, give yourself time to recharge. Start your day with a brisk walk along the waterfront Battery, or for a stroll through the historic streets of Downtown Charleston
  5. Find Alternative Transportation: There is no special or secret parking lot. If you must drive, don’t count on parking being close to The Culinary Village. Walk when you can, take an uber, or even rent a golf cart. Golf carts are legal in Downtown Charleston..Plus the breeze may be exactly what you need to refresh.
  6. Not a Fashion Statement: This isn’t Charleston Fashion Week (at least not yet) Make sure to wear your most comfortable shoes. Patrons will excuse your fashion risk..we promise! Hint: Tasting gets messy, it would be best to avoid wearing white..or even better, bring a stain stick!
  7. Everlasting Life: You are likely to outlast your phone. Never fear, Marion Square provides charging stations. 
  8. Use an App: Speaking of phones, use an app to save pertinent information you swear you will be able to remember. HintYou won’t. For all the new wines you’ve sampled, take photos of the labels to your favorites, and save them to an app for future reference.
  9. After Hour Gossip: Don’t miss out on the party after the party. Get the heads up for opportunities to exclusively meet great chefs, restaurateurs, food personalities, and writers off the beaten path of official scheduled events.
  10. Say Thank You: Thank the volunteers, home chefs, out of town chefs, vendors, and craftsman as often as possible. The show could not go on if it wasn’t for them!

Most Romantic Proposal Sites in Charleston

With proposal season in full swing, choosing a meaningful location to propose is essential for making the moment unforgettable. Home to romantic plantations and waterfront landscapes, Charleston, SC, has infinite locations to pop the question. We have narrowed down some of the best spots for you to highlight the start of a lifetime of love and happiness.

 

 

Botany Bay, Edisto Island

With the beautiful hues of sunset skies reflecting in the ocean, this secluded waterfront location is unlike no other.

 

 

Angel Oak Tree

Proposing in front of this astonishing, 1,5000-year-old ancient tree would be a perfect symbol of the eternity for your marriage.

 

 

Pineapple Fountain

A quintessential symbol of Charleston, this charming spot paired with a proposal will be a dream. 

 

 

 

 

Magnolia Plantation Garden Bridge 

Surrounded by gorgeous blooming flowers and winsome Oaks, proposing here will feel like your in a movie.

 

 

 

White Point Garden Gazebo 

Enveloped in oak trees, this classic location combines both waterfront views and a plantation-like atmosphere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Folly Beach Pier

An exemplary place for ocean lovers, this pier will undoubtedly be coupled with a stunning, panoramic ocean view.

 

 

Rooftop Bar at Vendue 

One of the best rooftops in Charleston, the 360 degree view of the historic skyline, along with craft cocktails, makes for the unparalleled proposal.

 

 

 

Wild Dunes Resort

Propose and celebrate your special day at this luxury resort and private soft, white sand beaches.

 

 

 

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