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{Wedding Highlight ~ Alexa & Elliot}

10 Jan

Alexa and Elliot were married on July 16, 2011 at the Columbia Marriott. They had a Jewish ceremony followed by a gorgeous sit-down dinner. Everyone had such a fun time at this wedding… the couple even pulled me out on the dance floor for Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’ during the reception. Favorite. Song. Ever!

The florals for this wedding were created by Grant Lorick and his creative team at Something Special Florist & Gifts on Main Street in Columbia, SC. We used beautiful sunflowers and tartan ribbon {to reflect Alexa’s Scottish heritage} throughout the ceremony and reception décor.

One of our favorite parts about the reception were the fun place cards – each guest had to pick up their very own vintage postcard featuring a National Park in the United States. {Hint, hint}… Alexa and Elliot traveled to these National Parks on their honeymoon! {love!}

We loved working with Alexa and Elliot as well as all of their talented vendors. Congratulations again to the beautiful couple and to their now family of three!

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Vendor Love:

{Cake}: Friend of the Bride

{DJ}: Soundquest DJs

{Florist}: Grant Lorick, Something Special Florist & Gifts

{Huppah}: Tree of Life Congregation

{Makeup Artist}: Dannon Collard

{Photographer}: Corey Potter Photography

{Plants}: Plant Express

{Stationary}: Jot Papers

{Venue & Catering}: Columbia Marriott

Happy Planning,

Meagan0347

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{WNOK Bridal Expo… this Sunday!}

4 Jan

Make sure to join us this Sunday {January 6, 2013} for the fabulous WNOK Bridal Expo at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Doors open from 1:00 – 5:00 pm. Admission is $8.

ImageStop by our booth to receive a fabulous {favor} as well as enter your name in our drawing for a chance to win the Better Homes & Gardens New Cookbook Bridal Edition! Bring your fiances, girlfriends, moms and future mother-in-laws. It’s going to be a fabulous show!

Here’s a peek at a few of our past shows… see you Sunday!

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Meagan

{Merry Christmas!}

25 Dec

Merry Christmas from Meagan Warren Weddings! Thank you for a fabulous 2012 and looking forward to a beautiful 2013.

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Cheers & Happy Holidays,

Meagan

{Wedding Highlight – Lindsay Moore & Brian}

23 Dec

Lindsay Moore and Brian celebrated their one-year anniversary last month– congrats you two! Their gorgeous fall wedding was held on November 12, 2011 at St. Stephen’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lexington, SC with a reception that followed at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Columbia, SC.

The florals for this wedding were absolutely STUNNING! Scott Jones with American Floral did an amazing job creating high and low centerpieces for this sit-down dinner as well as constructing a dramatic, hydrangea-filled arch as you entered the ballroom. Simply gorgeous!

My favorite parts of this wedding were the gorgeous colors, linens and attention to detail. We added an orchid to each place setting that was also accented with custom menu cards, lush lamour napkins and silky Shantung linens.

We were also honored to have this wedding featured in the Carolina Bride Winter/Spring 2012 issue. What a gorgeous, gorgeous bride! Much love to Lindsay Moore & Brian on their first year of marriage.

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Vendor Love:

{Band}: The Necessary Band 

{Cake}: Parkland Cakes

{Florist}: American Floral

{Linens, Furniture, Napkins & Chairs}: Palmetto Party Rental

{Makeup Artist}: Sabrina Trotti

{Photographer}: Kathy Moore | Moore Photographing

{Stationary & Calligraphy}: Jot Papers

{Venue}: Embassy Suites

{Votives, Chargers & Place Cards}: Meagan Warren Weddings

Happy Planning,

Meagan

Cheryl & Landon – 4/23/11

21 Mar

Cheryl stopped by our booth at the St. Andrews Bridal Show in January 2011. She was so lovely from the start. When she came to me, she had only 3 months until her wedding. So needless to stay… we hit the ground running.

Cheryl and Landon met while in Iraq, and they both still work with the United States Army. After the wedding, they moved just 3 weeks later to Alaska, where they currently reside. The bride wanted a very feminine and soft reception filled with white feathers, pearls, some antique touches… and of course, china! So, whom did we call to be the caterer? Jack Brantley with Aberdeen Catery. Jack always does a flawless job, and he came up with the perfect menu for Cheryl and Landon’s wedding and reception at The Seibels House & Gardens, located in Columbia, SC.

For the invitation, Cheryl and I met with Tara Felder of Jot Papers to create the perfect, feminine invitation… just lovely!

The Seibels House & Gardens is part of the Historic Columbia Foundation, located in the heart of Columbia’s historic district, the circa-1796 house offers one of the city’s most popular venues for all of your special occasions. The ceremony was held in the gardens underneath the beautiful palm trees with a reception in the next garden, underneath a beautiful, white tent from Palmetto Party Rental.

For favors, the bride made an entire array of sweets all from scratch… they were delicious! And for an extra special touch, Cheryl placed her mother’s wedding veil as an overlay on the cake table. It’s all about the details!

Many thanks to Corey Potter for the beautiful photographs… a true, top-notch photographer.

We absolutely loved working with Cheryl and Landon, and we’re happy to say we still keep in touch with the newlyweds even all the way in Alaska. Best wishes to two fabulous people!

Take a look at some of our favorite photos from Cheryl and Landon’s Wedding.

 

Vendors:

{Cake}  Chef Patrick, Bakery 809

{Caterer}  Jack Brantley, Aberdeen Catery

{DJ}  Soundquest DJs

{Favors}  Sweets made by the bride

{Florals}  Vicki Walker, Carolina Blossoms

{Photographer}  Corey Potter Photography

{Rentals}  Palmetto Party Rental

{Stationary}  Jot Papers

{Venue}  The Seibels House & Gardens

{Wedding Planner}  Meagan Warren Weddings

 

Meet Erica & Jeremy – 2/5/11

16 Mar

Erica and Jeremy are definitely meant for each other… there are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. They dated throughout high school and college… while Erica was at Winthrop University and Jeremy at The Citadel. They are the perfect match!

It all started with the proposal… a secret plan that Jeremy had schemed all by himself. Without Erica knowing it, he had spelled out ‘Will U Marry Me?” on the back lawn of his parents’ house in white, Christmas lights. Jeremy totally gets full credit for this idea! Little did Erica know, about 30 of their closest friends and family members waited downstairs to surprise her right after the proposal. She burst into tears when she saw everyone waiting to congratulate them both.

Their save-the-date set the tone from the beginning, created by Billingsley Designs. It featured Erica’s favorite wedding colors – fuchsia, black and white. The bride and groom also hired one of the best photographers in town – Courtney Dox Photography. Courtney captured their personalities just perfectly in their engagement photos… along with Erica and Jeremy’s chihuahuas, Gus and Gabby. Too precious!

The ceremony was held at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church with the reception at Saluda Shoals Park River Center. The River Center boasts a large, open floor plan… perfect for wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners. There’s a perfect dance floor space right in the middle amidst a beautiful, stone fireplace.

Here are just a few of our favorite shots from their beautiful wedding… courtesy of Courtney Dox Photography.

Vendors:

{Cake & Caterer}  Simply Delicious

{DJ}  Tony Signorino with Partytime DJs

{Favors}  Paper Pro, Inc.

{Florals}  Weddings by Woolbright

{Photographer}  Courtney Dox Photography

{Rentals}  Rentzall

{Save the Dates}  Billingsley Designs

{Venue}  Saluda Shoals River Center

{Wedding Planner}  Meagan Warren Weddings

Wedding Terminology – Basic Wedding Terms

12 Mar

A wedding is the ceremony in which two people are united in marriage. Ahh, sweet love! Reminds us of the movie, The Princess Bride, when Princess Buttercup is about to say ‘I do’ to Westley. The scene starts with… ‘Mawage is wot bwings us togewa today.’  Gotta love that movie.

Below we’ve listed some standard terms that you may (or may not) be familiar with as a bride while planning your upcoming nuptials. Don’t overlook what you think you may know. Here are a few basic terms to make sure you’re covered!

{Acolyte} anyone who performs ceremonial duties such as lighting altar candles

{Best Man} duties include, but not limited to, keeping the bride’s ring safe, signing the marriage license, and, most importantly, getting the groom to the ceremony on time!

{Bridal Party} those who are directly involved in the wedding ceremony.

{Bridal Procession} during the ceremony, the procession of bridesmaids, ring bearer, flower girl, maid/matron/man of honor and then the bride and her father or close family friend walking down the isle.  Groomsmen can either escort the bridesmaids down the isle or enter with officiate, groom and best man from side door and wait at the altar.

{Candle Lighters} young children who light candles at the altar as the bride’s mother takes her seat.

{Cummerbund} a broad sash that goes around the outside of the man’s shirt at the waist.

{Dickey Bow} a bow tie and the most popular tie to wear with a tux.

{Director} ensures that everyone involved in the wedding is in place for the ceremony. They will also be the ones to pin the boutonnieres on the gentlemen and hand the bouquets to the ladies.

{Flower Girl} a young girl, up to age nine, who directly precedes the bride carrying a pomander or scattering flowers along the isle.

{Maid vs. Matron of Honor} a maid of honor differs from matron of honor in that a maid is unmarried.  The duties, however, remain the same – attend to the bride’s dress to make sure it’s properly filled out, hold the groom’s ring for the bride, and is the last bridesmaid to walk down the isle before the bride etc.

{Man of Honor} the title given to a bride’s male friend who is carrying out the duties of the maid/matron of honor.

{Officiate} a minister, cleric, justice of the peace, etc. – the one who performs the ceremony.

{Pages/Page Boys/Train Bearers} young children, usually boys, who follow the bride down the isle, carrying some of her train.

{Ring Bearer} usually a young boy, up to age nine, who walks in the bridal procession carrying a small ornamental pillow/cushion with two rings (not the actual rings) tied to it.

{Unity candle} uses two taper candles with a large pillar candle (called the “unity candle”) in the center. At the beginning of the wedding ceremony, a representative from each family (usually the mothers of the bride and groom) light the two taper candles. Later in the ceremony, the bride and groom use the two taper candles to light the large pillar (unity) candle together.

{Ushers} people (usually men not in the bridal party, however the groomsmen can take on this task) who greet guests when they arrive at the ceremony and take them to their seats. You will need one usher per 50 wedding guests.

{Wedding March} the music to be played during the bridal procession as bridal party comes down the isle.

Happy Planning,

Meagan

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