The Island House On The Stono River

 

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One thing I love about Charleston is the water. It’s everywhere, from the deep harbor to the small creeks that run through the marsh grasses. Being around water gives me energy, especially when the bright sun is reflexing off it’s surface. When sunset falls, I’m overtaken by the calm and tranquil colors that fill the sky and flood the rivers.

One venue that provides the emotions that water has to offer is The Island House, located a short drive from downtown Charleston. This small, private, family owned island sits on the banks of the Stono River. Your Charleston wedding photographer will have an abundance of beautiful backdrops to capture you on your special day!

The venue presents a private, intimate setting for both ceremony and reception. The waterfront lawn has a permanent tent & floored reception pavilion. The ceremony space and fields of wild flowers are adjacent to the tent. Guest parking is adjacent to the house. (A big plus for any Charleston location!)

The front of the house is the perfect spot for your Lowcountry wedding photographer to capture pre-wedding shots of your bridal party. In addition, it is also used for post-ceremony cocktail hour allowing catering staff to complete the final touches to your reception site behind the house.

The second floor rooms of The Island House are available for the bride and her party to relaxing as they prepare for the big day. The first floor offers a den for the groom and his guys to hang out and chill.

If you love water like I do, The Island House is your energy source for your special day!
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Relish Distinctive Catering @ The Links at Patriots Point

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Charleston is the #1 distination wedding location in the U.S. Why? Because the natural beauty of the area. Our waterways, our landscapes, our weather. It truly is paradise.

One of our favorite locations that offer all of the above is The Links at Patriots Point. For the couple looking for an outdoor venue with an incredible harbor view, a ceremony site and tented reception area with capacity up to 300 guests, this is the place.

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A love of golf can not hurt as the venue sits at the 18th green. And coordinating your day in paradise is Lacy Davidson, Event Coordinator & Catering Sales Manager at Relish Distinctive Catering.

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Lacy and her team have been creating weddings that  delight the senses since 2005.  Relish Distinctive Catering turns this venue into a night to remember so make sure your wedding photographer is ready to capture the magic.

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Relish Distinctive Catering has been coordinating events at this location for over 9 years. With Relish you get on-site day of wedding coordination, and your facilty fee includes your tables, chairs, white linens, china, flatware, glassware, set up and take down.

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John Roskowski, Executive Chef at Relish believes that the best food has balance; unique but not over-complicated. He know how to create the best in lowcountry quisine, sourcing seasonal and sustainable ingredients from local farmers and shrimpers into the majority of his dishes. Chef John is renowned for his Artisan Pastas, which are based upon traditional Italian recipes. Speaking of paradise, wait until you have his favorite dish, Timballo con Cinghiale.

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Enjoy an evening in paradise with Relish Distinctive Catering @ The Links at Patriots Point.
Relish Distinctive Catering also offers exclusive services at two beautiful Charleston venues:

Snee Farm Country Club, located in the heart of Mount Pleasant, features a newly renovated clubhouse with exquisite golf course views. The 4,000 square foot ballroom can accommodate any size event – 30 to 300.
RiverTowne Country Club is a large plantation style clubhouse overlooks a 200 acre, award-winning golf course. The elevated ballroom features large windows and panoramic marsh views, which are breathtaking at sunset.

Gone But Not Forgotten

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My wedding day was pretty darn perfect. It was a bright sunny Fall day. It was the kind of day every couple hopes for. Family and friends were present but there were some important people missing. Both of my parents, who I was very close to, had died several years before. They would have been there “with bells on”. I felt their love of us during the ceremony. I thought of them smiling, beaming from ear to ear. Saying “It’s about time!”

No matter your age at the time of your wedding, there will be a family member or close friend who is present in spirit only. It’s just part of life. Here are a few ideas on how to include those who are gone into your celebration:

  • Framed photos of the dearly departed can be placed in a row of seats. You can also use the same photos along with candles for an “In Memory” display at the reception.
  • Photos can be placed or held so they are included in current pictures. Your wedding photographer will have several creative ways of blending the past with the present.
  •  Your “something old” can be jewelry inherited from a grandparent.
  • A locket with a photo of the departed can be incorporated into your bouquet or boutonniere.
  • A piece of cloth taken from clothes worn by the deceased can be sewn into your dress. Have your wedding photographer take close-ups of the material while he is shooting the dress before the ceremony.
  • Include an “In Memory” section in your program and incorporate signage of names of those departed into your reception design.
  • Use a departed’s favorite song for the first dances.
  • Incorporate family collectables to your decor. Use grandparents’ vases for key floral arrangements at the ceremony and reception. Make sure your wedding photographer documents the memories.
  • Create an activity during your reception that will celebrate the life of the departed. For example, at a recent wedding, the bride’s father was deceased. He was an advid golfer. Several of his golf buddies were in attendance at the wedding. Messages were written on several golf balls which his friends hit into the water just beyond the repsction site.

Remembering the saying “Gone, but not forgotten” will make your day pretty darn perfect.

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Framed photos placed in a row of seats.

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Photos can be held so they are included in current pictures.

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Jewelry inherited from a grandparent.

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A locket with a photo incorporated into the bouquet.

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A piece of cloth sewn into the wedding dress.

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An “In Memory” section in the program.

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Family collectables incorporated into the reception decor.

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An activity to celebrate the life of the departed.

Remembering the saying “Gone, but not forgotten” will make your day pretty darn perfect.

Getting Ready at The French Quarter Inn

This past September, we were honored to work with Mariel and William Smith for their charming wedding at the Gibbes Museum of Art. We met up with this amazing bride-to-be at The French Quarter Inn, a quaint luxury hotel right in the heart of historic downtown Charleston, to capture her getting ready for the most important day of her life (up to this point – that is). Her immense excitement and effortless beauty accompanied this gorgeous location perfectly and we couldn’t have been any more pleased with the results! The French Quarter Inn is the perfect hotel in a central location for a downtown event. It exudes class and style with rich colors and fabrics, beautiful marble flooring in the lobby, a stunning spiral staircase, and rooms with the most breath-taking views of the city.

As a Charleston wedding photographer the rooms a spacious and so it is easy to get around and the ground floor lobby area is perfect and quiet as the check in is one level up.  I do love The French Quarter Inn.

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I think most girls would agree that getting primmed and pampered is one of the most exhilarating parts of the day, because it’s not every day that all eyes and focus are on you. Also, having those images to look back on of you trying on your dress, getting your make-up done and that permanent glow on your face will give you and your husband that same feeling for many years to come!

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