Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011

A Recap of Trends from 2010

Time sure does fly! It seems that 2010 was over just as soon as it started. It was such a wonderful year for us because we were fortunate to work with so many fun and amazing couples.

So, as a way to properly send of the fabulous year of 2010, we decided to discuss the most popular trends of the year.

2010 was all about vintage weddings. Anything retro looking was a huge hit! Many brides were having their receptions outdoors using short floral centerpieces to give that old-fashion feel to their wedding.

Photo booths were also very popular in 2010, and they are absolutely perfect to have with a vintage wedding! Grabbing some fun props for your guests to pose with made this addition such a memorial piece to the wedding day.

Green is in, and 2010 brides were much more environmentally savvy. Many brides printed their programs on recycled paper or used locally grown flowers. They made sure their guests didn't have to travel far to get from the ceremony site to the reception, to save on gas and put out a better green foot. And, our personal favorite idea, they gave "plantables" as their favors! A plantable is simply seeded response card. Once the response card was received, the bride placed these in small flower pots and set them out as favors for guests to take home and plant in their home garden. These eco-friendly additions come in many different shapes and sizes and are the perfect favor for a bright and retro inspired wedding!

These wedding invitations were made from recycled paper! How cute are they?

Wedding fashion of 2010 was bold, romantic, and colorful. Blues and purples were the most popular colors and it was very common for a bride to choose for her bridesmaids to wear different shades of the same color. As it has become popular for weddings to be a bit more casual, tea-length bridal gowns with romantic details such as lace and flowers were huge hits in 2010. The Knot found that brides enjoyed tying every aspect of their wedding together by using the fabric and pattern of their weddings dress as inspiration for their invitations, programs, and cake.

Finally, it seems that one of the most common trends of 2010, and a trend that has always been around, is the grand exit. Whether the bride and groom are showered with rose petals, bird seed, or guided down a walkway lined with sparklers held by guests. A grand exit has been, and always should be, a must at the end of a fabulous wedding!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Real Wedding: Lauren and Chad

First of all, we would like to say "Cheers" to the New Year! 2010 has been a wonderful year for us here at Sweetgrass Social and we're so thankful for all of our wonderful couples that we have been privileged to work with!

So with all that being said, we know that we have been neglecting our blog and so we figured we should come back with a BANG! There's not a better way to do it than with Lauren and Chad's New Years wedding. We had so much fun with these two and couldn't have picked a sweeter bride to work with. Lots of logistic planning went into this New Years gathering as the ceremony was held downtown and then the guests were shuttled back to Mt. Pleasant to the always gorgeous Boone Hall Plantation. This couple was lucky to be surrounded by so many loving friends and family to not only kick of their new lives together, but also 2011! We couldn't imagine a better way to bring in the New Year!

There is one detail of this wedding that we cannot neglect. THE DRESS! Lauren's dress was purchased right here in Charleston at the Gown Boutique of Charleston. However, it wasn't one that you can just find on the rack. Lauren had two gowns combined into one. The creation turned out beautifully. Below are some of her gorgeous bridal portraits. She is currently Sweetgrass Social's model on our facebook page, as well!

Lauren and Chad had an absolutely stunning New Year's Even wedding! The ceremony took place downtown at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul and the reception was at the Cotton Dock at Boone Hall.

We always love working with the fabulous Liz Duren of Liz Duren Photography, who captured all of these wonderful moments.

Lauren gave Chad a letter to read before the ceremony. We think this is such a sweet idea!

Lauren and Chad are such a fun couple and they really let their personalities shine through with their choice of decor. The Cotton Dock was the ideal setting for this black tie affair. The rustic feel of the building complemented the chic black and white theme extremely well! Leave it to Justin Wham of JW Weddings and Events to create the most fabulous floral arrangements. The table centerpieces were topped with huge white feathers- perfect for a New Year's wedding!

Not only did the cake look beautiful with just a touch of sparkle in the frosting, but it also tasted like Heaven. We can always count on Hayden of Ashley Bakery to make not only a beautiful cake, but a great tasting one, as well!

This was such a fun crowd to work with! After everyone filled up on the delicious food from New Dream Catering, they danced the night away. We love this shot of Lauren and her Mom breaking it down on stage!

We sent them off with a sparkler exit. Their transportation was provided by the Black Cab company.

Lauren and Chad were so much fun to work with! We are so honored to have been a part of their special day!

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