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Wedding Wednesdays: A Day with Peggy Post

Maybe its because I am a Southern girl, or the fact that my parents brought me up teaching me the proper way to address an adult, correcting me with my grammar mid sentence (thanks Dad) or urging me to never leave the house without my lipstick on (my Mom still does this to me) but I have always been mildly obsessed with hospitality and etiquette. 

So when I got this pretty little letterpressed invitation in the mail a month ago, inviting me as a fellow Charleston wedding planner, to be a part of a luncheon hosting Peggy Post of the Emily Post Institute..I was more than excited!   

Charleston is pretty much one of the best places to be a wedding planner.  The city alone hosts more weddings a weekend than almost any other city, and not only that, but Charleston was voted one of the top destinations to wed.  There are so many fabulous venues in the area, one of which, Coleman Hall and Chapel, who hosted this beautiful event. 

Photography by  Britt Croft Photography 

For those of you who aren't quite sure who Peggy Post is, I will briefly educate you on her background.  Peggy Post is the great granddaughter in law of the infamous Emily Post, who is world known for her books and columns on the education of etiquette. She has been such an important part in keeping the legacy and traditions that Emily Post built years before, and also updating them for today's ever changing world.  She has written and co-written many of the books that the Emily Post Institute has published and from personal experience now, I can say she is a phenomenal speaker and educator.   

The morning started off with a beautiful spread of breakfast along with a fun and delicious mimosa bar!  The wedding planners mingled for a while before being led into the chapel where Peggy Post spoke to us about Etiquette in the wedding industry .  We were then taken to the hall, where Cru Catering served us an amazing lunch!  

{A photo I took of our first course and what was to come!}

{A photo I took of our first course and what was to come!}

One of my favorite things she talked about was defining the word Etiquette.  She explained etiquette as "Whenever two people come together and their behavior effects one another".  It makes perfect sense.  Etiquette is a day to day experience and something that each of us encounter multiple times a day just by being ourselves.  She explained the etiquette is about three main things:

Consideration: Thinking before acting

Respect: Interest in others – as they are

Honesty: Being sincere, truthful, tactful

Photography by   Britt Croft Photography 

So it makes even more sense that the most important day of a couple's life, when they share their nuptials with their closest family and friends, creates many questions on etiquette and traditions.  This is why I am so grateful for the fabulous book by the Emily Post Institute that covers everything you could imagine on wedding etiquette from beginning to end.  

Photography by   Britt Croft Photography 

I was lucky enough to be able to hear Peggy's thoughts on Wedding Etiquette first hand through this fabulous day, and I truly feel that every bride needs this book!  No matter if you have a wedding planner or not, this book answers so many questions that are asked on a daily basis when it comes to wedding planning.  I could go on and on on how fabulous I think the Emily Post industry is, and how wonderful Peggy Post is, but I will let you get this book and see for yourself how helpful it is.  However, I want to share below some of the fabulous photography of the day's events which was captured by the wonderful Britt Croft Photography.

It truly was a wonderful day and I am proud to be a wedding planner in such an amazing city filled with fabulous vendors such as the ones who made this event so great!

{The fabulous coffee bar}

{The fabulous coffee bar}

{Coffee Bar with delicious little sugar stirrers were a great start to the morning!}

{Coffee Bar with delicious little sugar stirrers were a great start to the morning!}

{Stunning Lounge furniture by Snyder}

{Stunning Lounge furniture by Snyder}

{The mimosa bar compliments of Snyder Events, Polished! and Squeeze On site}

{The mimosa bar compliments of Snyder Events, Polished! and Squeeze On site}

{The Mimosa Bar by Squeeze on Site}

{The Mimosa Bar by Squeeze on Site}

{Table setting by Polished!}

{Table setting by Polished!}

{I love this table and chairs by Snyder.  The fabulous light fixture was added for this event by Technical Event Company}

{I love this table and chairs by Snyder.  The fabulous light fixture was added for this event by Technical Event Company}

{Beautiful table setting from Polished!}

{Beautiful table setting from Polished!}

{Peggy Post signing our books after lunch}

{Peggy Post signing our books after lunch}


XO,

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Wedding Wednesdays: A Charleston Roaring Twenties Styled Shoot

Styled shoots are one of my favorite things to do when it comes to being a Wedding Planner and Designer.  It's a time where I can let my creativity run wild, and a time where I can play with some of my favorite local vendors.  

This styled shoot was one of my favorites and when Southern Bride Magazine asked us to create an atmosphere that was a Charleston Tradition, I knew I wanted to go back in time to the roaring 20's.  I loved the idea of shooting the wedding inside a distillery as it would create a wonderful juxtaposition of a time when alcohol was taboo.  

The fabulous Charleston Distilling Co. on King Street was so gracious to offer up their amazing space for the day. With the help of some amazing models (check out the bartender model...that's my hubby!) and some of Charleston's finest vendors, we were able to set the scene for such a great story!  For more pictures and lots of amazing wedding inspiration, be sure to pick up the latest Issue of Southern Bride Magazine

{Our bride and groom} 
{The fabulous Lady Baltimore Cakes by Sugar Bakeshop}
{My handsome hubby modeling as the bartender} 
{Beautiful bouquet by Out of the Garden}
{Chandeliers were hung in the center of the distillery to anchor the dining table}
{Beautiful Flapper style dress and shoes by Swoon}
Lauren M. Creative Weddings Charleston 1920s Styled Shoot
{Table Detail}
Lauren M. Creative 1920's Styled Shoot Charleston
Lauren M. Creative 1920's Styled Shoot Charleston
Lauren M. Creative 1920's Styled Shoot Charleston
Lauren M. Creative 1920's Styled Shoot Charleston
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Lauren M. Creative Weddings Charleston Styled Shoot

Sources:

Photography // Reese Moore Wedding Photography 

Florals // Out of the Garden

Rentals // Ooh! Events 

Dishware //  Polished Tabletop 

Venue // Charleston Distilling Co. 

Cakes // Sugar Bakeshop

Makeup // Devon Grigsby - Ooh!  Beautiful 

Hair // Jamie Sharp - Blushair 

Invitations // Bell'INVITO 

Tuxedos // Charleston Tuxedo Company

Gowns // Swoon 

Jewelry // Out of Hand 

Plants // Nancy's Exotic Plants 

Event Design // Lauren M. Creative 

Coordination //  Lauren M. Creative and Bella Baxter Events 

Models // Lauren Cerni , Ben Hebel and Joseph Messina

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