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A Garden wedding at Middleton Plantation, Charleston, SC Some of the prettiest gardens for a wedding ceremony can be found at Middleton Plantation, and this past July, I had the pleasure of planning and designing a truly special wedding for Catherine and Jared. Most people don't think of July as an ideal time for weddings here in Charleston, but Catherine is a school teacher, and wanted to take advantage of her summer vacation, to celebrate her marriage with family and friends. So, we sought out shade under a magnificent oak tree for the ceremony, and offered guests parasols, refreshing beverages, sweetgrass fans, and...

Guidelines on addressing your wedding invitations. Writing your guest list for your wedding can be a lot of fun. However, creating the mailing list for your invitations can prove to be a time consuming task. So, it is never to early to get started. The first thing your will want to decide is whether or not you are going to be using double envelopes (outer and inner envelope). These days, there seems to be a trend toward not using the double envelopes, except in the case of a formal, black tie wedding. So, we will start with the guidelines of addressing your...

Deciding whether or not a first look is best - Of all the decisions that need to be made during the wedding planning: flowers, music, food, colors, deciding on whether or not to do a first look is often one of the most difficult decisions, and often one the bride and groom don't always agree on at first. Let's start with the reasons for doing a first look: You will have a nice private moment - just the two of you It can help with the jitters if you are nervous It allows for great photo ops, and you can do all...