SUMMER DESTINATION WEDDING | DOUBLETREE RESORT BY HILTON | MYRTLE BEACH, SC

It is times like this dream wedding, that make you truly love what you do! The Sun News so sweetly created a contest for lovely couples with the hopes of having their dream wedding right here in beautiful Myrtle Beach. With the help of some local Fairy God-Vendors, one lucky couple’s wish was granted! With only 30 days til the wedding day it was MAJOR crunch time - Invitations had to be designed and mailed, dresses and suits to be chosen and fitted for, decor, and so much more.

A heart-touching story, the groom saved the lives of two girls whose car ran off a bridge and into a body of water. After a life-changing moment they quickly became best friends of the couple. To show their love and appreciation, the two girls submitted a video sharing their unique tale. It was a no brainer as to who should win this dream wedding giveaway, Christy & DJ!

Some of the best vendors in town donated their services to create this once in a lifetime experience for a more than deserving couple. Their love for the natural outdoors lead the way to designing the wedding of their dreams. Blended bright, summer arrangements with a rustic wilderness of earthy moss, wood centerpieces, and accents of deer antlers tying the whole setting together. Guests shared sweet notes and best wishes for the couple by signing a large jenga set, hand-made by the groom himself! After enjoying a decadent raw bar and the most savory carving stations, family and friends danced to the best of times with tunes spinned by DJ Stephen Craig. Wishing the couple a final goodbye, all joined in a sparkler send-off!

Thanks to the help of each and every vendor, these lovely newlyweds began their lives together with a dream come true!

 

xoxo,

EVENTS BY SANTANA

 

 

PLANNING. DECOR. DESIGN | EVENTS BY SANTANA

CONTEST. GIVEAWAY | The Sun News

PHOTOGRAPHER | Crystal Lee Photography

ENTERTAINMENT. LIGHTING | DJ Stephen Craig

FLORIST | David Bryant Designer

CAKE | Pawleys Island Bakery

FAVORS | Pink Pineapple Cakes

OFFICIANT | Blessed Beach Weddings

INVITATIONS. SIGNAGE | Charlotte + Lily LLC

HAIR. MAKEUP | Bobby Pins and Blushing Brides

VENUE | DoubleTree Resort by Hilton

CEREMONY RENTAL. SET UP | EventWorks

BRIDAL GOWN | Little White Dress

TUXEDO | Amanda’s Collection

DRAPING | Elegant and Classy Events

VALET | Shoreline Valet

 

MARGARET & JOHN | 21 MAIN EVENTS AT NORTH BEACH | NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC | EVENTS BY SANANA

When beautiful elegance meets handsome sophistication! The union of Maggie and John kicked off our 2018 wedding season. Keeping the exchanging of vows close to the heart, the sweet couple opted for the most intimate of ceremonies at the Sea Captain’s House with only close family to witness.

A party fit for the ages, the reception was hosted at 21 Main Events at North Beach, an elegant venue with class and finesse. The tables were dressed in black satin linen with pearly white napkins to accent each seat. Magnolia leaves were a sentimental touch to the glowing bride, so each centerpiece was designed with enchanting gold candle sticks and a bed of deep green magnolia leaves. It was a minimal, elegant and timeless black tie soirée fit for a king.

After an exquisite plated dinner served by the most professional staff of 21 Main, family and guests shared a toast over bubbly and a decadent dessert bar from Buttercream Cakery. Then it was time to dance! Not a guest kept their seat til it was time to say goodnight. Such a lively party, it was the perfect way to start this years wedding season!

 

xoxo,

EVENTS BY SANTANA

 

 

PLANNING / DESIGN | EVENTS BY SANTANA

VENUE | 21 Main Events at North Beach

PHOTOGRAPHY | Ashley Nicole Photography

ENTERTAINMENT | DJ Dave Cash

UPLIGHTING | Encore L’Amore Events

DECOR / FLORAL | Teresa Steigmann

BAKER | Buttercream Cakery

MAKEUP | Dana Ashley Makeup

HAIR | Megan Ables with Freddie Rose Salon

EVENT NANNY | Nanny Traci

 

You’re Getting Married! | What Now?

The day has come, you’re engaged! The wonderful news has made it from family to friends to colleagues to that sweet clerk at the grocery store. Now that the euphoric bliss of being engaged is turning to a romantic whisper it is time to talk about planning your wedding! I know it can be intimidating to take those steps from just daydreaming about this once-in-a-lifetime experience to actual “planning”, so first, take a breather! Before you jump into the exciting world of never-ending choices and decision making, take a week or two to really enjoy and savor this time with your soon-to-be. Now let's do this!

Choosing the Wedding Date |

A lot of different aspects can be considered when choosing the perfect day to marry your special someone. There is the sentimental dates, choosing a day filled with love and meaning. The day you two went steady or the day of your first date together or maybe the day he or she first said “I love you!” Also consider your favorite season. If wanting an outdoor ceremony and reception, maybe choosing a beautiful Spring day or the first cool days of Fall will be the best starting place. Narrowing the day down even more, your budget will help you to determine the day of the week and even the months in the year. Opting for the classic weekend wedding in a high-volume season may steepen your budget, especially on a Saturday, but the weekend can be more optimal for your guests with work and children in school. Also, the availability of that dreamy venue you’ve had your eye on may tell you all you need to know.  

Choosing the Venue |

There are certain traditions that can be forgone, the cutting of the cake, even the tossing of the bouquet, but a venue? A venue is the one thing you cannot skip. For some, it can be the most difficult of decisions. Consult with a wedding planner. An established planner is familiar with local spaces, as well as the capabilities each dreamy venue has and does not have. After clearly explaining your desired vision, your planner can point you in the direction of venues that compliment your elegant aesthetic. If you want a natural, rustic diamond in the ruff, you will not find that in an elegant ballroom. Consider the number of guests and the kind of experience you want your loved ones to have. You do not want to overcrowd or even under-crowd your venue. If holding a destination wedding, keep in mind the proximity of your guest accommodations to the venue.

Everyone could use that extra help! Choosing Your Wedding Planner |

Many question the need to devote a small part of your wedding budget on outside coordination, but let me tell you, the actual experience of attending your wedding is not something you want to miss! Having a coordinator ensures the most seamless, blissful day without the stress of wondering if the cake arrived or if your seating chart and table numbers are displayed correctly.  Set-up to break-down, your planner is behind the scenes handling any small obstacle that may arise throughout the day and immediately resolve them in a flawless manner. When it comes to a full days’ timeline, a planner can keep every memory-making activity in a flowing rhythm, leaving you to mingle and enjoy your guests.

Planning your wedding can be a demanding process therefore you want to work with someone that you trust and that fits you and your soon-to-be’s personality. He or she will be with you every step of the way to logistically detail each component, from budgeting and floorplans to scheduling tastings and fittings, ensuring no gem is left unturned.

Choosing Your Key Vendors |

The #EBS rule of thumb | Venue, Entertainment, Photographer!

With the endless variety of lovely vendors there are three that must be considered first and foremost. You want to lock in your desired wedding date with your dreamy venue as soon as possible. While a baker or florist can book multiple events in one day, a venue can book one and only one. The same is true with your photographer and choice of entertainment. Standardly booked as single individuals, they cannot be in more than one place on a given day, so it is crucial to reserve their attendance and services promptly.

We cannot reveal all of our secrets, but you now have the #EBS guide to get you started and experience a wedding of creative ideas, unique designs and flawless execution!

 

XOXO,

EVENTS BY SANTANA

 

PLANNING / DECOR / DESIGN | EVENTS BY SANTANA 

VENUE | Pine Lakes Country Club 

PHOTOGRAPHY | Magnolia Photography 

INVITATION | Charlotte + Lily

BRIDAL GOWN | Fancy Frocks Bridal 

 

Pour le Désire do Mon Coeur | For My Heart’s Desire | EBS Guide to Valentine’s Day

One of the hardest things to do on Valentine’s Day is pick the perfect gift and plan the perfect date! We are here to help you plan a loving and thoughtful day for you and your sweetheart from gift ideas to romantic nights, we have you covered! 

A night out is always lovely, but nothing brings a couple closer than making a home-cooked meal together. More than a casual night at home, make it a real date experience! The most private dining you could have. Dress up, open a bottle of your favorite wine, and gentleman don’t forget the flowers! Add some adventure and create a menu out of your culinary comfort zone. If you want to incorporate mystery to your Valentine’s festivity, candles and flower petals to illuminate the way to your private Bistro J’adore are always a nice touch. SWOON! Then sit down to a table decorated with candle-lit love and set with romantic detail.

Make it a whole day! Start with breakfast in bed finished with a hand-made legend and map revealing a romantic scavenger hunt of all the places special to each of you. From the first date spot to where you first kissed to the moment you realized, I love you. Each location to be marked with a small gift and a note revealing all the things you love about your paramour. Finished up with a night cap at home illuminated with candles and for the the nights end, a Wishing Jar. Designed with love, each of you write out a wish for your life together and put it in the jar. Keep the tradition for every milestone and in a few years, open it together. 

Alright friends, this may take some planning and sneaking to keep it a secret! Surprise your loved one with a collage of loving sticky notes designed to spell “I LOVE YOU” on their powder room mirror. And when they peer back through the door, breakfast in bed will be waiting for the two of you. What a way to start the day! If you want to keep the fun going, for dinner, instead of going out, each of you order a meal to be delivered with food you think your significant other would love most. Let’s see who knows who best!

We could keep going with thoughtful gifts and date ideas, but lets talk about setting the perfect table!

I bet red and roses are the first thing to come to your mind, but remember, the beautiful plethora of colors and flowers is endless. Do not be afraid to try something he or she will not expect. Minimalism, in fact, with soft whispers of romance is something to think about. Instead of roses, incorporate their favorite flowers. Keeping the surrounding decor subtle and soft. Greenery is often over-looked, but it is so beautiful. Center your table with greenery and illuminate the table with either tall, delicate candle sticks and/or small votive tea lights. 

Lets add elegance with a full place setting. In a clockwise direction you will start with the following :: wine and water glasses, dinner spoon, knife, dinner fork, charger then dinner plates with the napkin placed sweetly on top. Soft blush napkins are an amorous touch to detail your private table. Ending with the dessert spoon and dessert fork. He or she will not wait to sit down! 

Now you have all you need to plan the most romantic of days to show your loved one just how special they are!

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day sweethearts! <3 XOXO

DUSTIN & ARIN | THE PEANUT WAREHOUSE | CONWAY, SC | EVENTS BY SANTANA

Southern charm meets a classic beauty! When I first met Dustin and Arin, I could feel the timeless love shared between these two. This sweet couple dreamt of a whimsical, romantic aesthetic with hints of a beautifully southern, rustic grace. The Peanut Warehouse in Conway, South Carolina had all of that and more. From the twinkling, idyllic lights illuminating the all-wood ceiling to the natural lumber making up the entire venue, swoon! 

To keep with the simple, yet elevated beauty of this hidden gem, we let the venue shine with soft, pale grey and blue colored linen. To accentuate each table we placed carved log centerpieces, dressed with a blend of burlap and hand-painted wine bottles and single hydrangeas. It was elegance in the simplest form. The altar was adorned with delicate white draping loosely tied on each side with a blend of burlap, white and pale blue ribbon. It sat perfectly under the chandelier lining the aisle center. 

ART Catering served a delicious feast buffet style before the guests danced the night away with DJ Ronnie. And how about that sweetly southern cake from Sky Spicer? The florals and burlap were the perfect notes to dress that decadent dessert! When the magical night had to come to an end, the bride and groom retired to one of the charming rooms at Cypress Inn Bed & Breakfast. This wedding was certainly one to be remembered! 

 

PLANNING/DECOR/DESIGN | EVENTS BY SANTANA

VENUE | The Peanut Warehouse

PHOTOGRAPHY | Jessica Keefer Photography

DJ/LIGHTING | Ronnie Russ

CAKE | Sky Spicer

FLORIST | Flowers in the Forest

HAIR & MAKEUP | Dana Ashley

OFFICIANT | Benji Simmons

CATERING/RENTALS | ART Catering

VIDEOGRAPHER | Dennis Reed

BED & BREAKFAST | Cypress Inn

SkyWheel Events | Myrtle Beach, SC | EVENTS BY SANTANA

2017 was a year of many wonderful new partnerships! One being the home of the best view in town. The SkyWheel in Myrtle Beach is 200-feet above sea level making it one of the optimal places to observe the Atlantic Ocean and all the fun to be had on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. EVENTS BY SANTANA was brought in to coordinate monthly events for all locals and first-timers alike. 

With the help of some awesome creative partners, we have had special appearances from superheroes, fairytale characters, the Easter bunny, Mr. and Mrs. Clause and much more. Many events featured some one-of-a-kind balloon displays from Imagination Creations in addition to face painters, balloon twisters and did I mention the mini horse? Playful, quirky games, such as ring toss, offered a chance to win exclusive prizes while dancing along to the sound of the DJ! SkyWheel’s neighbor, LandShark Bar & Grill, generously provided complementary treats and specialty beverages for guests to enjoy.

We had Spooktacular events, CarnEVIL’s, Who-Bilation's, Season Festivals, an exclusive Eclipse party and many more themed days! Looking forward to another year with the best view in town! Stay updated on 2018 events at http://www.skywheel.com

 

PLANNING/DECOR/DESIGN | EVENTS BY SANTANA

VENUE | SkyWheel 

PHOTOGRAPHY | Gene Ho Photography and One Life Photography 

DJ | DJ Rich (Rich Hargrove ) of Myrtle Beach DJ’s and DJ Matt of Heroes 4 Hire

CHARACTERS | Heroes 4 Hire and The Character Co.

CARICATURES | Carolina Caricatures 

RENTALS | EventWorks

FOOD & BEVERAGE | Landshark Bar & Grill and Wee-R-Sweetz

BALLOON & ENTERTAINMENT | Imagination Creations 

BAKERY | Pink Pineapple Cakes and CM Cakes Bakin 

FLOWERS | Little Shop Of Flowers

PUMPKINS | Thompson Farm

Custom Tags | Charlotte + Lily 

MINI HORSE | Mincey Farms

 

Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce100 Years | Pawleys Island, SC | EVENTS BY SANTANA

The voice of businesses and the county’s biggest promoter of member success deserves a Gala worthy of 100 years of dedicated service to the Georgetown community. What an honor it was to coordinate both the 100th birthday and the end of year Gala for the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce.

To kick off such a momentous occasion we opted for a birthday celebration that commemorated some of the most iconic items that have also withstood the tests of 100 years time! The Hammock Shops porch was the perfect backdrop accompanied by uplighting provided by GlobalTruth Entertainment that took the party to another level. We showcased an menu offering some Low Country favorites - chicken and waffles, fried green tomatoes with pimento Cheese, shrimp & grits and egg rolls :: Although, it was the CheerWine and MoonPie bar that stole the show!

Also celebrating 100 years is the famous Chuck Taylor shoe which quickly became the theme for our centerpieces & floral arrangements! That’s right, we used the timeless street shoe to decorate each table! It was a great turn out, but how could it not be with The Reggie Sullivan Band playing in the courtyard gazebo. The celebration did not end here!

Sticking closely to the time of 100 years ago, we themed the Chamber’s premier event around the Roaring 20s! All the members were invited to a Roaring Night celebrating and commemorating 100 years of service. A seating lounge fit for the times was brought in by EventWorks while the most charming saxophone soloist entertained the prohibited cocktail hour. We even created a Georgetown Chamber memorabilia room with important keepsakes and tokens from their esteemed past. This end of the year bash and awards ceremony shined with black silk linen and topped with the most beautiful arrangements of white feathers and pearls. After a delicious dinner provided by Pawleys Plantation, they blew out the birthday candles of a custom gold “G” cake donated by Pawleys Island Bakery. The roaring night ended with a toast and vintage coupes full of sparkling champagne!

Happy 100 years Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce! Cheers to 100 more!

BIRTHDAY:

PLANNING/COORDINATION/DESIGN | EVENTS BY SANTANA

VENUE | The Hammock Shops Village

PHOTOGRAPHY | Magnolia Photography

ENTERTAINMENT | The Reggie Sullivan Band

CATERING | Inlet Affairs

RENTALS | Hotz Rentals

UPLIGHTING | Globaltruth Entertainment

FLORALS | Teresa Steigmann

T-SHIRTS | Great White Shirt Co

GALA:

PLANNING/COORDINATION/DESIGN | EVENTS BY SANTANA

VENUE/CATERING | Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club 

RENTALS | EventWorks and Hotz Rentals

FLORALS/DECOR/LINEN | Teresa Steigmann

BAKERY | Pawleys Island Bakery 

PHOTOBOOTH PHOTOGRAPHER | Michele Coleman Photography 

PHOTOGRAPHER | Jon Stell Photography 

ENTERTAINMENT | U-N-I Elegant Jazz & Blues 

VALET SERVICE | Shoreline Valet 

PIPE AND DRAPE | Convention Makers 

UPLIGHTING | Globaltruth Entertainment 

 

Shrimp & Grits Cook Off | Hammock Shops Village, Pawleys Island, SC | EVENTS BY SANTANA

One of my personal favorites, the Hammock Shops Village’s most anticipated event thrived its second year. That’s right! This May of 2017 marked the 2nd Annual Shrimp & Grits Cook-Off  at “the porch” in the Pawleys Island Hammock Shops. The top chefs in the area gathered to battle for the prestigious titles of People’s Choice and Best Shrimp & Grits offering their unique renditions of the crowd favorite comfort food. All proceeds from the delicious event benefitted Miss Ruby’s Kids, a Non-Profit literacy program serving families in Georgetown County. 

With the help of EventWorks rentals, the cook-off decor was themed around a vibrant blue and electric orange color scheme with pops of yellow accents. DJ Wally B with Paul Matthews Entertainment kept the energy up while guests indulged in the most savory bites. Kona Ice Truck parked just outside offered a sweet note to the days delectable palette. There was something for everyone when The Character Company came out with activities for the kids and balloon animals for all, but lets not forget the contestants! Up for the title were Bagel Cafe, Bistro 217, Hanser House, Rustic Table, bisQit, Get Carried Away, Quigley’s and Southern Comforts. Talk about a competition! 

It was not an easy decision, as each taste was exquisite, but with an esteemed panel of judges and the help of the attendees, two winners were chosen. People’s Choice went to Bistro 217 and the winner of Best Shrimp & Grits went to Southern Comforts. 

Looking forward to round 3! 

THE JUDGES:

Beth Stedman - President of Georgetown Co. Chamber

Bruce Bailey - President and CEO of Tidelands Health Care 

Charles Swenson - Editor of the Coastal Observer 

Jamie Sanderson - Georgetown Foodland

Rhett Graham - Coastal Carolina University Athletics

 

PLANNING/DECOR/DESIGN | EVENTS BY SANTANA

VENUE | The Hammock Shops Village

PHOTOGRAPHY | Moments Captured by Kelley Renee

DJ & PHOTOBOOTH | Paul Matthews Entertainment with DJ Wally B

DESSERTS | Kona Ice Truck

RENTALS | Eventworks

BEVERAGE | Lowes Foods

ENTERTAINMENT | The Character Company

Be Our Guest | McKenzie & Grant | Myrtle Beach, SC | EVENTS BY SANTANA

From the moment I met McKenzie & Grant, I could truly feel the warmth and the love that these two share for each other. She was an artistic bride with a unique, antique vision for their wedding day and he wanted her to have everything she envisioned - Grant was off to a great start for husband of the year!

Their wedding journey began with hand-painted wedding invitations designed by McKenzie herself. With warm tones of maroon, soft blushes of pink and vibrant hues of green, guests got a lovely peek to the color palette that would decorate their big day. That was just the beginning! Surrounding the hand-picked antique centerpieces were pops of maroon colored napkins which provided a gorgeous touch of drama. Authentic wood logs covered in moss, ivory candles, and greenery caught the eye as you entered into the venue. Each piece of decor brought a beautiful woodsy, yet soft whimsical feel to the entire event.

To show each guest a glimpse into the couple’s journey together,  an exquisitely rustic wooden ladder was draped with photos outlining memories from their first date to the day he proposed. Old window panes were used to debut the dinner menu, the bridal party names and our personal favorite, the bride’s hand-painted “Be Our Guest” welcome sign.

And then there is her ring! SWOON! <3

The evening ceremony kicked off outside in the picture-perfect garden of Pine Lakes Country Club. Cocktail hour was held on the club’s porch which offered a variety of selected craft beers close to the groom and a margarita bar for the blushing bride. The party was brought inside for the reception and to announce the newlyweds as Mr. and Mrs. Toth for the first time! After dinner and some dancing, everyone gathered around for the hilarious game of how well McKenzie and Grant really know each other! When the laughing finally came to an end, the show continued with the always fun bouquet and garter toss, but the party never stopped until the time came to send the couple off with the always exciting sparkler exit! As spoken by the theme of their gorgeous cake, “Let the Adventure Begin.”

PLANNING/DECOR/DESIGN | EVENTS BY SANTANA

VENUE | Pine Lakes Country Club

PHOTOGRAPHY/PHOTOBOOTH | Corina Silva

DJ/OFFICIANT | Paul Matthews Entertainment

CAKE/DESSERTS | Incredible Edibles

FLORISTS | Beach Blossoms 

HAIR & MAKEUP | Hair on Main // Makeup Artistry on Location

BRIDAL GOWN | I Do, I Do - Athens, GA

GROOM/GROOMSMEN ATTIRE | Formal Wear of Myrtle Beach

BRIDESMAID DRESSES | Amanda's Collection, Cristina Wu

INVITATION/PAPER PRODUCTS | Bride

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!! *2*

Hi! I’m Santana and I am beyond excited to announce the 2 year anniversary of Events By Santana;  my business, my passion, my baby! 

Events By Santana has coordinated over 50 events, featured in numerous bridal magazines, made TV appearances and competed in the local Dancing with the Stars. I have partnered with companies such as The Hammock Shops and Gay Dolphin to organize events including the renowned Sun Fun Festival and The Shrimp and Grits Cook-Off. Charleston Weddings are always a personal favorite and the Fashion Show in Market Common is a thrilling event I look forward to every year!

This summer, EBS has been accepted into the Leadership Grand Strand program, giving me the perfect opportunity to give back to a community that has given so much to me over these two years.

I have had an outrageous amount of support from my family, friends, and vendors I’ve met over the years. My girl Heather is a smart, driven, beautiful, creative supermodel who will do big things with her future! 

Especially thank you to two particular people :: 1. My boyfriend, Bill, for always believing in my success, sticking with me through the ups & downs, and cheering me on every step of the way! 2. Hannah (Hannah Ruth Photography), my awesome, goofy, photographer best friend! You have captured my (our) journey of wackiness and continue to amaze me with your beautiful work! 

This company represents diversity, edginess, strength, and independence. I will continue to be take chances and try new things and never forget where I came from. 

There’s no telling how far EBS can go!

XOXO 

-Santana