DANA & JOE'S BEACH HOUSE WEDDING | MURRELLS INLET, SC | EVENTS BY SANTANA

I have known Dana & Joe for many years, even before they were a “thing”. So once the 2 of them started dating I was beyond thrilled that such great, kind people found one another. Even more thrilled when they got engaged and asked me to be their wedding planner for the beautiful beach wedding in Murrells Inlet, SC.

They chose a stunning blue oceanfront home to host their wedding weekend of festivities. The beach was in their backyard and the perfect setting for the ceremony followed by a fun, cocktail style reception on the pool deck. Dave Bryant and his team of designers created floral arrangements with pops of dusty blue and burgundy to hug the arbor and float in the pool.

Inlet Affairs catered unique stations with themes such as Asian, Mexican, and Southern foods including an oyster bar! They also brought in a vintage wooden boat to house some of the alcoholic beverages. Pink Pineapple Cakes created a custom 3-tiered red velvet cake, my favorite!

Dana & Joe were surrounded by 75 of their closest friends and family to really make this day feel so intimate and special. They ended the night dancing and jump-roping to tunes from DJ Chad Smith, of Wicka Productions.

Mr. & Mrs. Keip, I wish you all the best of luck & love forever. Thank you for having EBS a part of your special day!

XOXO

Santana + EBS Team

PLANNING | EVENTS BY SANTANA

PHOTOGRAPHER | Hannah Ruth Photography

ENTERTAINMENT | Wicka Productions

FLORIST | David Bryant Designer

CAKE | Pink Pineapple Cakes

CATERING | Inlet Affairs

OFFICIANT | Rev. Walter Cantwell, Belin Memorial United Methodist Church

MAKEUP | Dana Ashley

HAIR | Taylor Stalvey, Studio 59

VENUE | “Shore is Perfect” Beach House, Beach Realty

RENTALS | EventWorks

BRIDAL GOWN RE-BUILD| Charlotte’s Build a Bride

PUMPKIN PAINTING PARTY!

What is more fun than painting pumpkins with your best friends?! We all have that craft box sitting in our garage full of old acrylic paint and half used ribbon. We’ll Halloween is the perfect time to pull the cobwebs off and entertain with your best buds!

All you need is:

  • Small (or large) group of friends

  • Acrylic Paint in various colors & Ribbon (I don't think this got used much)

  • Paint Brushes

  • Table Cloth or newspapers

  • Paper plates and paper cups

  • Wine or your fav witches brew! (optional)

Invite the ladies over and have a blast. I had some snacks prepared but we were too busy painting and chatting to eat anything! Everyone brought their own pumpkin and went with their own theme for painting.

BYOP - Bring Your Own Pumpkin!


Happy Halloween!

-EBS





PINE LAKE COUNTRY CLUB WEDDING | MYRTLE BEACH, SC | LOGAN, DAN & OZZIE

I met Logan and Dan earlier this year and immediately fell in love with how kind and gentle they are. Not as individuals, but their love for one another was so simple and sweet!

During one of the most tragic storms (Hurricane Florence) and flooding the Carolina’s had ever seen, this determined couple along with 75 of their closest friends and family traveled all the way from Kentucky to tie the knot!

The terrible towel waving, golf swingin, bourbon sipping couple hosted their wedding at Pine Lakes Country Club, the first ever golf course in Myrtle Beach, also known as “The Granddaddy”. This country club is full of classic, timeless history and it surely showed it’s natural beauty on their special day!

Logan, Dan & Ozzie (their precious pup) - We wish you all the best of luck and love for the rest of your lives!

XOXO

-Santana & EBS Team

EVENT PLANNER | EVENTS BY SANTANA

PHOTOGRAPHER | MAGNOLIA PHOTOGRAPHY

VENUE | PINE LAKES COUNTRY CLUB

ENTERTAINMENT | DJ SCOTT & CO, DJ RYAN

OFFICIANT | REV. WESLEY PEYTON

FLORALS | BLOOMINOUS

HAIR | SALON & SPA 18

MAKEUP | AMI CREATIONS

BRIDE’S GOWN | TWIRL BOUTIQUE, STELLA YORK

SUITS | MEN’S WAREHOUSE

RENTALS | EVENTWORKS

LINENS | CONNIE DUGLIN LINEN

LOVE IS LOVE | WEDDING AT ATALAYA CASTLE, HUNTINGTON BEACH STATE PARK

Beautiful individuals inside and out, Shane & Zac are one-of-a-kind. Their world’s are surrounded by amazing family and friends who adore them and they made me feel that same love and admiration from the first time I met them. As nature lovers and outdoorsmen, the couple routinely visited Atalaya Castle at Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, SC, which later became home to their special day.   

Atalaya Castle, a historic castle in the Grand Strand, was the most whimsical backdrop for the colorful garden themed wedding. Floral napkins from Dillard’s were the inspiration and focal point for the entire day and everything was planned around this one ravishing linen. Shane & Zac even created a matching hand sewn ribbon garland as the ceremony backdrop which tied it all together.  

The cocktail style reception was full of fun activities for all ages. Along with their families, they built cornhole boards, adult size connect four and a gorgeous wooden bar. Sweet signature cocktails and a homebrewed craft beer made of peaches and cream were accompanied by a dessert bar of mini cake shots from Buttercream Cakes & Catering!

Across the foliage wall entering the reception area,  strung memories of Shane and Zac and their together journey together thus far! Guests were encouraged to take polaroid pictures ((SHAKE IT LIKE A POLAROID PICTURE)) to add to the collection. DJ Wayne, Premier DJ Entertainment, kept the party alive by mixing club style upbeat tunes. 

The night was topped off with a red carpet that led Shane & Zac to a 1940’s Packard- Studebaker, from RSG Event Design, which reminisced Shane’s childhood, as his grandfather had one as well.

I could go on and on about this wedding but I’ll let the photos do some of the work. The team of vendors for this day was spectacular and it has been one of my favorite weddings to date!

 

S&Z, I wish you all the best of luck and love and I look forward to our lifetime of friendship!

LOVE IS LOVE <3

 

XOXO

-Santana + EBS Team

 

EVENT PLANNER | EVENTS BY SANTANA

PHOTOGRAPHER | CRYSTAL LEE PHOTOGRAPHY

ASSISTANT PHOTOGRAPHER | HANNAH RUTH PHOTOGRAPHY

VENUE | ATALAYA CASTLE, HUNTINGTON BEACH STATE PARK

ENTERTAINMENT | DJ WAYNE CRIBB, PREMIER DJ ENTERTAINMENT

OFFICIANT | MYRTLE BEACH WEDDING OFFICIANT, ERIC HUNT

CATERER & DESSERTS | BUTTERCREAM CAKES & CATERING

FLORALS & EXIT CAR | RSG EVENT DESIGN

POPCORN | COLLETTE'S POPCORN

RENTALS | CONWAY RENTAL CENTER 

SUITS | BELK & JOSEPH A. BANK

WEDDING PARTY GOWNS | DAVID'S BRIDAL

 

 

DESTINATION BEACH WEDDING | SURF GOLF AND BEACH CLUB | NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC

A sweet, rustic charm meets the breathtaking beachside. Meghan and Greg, Atlanta, GA natives, came to town with one venue in mind… the delicate beauty of the natural beachside. The perfect backdrop for a romantic ceremony, just steps away from a hidden gem, Surf Golf and Beach Club, nestled in the heart of North Myrtle Beach.

Inspired by soft, romantic tones of blush, the ceremony aisle was lined with whimsical mason jars kissed with lace and baby’s breath. Blush toned florals and greenery accented the handmade wooden cross, built with love by the bride’s family, standing tall as the pillar of the altar. With a natural, idyllic setting, there was a beauty in the minimal.

Once guests made their way to the reception hall at Surf Golf and Beach Club, they entered a candlelit elegant atmosphere taking pretty in pink to a heavenly level. Complete with a wood paneled ceiling and wall to wall windows the dark wood contrasted perfectly with the notes of blush and the tiered candle centerpieces. Whispers of gold added a delicate drama to the room, especially to the decadent wedding cake by Buttercream Cakes and Catering. Friends and family shagged the night away to DJ Jim Skinner from West Virginia, until it was time to send off the newlyweds with the flare of sparklers! We could not have asked for a more beautiful and loving gathering to celebrate the union of Meghan and Greg!

 

xoxo,

EVENTS BY SANTANA

 

PLANNING / DESIGN | EVENTS BY SANTANA

PHOTOGRAPHY | Grapefruit Photography

ENTERTAINMENT | DJ Jim Skinner

VENUE | Surf Golf and Beach Club

BAKER | Buttercream Cakes and Catering

FLORIST / DECOR | Beau Soleil Events

RENTALS | Hotz Rentals

CELLIST | Chad Hammer

BRIDE GOWN | Little White Dress

 

FUNDRAISING THROUGH FASHION | COMPASSION THROUGH FASHION SHOW 2018 | NEW DIRECTIONS SHELTERS

On Saturday, April 21st, EBS partnered with New Directions to create, dare I say it, the best fashion show on the Grand Strand. The 3rd Annual Compassion Through Fashion (CTF) at the Marriott Grande Dunes benefitted New Directions (ND) to provide food, shelter, safety, and hope for homeless men, women, children, and veterans. The ND team works to make sure that everyone who comes by the shelters can see and live up to their full potential.

Each CTF entry was required to create an exclusive, engaging and intriguing design for their models to wear as they walked the runway. But here’s the catch, all designs had to be made out of recycled materials! The participants this year used everything from ponchos to water bottles, bubble wrap and even comic book pages. Each design was truly unbelievable.

During the event, guests had the opportunity to bid on over 50 silent auction items ranging from hotel stays to concert tickets. 30 bottles of wine were donated by members of the community to be sold at the event for $12 each. Each bottle sold, paid for a homeless individual to have safety, shelter, and food for one night.

When our team first started on this venture alongside with ND, we set a goal to raise $50,000 for the shelters. By the end of the night, we had raised over $61,000 thanks to our sponsors, community members and generous donations! All of the proceeds will benefit the shelters in Myrtle Beach to help thousands of people reach their full potential.

Compassion Through Fashion gathered over 30 sponsorships, including two presenting sponsors, McDonald’s and Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina. These presenting sponsors each gave $5,000 to help make the 3rd Annual CTF a success.  

To make judging our lovely participants fair, our team found 5 local celebrity judges to help us choose the winners. We had the pleasure of welcoming to the show the beautiful Meghan Miller of WBTW News13, the charming Thomas Davis of Collectors Café & Gallery, the charismatic Carl Kerridge of Carl Kerridge Photography, the infatuating Joujou Safa of Bijuju, and the elegant Kalina Smith of RK Consignments and Interiors, Inc.

Our 5 judges had their work cut out for them with our 17 amazing participants. Each participant offered a unique and entrancing design as they strutted down the runway to custom tunes played by our guest DJ Matt Hayward. Next year, the CTF team wants to have over 30 participants! We think we can do it!

Overall, we had such a blast planning this event. It was a huge success and we already can’t wait until the 4th Annual Compassion Through Fashion.

 

xoxo,

EVENTS BY SANTANA

 

PLANNING. DECOR. DESIGN | EVENTS BY SANTANA

PHOTOGRAPHER | Michelle Coleman Photography 

DJ | Matt Hayward of Heroes 4 Hire, LLC 

VENUE | Marriott Grande Dunes

STAGING & LIGHTING | Stormfront Productions

PRESENTING SPONSORS | Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina and McDonald's Restaurants of the Grand Strand

JUDGES | WBTW News13Collectors Café & GalleryCarl Kerridge PhotographyBijujuRK Consignments and Interiors, Inc.

PROGRAM PRINTING | The Printing Port

PROGRAM DESIGN | Maura Utley 

 

FASHION SHOW DESIGNERS & ENTRIES: The Ole' Irish Pub, Surfside United Methodist Church, Myrtle Beach Police Department, Mary-Addison Davis, Myrtle Beach Yacht Club, Kim Clora-Rodgers, The Rowan Family, Beau Soleil Weddings, Jen Pierce, ND Case Management Team, Bagel Port Cafe & Deli, HGTC Cosmetology Dept., Grand Strand Optimist Club, United Contractors Roofing, Mudgravy

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