Southern Wedding

LAUREN & JAMIE | PEANUT WAREHOUSE, CONWAY, SC

This sweet, down-to-earth wedding was a wild one to remember! Lauren and Jamie both work in the restaurant/bar industry so I knew this wedding would be one heck of a party, and boy was I right! My fiancé and I frequent their work place often so I was honored when they asked me to assist with their big day!

They are both local to the Myrtle Beach area so to host the festivities at Conway’s historical, Peanut Warehouse, was a perfect fit.

This blonde beauty was such a doll to work with and has a heart of gold. She asked her grandmother to be one of her bridesmaids and it was one of the sweetest things I’ve seen at a wedding! Lauren also did a first look with her daddy, who is as darling as she is!

The groom, Jamie, created the idea to give guests baby succulents as wedding favors. He even potted them all in small terra cotta pots and wrapped them with a colorful trim to match the wedding colors. We displayed them on an old, rusty ladder which brought the entire theme together! We paired this with a sweet sign stating “Let Love Grow”!

The couple danced on the clouds, shared lots of romantic kisses, and danced the night away!

We wish you all the luck & love!!

XOXO - Santana + EBS Team

CREATIVE PARTNERS

PLANNING | EVENTS BY SANTANA

VENUE | Peanut Warehouse, Conway, SC

PHOTOGRAPHER | Jessica Keefer Photography

HAIR & MAKEUP | Stephanie’s Salon & Day Spa

FLORALS & DECOR | Lazelle’s Flowers

GOWN | Coastal Knot, Essence of Australia

BRIDES SHOES | Dillard’s

GROOM ATTIRE | Jos. A Banks

INVITATION SUITE | Mixbook

CAKE | Cakes by Day

CATERING | Mission BBQ

ENTERTAINMENT & CLOUDS | Eyecon Entertainment

RENTALS | Conway Rental Center

ROMANCE MEETS EDGE STYLED SHOOT | UPPER MILL PLANTATION | CONWAY, SC

This badass styled shoot is what my #bossbabe dreams are made of! If you know the EBS style, it’s very edgy, full of rich tones and lots of BLACK!! Styled shoots are such a fun way for industry vendors to get together and be extremely unique and showcase their most creative work - And that’s exactly what happened here!

Royal Decor brought their magic with the fabulous crescent shaped bridal bouquet. I’m not even a lover of pink shades but the uniqueness of this bouquet made it so stunning and romantic!

The motorcycle and leather jacket were the perfect mix to take this shoot from southern and romantic to sexy and adventurous!

And not to mention, a PINK VEIL from Little White Dress, I mean.. COME ON! GORGG!

The Upper Mill Plantation is an absolutely stunning, southern venue to get married at. It even includes a bridal suite in addition to hundreds of picturesque spots! As a Conway & Myrtle Beach Wedding Planner, this venue is a dream to work at!

I could go on and on about how each amazing vendor came to life and brought their badass side out to play but I’ll just let you see it for yourself!!

XOXO

DREAM TEAM:

PLANNING | EVENTS BY SANTANA

VENUE | Upper Mill Plantation, Conway, SC

PHOTOGRAPHER | Corina Silva Photography

VIDEO & PHOTO | StanWeddings.com

FLORALS & DECOR | Royal Decor

GOWN & VEIL | Little White Dress

GROOM ATTIRE | Jos. A Banks

INVITATION SUITE | Charlotte & Lily

CAKE | Delicieux Cakery

MAKEUP | You. Only Better - Peggy Bodoro

LINEN & DINNERWARE | Eventworks

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 

 

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

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

SAIL AWAY WITH ME | JENNIFER & AMANDA | MAGNOLIA PLANTATION, CHARLESTON, SC

I met Jenny & Amanda almost 5 years ago through a mutual friend. I could immediately tell they were amazing individuals and we instantly clicked! Our friendship quickly developed and each step of the way, their love for one another never ceased to amaze me! They are both so outgoing and loving with hearts of gold. 

We planned their wedding for almost 2 years and even had to move the date from a Saturday in October to a Monday in December due to Jenny’s deployment (United States Coast Guard). The winter wonderland themed wedding was one to remember. 

Magnolia Plantation Carriage House in Charleston, SC was the perfect location for the ceremony & reception. It was surrounded by over-grown oak trees, colorful gardens, and sat directly on the Ashley River. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens has been selected as one of “America’s Most Beautiful Gardens” by Travel +  Leisure Magazine

Jenny & Amanda are always the life of the party and what better way to prove that than to have mini fireball shots for guests at the end of your ceremony? It was a fun surprise for everyone, even the officiant pulled one out of his coat! 

The cocktail hour continued the excitement with a “shuck-it-yourself” oyster roast! After the guests cleaned up and took their seats in the Carriage House the bridal party stormed in with yellow Steelers “Terrible Towels” (Jenny’s family are HUGE Steelers fans).

After a southern-style dinner by Crazy Dutchman Catering, Jenny & Amanda cut into a rainbow layered cake decorated to look like white birchwood.  Followed by cake, guests enjoyed a bourbon & cigar bar on the back deck as the sun set over the river. 

Ryan of Globaltruth Entertainment, didn’t need much to pump up this wild crowd! It was a night full of dancing, drinking and good times! 

"In high tide or in low tide I'll be by your side" -Bob Marley

 

PLANNING/DECOR/DESIGN | EVENTS BY SANTANA

VENUE | Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

PHOTOGRAPHY | Amslee Agency

DJ//LIGHTING | Globaltruth Entertainment

CATERING//BAR | Crazy Dutchman Catering

CAKE/DESSERTS | Sweet Rhi

BRIDAL GOWN//BRIDESMAID DRESSES | Little White Dress

GROOM//GROOMSMEN ATTIRE | Express   

TRANSPORTATION | Charleston Style Limo

OFFICIANT | Bill Pennauchi 

HAIR & MAKEUP | Sharon Low & Joanne Shipley