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This issue of Carolina Bride is filled with great ideas for making your wedding unique. Melanie Murphy of By Invitation Only showed us how you can take a popular venue like 701 Whaley and make it stand out for your wedding. Melanie and her team specialize in creating customized details and décor for each couple they work with to show off their personality and style. If you’re looking for something fresh and different to serve at your reception, check out Miyo’s catering options. Michelle Wang, the mastermind behind Miyo’s Restaurant Group shared some of her favorite menu items with us that are delicious and healthy for you and your guests. Don’t be afraid to think out of the box when planning your reception. Traditions are a great thing to incorporate into a wedding, but it is also important to add your personality and unique twists to the reception to make it more memorable for you and your husband. It can be easy to get caught up in what everyone else has done and what others think you should do. This is your big day and your time to shine!
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10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Megan Page & Cody Herring Engagement 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deepa Rao & Noah Feit Engagement 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Celebrate in Style with Van Jean 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Something New at Belk’s Engagement Par ty 16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Once Upon a Time 18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Love Written in the Sky: Kyle aqnd Sara Jackson 22 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Simple Elegance: Ross and Meg Oakley 26 . . . . . . . A Little South Carolina Charm: Michael and Amy Waldrop 28 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lucky in Love: Josh and Stephanie Garman 32 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A Gamecock Wedding: Ryan and Emily Fleming 36 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rain, Rain Go Away 38 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Prepped & Pampered 40 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wedding Day Hair Styles 42 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bridal Fashions Roar with ‘20’s Touches 44 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Well-Dressed Groom 46 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Transforming Your Venue 48 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Setting the Scene 49 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Catering with a Fresh Twist 50 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Secrets to Planning an Outdoor Celebration 51 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Everything Under One Roof 52 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Trip of a Lifetime 53 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Say Thank You in Style 54 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Tips for Assembling your Budget 56 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wedding Day Checklist 57 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Catering Considerations 58 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Obtaining a Marriage License in South Carolina 59 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stationery Checklist 60 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wedding Album 68 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Celebration Announcements 71 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Par ting Shot 72 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Reception Venues in the Columbia Area 74 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Adver tiser Index 78 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Happily Ever After
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PHOTOS BY JUDY KAY BRYAN As told by Megan: Cody and I grew up in the same hometown, attended the same church, and shared the same circle of friends, and yet our paths never truly crossed until September 19, 2009. We both went off to college after high school. Cody attended The Citadel and is now finishing his biology degree at Francis Marion University. I attended undergrad at The University of South Carolina and graduated with my nursing degree and currently I am attending The University of South Carolina School of Medicine for my Masters of Nurse Anesthesia. I don’t know what was different about September 19, 2009 than any other time I saw Cody. I can only attest that God had a plan for us because we’ve been inseparable ever since. Our friends all say we make perfect sense and there has always been an ease about our relationship that I never experienced before.
On August 20, 2010, I came home for the weekend and it felt like any other night. We ate a casual dinner with my parents and we were going out with friends later that night. I look back and laugh now because this “normal” night wasn’t so normal. Little did I know prior to eating this casual dinner, Cody had asked my father for my hand in marriage. Cody kept saying he was “queazy” and I being completely oblivious at the time, kept saying he was probably dehydrated from being out in the sun all day. After dinner Cody, in true farmer fashion took me to a field that we frequented where he played “A Little More You” by Little Big Town on his guitar. I was still oblivious because Cody often does this type of thing. It took him being on bended knee with the ring on my finger before I knew what was going on. Needless to say it was the best surprise of my life.
Megan and Cody will be married in October 2012
PHOTOS BY CALICO PHOTOGRAPHY As told by Deepa: Noah and I met in 2007 while working at the Augusta Chronicle newspaper. He worked in the sports department, and I worked in news. We would casually chat at work while he came to talk to one of the bosses who was located near my desk. He also started to come out with a group of us who hung out regularly after the night shift. Through the office messaging system, he and I found out that we had a lot in common. Everyone else in our crew went home one Thanksgiving, leaving just the two of us in town. From there, our romance bloomed.
More than three years later, the night before Christmas Eve, Noah was leaving to spend the holiday with his family in Boston, while I was stuck working in Augusta. Before he left early Christmas Eve morning, we opened all of our gifts for each other. I suspected the big question was coming soon, because I teased him about it every chance I got. After unwrapping everything under our small electric tree, I looked at him and jokingly said, “Is that it?” He put his hand over something in his pocket and said, “Do you really want it?” I started to cry and scream, because I knew it was really happening. Of course, I said yes, still not really believing it had happened. 11
Deepa and Noah will be married in August 2012.
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By Melissa Hoefel As a blushing bride-to-be, there are showers, parties and luncheons to attend as the guest of honor. Melissa Blanchard, owner of VanJean Womanswear, shared her style tips to keep you looking your best during your engagement, as you prepare for your big day, and celebrate with the ones you love. Her number one tip? Wear what you want and don’t ask for too many opinions. Tibi dress with Theodosia cuff “Once you get engaged, pick a friend or a trusted sales associate who will be honest with you and isn’t going to steer you wrong. Too many opinions can lead you to wear something you don’t want to wear. Pick what you want and don’t be afraid to shine!” Blanchard said.
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1. Invest in a nude peep toe pump. A chic nude pump can take you from shower lunches to your rehearsal dinner. Opt for a peep toe instead of a closed toe to take your look from day to night. 2. Pick an ivory or cream dress for your rehearsal dinner. Many brides are opting for something in the white color-family for the rehearsal dinner to kick off their wedding weekend. 3. Think about how your photos will look in 10-20 years. Be careful with choosing trends. You don’t want to look back at all your photos and think they look dated. Go for a classic look that is timeless.
4. Mix up accessories to keep pieces looking fresh. Accessories are a great way to mix up a classic piece with a trendy item. Don’t always stick with grandma’s pearls; think outside the box!
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create your registry at Belk’s Engagement Party on August 19, 2012
tending the event will receive a wedding registry planner and those who open a new gift registry or add to an existing one will be entered into a drawing for fabulous prizes. The store’s certified bridal consultants will be on hand throughout the afternoon to give couples advice. Belk at Columbiana Mall has a true bridal team with three consultants, Amanda Cato, Naomie Polk, and Jeanne Harmon-Scott, to help couples determine the items they need for their new home and life together. With Belk’s variety of inventory, couples can create a personal and unique registry that includes fine and casual china, flatware, crystal, cookware, kitchen essentials, bedding and bath merchandise and much more. “Belk carries top styles and brands that couples will love. We also offer select brands that give free gifts to couples who have completed their registry. When couples create a qualified registry, they will get a $25 Belk savings card,” Cato said. Brides-to-be and their guests have access to Belk wedding registries at more than 280 Belk locations and on Belk.com, making it easy for guests to purchase gifts. “Brides and grooms may register online, but we recommend registering in a Belk store because they will get professional help and advice about what to register for,” Cato said. Belk at Columbiana Mall has one of the largest stores in South Carolina, giving couples the chance to see different items in person. When registering, Cato says to start early. Guests need gift ideas for all those pre-wedding celebrations, such as bridal showers, luncheons and parties. She also says to make sure you include different price points on your registry so you give your guests choices they can afford. As far as what exactly to put on your registry, her number one tip is to know what you like and want to try. “Do you love to cook, or live for takeout? Do you entertain, or plan to start? Know what you prefer now and what your dreams are, and then choose the things that support both.” There is also the option to register for gift cards. Registering for cards in various amounts gives couples the option to use them when they have a better idea of what they need. For more information about Belk’s Engagement Party, contact Amanda Cato at Columbiana Mall at 803-781-4100, ext 295.
Choosing which items to fill your registry with can be a daunting task for newly engaged couples. With so many options, it can be overwhelming and hard to know what you should include in your registry. Belk at Columbiana Mall and its team of certified bridal consultants are here to take the guesswork out of registering and help couples enjoy the process of picking out items for their new home together. From 1:30p.m. to 3:30p.m. on Sunday, August 19, brides-and-grooms-to-be are invited to Belk at Columbiana Mall for the store’s signature Engagement Party event. Complete with food, beverages and entertainment, couples have the opportunity to create or add to their Belk registry in a fun and relaxed environment. Couples at-
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Halsey Carey and her mother, Alisia Carey, enjoy a quiet moment together before walking down the aisle. Halsey and Brian French were married at Lexington Baptist Church on April 28, 2012 and celebrated with a reception at Wintergreen Woods. 16
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Every bride worries about rain on her wedding day, but in the case of Sara and Kyle Jackson, who were married in Columbia on March 24, 2012, the blustery storm that occurred as wedding party and guests made their way from the church downtown to the reception at Pine Island on Lake Murray was actually a blessing. It brought with it not only strong winds, rain, and hail, but also that beautiful sign of hope eternal, a rainbow. “As soon as we got there, the weather cleared up,” Sara recalls. “And there was the most beautiful rainbow and sunset.” The rainbow had added meaning for Sara and Kyle, who had also seen one on the day of their engagement in Charleston, the city where they first met in February 2010, at a mutual friend’s wedding shower. Kyle brought Sara back there a year and a half later to pop the question. “He told me he had a photographer friend who wanted to take some pictures of us at the Battery in Charleston as practice,” says Sara. “But he had actually hired King Street Studios to capture the
proposal. He proposed on a bench at the Battery, and I don’t remember saying ‘yes,’ but he says I did,” she laughs, noting that she was so moved she couldn’t see the ring through her tears. As an added surprise, Kyle arranged for his and Sara’s families to meet the newly-engaged duo for dinner that night at Charleston’s Blossom restaurant. “The proposal was intimate and just the two of us, but we got to celebrate with our family later that night. It was the perfect end to an amazing day,” she says. Another perfect day came 10 months later, when the couple wed in a traditional ceremony at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Columbia. Sara glided down the aisle in a strapless, A-line gown with pleated bodice and a lovely corset back to meet Kyle, who teared up when he saw her. “We laughed when we saw the video, because I’m usually the emotional one who cries at weddings, but this time it was Kyle.” Sara’s sister, cousins and childhood friends wore knee-length, navy taffeta dresses and carried mango-colored calla lilies, and the grooms-
men donned black tuxedos with suspenders and bow-ties. “One of my favorite parts of the whole day,” said Sara, “was getting ready with my bridesmaids.” Two stylists came to the hotel where the girls were staying to do everyone’s hair and makeup, and they hung out all day in monogrammed cotton waffle robes Sara had given them as a thankyou for being in the wedding. “It was so nice for us to all be together and get ready and talk and laugh.” Sara says she gave herself plenty of time to get ready in order to avoid the notorious stress of a bride on her wedding day. “One of my biggest goals was to enjoy my wedding, and I did,” she says. “From the bridal luncheon to the rehearsal dinner to the time with friends and family, I enjoyed and remember it all. And thanks to our photographer, Dave Gilbert, who did a wonderful job preserving our day, we will be able to relive it every time we look at the pictures.” And it truly was a memorable day. In addition to the breathtaking rainbow and sunset, guests
enjoyed views of Lake Murray and fabulous food. Sara’s personal favorite was the potato bar, with mashed sweet potatoes and mashed red-skinned potatoes surrounded by marshmallows and brown sugar, butter and sour cream and other toppings guests could choose and assemble themselves. There were also crab cakes, beef burgundy, jumbo peeled shrimp on cracked ice and a carving station with pepper-encrusted turkey, all prepared by Parties, Etc. The cake from Parkland Cakes was decorated with a navy blue fondant bow and the couple’s monogram and featured four tiers, a layer of lemon, a layer of chocolate, and a layer of carrot cake topped by a small layer to be eaten by Sara and Kyle on their one-year anniversary. “We couldn’t decide which flavor for that one, so we just told the lady to surprise us,” Sara says. And to thank guests for coming, Sara prepared a candy buffet.
“Since my colors were navy and mango, I decided to do a mango theme for the candy,” she says. She filled candy dishes and jars in varying shapes and heights with mango or orange-flavored candies for guests to scoop into bags with handmade tags featuring the couple’s names and wedding date, a uniquely sweet wedding memento. Also unique was the way Sara and Kyle left the reception. Since it was dark, they chose to have guests wave glow sticks instead of throwing birdseed or blowing bubbles. “I wasn’t sure how that would turn out, but it was beautiful and really special,” Sara says. The newly-wedded duo ran down the glow stick-lined pathway to the lake, where Sara’s uncle had a boat waiting for them. They waved goodbye to their guests and rode to her Uncle’s house to get ready for the next day’s journey to Jamaica for their honeymoon. And this time, instead of a rainbow, there was starlight to guide their way.
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Ross and Meg Oakley’s Night to Remember
February wedding. Like her sisters before her, she chose the family church, First Presbyterian of Orangeburg, for the ceremony and held the reception in her parents’ backyard. Though 400 invitations were sent out, Meg wasn’t ruffled. “I was really laid back,” she remembers. I had my older sisters and my mom to help. It was like I had three party planners.” Meg and her family drew from people they know to help make the celebration special. “We tried to find a lot of local people and friends who had talents,” she recalls. The cake was made by Sara Tuorto, a family friend from Charleston and another family friend from Orangeburg, Roy Dickson, was the caterer. “We used Floral Supplies of Bamberg as our florist,” says Meg, “and my godmother and other special friends made beautiful bouquets for the tables at the reception.” And the band? The Sensational Epics, a beach music band from the era when Meg’s parents were in college. “They played at both my sisters’ weddings,” she says. It was a fitting choice for both families, as both Meg’s and Ross’s parents love to shag, and Ross’s dad even teaches the signature Southern dance. The wedding was a celebration of the couple’s love for each other, but also of their love for their family and friends. Meg had 10 bridesmaids, including her sisters and friends she’d grown up with, and Ross had 11 groomsmen, including his dad, brother, fraternity brothers and friends he had explored the creeks and waterways with during his childhood in Beaufort. Meg calls them “his Beaufort boys.” One of Ross’ close friends sang
Ross and Meg Oakley began their life together with a pretty simple proposal over a pretty simple meal. When his plans to take his then-girlfriend of a year and a half to Fripp Island for the weekend fell through (Meg wanted a “low key weekend” in Columbia—not knowing what Ross had planned), Ross simply got down on one knee in Meg’s apartment and popped the question. But he first made her favorite meal, fried shrimp, French fries and cole slaw. “My eating is very Southern,” laughs Meg, remembering how she and Ross “hung out, drank wine and listened to music” that night. It was a fitting proposal for Meg, whose nonfussy personality and appreciation for the simple things came through in planning the couple’s
the Lord’s Prayer, and there was also a bagpipe player in honor of Meg’s mom’s Irish heritage. Even the engagement ring has sentimental value, containing the stones Meg’s dad had given to her mom when he proposed forty years ago and on their 10-year anniversary. Meg’s parents offered the stones to Ross when he asked for their daughter’s hand in marriage, and he had them set on either side of the one he chose for Meg. Before the ceremony, friends helped Meg into her dress, a beautiful, high waisted ball gown with ruffled collar that she and her mom and sisters found during a shopping trip to Charleston. “My bridesmaids were surprised by how laidback I was,” Meg recalls, noting that she hadn’t lined up an official person to do her hair or makeup. “A friend just kind of came in and shoved
my hair up on the side of my head and put my makeup on. I wasn’t nervous at all.” Meg was stunning in her impromptu hair and make-up as she floated down the aisle to commit herself to the man she loved. “I was so happy to see Ross standing up there waiting for me,” she says, recalling how she tried to get her groom to laugh and be comfortable in front of the 400-plus guests. Meg carried a white bouquet, as did the bridesmaids, whose raw silk hostess skirts added a pop of color to the ceremony. “They were a cranberry/coral/pinkish/reddish color. It changed according to how you looked at it,” Meg says. After the “I-do’s,” guests gathered under two huge white tents to dance the night away and en-
joy tables full of Southern specialties like shrimp and grits, quail and wild game. The meal was topped off by a stunning 4-tier cake decorated with large pink-fondant ribbons and rhinestone broaches. The backyard setting helped give a fairy-tale quality to the reception. Metal tiki torches lined the driveway and path to the tent, and hundreds of pink and white Japanese lanterns covered the tent ceiling. Guests were escorted from their cars to the reception on golf carts, and Meg and Ross also left the reception on a golf cart. Guests formed a pathway for them, shouting good wishes and waving sparklers to guide their way. “To me, it was perfect,” says Meg of the night she became Mrs. Oakley. “I can’t think of a thing I would do differently.”
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A Columbia couple celebrates with a Lowcountry wedding
Amy chose a color pallet of chocolate brown and a bright moss green. The flowers were white with a mix of evergreen, spruce and magnolia leaves. For the guestbook, they chose a book of photographs from Palmetto Bluff. Guest favors included bags of locally made chocolate covered Bluffton Brittle. The couple included many do-it-yourself details to give the wedding a personal touch. “My mom and sister helped me customize gold jingle bell place card holders for the reception. The night of the wedding, we giggled together late into the evening as we tied fresh cypress to our homemade wedding programs and the flower girls baskets.” The wedding day brought unexpected rain that morning but the rain stopped just in time for pictures. The relaxed, intimate ceremony was full of laughter and tears. The front of the chapel, constructed entirely out of glass, framed a majestic view of the May River. A simple wooden cross hung over the couple as
After University of South Carolina alum Michael Waldrop popped the question to then girlfriend Amy Farris on the Horseshoe, the couple chose to celebrate in true South Carolina style with an intimate Lowcountry wedding. Location was the most important wedding decision for the couple. They both wanted a small, intimate wedding, possibly in a beautiful quaint chapel in a memorable location. “He knew that a wedding in the Palmetto Bluff chapel was a dream of mine and contacted them about their wedding services before proposing. We still joke about having a South Carolina destination wedding,” Amy said. The couple chose to make the wedding day special by making it unique to them. Getting married in December, they did not want any stereotypical colors or décor. They felt a wedding theme of Lowcountry elegance best suited their personalities and their desire to make ev-
eryone feel comfortable. “I really enjoyed looking at all the details because I knew by having a smaller, more intimate wedding, I would be able to make each detail or decision more personal and memorable,” recalls Amy. To honor Michael’s alma mater, the save the date cards illustrated a bride and groom driving off with their names on the license plate alongside a Gamecock.
they recited their vows to each other. After the ceremony, the couple gathered around a reception table in true Southern fashion to enjoy a wonderful meal together. “Our favorite part of the reception was gathering around the reception table with everyone and sharing stories and toasts while a fire crackled in the background,” Amy said. “It gave us the chance to interact with everyone.” Guests enjoyed hot chocolate and apple cider on the main lawn before wishing the couple well, while Katie Hart of Hart Photography took photos. “It was great having everyone around the chapel for photos. I especially love the group photo Katie took in front of the chapel.” The couple stayed at a cottage at Palmetto Bluff for two nights and then headed to Charleston to finish off their Lowcountry honeymoon. “We still joke about having a South Carolina destination wedding but one thing is for certain; we will always have the Bluff, a piece of heaven right here in South Carolina.”
With a little luck, this military bride gets her fairytale wedding
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Lucky in Love
I wasn’t sure how I was going to get it.” After attending her first bridal show, she felt even more overwhelmed with all the vendors to choose from. She registered for prizes with hopes that she might win something and went home even more discouraged than before. Then everything changed. She got a call saying she had won a free massage and was really excited. The next day, she received another phone call saying that she had won Josh’s wedding band from Carolina Fine Jewelry. “It was amazing. One less thing I had to worry about. I was so excited that Josh would be able to pick out whatever ring he wanted, and we wouldn’t have to pay for it.” She attended a few more bridal shows and figured her luck had run out after not winning any more prizes. But in July, someone told her about a military program called Brides Across America. Brides Across America is a program that gives free wedding dresses to military couples in which the bride or the groom has been deployed in the past five years. There are only two stores in South Carolina that participate
Being a military bride isn’t easy, especially when your fiance is deployed. This rang true for Stephanie Arrowood, whose fiance was deployed just three short months after the couple got engaged. Josh Garman proposed to Stephanie on Christmas 2010 and left for Afghanistan in March 2011. The 742nd Support Maintenance Company of the South Carolina Army National Guard left for Kandahar, Afghanistan to be deployed for one year. To occupy herself while Josh was away, Stephanie decided to keep herself occupied with wedding planning. She started researching photographers, stationery, and everything else that goes into a wedding. “We knew that we weren’t going to have a big wedding since we would be paying for the wedding ourselves. And when I began to realize all of the small details that went into a wedding and how expensive these details would be, I became very discouraged. I wanted this fairy tale wedding, just like every other girl, but
in the give-away, one in Conway and one in Charleston. Stephanie and her friend Lyndsey got up early one Monday morning to drive to Amanda’s Collection in Conway. They got there early thinking the store would be packed, but to their surprise it wasn’t. Stephanie showed the required paperwork to the ladies and they escorted her to a room filled with dresses. “By the second dress, I knew I had found the one. It was an amazing experience, most girls try on dresses surrounded by friends and family, but I was surrounded by girls going through the same circumstances as me.” After choosing her dress, Stephanie started trying on veils. She found one she loved and asked Amanda how much it was. To her surprise, Amanda decided since Stephanie was the first girl in the store, that she would give her the veil for free. A month after she found her dress, Stephanie received a letter from Amanda’s Collection letting her know that she had won a door prize, a weekend in Myrtle Beach at the Springmaid Beach Resort.
“I started to believe I had some kind of ‘military luck.’ I became more excited about the possibility of having this fairy tale wedding I hoped for and started making more plans.” Stephanie knew that photography was important to her and that she only wanted the best. She looked at millions of websites trying to find prices and styles and became overwhelmed again. She wanted someone who would understand her hectic military life and could be flexible. “I met Judy Kay Bryan at a friend’s wedding and after talking with her, I found out that her son was also stationed in Afghanistan. After looking at her website, I knew I had found the one. She knew exactly what I was going through.” Josh’s deployment was cut short and he came home in October 2011 and the couple was able to plan the rest of their wedding together. “Being a military bride can be extremely hard, but somehow everything fell into place.” The big day finally came on May 5, 2012. The day was extremely hot, but Josh and Stephanie didn’t let that ruin their big day. Stephanie and her bridesmaids enjoyed some girl time in the cool air conditioning, while Josh and his groomsmen went out to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and relax. “It was the perfect wedding, and I can’t imagine the day being anymore special. I cherished the fact that we were both able to share this day with our family and friends.”
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Article and Photos provided by University of South Carolina’s HRTM 362 Class – Spring 2012
Students at USC plan the perfect wedding for a lucky couple
was a surprising choice, but Catherine Pensel, a 21-year old HRTM major explained that, “Although Emily Fleming is in our class, the ultimate decision of choosing a couple was made based upon who the entire class felt was the right choice. Emily was not even allowed to be in the room or vote for the couple when we were making our decision. None of us knew Emily. She was very quiet from the very beginning of class, and after she was chosen she told me that she was so happy and that this was the first class where she actually felt like she was making true friends. I knew from the moment I read her letter that I wanted her to be chosen. Her genuine heart and love for this University shone dramatically through her kind-hearted spirit, even after all of the struggles she continuously deals with in life.” Planning a wedding can be an intense and complicated process, which requires strict attention to detail in order to ensure that the occasion runs seamlessly. The objective of Mrs. Hoover’s class was to learn through experience, by planning a real wedding. The class included 65 students, with varying majors, who learned together and fed vigorously off each other’s ideas and energy. The wedding had to be completed at no cost. Every detail of the wedding, from the food at the reception to the ring on the finger of the bride, was generously donated. These donations came from numerous, kind-hearted vendors from all over the Columbia area. The class was broken down into committees, with each committee charged with one specific part of the wedding such as “décor” or “cake.” Students may have signed up for the class expecting an easy elective but they quickly learned that although this class was
For the twelfth consecutive year the apprehensive students of Mrs. Annette Hoover’s Wedding Planning and Management course at USC received numerous applications for one lucky, deserving couple to win a free wedding. Every year the sole application requirement for the couples applying is that they have some affiliation with the University of South Carolina. The applications are submitted as videos or written stories answering why they are the most deserving couple. Ryan and Emily Fleming were the lucky two, carefully chosen, out of 12 touching applications, to receive the free wedding hosted by The University of South Carolina’s HRTM 362 class and The Historical Inn at USC. An outsider may think that as a member of the class Emily
in fact atypical it was far from easy. All left feeling like they had learned a lot, not only about wedding planning, but about the real world in general. Torri Bobo, a 19-year old accounting and mass communications major, describes their professor who facilitated this experience, “Mrs. Hoover, although stern, is an amazing woman and I commend her one thousand times over for the hard work she does on a day-to-day basis. You can tell she genuinely cares about the entire class and especially the happiness that a couple can receive for a lifetime from a day that was planned the right way.” On April 15, 2012 at 5 p.m, Ryan and Emily Flemming renewed their vows at The Historical Inn at USC. The dedicated students and professor arrived at 6:30 a.m. that morning to begin setting up for an event that normally takes days to prepare. The beautiful event was a tribute to the hard work of Mrs. Hoover, her students, the generous vendors, and the Inn at USC. They all worked together and did everything in their power to make sure that the wedding was truly an amazing beginning to Ryan and Emily’s happily-ever-after.
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If it doesn’t, it might make her day
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Make sure you are looking your best for your bridal portraits and on the big day! Pout! has everything you need, including a variety of products you can use at home or spa treatments to pamper yourself and help you relax before walking down the aisle. Visit The Skin Studio at Pout for a customized package prepared by their in-house esthetician to include a suggested skin care and waxing regimen, treatment package and makeup recommendations.
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By: Melissa Hoefel Photos provided by Wisteria Salon & Spa
Achieving the perfect hair style for your walk down the aisle can be overwhelming with so many different styles to choose from. One thing is for sure, no bride wants a bad hair day. Krista Legrand of Wisteria Salon and Spa shared the latest trends and her tips for taming your tresses on the big day. “Beachy textures and braids have become
increasingly popular,” Krista said. “But many brides still opt for a classic chignon bun.” Krista’s number one tip is not to wash hair the day of. It is easier for stylists to work with hair that is a little dirty. “If you absolutely must wash your hair the day of, shampoo and blow dry it smooth and straight. Your stylist can always ‘dirty’ it up with product to make it more manageable,” Krista said.
Wisteria Salon and Spa has several bridal packages available for the big day to help you stay relaxed and focused. Visit the salon in Village at Sandhills or call 803-744-1200 for more information.
Try a bohemian braid on your wedding day for a relaxed look. With different options such as French and fishtail, you can choose one that matches your style and dress for the perfect look.
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By: Elizabeth Wellington Philadelphia Inquirer (MCT)
Modern-day wedding gowns are flush with vintage touches. Simple sheaths are embellished with lace overlays. Greek goddess gowns have drop waists, replete with pleats. Straight gowns boast ruffled hemlines, and tan, tea-length cocktail dresses are making “I do” debuts. What more proof do you need that bridal garb is going Gatsby? “It’s romantic. It’s feminine. It’s simple,” said Catalina Maddox-Wagers, fashion director at Conshohocken-based David’s Bridal. “The 1920s are so big that what’s happening in bridal fashion is actually preempting the movie.” She’s referring to the anticipated December release of the latest film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, “The Great Gatsby.” In the ‘20s, women’s everyday looks moved away from restrictive corsets, embracing straighter silhouettes, and eveningwear was tasseled, beaded and lavish. Business tycoons like the Rockefellers were taking chances in postwar ventures that would make them filthy rich. They partied hard. Times were simpler, but exciting. We were on the precipice of change, much like now. No wonder Hollywood has picked up on the energy. Besides the forthcoming Great Gatsby, PBS’s period drama “Downton Abbey” and HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” are other pop-culture inspirations for bridal’s embrace of the flapper. And movie stars are taking the look and feel of the era beyond the silver screen into their own enchanted weddings. Actress Amy Smart’s fringed Carolina Herrera roared with ‘20s style at her September nuptials. And the most recent high-profile nod to the opulent decade was the dress selection of Mark Zuckerberg’s wife, Priscilla Chan, who recently wore a body-skimming gown with an illusion jeweled neckline and sheer back. “That was such a beautiful throwback,” Maddox-Wagers said. “It reminded me of something you would pull out of your grandmother’s trunk.” And she means that in a good way. After years of strapless and exposed, the
most distinguished dress detail from the Jazz Age is coverage, said Michael Shettel, vice president of design at Fort Washington, Pa.based Alfred Angelo — especially sleeves, which Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, donned in an early-’30s-style Alexander McQueen gown last year. “We haven’t seen sleeves in bridal in a long, long time,” said Shettel. Once Middleton resurrected the look, celebrities such as Ivanka Trump (in Vera Wang) and Lauren Bush (in Ralph Lauren) brought more attention to it. “It was evolutionary and revolutionary at the same time,” Shettel said. But this covered-up trend has moved beyond sleeves. In fact, the turn away from all things strapless has us embracing high necklines and yoke details. Dainty, dainty, dainty. And then there’s the shrug. You’re thinking fur? The real fashion is in feathers. Those mini capes — what Shettel calls a “pretty big deal right now” — add a dose of sultry to the vintage moment, especially when worn over a body-skimming mermaid gown. Yet in a sea of 1920s looks, there’s another silhouette that’s holding its own — the 1950sstyle fit-and-flare, tight from the torso to the tush and reminiscent of curvy Jessica Rabbitwear. We can thank Kim Kardashian for this; she wore a Chantilly lace Vera Wang — the second of three gowns for the reality star — to her bogus wedding last August. “It gives today’s brides an extra element of sexiness,” said Frannie Erace, owner of Unveiled Philadelphia in Washington Square. During the golden, post-World War I era, brides wore white and ecru, but they mixed in pale shades with accessories, headpieces, even shoes, Maddox-Wagers said. So when actress Reese Witherspoon opted for a pale pink Monique Lhuillier for her March 2011 wedding, that trend took off too. “And it’s not just ivory and pink nude blushes,” said Nicole Sewall, merchandise manager at BHLDN (as in beholden), Anthropologie’s online bridal boutique that carries gowns exclusively by high-end designers such as Tracy
Reese and James Coviello. “We are seeing lots of peaches and icy blues. Brides are using color to make their pieces unique to them.” That means golden touches too, à la the champagne threads stitched throughout the Stella McCartney gown that model Kate Moss wore for her July 2011 wedding. Frothy, asymmetrical gowns fashioned from gauzy tulle and chiffon to look like rows of blooming flowers or cresting waves also achieve that chic, yet earthy look — a bit like a woodland princess. “When you marry the elements of the outdoors on a gown, you get a softer look, but extra added drama,” said Maddox-Wagers. She predicts the “drama skirt” will become the strongest trend as the 2013 bridal season gets under way. So say goodbye to strapless stark whites of princesses past. Today’s fairy tale reads more like the Snow White in ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” than the perfectly put-together Disney version. “What a bride chooses on her wedding day is more and more of a reflection of her own tastes,” said Sewall. “These days she no longer has to settle for a white ball gown because that’s what she’s been told she should wear.”
The Well-Dressed Groom
Carolina Bride had a conversation with Keith Rowland, the formal wear specialist at Granger Owings Classic Clothiers. He shared with us his thoughts for the groom’s and groomsmen’s formal attire. • Take what the men wear seriously. You want the men to look like they own what they are wearing. • All tuxes are not created equal. Fabric can make a difference in the photographs, so choose a material that is of a quality to look good in the photos. • Is the wedding indoors or outdoors? Both? Are you getting married in the heat of the summer or on a crisp winter day? There are different weights and styles of fabric. • While the basic black tuxedo is customary, many are opting for more casual attire. Tan suits and navy blazers with khakis are gaining popularity, especially for out door weddings. • Your basic black tuxedo will have one or two buttons. Does the groom have a preference? • Make the groom standout. Consider an ivory tie for the groom and a black tie for the groomsmen. How about a long tie for the groom and bow ties for the groomsmen? You also have some options with vests and cummerbunds. • Ivory and white don’t match. If the bride is wearing ivory, the men need to wear ivory shirts. The difference will definitely show up in your photographs. • Be careful with colors for the tie, vest and cummerbund. The classic black and ivory combination is timeless and will never look dated. • What time of day are you getting married? Six p.m. or late is considered by many to be “formal,” especially if you are getting married in the winter months when it gets darker earlier in the evening. • Formal attire includes white tie and tails on the jacket. The shirt, ties and vests will be pique. Don’t forget the white gloves. • Many couples opt for tails during the holidays when everything seems to be more formal. • The ivory dinner jacket (not white!) is a very handsome alternative to the black tuxedo jacket, especially in the summer months. • Don’t forget the cuff links! This is a great opportunity for the groom to wear something sentimental.
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Melanie Murphy of By Invitation Only Shows Us How To Make A Popular Venue Your Own
“We constantly take on the challenge of recreating a specific space. We know that many couples like specific design aspects from other events we have done that they like to incorporate, but we like to come up with a specific ‘twist’ that defines the couple and event,” Murphy said.
By: Melissa Hoefel
One of the biggest challenges brides face is taking a popular venue and making it their own for their wedding. Melanie Murphy of By Invitation Only gave us her tips for customizing a space and showed us how she has given 701 Whaley completely different looks for different couples. Murphy tries to spend lots of time getting to know couples and what they like to do along with what type of wedding they are interested in having. Her philosophy is that regardless of location, budget and time of year, the wedding should first and foremost represent the couple. She encourages couples to incorporate things that are very special and dear to them into the design so that their family and friends will see the couple reflected throughout. “Once we begin to see an ‘under-lying’ thread of ideas, we take what we have learned about the couple and pair them together to develop their event, adding in custom created touches specific to their event. Almost every event has something new we have made or purchased specifically for that wedding’s design,” Murphy said. Something Murphy and her team try to focus on and encourage is taking a venue where you have attended other events and making it different for your event.
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Set t Scene t he ing
By: Melissa Hoefel
Jim Pope has been in business since 1992 and owns two greenhouses where he cares for the plants himself. All the plants are properly cared for and he makes sure the best plants are chosen for your wedding. Having been through many weddings, he wants to make sure everything looks perfect and guarantees that all of his customers get a good, quality product.
Give your wedding a fresh look of elegance with beautiful arrangements and greenery from Plant Express. Jim Pope, owner and manager of Plant Express prides himself on taking the guess work and stress out of the entire process by handling all of the important details himself. “We handle everything over the phone with one call,” Jim said. “I get the instructions for delivery and ask for payment about a week or so ahead of the event. After that, I take care of the rest.” During the initial phone conversation Pope explains the different greenery packages as well as the prices brides can choose from. “We can work with the bride’s budget to get everything needed for the ceremony and reception at an affordable price.” In the same phone call, Jim gets all the information he needs for delivery so brides don’t have to worry about following up with more phone calls or a meeting. Plant Express will take care of delivery and set up on the day of the event and clean up on the day after. For a wedding that takes place on Saturday, Plant Express will deliver everything on Friday so everything is set up for the rehearsal. This way, the brides have a chance to see the arrangements before the ceremony. Jim knows what works well and looks the best in both the church and at the reception, which makes his pre-determined packages an easy option. Large palms with uplighting add a flowing elegance, as do topiaries with tiny white lights. “Each type of plant adds its own special touch, and our decorating expertise will assure proper placement for the maximum effect,” Jim said. “Live, tropical plants help make the atmosphere of the event come together.”
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Miyo’s offers fresh, healthy options for your rehearsal dinner and reception
By: Melissa Hoefel
Looking for a fresh catering option for you and your guests to enjoy? Look no further than Miyo’s. Known for their fresh ingredients, unique foods, and healthy options, Miyo’s is the perfect option for catering your rehearsal or reception. With eight locations in the Columbia area and a large variety of menu offerings, Miyo’s can provide on-site catering for engagement parties and wedding celebrations for parties up to 300 people. Miyo’s offers a unique blend of regional Shanghai and Szechuan cuisine, a melting pot of northern and Southern cuisine, Korean style BBQ, Vietnamese- and Thai-influenced dishes and Japanese sushi. The menu is a collection of their healthiest and tastiest dishes that are sure to be crowd pleasers at your wedding celebration. “I talk with my suppliers regularly to make sure we are getting the freshest produce,” said Michelle Wang, president of Miyo’s restaurant group. “It is our mission to introduce patrons to the wide variety of healthy choices in foods and beverages and to help our guests enjoy great meals full of flavor, balance and nutrition.” Currently, Michelle is busy planning the new M
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Scout your location...
Nothing beats the great outdoors in terms of gorgeous backdrops. But alfresco nuptials also come with additional to-dos you’ll need to worry about (weather, tents, electricity). To help pull off a fabulous affair, follow WeddingChannel.com’s guide to making your outdoor wedding a beautiful walk in the park. There are lots of good reasons to consider a woodsy, outdoor wedding: The spectacular views, natural ambience, and neutral setting are perfect for religious, interfaith, and non-denominational ceremonies. How do you go about planning a fabulous outdoor affair? Take a look at our guide below, and we’ll help make planning your wedding a beautiful walk in the park.
Not only do outdoor settings lend themselves to being naturally beautiful, many of them are available at little or no cost. Look into which public parks, national forests, and state parks in the desired area(s) offer wedding sites for free or for a small permit fee. Keep in mind that a wide, open space may not have bathrooms generously sprinkled about, so checking into portable ones (which come in pretty, comfortable styles these days) may be necessary.
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Consider the weather.?
The first thing to think about is the season you plan to be married in. Any outdoor wedding comes with the risk of inclement weather, so look into the traditional weather patterns of the state and immediate areas where you’re considering getting married. Autumn and summer are usually safe, but occasional showers have been known to happen, so a little research never hurts. Find out if there are alternative arrangements you can switch to in a weather emergency, such as renting tents with either heaters in cold weather, or misters in the heat to make almost any day perfect.
While a wedding in the woods is a beautiful concept, make sure your site has accommodations located reasonably nearby for out-of-town guests (and you too if you’re honeymooning in the area) before you make plans. If you can, try to provide lodging options in more than one price range, and make sure there are convenient restaurants in the area too.
A rustic setting can be elegant too with a little creativity. Put your decorating skills to the test and create a gorgeous atmosphere with special touches. Wooden benches go from picnic to perfect when wrapped in tulle and tied with flowers, while simple tables can be draped with layers of luscious fabric and topped with beautiful centerpieces. It’s no longer a no-no to light votives during the day, and woodsy favors like dried lavender sachets look lovely alongside hand-written table cards. Finding pretty, personal elements to add to your décor is not only fun, but will also make your wedding stand out even more.
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One of the great things about an outdoor wedding is that you’ll probably get to bring in every aspect of design and function yourself. While that may sound like a lot of work (and it can be), it means you’ll get to create exactly what you want from the ground up. You can rent the chairs (for the ceremony and reception), tables, linens, silverware, and glassware of your choice, plus have the freedom to choose your own baker and
If you’re marrying out of state, make sure you find out in advance what you need to make your marriage legal! Laws and requirements can vary by state, including waiting periods, blood tests, identification standards, fees, and residency requirements. And remember the possible permit we mentioned before? Make sure you’ve got all the proper paperwork in order before the big day so there are no surprises when you’re about to take your vows. With proper planning and some creativity, you can combine the breathtaking scenery of an outdoor wedding with the pomp, circumstance, and traditions you’ve always dreamed of.
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By: Melissa Hoefel
Selecting the location of your wedding festivities is possibly the most important aspect of planning a wedding. There are so many things to consider, such as having sufficient space for all your guests, a convenient location, catering options that meet your needs, and the right atmosphere for celebrating with your loved ones. From in-house catering to reception rooms, there is something for every style and budget at The Club at Rawls Creek. Whether you are looking for a place to host an engagement party or your ceremony and reception, the club offers everything you need under one roof. With a convenient location on Lake Murray Boulevard, The Club at Rawls Creek is an ideal venue to host your reception. Just minutes away from I-26, the Club is convenient to downtown, Irmo and Lexington. The club offers indoor and outdoor facilities for your ceremony or reception. The recently renovated facilities and beautiful scenery create the perfect environment for your event. The spacious clubhouse opens up to the golf course which makes for a beautiful backdrop for your wedding photos with small ponds, gorgeous flowers
and trees. Guests can enjoy drinks on the back porch while taking in the breath-taking views. “When you have your event at the club, we close down the clubhouse so you have access to the entire clubhouse, giving you plenty of room for you and all your guests. It also ensures privacy for you on your big day,” said Jessica Duncan, Sales Coordinator for the Club. The banquet area accommodates up to 200 people with a dance floor and raised stand for a DJ or band. With full A/V hook ups for bands and DJs, you and your guests can dance the night away. The food and beverage department offers in-house catering with everything from hors d’oeuvres to full buffets. There are numerous menu items to choose from, and if you are looking for something specific, they will work to bring it in so you can have it for your special day. “We will tailor the menu to meet your needs and bring in specially requested menu items from outside vendors.” The Club at Rawls Creek offers convenience, privacy, reasonable rates and great value. Contact Jessica Duncan at (803) 781-0114 for more details.
The Trip of a Lifet ime
By Eileen Nason, CTC, honeymoon and destination wedding specialist for Travel Leaders of Columbia Special to Carolina Bride
Your honeymoon is probably the most important trip of your life and deserves the attention and advice that a professional travel agent can provide for you. Travel Leaders of Columbia does not charge any fees to the honeymoon couple, so there is no reason not to make use of their expertise and support. What’s your perfect honeymoon destination? There are many options available. Prices generally range from $1,000 to $10,000 and some destinations are all-inclusive so you don’t need to pay extra for food or other services that are offered as part of your package. Eileen Nason, owner of Travel Leaders of Columbia says ‘I have been planning honeymoons for more than 28 years and one of my passions is helping to plan the perfect honeymoons for my clients. We have sent honeymoon couples all over the world and can offer a full range of options for that special trip.’
Plan the Perfect Honeymoon with Travel Leaders of Columbia
Popular Honeymoon Destinations
Caribbean Islands, Me xican Riviera, or the Coast of Cen tral America Relax together and enjoy the beaches, the sun and the warm tropical breezes. Enjoy a variety of activities and optional tours, and have plenty of time just for each other. River or Sea Cruises Travel to just about any place in the world from the comfort of a cruise ship, and enjoy a number of stops on your itinerary for lasting and special memories. Tahiti How about an over the water bungalow for just the two of you? What could be more romantic and special for your trip of a lifetime? Combine the luxurious accommodations, the exotic location, the gourmet dining and the exceptional service and this will be a truly memorable experience. Pacific Area Hawaii, Thailand and Fiji are some of the most romantic places on the planet. They offer an unparalleled experience and are becoming increasingly popular with couples who want their honeymoon to be full of distinctive and wonderful memories. United States There are many exciting locations here at home for your honeymoon. How about Disney World, Las Vegas, New York City, San Francisco, Nantucket, Napa Valley, Aspen or Lake Tahoe? These are all popular honeymoon destinations in the U.S. Europe or Asia Explore together the culture and history of an exotic location – the food, the architecture, the people and the customs and bring home a trunk full of unique experiences that you share together.
Don’t forget to thank the ones who stand by you on your special day!
Thank You In Style
these personalized gifts from HandPicked for a special and unique way to thank your bridesmaids and groomsmen. With a variety of items to choose from for bridesmaids and groomsmen, you are sure to find something that suits your wedding party. When you purchase 12 items or more for you and your wedding party, you will receive 15% off your total order. Stop by your local store for more details or visit HandPicked.net.
Sterling Silver Cut-Out Cuff Links - $78
Black Leather Flask - $36
Monogram Tumbler - $18
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Liquid Pearl & Silver Necklace - $68
Oval Pearl Drop Earrings - $40
Scalloped Monogram Gold Earrings - $20
Gold Link Bracelet with
Scalloped Monogram & Pearl - $36
Gold Link Necklace with Scalloped Monogram & Pearl - $36
tips for assembling your budget
By Amy Eisinger WeddingChannel.com (MCT)
Putting together a budget that you’ll actually stick to is all about taking several factors — from your guest list to your decor — into consideration. Start with these easy-to-follow tips from WeddingChannel.com.
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Your guest list is the single-most significant factor in the cost of your wedding. Having a rough estimate of how many people you want to invite — 50 vs. 150 guests — can help you to immediately know how much of your budget will be devoted to things like food, drinks, welcome bags and favors. And think about it: If you spend roughly $100 per person, cutting just 10 guests will save you $1,000.
Draw up a Rough Guest List
There are some costs you just can’t cut. Taxes and tips are two of them. Factor in sales tax and tips (15 percent to 20 percent) when you’re considering the cost of your venue, hair and makeup stylists, caterer, valet and anyone else you plan on tipping.
Add in Your Taxes and Tips
Start with the basics — what kind of wedding do you want? If your ideal wedding day is 20 people at a small winery in California, your budget will obviously be different than if you were getting married with 400 guests at The Plaza Hotel. Consider the overall feel of your day and don’t limit yourself to a ceremony and reception on Saturday night. If you’re going to be working with a tight budget, think about the other options available: a Sunday brunch wedding, a Friday-night desserts-only reception or even a small destination wedding.
Envision Your Wedding Day
If you’re investing in a car, house or another major purchase in the immediate future after your wedding, you may want to let that factor in when setting your budget. Try to think about the year before and the year after the wedding to really get a complete picture of how much you can afford to spend.
Look at the Big Picture
Will you be traveling to your hometown to get married? Don’t forget to budget for your own airfare — both for the actual wedding trip and for the inevitable trips you’ll take during the planning process. And of course, if you plan on traveling for any of the parties — a destination bachelorette or even flying to his hometown for a party — you’ll want to factor in those costs as well.
Add in the Airfare
It might feel awkward, but have a frank talk with your family about who’s paying for what. This doesn’t mean they need to give you a strict dollar amount. You could also suggest they contribute certain items — like the flowers, your dress or the music.
Figure Out Who’s Paying
Consider the most important aspects of your wedding day and build your budget accordingly. Is it essential that you have a big band play at the reception, or would you be satisfied with a DJ? Have you always dreamed of wearing a couture gown, or are the flowers more important to you? Listing your top musthaves will help you allocate your money. A typical breakdown will allot about 48 to 50 percent of your budget for the reception, 2 to 3 percent for the ceremony, 8 to 10 percent for attire, 8 to 10 percent for flowers and decor, 8 to 10 percent for entertainment and music, 10 to 12 percent for photography and videography, 2 to 3 percent for stationery, 2 to 3 percent for wedding rings, 2 to 3 percent for transportation and another 2 to 3 percent for gifts.
Aim for a Budget Breakdown
We know you may have dreamed about it forever — but this is one of those areas where brides tend to blow their budget before they’ve allocated funds to other wedding priorities. You’ll shop for your dress early on, but make sure you’ve got a price limit you won’t go over. Intricate beading, layers of fabric and delicate draping are all things that can drive up the price of a gown. If you’re on a tight budget, stick to classic, simple styles. And don’t forget: Leave money in your gown budget for alterations, your veil and any other accessories.
Consider the Dress
If you can, set your wedding date far in advance (more than 12 months out) so you’ve got time to deliberate over how you want to spend your money (and so you have time to shop around). And before you write any checks, make sure you know how much you’re working with.
Take Your Time
Whether it’s buying wedding magazines and books or ordering extra thank-you notes, those seemingly minor expenses can really add up. Add in a “miscellaneous” section to your budget for all of the little extras you’ll want along the way, and keep track of how much you’re really spending.
Don’t Forget the Minor Expenses
It’s not just the wedding — there are several other potential parties you may want to budget for as well. Your engagement party, welcome party, rehearsal dinner and day-after brunch should all get factored in to your overall cost.
Don’t Forget the Extra Parties
It probably comes as no surprise, but certain months are more popular for weddings than others. June and September can be a couple of the more expensive months to get married — but they’re also usually gorgeous when it comes to the weather. Booking a venue in an off-season (a winter wedding in Florida, for example) or on any other day than Saturday could save you money. Plus, if you’re booking vendors during a less popular time of the year, they might be more willing to throw in extras or customize packages to work within your budget constraints.
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The average cost of a wedding in 2010 was $26,984, the average reception venue was $12,124, and the average amount spent on flowers and decor was $1,998. With that in mind, expecting to get your dream reception venue for five hours for $1,000 or hoping to have bouquets made for all 10 of your bridesmaids for $500 is unrealistic. Shop around to get a feel for what things actually cost.
Know Your Prices
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Before you ask all 12 of your besties to be bridesmaids, consider the additional cost. Even if you’re not buying their dresses, you’ll probably want to get them a small gift to say thanks or pay for their hair and makeup on the wedding day. Those costs times 10 or 12 can quickly add up.
Limit the Bridal Party
Maybe you’ve thought about the airfare and the hotel — but what about those honeymoon extras? Just like the wedding, it’s the details that can add up fast. Make sure you’ve set aside a little money for things like food, transportation and souvenirs, plus any spa treatments or day excursions.
Save Some for the Honeymoon
On your big day, leave as little as possible to memory and the last-minute scramble. Set aside your essentials the week before so that all you have to minute. Here are some essentials for any well-packed Carolina bride:
• Hair and makeup • Makeup (foundation, blush, lip color, mascara, eye powder, lip and eye liners, powder) • Makeup brushes • Compact mirror • Hairbrush • Hairdryer • Curlers, curling iron • Hairspray, mousse, gel • Hair pieces and hair pins • Deodorant/antiperspirant • Baby powder • Eyedrops • Cotton swabs • Ibuprophen/pain reliever of choice • Bottle of water • Digital camera • Clear nail polish • Nail file
do is grab-and-go. Make a list of those things you will need to add at the last
• Mouthwash • Breath mints • Tissues • Panty hose (2 pairs) • Wedding dress • Shoes • Veil/Headpieces • Necklace, earrings, bracelet • Bridal lingerie • Groom’s ring
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Cat ering Considerat ions
food for thought
Who’s not a fan of food? It can be one of the most important aspects of your wedding, and finding a caterer should not be taken lightly. Don’t wait to begin your search; start early and keep in mind some of these factors once you’ve narrowed your choices: • Do they specialize in a particular type of food? (especially important for theme weddings) • Are there sample menus that you can view? • Is it possible to do a tasting? • What are average price ranges? And what do those prices include? • Who specifically will be working at your wedding? • What will they be wearing? • How many hours will they be contracted for? • What is the level of their involvement? Do they cue the cake cutting, etc.? • Will your main contact be working any other weddings/events on the same day? • What time do they arrive/how long will they stay? • Is clean-up included in your price? • Where is the food prepared? • What type of deposit is required? • When do you need to provide a final head count? • Can you be given a list of references?
C O U N T R Y C L U B
We believe it’s the details that make the difference. Whether your needs encompass a small bridal luncheon or a large stand up reception, the club’s staff is ready to make your special day what you’ve always dreamed.
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300 Spring Valley Rd. • Columbia, SC 29223 www.springvalleycc.com
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Obtaining a Marriage License in
• Both the bride and groom-to-be must apply together at a South Carolina County Courthouse Marriage License Bureau. • Most courthouses are open from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. • Fees vary by county location, but only cash will be accepted. • A driver’s license and Social Security number are required; a birth certificate is not; nor is a blood test or a physical obligatory. • You do not have to be a resident of South Carolina, or even of the United States, to marry in South Carolina. • Once you have applied, there is a 24-hour waiting period before you can pick up your license. • Your marriage license is good in any South Carolina county, regardless of which South Carolina County Courthouse it was obtained. • Register of Deeds (Marriage License) in S.C. (803) 576-1963 or (803) 576-1992.
Some important organizations and people to notify:
• Social Security Administration • Internal Revenue Service • State Tax Authorities • Postal Service • Public Assistance Office • Veterans Administration • Passport Office • Department of Motor Vehicles • Credit Card Companies • Financial Institutions (Banks, Investment Plans) • Utility Providers • Automobile Lenders • Insurance Companies (Health, Life, Property, Automobile) • Employer • Healthcare Providers • Professional Organizations • Social Organizations • Schools (Alma Mater) • Magazine Subscription Services
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Large palms, Ferns, Peacelillies, Ficus Trees with tiny white lights, and Topiaries. Greenery Packages starting at: Churches $195 • Receptions $295 Delivery & Setup Included
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Save-The-Date Cards Wedding Invitations Announcement Cards Reception Cards R.S.V.P. Cards Outer Envelopes Inner Envelopes Thank-You Notes Ceremony Programs Napkins Seating Place Cards Reception Favors Personal Stationery
Glynna Richter and Clayton Slater | April 21, 2012 Clark Berry Photography, special to Carolina Bride
Sally Clardy and Josh Gabrovic | April 14, 2012 Calico Photography, special to Carolina Bride
DeAndra Strother and Thomas Kemp | April 21, 2012 Calico Photography, special to Carolina Bride
Lacy Harsey and Wes Melvin | April 14, 2012 Clark Berry Photography, special to Carolina Bride
Jami Cassidy and Michael Boon | June 2, 2012 Calico Photography, special to Carolina Bride
Rebecca Bearden and Rhett Ingram | February 18, 2012 Clark Berry Photography, special to Carolina Bride
Virginia Harpine and Tom Forbrizzio | April 22, 2012 Clark Berry Photography, special to Carolina Bride
Laura Oliver and Sabatino Mangini | May 11, 2012 Dave Gilbert - Party Time DJs, special to Carolina Bride
Donna Rouse and John Ford | May 26, 2012 Dave Gilbert - Party Time DJs, special to Carolina Bride
Amanda Kelly and Chris Perry | April 21, 2012 Hart Photography, special to Carolina Bride
Kezziah Lloret and Aryan Dale | April 13, 2012 Dave Gilbert - Party Time DJs, special to Carolina Bride
Lynsey Counts and Adam Hutto | May 5, 2012 Hart Photography, special to Carolina Bride
Halsey Carey and Brian French | April 28, 2012 Hart Photography, special to Carolina Bride
Brittany Galbraith and Evan Guess | June 15, 2012 Photos by Judy Kay, special to Carolina Bride
Shawn Warneke and Kevin Lynch | May 20, 2012 Dave Gilbert - Party Time DJs, special to Carolina Bride
Casey Brunson and James Clyburn | April 14, 2012 Photos by Judy Kay, special to Carolina Bride
Jessica Josey and Travis Rodgers | June 30, 2012 Photos by Judy Kay, special to Carolina Bride
Zena Quattlebaum and Anthony Panico | April 23, 2012 Photos by Judy Kay, special to Carolina Bride
Emily Feaster and Branden Boatwright | May 19, 2012 Photos by Judy Kay, special to Carolina Bride
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Kershaw County, South Carolina
• Carriage Rentals • Photographers • Fine Dining • Bed & Breakfast Lodging • Scenic Surroundings • Indoor & Outdoor Venues • Visitor Information Packets • Caterers • Florists • Historic Tours • Historic Churches • Art & Antique District • Videographers
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800.968.4037 or 803.432.2525
The price of your clebration announcement is determined by the measurement of the text plus the photo size you choose, not the number of words in the announcement. Color is an additional $40 on any package.
Rates are: • Text and/or photo totaling 3-5.75 column inches: $30/inch • Text and/or photo totaling 6-9.75 column inches: $25/inch • Text and/or photo totaling 10-17.75 column inches: $24/inch • Text and/or photo totaling 18 column inches and up: $21/inch All announcements are featured online at www.thestate.com/weddings. Proofs and pricing will be e-mailed to you. Special photo sizes are available upon request.
Announcements may be brought to the newspaper office, 1401 Shop Road, mailed to: The State Media Company, ATTN: Celebrations Desk PO Box 1333, Columbia, SC 29202 or emailed to email@example.com Office hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. We are closed on Saturday and Sunday. Contact Celebrations Desk Phone: 803-771-8431 • Fax: 803-771-8611 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sample price for the Premier Package =$418.50
Sample price for Deluxe Package = $242.50
Sample price for Standard Package = $217.50
Sample price for Basic Package = $260
Sample price for Basic Package = $180
PROOFS AND QUOTES A proof of your announcement will be sent to the email addr ess provided. We do our best to provide proofs and final pricing as quickly as possible upon r eceipt of your photo and text. All corrections must be made by noon on Wednesday before publication. If we receive no corrections from you by the deadline, we will consider your announcement appr oved. Please read your proofs carefully. We do not run corrections on approved announcements under any circumstances. The State reserves the right to edit announcements for grammar and style. Payment must be received by 10 a.m. Wednesday prior to publication. Cash, check, Visa, Mastercard and Discover are accepted. Releases must be received by 5 p.m. or the announcement will not run. Deadline for publication is 3 p.m. the Monday befor e the desired date of publication and online posting. PRESS PLATES Plates must be ordered by Monday before the announcement runs. $20 each. ADDITIONAL COPIES Additional copies of the newspaper - $5 for a set of 10. Pr e-ordering is encouraged as some days can sell-out. Copies will be held for 3 weeks and can be picke dup in the lobby. OTHER CELEBRATIONS Have a friend or family member celebrating a birthday? Surprise your loved one with a unique birthday ad for as little as $64. Deadlines vary. Please call 803-771-8431 for details.
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1. Celebration announcements must be received at The State Media Company by 3 p.m. the Monday before the desired date of publication and online posting. (For information to be published the Sunday following a holiday, the announcement should be in our office no later than 10 days before publication.) 2. Photographers who do not have a blanket release on file with The State should sign below. If a signature cannot be obtained, be sure to include the photographer’s name and telephone number. The State will return celebrations photos only if they are accompanied by a stamped (two first class stamps), self-addressed envelope when presented for publication. The State is not responsible for loss of or damage to photographs under any circumstances. Text (Microsoft Word document) and photos (.jpg) may be e-mailed to weddings@ thestate.com. 3. Announcements should be typed or clearly block-printed. The State cannot accept responsibility for, and will not run corrections on information that is illegible or incomplete. The State reserves the right to edit announcements for grammar and style. 4. Announcements may be brought to the newspaper office, 1401 Shop Road, mailed to The State Media Company, ATTN: Celebrations Desk, PO Box 1333, Columbia, SC 29202, or e-mailed to email@example.com. Payment and the release must be received by 5 p.m. Tuesday prior to publication. Cash, check, Visa, Mastercard and Discover are accepted. The following completed and signed form must be received prior to publication. 803.771.8431, fax 803.771.8611.
I, (the person placing the announcement), certify that the information submitted for publication and online posting is true, not defamatory, does not invade the privacy of any person and does not infringe any copyright. I agree to indemnify and hold harmless The State Media Company, its employees and agents, from and against all claims and expenses (including attorney fees and expenses) arising out of the publication of material supplied by me for the publication.
Signature _______________________________________________________________ Date _____________________________ Printed Name _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail address where a proof may be sent ________________________________________________________________________ Home Phone Number __________________________ Cell Number ________________________________________________ If we are not able to reach you at the above numbers, your announcement will not run. By submitting material for publication as a celebrations announcement, I, for myself and others identified in the material submitted for publication, consent to the republication of the announcement in promotional materials without compensation.
Photographer, , as the owner of the copyright in a photograph submitted for publication in The State Media Company, hereby grants to the The State Media Company, a limited license to publish the photograph in The State and post online at www.thestate.com without cost or photographer’s credit. If the photograph is republished in promotional material for bridal announcements, photographer grants to The State Media Company, a license to publish the photograph with credit given to the photographer in the promotional material.
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Bride /Bride-elect’s full name __________________________________________________ of ____________________ City/State Bridegroom /Bridegroom-elect’s full name ________________________________________ of ____________________ City/State Were married/Will be married ________________________________________________ at _____________________________
Date of wedding Place of wedding
The __________________________________________ceremony was/will be performed by ______________________________
Time of wedding Full Name and title of officiating cler gy
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Photo Credit: Clark Berry Photography, special to Carolina Bride
Felicia Howell and Drew Pittman enjoy a moment together after being pronounced husband and wife at The Lace House on April 28, 2012
403 North Lake • 403 North Lake Drive, Lexington • Historic home with 1.5 acres of English gardens
Contact: Marcie and Rodney Huber • www.403northlake.com • 803-808-2992
Recept Venues in t Columbia Area ion he
701 Whaley • 701 Whaley Street, Columbia • Flexible space available for large and small events Contact: Tom Chinn • www.701whaley.com • 803-771-0101 Al's Upstairs • 300 Meeting Street, West Columbia • 4 rooms with adjacent courtyard Contact: Clair Anders • www.alsupstairsitalian.com • 803-920-9406 Ariel's Special Events • 1734 Mobile Ave., West Columbia • Banquet hall
Contact: Kelley Newman • www.arielsspecialevents.com • 803-936-0505
Buck Ridge Plantation • 231 Gundog Trail, Neeses • Banquet hall, covered veranda, gazebo
Contact: Event Manager • www.buckridge.com • 803-531-8408 pg. 77 pg. 9
Capital City Club• 1201 Main Street, 25th Floor, Capitol Center Columbia SC 29201 • Ballroom
Contact: Pamela Richards • www.capitalcolumbia.com • (803) 256-2000
City Art • 1224 Lincoln Street, Columbia • Art Gallery Contact: Wendy Wells • www.cityartonline.com • 803-252-3613 Clarion Hotel Downtown • 1615 Gervais Street, Columbia • Ballroom and smaller banquet rooms available
Contact: Janice Jamison-Blair • www.clarionhotelcolumbia.com • 803-771-8711 pg. 31 pg. 45
Columbia Conference Center • 169 Laurelhurst Ave., Columbia • Conference center Contact: Martha Reid • www.columbiameetings.com • 803-772-9811 Columbia Country Club • 135 Columbia Club Drive, Blythewood • Ballroom and patio
Contact: Sharon Everett • www.columbiacountryclub.com • 803-754-8100
Columbia Museum of Art • 1515 Main Street, Columbia • Museum, lobby, atrium, conference room, terrace and exterior patio
Contact: Special Events Office • www.columbiamuseum.org • 803-343-2212
Corley Mill House and Garden • 221 Corley Mill Road, Lexington • Home with garden space
Contact: Sheila Hall • www.corleymillhouse.com • 803-957-1818
Edventure Children's Museum • 211 Gervais Street, Columbia • museum, outdoor terrace, galleries
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org • www.edventure.org • 803-7793100
Gibson Commons • 140 Gibson Road, Suite C, Lexington • Ballroom & outdoor gazebo
Contact: Amanda Kamnmer • www.gibsoncommons.com • 803-358-7122
Hanlee Hall (Kendall's Katering) • 6230 St. Andrews Road, Columbia • House
Contact: Event Manager • www.kendallskatering.com • 803-731-4445
Hilton Garden Inn • 434 Columbiana Drive, Columbia • Ballroom
Contact: Event Manager • www.hiltongardeninn.com • 803-407-6640 pg. 55
Historic Columbia Foundation-Hampton Preston • 1615 Blanding Street, Columbia • Mansion and gardens
Contact: Amy Kinard • www.historiccolumbia.org • 803-252-7742, ext. 22
Historic Columbia Foundation-Robert Mills • 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia • House and park
Contact: Amy Kinard • www.historiccolumbia.org • 803-252-7742, ext. 22
Historic Columbia Foundation-Seibels • 1601 Richland Street, Columbia • House and garden
Contact: Amy Kinard • www.historiccolumbia.org • 803-252-7742, ext. 22
Historic Columbia Foundation-The Big Apple • 1000 Hampton Street, Columbia • Banquet hall
Contact: Amy Kinard • www.historiccolumbia.org • 803-252-7742, ext. 22
Historic Lace House at the Governor's Mansion • 800 Richland Street, Columbia • Historic home with garden area at the
Governor's Mansion Complex Contact: Margaret Farish • www.lacehouse.sc.gov • 803-737-2235
House of Frames and Painting Gallery • 2828 Devine Street, Columbia • Art Gallery Contact: Tensia Cassinetti • www.hofpgallery.com • 803-799-7405 Leaside • 100 East Exchange Pl, Columbia • Ballroom, Florida room and secluded patio
Contact: Kristy Polk • www.thesouthernway.com • 803-783-9136
Inn at USC • 1619 Pendleton Street, Columbia • Elegant boutique hotel located on historic USC campus Contact: Ashley Foster • www.innatusc.com • 803-231-3606 Lynlee Hall • 1140 Bush River Road, Columbia • Banquet hall Contact: email@example.com • www.lynleehall.com • 803-551-5842 Magnolia House of Lexington • 220 West Main Street, Lexington • Historic home with garden area
Contact: Event Manager • www.magnoliahouseoflexington.com • 803-359-5001
Marriot, Downtown • 1200 Hampton Street, Columbia • Two ballrooms, tremendous 2 story atrium
Contact: Director of Sales • www.marriott.com • 803-771-7000
Millstone at Adam's Pond • 5301 Bluff Road, Columbia • Home with tentable areas, covered back porches, dining rooms Contact: Kristy Polk • www.thesouthernway.com • 803-783-1061 Mitchell House and Gardens • 421 North Lake Drive, Lexington • Historic home; covered patio pavillion; holds up to 300 guests; full service facility
Contact: Phyllis James • www.mitchellhouseandgardens.com • 803-359-5325 pg. 4
Ristorante Divino • 803 Gervais Street, Columbia • Loft/Dining Room
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org • www.ristorantedivino.com • 803-799-4550
Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens • 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia • The Magnolia Room in the Botanical Gardens Contact: email@example.com • www.riverbanks.org • 803-779-8717 x1123 River Center at Saluda Shoals Park • 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia • Park area (River Center) or conference center
(Environmental Education Center/picnic shelter) Contact: Jason White (River Center) • www.icrc.net • 803-731-5208
River Road and Jasmine Houses and Gardens •
2204 & 2208 North Lake Drive, Columbia • Homes with garden space Contact: Elizabeth Christmus • www.riverroadjasmine.net • 803-781-3315
Seawell's • 1125 Rosewood Drive, Columbia • Banquet hall
Contact: Cal Seawell • www.seawellscatering.com • 803-771-7385 pg. 37 pg. 37 pg. 57 pg. 56 pg. 59
South Carolina State Museum • 301 Gervais Street, Columbia • Vista Room, Atrium, & Charleston Courtyard
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org • www.museum.state.sc.us • 803-898-4922
Spring Valley Country Club • 300 Spring Valley Road, Columbia • Ballroom Contact: Rhonda Stone • www.springvalleycc.com • 803-788-3080 The Club at Rawls Creek • 2121 Lake Murray Blvd, Columbia • Banquet space and outdoor pavilion Contact: Jessica Duncan • www.golfrawlscreek.com • 803-781-0114 Springdale House and Gardens • 3150 Platt Springs Road, West Columbia • House and garden pavillion
Contact: Kathy • 803-794-5557 and banquet facility with grand ballroom, salons, board rooms & spacious entrance foyer Contact: Katy Brennan or Page Crenshaw • www.troncos.com • 803-256-1222 Historic VistaContact: Event Manager • www.vistaeventsonline.com • 803-748-4144
Tronco's Catering & Special Events • The Medallion Center 7309 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia • Contemporary conference
Vista Events/The Congaree Promenade • 320 Senate Street, Columbia • Multiple indoor, outdoor, and garden venues in the
Windermere Club • 1101 Longtown Road East, Blythewood • Ballroom and patio on golf course
Contact: Bill Chandler • www.thewindermereclub.com • 803-786-6088 pg. 41
Wintergreen Woods • 1032 Corley Mill Road, Lexington • Reception Hall, covered veranda, 2 courtyards
Contact: Casey Covell or Dixie Covell • www.wintergreenwoods.com • 803-957-8888
Woodlands Country Club • 100 Norse Way, Columbia • Private dining rooms and banquet space Contact: Sandra Wilson • www.woodlandscc.com • 803-788-7771
This is just a sampling of diverse wedding and reception locations available in the Midlands. If you have a locati on that you would like to include in future publications, please contact CarolinaBride@thestate.com.
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The Garden Gate Florist
1692 Carolina Avenue Orangeburg, SC 29115-4916
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COLUMBIA CARRIAGE WORKS
Weddings • Parties • Special Events
SPRING VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB
We believe it’s the details that make the difference.
803-227-3833 www.columbiacarriageworks.com firstname.lastname@example.org
803-788-3080 x103 300 Spring Valley Road Columbia, SC 29223 www.springvalleycc.com Contact: Rhonda Stone
Clubhouse Manager/Special Events Coordinator
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For rates and information, visit us at 701Whaley.com. Contact Tom Chinn at 803.771.0101 or 701Whaley@gmail.com.
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