Unveiled features our Lowndes Grove wedding!

Weddings Unveiled has flooded the newsstands with their gorgeous Spring 2015 issue, and our very own Bailey + Drew’s Lowndes Grove wedding is featured within . . . such a blessing! Shot by A Bryan Photo on a gorgeous Fall Saturday in Charleston, the plantation party was positively flooded with sweet details, from signature cocktails named for their fur babies to laser cut gold place card names. Blossoms Events layered the estate tables with farm-grown blooms in ivories, pale greens, corals, and blushes. We left the oyster tabby patio open to the night sky, lit only by delicate mono-filament bulbs from Technical Event Company and boasting custom Cheree Berry Paper floral silkscreening on the bars + a stunning cake from our go-to cake guru, Jim Smeal.

The Ashley River breezes, an incredible sunset, a beautiful meal from Fish, and a killer band (Mo’ Sol) couldn’t hold a candle to the love in the air. The cherry on top was getting to visit with Bailey’s sister Shannon, whose 2011 William Aiken nuptials we planned and loved revisiting in Unveiled Summer 2012.

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Lowndes Grove wedding by Calder ClarkLowndes Grove wedding with Calder ClarkWant more Lowndes Grove eye candy? Pop over to our features in The Knot Spring 2015Snippet & Ink, Style Me Pretty, Unveiled, and Charleston Weddings,


Aisle Style : Lovely ideas for ceremony flowers

Aisle decor of any kind- pew markers, lush planters, petal-strewn walkways, floral arbors or fabulous flower-filled urns are all lovely ways to set the tone of your big day and share a lasting first impression with your guests. Will your ceremony flowers be natural and green, neatly gathered in a painterly palette, over-the-top ombré, or delicate and spartan? I love designing ceremony flowers to fit into the over-arching feel of the upcoming reception, and I personally love when they mimic the landscape and just seemingly “belong”.

ceremony flowers down the aisle

Here we gathered fresh heather + euphorbia into old French pots to add a little natural interest to Paige + Stodd’s Blackberry Farm nuptials, featured here + here. {A Bryan Photo}

ceremony aisle flowers and planters

I’m loving the raw wood elevators topped with the softer + more feminine oval planters . . . plus they heighten the drama by lifting the ceremony aisle flowers off the ground. {Flowerwild}

mixed ceremony flower planters

Mindy Rice always nails it, and this eclectic mix of clustered planters with interesting greenery is no exception.

blooming cherry ceremony flowers

Leave it to Martha Stewart Weddings to tantalize us with abundant blooming quince (or cherry) in sleek grey planters as a stunning ceremony flower concept. Just remember- this idea is only possible within a small window in the calendar year.

lush flower planter and flower petal aisle

For some, nothing beats a petal-laden ceremony aisle replete with lush flowers in elevated stone urns. {Mod Wedding}



Lately we love : anne ten’s pressed flowers

I’m a sucker for a pressed flower, fern, or butterfly wing, as evidenced by one of my latest bar designs. If you’re on Instagram, you have to follow Flora Forager so you can drool on your iPhone and get the next upgrade. Take it up a notch by investing in one of these beauties by Anne Ten Donkelaar for a smashingly lovely au naturel addition to your art collection. Anne’s flower constructions  are my favorites- but her broken butterflies are über cool too. Leave it to a Netherlands lass. For further scoop, Design Sponge posted a fabulous write-up on Anne a few years back.

Just in case you’re up for a wee art investment, check out a few of our other faves Teil Duncan, Besty Eby, and of course the darling Lulie Wallace.

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Stackable baubles – diamond wedding rings

I’m a lifelong stacker of diamond bands, or any ring for that matter. The more the merrier- if only there were finger stretchers, I’d subject myself. Channel set diamonds, prong-set diamonds, bezel-set gems, diamond-sapphire-diamond, emeralds sprinkled within, micro-pavé, milgrain, braided, rose gold, yellow gold, platinum – the options are endless. Top tips from a Croghan’s regular (moi) and stalker of Harry Winston, Graff, Buccellati, Cartier, Neil Lane, Single Stone, Kwiat, and the like:

1. Do not buy a scooped-out wedding ring that fits “flush fit” or snugly to your engagement ring. You’ll never be able to wear it alone, which is a big con. I’ve even seen gals weld the scoopy wedding ring to their engagement ring. Nay.

2. “Kissing cousins” is more chic than Matchy McMatcherson. If your engagement ring has baguettes as side friends, try round brilliants instead. If your engagement ring is round, try channel set radiants for your wedding ring in lieu. Shake it up- you can thank me later.

3. All white all the way. Meaning- if you fall within the lion’s share of girls who choose white gold or platinum, choose the same for the base of your wedding ring(s) and play with rose gold + yellow gold later on with yummy glitzies for having babies and celebrating milestone anniversaries. Ok, or for any reason (wink).

4. Color is kosher. Pop in precious stones like sapphires or emeralds for a little personality. Don’t dabble in semi-precious stones (amethyst, aquamarine, topaz, etc.) for your wedding rings- this is one place where mixing high + low falls flat.

Cartier diamond wedding rings


A sprinkling of our favorite wedding rings from Cartier. I’ll take one of each, s’il vous-plait. Buccellati diamond wedding rings

Don’t think for a New Yawk minute that I’m not planning on finding the Amalfi flagship of Buccellati on our 10th anniversary trip there this year. DUH. Remind me to tell you about the time I found a breathtaking Buccellati wedding ring on the floor of a wedding of ours. Be still, my beating heart.

Single Stone stackable diamond wedding rings


Single Stone nails it every time on wedding rings. It’s uncanny. The selection is fabby and I love the Edwardian nod with the etching and milgrain on lots o’ their lovelies. Kwiat diamond wedding rings

Well obvi you can’t go wrong with Kwiat wedding rings. I think they’re timeless and as glittery as it gets.stackable diamond wedding rings


Last but not least, a smattering of faves from four different jewelers we heart (from top to bottom): Martin Katz, Beverley K, Laura Pearce, and Megan Thorne.