Clever ceremony send-off + parting toss ideas

I’m a sucker for a charming send-off just after a sweet ceremony. Tons of lovely little ideas can translate to a post-reception parting toss as well, and all of these concepts are a photographer’s dream. Tossing petals, flinging little metallic bits, showering with confetti, and waving ribbonerie wands all give a little pomp and pop of color to a great party. Below is a smattering of fun little send-offs to try!

metallic streamer toss

Mylar streamers in gold + silver come pre-rolled as a tiny little handheld bauble with a finger loop- fool-proof! via 100 Layer Cakefresh lavender ceremony tossNothing is more fragrant than fresh lavender in delicate little muslin sacks, which you can personalize in anyway for your post-ceremony toss. via Pressed Cotton

fall leaf ceremony toss

I fondly remember playing in piles of giant Fall leaves as a child- what’s wrong with bringing that back? via Linen Tablecloth

fresh petal toss post-ceremony

Presentation is everything. We shingled hand-calligraphed sacks of lemon verbena and ivory rose petals in scalloped wood trays for guests to nab as they were seated at one of our Ford Plantation weddings. via A Bryan Photo

beach ball ceremony toss

Super cute- wish I’d thought of it . . and so playful! Mini beach ball toss as a couple recesses found via Brides.

confetti envelope program

This little confetti-filled packet program is a genius + cute way to deliver a handful of happy to guests pre-ceremony. via Intimate Weddings

delicate bell ring ceremony toss

We’ve personally used the “ring a bell to say farewell” end-of-night departure, but I love a bright + fresh daytime bell-ringing just after a couple is wed- so symbolic and retro! via Southern Weddings

handheld confetti tosser

Who could forget the push-up pops of yore? Confetti delivery is quirky at best – but this seems like the perfect way to shower a couple with color. via Thimble Press




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, also featured 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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