Calder Clark is a full service consulting + design firm. In the planning process, we work closely with each client to develop and deliver sublime weddings and events. Armed with strong vendor relationships, extensive experience, and old-fashioned know-how, we expose each client to the art of fine entertaining.
scout incredible venues + select top notch vendors negotiate contracts + offer expert etiquette advice design custom menus with caterers, bartenders, + bakers build a bona fide friendship with each client
Tucked away in a nineteenth-century Charleston single, the Calder Clark studio buzzes day and night with activity. Amid the flurry of fabric swatches, paint chips, and storyboards, the team works tirelessly at pulling together a litany of details for each client. Drop in unannounced, and you just might find us sampling cakes, assembling welcome bags, or simply brainstorming our next installation. Whether intimate or grand, each event is cultivated with great care, reinforcing our boutique approach at every turn.
Hailed as the talk of the South by Garden and Gun magazine in 2011, Calder Clark has garnered a loyal national following for her modern spin on classic Southern entertaining. Designing impeccable affairs across the country, Clark spreads the mantra that parties can be relaxed and chic without being trendy. Layering events with bespoke linens, nuanced colors, hand-picked furnishings, and ambient lighting, Calder Clark has become established as the absolute go-to for the perfectly curated party.
A Tennessee native, Clark has been producing seamless affairs since 1999. After Washington & Lee University, her career launched at Design Cuisine in Washington, DC, where she planned such events as the 2001 Inaugural Luncheon, The Kennedy Center Honors, the Rockefeller-Carnegie wedding, and the annual Bloomberg News/White House Correspondents’ Dinner After-Party. Longing for the lowcountry, Clark hung up her big city lifestyle for Special Events at Charleston Place, where she designed off-property parties throughout the Carolinas. In 2006, CC was launched with great response. Today, Calder Clark plans a limited number of exclusive weddings and events annually, in addition to speaking nationally. Clark calls the Old Village home with her husband, Chaunce—and her proudest accomplishments are her two babies—Campbell and Walton.
event designer + director of operations
Caitlin Whiteside is CC’s resident logistician and mastermind of details. Following a college career at Rhodes with several years in interior design, the North Carolina native and consummate Southerner joined CC in 2008. Caitlin’s background in spatial logistics plus an incredible sense of spot-on traditional styling make her a natural fit for the business of designing boutique affairs with a timeless aesthetic. Her attention to detail and Southern graces draw clients from all over the country to the offices of Calder Clark. Caitlin and her husband Chris met and married in the Holy City, but now live in Raleigh, with their baby boy Warner and their puppy, Fenway.
Anayis Melikian hails from Philadelphia, where her interest in the wedding industry was first sparked by her experience with an area catering firm. A 2014 graduate of College of Charleston with a double major in hospitality + tourism management and business administration, Anayis is an über foodie, hostess with the mostest, and full Southern convert. Strong family values, compassion, and a lightning-quick wit make her an amazing addition to the CC team. Anayis lives in downtown Charleston just steps from the studio, where she prefers sitting outside in the sunshine while she strategizes for clients + creative partners alike.