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I’m so excited to share today’s double-feature with you, because I’ve had the good fortune of visiting its gorgeous venue! Kelly + Ted chose to hold their wedding weekend at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff, a magical venue in South Carolina. Think I’m exaggerating? Their rehearsal dinner spot boasts a multi-level tree house! Combined with an oyster roast, a live bluegrass band, and dinner under the stars, these two welcomed their guests in true Lowcountry style.

Be sure to check back soon for their Palmetto Bluff wedding, also photographed by Kay English!

We welcomed guests with a Lowcountry Boil Welcome Dinner on Saturday night, under the stars on the May River. The Lowcountry Boil featured string lights, white pennant banners, flowers in oyster cans, and a live bluegrass band. People danced, people sang, and the kids had fun climbing in the treehouse and coloring a mural for the bride and groom.

Photography: Kay English | Event, floral, and invitation design: Reverie Events | Location: Palmetto Bluff

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Catherine Grace reply

    I love the Southern hospitality showing through in these photos ! I also love the two kiddos dancing.

  2. avatar Destination Wedding Photographer Kay English reply

    Thank you so much for the amazing feature!!!! It’s such an honor being published on your blog!! And special thanks to Reverie Made for the incredible event styling for their wedding weekend. God bless, Kay

  3. avatar Morgan reply

    Beautiful rehearsal dinner! I love the bunting and floral arrangements. Lovely photographs!

  4. avatar Mary reply

    Kay English rocks!!! Wow what an amazing venue. I kinda want to go there right now…. Is that oysters I see being delivered on a shovel to each table??? SO COOL.

  5. avatar Mercedes reply

    What a lovely, warm and pretty celebration! Beautiful imagery.

  6. avatar Amber reply

    Great pictures Kaycee! :)

  7. avatar Vanessa Joy reply

    What a beautifully done affair! You can’t get getting than Kay English and Reverie Made!!

  8. avatar Lori Cooke reply

    I absolutely love this wedding and I love the setting! The low country is one of my favorite areas, and Kay English captured all of it’s beauty in these pictures! Absolutely gorgeous!!!

  9. avatar Meghan reply

    Destination wedding photographer, Kay English does an amazing job capturing every little detail from your big day. From the rings, to the dress, the invitations and the food, she makes sure to get it all. Her abilities and keen eye are amazing. We love her and will be using we for all of our photography needs.

  10. avatar Irina & Dustin Photography reply

    Wow, wow, wow! Absolutely smitten with all these gorgeous details and these photos! If I could do it all over again, I would do this, and have Kay do the photos. Beautiful work!

  11. avatar jacin reply

    what a perfect way to welcome guests to your wedding weekend! gorgeous job, wedding team!

  12. avatar Terrie Basko reply

    So enjoy the beautiful photography of Kay English. She transports you to wherever she is thru the lens of her camera and heart as she captures each moment to be remembered and cherished.

  13. avatar Kristin @ Reverie Events reply

    Thanks so much for featuring Kelly and Ted’s rehearsal dinner! We absolutely adored designing this event, from the flowers to the decor. The bluegrass band was so much fun and everyone had such a lovely time. A wonderful celebration for a wonderful bride and groom.

    • avatar Ashley reply

      This event is gorgeous!! Did you make these oyster cans? Bluffton is home for me, and I have never seen them produce a can. Love, love, love this event!

  14. avatar KARENA DIXON reply

    Beautiful! Makes me homesick for boiled peanuts and spanish moss.

  15. avatar Jessica Olivero reply

    so pretty + perfect!!

  16. avatar Terri Watson reply

    Awesome photos!

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It’s no secret I love my job — after all, there are very few ways that someone who loves weddings and loves the South as much as I do would prefer to spend her days! My usual routine at the Southern Weddings office leaves me happy as a goat in a briar patch and thoroughly satisfied. But, sometimes working at SW affords me experiences that are literally out of a dream, and I fall in love with my job (and weddings, and the South) all over again. Such was the case with Engage13.

I recently accompanied Lara to this amazing conference, held at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville (she was speaking!), and we enjoyed three days of learning, meeting new friends, and details to make any wedding lover weak in the knees. One party in particular we just knew we had to share with y’all — the opening party, designed by Pressed Cotton and held in a renovated barn on the Biltmore property!

The party began the minute we stepped off the buses at Antler Hill Barn — with a grown-up petting zoo! Lara and I couldn’t resist snapping a photo with this adorable baby goat.

So many of these fun rustic chic details are available in the Pressed Cotton store — perfect for wedding decor and details!

These gorgeous kraft paper menus outlined everything we’d be sampling that evening, including pulled pork sliders, corn spoon bread, fried pickles, short ribs, and much more!

Many of the beautiful rental pieces you see are from Settee in Atlanta. After walking through the barn, the space opened up into a beautiful courtyard with biscuits on each long farmhouse-style table! We loved the kraft paper runners.

Hot boiled peanuts! Lara was in heaven.

Cheerwine! I was in heaven. (You may recall we served it at our wedding.) They couldn’t have designed this party more perfectly for us!

The gentleman you see below was one of our favorite people we met that night, though he wasn’t technically a guest at the party! He’s an actual blacksmith on the Biltmore staff, and was giving demonstrations throughout the evening. We got to chat with him a bit, and found out that his wedding was six days away! He even showed us the (gorgeous!) ring he’d forged for his fiancee. We’re hoping to bring more of his wedding story to the blog soon!

The night concluded with s’mores by a massive bonfire. It’s true, Engage does share some characteristics with summer camp!

Oh yes — these adorable screen-printed snack bags were waiting for us when we stepped off the bus at the Inn at Biltmore! The perfect end to a perfect Southern night. Thanks to Pressed Cotton, the Biltmore staff, and Rebecca and Kathryn of Engage for a delightful evening!

All photos except top instagram courtesy of the talented Allan Zepeda, Carla Ten Eyck & Andrew Henderson, and Jeremie Barlow

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Shelby reply

    This looks honestly perfect beyond words. Absolutely every detail is too Southern for words! I love all of the signage & those welcome bags are beyond amazing.

    Please tell me this means y’all will have a recap of the Gatsby party? I’ve been dying for some inspiration pictures to share with a friend who is planning a similar themed wedding.

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    How incredibly fun! Y’all must have felt right at home! I have my fingers crossed for a Gatsby gala recap too :)

  3. avatar Nancy Ray reply

    Loved re-living this evening through this blogpost, Em! You represented it perfectly. I’ll never forget devouring that oh so delicious BBQ slider with you after being so hungry. Best food of Engage by far :). Cannot WAIT for the Blacksmith’s whole story to be revealed!

  4. avatar Anna ( reply

    Looks so fun! I’ve been dying to visit the Biltmore for ages. So jealous!

  5. avatar Cheryl Ann @ Southern Blush reply

    Yes! Just beautiful…I love the Biltmore Estate! I would love to attend this next year for sure…since I live right here in Asheville anyways! I am trying to read everything I can find about this conference, and so far this is the best I have found! I especially like the sign “Sips, Y’all.”

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To me, nothing screams summertime quite like a good barbecue, cookout or picnic. You know everyone else is thinking the same thing when you walk outside and smell charcoal and sizzling burgers. Barbecues are all about taking advantage of the warm weather to gather your friends and family outside for one the most basic acts of community and caring: breaking bread.

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Whether you’re planning a casual rehearsal dinner, engagement party or just trying to get some good grub on the table, the basics are the same. Ditch the fancy china and head outdoors — just don’t forget a sunhat and some bug spray!

A. Grab a blanket and pop a squat on the grass. We love this tablecloth for its summery berry pattern, but also because spilled barbecue sauce blends right in!

B. Ain’t nothin’ we love more than an adorable koozie! Keep your hands warm and dry while sporting your monogram.

C. Gingham basket liners are perfect for catching cole slaw drips and corralling hush puppies.

D. Leave the fancy ceramic berry baskets at home. These cute wooden baskets are ideal for passing around strawberries and blueberries.

E. No one wants a fly in their drink! These mason jar sippers keep a top on your drink while sporting a straw for easy hydration in between games of cornhole or frisbee.

F. Pull your hair back (and away from dripping barbecue sauce!) with this fabric headband.

G. A handy kitchen towel goes a long way for the grill master. We like the cheeky reminder on this option.

H. Versatile, biodegradable and fun-sized, these sporks are the only utensil you’ll need for baked beans and strawberry shortcake.

I. Dress up your outdoors a bit with sunny patterned bunting.

J. We know barbecues are finger-lickin’ good, but don’t forget the moist wipes for those extra sticky fingers. Find a site to customize them for extra fun.

K. Y’all know no gathering’s complete without a pie! Bring your mama’s best recipe in this fluted dish.

What are your summer barbecue essentials?

Looking for more Summer in the South? Check out our last post: A Day at the Lake.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole

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