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September 2011

Best of the Blogs

The Web’s gone wedding wild, and Charleston’s industry folks are in on the action

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Barrie Newman:

From their event adventures in the Big Apple to updates on dressing the sets at Charleston Fashion Week,® this blog can occupy visitors for hours. Inspirational photos, craft projects, and more from the oft-paired Kristin Newman Designs and Gathering Floral + Event Design give you the feel of being one of the team.

Calder Clark Designs:

With insider tips for creative fêtes and posts on new styles on the horizon, event planner Calder’s always a step ahead of the trends—setting them, in fact. Delve into her scrapbook of ideas, plus enjoy fun interviews with the creative people (from here and afar) she meets along the way.

Duvall Events:

A must-read for industry beginners, veterans, and DIY brides, this blog is an all-access, backstage pass to one of the top event and catering industry leaders in the region. With behind-the-scene peeks into daily inspirations, menus, and design themes, it’ll show you how to generate ideas and tackle a large event.

Fabulous Frocks:

The high-end, gently once-wed and sample gowns that fill the store star in this blog, where the latest frocks in stock are debuted like cotillion queens. Hop over to the store’s website and you can search by designer and size.

Gayle Brooker:

We’re not sure what we like better—Gayle’s breezy explanations of her inspirations (often paired with vintage black and whites from her own family and beyond) or her entries of the beautiful weddings she shoots.

Marni Rothschild Pictures:

While we are always stunned by Marni’s gorgeous wedding photography, we also adore the family and “munchkin” portraits—of clients and her own two kiddos—that her blog provides. For couples who plan to have little ones, Marni’s candid, artful, and real images (her son Marcus in finger-paint ecstasy, for example) connect Big Days with happily ever after broods.


What’s better than sampling hundreds of decadent goodies—great for getting ideas for your wedding? Indulging in the photos guilt-free. Check out the treats from Helene Dujardin, who cooks and shoots everything in her West Ashley home studio.

Out of Hand:

Finally! DIY ideas with step-by-step details from the über-creative women at Out of Hand, the sister shop to Ooh! Events. Whether you have always been a crafty gal or you’re just starting out, check out their how-tos for vintage cake stands and more. It’s like taking the classes they once offered—only virtually.

Southern Protocol:

If you weren’t raised in the South, one look into this blog that dishes about planning charming Southern events, dos and don’ts, local wedding-related events, haute boutiques, and new drink obsessions will make you wish you had been. Veteran event planners Lizz Akerman and Sara Hosch give entries a BFF voice.


Best Bridal Apps

The Lettered Olive:
Guérard founded this stationer as a sister company to Soirée and the ever-evolving planner recently announced a first for the wedding industry: an app that converts iPads and iPhones into stationery sample books. Download it to navigate all their collections, paper options, and more. Plus, be privy to all their latest designs with automatic updates.

The Wedding Row:
DIY brides and event planners alike will revel in the app from Charleston’s stellar wedding blog, The Wedding Row, which allows users to create inspiration boards. Perfect for designing any celebration, use the library of photos or upload images to piece together your party. Bonus? Store wedding contacts and manage your budget, too. $1.99









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