Happy New Year!
Well, another year is behind us and while 2020 had a lot of challenges, we are counting our blessings. It's been a year of changes for sure. Changes in plans, wedding dates, sites and the number of guests as well. Changes in travel plans, accommodations and most of all, loved ones unable to be present to witness vow exchanges.
Even with all the changes we've seen this past year, couples have been resilient and understood that the most important thing, was that they were still able to be together. We watched tears of happiness as masked couples still recited their vows to each other and embraced the world together, knowing they were still able to move forward with the blessing of knowing nothing could stand in their way of tying the knot. They also recognized their blessing of being able to look to the future.
Now that 2021 is upon us, we look forward to brighter days ahead. We look forward to happy memories being created again and the sunny days of ceremonies and receptions being planned. We look forward to guest numbers slowly but surely returning to normal again. And we look forward to everyone sharing their celebrations with all their loved ones again.
It is with love and appreciation that we wish each and every one of our present customers (and future as well) a fabulous, blessed, happy and healthy 2021. We look forward to working with you all and making all your dreams and visions come alive.
From The Entire Keepsakes Design Team
We are getting ready to embark on our busiest wedding season ever in the Lowcountry and it's amazing how each wedding differs from each other.
Weddings in Charleston can be elaborate or simple, light and airy or traditionally decorated. No matter what your style or tastes, you're sure to make everyone remember the day over and over again when they think back to your flowers.
Most people think back to the setting where the wedding has taken place. What better way to set the mood, than through beautiful decor. Using the natural backdrops of Charleston's gorgeous plantations, or historic and stately homes, grouped with stylish blooms, lighting and fabulous linens, will tug at the heart strings for years to come. And when it comes to our beach weddings? Simple is best and less to transport and move to a reception site afterwards. Besides, who wants to take away from the magical surf and dunes?
Keepsakes utilizes our wide variety of lighting rentals, lanterns, arbors and votives. Centerpieces combined with romantic candle light in squeaky clean crystal, or perhaps rustic lanterns situated on a bed of soft greenery and flowers, surrounded by unique votives to match. Long floral table runners, tall hanging arrangements, and chandeliers are just a few options we discuss with couples who are looking for something 'out of the ordinary'. Draping, large entranceway wreaths, and beam-decor are all a part of our services.
One thing we encourage each and every couple. Make your wedding day about the two of you. Bring your ideas and style to life. It doesn't matter how simple it is, it's all about YOU!
We don't know about all of you, but walking into a flower shop first thing in the mornings, give us all a certain amount of energy and automatically puts us in a glorious mood. How could it not? The fragrances, the colorful array of variety that we see everywhere we look and the fact that we get to work with all these beauties all day long.
Is it any wonder that our talented floral team create such gorgeous and cheerful arrangements? We take special care to 'listen' to our customer's needs and goals in delivering the finest, freshest and most detailed 'treasures'.
Whether you're celebrating an anniversary, birthday or the birth of a new arrival, Keepsakes Florist delivers satisfaction each and every time.
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Today’s Blog post features our Fall Greek wedding for Amy & Christopher’s ceremony that took place at The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and reception at Charleston Gaillard Center, was nothing short of spectacular. It’s My Passion, My Gift and My Desire to See the Beauty in Everything Around Me.
Every day I am grateful that God has blessed me with the artistic talent to see everything around me from a different perspective. Photography to me is not merely just an act of taking a photograph but capturing an extraordinary moment that memorializes the most precious memories in a person’s life. The emotions, the excitement and the anticipation become the platform from which I work and where my primary focus envelopes. Because I am incredibly passionate about what I do, I am able to live in these moments with my clients and celebrate alongside them by capturing the most precious and rare moments that will be cherished forever. While I have decades of experience as a master photographer, I am always honored to be part of something bigger than myself and that is to tell your story as unique as you are. I am asked what sets me apart from other photographers. In response, I not only have decades of experience specializing in wedding photography but am a master photographer who specializes in lighting techniques, unique approaches toward artistic placement and mediums, impeccable editorial skills, cinematography, and drone photography. Ambient light has it’s time and place, but it takes a great deal of knowledge and passion to elevate photography beyond the copacetic norm, which is why my career and passion supersedes that of a less experienced photographer. It has taken me years to perfect my craft, which is my true passion and that is what makes me unique.
Charleston Gaillard Center WeddingsThe Gaillard Center is an eloquent venue space, displaying an artistic historical design, featuring sublime columns, several grand staircases, and large elegant ballrooms. This iconic Charleston gem is dubbed as one of the most architecturally beautiful venues boasting its pure Southern charm within the Holy City. My clients’ choose this venue, not only for its beauty, but also for the ability to accommodate their friends, family, and admirers on one of the most memorable days of their lives. As a preferred wedding vendor of The Charleston Gaillard Center, it is my pleasure to partner with this amazing venue.
The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox ChurchThe Greek faith has been practiced since the time of the Apostles, which is rich with ancient traditions. Unique to the Greek faith as part of the wedding ceremony is the tradition of the Stefana Crowns, which is one of the most important Greek wedding traditions, along with many others. As a photographer, I am well versed in many denominations and cultures, which enables me to have a clearly defined understanding as to why specific traditions are uniquely important to each faith, enabling me to capture these moments that are intrinsically driven, but also an extremely important attribute to the entire matrimonial ceremony and holistically the entire merriment of the couples’ wedding day. The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church is beautiful, a church that I am well versed in, as I not only have a thorough understanding of this faith but have had the pleasure of capturing numerous weddings within this beautiful church.
The Bride and Groom-Mr. and Mrs. Manios
I am humbled, honored and blessed to have been asked by Amy and Christopher to capture their wedding celebration at The Charleston Gaillard Center. The bride and groom are the very essences of what a celebrated couple should be. Surrounded by friends and family, Amy and Christopher embarked upon the beginning of their new life as husband and wife, which in and of itself is a beautiful thing. With all that being said, the couple could not have chosen a more beautiful venue in which to debut the newlywed Mr. and Mrs. Manios.
Amy and Christopher chose Charleston as their destination to host their very special wedding day. Traveling from Saint Petersburg, Florida, Amy and Chris sought me out to capture their wedding, not only for the simple fact that this is one of the most important days of their lives, but also because their vision needed to be captured in the most meaningful way. It was of the utmost importance to this couple that their photographer with decades of experience, well versed, and had the expertise as a master and lighting photographer. I am honored that they chose me for several reasons, it was truly a special day.
The Wedding Ceremony at The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church & Reception at The Charleston Gaillard Center
They say timing is everything, therefore, as a rule, I always arrive early. As this beautiful day began, I arrived at The Charleston Gaillard Center an hour and a half before I joined my team at the Francis Marion Hotel, to set up the lighting for the reception. My team & I were hired to document both Photography and Videography of Amy and Christopher’s Rehearsal and special day. As I joined my team, Donovan Lead Cinematographer, Ryan our second Videographer/Drone Photographer and my second shooter Emi.
We began capturing this chapter of Amy and Chris’ love story as their wedding day was embarking. A picture is worth a thousand words… as the groom, Chris was preparing to meet his bride we began to document their story. Chris in the company of his beautiful mother, amazing brother and loyal groomsmen. Shortly thereafter, we captured the Bride, Amy in the Bridal Suite accompanied by her vibrant, glowing bridesmaids and her lovely, beautiful mother. Such an amazing experience to tell someone’s story. A father’s love is unexplainable, especially when it comes to his daughter on her wedding day. The Bride’s father had such an amazing heartfelt moment seeing his daughter, Amy in her wedding dress, she was stunningly beautiful, this is when it all becomes real, full emotions, love, and excitement. Anticipation couldn’t emphatically describe the way Amy and Chris looked at each other for the first time, the first look and the beginning of what was to come… it was dreamy and pure perfection captured in these moments.
From this point on my team & I ventured to The Greek Orthodox Church, the couple’s ceremony was sublime, full of culture, elegance, and grace… a true treasure captured. As the merriments continued, the now newlywed Mr. and Mrs. Manios made their way to their reception at the lovely Charleston Gaillard Center, as we continued to capture their love story. These are the moments where a photographer’s creative energy ensues, and I was able to capture wedding images that this beautiful couple will never forget. The reception was led by the amazingly talented Tim Clark Band, traditional ooh spectacular Greek dances featuring the Kalamatiano ancient Greek folk dance to the Zembekiko featuring the groom and the best man, followed by the one and only make it rain dollar dance. The reception was enjoyed by family and friends, and quite simply was spectacular.
What an incredible wedding, full of emotions, culture dances, good kindhearted people, and amazing wedding clients, Amy and Chris. From our team at King Street Photo Weddings, we cannot thank you enough for everything. It’s our sincerest desire that as the artists and ultimate storytellers, that we captured your day as elegantly and perfectly in the moments that meant the most to you on this very special day. We wish you a prosperous life and an incredible love to last a lifetime.
Amy and Chris Charleston, SC Favorite Chosen Wedding Hotel, Venue & Vendors:
Photographer & Videographer: King Street Photo Weddings; Michel Berda, & Donovan Snype, Ryan, Emi @kingstphoto1
International Makeup Artist ERIKA PAOLA MUA @erikapaolamua
Wedding Coordinator: Stacey Koutsoukos Hester
Design: Lolumaevents @lolumaevents
Flowers: Keepsake Florist @keepsakesflorist
Reception: Gaillard Center @gaillardcenter
Band: The Tim Clark Band
Cake: Cakes by Kasarda @cake_by_kasarda
Francis Marion Hotel: Rehearsal & Hotel booking; Savannah Boehmer @francismarionhotel
Ceremony at The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church & Reception at The Charleston Gaillard
For a direct link to this fabulous wedding, please CLICK HERE and see all the great images.
Mr. & Mrs. Dahabi | Charleston Film WeddingFILM, WEDDINGS
jan 8, 2020posted on:I spent the most sunny Saturday in Charleston celebrating Ellen & Dakota and cannot stop smiling looking back on their day. Ellen’s smile literally lights up any room and I don’t think it left her face the whole day!
Favorite parts of their big day:
Planning/Coordination: Crystal Williams Events
Invitations: Dodeline Design
HMU: Kinz & Co. Salon
Ceremony: St. Andrews Church
Second Shooting: Wesley Peterson, Kassidy Gomes
Reception: Alhambra Hall
Videography: Francis West Studios
Band: The Retreat
Cake: The Cake Stand Charleston, SC
Catering: Salthouse Catering
Gown: Bridals by Jodi
Florals: Keepsakes Florist
Transportation: Coastal Limo Charleston
Get Ready for Wedding Ideas
It's been a while since we've updated our blog and we're excited to let you all know that coming mid August, you'll see a lot of changes to our site. Even more exciting news, is that along with us returning to 'blogging about helpful tips' on wedding and event florals and decor, we will be featuring some of our favorite wedding photographers and partnered vendor events, with 'quick links' to their sites for easy reference.
We have been so blessed to be able to work with so many talented individuals and companies in our beautiful and historic Charleston SC. We know you'll all agree as you scroll through the new events.
Watch this space and please feel free to share the fun as we publish it.
Stay well, stay safe and stay blessed!
From Karen and the Team at Keepsakes Florist & Events
This was one of our earlier blog topics which seemed so popular, that we thought we'd re-feature it FYI and a source of reference. So many brides love looking through wedding magazines and finding ideas on decorations, flowers and detail components.
Here's a great site if you're wondering what types of flowers those pretty little purple flowers are or if you're looking for florals in orange tones.
Teleflora is one of the country's largest online 1800 flower delivery service. This is a useful tool if you're wishing to send flowers to someone special. Let us know what you think.
We have researched and read so many articles on the true origins of Valentine's Day and how it came to be and the best we've ready so far was on the History Site. As Americans, we tend to take Valentine's Day to extremes. It's because we are such romantics and don't need much of an excuse to say "I LOVE YOU" or "I'm Sorry" or "Will You Marry Me?".
Enjoy this blog write-up by http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day
The Legend of St. Valentine
The history of Valentine's Day--and the story of its patron saint--is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?
The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.
Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first "valentine" greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl--possibly his jailor's daughter--who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed "From your Valentine," an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and--most importantly--romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, perhaps thanks to this reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France.
Origins of Valentine's Day:
A Pagan Festival in FebruaryWhile some believe that Valentine's Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine's death or burial--which probably occurred around A.D. 270--others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine's feast day in the middle of February in an effort to "Christianize" the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.
To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. They would then strip the goat's hide into strips, dip them into the sacrificial blood and take to the streets, gently slapping both women and crop fields with the goat hide. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed the touch of the hides because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city's bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage.
A Day of RomanceLupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity and but was outlawed—as it was deemed “un-Christian”--at the end of the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine's Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds' mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine's Day should be a day for romance.
Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine's didn't begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.) Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.
Typical Valentine's Day Greetings
In addition to the United States, Valentine's Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. In Great Britain, Valentine's Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one's feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine's Day greetings.
Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as "scrap." Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine's Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.) Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.
When planning your wedding day, do you have a theme already set? Do you have a vision in your mind that pre-sets colors, textures, a specific set of items that you'd like to use? Glass, brass, metal or wood effects? Vintage or traditional? Modern contemporary or rustic chic?
At Keepsakes, we believe that every wedding is as unique as the bride and groom tying the knot and whether you're getting married on a sailboat or in the heart of the historic district in Charleston, we should help you create the look that defines your personalities. Using props and containers from your floral designer or purchasing them yourself and re-using throughout your home afterwards is a personal choice.
Not only the containers and embellishments throughout the wedding make an impact on your decor and bouquets. Using different textures in your florals, allow your bouquets and centerpieces to stand out and as shown here, make even the tiniest succulents 'pop' to make a bold statement in even the most delicate of bouquets.
Mixing soft florals with wood or feathers is another way of making statements. You can use almost anything your imagination can conjure up. Just let your florist know your ideas and let them create the magic.
Don't be afraid of using color! Bright bold colorful flowers can be the icing on the cake in a wedding. Any celebration deserves to be memorable and color will stand out in photos and the memories of all that behold that day.
Last but not least, make sure everyone in your bridal party (in particular, family members) get included in a special way on the day itself. So often, mothers are already a little emotional that their sons/daughters are getting married. Presenting a corsage or floral nosegay right before the ceremony is wonderful. But how much more sentimental is it when you have a special floral piece with a note delivered to their door on the morning of the wedding? Some brides also include handkerchiefs for their mothers and fathers. This allows the love and emotional feelings of the celebration to come out in private and sets the tone for the day ahead. There is nothing like a surprise on the morning of the wedding...for ALL!
Most importantly, make your day special to you as a couple. Some additional tips:
"Karen was able to pull my vision together and add many more components that I never thought about to my bridesmaid bouquets, mother's wrist corsages and even all the guy's boutonnieres. It was amazing how well everything tied in together with the raffia and shells. It exceeded my expectations and I cried when I saw everything delivered on my wedding day." ~ Sarah Deerhurst Angle (Bride)