The Knot Market Mixer

Havana oh na na!

Things got heated up in early June at the Knot Market Mixer, an annual industry celebration hosted by The Knot wedding magazine. As the selected designer & planner of this years fete, we were inspired by a fusion of Americano and Cuban themes, that exuded the bright colors, exotic patterns, and hot vibes of the summer season. We wanted to showcase a Charleston event setting atypical of the traditional Lowcountry wedding scene (Bye blush and mason jars!) by introducing a palette of tropical palm prints mixed with bright, summer colors.

Upon entry to the Cedar Room, guests were greeted by the eclectic pop acoustics of Bonnie & Austin, of Charleston Virtuosi– A fun, progressive twist on your traditional background music. Attention was then directed to one of our favorite design components of the event: our new feather wall! This custom photo-op involved the individual placement of over 1,000 white feathers to create a specialty step & repeat. We wanted to do something that was unexpected, fresh, and different (basically anything but another flower wall, please!). Ergo, the feather wall was born! #FeatherWallGoals

Another focal point of the night was the custom-printed, palm leaf vinyl wrap, created by Charleston Wraps, which wrapped our 8′ LED plexi bars. We flanked each bar with white planter boxes full of oversized, hand-painted monastera leaves in cyans, magentas, oranges, and limes. They were the perfect pop of color against the greens of the up-lit bars. Keeping with the overall Americano/ Cuban theme, we brought in fresh fruit and palm leaves to give the room an island feel. The palms towered high over the low cocktail tables, adding a much needed depth to the tables. Tall, clear glass cylinders of bright green limes, oranges, and yellow lemons added a necessary tropical splash to the food stations, bars, and room in general.

Four beautifully draped, crisp white cabanas were setup inside the Cedar Room for lounging and mingling. Two of these gorgeous 12′ x 8′ cabanas were individually styled with EventHaus and French Eclectic lounges, both illuminated by soft cafe lighting, installed by Aurora Creative Group. The other two cabanas housed DJ David Fox of Jo Bunn DJ Company, (who kept the dancefloor packed all night long!) and a custom pink palm printed cake baked and designed by Delicious Desserts, whose delectable flavors included Chocolate Coke with Mint Chocolate Ganache and White Vanilla with White Chocolate Rum Mousse. There was plenty of seating throughout the space dressed in BBJ Specialty Linens and set with modern ghost chairs, also provided by EventHaus.

Let’s not forget the menuThe Cedar Room played to an incredible, Cuban-themed palette that included stations like “Make Your Own Poke” & Cubano sandwiches, along with passed Lobster rolls, Beef Empandadas and Grilled Shrimp Skewers. For dessert, guests were treated to freshly baked churros dipped in warm chocolate sauce. We also featured a “His” and “Hers” cocktail with Hers being a Mojito and His being a Cuba Libre. #Salud!

Another huge hit of the night was the Mixology Bar curated by Pop the Bubbly. With direction from onsite professional mixologists, guests had the opportunity to create their own handcrafted cocktails that featured signature rums, tropical flavored liquors, topped off with colorful paper umbrellas (of course)!  The best part? Guests were gifted with a mini plastic shaker to take home.

A huge thank you to all of our industry partners on making this event a huge success!

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Planning + Design + Decor + Floral | Loluma

Venue + Caterer + Bar | The Cedar Room

Rentals + Lounge | EventHaus

DJ + Sound | DJ David Fox; Bunn DJ Charleston

Acoustic Entertainment | Charleston Virtuosi

Stationery + Signage | Studio R

Calligraphy | J. Lily Design

Cake | Delicious Desserts

Mixology Bar | Pop the Bubbly

Rentals | The French Eclectic

Photographer | Anne Rhett Photography 

Videographer | Matt Paragon Filmworks

Lighting | Aurora Creative Group

Cigars | Cigar Row Events

Vintage Cars | Lowcountry Valet

Graphics + Vinyl | Charleston Wraps

Specialty Linens | BBJ Linen

Rum Sponsor | Blue Chair Bay Rum

 

A Rehearsal Dinner Nod to the Groom

A Lowcountry Wedding Feature

We love a good theme, and Willie and Rebecca’s Mexico style rehearsal dinner certainly awakened our design senses.  It only seemed fair to incorporate Willie’s New Mexico roots with the pending Charleston style wedding for the southern bride the following day.  And we welcomed the opportunity.

Here in the lowcountry, our destination brides are here for a true southern flavor, which we also love to create, and create it quite often.  However, introducing a different style and feel for one aspect of the weekend, keeps your guests guessing and gives them an unexpected experience.  From the food to the decor and all the entertainment (of course a piñata was the main attraction), the evening was festive, to say the least and a nice refreshing break for the Loluma team.

See the full article featured on  A Lowcountry Wedding here.  Photography by Captured by Kate

Designing for Professionals

When being asked to design an event for our fellow industry professionals, thinking outside of the box and focusing on the details is a must.  When your guests are Charleston’s finest event planners and designers, you know nothing will go unnoticed.  When asked to design a luncheon to kick off the Spring Wedding Season at Runnymede Plantation, we focused on fresh, organic elements sure to inspire the creative minded guests.  Full, lush ombre fabric installed in the existing tent, finished with an ornate ceiling medallion to highlight the black beaded chandelier set the scene.  Gorgeous round and rectangular wooden tables and green midcentury style couches provided by Snyder Lounge grounded the setting perfectly.  Guests dined on the perfect spring luncheon menu provided family style by Salthouse Catering, and enjoyed gorgeous table settings full of unique details to pull it all together.  Loluma’s floral guru, Leesa Phipps, did not disappoint, providing centerpieces in rustic gold pedestal boats of wild, spring flowers and foliage in organic, neutral tones, and pops of blue to tie in Snyder’s pale blue napkins and butterfly china.  J. Lily’s stylish calligraphied menus on clear acrylic added to the light, fresh feel of the table top design.

Photography by Molly Joseph

Beautiful desserts and cake by Sweet Rhi

Invitations by Dodeline

Bar compliments of Spike by Snyder

Sneak Peak {Jenna & Joseph}

We have been waiting with bated breath for Jenna & Joseph’s spine-tingling wedding images, and, I must say, Hunter McRae did not disappoint.  Check out a few teasers of this stunner and stay tuned for more in the coming weeks.  We knew our darling Jenna would be gorgeous, but, WOW!  Congrats again to this incredibly special pair.

Offbeat Settings

For your next event, consider stepping out of the box.  Corporate Groups annually rewarding their employees with incentive trips and unique celebrations, definitely need to get creative each year to keep things fresh and exciting.  This particular group is one we work with annually, and they are consistently exciting us with a new city and a new venue each year.  This year, we travelled up the street to Myrtle Beach and created the perfect edgy setting for this event full of food, drink and incredible entertainers at the local Hard Rock Cafe.  You can see from the photos that in an ornate space such as this, it was all about the lighting.  Thank you to Absolutely Charleston for inviting us to be a part of this group’s creative experience yet again!

Photography by Gary Coleman