The Knot recently did a blog post on three different couples’ transformations of one event space. Each space was completely different…and that gave us an idea! We have two event spaces: Byron’s South End and the Design Center Atrium. After countless weddings and events, our venues have been transformed more times than one can imagine.

Design Center Atrium:

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There are no words to describe how beautiful this draping was for this wedding ceremony!

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Light and flowing drapery, uplighting, candles and a tall candelabrum at the end of the aisle made this ceremony feel intimate and elegant.

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The Atrium was transformed for this wedding reception by bringing in some custom furniture and a beautiful chandelier. The drapery around the perimeter of the room added elegance and accented the brick. Love the simplicity of the black and white!

Byron’s South End:

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For this wedding, Byron’s was transformed to have more of a lounge feel. Comfortable sofas and chairs, side tables, and a stage were brought in to give the space a truly unique look. (Not to mention the candy-filled center pieces!) Pops of yellow brightened everything and made the guests feel at home!

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This recent wedding included beautiful draping throughout the space, which helped give it a more intimate, cozy feel. The draping between the columns and behind the cake stand helped to define certain areas, but not too much to the point where there were separate rooms. The combination of the farm tables and round tables made this wedding feel rustic, yet elegant!

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We loved seeing Byron’s change before our eyes when this reception was being set up. The tall centerpieces on the farm tables made this reception beautiful. The uplighting around the room highlighted the wood and brick features and turned this historic space into an elegant, romantic venue.

We love seeing how clients transform the two spaces! There is never the same ceremony or reception twice and that’s one thing we love about what we do. Can’t wait to see how future clients design their events!

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Congrats, Megan & Ryan!
We couldn’t wait to share some of the photos from their beautiful ceremony & reception at Morning Glory Farms!

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Venue: Morning Glory Farms
Photography: Smitten & Hooked
Day-Of Planner: Ginger Hussey at Hey Love! Events
Videographer: David Whitlow
Cake: Got What It Cakes
Floral: Bloom Room

Signature Cocktail

Ginger Beer Mojito with rum & ginger beer, simple syrup, lime & fresh mint

Butler Passed Hors D’oeuvres

Sliced Bruschetta with Roma tomatoes, fresh basil & mozzarella cheese
Chèvre Cheese & Fig wrapped in a potato torchon & topped with shredded beets
Spicy Petite Pork Dumplings filled with ginger, roasted garlic, scallions & soy sauce, with roasted red pepper sauce
Hickory Smoked Free Range Chicken Skewer served with bitter radicchio, mustard sunflower seed vinaigrette

Plated Dinner

- Salad Course -
Baby Arugula Salad with fresh strawberries, toasted almonds, pan-fried goat cheese, drizzled with poppyseed vinaigrette

- Entree Course -
Chargrilled Tenderloin of Beef brushed with garlic butter & served with a port wine reduction
Maryland-Style Crabcakes with jumbo lump crabmeat, sautéed & served with remoulade sauce

Fresh Herbs & Mascarpone Risotto
Roasted Asparagus Bundles

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Congratulations to Rebecca & Jackson! They had their ceremony in the Design Center Atrium and their reception at Byron’s South End. We just received some of the pictures and couldn’t wait to share them with you! Thank you, Grace Hill Photography, for getting some gorgeous photos of the newlyweds and of our venues!

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2014-11-20_0028(pp_w890_h595)Ceremony Venue: Design Center Atrium
Reception Venue: Byron’s South End
Photography: Grace Hill Photography
Planner: Anne Markey from Favor Me Events
Floral: Bloom Room
Cake: Wow Factor Cakes
DJ: Split Second Sound

Butler Passed Hors D’oeuvres

Charred Tenderloin of Beef on ficelle with Maytag blue cheese butter
Grilled Jumbo Shrimp wrapped in fresh basil & prosciutto, served with garlic dipping sauce
Deviled Egg with house made relish, cayenne pepper & Tabasco
Tomato & Buffalo Mozzarella Skewers with fresh mozzarella, garlic, basil & extra virgin olive oil

Displayed Hors D’oeuvres

Display of Fresh Seasonal Fruits

Plated Dinner

- Salad Course -
Spinach Salad with fresh baby spinach, red onions, strawberries, candied walnuts, & goat cheese tossed in a poppy seed vinaigrette

- Entree Course -
Guests RSVP’d with their selection

Filet Mignon rubbed with kosher salt, cracked pepper & crushed garlic, grilled & served with a burgundy wine sauce
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Pan Seared Sea Bass served with a sun-dried tomato & champagne citrus reduction
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Stuffed Chicken Breast filled with wild rice & fresh herbs

White Truffle Potato Puree
Saute of Autumn Squash & Carrots

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What if your next event included food with a little ethnic flair? Of course, it’s always nice to have the staples (crabcakes, grilled tenderloin, etc.) when it comes to a wedding reception or special event, but you can also spice up your menu a little bit by adding different kinds of appetizers, entrees or stations! Our chefs are wonderful & can make anything happen. If you’re thinking that you would like to add some Jamaican flair to your food, just ask! Asian flair? Of course. There are so many different ways to tweak your menu to add different flavors. Take a regular chicken skewer & make it an Asian chicken skewer with a coconut lemongrass marinade & a cilantro lime glaze! Instead of shrimp cocktail, try a Moroccan spiced prawn with preserved lemon & harissa creme. Yum!

Here are a few examples of items our chefs have come up with for clients who wanted to spice up their event menus:

Seared Ahi Tuna with pickled ginger, wasabi & a soy-ginger glaze

Crispy Potato Latkes with creme fraiche, peppadew relish & farm cheese

Kofta – skewered ground lamb seasoned with traditional middle eastern spices & served with barberry gastrique

Roasted Eggplant Tapenade with smoked eggplant, pomegranate puree & roasted tomatillos on crostini

Chorizo & Chipotle Braised Chicken with pulled chicken on a roasted corn soufflé, topped with cilantro chimichurri

Jerk Chicken Skewers with mango chutney

Classic Island Peas & Rice with long grain brown rice, coconut milk, red kidney beans, peppers, onions, garlic, scallions & herbs

- “Injera Station” (South African tacos) -
Grilled Pork Injera with a pineapple & avocado relish & micro cilantro
Crispy Potato Cake Injera with turmeric scented potato cakes, sour cream dressing & sliced scallions
Slow Roasted Chicken Injera with roasted red peppers & a citrus coleslaw

- Mediterranean Town & Country Display -
A selection of fine artisan cheeses with fresh grapes & berries, roasted garlic hummus, assorted olives, stuffed grape leaves, flatbreads, lavash & pita crisps

- Fajita Station -
Grilled beef & chicken breast with peppers, onions, cheese, jalapeños, salsa, sour cream, guacamole & warm flour tortillas

Kanafeh Fig Cake – Layers of cardamom tahini fig cake, rosewater ricotta kanafeh, toasted kataif crust, fresh figs, pomegranate, pistachios & chopped dried dates

Of course, there are millions of different flavor combinations that you could do for your event. We’ll be happy to help you make your event memorable!

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Megan & Mark had a huge reception at Foundation for the Carolinas after their ceremony at Christ Church on October 18th. We were so happy we could join in on the party! Visit The Beautiful Mess’ blog for photos of the celebration!

Butler Passed Hors D’oeuvres

Pear & Brie Beggars Purses with toasted almonds & sautéed pears
Vegetable Spring Rolls with ginger plum sauce
Miniature Maryland-Style Crabcakes with chili lime aioli
Butter Poached Lobster on a sweet blini with citrus pea tendrils

Displayed Hors D’oeuvres

- Selection of Local Cheeses & Charcuterie -
Ashe County sharp cheddar, Carolina blue cheese, aged Bosky Acres goat cheese, seasonal fruit, local fig jam, Lewis Farms Honey Comb & local charcuterie

- Seafood Display -
Jumbo Gulf Shrimp with lemons & cocktail sauce
Oysters Two Ways:
On the Half Shell with green tomato & peach chow chow
Fried Oyster with a citrus remoulade

- Composed Plates -
Grilled Tenderloin of Beef sliced thin & drizzled with demi glace. Served with a white truffle potato puree & haricot vert bundles.
Roasted Pork Tenderloin with honey & sage, wrapped in applewood smoked bacon, clicked & served over creamy collard greens & caramelized onions

- Goat Cheese & Herb Macaroni & Cheese Station -
Toppings included chives, pancetta, asparagus tips, vine-ripened tomatoes & caramelized onions

If that menu doesn’t make you hungry, we don’t know what does! YUM!

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Venue: Foundation for the Carolinas
Photos: The Beautiful Mess
Planner: Dina Blazek Events
Cake: Carolina Cake Artistry
Floral: The Blossom Shop

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Congratulations to Catherine & John! We loved being a part of their ceremony & reception at Daniel Stowe in September. Before the ceremony in the White Garden, we served some refreshing cucumber water and raspberry lemonade for guests to sip on. During the cocktail hour we served a few hors d’oeuvres & then topped the reception off with a delicious buffet dinner.

The Thanks to Jim Trice for these beautiful photos! That sunset…that is one amazing picture!

Venue: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Photography: Jim Trice
Day-Of Planner: Head Over Heels

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Pre-Ceremony Beverages

Cucumber Water
Raspberry Lemonade

Butler Passed Hors D’oeuvres

Miniature Baked Brie En Croute with raspberry preserves
Sauteed Mushroom Caps stuffed with seasoned sausage
Shrimp Cocktail Shooters with pepper vodka cocktail sauce

Buffet Dinner

Mixed Greens Salad with pinwheel cucumbers, plum tomatoes, glazed walnuts, julienne bell peppers & carrots
Tuscan Chicken with fresh basil, goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes drizzled with a lemon butter sauce
Chargrilled Tenderloin of Beef brushed with garlic butter, grilled & served with a burgundy wine sauce
Mashed Potatoes accented with roasted garlic
Medley of Sauteed Seasonal Vegetables with fresh rosemary & coarse ground salt & pepper
Freshly Baked Artisan Rolls with butter

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Congratulations to Julia & Matt! Their beautiful ceremony & reception were held at The Dairy Barn in Fort Mill. Love that venue! Their menu included a biscuit bar & a shrimp & grits station…see below for the deliciousness!

Venue: The Dairy Barn
Photography: Lindsey Lee Photography
Event Coordination: Susan Kehoe
Band: Momentum Party Band
Cake & Floral: From This Day Forward

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Butler Passed Hors D’oeuvres

Fried Green Tomatoes with an herb Parmesan crust & chili lime aioli
Pulled Chicken & Mustard Green Spring Roll with spicy tomato vinegar sauce
Benton’s Slab Bacon served open faced on house made silver dollar biscuits with jalapeño pimento cheese
Miniature Crabcakes with chili lime aioli

Displayed Hors D’oeuvres Stations

- Salad Station -
Mixed Greens Salad with fresh berries, toasted almonds & feta cheese with balsamic vinaigrette
Display of Fresh Seasonal Fruits

- Biscuit Bar -
Buttermilk & Sweet Potato Biscuits accompanied by apple butter, apricot jam, blackberry jam, honey, chicken cutlets & country ham

- Chef-Attended Low Country Shrimp & Grits Station -
Jumbo gulf shrimp sauteed on site, accompanied by stone ground grits, tasso ham gravy, applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese & spring onions

- Chef-Attended Carving Station -
Grilled Tenderloin of Beef & Roasted Turkey Breast carved table side & served with freshly baked rolls, coarse ground Dijon mustard horseradish sauce & tarragon mayonnaise.

Accompanied by Whipped Sweet Potatoes topped with brown sugar streusel

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Congratulations to Melissa & Ben! Their wedding in September was beautiful. And their menu…DELICIOUS! Thanks to Lindsey Lee Photography for these beautiful photos!

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Venue: Mint Museum Uptown
Photography: Lindsey Lee Photography
Planner: Erin Padgett with Simply Southern Wedding & Event Design
Cake: Wow Factor Cakes
Photo Booth: Shutterbooth
Floral/Linens: Chelish Moore
Band: U-Neek Flav’ur

Butler Passed Hors D’oeuvres

Sliced Bruschetta with Roma tomatoes, fresh basil & mozzarella cheese
Five Spice Chicken Wonton with grilled chicken tossed in honey & fresh cilantro & served in a wonton shell
Benton’s Slab Bacon served open faced on a house made silver dollar biscuit with jalapeño pimento cheese
Butter Poached Lobster served on a sweet blini with citrus pea shoots
Shrimp Cocktail Shooters with pepper vodka cocktail sauce

Buffet Dinner

Mixed Greens Salad with sliced local peaches, candied pecans & chèvre cheese with balsamic vinaigrette
Chargrilled Tenderloin of Beef brushed with garlic butter, grilled & served with a burgundy wine sauce
Pan Seared Chicken Breast – Ashley Farms free range chicken breast rubbed with a white truffle & thyme compound butter

Potatoes Au Gratin
Medley of Sauteed Seasonal Vegetables with fresh rosemary & coarse ground salt & pepper

Dessert

Wedding Cake (provided by client)
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Is your mouth watering yet??

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For this week’s #TBT we’re looking back at Katie & Eric’s wedding in July at the Mint Museum Uptown. They had a beautiful reception filled with fun, laughter and good food! Congratulations, Katie & Eric!

Venue: Mint Museum Uptown
Photography: Michael Board Photography

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Butler Passed Hors D’oeuvres

Five Spice Chicken Wonton with grilled chicken tossed in honey & fresh cilantro & served in a wonton shell
Miniature Maryland-Style Crabcakes with remoulade sauce
Sautéed Mushroom Caps stuffed with seasoned sausage

Buffet Dinner

Mixed Greens Salad with strawberries, toasted almonds & feta cheese crumbles with balsamic vinaigrette
London Broil with aged black Angus beef marinated in red wine, herbs & spices, charcoal grilled & served with sautéed mushrooms in a port wine reduction
Chicken Francese – chicken breast dipped in egg then sautéed & served in a lemon butter sauce

Mashed Potatoes accented with roasted garlic
Medley of Sauteed Seasonal Vegetables with fresh rosemary & coarse ground salt & pepper
Freshly Baked Artisan Rolls with butter

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Congratulations to Nichole & Derrick! Their wedding & reception at the Brakefield at Riverwalk was amazing. They had a great time dancing and laughing at the reception after dining on a full BBQ feast. We couldn’t wait to post these photos from Katherine Elena Photography :)

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Brakefield Wedding-29Venue: Brakefield at Riverwalk
Photography: Katherine Elena Photography
DJ: Split Second Sound

Butler Passed Hors D’oeuvres

Fried Green Tomatoes with chili lime aioli
Miniature Crabcakes with remoulade
Benton’s Slab Bacon served open faced on house made silver dollar biscuits with jalapeño pimento cheese

Buffet Dinner

Mixed Greens Salad with cucumber pinwheels, plum tomatoes, julienne bell peppers & carrots
Mesquite Grilled Chicken Breast marinated in herbs & spices & mesquite grilled & topped with herb butter
Lexington-Style Barbecue – Lean pork shoulder basted with Lexington-style, vinegar based sauce & smoked over hickory wood
Accompanied by tomato based barbecue sauce on the side

Homestyle Macaroni & Cheese with layers of cheddar cheese, topped with breadcrumbs
Potato Salad with fresh herbs & celery
Southern Style Green Beans
Bread Basket including freshly baked biscuits, rolls & cornbread muffins baked with Asiago cheese & jalapeño peppers

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