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Before your soon-to-be Mr., there was one man in your life who loved you first.
Today’s post is dedicated to that special guy – the one who beneath the calm, even rough-and-tough exterior will be fighting back tears as he gives his little girl away and celebrates the beautiful woman she’s become.
No wonder the Father-Daughter dance is one of the moments we cherish most.
Here are a few of our favorite soundtracks to fall in step with the man who has never let you miss a single one.
Happy Father’s Day!
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Is it any wonder we swoon for the new Great Gatsby Glam? F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary classic whispers romance, champagne and stars into every detail of this top wedding trend for 2013 – from swishing silk gowns and glittering jewels to rich linens, heirloom cocktails and decadent nods to a bygone era.
Patrick Properties Hospitality Group’s historic Charleston wedding venues offer an ideal stage for putting on the ritz – and in one case in particular, we mean quite literally.
With its vintage details and regal Art Deco architecture, The American Theater ushers guests into iconic Hollywood beneath dazzling marquee and handmade milk-glass chandeliers. These luxe ballroom affairs are straight from the pages of Fitzgerald’s margin notes, framing one of life’s greatest scenes against a stylish backdrop on Upper King Street.
Something old is nothing new for sophisticated soirees at The William Aiken House and Lowndes Grove Plantation, either. Take a peek at a few favorites from our Charleston wedding receptions that range from elegant garden parties to over-the-top affairs.
Inspired by Great Gatsby Glamour? There’s more on our PPHG Pinterest page!
Springtime has officially arrived in Charleston - and are we ever ready! This season might just be our very favorite, with sun-drenched afternoons and fragrant blossoms every which way we turn. Surrounded by Spring’s natural beauty, we ask:
Could there be anything more blissful than a sweet, daytime celebration?
Among our historic Charleston wedding venues, the River House at Lowndes Grove Plantation offers a perfect setting for any outdoor occasion. From midday “I do’s” and intimate garden parties to bridal luncheons or a causal picnic brunch – there’s plenty here for Mother Nature to inspire!
Lush grounds are an open invitation to lawn games like bocce ball and corn hole. Host cocktail hour by the waterfront and stroll the dock for panoramic views of the Ashley River. When it’s time to eat, set a colorful spring table beneath centuries-old live oak trees. Or, bring the outside in. The River House boasts four sets of French doors that open onto a brick terrace ideal for entertaining.
As Charleston blossoms into its springtime best, there's no better time to carpe diem with an outdoor soiree at The River House at Lowndes Grove.
For one of the tastiest towns in the South, it might come as no surprise that Charleston would lend its historic backdrop to the Oscars of the culinary world, as James Beard Foundation prepared to announce its 2013 Award nominations.
Were we ever thrilled, though, when Patrick Properties Hospitality Group was asked to play host alongside the Charleston Area CVB and BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival!
Monday, March 18 began with the 2013 Nominee Announcement and Luncheon on the grounds of our Lowndes Grove Plantation - and ended with an extraordinary dinner toast to JBF that evening at Fort Moultrie. We couldn’t be more proud to share highlights of this whirlwind day!
Lowndes Grove set the stage as James Beard Foundation president Susan Ungaro and fellow board members gathered alongside local officials, media and guests – enjoying savory bites amid bright, springtime décor and scenic views of the Ashley River before festivities were underway. Thousands of viewers from across the country tuned in to the event live stream when nominations were announced – with huge cheers for hometown nominees Nathalie Dupree (American Cook Books), Mike Lata and The Ordinary (Best New Restaurant), and Sean Brock (Outstanding Chef)!
That evening, PPHG savored the celebration with guests of the Lowcountry Legends Salute to James Beard Foundation at Fort Moultrie – where our own French Master Chef Nico Romo joined an all-star team of local chefs presenting the night's dinner menu. The talented team of Fish Restaurant helped Chef Nico serve up a second course that garnered rave reviews around the dinner table: Octopus & Crab Carpaccio with Cocktail Granita, Clam Chowder Crème Brulee and Coconut Ginger Lobster Roll.
Patrick Properties Hospitality Group is honored to have helped celebrate the James Beard Foundation legacy while taking part in this year's nominationtons in Charleston!
For every couple – and, often, their guests – expectations run high when planning the wedding day menu. Caught somewhere between tradition and personal taste, quality and expense, it’s little wonder that the decision of what to serve and how can become quite daunting.
At Patrick Properties Hospitality Group, we believe there is one fundamental a couple should embrace during this process:
“The only rule is to have food people like to eat.”
Translation? Steak is not consigned to the obligatory potato, and a three-course, two hour plated meal is in no way prerequisite to changing your last name.
True, these ideals stem from a long line of success and are rooted in the reality that sharing good food brings people together. And while there is something very beautiful in the tradition, we believe couples can personalize a menu that tells their story as expressively and creatively as they wish.
As you’re planning, keep in mind a few tips to mix up your meal - straight from the professionals behind PPHG’s celebrated culinary program:
1. Turn a plated dinner into a tasting menu
Love the idea of an elegant plated dinner, but cringe at the monotony of soup, salad and entrée? Try a tasting menu! This style breaks the traditional mold with four courses and smaller portions that afford more flexibility in menu planning. Even better, you can rest easy knowing the options will appeal to every guest’s taste.
2. Redefine the buffet
Forget any negative associations this word conjures. Instead, why not enjoy the personal service of chef-attended stations? Our historic Charleston wedding venues create beautiful spaces for guests to socialize and celebrate by your side. Customized stations allow them freedom to explore while being treated to freshly prepared cuisine. Think outside the buffet with options like braised short rib and Charleston traditions like shrimp & grits or Lowcountry boil!
3. Don’t miss the opportunity for fun extras
Some of our most memorable wedding menus are dreamed up by couples with the “anything is possible” mentality. Heirloom family recipes, a His & Hers station, even the menu from a first date – all are great sources of inspiration! Get creative with sweet treats - a s’more station or hot chocolate with donut hole dunkers - or pass nostalgic late-night snacks, like mini-milkshakes, chicken biscuits or French fries.
Bottom line: set aside the expectations. Your wedding is the time to fully embrace the title of “creative director” - and enjoy every delicious moment of it.