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A Big Bridal Blend of South Meets North

At Southern Protocol we never allow ourselves to forget that a girls fairytale wedding is nothing without her prince charming. It is every bit of a big day for the groom as it is for the bride. When we help you romanticize the big day, we make sure that all the dreamy details reflect a charming culmination of both bride and groom. For as we all know, it is a must when perfecting our planning to include that big bridal blend with a dash of the bride and a sprinkle of the groom.

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One of our most recent of wedding endeavors had the SoPro girls bringing out our southern sass to play with our northern friends. With a southern belle for a bride and a New Yorker for a groom, the wedding was the ultimate display of south meets north.

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Every detail down to the gift bags embodied this part northern, part southern dynamic. Guests were graced with little gifts that gave the best of both worlds, or rather a North verses South battle of the best, with double the tasty treats and alcohol that had both bride and groom representing their home turf in the most tasteful of ways.

 

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The Martha Stewart of Hostesses

When one thinks of Southern Protocol Boutique they obviously think beautiful bridal, southern sass, and wedding whimsy. This is an instant given to all our sophisticated shoppers out there. However, our southern sanctuary is not just reserved for the blushing brides racing to the alter or glamour girls looking to be the belle of the ball. Southern Protocol shoppers are also the everyday girls looking to hone haute for the home, give the gift of glamour, or present the perfect party.

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We are catering couture AND dishing decadent dining décor that will instantly whip you into the Martha Stewarts of hostesses. As the exclusive carriers of Kate Spade tabletop, we are confident that we can fulfill all your décor dreams. From our glistening gold glasses to our fancy flasks to our chic coasters, we at Southern Protocol will have you falling head over heels in love.

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Come shop with the SoPro girls and you’ll soon be on your way to clinking a glass of southern sass at your next party.

 

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Classic Meets Edge with Southern Protocols New Must Have: Taxidermy Python Clutch

Being a part of the female population makes it a requirement that you have two staples in the depths of your closet, one being python and the other being clutch. Lucky for you, we at Southern Protocol are bringing you the best of both worlds thanks to our new designer addition, Taxidermy, you can now swing by the boutique and snag our new white python clutch, which gives you a fabulous take on classic meets edge.

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Each clutch is made from an ultra exotic python skin, giving it a fierce flair that every girl should dare to wear. However, this is just the cusp of what this cool clutch has to flaunt. Taxidermy’s cute clutch gives you the versatility to battle it out with the countless chic choices it offers. You can snap on a chain to reinvent this clutch into a hip little crossbody. Or bring the bling with a glitzy jewel if you don’t want to bring the bold with a bow. This major minimalist metamorphosis is all the variety a girl dreams of.

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And as if we could pack any more punch into this classic little handbag, the color is our favorite wedding white, which every stylish someone knows is all the rage on the runway this fall.

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It’s obvious our hot little clutch is a must this season! Blend cocktail and clutch for an ultra sophisticated meets sassy style. Or mix up your southern classics with some exotic edge. Lets be honest, what’s not to love? Come down to Southern Protocol and snag our hot new python clutch that’s bringing the spice into our southern sophistication.

 

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Southern Protocol Boutique has Opened the Doors to Charm Charleston with its Dainty Dresses and Wedding Whimsy.

It seemed Sunday was nothing less than perfection with the sweet sun shining down on our little boutique as we opened our doors to finally charm all of Charleston with our sassy style, wedding whimsy, and darling dress destination that is the one and only, Southern Protocol Boutique. The surreal whirlwind of bringing the shop to life may have been a parade of crazy, as days of finding the finest of things to dazzle in the eyes of a bride to be or win the heart of a stylish shopper went by. But beyond a shadow of a doubt, the shops debut was a success we can all gladly raise our Kate Spade Toasting Flutes too.

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This most anticipated of days was everything and more, as customers fell head over heels for our one-of-a-kind candles, bought beautiful bracelets to dangle on their wrists, added dress after dress to their growing wish lists, and scheduled appointments with every bit of eagerness. The waves of customers, friends, and family entering our shop made the grand opening ever more special, as we were delighted to dazzle you with our collection of drop dead gorgeous gowns, dresses, jewelry, and gifts. We are surely crossing our fingers that this was the first of many trips for each one of you who graced us with your pretty presence and chose Southern Protocol Boutique as the place to get your dose of Second Sunday shopping.
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Ladies and gentlemen, after longingly awaiting its showcase for quite some time now, we at Southern Protocol Boutique cordially invite you all to step inside our pristine palace of perfection and discover our treasure trove of all things fabulous.

 

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Get Ready to be Dazzled by Dresses as Southern Protocol Boutique Charms Charleston with its Wedding Wonderland

Get ready Charleston to enter a wedding wonderland as Southern Protocol Boutique opens its doors to dazzle you with dresses, glam you in gold, and sass you up with southern style! We are dashing for those designer dresses, hanging up the haute, perfecting our planning, and glittering every inch with glitzy gold, as we are fashioning the finishing touches to end this fabulous frenzy and finally tie the knot with our bridal boutique.

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Our boutique is ready to bring you a dash of bridal bliss with our charming collection of Southern designer dresses that exude elegance with silks, linger with lace luxury, sparkle with crystal beading, and liven up with wedding white.

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But as we southern sophisticates know all to well, an outfit is never complete without accenting it in accessories, so of course Southern Protocol Boutique is delighted to dazzle you in diamond necklaces, crown you with a daring headband, and deck you in delicate pearls.

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The Boutique has a little something for all Charleston’s savvy shoppers and blushing brides to feast their fashion fancy. So save the date and join the chaotic countdown for the opening of Southern Protocol Boutique this Sunday!

 

 

 

 

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Finally! The Southern Protocol Boutique is here!

As Southern Protocol, premiere wedding and event planners of the South, we are pleased to announce the opening of our retail location, Southern Protocol Boutique. The shop will open in September 2014 and be located in the King Street Shopping District at 164 Market Corner in downtown Charleston, South Carolina.

Our new boutique will combine the finest wedding gown and formal accessory designers – each new to Charleston and available exclusively at Southern Protocol Boutique – with specialty event styling and event planning. The boutique will include an elegant and refined collection of accessories and products for the well-appointed bride, formal event dressing, and entertaining at home.

We are pleased to announce the initial group of designers available at Southern Protocol Boutique, all making their first appearance in the Charleston market including Lea-Ann Belter, Matthew Christopher, Carol Hannah, Haute Bride, Ivy & Aster, and Nicole Miller, Custom Lula Kate, among others. Southern Protocol Boutique will maintain an assortment of incredible new styles and products from design houses in the United States and Europe unavailable anywhere else in Charleston. We will provide everything a bride or event guest needs to attend a celebration in gracious, individual style. As we know, from Carrie Bradshaw, the dress can change the whole feel of the wedding and set the bar for design!

Monroe (1) IMG_2774 website_nim_hk0006_backSouthern Protocol will continue to provide the South’s most original and timeless wedding and event planning services with a new event design studio, also located at 164 Market Street; A gracious and beautiful new studio in which to meet and create the celebrations of a lifetime.

 

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The Flagship: Carol Hannah

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Let us count the ways. Reason #1: The Alliette Bustier made of silk faille and lamb skin leather. The bustier is not only for the fashion forward bride but could transition & be worn with black tuxedo pants to stand out at any gala!

 

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Celebrate! Lowcountry Love with Lizzy & Timmon…

We are so thrilled to have quite the spread in Celebrate Magazine~ Lizzy & Timmon’s charming Lowcountry wedding had all the perfect touches; Magnolia Plantation on the Ashley River, a beautiful lace dress, seersucker suits, some of the most beautiful peonies you’ve ever seen, monograms, lanterns, beer pairing at each of the chef stations by our “go-to” Cru Catering~ all captured by the ever incredible Alice Keeney!
Pick up a copy of this fabulousness! http://www.celebratemag.com/

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All Things Vintage

I am a sucker for vintage pieces. I love vintage jewelry, furniture, and I’m actually in the process of convincing my husband to let me get this 1970′s Land Cruiser. There’s just something about old pieces that brings me joy.

Last week, I talked about the vintage inspired Collette Dinnigan wedding gowns that I love so much. Now, I’m going to share with you my love for vintage wedding decor. I’ve always been a huge fan of incorporating vintage items into weddings, and Sarah Murdoch from 428 Main is my go to gal for these beautiful items. She caters to anybody looking to add a little vintage flair to their wedding or party, and she makes sure it looks fabulous! Here are just a few of my favorites that we’ve used in our past weddings…

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I love everything about this… from the ice blue velvet sofa to the lovely bride and groom.

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I love an unexpected pop of emerald green!

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Of course you don’t have to add a big vintage piece… these nice copper cups make for a great center piece!

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I’ve been known to use this ‘cocktails’ sign a time or two…

What do you think? Would you add vintage pieces to your wedding or party?

 

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TBT to Summer Weddings

Throwing it back to some summer weddings to help get us through these chilly winter days!

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This sweet picture is from a wedding back in 2011. The couple pictured are Kelly and Mike, and I remember thinking during their first dance that I had never seen a couple so genuinely excited to be married!

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This is a setup at a wedding that took place at Lowndes Grove Plantation. Lowndes Grove is one of many venues in Charleston that offers the perfect back drop to any summer wedding.

 

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Cold Weather Soups

I am all about some soups during cold winter months, and this Chicken and Wild Rice Soup ladies and gentlemen is probably my new favorite. It’s sort of like chicken noodle soup… but better. I mean anything that calls for white wine can’t be bad, right? The recipe makes 14 cups and only takes about an hour start to finish. Make room in your refrigerator because you will want to have the leftovers for lunch the next day!

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Welcome to Engagement Season

With engagement season in full swing, it has been crazy town here at Southern Protocol. We’ve been getting inquiry’s left and right while also trying to finalize Spring weddings. This past weekend I was busy with three clients doing tastings, design meetings, logistics, and going over floral arrangements. Below is a picture I snapped between bites at a tasting at The Mills House for a rehearsal dinner. We ate short rib, mahi, grouper, and pork which were all insanely good. We even had an ongoing joke with the bride, who is from the North, and the groom, who is from the South that the ghost of Robert E. Lee will be making a guest appearance at the rehearsal dinner.

Wait until you see what Sara and Hannah were planning with their fabulous clients as well~ but I think we’re going to need a champagne break soon!

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Charleston Stems

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Harborside East

Can’t wait for  you to see pictures of the weddings and rehearsal dinners that will be taking place at The Mills House, Rice Mill, and Harborside East…stay tuned for #fabulousness

 

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Foodie Friday

There are still 3 days left of Charleston Restaurant Week, and trust me, you do NOT want to miss out! I chose Sermet’s for my Restaurant Week meal, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint! Just make sure you come with a big appetite! With restaurant choices like these, it’s pretty hard to go wrong! Head on over to Charlestonrestaurantassociation.com to find a full list of restaurant options as well as their menus for restaurant week.

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Oyster lovers be sure to check out the Lowcountry Oyster Festival happening at Boone Hall Plantation next Sunday, January 26. Named one of the “top 20 events in the southeast,” this festival will include: live music, oyster shucking, wine & beer, and food from eight local restaurants. So, even if you’re not an oyster lover you will surely be able to find something to please your palate!

 

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Merging Households

If you’ve ever moved into a dorm room or apartment with new roommates you know how chaotic everything can be at first. Trying to declutter and make room for everyone’s stuff can be tiresome to say the least. Another major challenge is trying to deal with all the different color schemes and styles going on. Luckily, Apartment Guide has given some helpful tips to make move in day a bit less stressful. Here are some tips we found to be helpful…

Lay some ground rules. Does the starting sheet on the toilet paper roll go on the top or on the bottom? Does the toilet seat stay up or down? Who does the dishes and who takes out the trash? Deciding who will do which chores now will save you a lot of hurt feelings and nights on the couch later.

Money, money, money. If you’re going to combine your bank accounts, you’ll need to settle who will pay the bills. If you’re keeping everything separate, you’ll still need to decide who will pay the cable, who will pay the electricity, etc. Do this now so there aren’t any misunderstandings or cancellation notices in your future.

Redecorate together. Guys, that inflatable chair and milk crate ensemble might have been great for the dorm room, but you’re a grown-up now. Let it go. Ladies, no pink, flower prints or stuffed animals on the bed. If you have the means, buy your living room suite and other furniture together, picking out things you both like that will go well with your new abode

If you have the space, designate one room of the house or apartment as a place where your girl or guy can do whatever they wish, and you don’t have to see their collection of unicorns, neon beer signs or Pez dispensers.

After you are all settled in be sure to make use of the new dishware you registered for and host a party with some of your closest friends!

 

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What we’re Obsessing Over…

It’s hard to stay away from shopping all of the post holiday sales that have been going on online. Some of our favorite go to sites are: Gilt, Shopbop, & Revolve Clothing, which seem to always have great deals and steals! Shopbop also has a “wedding boutique” page where you can find anything from a beautiful white gown to hair accessories and shoes. They carry short and long dresses worthy of any bride’s budget. Here is one dress we would love to see a Charleston bride walking down the aisle in…

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We love the vintage inspired looks in these Collette Dinnigan wedding gowns… they’re nothing less of fun, flirty, and romantic!

What Lizz is obsessing over…

One of Lizz’s current obsessions, which came in great use during last week’s unusually cold weather, is her Ya Los Angeles brown winter fur coat which she purchased at GiGi’s in Bluffton, SC. She is also loving her new orange Kate Spade necklace (which she is waiting to wear when the post Auburn loss wears off) and her sassy cowboy boots!

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What Sara is obsessing over…

Her new brown leather booties which she purchased at the Nine West outlet have seen some love this month. The best part about these booties? You can dress them up or down! Sara has worn them to work, meetings with clients, and out to the bars. We love affordable yet stylish boots!

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What Hannah is obsessing over…

We are swooning over Hannah’s new Tory’s she got for Christmas! A pair of tall leather black boots are a must for every woman of style!

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Hannah has her eye on this piece by Dolce Vita, which she hopes to pair with a fun necklace for an upcoming Charleston wedding! We love!

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Dolce Vita Aaleya Dress

 

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