Guest post from Intrigue Design + Events
This past February, us gals at Intrigue Design + Events got the most exciting call. David Tutera and his team reach out to ask us to assist them with on of the weddings for My Great Big Live Wedding with David Tutera on LifetimeTV, in our hometown —Charleston, South Carolina! Okay, so maybe we are biased since we are based out of this breathtaking place on the water called the Holy City. Charleston has an abundance of unique venues to choose from, and David and his crew certainly took advantage of this opportunity and we were honored to share in the process!
Having the opportunity to assist David and his team as well as these two high school sweethearts Chris Singleton and Mariana De Andrade, have the wedding of their dreams was priceless. With Chris’s love for baseball and starting spring training with the Chicago Cubs just a few days after he said “I do” David decided that the wedding had to be on a baseball field, he visioned creating a Ballroom on a Ballfield! Can you imagine building a full ceremony & reception tented in the middle of the field facing the water and centered off home base. Thankfully here in Charleston we have the wonderful, Shipyard Park and when they heard David’s concept they could not have been any more excited to join the team and create something this couple, along with their guests would never forget.
Now here is the challenge, a baseball field doesn’t come fully equipped with a wedding setup (weird, right? haha). One thing David is known for is always using local vendors and talent whenever possible, and so together with his team we utilized our Charleston vendor relationships to construct this fabulous wedding venue! Charleston’s industry talent, such as Loluma Events, Queen Street Catering, Darby Events, and Event works Rentals, were happy to lend their helping hand to David and his team to get this tremendous feat accomplished for this deserving couple.
Shipyard Park was nothing short of accommodating for David’s plans, organizing its baseball practices around the production teams schedule and lending help when needed. Southern hospitality extends beyond everyday manners, it would seem—most venues in Charleston have offered assistance and thoroughness beyond what might be expected. In addition to this, the city’s various event spaces are unique due not only to their Charleston charm but their own distinctive features as well. Our city offers a multitude of centuries-old locations that are filled with gorgeous vegetation and seaside views, as well as more modern settings such as renovated historic buildings and newly-constructed ones. Examples, such as Lowndes Grove Planation, the William Aiken House on King Street, 159 Rutledge, Legare Waring House, and many more!
We are so glad David Tutera decided to bring this opportunity to our amazing city, and thrilled we were able to work together and truly demonstrate how Charleston Strong our community is. Creating a venue on a baseball field was definitely new for us and our city, but with the help of David’s crew, Chris and Mariana’s good-heartedness, and Charleston’s natural beauty and experienced vendors, our teamwork produced a memorable day for this young couple with memories to last a lifetime.
Mariana & Chris’ Wedding images from Kim Craven Photography