On March 17th, 2017, Annie and David celebrated their wedding with a family-focused ceremony and reception at The Old Cigar Warehouse. Continue reading “Featured Wedding: Annie & David”
Danielle Baker or otherwise known as “The Wedding Lady” is today’s Bridal Open House Featured Vendor. She will be at our Bridal Open House on July 21st!
The Wedding Lady is an ordained, non-denominational minister who has been officiating weddings since 2009. As one of the most experienced officiates in the Upstate, you can expect nothing but the best from Danielle. She is not only professional and poised, but she cares deeply about each of her couples. Each of her ceremonies has a genuine and approachable atmosphere, which is cultivated through meetings in a judgment free zone. No matter what type of service you envision, Danielle is happy to perform religious, non-religious, civil or same sex ceremonies for all faiths.
Danielle respects her couples and wants what is best for them and has never been tardy nor missed a wedding ceremony. Even more impressive, she has officiated over 900 weddings since 2009 and with all of these couples, she has created relationships with them to ensure they feel comfortable with her on their big day. As one couple recently said, “She invests time in each couple, which is so rare today.” Investment in each couple is what sets Danielle apart as one of the premiere officiants serving the Upstate.
True to this, Danielle says, “When you work with “The Wedding Lady” as your Officiant & Minister, you will have a true Wedding Professional on your team! You will feel like you have a friend marrying you and not a stranger. My desire is for you to feel like a princess on your wedding day and I will make sure you have the most amazing wedding ceremony that will leave people talking for some time! Your ceremony will be unique to your relationship and vision.”
In keeping with unique service, Danielle creates custom crafted ceremonies that are known for their “Love Letters.” She believes that you deserve to have the perfect ceremony that matches your love story as a couple! And trust us, Danielle is the perfect lady for the job. You truly will come away feeling like you were married by a friend, which will leave you and your guests feeling full of love on such an special day.
For more information, check out her website!
Have you registered for our Bridal Open House? Visit www.oldcigarwarehouse.com for more information and to register.
Daniel + Morgan’s wedding day was not only a celebration of this sweet, gorgeous couple, but a celebration of love and family. Getting to work with them was like getting to work with friends as we stayed in touch over the various details that made their April 22, 2016 wedding celebration. And a celebration is was! Daniel + Morgan’s reception only event at The Old Cigar Warehouse was nothing short of exciting, loving and down-right fun!
After a beautiful ceremony off-site at First Presbyterian Church, the newlyweds and their 19-person wedding party snapped some unbelievably stunning photos with the talented duo that makes up Ryan & Alyssa Photography. While Daniel & Morgan snapped the first photos of their newlywed life, the 280 guests traveled to The Old Cigar Warehouse and entered into our space that was decorated with stunning florals by Twigs (did you see Morgan’s bouquet? – beautiful!) and our in-house uplighting. With 2 open bars provided by Liquid Catering, hors d’oeuvres and dinner provided by Saffron’s Catering and ice cream provided by Brusters, guests were happy and ready to celebrate!
Not before long, the new Mr. + Mrs. were ready to start the celebration. The Old Cigar Warehouse Wedding Director Emily Peck lined their excited wedding party up on the deck while they all conversed on what dance moves they would do for each of their grand entrances. The Party Machine introduced the wedding party down the grand staircase and introduced Morgan’s father, who had the honor of welcoming his daughter and new son-in-law into the party (how fun!). Clearly Daniel + Morgan were just as excited as their guests (see below)…
Daniel + Morgan, along with their parents, certainly knew how to set the tone for the party. Daniel and his mom danced to a medley of classics that had everyone ready to dance! They mingled with friends and family as guests were encouraged to continue dinner before cutting into the stunning and classic creation from Holly’s Cakes.
After their 4-tier cake had been sliced, everyone hit the dance floor. Our bride and groom, their family AND their guests all brought their A-game dance-moves and danced until we had to kick them out! With their grand exit off the deck, guests waived goodbye with ribbon wands as they made their way to their special ride as husband and wife, a horse-drawn carriage with Whispering Winds.
What an amazing night for these two incredible people and their families. Daniel + Morgan, thanks for choosing to celebrate with us on your special day. Cheers to the happy couple!
Daniel + Morgan | Vendors
Baker: Holly’s Cakes
Bar Service: Liquid Catering
Caterer: Saffron’s Catering
Ceremony Site: First Presbyterian Church
Photographer: Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Transportation (Exit): Whispering Winds
Wedding Director: Emily Peck, The Old Cigar Warehouse
On February 6, 2016, The Kellie Rynn Academy hosted its Charity Masquerade Ball to raise money for the early childcare center. Equipped with decorative masks, guests came from all over the Upstate to raise money for a great cause. What if a guest did not bring a mask? They were greeted with a variety of choices as a donation to the the Academy!
In addition to the fantastic Masquerade themed decorations throughout the venue, one of the most eye-catching pieces in the venue was the floor plan for the future Academy. This allowed donators to see the future product of their donations in addition to an environment for safe early learning and childcare.
Throughout the night, attendees participated in a silent auction with all proceeds going to help fund The Kellie Rynn Academy, an early learning center with the mission “to provide the highest quality education and childcare services to children” no matter what background in addition to ensuring a safe and comfortable “home away from home”. Generous donations for auction items came from different parts of the United States, including custom-made items and wonderful gift certificates for places around Greenville.
For more information or to donate to the Kellie Rynn Academy, visit www.kellierynnacademy.com/!
Bartending: Liquid Catering
Caterer: Chef 360
“Vendor Spotlight” doesn’t always have to mean a vendor that comes inside our venue to perform a service. In fact, it can instead mean a client going to them. Whether your company is hosting a corporate retreat and needs to house a few VIPS or you need the perfect spot for your bridal party to camp out over the big wedding weekend; Swamp Rabbit Inn is the ticket!
Convenience – Let’s cut to the chase about one of the best parts about the Swamp Rabbit Inn. Ready for it…? It’s one short block away from The Old Cigar Warehouse. This lodging choice is not only perfect for Greenville, but perfect for any client that may book our venue and needs to stay overnight in the city. You can certainly drive the 15 seconds it takes to get there from our front door, or you can just as easily walk or ride your bike. And if it’s close to us, then it’s close to everything downtown has to offer.
Unique Charm – The Swamp Rabbit Inn is a European style bed and breakfast with some great perks. A community living room offers funky decor and lounge space, the back decks are open for easy relaxation, and each room offers its own eclectic look. And while you’re not out exploring some of Greenville’s finest restaurants, get your own grub and cook a masterpiece in the sleek, modern kitchen. You never know who you’ll meet in the hallways!
Services – There are 6 rooms available for rent. If you’re flying solo to a friend’s wedding and don’t want to worry about grabbing a taxi after the reception, it’s simple to just stroll over to your bed at the Swamp Rabbit Inn. Or, better yet, the entire house is available for rent. Isn’t this sounding perfect for your band of bridesmaids and groomsmen? Take advantage of everything the Inn has to offer and rent a bike from their daily fleet.
No matter how you experience the Swamp Rabbit Inn you can count on innkeeper, Wendy Lynam, to provide the utmost customer service. Her passion for cycling and meeting Greenville visitors inspired her to create this new concept for the city. We love hearing our clients say “We’re just down the street…we booked the Swamp Rabbit Inn!” Don’t forget to use the hashtags #BikeInnBikeOut and #yeahTHATGreenville!
They will be at our open house available to talk about all of their services, so be sure to check them out!
For more information, check out their website at http://www.swamprabbitinn.com.
Have you registered for our Bridal Open House? Visit http://www.oldcigarwarehouse.com/upcoming-events to sign up!
Our brick walls were graced with amazing music on the evening of November 19th, and for such a great cause! A fundraiser for the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts, Songwriters in the Round is an opportunity for an intimate musical experience for guests to witness some of the most talented songwriters – some that have even written for big names such as Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts!
It was an amazing night! The first hour, guests mingle, eat, and drink before the lights dim and everyone moves from the Cellar into the MH where they sit at sponsor tables or sponsor seats in the “round”. The musicians played for the next 2.5 hours nonstop. Cocktail servers and Caterers passed food throughout the production. Truly, an intimate dining and entertainment experience.
The musicians were so humble, and to be so close to some insanely talented people, guests felt truly special. The number of songs they performed was impressive in and of itself, and was proof as to how talented these people really are. In 2.5 hours, they produced a night that was filled with hilarious bar closing songs and some emotional recaps of their lives all through music.
All for the great foundation benefitting GSA, guests and talent enjoyed food by The Traveling Peddler and drinks served by Liquid Catering. The staff literally fight over getting to work this one because of what is expected and delivered at this event! We loved having the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts for their annual fundraiser – cheers to the great musicians and a great night!
Photos taken by Chelsey Ashford/TOWN Magazine.
There are some people out there who say that a couple’s wedding day is purely about the bride and groom. While we don’t 100% disagree with this, we also have seen so many wedding days where this simply isn’t true. Liz + Nick got married on August 29, 2015 at the Old Cigar Warehouse, and their big day was the perfect example of how important family is to many of the couples that celebrate with us in Downtown, Greenville.
Opening the venue that day was different. There was an energy in the space as soon as the family, excuse me – team, walked in the space. All hands were on deck doing everything to get the space ready for the very special ceremony and reception that were set to take place later that day. Aunts, uncles, groomsmen, brothers and other family friends were all there to help Nick set out decor while his bride relaxed with her bridesmaids. It was quite a sight to see as all of these people worked so effortlessly together, and the space looked absolutely stunning as a result.
Our groom, Nick, proved to be very crafty – he made and put together most of the décor for their nuptials that day, and his family was sure to place all with care showing off his hard work for his lovely wife-to-be! Like this Escort Card display – how creative is this! – just one of the finer details this couple put together for their big celebration (see tables cape below- truly beautiful).
Once all of the décor and final touches were in place, family and friends began filling the seats in our main hall for the ceremony. Their ceremony arch was adorned with fresh-looking, beautiful arrangements while their bridesmaids’ bouquets and groomsmen’s boutonnieres were equally as stunning, all provided by Barrett’s Flowers. It was the the perfect nod to the end of the summer months.
Their ceremony was heartfelt, energetic, and filled with close friends and family excited to welcome both of these people into their respective families. With not a seat left in the house, it was truly a beautiful sight to see. And who doesn’t love watching the cutest flower girl and ring bearer walk down the isle!? No one… It was a precious moment captured by David + Kristine Photography, as were all of the photos from their ceremony and reception that day!
After the I do’s, this couple and their new families were ready to celebrate! Their evening was filled with delicious food provided by the incredible team at Holmes Catering while drinks were provided by in-house beverage provider, Liquid Catering. All eyes were on the newlyweds as various guests made toasts exclaiming their happiness and fond memories of this newlywed couple. From the outside, it certainly felt like one, big happy family!
Before too long, Liz + Nick cut their gorgeous Couture Cakes wedding cake where Liz made sure Nick got a taste of their delicious dessert – one of our favorite pictures captured from the night! Entertainment for the reception was provided by Shutterbooth and Jumping Jukebox, who had guests on the dance floor rocking out to the couple’s favorite songs before sending them off with a classic bubble exit. It was truly a wonderful night, and we loved being able to celebrate the newlywed couple with their family and friends!
Congratulations, Liz + Nick! Cheers to a lifetime of happiness together!
We are delighted to be sharing the love story of two special friends of ours, Kathleen and Bharat. Their story began in 2012 on a softball field before meeting again at Euphoria’s Tapas + Tinis event. At this time, Bharat knew he liked this bold red-headed, New Jersey girl, and knew it was time to make his move. Like the gentleman he is, Bharat offered to help Kathleen and the Liquid Catering staff unload product at the end of a long event. After a night of quoting Friends and sharing their passion for Michael Jordan, these two fit together just like “peas and carrots.”
In June 2014 before Bruce Springsteen put on what I’m sure what was an incredible show, Bharat asked Kathleen to marry him with pictures of her favorite New Jersey scenery surrounding her. Fast forward to August 8, 2015, their wedding day, a day that will always have the memories of their family and friends celebrating the love they have for each other.
On the morning of August 8th, Kathleen arrived early to do something that would calm her nerves. With Jack Johnson on our sound system, she did the chalkboards – something she used to do before opening the venue as one of our managers. Later that morning, Kathleen returned with her mom and took a walk around The Old Cigar Warehouse – our “space”, our venue where she worked since we began. She had walked into our venue hundreds of times before, even that morning, but something was different about her this time. Today was her day. It was their day. She said hello and walked into the cellar to see what had been set up and before long she comes out screaming with excitement, “That room has so much Nala!!” their dog they adopted from the Humane Society in 2013. As she went about her day, she relaxed with her mom, bridesmaids and adorable nieces before slipping into her dress.
There were nerves that morning, but as Bharat and his groomsmen arrived nerves were quickly replaced with excitement for their first look. The first look, where Bharat could see his bride, his (almost) wife and best friend. Kathleen approached Bharat, and immediately all the stress about completing their vows that morning melted away, vows that were funny, emotional and the definition of perfection if you know the couple.
As guests began to arrive, there was something noticeably different about the way the Main Hall felt. Maybe it was because we knew the couple and some of our staff were sitting in the ceremony rather than behind the scenes. Maybe because it was a beautiful summer day and the rain decided to hold off. Or maybe it was because this weekend was already filled with so much love and joy over this union that was about to take place.
I had the privilege of guiding Kathleen and her brother Jamie up to the top of the stairs. Well, when I say guide, I mean I followed Kathleen through the office doors and around to the deck…a walk she had done with so many brides before her. She was even greeted by her favorite security guard, Bravo1 Protection’s Mickey, with a proud gasp of her beauty and of course, his familiar smile and hug. With her brother by her side, her mother waiting down the stairs, and her father’s wedding band tied around her bouquet, this lady had the biggest smile on her face and was ready to walk towards Bharat.
Jennifer Dennis, with Love This Little City, cued Bharat and the rest of the bridal party in as they walked in to the acoustic stylings of the guitarist from The Erica Berg Collective playing “Better Together” by Jack Johnson. As Kathleen and Jamie walked down the grand stairs, she met her mom before walking together to meet Bharat. Their vows were loving, of course, but not without having the entire room laughing with the contagious sense of humor they share as they promised to support each other in all that life brings them. With the final cue from Kathleen’s brother, Jamie, Bharat kissed his bride before the exploding applause of loved ones.
Guests were invited to the deck for cocktail hour with drinks provided by Liquid Catering and hor d’oeuvres passed by Good Life Catering. There was a buzz. A buzz amongst all of the guests, not about decor or what everyone was wearing, but about how the ceremony just felt like them. It was obvious to everyone that these two were so ready to be married, and their guests clearly basked in their pure love for one another. Once cocktail hour ended, guests were brought into the Main Hall to watch the bridal party and the new Mr. + Mrs. be introduced. They shared their first dance to “Give Me Your Hand” by Michael Tolcher before Bharat danced with his mom to “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts. Kathleen danced with her brother, Jamie, to “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz.
After toasts were made, food was ready to eat! Guests were not disappointed, and when people began to ask where the traditional cake was, they were simply surprised (and pleased) to have GLC’s banana pudding instead – the Groom’s favorite! Not soon after, Erica Berg got everyone on the dance floor. Kathleen and Bharat share a HUGE love for music, and even though they don’t necessarily love the same types, they knew they had to have a rockin’ band for their reception. Throughout the night, Erica DJ’ed between sets so there was a mix of her incredible sounds along with some of Bharat’s favorite pop and hip hop. She played bhangra music to embrace Bharat’s culture and, of course, closed out the evening with a little nod to Kathleen with Bruce Springsteen’s Glory Days.The details were everywhere. They were in Kathleen’s “Something Blue” – a piece of her late father’s shirt; in the favors that were both Clemson colors and the colors representing two organizations most important to Kathleen and Bharat; in the bouquets and boutonnieres made of the sheet music Kathleen and her sisters played from as kids; in the surprise that Kathleen gave Bharat and his Clemson friends when the Tiger showed up to celebrate; in the Irish Six Pence given after her mom’s last trip to Ireland that rested in Kathleen’s shoe and with Kathleen’s father’s Clemson Cross pen that Kathleen and Bharat used to sign their marriage license. These details, though small, represent all of the little ways that Kathleen and Bharat chose to share their personalities and their commitment to each other with all of their guests.
All of the love, details, tears and pure joy were captured by Ryan & Alyssa Photography. Although the weekend is over, we are excited to now celebrate the beginning of their journey together, the love and laughter that they will share in the lifetime that they have now committed to each other (and Nala). To our friends, Kathleen and Bharat, cheers to a lifetime full of everything that life has to bring you. We love you both!
Congratulations, Kathleen + Bharat!
Kathleen + Bharat | Vendors
Band/DJ: The Erica Berg Collective
Bartending Company: Liquid Catering
Caterer: Good Life Catering
Day-of Coordination: Love This Little City
Hotel: Swamp Rabbit Inn
Photography: Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Venue: The Old Cigar Warehouse
Want more photos from Kathleen + Bharat’s wedding? Visit Ryan & Alyssa’s blog!
For more information on having your wedding day celebration, visit us at www.oldcigarwarehouse.com!
Cody proposed to Caroline on an early November day in North Carolina. It was at The Biltmore Estate where he got down on one knee and asked Caroline to spend her life with him. Fast forward to July 17th, a little piece of that special day could be found at Liquid Catering‘s bar display. Biltmore wine, amongst other local favorites, set the scene for a what was a truly a day surrounded by loving friends and family.
Famzing was there to capture the moments from Caroline and Cody’s wedding, including Cody’s reaction as Caroline made her way down the aisle – a look that NEVER gets old. The bride and groom were married by Caroline’s brother in front of their friends and family at a simply beautiful altar fashioned out of tree branches that were fastened together with twine and delicate flowers. It was the perfect frame for this beautiful couple as they vowed to love each other for the rest of their lives.
To complement a delicious dinner provided by Smoke on the Water, table centerpieces included arrangements from Twigs filled with pink roses, baby’s breath and white hydrangeas resting upon slices of wood. The bride and her bridesmaids held bouquets that included blue hydrangeas to match the robin egg blue lace bridesmaids’ dresses and the groomsmen’s blue ties and vests.
Holly’s Cakes baked delicious cupcakes that were showcased on a gorgeously structured wooden cake stand that friends of the family had created for the couple. “C+C” carved was carved into a piece of birch wood, which rested at the top of the stand. Instead of a traditional cake topper, two pinecones were placed on top; one dressed in a top hat and tie while the other donned a veil and bouquet. Instead of a guest book, guests signed a beautiful piece of wood to be turned into a bench for the couple’s home – a truly unique way to remember such an precious day.
Jumping Jukebox was there to keep the party going until it was time for Caroline and Cody to go, but not before DJ Blake got in there to lead “The Wobble” with our bride and groom! They left on a warm July night filled with bubbles that their guests blew as they made their exit. The guests left with bags of s’mores trail mix and tons of memories from such a joyful occassion.
Congratulations, Caroline + Cody!
Caroline + Cody | Vendors:
Baker: Holly’s Cakes
Bartendering Company: Liquid Catering
Caterer: Smoke on the Water
DJ: Jumping Jukebox
Photographer: Famzing Photography
Venue: The Old Cigar Warehouse
Many of our couples have something in common that initially brought them together, whether it be mutual friends or mutual interests. After meeting Amanda and Matt, we realized how perfectly they saw eye to eye— figuratively and literally. Both have a passion to help people, which led Amanda to pursue her bachelors and masters degrees in visual impairment while Matt became an optometrist. After they each spent time pursuing their own careers in helping the visually impaired, they finally met on one fateful day at Crossfit. According to Amanda’s dad, “Somebody approached her and said, ‘You know, there’s a guy over there who’s an optometrist. You have something in common.” After spending some time talking about their career related passions, they quickly got onto other subjects and within a couple weeks Amanda was telling her dad that she was already “crazy about this guy!” From there, the rest is history. They got engaged and chose July 25, 2015 at The Old Cigar Warehouse to celebrate a love they could see lasting forever.
The bride and groom chose to highlight their shared passion to make their wedding day an intimate celebration. Their handwritten invitations were fittingly sealed in envelopes marked in braille – how special! Leading up to and – most importantly – on the big day, Jennifer Dennis of Love This Little City was at their sides making sure that every detail of their wedding was picture perfect. The day began beautifully with Wirewood providing the music as Amanda’s father walked her down the aisle to meet Matt under the beautifully constructed Chuppah by Renee Burroughs Designs. They held hands as Danielle Baker officiated the ceremony until that moment when the groom kissed his bride.
After a cocktail hour with music provided by Wirewood, Amanda and Matt’s guests made their way into The Cellar for dinner. We loved their creative centerpiece collaboration with Good Life Catering, which consisted of a editable items rather than the traditional floral centerpiece – YUM. They looked just as good and of course tasted delicious. Though they weren’t featured as table centerpieces, the flower arrangements were anything, but lacking! Renee Burroughs Designs provided gorgeous bouquets filled with shades of red, green and white, the perfect complement to the bridesmaids’ gorgeous black dresses. Who can say no to flowers AND food? Certainly, our kind of power couple.
Dessert followed dinner, and like the edible centerpieces, there was a fun twist. Neither Matt nor Amanda are huge cake fans so they decided on pie rather than a traditional wedding cake. As the cherry on top, Amanda surprised Matt with an ice cream bar! After dessert provided by Good Life Catering, guests made their way into The Main Hall to enjoy music provided by The Erica Berg Collective. Everyone danced through the night, especially the moment when Amanda and Matt were hoisted into the air for the traditional, yet always exciting Hora. Ryan and Alyssa Photography stayed close to the action throughout the night and of course, caught these spectacular moments for us to share.
While the bride got her pie and the groom got his ice cream, the guests were sent home with cookies from Good Life Catering’s cookie bar. It was a night in which no one was forgotten as everyone gathered to celebrate this thoughtful and sweet bride and groom.
Congratulations Amanda and Matt! We are so happy that we were part of your special day!
Amanda + Matt | Vendors
Bartending Company: Liquid Catering
Caterer: Good Life Catering
Florist: Renee Burroughs Design
Photographer: Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Venue: The Old Cigar Warehouse