Saturday, August 3, 2013

5-Star Reviews AGAIN!

A HUGE THANK YOU to all my 2012-2013 brides and grooms that took the time to give us an amazing review for our work at their wedding! Please take the time to read what others have to say about our company, as well as our catering company: Downtown Catering Company!
You hear it here first-hand from those that have put their trust in us. What a better way to feel confident in booking with us!
Have a professional, experienced team helping you pull it all together is invaluable. Why spend thousands on details if they aren't properly executed??
We hope you agree and call us today to book for 2014! Dates are going fast!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

What a Spring and Summer of Weddings!! WHEW!

It has been the most amazing spring and summer of 2013 weddings! If you haven't noticed, it has been a while since I blogged. Mainly, because I have been so focused on wedding planning!
All the couples that have said "I DO!" this year thus far with Weddings With Leah, have been amazing to work with.
Take a gander at this beautiful bride, Dr. Roseann Rayos and her husband, Dr. Drew Lawhorn.
Their wedding was at St. Francis by the Sea on Hilton Head Island and later followed by a fantastic reception at the SC Yacht Club.
DJ Alan Palchak spun the fun and A Floral Affair assembled the most beautiful bouquets!
Not to mention, it was captured so perfectly by Whitebox Photography!

Monday, April 1, 2013

New Exclusive Wedding Venue!

Lakefront, private, beautiful venue close to Hilton Head Island, SC and Savannah, GA is Hampton Lake's Lakeview Room. This venue is now exclusive to Weddings With Leah and Downtown Catering Company.

This new venue has a capacity of up to 200 guests, both indoor and outdoor spaces available, as well as beautiful covered porches overlooking the water.

 Boats are also available to rent and are a picture-perfect setting for pictures!
Hampton Lake was awarded the BALA Best Community In America Award! Why not get married here?!

Katie + Geoff get married!

Local couple, Katie + Geoff, had the great ability to use his boss' Bluffton, SC May River front home for their wedding reception. The views from this house were amazing and the setting couldn't have been more perfect!
Thanks to Downtown Catering Company for the delicious southern buffet dinner as well as the late-night snack of mini fried egg sandwiches (groom's pic!).
JLK Events handled the beautiful cafe and uplighting, The Tent Factory provided all the rentals, Ronnie's Bakery wedding cake, and of course the fantastic photography and images by Melissa and Scott Hopkins of Scott Hopkins Photography! Flowers were provided by Flowers by Freshcuts.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Ashley + Phil on Hilton Head Island

So excited that this wedding was picked up by Lowcountry Wedding Blog! Thanks to the great work of Amelia and Dan, these images will inspire any bride and groom wishing for a Hilton Head Island beach wedding.

Thank you to Downtown Catering Company for the delicious mini hors d'oeuvres that were served cocktail style all night!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Choosing the Right Style of Food Service for Your Wedding

If you have ever attended a wedding, or a formal affair, the meal is always that one aspect that will be remembered for being a hit or a flop.  Wedding food could and should be amazing and something to remember when you and your guests look back on your wedding day.  In the overall wedding budget, the largest amount of the couple’s money will be spent in this category, so thoughtful planning should be taken when selecting the caterer, the menu, and style of service for their wedding.  Our sister-company, Downtown Catering Company, can help you with these selections!

 When selecting a venue some venues have their own exclusive caterer or in house food and beverage department. Otherwise, a couple must research off-premises caterers to fulfill this position. 
Either way having a clear understanding of your budget and style of your reception, prior to meeting with your caterer, will greatly assist the catering sales team in determining the best menu and style of service for you and your guests.  
There are four different styles of service: seated dinners, buffets, cocktail receptions, and stations. 
A seated dinner is the most traditional and formal style of service.  A more casual “twist” on a seated dinner is family-style service where guests serve themselves and pass the dishes around the table. Family-style service helps to bring more conversation between guests especially those seated together that might not have ever met. Seated dinners do lend themselves to having more waitstaff present, but there is certainly more cost control when choosing a plated meal.  The actual selection of food, and number of courses, will determine the final price per plate.  Chicken is the least expensive protein, while combination plates of beef and seafood are more costly. 
Buffets have tended to get a reputation of being too casual at a wedding, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Buffets can be very elegant and presentation is key.  Buffets may help to save on staff costs, but more food is prepared since guests serve themselves. Buffets do allow guests to have a varied menu of options.  
Cocktail receptions are often chosen for shorter receptions and receptions that happen in the late afternoon or early evenings.  Cocktail receptions may be elegant or casual and should be filling enough if taking place over a dinner hour.  Since many hors d’oeuvres are more intricate in preparation, cocktail receptions may become costly. Price depends largely on items chosen and the number of pieces of each item. At least 6 hors d’oeuvres should be chosen for a 2 hour reception and at least 9 for a four-hour reception. 

Finally, stations have become very popular over the last few years as they tend to allow the guests to mingle and socialize.  Stations provide a wide variety of food selections and allow some interaction between the guests and the chefs. Since food has been en vogue, and many couples are self-proclaimed “foodies,” stations tend to offer a showcase in themselves and highlight items the couple really loves. 
Small bites, comfort foods, and late night snacks are on the scene while mashed potato bars have been replaced with upscale ‘mac and cheese’ stations.  Your catering professional will help you understand which style is best given the style and formality of your wedding as well as offer menu suggestions based on their own specialties.  Trends in food are always changing, but it is the part of your reception that your guests will remember the most-for better or for worse. 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Hilton Head Monthly Bridal Show 2013

Come and visit me at The Hilton Head Monthly Bridal Show Feb 10th from 1-4pm at Hampton Hall Clubhouse. There will be some great vendors in all categories at the show and it is a wonderful way to meet everyone face-to-face. There will be drawings for a $250 gift certificate to Best Buy as well. Don't forget to bring an engagement picture to enter to win a 2-page spread of your wedding in the Monthly's Magazine!
I hope to see you there!

With This Ring....

Check out my column each month in Hilton Head Monthly Magazine! January's issue is for your guy. If he hasn't popped the question yet, slip this article in front of him so he can get the hint.

Busy year!

Whew! What a great start to wedding planning for 2013! A lot of engagements are underway which means busy brides searching for all things wedding.  Weddings With Leah's calendar is just about full and I am super excited to get back in action.
The last wedding on 2012 was in November and my first one in 2013 is for Annie and Jason at The Rose Hill Mansion. It is sure to be a beautiful weekend and a lovely affair.
The last wedding of 2012 was for Alicia and Drew at Shipyard Beach Club on Hilton Head Island.  Alicia and Drew decided to have a 'first-look' together after Alicia finished getting ready in her suite at The Marriott.  Drew met her out by the beach and they were so excited to have that moment together.
Photographers, Amelia and Dan, captured the moment beautifully.

After their moment together, the wedding part boarded the Sea Pines Trolley for pictures around Hilton Head Island. 
The ceremony was picture perfect and Alicia's nautical color palate of navy, white and yellow was just right for a gorgeous beach front venue. 
Flowers were arranged by Flowers by Freshcuts, and the guests danced the night away by DJ Alan Palchak booked through HH Entertainment
Downtown Catering + Events perfectly executed a delicious plated dinner and made sure all the guests were full and happy!