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Allow us to set a scene for you. It’s the perfect April day at the gorgeous Sea Pines Resort where their motto is “Bask in the lush splendor of the South Carolina lowcountry.” As if the mild April air wasn’t inviting enough – soft white flowers and tall burning candles welcome you into the most dreamy wedding tent. Amanda Spencer of Spencer Special Events has done it again, she’s curated a wedding that could bring any bride to tears.


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We can’t help but adore the stunning tent and drapery created by one of our favorite rental companies, Ranco Tent rentals. They truly have so much to offer for a myriad of different events. 13

The Knisely & Delay wedding was another couture monogram client where we were honored to play a part in their most special day ever. They’re a fabulous example of a couple who brought their personal favorite things to the forefront of their wedding, and allowed us to put the polish on top of those small details with specially printed items.


Starting with their beautiful programs adorned with their brand new custom monogram designed by Emily herself. We are completely obsessed with the notion of having your own monogram to begin your new life as a married couple. It’s the perfect day to unveil it for everyone else, don’t you agree?


Look closely and you’ll see these sweet macaroons are adorned by the couture monogram. A little take-home gift that will keep your guests remembering the sweetest night ever! We were able to provide the boxes and the custom monogrammed sticker that adorns it.


One truly incredible, and personal touch, was a cigar roller from Cigar Row. These gold cigars were wrapped in a small version of the couples new monogram. Truly a stunning detail that even the manliest of men could enjoy! We love the way the “Cigar Bar” sign turned out that we were able to provide.

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The “Cheers” sign above the bar was also an Emily McCarthy studio creation that looked just incredible placed over the bar area.


We love to share this so that you can see what Emily McCarthy can create for you and your future events. From weddings to any other celebration you have up your sleeve – if you can dream it up, we can get it printed and created. There is nothing pedestrian about the gorgeous artwork Emily can custom make for you.

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Thank you to all the vendors who brought this wedding to life!

Planner: Amanda Spencer

Photographer: 6 of Four

Tent/Seating/China: Ranco Tents

Pews: Purely Elegant Weddings

Tabletop: Polished Tabletop 

Cigar Rollers: Cigar Row

Venue: Sea Pines Resort

Flowers: A Floral Affair

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This week, we got to know someone so fun and stylish – we truly understood why she calls her blog “Holy City Chic”. Meet Megan Stokes. “Based out of Charleston, SC, Megan’s featured content ranges among her love of style and beauty, home interiors, travel, and all things that celebrate her lowcountry lifestyle. 

Megan’s work has been featured by Nordstrom, House Beautiful, Country Living, Style Me Pretty, and more. She is also a contributor to The Everygirl, a Forbes-listed website driven to inspire career-driven women.” Let’s get to know her a little bit better!


EMc: How do you carry your signature style into all aspects of your life be it home decor, entertaining, or fashion?

MS: I tend to gravitate towards classic pieces and clean lines, whether it’s an outfit I’m picking out or a room that I’m decorating in our home. The older I get, the more I stick to what I know just “works” rather than the crazy fads. For me, that’s interchangeable pieces in flattering silhouettes that are comfortable. I had a baby last year and have pretty much said goodbye to all of my dry clean only blouses and sky high heels since then. (Truthfully, I never really liked them anyway!) More than ever, I like to feel completely and utterly myself and comfortable. That goes for my home, too. I want it to feel lived in, full of love, but classic and fresh. I gain inspiration from our travels… whenever I come home, my wardrobe changes just a bit and so does my decor. After our latest trip to Harbour Island, Bahamas a few weeks ago, I want to only wear linen and white…. and somehow, even more palm branches have found their way into the rooms in our house! 

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EMc: What is your personal definition of “signature style”?

MS: Signature style is knowing what suits you and then you’ve just got to go out there and unapologetically own it! 

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EMc: Give us three words to describe you. Why did you choose these three words?

MS: Passionate, because I really put my heart into it. (Whatever that “it” might be.) Learning, because I’m doing that everyday. And faithful.

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EMc: What are three of your most prized pieces that you think fully represent your signature style? This could be a piece of furniture, jewelry, art, etc.

MS: 1. My wedding rings. My husband added an anniversary band to my stack last year as a push present. It has diamonds all around it, but one was replaced with an Aquamarine, which is our baby’s birthstone. I love the layered look of my set.
2. Our antique bar. It was passed down to my husband by his late grandfather—old wood on the bottom with a marble top, so it’s classic with a little sass. I just love it.
3. Photographs. I admittedly don’t have many printed and framed, so the ones that I have are awfully important and represent some of my most special moments. I love classic silver frames with a large white mat.

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EMc: What is your best tip to encourage others to find and develop their own signature style?

MS: Step away from your phone and Instagram for a bit. Don’t dress a certain way just because someone you look up to or follow wears a certain something. I love online shopping for the convenience, but I always find my best pieces when I am actually in the store feeling the fabrics and trying them on. Look through magazines and mark which pages speak to you, then go into a store and try on clothes that give you that same feeling. Try on so many things and don’t worry if nothing makes you want to sing and dance. If not, don’t buy it. Buy for quality rather than quantity. I’d rather have five shirts in my closet that make me feel like a princess instead of 50 that don’t make me feel like my best self. Even signature style is always evolving, so take your time and build your wardrobe slowly in a natural way that represents the YOU that you LOVE.


Make sure you follow along with Megan and continue enjoying her truly beautiful and chic signature style by following her links below!





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A well mannered person is immediately elevated in both class and style.

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It seemed fitting on the heels of this week’s Everyday Etiquette, that we focus our Signature Style Series on someone born to entertain… and help you entertain! Roxy Owens of Society Social is just that person. Her colorful flair and innovative way of transforming a regular party to a must-attend event is truly remarkable. Let’s see what she has to say about her own signature style.


EMc: How do you carry your signature style into all aspects of your life be it home decor, entertaining, or fashion? 

RO: At Society Social we often say Decorate to Entertain! I’m always inspired by a good party and creating a place you can share with your favorites. This playful spirit lends itself to easy, fun, and colorful style whether it’s in furniture or fashion or in the parties I host! 

EMc: What is your personal definition of “signature style”? 

RO: When people can look at something completely random and say, “That is so YOU!” You know you’ve made an impression and been true to your tastes! 


EMc: Give us three words to describe you. 

RO: This is always so hard so I’m asking my brother who I’m currently on a job site with. He says, “driven, ambitious, and caring!” 

EMc: What are three of your most prized pieces that you think fully represent your signature style? This could be a piece of furniture, jewelry, art, etc.

 RO: 1) Our Society Social bar cart and tassel-y sofa, or in other words furniture that is playful yet polished! 2) The beautiful Chinoiserie panels “Peony Garden” that hang above our sofa in my favorite colors of blush, lavender, greens and blue. Chinoiserie forever! 3) A vintage rattan raffia clutch adorned with a chic gold clasp that hails from my mother’s collection– it’s like SS in a purse!

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EMc: What is your best tip to encourage others to find and develop their own signature style? 

RO: Always start with something you love and you can’t go wrong!

You can even spot Society Social inside the Emily McCarthy Shoppe! We are so lucky that Roxy trusted us to be the only Society Social retailer in Savannah! We adore these aqua chairs, the spot cheetah bench, and the fabulous bar cart.

Find Society Social on: InstagramFacebookTwitter, & Pinterest
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One of the first ways the Emily McCarthy Studio began making it’s mark on the world was by creating gorgeous, intricate wedding paper suites for brides of all kinds. To this day, weddings are a huge part of our  creative work here at the studio. What you may not realize is that wedding paper goes far beyond a traditional invitation and response card. The way we are able to work with fabulous brides, of course, is through our phenomenal network of wedding planners. On this particular wedding we got to work with the best of the best, one of our great friends here – Ashley Rhodes of Ashley Rhodes Event Designs. Her events surpass expectations and go right into the record books every single time.

That’s why we’re so honored to show you one of the weddings we recently outfitted with invitations and day of accessories. You’ll see that there’s no limit to how custom your day can be. Let’s take a look at this dreamy Charleston affair – the Alvarez & Cash wedding.


We were seeing life through rose colored glasses as we took into account everything from the church, the reception site, and all of the little things that bride, Ana, was conveying. Emily made it her goal to bring all of these small details to life on paper.

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This musical couple wanted something that stayed true to the elegant and romantic scene they wanted to create, but also nodded to their deep roots.


The wedding program stayed crisp and beautiful with gold flourishes and a couture monogram created specifically for the couple.


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Small touches like these photos created a tie that binds – family. Everywhere you looked, you were surrounded by those that joined them on this path to finding love – both past, and present. The small labels next to them identified just who each person was.

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The menus were created in the same style so that everything truly felt connected throughout the whole experience.

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You could even find Emily McCarthy touches on the food trays! Not only did these fabulous lucite trays present exactly what each server was offering, they continued the theme of the wedding paper suite.

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The couture monogram gave this wedding cake a special life of its own. Simple elegance was really shown throughout this entire day.


The couture monogram didn’t end with just cocktail napkins and the cake – the bride even had these beautiful custom pillows commissioned to keep everything ultra personal.



What’s a party without a signature cocktail? This couple opted for something very personal to them, and we created a unique napkin to showcase the recipe.


One final touch were the take-aways. Something to remind each guest that love is truly sweet, indeed. These small tags stayed true to the entire concept bringing the event full circle. From start to finish, there was a continuity that shone through and made it clear that every detail was truly cared for.


Thank you, Ana and John, for letting us take your vision and translate it through our design. It was such an honor working with you!

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Special thanks to all who made this day incredible for the fairytale couple.

Event Planner: Ashley Rhodes

Ceremony Venue: French Huguenot Church

Reception Venue Contact and Beverage Provider: Middleton Place

Photographer: Perry Vaile

Videographer: Hart to Heart Media

Floral Designer:  Em Creative Floral Design

Hair and Makeup: Bride’s Side Beauty

Catering: Cru Catering

Tenting: Sperry Tents

Rental:  Eventworks Rentals

Linens and Draping: Party Tables

Lighting:  TEC

Ceremony Entertainment: George Hiatt

Cocktail Hour Entertainment:  Charleston Virtuosi

Reception Entertainment: The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra 

Officiant: Jimmy Sites

Cake: Minette Rushing

Transportation: Lowcountry Valet & Shuttle



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Everyday Etiquette No. 70


Our love language is… celebration! There is nothing more wonderful than choosing to give thanks and celebrate. You will make others feel so special, and that kind of interpersonal connection cannot be replicated!

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Who loves a great opportunity to break out a beautiful dress and fun hat? We know that it’s our personal favorite around here. The Kentucky Derby is strongly rooted in tradition, something you’ve got to love about The South. Whether you’re watching at Churchill Downs or at your own home, we like to bring a little touch of Savannah everywhere we go. That’s why we’ll be sipping on this fabulous Sweet Tea Mint Julep this year!



  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 cups cold sweet tea
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • Crushed ice
  • Garnish: fresh mint sprigs
  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a 2-qt. pitcher. Press mint leaves against sides of pitcher with back of spoon to release flavors. Stir in tea and bourbon. Serve over crushed ice. Garnish, if desired.

    This delicious recipe is courtesy of our friends at Southern Living Magazine.


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    Photo: Jennifer Davick

    Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell

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It is our sincere pleasure to welcome the amazing Libbie Summers to our Signature Style series. We’ve been so excited to share this with you – we just adore her (as you know we are gaga for Terra’s Kitchen)! Before we dive into her Signature Style interview – learn a little more about this fabulous culinary delight.

Libbie Summers, the face behind her Food-Inspired Life brand, is recognized as a food and lifestyle tastemaker in print, online and on-air. Her work has been seen in the pages of Better Homes & Gardens, Vogue, ELLE, Camille Styles, Glitter Guide, Redbook, People, Garden and Gun, Condé Nast Traveler, on the OWN Show, and many more.

She has authored three books. The 2014 IndieFab Book of the Year Awards, Sweet & Vicious –baking with attitude (Rizzoli, 2014), Brown Sugar (Short Stack Editions, 2014) and The NY Times 2011 Notable Book, The Whole Hog Cookbook (Rizzoli, 2011).

As one who wears many hats, Libbie also serves as the Creative Culinary Director of Terra’s Kitchen— an innovative meal delivery service sending healthy farm-fresh ingredients and fresh-prepped recipes to subscribers in an eco-friendly manner.

Libbie resides in Savannah, Georgia with one husband, one son, and one opinionated-dog. She maintains her body and body of work are both food-inspired.

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EMc: Why do these photos show your signature style?

LS: I had this big aha moment when I was around 35 that everything I loved style-wise had some connection with food. Color, texture, feeling, memory….it always came back to food. When I describe something I naturally go to food. “You know, like the color of the top of a strawberry before it’s fully ripe…that pale green. THAT’S the color of vintage velvet on my throw pillows.” 

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EMc: What aspects really tell us who you are?

LS: The image Cedric Smith took of me with my kewpie topped cake kind of says everything about my style. I have on a custom made and very simple button down short sleeve oxford, an amazing and whimsical skirt with a print called Babies on Fire from designer Brooke Atwood and the chicest work shoes EVER from CAT (yes, the tractor people). Sure I could have just worn the outfit…but I felt like one of those kewpie dolls was so full of bravado, it needed to climb up to the top of a cake.

EMc: How do you carry your signature style into all aspects of your life be it home decor, entertaining, or fashion?

LS: My style is food-inspired, but it’s also a tomboy chic and homespun chic kind of style. I like items that tell a story AND are comforting and comfortable. The “story” may be about the coolest new designer I’m crushing on or the provenance of the piece, but there is always a relaxed feeling and happy story somewhere.

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EMc: What is your personal definition of “signature style”? 

LS:  Whatever makes you feel good. Period.

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EMc: Give us three words to describe you. Why did you choose these three words?

LS: Slightly off color.

EMc: What are three of your most prized pieces that you think fully represent your signature style? This could be a piece of furniture, jewelry, art, etc. 

LS: The Pindler and Pindler velvet covered Barcelona day bed in my living room: Because it is the yummiest raspberry color ever, so chic and makes for the best extra bed for guests.

The simple white ceramic plate my hog-farming grandmother, Lula Mae, used to serve bacon on each morning: Because I adored my grandmother and this platter has history and love in every chip.

The most gorgeous pair of milk chocolate leather Billy Reid monk strap oxfords: Because they are so chic, well made and comfortable (I’ve had them resoled 3 times).

EMc: What is your best tip to encourage others to find and develop their own signature style? 

LS: Stay off Pinterest for a few months.


Is it possible to have more fun learning about one person? Find out for yourself, and follow along with Libbie below on all of her social media channels!


Instagram: @libbiesummers
Facebook: @AFoodInspiredLife

Youtube:  AFoodInspiredLife


Twitter: @LibbieSummers

Stay true to your style!

Emily McCarthy

Photos by: Teresa Earnest, Cedric Smith

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Just as you would never want to wait around as a hostess, you don’t want to leave any eager party host waiting on you!


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Each year you get an extra chance to show Mom how special she is on Mother’s Day. It’s one of those times to do something for her that she wouldn’t do for herself, or better yet – gift her something she wouldn’t gift herself!

We are hosting a Mother’s Day shopping event on May 3rd, and we think you should bring Mom with you. That’s right, let her pick out her own gift this Mother’s Day!

May we make some superb suggestions?


Stone Coaster Set $45 // Make any table a luxe table. 

Cutting Boards

Cutting Boards $64 – $220 // These show stoppers come in varying shapes and sizes for any mom’s style.

Lucite Trays

Lucite Trays $15 – $110 // Find a grab and go pattern, or make it personal!

Melamine Plates

Melamine Plates $60 – $132 // An entertaining mother’s dream!


Personalized Note Pads $40 – $45 // You know she loves sending sweet notes!


Stationery $18 and up // You can never go wrong with personalized stationery.

Want more ideas? Email us at [email protected] to speak to one of our shoppe girls and get a one on one shopping experience. Or, better yet, join us for our May 3rd “Shop for Mom” event! Click here to RSVP.

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