Say Cheese with Pink Figgy
When Meredith Collins developed a business plan to buy an irresistibly adorable car and pimp it out for photo shoots, she figured even if her idea failed, she’d at least have the cutest pink ride to tool around town in. But despite launching her venture in March, just as the pandemic began, Collins says she’s had no shortage of interest. The car, which Collins named “Fiona The Pink Figgy” and promotes via Instagram (@thepinkfiggy
), is a ’91 Nissan Figaro, right-side drive, four-seater convertible that was released exclusively in Japan. In fact, it’s one of only 20,000 that the manufacturer ever made. She’s a “mix of Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O. with a dash of Sophia Loren,” Collins jokes of Fiona’s persona. Collins rents the car (driver included) for half-hour and hour-long photo shoots. “It’s great for pre- or post-ceremony photos and bridal portraits,” she says, although she admits Figgy has posed for everything from senior photos to birthday parties. For bookings, DM Collins on Instagram or e-mail email@example.com
Night at the Museum
Unlike The Gibbes Museum of Art’s (GibbesMuseum.org
) after-hours restrictions for general full-price weddings, you can technically opt for a daytime or an evening celebration with the museum’s new packages geared toward more intimate gatherings. Micro weddings (limited to 50 guests) and elopements (20 guests max) are offered at a fraction of the normal rental costs, despite whether you exchange vows outside in the classical garden or inside under the opulent stained-glass dome.
Unlike your undying love for one another, that bridal bouquet will fade away. But artists like Melody Webb of Lonely Pine Preservation (LonelyPinePreservation.com
) offer pressed keepsakes for sustaining those wedding-day blooms. Bouquets can be made into a work of art framed within floating glass, while smaller floral touches she casts in resin and crafts into monogrammed ornaments (perfect for holiday nuptials), ring dishes, and more.
A More Pefect Union
From the aisle to the nest, Lindsey Boyce of Host & Haven (HostAndHaven.com
) offers design services that thoughtfully bridge the wedding day to happily ever after. She’s helped couples invest in accents like custom lamps, cushions, and linens that enhance the Big Day décor and that can be seamlessly incorporated into the Mr. and Mrs.’ new digs. The 12-year event veteran works with couples to first establish their design aesthetic for the wedding; the bleed over into interior design came more recently, as newlyweds started asking for her help styling their home. She even helps brides develop their registry with home décor in mind.
An Intimate Affair
Wild Dunes (DestinationHotels.com/Wild-Dunes
) recently announced new alternative (and reasonably priced) wedding packages for those seeking a smaller, social-distance friendly option for saying “I do.” An elopement package for up to 10 people includes an ocean-view beach ceremony, while a micro wedding for up to 35 covers everything except photography, hair and makeup, live music, and alcohol. There’s also a new brunch wedding package for larger groups, because, well, who doesn’t love brunch? Mimosa anyone?
All the Groom's Men
Ladies, if you and yours are searching for a special keepsake that adds wedding-day panache, Brackish (BrackishBowties.com
) has a solution. The Charleston company has been making its handsome, handcrafted feather bow ties since 2012, and, in more recent times, is offering customization and package pricing for the wedding party. Grooms can work with a specialist to select matching or individual bow ties and other accessories (lapel pins, cuff links, pocket squares, and cummerbunds) for groomsmen. And brides, you and your gals have feather earrings and cuff bracelets to choose from. You can even personalize the packaging with engraving options.