CVB Wedding Winners Made People Magazine!!


Jaime and Erik, winners of the CVB Wedding Giveaway, made PEOPLE magazine April 20!


Rehearsal Dinner Décor Details

Jacqueline Lawrence, Duvall’s Design Director, teamed up with several local vendors to create custom details for the event. Seen below are images of their custom favors and place cards designed by Kelli Hall of Carte Blanche. All photos taken by local photographer, Tomme Hilton.


Check out our flickr page to see more photos of the CVB wedding giveaway rehearsal dinner.

Its easy to make your event “green” when you use local vendors. Check them out, and see if they are a match for your next event!


"Survivor: China" Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Details

Take an up-close look at Jamie and Erik’s rehearsal dinner at Middleton Plantation.

Jarrad Lister, a lifestyle, entertainment, and wedding photographer based in Greenville, South Carolina, documented the CVB wedding giveaway winners at their rehearsal and wedding ceremony. With his unique style and specialization in entertainment photography he was able to capture some great shots.


You can check out more photos from the wedding giveaway rehearsal dinner on flickr.


Wedding Planning Tip:

The most important thing I can tell a bride is to have fun! Too often brides get bogged down in the details of their event. If you don’t hire a planner, be sure you enlist people you trust will get the job done, so you can really enjoy your special day.



by: Alicia Schaefer, Event Coordinator


Green Partners – Duvall & Sustainability Institute

Duvall Catering & Event Design is proud to announce our partnership with The Sustainability Institute . Together we will work to make our daily practices and events more environmentally sound. Partnered with the Institute, we have developed “The Green Team,” which consists of 4 people – one person from each Duvall department:


• Décor: Jacqueline Lawrence
• Kitchen: Chip Plaistowe
• Staffing & Operations: Whit Jackson
• Event Sales: Alicia Schaefer

The team will meet monthly with a representative from The Sustainability Institute to discuss ideas, provide advice and support, and to maintain the progress of our green efforts. Captains are then in charge of educating their department. With two “green” events in the works for this April, we have taken many steps to do our part to minimize our green thumbprint.

Below is a list of Duvall’s current green effort. Most of these items you can do at home too!

• Recycle! (bottles, glass, paper, ink cartridges, cork screws, food scraps)
• Donate safe leftover foods
• Provide seasonal, local, and organic menus
• Offer sustainable seafood
• Support local vendors
• Maintain a garden on property
• Carpool to events
• Conserve energy by turning off appliances when not in use
• Work in a “green” building made of recycled styrofoam
• Use “green” office cleaners and supplies
• Use biodegradable disposables
• Repurpose furniture/décor/plants

Stay tuned as Duvall Catering & Event Design goes Green!

by: Alicia Schaefer, Event Coordinator


A Perfect Plantation Wedding

On Saturday, April 4, 2009,  the Duvall team headed to Cypress Trees Plantation on Edisto Island to celebrate Nathan and Sabrina’s wedding. It was a nerve-racking week, especially with record-breaking rain levels two days before the event. All I could think of was disaster; a tented plantation wedding ruined by rain, mud and bugs!

Thankfully, the day of the wedding was a perfect spring day -  80° and not a cloud in the sky.


From start to finish, the wedding was perfect! Thank You Jennifer Bearden Photography for capturing this celebration!

by: Caroline Heuring, Sales Assistant at Duvall Catering & Event Design


“Survivor: China” Couple Weds

Winners of the Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau Charleston Wedding Giveaway, and former Survivor: China castmates, Jaime Dugan and Erik Huffman, married Saturday, April 4th, at the Wild Dunes Resort.The rehearsal dinner was held Friday evening at the Middleton Place Plantation , and Duvall Catering & Event Design had the pleasure of providing the décor and catering for the event.

Duvall created a rustic theme for the dinner. One element in particular that made the event feel truly rustic was Elizabeth Porcher Jones’ calligraphy.  Her hand-written menu and welcome sign that she wrote on recycled chalkboards was a great décor detail.

Local invitation designer, Kelli Hall of Carte Blanche Invitations, teamed up with our Design Director, Jacqueline Lawrence, to create custom favors and place cards for last Friday’s CVB Wedding Giveaway rehearsal dinner.


For more information on Elizabeth’s fine calligraphy and illustration email her at elizporcher@gmail.com.


Tomme Hilton, a talented Charleston photographer, took some fabulous shots of our rustic rehearsal dinner. Check out Tomme’s photos at TommeHiltonGallery.com.

Favors included small jars of local honey from the “honey man” Robert Biggerstaff of Johns Island (843.766.8259) and local loose leaf tea from the Charleston Tea Plantation. Using local vendors is a great way to “green” your next event. Check them out!

by: Alicia Schaefer, Event Coordinator at Duvall Catering & Event Design