The Interview — Calder Clark, Wedding Planner and Events Designer
Recently named a top planner by Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Martha Stewart Weddings, Calder Clark has garnered a devoted following for creating exquisite weddings and offering high touch logistics. Calder infuses events with her trademark Southern flair and impeccable taste, developing a sensory experience by layering lush florals, nuanced colors, dressmaker details, and ambient lighting throughout her parties. From offices in Charleston, South Carolina and Raleigh, North Carolina, the Calder Clark team plans a limited annual number of exclusive destination affairs on both a domestic and international level. You can follow Clark at calderclark.com, on Twitter and Instagram.
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Favorite Instagram account to follow:
My very favorite instagram account is @blackberryfarm, if only to fuel my daydreams of when I get to return to my happy place.
Your last great read and why you enjoyed it:
I just finished Family Life by Akhil Sharma, mostly because David Sedaris encouraged his audience to do so when he was last in Charleston (and my allegiance to Sedaris never wavers). It was both incredibly sad and very touching; it made me stop and count my blessings.
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You decompress each day by:
I decompress each day by drawing a piping hot bath—I’m not afraid of wrinkly fingers. I have literally the fluffiest towels, the best candles, a glass of wine, and a good book—what else does one need?
Your favorite restaurant for brunch and your go-to order:
The eggs benedict at The Obstinate Daughter are the stuff of my dreams: the tomato hollandaise is other-worldly. This is the kind of dish that makes everyone at the table say: "You ordered better than I did."
Where does your credit card get the most use:
It’s almost embarrassing, but my UPS man tells me I singlehandedly keep Zappos in business.
Favorite pizza topping:
Goat cheese. When I studied in Paris, all my French gal pals called me “Caaallldeeerrrrr” [insert bleating voice] because all I’d ever eat was warm goat cheese salads at the brasseries.
If you weren’t a wedding planner you’d be a:
I want to say I’d be an interior designer in another life—but the truth is, I’d be a personal organizer. I live for huggable hangers and label makers, and I absolutely relish trying to thwart others’ hoarding tendencies.
What is something that recently moved you:
A moving truck—ha! Oh but emotionally? The grace my sisters show under pressure—whipping up a Lowcountry boil for 80 people on the Fourth of July. There is nothing more poignant than watching Southern hospitality kick into full gear.
What is the best gift you’ve ever received:
The very best gift I’ve ever been given is my education. My mama always said "I’d take in people’s wash if it meant giving you the very best schooling"—and I know she meant it.
What’s the most exciting thing in your life right now:
We just moved into a historic home, and we’ve yet to hang a single tv. We are hauling my childhood piano up from Tennessee and starting a family band—I kid you not—anything to stay blissfully off the grid!