Born and raised in the South, Emma and has been referring to Martha Stewart Weddings as her bible since she was twelve. When she was young, for hours on end she sat in her closet and dreamt up many different wedding plans of her own with tiny chicken scratch sketches and cut out photos from wedding magazines she begged her mom to buy. Lo and behold, it even came down to the season, specific color palette, and an explanation of each dress and bouquet. She placed them all in a Nine West shoe box of her mom's labeled “Emma’s Wedding Box” that was covered in glitter and confetti. Clearly, this career was fate. 

 Leaving her small town, she took the plunge in 2013 and moved to the holy city to begin her hospitality studies at the College of Charleston. Little did she know, this is where her love for all things weddings would blossom! 

With over seven years experience of planning and creating authentic events in Annapolis, Miami, North Carolina, and back down to Charleston, she believes that her design inspiration is fueled by her world travels, fashion and fine art. Her goal is to not only create stunning custom designs for each client, but to have an everlasting friendship with each one. She aims to endlessly serve her TPR brides by finding the beauty in every small, yet meaningful aspect of their wedding.

candle lover • english lab obsessed

Emma jOb

Principal Designer & Planner

During my senior year of high school, we were given an assignment to select a song that most encompassed our being. The song I chose: “The Wedding March.” My fellow classmates were asked to write the words that came to mind when they heard that song and thought about me. They chose: girly, proper, bubbly, optimistic, romantic, and triumphant. Even to this day, I would still pick this song and would like to think those words would remain the same. Needless to say, I knew I was made for this industry early on.

Although I was born and raised in the Midwest, I have always felt as though I was southern at heart. Becoming an alumna of the University of South Carolina solidified my love for all things Southern. After planning weddings and events all over the country – from Brooklyn to Sonoma, back to Newport, RI, down to Miami, and even working at the London 2012 Olympics, I decided to settle down in the Lowcountry to become a full time wedding coordinator.

When I first moved to Charleston in 2015, after spending a year out in Wine Country, I decided to create a wedding blog where I would share stories of the things I had learned, pictures from the events I had planned and advice for any future brides. That, my friends, was the birth of The Petal Report. It started out as a hobby and soon became my child. This sweet blog of mine has now been a full time, wedding consulting firm for almost three years serving clients all over the Lowcountry. Specializing in wedding design, social media platforms, and coordination logistics, I am looking forward to putting my skills to good use creating one of a kind events and organic content for clients and couples alike. Reach out today and let’s start creating something #petalworthy!

lover of all things pink • ice cream aficionado

Cayleigh lotesto

Owner & Creative Director