The Gadsden House: Lauren + Andrew

The Gadsden House awaited Lauren and Andrew in Downtown Charleston, SC to host their intimate elopement. Standing three-floors high with a breathtaking double porch, stunning chandeliers in large gathering rooms, and a private courtyard, it was the perfect destination to celebrate with their closest friends, family, and their pup! Lauren chose a jewel tone palette for her winter “I Do’s” with hues of emerald, cream, merlot, and navy. Enjoy all the pretty photos captured by Dana Cubbage!


Wedding Planner | Pure Luxe Bride
Venue | The Gadsden House
Photographer | Dana Cubbage
Cake | Sablée
Florist | Branch
Hair/Makeup | Paper Dolls

William Aiken House: Lauren + Dante

Lauren and Dante met at The College of Charleston, and one New Years Eve morning, Dante popped the question in The Cistern Yard! Lauren always walked by William Aiken House with dreams of one day getting married there, so selecting the destination and venue was an easy decision for them! From gold accents to pearly white radiance, this was a classic love story come to life. A palette of white, gold, and hints of sage with bounties of of white roses, hydrangeas, and gorgeous chandeliers. Lauren wore a Sareh Nouri dress with a beautiful bow detail on the back, and changed into a stunning beaded dress for the reception so she could dance all night long! The couple went back to The Cistern where they first met and where the groom proposed for their first portraits and moments as husband and wife. Browse all the pretty photos by Marni below!

Wedding Planner | Pure Luxe Bride
Venue | William Aiken House
Catering/Bar/Cake | Patrick Properties
Florist | On A Limb
Photographer | Marni Rothschild
Hair/makeup | Wedding by Charlotte
Reception Music | The Maxx
 Lighting + Lounge | Ooh! Events
Rentals | Event Works

 

Planning Tip Tuesday: Including Those Not in the Party

We know how difficult it can be to choose who will be in your wedding party but still wanting to honor those special people in your life. To make sure no one is left out, we’ve come up with some ideas to include those not in the party on your special day! There are still many roles that need to be filled in order to have a successful day!

Photo by Monika Gauthier

Photo by Monika Gauthier

 1.    Reserve one-two rows at the front of the ceremony for close friends and family. Being closer to you will make them feel valuable and loved.

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2.  See if they would be willing to help greet your guests or usher guests to their seats. 

3. Another way to involve your loved ones is by asking them to have a speaking part during the ceremony! If there are scriptures, see if they would be willing to read a passage for you. If they are musically inclined, ask them to play or sing a song.

4. If someone special in your life has children, ask for them to be a flower girl or ring bearer.

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5. Ask them to give a speech at the rehearsal dinner or wedding.

6. Include special guests in a family photo list to honor your relationship and make them feel important.

Regardless of where they sit, or what role they play, remember that everyone is here because they love you. And while it may be tough choosing who is in your party, there are ways to include all of those close friends and family! Today is your day and your guests are there for you, so don’t stress about a part for everyone, being a guest is an honor in itself!

Fabulous Friday: Infinity Roses

We know it can be hard to find that perfect gift for your bride-to-be. We’re here to talk about the gift that keeps on giving, the Infinity Rose Collection by Fleurs de Paris. The brand stands for timeless elegance, feminine charm, and luxury in its purest form. Fleurs de Paris has four collections in a wide color palette ranging from Pure Whites to Black Beauties arranged in beautiful hat boxes. The life span of the roses can last longer than one year if taken care of properly. The Infinity Rose allows you to gift your newlywed with a timeless piece from your special day that will last until your one year anniversary! A year later you can still see the radiant light that the charm of Infinity Roses brings. See more here.

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Photo by Aaron and Jillian

Photo by Aaron and Jillian

The Cedar Room: Megan + Reid

Megan + Reid were from New York and decided to host their summer wedding in Charleston at The Cedar Room. Beyond providing a safe haven from the rain’s unpredictability, the venue lies in history, featuring original wood columns and hardwood floors from the notable 1881 Cigar Factory. The urban venue complimented the wedding’s modern, chic, and clean design style. Following cocktail hour in the courtyard, guests were invited indoors for a reception—think tall, dramatic tree-like arrangements of branches and dark green foliage on the tables with gray, black , and gold accents. The head table featured planters overflowing with traditional ivory and white florals and foliage, and the gold candlestick holders with black tapers. Megan+Reid treated their guests to a late night happy hour of cinnamon sugar donut holes, cheeseburger sliders, and fries!

Fabulous Vendors:

Wedding Planning: Pure Luxe Bride

Venue: The Cedar Room

Florist: Petaloso

Rentals: Snyder

Linens: La Tavola

Reception Music: DJ Wade via Other Brother Ent.

Photographer: Catherine Ann

Hair/Makeup: Charlotte Belk

Fabulous Friday: Last Song of the Night

We know that choosing your special songs can be tough, especially because there are so many options out there! Today, we are sharing our top 10 favorites for the last song of the night! Consider if you want to end the dance party on a rousing upbeat song or if you want to grab your husband and slow dance to conclude the night. If you are still having a hard time deciding, you can always have your DJ or band surprise you!

Photo by Monika Gauthier

Photo by Monika Gauthier

  • “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” Whitney Houston

  • “All Night Long” Lionel Richie

  • “Don’t Stop Believing” Journey

  • “You Are The Best Thing” Ray Lamontagne

  • “Bohemian Rhapsody” Queen

  • “Closing Time” Semisonic

  • “Shut Up and Dance” Walk The Moon

  • “I Gotta Feeling” The Black Eyed Peas

  • “Glad You Came” Wanted

  • “Celebration” Kool and The Gang

Photo by Dana Cubbage

Photo by Dana Cubbage

Planning Tip Tuesday: Trends We Are Loving

It is officially 2019 and we are so excited for the new year and all of the events to come! Today we are sharing the top 5 trends we are predicting for 2019!

Dark and Moody

Photo by The Happy Bloom

Photo by The Happy Bloom

Hanging Floral and Greenery Installations

Photo by Catherine Ann

Photo by Catherine Ann

Bold Cakes

Photo by Monika Gauthier

Photo by Monika Gauthier

Colorful Palettes

Photo by Perry Vaile

Photo by Perry Vaile

Intimate Weddings

Photo by The Happy Bloom

Photo by The Happy Bloom

Recap of 2018!

2018 has been full of breathtaking events and we are so excited to bring inspired new looks and designs in 2019! While it is never easy to choose, we have compiled a recap of the highlights from 2018. This year was extra special as Blake + Charles got married and Francesca + Justin celebrated their 10 year Vow Renewal! We cannot wait to share our very own images with you but hold tight just a little longer and we will show you all the details once they’re published :)

It’s time to reflect on the previous year and look ahead to new beginnings in the year to come! We are so thankful for all of our amazing clients and incredibly talented vendors who made this year fabulous! Happy New Year!! Cheers! Grab a glass of champagne and lets dive in…

Design

Francesca’s Pick

Photo by Bethany Smalls // Flowers by On A Limb

Photo by Bethany Smalls // Flowers by On A Limb

Blake’s Pick

Photo by Catherine Ann Photography // Flowers by Petaloso

Photo by Catherine Ann Photography // Flowers by Petaloso

Bouquet

Francesca’s Pick

Photo by Catherine Ann Photography // Flowers by Petaloso

Photo by Catherine Ann Photography // Flowers by Petaloso

Blake’s Pick

Photo by Aaron and Jillian // Flowers by On A Limb

Photo by Aaron and Jillian // Flowers by On A Limb

Cake

Francesca’s Pick

Photo by Amanda Seifert // Cake by Sablee

Photo by Amanda Seifert // Cake by Sablee

Blake’s Pick

Photo by Monika Gauthier // Cake by PPHG

Photo by Monika Gauthier // Cake by PPHG

Dress

Francesca’s Pick

Photo by Kate Supa

Photo by Kate Supa

Blake’s Pick

Photo by The Happy Bloom

Photo by The Happy Bloom

Editorial Shot

Francesca’s Pick

Photo by Perry Vaile

Photo by Perry Vaile

Blake’s Pick

Photo by The Happy Bloom

Photo by The Happy Bloom

Detail

Francesca’s Pick : Arbor

Photo by Monika Gauthier // Flowers by Petaloso

Photo by Monika Gauthier // Flowers by Petaloso

Blake’s Pick : Blue and white china

Photo by Sara Bee // Flowers by On A Limb // Rentals by Ooh!

Photo by Sara Bee // Flowers by On A Limb // Rentals by Ooh!

Tabletop

Francesca’s Pick

Photo by Clay Austin

Photo by Clay Austin

Blake’s Pick

Photo by The Happy Bloom

Photo by The Happy Bloom

Accessory

Francesca’s Pick

Photo by Dana Cubbage

Photo by Dana Cubbage

Blake’s Pick

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Fabulous Friday: PLB Gift Guide

With the holidays coming up, we thought it would be fun to share a gift guide to help you come up with gift ideas for all the fabulous ladies in your life!

Clutch: Perfect for going out with your girlfriends!

Fourteen & East

Fourteen & East

Power-up USB Tassel Keychain: It’s cute and functional!

Mark and Graham

Mark and Graham

Bose speaker: You can bring music wherever you go!

Amazon

Amazon

Sleep mask: Get your beauty rest in this silk eye mask!

Nordstrom

Nordstrom

Swell bottle: Stay hydrated in high style with a sleek water bottle.

Nordstrom

Nordstrom

Candle: You can never go wrong with a holiday candle!

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

Planning Tip Tuesday: Vintage Car

By now I’m sure you’ve come across those beautiful photos on Instagram and Pinterest of a bride and groom posing in front of a vintage car..we’re here to tell you how to make that happen! Pro tip: While it is nice to have a getaway car to leave in at the end of the night, the best portraits with the car happen in daylight! With that being said, we always suggest renting the vehicle as a prop during the day! You can have it take you from your getting ready location to the venue, use it for your first look, drive up to the ceremony, or on the way to the reception. The options for cars are endless, you can opt for a family car, vintage, classic, or there is always the horse and carriage for a true fairy tale. There are so many different ways you can incorporate cars into your wedding photos and we’ve compiled some of our favorite day time photos below!

Photo Credit:
Aaron and Jillian Photography
Clay Austin
Lydia Ruth Photography
Catherine Ann Photography
The Happy Bloom
Monika Gauthier

Car Rentals:
Charleston Style Limo
ACW Limo
Lowcountry Valet
Dream Classic Rentals