Fabulous Friday: Pantone Color of the Year 2019

They’ve officially announced the Pantone Color of the year, living coral! “An animating and life affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.” We are so excited to be incorporating this color into our designs in the coming year! It is especially the perfect “vibrant yet mellow” color for the summer months. See some of our favorite ways to use it below!

Photography credit (in order of images) Lucy Cuneo, Aaron and Jillian, and Dana Cubbage

Planning Tip Tuesday: How To Get Published

For today’s blog post, we are excited to be doing a guest blog with The Happy Bloom! They are sharing how to get your wedding published in the eye of a photographer and we couldn’t agree more with what they have to say! It is so important to keep these things in mind to make sure your wedding stands out against the rest! See below their top 6 tips!

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  1. Bouquets- Make sure your florist trims your bouquet stems as much as possible. You should barely be able to see them or not at all.

  2. Cake-Stay away from having a white cake. Think color, pattern, or texture. Do something cool and new!

  3. We love blush but think of a way to change it up. Maybe add in an interesting accent color or pattern to to your wedding day design.

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4. Have plates or chargers on your tables. Even if you have stations, still have a plate or charger pre-set on the table. A reception table will feel empty in photos without a plate to ground it.

5. Cool seating charts! There’s more than just calligraphy on mirrors. Pinterest has tons of awesome options out there.

6. Stay away from garland table runners. Trade the greenery for big blooms and unique vases!

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All photography courtesy of The Happy Bloom

Planning Tip Tuesday: Wedding Dress Bustles

To make sure your night goes smoothly without any trips or rips from guests stepping on your wedding dress, it is important to have a bustle sewn into your wedding dress! A bustle refers to the sewing process of transitioning a wedding gown to function as if it has no train. There are many different types of bustles, depending on the fabric and style of dress. By doing so, it is easier for you to walk post ceremony and move around throughout the night. Each type of bustle works differently, so we’re here to explain the most popular and how each one works!

American Bustle (or Over Bustle)

This bustle is created by lifting the train up - using buttons, loops, or hooks - over the dress itself. The length of the bustle should be the same length of the hem so the dress is even all the way around. This bustle is great for ballgowns.

Photo by Dana Cubbage Photography

Photo by Dana Cubbage Photography

Austrian Bustle

This bustle gathers the gown’s fabric centrally down the middle of the back of the dress using ribbons sewn into the back seam of the gown to secure both sides of the dress together. This bustle is great for gowns with intricate details.

Photo by Monika Gauthier Photography

Photo by Monika Gauthier Photography

French Bustle (or Under Bustle)

This bustle picks up the train by hooking underneath the dress itself. This is commonly done with ribbons and has multiple pick up points to support the weight of the train and add extra flair to the dress.

Photo by Kate Supa

Photo by Kate Supa

Ballroom Bustle

This bustle makes the train disappear by folding the fabric in on itself by using multiple bustle points sewn around the bodice of the dress.

Photo by Aaron and Jillian Photography

Photo by Aaron and Jillian Photography

A few additional tips on bustling:

-Budget for the bustle: Be sure to ask about this when purchasing your dress, as this is typically an added expense. The cost will vary depending on the style of bustle you need.

-Take Notes: Someone will need to know how to do the bustle on the wedding day, so be sure to take notes or a video of the seamstress showing how to do the bustle so you can have a friendly reminder the day-of (especially if there are many steps involved). This is a perfect duty for the maid of honor or mother of the bride to learn!

-Bustles can break, so be prepared! No matter how carefully you bustle, there is a slight chance it might break. Dresses can be very heavy, and the very delicate bustle points may not hold, so be sure to have extra safety pins just in case! If you have a wedding planner, not to worry, we’ve got you covered with our emergency kit!

William Aiken House Wedding: Alicia + Walker

Texas natives, Alicia and Walker, had a vision of a romantic Tuscan inspired wedding, which came to life on a gorgeous spring day at the William Aiken House. The space was filled with overflowing greenery, an abundance of white flowers, and wooden accents throughout! Organic florals, neutral tufted lounge, and the pergola covered in airy greenery definitely created an Italian feel! Guests danced the night away with tambourines and maracas, under a gorgeous structure dripping in white flowers! The bride wore a classic Marchesa gown with a bow detail and held a petit bouquet composed of stephanotis, lily of the valley, and Italian ruscus; giving us all the royal wedding vibes! Best wishes to the newlyweds!


Wedding Planner | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony Venue | French Hugenot Church

Reception Venue, Catering, Bar, Cake | William Aiken House

Florist | Flora

Rentals | EventWorks and Skyline

Specialty Rentals | Ooh! Events

Lighting | Bunn DJ Co.

Reception Music | Atlanta Groove Factory

Photographer | Theo Milo Photography

Videographer | Knotted Arrow

Hair + Make Up | Wedding Hair by Charlotte

Fabulous Friday: Peonies

Today we are giving insight into many of our bride’s favorite flower, peonies! Peonies signify good fortune in marriage so of course these fluffy flowers are every bride’s dream! We are breaking down some facts about these lush petally flowers:

When are they available?
Growing times are dependent on many variables, but typically these beauties are available May-July and December-February.

Photo by Dana Cubbage

Photo by Dana Cubbage

What colors do peonies come in?
White, pink, coral, and burgundy.

Photo by Sloan Photo

Photo by Sloan Photo

How can peonies be styled?
This flower is very versatile and can be used in bouquets and arrangements for a luxurious look. If you are budget conscious, highlight them in areas that will be most photographed like the bridal bouquet, head table, or cake.

Photo by Monika Gauthier

Photo by Monika Gauthier

If peonies are not in season, what is a great alternative?
Peonies are unique in their larger size and fluffy petals so there is no perfect substitute if you have your mind set on them.

The next best thing would be a ranunculus which have a similar petal density and layered look.

If you are looking for other alternative options, david austin garden roses have a different bloom structure and are smaller than peonies BUT they have a variety of colors and are basically available all year round.

Photo by Aaron and Jillian

Photo by Aaron and Jillian

William Aiken House: Jane + Chris

Jane + Chris had a classic chic wedding at The William Aiken House. Jane’s bridesmaids wore individualized dresses in shades of pinks, while the groomsmen sported classic black tuxedos with a slipper -style shoe. Their guests dined al fresco under bistro lighting after the couple said their vows in front of the stunning pergola. Their decor was filled with heirloom blue and white china and accents of fresh garden flowers. The french-inspired croquembouche was gazed upon and enjoyed by all their wedding guests, these cream puffs were such a unique twist on the traditional wedding cake! Champagne toasts were followed by tear-jerking speeches and after all the dancing, their wedding rickshaw awaited and whisked the newlyweds away after a grand sparkly departure, it was a night full of cherished memories!

 Vendor List

Wedding Planner | Pure Luxe Bride
Venue | William Aiken House
Catering/Bar/Cake | Patrick Properties
Florist | On A Limb
Photographer | Sara Bee
Hair/makeup | Wedding Hair by Charlotte
Ceremony Music | Classical Charleston
Reception Music | Java Band
Rentals | Ooh! Events / Event Works
Wedding Dress | Carolina Herrera

Fabulous Friday: Wedding Dress Code Explained

We know that wedding attire can be interpreted differently, so we’ve put together a cheat sheet to help your guests out!

White Tie: This is as formal as it gets; black tuxedo with satin stripe for guys, and formal evening gown (long gloves are optional) for the ladies, no exceptions.

Black Tie: This means a formal dress code and is usually an evening affair, i.e. tuxedo, formal floor length gown, or a chic, dressy cocktail dress paired with heels.

Black Tie Optional: Black tie is still acceptable, but something slightly less formal is also appropriate, i.e. dressy separates or pants suit, or a formal cocktail length dress. For men, they have the option of wearing a tuxedo or a formal dark suit.

Semi-Formal: Depending on the time of year, try out lighter colors and fabrics for a summer wedding, or a darker flowy dress for a winter wedding. Floor length gowns would be inappropriate for this dress code.

Casual: This usually implies a more laid back attire and in an outdoor setting. Unless specifically noted, jeans, shorts, and tank tops are probably not appropriate. Go for a sundress with wedges for the ladies and a button down polo with khakis or dress pants for the guys.

Beach Wedding: Shorts and flip flops are acceptable!

Rule of thumb for weddings: “It’s always better to overdress than under dress!”

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Photography by Aaron and Jillian

Planning Tip Tuesday: Last Song

Today we are sharing a list of options for the last song of the night that will guarantee to have everyone on the dance floor! Go out with a bang!

Photographer: The Happy Bloom

Photographer: The Happy Bloom

I Wanna Dance with Somebody - Whitney Houston

“Earth, Wind & Fire”- September

“Proud Mary” - Tina Turner

“Signed, Sealed, Delivered” - Stevie Wonder

“Crazy in Love” - Beyonce

“(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” - Jackie Wilson

“Don’t Stop Believing” - Journey 

“Uptown Funk” - Bruno Mars 

“24k Magic” - Bruno Mars

“Shout” - Isley Brother

“Anyway You Want It” - Journey - G

“Shut Up And Dance” - Walk the Moon

Planning Tip Tuesday: Things to Remember the Day-Of

We know the amount of planning and preparation that goes into your wedding day, so we’ve put together a list of important details to remember on the wedding day!

Don’t plan any morning activities

You are going to have a very full day so keep your morning low-key. Wake up well rested and spend the morning getting ready with your girls! You will appreciate not having any other commitments.

Photo by Dana Cubbage

Photo by Dana Cubbage

Sips + Bites

It’s really important to pre-arrange breakfast/lunch for the bridal party while you are getting ready. It will be a long day and nerves will be high, so make sure to eat a full meal…and drink lots of water! While getting ready at the venue, bring a cooler with plenty of water and any other beverages you will want! Check the local restaurants for to-go platters or delivery services while you get ready.

Photo by Dana Cubbage

Photo by Dana Cubbage

Transportation

Planning your transportation to and from the venue in advance is important to ensure you arrive on time!

Dress Steaming

Make sure your dress and all bridesmaid dresses have been steamed and are ready to wear!

Plan your outfit to get ready in

Make sure to wear something cute and comfortable while getting your hair and makeup done, there will be pictures taken throughout the process! Coordinating with your bridesmaids always makes for cute pictures!

Photo by Monika Gauthier

Photo by Monika Gauthier

Fabulous Friday: The Black Tux

Being a groom means all eyes are on you, so make sure you look good doing it! Whether you, or all of your groomsmen, are in need of a tuxedo for the big day, The Black Tux is here to help ! We have teamed up with The Black Tux to help all the men with their tuxedo rental needs. Like The Black Tux says, “Renting a suit is finally easy.” They have made renting a tux possible in just four simple steps!

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Choosing your style. You have the option to chose from stylist-completed looks or design your own custom look!

Getting the perfect fit. After answering a few questions, stylists will be able to use your information to custom fit your suit for you! They have a range of styles from timeless to modern.

Trying it on. You will receive the tuxes two weeks before the event. If it isn’t the perfect fit, they will ship you a new one before you can even stress about it!

Show it off. Once the tux fits perfectly, show it off on your big day for all guests to see! After your event, just send it back in the box they provide. Shipping is free!

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We’ve partnered with The Black Tux to give our clients a discount, so be sure to reach out to PLB for more information!