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!

Magnolia Carriage House: Evin + Ryan

Evin and Ryan's wedding at the Magnolia Carriage house was a refreshing reminder of the charm Charleston is famed for.  The newly weds from New York showed their guests what Southern Hospitality is all about by welcoming them with a bubbly surprise of Prosecco + Pops as they arrived to the ceremony site under the properties oldest and most majestic oak tree. One of our favorite parts of the day was the surprise visit made by a peacock as the bride and groom were taking pictures with their family and bridal party. While the peacock was trying to show off its colors, gazes were fixated at Evin and her dress; she looked stunning. The green leaf escort cards and champagne tower were signature pieces of the cocktail hour, and the wagon wheel chandeliers of the reception that were covered in foliage and dripping white florals gave the rustic venue an elegant and romantic glow. Aligned with these chandeliers was Evin and Ryan's sweetheart table, which featured a garland rich of blush and white florals that hung to the floor on both sides of the table and overlooked the dance floor. Congratulations Evin and Ryan, we are so grateful to have been a part of your special day!

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Fabulous Vendors 

Wedding Planner - Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony & Reception: Magnolia Carriage House

Catering: Mosaic

Bar: Squeeze

Cake: Swank

Florist: Petaloso

Rentals: Event Works

Entertainment: Bob Williams Duo  (Ceremony) & Darby Events (Reception) 

Photographer: The Happy Bloom

Videographer: Paragon Filmworks

Hair + Make Up: Paper Dolls

Planning Tip Tuesday: Engagement Photos

The excitement of a new engagement is something you will want to share with everyone! Engagement photos are a perfect way to announce the news and to show off that ring! We’ve put together some ideas to make your photos memorable and one-of-a-kind. We love the photos from Brittany + Tom’s engagement session shot by Sara Bee Photography! I mean…how cute is their picnic?!?

Attire: Pick clothes that reflect your personality! If you’re stuck on what to wear, start with coordinating outfits but stay away from being too matchy-matchy. Choose clothes that complement each other or incorporate a color in both of your outfits to make a cohesive look. If you plan to use one of the photos for your save-the-date, then keep your wedding style and time of year in mind. Lastly, wear something that you feel comfortable in and will photograph nicely.

Hair and Makeup: Consider having your hair and makeup professionally done for the shoot since photos require slightly heavier makeup than your everyday look so that you don’t become washed out. Pro tip: if you haven’t done the trial for your wedding, use this opportunity to knock out two birds!

Props: One way to make your photos unique is to bring props that are personal to the two of you! These can range from custom signs, champagne, and even your dog!

Location: You can bring variety to the photos by going to different locations. This will give you more options to choose from and in the end will be more interesting for others to look at! Try going to locations that have personal significance…for example, you could go where the two of you first met or where the groom proposed!

HAVE FUN!!!











Thomas Bennett House: Caitlin + Chris

Caitlin and Chris celebrated their spring wedding at The Governor Thomas Bennett House! Their vision was to turn the venue into an elegant, fairy tale, garden feel. A champagne wall was a must-have for the bride which awaited guests after the ceremony to greet their family and friends with a glass of bubbly. Blush, white, and hints of gold were the colors of this romantic affair- fairy lights and lots of chandeliers! Walking into the reception tent was like walking into a garden brimming with peonies (the bride’s favorite flower), custom linens, tufted lounge, and gorgeous lighting hanging from a sailcloth tent! If a surprise performance to Space Jam by the groom + groomsmen isn't a memorable way to end the night, we don't know what is! Wishing these two a lifetime of love and happiness!

Vendors: 

Wedding Planner | Pure Luxe Bride 

Ceremony & Reception | Thomas Bennett House

Catering | Mosaic

Bar | Squeeze

Cake | Wild Flour

Florist | On a Limb

Rentals | Event Works and Ooh!

Lighting | TEC

Entertainment | Palmetto Strings & Loose Chain

Photographer  | Bethany Smalls

Videographer | Arden Film Co

Hair  | Wedding Hair by Charlotte

Custom Linens | Nuage

Getaway Car | Lowcountry Valet

Makeup | Lindsey Burchfield

Wedding Dress | J.Majors in Charlotte NC

Late Night Dress | Muse by Berta