Tracing back to their small town roots, Haley and Austin said their vows at Wingate Plantation which was the perfect spot for their intimate elopement. The vast lowcountry and draping oaks welcomed in the newlyweds and their loved ones with open arms. Wingate was covered with warm breezes and bright sunshine as Haley and Austin prepared for the big day. Haley and Austin said their vows underneath the large plantation oak with a beautiful mantle, and a bounty of beautiful florals to fill the space. We loved the pops of yellow and peach in her flowers, it was the perfect palette for spring!
Pure Luxe Bride has the privilege of working with top-notch, impeccable vendors on a daily basis. From florists to photograhers and caterers to videographers, we've got friends in the wedding biz that every couple should know about. Matt Rouse, an award-winning videographer, is one of them and we have the utmost pleasure of introducing you to him.
We asked Matt a few questions with an emphasis on what the bride and groom can expect from his wedding videography services. Here's what he had to say:
When and why did you get started in the videography business?
Filmmaking is my passion! Growing up, I would make short films over summer break with friends. We spent our time trying to get into film festivals and hosting screenings in my parent's basement. I loved telling stories and wanted to pursue filmmaking as a career! I shot my first wedding in May of 2012 and ever since then, I've fallen in love with the craft of wedding filmmaking. I love the joy and beauty of the wedding day! I love the art of taking visuals, audio, colors, light and motion and using each to tell a story. A couple's wedding is one of the most important days of their lives! I'm passionate about crafting heirloom films that help them remember the promises they make to each other and what it felt like to be present in that moment.
What parts of the wedding day do you feature?
We start filming during the bride and groom's preparations at the beginning of the day and finish with the reception. In order to tell the story, we want to be present at each moment. Any good film has a beginning, middle, and end. Each scene communicates something different about the day. The morning preparations communicate the anticipation, the joy of friendships and excitement for what’s about to take place. The visuals and sound we capture at the ceremony communicate love, commitment, partnership and passion. The reception communicates the rapturous joy and celebration of two becoming one. Each and every scene is vital in communicating the full range of emotions that happen during the day. In addition, some couples have us film their rehearsal dinner so we can capture the important stories that are told during toasts by family and friends.
What is your videography style? Cinematic? Documentary?
We fully embrace the fine art, cinematic style with an emphasis on storytelling. I love bright, well composed, naturally colored, moving imagery that highlights the joyful beauty of a wedding. It's also important to us that our style is timeless. We want your wedding film to be relevant not only 6 months from now, but 60 years down the road! Some of our packages do offer full documentary style edits of the important parts of your day like the ceremony and toasts. These are important moments to remember in their full form!
Do your videos use dialogue or only background music?
You'll always hear me say that audio is what helps you connect emotionally to what you are seeing visually. Because this is true, we use a lot of audio in our films. We love capturing audio of the letters couples write to each other, toasts that tell your story/express the things your family and friends are feeling, meaningful words from your officiant, vows and natural sound from the day. Good audio works in tandem with the video to go deeper and build the emotional part of your story.
As a videographer, what are the three most important moments you always capture during a wedding event?
- First would definitely be the ceremony. it's the reason we're all there! That's what the day is all about! Part of why we do what we do is to remind couples of the promises they made to each other and the love they had for each other on day one! It's such a special part of the day when two people become one.
- Secondly, the first look and/or our creative shooting. The footage from these parts of the day help drive home the story being told through audio. If we use audio from the officiant saying, "No one can make Mary laugh the way you do, John", then we would use a video clip from our creative shooting session or first look with the bride laughing. We really try to connect the audio and video in a way that makes the story stronger.
- Thirdly, the toasts. You'll never know what your closest family and friends were thinking and feeling unless they say it out loud. The toasts allow you to hear from the heart of the most important people in your life. Marriage is best when you have a community around you to support and encourage you. We love creating wedding films based on the audio that is spoken during toasts. It's so powerful!
Matt Rouse and his beautiful bride, Meredith "Mer" Rouse, continue to endeavor their husband-wife teamwork in creating stunning wedding videos. Brides, take note: This duo knows their videography business and would be ecstatic to capture your special day.
We are back with our bouquet breakdown series! Today we are sharing the ingredients of this beautiful fall bohemian bouquet created by Petaloso!
Here are the key components: Dahlias, Heart Roses, Double Headed fringe tulips, Quick Sand Roses, Protea, Sea Star Fern, Bay, Eucalyptus, Acacia, Sweet William, Flowering Cabbage, Sea Star Fern, Ranunculus, Pampas Grass, and Foraged Greens
Here are some other angles of this bouquet captured by Sara Bee!
If you have ever hosted a shower, dinner party, wedding, or any type of event, then you know the importance of an RSVP. RSVP is of french origin and it stands for répondez s'il vous plaît, which literally means, 'please respond'. When you receive an invitation, please take the time to respond in a timely manner, and before the deadline. A successful event relies heavily on the guest count, so the host is patiently awaiting your response. Unless the RSVP says 'regrets only', then you are still expected to respond yes or no, either way. Please find below some of our tips for RSVP Etiquette.
-Respond in a timely manner: We understand that we are all busy, but take the time to respond, as the host took the time to send you an invitation. This will give the host the chance to prepare in advance.
-Show up: If you do respond with a 'yes' to the request, then show up! Try to stick to your word, as the host is planning for you to be there. In proper RSVP etiquette, don't miss the party unless you are ill or there is an emergency.
-Be Respectful: The host has given a lot of thought to the list of invitees, so read the invite carefully, and respect their request. Don't even ask.."May I bring?.." If they are extending a plus one, then it will be noted 'and guest' on the invitation.
Bottom line, it may just be an RSVP to you, but for the host, it is a lot of time, energy, money, and necessary for throwing an event! Don't be that person that the host has to call or text to get an answer because you forgot to respond.
Thanks Style Me Pretty for the real talk, we couldn't agree more!
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Don't throw out your wedding flowers! Memorialize your wedding with this custom curated Framed Florals piece. This unique keepsake will be treasured for years to come. The frame is adorned with flowers and foliage from your centerpiece, bouquet, or a sampling of flowers. This unique piece makes a perfect bridal shower gift, wedding gift, or a special gift to yourself.
While wedding cakes are a timeless feature, personalizing your wedding with a cake alternative is an opportunity to incorporate details into your big day that reflect you and your husband-to-be. If you worked together at a donut shop, why not have a donut cake? If you stayed late at an ice-cream shop on your first date until they closed, opt for an ice cream cart. If you bonded over not loving desserts, what about having a “cheese” cake?
Just like picking your dress, décor, and writing your vows, picking your wedding “cake” is an opportunity to give tradition a creative twist and have your personality come through. Here are 8 wedding cake alternatives we love to get your stomach grumbling!
They're small and dainty, and come in endless flavors, what's not to love?
Imagine a cookie cake tower, with each tier being a different flavor of your favorite cookies: oatmeal, chocolate chip, red velvet, lemon, double chocolate...
They're like a miniature cake, only a lot easier to pass around.
If you prefer the creaminess of ice-cream over the iciness of a pop, but want something equally as fresh on a hot day!
5. Ice Pops
Also the perfect refresher for a summer wedding!
Fried, filled, frosted, or unfrosted, you will drive your guests glazy!
7. Waffle, Crepe, or Pancakes
Frosted with syrup and fresh berries.
8. Cheese Cake
Who says cake can't be cheesy? This one's a Gouda alternative if sweet isn't your thing!
One of the first and often hardest parts of planning a wedding is determining your wedding guest list. To make the process a little less stressful, we've come up with 8 questions to ask yourself if you're on the fence about whether you should invite someone to your wedding.
1. Has it been more than a year since you talked to this person?
Is this person in-the-know of any big events going on in your or your fiance's life. If they're not, and you answered yes to the question, an invitation is a shouldn't .
2. If I didn’t work with this person or live near them, what type of relationship would we have?
If not working with someone or living further away from them means your relationship with them would be nonexistent, an invitation is a shouldn't.
3. Have both my fiance and I met this person?
With the exception of family and friends who live far away, if you or your fiance's first time meeting a guest is on your wedding day, an invitation is a shouldn't.
4. Would I expect an invitation to this person's wedding?
If you would expect someone to invite you to their wedding, it's most likely they feel the same way! So if you answered yes, an invitation is a should!
5. Do they know the name of at least one of my pets?
This question is a personal favorite, and one that always helps our bride's! Pets are family, so if the answer is no, it's most likely a shouldn't.
6. Do I constantly spend holiday's with this person?
If you answered yes, this person has been with you during several big life events, and your wedding is another one of those. An invitation is a should!
7. If this person lives in a different state/country and you were in town, would you make plans ahead of time to see them?
If you would carve out the time to see this person on a trip, you're going to want to see them dancing at your wedding! An invitation is a should!
8. How do you feel when their name pops up on your caller ID?
If their name on your caller ID is matched with excitement, an invitation is 100% a should!
If after these 8 questions you are still on the fence about a guest, trust your gut, it knows you best!
In the months, weeks, and days leading up to your wedding, you may feel as though to-do lists are starting to take over your life. But take a step back and remind yourself that while it is easy to want your wedding day to be perfect, all details aside, the most important thing is that you get married to your best friend Therefore, your health should be at the top of that to do list. Below we’ve listed 5 self-care secrets that you deserve giving yourself the time for.
1. Befriend calories and healthy fats
A lot of us fear the words “calories” and “fat”, and try to consume as little of these as possible. But limiting your calorie intake too drastically can actually trick your brain into “starvation mode” which causes your body to hold on to the few calories you do consume. Now we aren’t encouraging a donut and cake diet, but we are stressing you incorporate enough calories and appropriate fats into your diet. Treat yourself to that avocado toast that you know you’re craving; healthy fats like these can be the difference between brittle hair or dry skin and silky hair and soft skin on your wedding day!
2. Make sleep a #1
Sleep is one of the most important pillars of health, but also the one we tend to put on the back burner when the going gets rough. We know that your Pinterest Wedding board is probably keeping you up at night, but sleep is the foundation to proper digestion, stress management, and energy levels. Aim for 8 hours each night and you will feel and look your best come your wedding day—promise.
If you have to drink something, let it be water. Keeping yourself hydrated is the simplest and most natural secret to boosting your energy levels, managing weight, and relieving your skin from any unwanted toxins. Before or after every cup of coffee or cocktail, drink a cup of water. Let your phone become your accountability partner by setting alarms as water reminders. If drinking water has always been a challenge, eat it! Fruits such as watermelon (92% water), strawberries (92%), grapefruit (91%), and cantaloupe (90%) have extremely high water contents and are packed with vitamins and minerals that will have you glowing on your wedding day!
4. Pregame with healthy bites!
Throughout your engagement, you’ll probably be attending several events leading up to the big day: engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party, etc. Go back to your college days of pre-gaming, but do so with a plate of leafy greens and protein. This will leave you with just enough room to still enjoy—but not overindulge—on the event’s appetizers and desserts, and it will allow you to focus more on talking with your friends & family than on a grumbling stomach.
5. Exercise the right way
Exercising can be one of the hardest habits to adopt, but that is often because we approach it the wrong way. Rather than pushing yourself to go from 0 to 100 by committing to an arduous exercise routine that you will wake up dreading, the trick to starting and maintaining a frequent exercise routine lies in doing something active that you genuinely enjoy. Walking, rollerblading, swimming, tennis; you do you. Once you find yourself engaged in that activity, play with its frequency, intensity, and duration and you will find that while you’re exited to workout, you’ll also constantly be and feel challenged.
We are so thankful we were able to attend our third Engage Luxury Summit this year which took place in Banff, Canada and celebrate #10YEARSOFENGAGE! This amazing destination with picturesque views and crisp mountain air is a must-see and a check off the bucket list for us! Did we mention it stays light out until 10pm in Canada!? We were able to learn and gain inspiration from other incredible industry professionals and took a day for team building by hiking up Lake Louise! Every year we leave making so many connections from all over the world who we can now call dear friends.
Our biggest take away (which was really hard to narrow down) is 'we are who we do business with, don't forget that! Make it a priority to work with people who have the same view points as you, who love everyone like you do, and are passionate in the business they are doing.'
Out top 5 favorite things (in no particular order):
1. The Great White North Gala with design expertise by Angela Desveaux of WedLuxe Magazine was a winter white wonderland and exceeded all of our expectations! Dining among a forest of laser-cut centerpieces was so unique to celebrate the majestic animals and nature of Canada!
2. The views and scenery of Canada are spectacular and of course our castle where we stayed, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel was a true luxury experience! Abby Larson of Style Me Pretty said it best "It was like partying in a painting" We couldn't agree more!
3. Amazing speakers including Jove Meyer, Jess Gordon, and Mindy Weiss
4. Surprise gondola ride up the mountain to see complete 180 views of the Rocky Mountains! This was totally worth waking up at 6AM :)
5. The cozy cabin attire full of gingham and buffalo plaid was such a fun dress code and completely fitting for the environment and glamping!
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Summer weddings hint at airy wedding dresses, outdoor venues, bright flowers, ceaseless greenery, and—unfortunately—often a wolfpack of sweaty guests. Fun fact: South Carolina lies amongst the Top 10 hottest states in the U.S during the summer, with temperatures averaging from lows of 74° to highs of 88°between the months of June and August.
But, a summer wedding done right can have your guests feeling cool during your “I do” even on a day that is hot and humid with an 80-plus-degree forecast. To keep your guests in a fabulous mood on a summer day, consider having one—or all—of these ideas for everyone to enjoy during your wedding!
1. Sweetgrass fans/Program fans
Welcome your guests with fans for the ceremony, and they can even be personalized with the name of each guest, or double their use and make ceremony programs. On a summer day, this is the perfect breeze to leave your guests at ease.
Whether you want to give your wedding a vintage vibe with an old-fashioned ice cream bicycle cart, or you’re looking to keep your décor fun with an ice-cream station, there’s nothing that a scoop of ice-cream can’t solve.
3. Milk & Cookies
If you think warm cookies are good, add ice-cold milk, its the perfect combo. Serve cookies on top of milk-filled shot glasses engraved with your wedding date, and you’ll revamp a childhood favorite to a summer wedding guest favorite.
4. Naked Cakes
Heat often kills hunger, so replace the opted heaviness of a more traditional wedding cake, with the lightness and fluffiness of a buttercream layered naked cake topped with fresh berries.
5. Prosecco + Pops
A personal, all-time favorite. Champagne flutes with popsicles dipped in Prosecco. There’s nothing more refreshing than the sweetness and iciness of a popsicle coupled with bubbles to provide relief from the summer’s heat.