Real Luxe Wedding: Amy + Craig

This New York City couple had a beautiful southern wedding here in Charleston! Her vision was to have an elegant, glam, and tropical wedding with a palette of gold, blush, white and ivory. The couple fell in love with the avenue of oaks at the Legare-Waring House so they chose to take advantage of that space for their ceremony, and then utilizing the modern,spacious inside of Founders Hall for the reception. The couple was one step ahead of the summer heat by providing their guests with a portable fan that plugs into your cell phone!  Amy's Galia Lahav gown was accessorized with a bouquet of gorgeous naturally hanging orchids by Fox Events. Founders Hall was elaborately decorated with soft draping, lush centerpieces, tons of candlelight, and one luxurious head table with hanging greenery and florals! To take a break from dancing, guests stopped at the slow motion photobooth, grabbed a gourmet popsicle,  and enjoyed a fine cigar. At the end of the night, guests left with mini boxes of Baklavah that were made by the bride's mother, perfect way to end the evening. Congratulations, Amy and Craig!

Photos by Sean Money and Elizabeth Fay 

Thanks to all our fabulous vendors!

Ceremony Venue | Lagare Waring House

Reception Venue | Founders Hall

Catering | Cru

Bar Service | Mix

Cake | Sablee

Florist | Fox Events

Rentals | Event Works

Specialty Rentals | Nuage

Lighting | IES

Ceremony Music | Palmetto Strings Quartet

Cocktail Hour Music | Chris Crosby

Reception Music | DJ Wade

Photographer | Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay

Hair | Charlotte Belk

Makeup | Johnny Cosmetics

Draping | InventivEnvironments

Guest transportation | Charleston Style Limo

Hotel Blocks | Mills House

Photo Booth | Charleston Booth Company

 

Planning Tip Tuesday: First Kiss

We are sharing our top 5 tips on how to make your first kiss look great on camera! 

1. Ask your officiant in advance to move to the side so they don't photo-bomb your first kiss! 

Photo Credit: Monika Gauthier 

Photo Credit: Monika Gauthier 

2. Hold the kiss for longer than you normally would so your photographer can get an amazing shot! Kiss, and then kiss again, so you have multiple shots to choose from. 

Photo Credit: Monika Gauthier 

Photo Credit: Monika Gauthier 

3. Practice makes perfect! This might seem obvious, but practice who goes to what side and if you plan to do a dip. 

Photo Credit: Perry Vaile 

Photo Credit: Perry Vaile 

4. Have an 'unplugged ceremony'. Ask your guests to turn off their phones during the ceremony so they are not obtrusive to the photo that your professional photographer is capturing for you. Trust us, it will be much better than any iphone photo! 

Photo: Aaron and Jillian Photography Calligraphy: J.Lily Design

Photo: Aaron and Jillian Photography
Calligraphy: J.Lily Design

5. Enjoy the kiss! Let it be natural and with a smile! 

Photo Credit: Amanda Seifert 

Photo Credit: Amanda Seifert 

Fabulous Friday: Why Chairs Are So Important

Today we are doing a guest blog with photographer, Dana Cubbage, on why chairs are so important to your wedding design! Your reception chairs are in every photo whether it be details, first dance, speeches, you name it! With that being said, this is definitely a place we encourage our couples to splurge as they have a huge impact on the overall design. We asked Dana why she thought chairs were so important and she replied, "I honestly think chairs are the unsung hero of the wedding design!  They play such an important role, yet they are often overlooked. Choosing the right chair is vital – the wrong chair can ruin a beautiful design.  On the flip side, a beautiful chair can elevate a so-so design. " Coming from a photographers stand point, it is important to understand how they can change the overall look + feel of your wedding design. Dana says, "As a general rule, a light colored chair will help make your reception space feel light + airy.  A dark chair will do the opposite. A chivari chair will give your space an elegant feel, whereas a wooden X-back chair will give you a more rustic feel." Thanks Dana, we couldn't agree more!

 

Photos by Dana Cubbage Weddings 

Planning Tip Tuesday: Postable

Gathering addresses for your wedding guest list can be a pain, so we are sharing a new way to collect all of your mailing addresses in one place! With Postable, they make this a free and easy process! How it works; they provide a link, you email the link to your friends and loved ones, and they add in their information. Easy as that! Once they add in their info, your address book fills up, and voila! Other great features; their site is private and secure, and all of your info is safe in the cloud so you don't have to worry about losing it! They have the option to export the list to excel whenever you need to. This is a great feature since many invitation companies require the addresses to be in excel format. It is simple, easy, and saves tons of time!

William Aiken House Wedding: Katrina + Denis

On a beautiful spring day, Katrina + Denis tied the knot in a gorgeous Gatsby inspired wedding at the William Aiken House! The morning started with the bride and groom getting ready and then meeting for an intimate first look under the covered porch. Hues of black, white, and gold accented the venue with crystal chandeliers,  a black and white dance floor, and gold sequin linens. The bar and lounge area was one of the focal points of the reception, with oversized white feather arrangements atop the bar full of ostrich feathers, gold shelves for glasses, and white lounge furniture. Katrina's lush bouquet was full of white peonies and accented with gold brushed leaves. The art deco cake complimented the decor perfectly with their personalized cake topper! After a memorable evening, Katrina and Denis departed as Mr. + Mrs. Churunov!

Thank you to our fabulous vendors!

Wedding Planner | Pure Luxe Bride
Ceremony/Reception Venue | William Aiken House
Catering/Bar/Cake | Patrick Properties
Florist | Wild Flowers Inc. 
Rentals | Event Works
Lounge | Ooh! Events
Champagne Tower + Bar Light | 428 Main
Lighting | TEC
Reception Music | Emerald Empire Band
Photographer | Monika Gauthier 
 

 

Planning Tip Tuesday: Wedding Guest Gift Guide

For Planning Tip Tuesday we are talking about the do's and don'ts for giving wedding gifts and all things registries.

-Mail your gift! If the couple is having a destination wedding, mailing the gift is the best way to go. They are likely flying into the city, and going on their honeymoon immediately following, so mailing their gift will make sure it gets to them and they won't have to carry it with them as they travel (especially if it is a bigger item). 

-Link your registries on your wedding website, but opt for no more than 3! There are so many registries to choose from, so having variety is great but having too much variety can be overwhelming to your guests. 

-Offer low, medium, and high price points so everyone can find something that works within their budget. 

-Stick to the registry! Couples spend hours upon hours picking out every item on their registry, so sticking to the registry will ensure they are getting what they need for their new home. 

 

Zola is an awesome option for all your wedding registry needs! Thank you for partnering with us on this post! 

Fabulous Friday: Spotlight on Minted

We cannot sing enough praises about Minted! They have paper options for every stage of the wedding process including bridal shower, engagement party, save the dates, bachelorette party, and full wedding invitation suites! They have a community of independent artists who offer a style for every brides design. Minted makes it a seamless process and gives you the option to edit or create a completely custom design. They offer guest addressing for you at no charge which is also a huge plus and time saver! You can choose from 100's of unique wedding websites with matching invites available. Minted is a one stop shop for all of your stationary needs! Here are some fun invitations from brides in the past! 

Fabulous Friday: Groomsmen Gifts

Being  a groomsmen is a great honor, so thank your guy friends with a thoughtful gift for standing by your side! groovygroomsmengifts.com has amazing gifts for even better prices! They have so many options that anyone would love! Flasks, travel bags, accessories, mugs, wallets, just to name a few! What we love even more is that you can customize any gift so it is personal to each groomsmen. Here are some of our favorites! 

Planning Tip Tuesday: How To Be The Best Bridal Party

Being asked to be a bridesmaid or groomsmen is a huge honor! Today we are sharing the top 5 ways to be the best member of a bridal party, and how to play an important role on the biggest day of your friend's life. 

-Keep track of your items: Stay organized! A photographer will likely be with you for getting ready photos, so be sure to keep your items in one place and not scattered all over the room. A clean room will give a better backdrop for getting ready photos and give more space to move around. 

-Be on time: Timeliness on the wedding day is key. Be sure to read the timeline and know where you should be and when. Keeping everything on track and helping the bride stay on schedule is a great task for the maid of honor! 

-Be positive: There are unforeseen issues that may arise on the wedding day, but it is your job to keep the bride and groom calm! If you notice something is not right, try not to bring it up to the couple directly, but rather find the planner or a different way to fix the issue! For example, don't be negative if it is raining, but rather have an umbrella ready to go and be sure the bride is covered! 

-Tend to the bride and groom: So much time and planning has been poured into this one day, so be supportive and help as you see fit! Carrying the brides train, or making sure her lipstick is fresh, are all things that help the day run smoothly! 

-Lastly, don't over indulge: We all love mimosas, but be careful not to drink too much! Its a long day, so be sure to take it slow so you can last until the fun party! You don't want to miss the special moments or be too buzzed to concentrate on the details. 

Boone Hall Elopement: Calla + Thomas

Calla was in love with picturesque Boone Hall Plantation because of its long southern driveway lined with swooping oak trees. She invited her closest family and friends to Charleston for their ceremony followed by an intimate dinner on the back patio. Their family heirloom blue and white porcelain china was our inspiration for the design, accented with green and white florals by Petaloso.  Take peek into this gorgeous intimate wedding styled for the bride and groom and captured by the amazing Aaron and Jillian Photography!

Fabulous Vendors: 

Wedding Planner | Pure Luxe Bride
Photographer | Aaron and Jillian Photography
Cake | Sablee
Lounge | 428 Main 
Rentals | Snyder
Catering/Bar | Cru
Florist | Petaloso
Ceremony Music | Micah Gangwer
Hair and Makeup | Paper Dolls