Engage 18! Canada

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 become inspired by 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 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. It takes guts and determination to believe in yourself!' 

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! 

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!  

Photo Credit: 
Carla Ten Eyck
Gigi de Manio
Cameron Kelly Studios
Paul Morse
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Fabulous Friday: Summer Weddings

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! 

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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.  

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2.     Ice-cream

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. 

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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. 

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Fabulous Friday: Model Bride

Model Bride boutique, located in the heart of Charleston, is an oasis for all things bridal. Model Bride has all the luxury bridal necessities from engagement to honeymoon! We know as a bride-to-be your schedule is packed full of bachelorette parties, showers, ladies luncheons, and more! Model Bride has thought of it all and has everything you would need from head-to-toe all in one place! The boutique makes the shopping fun and easy for all your wedding fashion needs. Go check out the beautiful store on King Street! 

 

 

Fabulous (Fit) Friday: Total Body Bridal Workout

We thought we’d add a little extra spontaneity to this week’s Fabulous Friday by making it a Fabulous (Fit) Friday! Whether you are a go-hard gym-goer or are in the beginning stages of discovering the wonders of exercise on the mind and body, breaking out of an exercise routine a few days before the big day can alter how you feel on the days leading up to your wedding. 

Since a lot of our brides come to us from outside of Charleston, putting aside an exercise routine that you have firmly followed is easy when you don’t have access to your gym. Therefore, this is a 1-hour workout that can be done anywhere. The goal, a total body workout and a dosage of exercising’s addicting endorphins. The requirements, your mind and body.  

Since it is double the fun to work out with a partner, this workout includes some partner exercises that you can do with your fiance, brother, or soon-to-be sister in law! And while this workout can be done at a house, hotel room, or park, add a gorgeous view to your workout by doing it at one of these three Charleston-gems: Brittle Bank Park, Colonial Lake, Waterfront Park. 

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1 hour – Total Body Bridal Workout

(Slightly modified workout originally written by Whitney English, blogger for POPSUGAR Select Fitness and published in To Live & Diet in LA)

Warm up: Perform exercises 1-4 sequentially, without rest in between. 

1.     Jog (5 minutes)

2.     Alternating Toe Touch (30 seconds)

3.     Single Leg Swing (30 seconds/side)

4.     Hand Walkouts (1 minute) 

Cardio Circuit: Perform exercises 1-5 sequentially, then take a 1-minute break, and repeat the circuit once. 

1.     Jumping Jacks – 1 minute 

2.     High Knees – 30 seconds

3.     Butt Kicks – 30 seconds 

4.     Squat Jumps – 30 seconds

5.     Mountain Climbers – 30 seconds 

Lower Body Strength Circuit: Perform exercises 1-5 sequentially, then take a 1-minute break, and repeat the circuit once. 

1.     Backward Lunges – 1 minute/side + 15 second pulse

2.     Plie Squats with Overhead Arm Raise – 1 minute 

3.     Squat hold + Punch – 30 seconds 

4.     Squat hold + Side Stretch – 30 seconds

5.     Standing Side Crunch – 1 minute/side

Upper Body Strength Circuit: Perform exercises 1-3 sequentially, then take a 1-minute break, and repeat the circuit once.

1.     10 Pushups

2.     20 Rotating T-planks

3.     30 Tricep Dips 

Partner Challenge: Perform exercises 1-5 sequentially once, then take a 1-minute break. 

1.     Sprint to a spot + back, then partner goes

2.     Repeat with side skips

3.     Repeat with full skips 

4.     Repeat with a backward jog 

5.     Repeat with a final sprint 

Abs Circuit: Perform exercises 1-3 sequentially once, rest for 15 seconds, and repeat all 3 exercises sequentially once. 

1.     Slow Bicycles – 30 seconds

2.     Leg lifts – 30 seconds

3.     Russian twists – 30 seconds 

With partner: Perform exercises 1-3 sequentially once, rest for 15 seconds, and repeat all 3 exercises sequentially once. 

1.     Plank with high five – 30 seconds 

2.     Crunch with high five – 30 seconds 

3.     Back to back side plank – 30 seconds/side 

Plank Challenge: 

-      See who can hold a plank for longest!

Legare Waring House: Katelyn + James

Southern, elegant, and charming. Katelyn and James' spring wedding at The Legare Waring House at Charlestowne Landing was one for the books. The venue is covered with rich history, blooming azaleas, and dripping of Spanish moss and lavender wisteria. Under the avenue of ancient oaks, Katelyn and James celebrated with loved ones and danced the night away.

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Under the stunning chandeliers and clear top tent were the bounties of beautiful white flowers and touches of wood elements. The shades of french blue linens and ivory complemented the tones of gold and the natural landscape.


Wedding Planner | Pure Luxe Bride
Ceremony | Citadel Summerall Chapel
Reception | Legare Waring House
Catering | Mosaic
Bar | Squeeze
Cake | Sablée
Florist | On A Limb
Entertainment| Melodic
Photographer | Aaron and Jillian Photography
Hair/Makeup | Ash & Co.

Planning Tip Tuesday: A Perfect Reception Deserves A Perfect Playlist

If you want a reception that gets your four-year-old flower girl twirling, your friends slow-dancing, your parents singing their way back to their era, your grandpa busting his stylish moves, and of course, you and your Mr. doing all of the above, it’s important to spend some time planning the perfect playlist for your wedding.

To help you get started, we’ve made four playlists with song suggestions to help you pack the dance floor, have your guests reeling in romance, close out the night, and—since we are in South Carolina—bring out the Southern Charm of every guest!     

 Monika Gauthier Photography

Monika Gauthier Photography

 Photography by Rachel Red 

Photography by Rachel Red 

Packing the Dance Floor

  1. “I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)” by The Proclaimers
  2. “Twist and Shout” by The Beatles
  3. “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift
  4. “We Found Love” by Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris
  5. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses)
  6. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston
  7. “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars
  8. “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake
  9. “Wannabe” by Spice Girls
  10. “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice 

Reeling in Romance

  1. “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
  2. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” by Lauryn Hill
  3. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley
  4. “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
  5. “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
  6. “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz
  7. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
  8. “How Deep Is Your Love” by Bee Gees
  9. “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion
  10. “You’re Still The One” by Shania Twain

Ending the Night

  1. “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey
  2. “(I’ve Had) Time of my Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
  3. “Marry You” by Bruno Mars
  4. “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen
  5. “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson
  6. “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond
  7. “Living on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi
  8. “All you Need is Love” by The Beatles
  9. “Angels” by Robbie Williams
  10. “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers

Southern Charm

  1. “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks
  2. “I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton
  3. “My Best Friend” by Tim McGraw
  4. “Honey Bee” by Blake Shelton
  5. “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton
  6. “Hey Pretty Girl” by Ki Moore
  7. “Stuck Like Glue” by Sugarland
  8. “It’s Your Love” by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
  9. “Baby Be My Love Song” by Easton Corbin
  10. “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes  

Fabulous Friday: The Poppy Shop

If you are still on the hunt for accessories for your wedding day, be sure to check out The Poppy Shop, we were so taken with the shop’s collection and its unique beginning that we felt a special shout-out was needed. Katie and Julia, founders of The Poppy Shop, went from being best friends one day to best friends with diamond rings the next after both their boyfriends popped the big question to them in 2017. Their parallel experience planning their own weddings is what inspired them to open a shop that caters to brides.  

 Jolie Post Earrings - The Poppy Shop

Jolie Post Earrings - The Poppy Shop

 Showstopper Classic Bride Robe - The Poppy Shop

Showstopper Classic Bride Robe - The Poppy Shop

 Bayley Drop Earrings - The Poppy Shop

Bayley Drop Earrings - The Poppy Shop

 Hydrangea Robe - The Poppy Shop

Hydrangea Robe - The Poppy Shop

So, if you have yet to stock up on post and drop earrings, jewelry, hair accessories, loungewear, garters, pajamas, rompers—for you or your bridal party—be sure to search The Poppy Shop’s website. We think you’ll love it. One of our personal favorites from their current collection are the Jolie post earrings…talk about an accessory that POPS! As you scroll through their site, you’ll notice how their entire collection is both trendy & affordable, two words that fit nicely into any bride’s dictionary.

Contact Information: 

Instagram: @_poppy_shop_

https://www.instagram.com/_poppy_shop_/

https://www.facebook.com/the.poppy.shop.raleigh/

 

Planning Tip Tuesday: Our Advice for the Little Ones

Having a ring bearer or flower girl walk down the aisle proudly, shyly, or filled with the giggles, is wedding entertainment in its cutest and purest form. We've come up with 10 tips that will ensure you have an all-round positive experience with your tiny guests on your big day. 

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  1. Be conscious of age – The younger you go, the more difficult it will be to give your little helpers direction and to anticipate their behavior.
  2. Attach fake rings to your ring bearer’s pillow and give your maid of honor or best man the real ones.
  3. No one breaks a pinky promise – Entwine pinkies over a big rainbow swirl lollipop (or anything small and simple that you know your flower girl and ring bearer love) in exchange for their help.
  4. Decide ahead of time if you want them to sit or stay standing during the actual ceremony.
  5. Have a parent, grandparent, or familiar face sit close to the front and closest to the aisle. This will be a source of comfort and encouragement for the little ones to walk towards if confusion, fear, or nerves kick in.
  6. Prevent grumpiness by having them come to the venue later in the day so that they are well rested and fed.
  7. Dress them at the last minute – a white dress and mini tuxedo may not be so clean after the kids have explored all the secret hideouts of your venue.
  8. Hype up their job. Kids love to be a part of what’s exclusive, so let them know how special and important their role is.
  9. Don’t expect the rehearsal of the ceremony to be the same as the wedding – 99% of the time it’s not.
  10. But on that note, why hope for “the same” on a day that is so uniquely different? Our biggest tip: embrace every deviation to the plan that your tiny guests surprise you with on your big day. The magic of having a flower girl or ring bearer is that their cuteness overrides any deviation, we pinky promise.  
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Fabulous Friday: Accessorize!

If you've already said "yes to the dress", its time to accentuate your look with a few accessories. But where do you begin? Are wedding shoes about prioritizing style or comfort? Should you go for drop or post earrings? Long or short veil? Headpiece-yea or nay? Like many aspects in planning a wedding, choosing the right accessories for your big day can be a bit overwhelming. That's why we're here to help! 

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Shoes:

As any marathon runner would do, definitely prioritize comfort over style for your wedding shoes. If you aren't used to wearing 7 inch stilettos, you may want to avoid them on your wedding day considering you'll most likely be taking pictures, walking down the aisle, and dancing all night in them. Think in terms of heel height, width, and padding, and don't be afraid to deviate from whites, champagnes, nudes, and ivories. We've had brides rock a bit of a bolder look with marine blue shoes (it's a great way to honor the long-lived "wear something old, new, borrowed, and blue" tradition) ! If you can't part from a certain pair of shoes, bring a second pair that you can change into once dancing kicks off. Our last tip: wear your shoes around the house to break them in a bit before the big day! 

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Jewelry:

The biggest rule of thumb when it comes to jewelry is making selections that will enhance rather than compete with the attention you and your dress deserve. One way of doing this is picking jewelry that best matches your dress color. If your dress is white, then silver, platinum, and pearl jewelry will complement it best, and if your dress is off-white, then gold, rose-gold, and silver embellishments are the way to go. The slight yellow hues and creamy undertone of an ivory wedding dress match beautifully with gold jewelry. Also, a tip to help determine what length your necklace and earrings should be, and whether a headpiece is a "yea" or "nay", is to pay attention to how well the jewelry matches your dress's neckline. Drop earrings, for instance, are always a hit with strapless dresses.

 Photography by Amanda Seifert

Photography by Amanda Seifert

Veil:

Veils have a secret power in how you can use them to manipulate the aspects of your look that you want to highlight or minimize. If you have a small build that you want to accentuate, for instance, a short and wide veil will do just that, whereas a long and thin veil can give the illusion that you grew a few inches. Hence, choosing a length and style for your veil is often easiest if you first decide what aspects of your build and dress you want to draw attention to or hide. Your choice of hairstyle for the big day can also help narrow your selection of veils. If you are thinking of wearing your hair down, for a more "a lo natural" look, halo veils, mantillas, and bridal caps all work very well. Birdcages and blushers, on the other hand, are a safe decision if you haven't decided on a hairstyle before buying your veil because they work with almost every hairstyle!

At the end of the day, the most important tip to follow when choosing the shoes, jewelry, and/or veil that you'll wear for your "I do" is to make sure you feel like yourself in them because your most prized accessory is your personality.