Thomas Bennett House Wedding: Whitney + Nick

Whitney + Nick envisioned a romantic southern garden wedding and The Thomas Bennett was the perfect venue to host their day. A beautiful Sperry tent was set for dinner with chandeliers, lush blooms, and gold accents. The bar was adorned with their custom monogram decals which was also incorporated into their beautiful invitation suite. The couple said "I Do" during an intimate ceremony as guests waved 'yay' flags and tossed petals as the couple recessed down the aisle after their first kiss. A solo pianist played as guests entered the historic home for cocktail hour while the wedding party took a spin in the vintage seafoam green bus. After a night of dancing, the bride and groom exited through a tunnel of glow wands and drove off in a horse drawn carriage! 

 

Fabulous Vendors

Wedding Planner| Designer | Pure Luxe Bride
Photography + Videography | Dana Cubabge
Ceremony/Reception Venue | Thomas Bennett House
Catering  | Mosaic Catering
Cake | Swank
Florist | Branch Design Studio
Rentals | Snyder
Tent | Sperry
Lighting | Innovative Event Services
Ceremony Music | Bob Williams Duo
DJ | Melodic Entertainment
Hair & Make Up | Paper Dolls
Bar | Spike
Specialty Linen |Nuage Linens
Bride and Groom Transportation | Charleston Coach

Videographer| KLC Video

Officiant| Len Ripley

Cocktail Hour Music| Entertainment Charleston

           

 

William Aiken House Wedding: Alex + John

Alex and John hosted their wedding at the William Aiken House, a seamless blend of 18th- century charm and modern sophistication. After getting ready, the couple met on the wrap-around porch for their ‘first-look” which was beautifully captured by Virgil Bunao. The couple was married on the front lawn with an English Garden setting that entailed an olive branch garland wrapping the seating and hanging lanterns in the oak to create a picturesque backdrop for the ceremony. Pink, peach, and white hued blooms with accents of airy greenery topped every table alongside many gold accents. The reception area was full of gorgeous details including the lush floral chandelier, lounge pieces, birchwood and white checkered dance floor, and custom linens from Nuage.  Alex + and John ended the evening with a dazzling sparkler departure as Mr. & Mrs. Kirkpatrick!

Photos by Virgil Buano 

 

 

Fabulous Vendors

Wedding Planner| Designer | Draping | Pure Luxe Bride
Photography + Videography | Virgil Buano
Ceremony/Reception Venue | William Aiken House
Catering & Bar Service | Patrick Properties Hospitality Group
Cake | Patrick Properties Hospitality Group
Florist | Branch Design Studio
Rentals | Eventworks 
Tent | Snyder
Lighting | Innovative Event Services
Ceremony Music | Bob Williams Duo
Reception Music | Darby Events
Hair & Make Up | Paper Dolls
Specialty Service | Cigar Row 
Specialty Service | Big Day Best Friends
Paper Items | Studio R
Specialty Linen | La Tavola
Wedding Dress designer | Modern Trousseau

 

Vendor Spotlight: The Wheely Good Ice Cream

What better way to beat the Charleston heat than to have The Wheely Good Ice Cream come to your wedding or event! Serving all natural premium ice cream and sorbet, they will give your guests an experience they will never forget! With over 30 different flavors to choose from, why not add some fun to your day by having this adorable bike at your event! They also offer ice cream sandwiches, made to order with a fresh baked cookie, yum!! This is the perfect way to surprise your guests with a delicious and unique dessert and a nice refresher from the summer heat! 

Photos by Catherine Ann Photography 

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

 

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! 

Planning Tip Tuesday: Welcome Bags

Welcome bags are the new and improved wedding favor! When having a destination wedding, there is no better way to greet your guests than with a personalized bag as they arrive into town and check into their hotel.  Fill the bag with goodies that reflect the couple's personality such as your favorite snack and/or sweet and items local to Charleston. You can incorporate your wedding colors, monogram, location etc. to reflect your destination wedding. Southern Surcie and A Signature Welcome are two companies based out of Charleston who offer this service to make it a nice, fun, easy process! 

Custom made by Southern Surcie Custom made by A Signature Welcome 

Fabulous Friday: Bridesmaids Hacks

Bridesmaids play an integral part of the wedding day! It is the bride's big day, but the bridesmaids should feel just as beautiful standing by her side!   We are sharing some bridesmaids hacks on how they can feel confident and stylish on the wedding day! Here are our top 5 tips: 

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-Opt to have your hair and makeup done by a professional stylist 

-Pick a dress that fits your body type best

-Keep your personal items organized in the bridal suite and bring only the necessities 

-Accessorize and coordinate with the other girls in the wedding party and bride so you look cohesive 

-Purchase heel protectors if at an outdoor wedding so you can walk with ease 

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Most importantly, be sure to remember its all about the bride! You are her support system to help calm the nerves and keep everything on track! Check out the 2017 Bridesmaids trends below as we have partnered with Adore Me for this post! 

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If you are looking for something cute and stylish to wear under your attire, be sure to check out their intimates page, there are some great ideas for bridal gifts too! 

Planning Tip Tuesday: 12 Months +

Hi, it's Blake here! We thought it would be fun to give updates on the planning progress and things I learn along the way now that I am an official bride-to-be (yay!). I am excited to share my thoughts being on this side of the wedding planning process and hope it is helpful to you! 

With my wedding date over a year away, I am in the beginning phase, so here is what I am up to: 

-Set a budget! Talk with everyone who is contributing and get an overall number as this dictates everything else! 

-Choose a destination, venue, and date: This is the first thing I did once I got engaged! Charleston is such a popular destination so locking in the venue was a must! I weighed the pro's and con's of each venue and what is important to us for the day. So many factors to consider; weather, time of year, budget, location, even the bathrooms (hehe)! 

Photo by Whimsey Photography

-Guest list: Gone are the days of address books for us millennials! My fiance and I sat down to put together a rough guest list to have a better idea of the overall number of guests we are anticipating. Gathering addresses is definitely a process, so I have begun reaching out to friends and family so I have it ready when I need it. 

-Timing: Now that we have the venue and date locked in, setting the timing for the ceremony and reception is so important. Take a look at the sunset time, and decide how many hours you would like your reception to be. Most vendor contracts ask for timing so it is important to have this going forward. 

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Photo by Aaron and Jillian 

-Planning the engagement party and photos! Engagements sessions are so much fun and a way to get comfortable with your photographer! Celebrating with friends and family is something we are really looking forward to since we got engaged in a private setting. 

-Choose your wedding party: There are so many fun creative ways to ask your girls and guys to stand by your side! Have fun with it! Anything you love, they will love too, that is my motto :)

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Photo by Whimsey Photography 

I'll check back in as I have more updates! 

Fabulous Friday: Packing List

With the gorgeous spring weather we have been having in Charleston lately, we are day dreaming of Caribbean vacations. We have put together a packing list for your honeymoon or upcoming vacay's for all you jet-setters! 

Swell Bottle so you can stay hydrated in between sipping a fruity cocktail!

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The cutest bikini 

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Weekender bag with your new monogram! 

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The perfect floppy hat 

Cover up-who doesn't love tassels!? 

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Fabulous Friday: Holy Matrimoji

Hayley Paige, a young bridal designer, has launched a new emoji app called Holy Matrimoji and it is fabulous! Blue Unicorns, fairy godmothers, and a slightly comical nod to bridezillas, she has got it all! The Holy Matrimoji app is a fun way for brides to communicate throughout the planning process! As if our obsession with emoji's wasn't enough, this has changed the game.