Wedded Bliss Tip: 12 Makeup Mistakes We Don't Want Our Brides to Make

What could be more important than the dress, the veil, the shoes... nothing right?! Wrong! After spending money on all of these wedding day necessities, not to mention the photographer and the videographer, the perfect look starts with the perfect make up!
1. Book a makeup trial Don't skip scheduling a trial with your makeup artist! This is a very important step in figuring out what look you want on your special day. Make sure you and your makeup artist are on the same page - the last thing you want is a smokey eye for your light and romantic wedding.

2. Looking like someone else Your wedding day really isn't the time to experiment with makeup. You should look like the best version of yourself. Makeup is meant to accentuate your best features, not change your face entirely! You want your groom to recognize you as you walk down the aisle...

3. Skimping on waterproof Just don't. You're hugging, kissing, crying, dancing, and more on your special day so just don't skimp on the waterproof anything! Primer, foundation, setting powder, blush, eyeshadow, mascara, and whatever else you can think of.
4. Keeping makeup looks uniform between you and your bridesmaids As the bride, you should definitely stand out from the rest of the bridal party. You're already wearing a stunning dress so why not continue the trend by making your makeup different from that of your bridesmaids too?! If you don't want to see a dramatic difference, just steak your look a little so that you remain the focus.

5. Using lipstick instead of lip stain Some lipsticks "promise" long-wear coverage that won't come off, but just to be safe, we recommend using a lip stain in stead! We don't want red lipstick on his collar, or worse, your dress.

6. Leaving your wedding makeup look as the last detail you think about Your makeup is as important as your veil - don't forget about it! As soon as you've chosen your gown, figure out what makeup look you want to go for. This can help you create the entire look.

7. OD'ing on highlighter You will be a glowing goddess on your wedding day, we can guarantee it! You don't need to OD on the highlighter or it will leave your face looking shiny and oily, instead of happy and glowy. Apply highlighter only to your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose and on the inner corners of your eyes.

8. Trying false lashes for the first time Again, not the time to experiment. If you want fuller, thicker lashes, use makeup to get the same effect or opt to glue on individual lash clusters with clear glue because they're easy to apply yourself. If you're getting your makeup done, practice this with them as well.


9. Plucking your eyebrows the day of It's never a good idea to mess with your face the day of your wedding. If you wax or have your eyebrows done professionally, make your appointment several days before. This way, no rash or unsightly red bumps will appear on your face on the morning of.

10. Getting your first spray tan the day before your wedding Spray tans are practically impossible to remove. If you've never gotten one before, schedule a trial run a month before your date. You can discuss what you want and get a peek at how it'll look beforehand.


11. Caking on foundation because you think it'll make your skin look better in photos No one looks better in photos with more base makeup on. Use waterproof foundation base only where you need it. Too much makes brides look like they're wearing theater makeup - unnatural, and caked on.


12. Go bold or go home! Play up one area of your face - your eyes, your lips, whatever - just do it! Choose only one feature to accentuate and then balance out the rest of your face. Whatever you decide, you will look beautiful!

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Fabulous Friday: Our 4 Favorite Ways to Depart the Reception!

When the bride + groom depart from their wedding, their exit is the last thing the guest get to see and their last memory. So why not make it creative?! Below are our favorite 4 ways to depart the reception. 1. Sparklers! Everyone loves sparklers and it's super easy. Sparklers add one last final pop to your wedding. We recommend purchasing the 20 inch sparklers from Sparklers Online. These have a nice long burn time so you have plenty of time for fabulous photo opps!


2. Vintage Car A classic, vintage car is a classy, unique way to depart your wedding. If you have an old, vintage car you love then that makes this departure even more special, but you can easily rent one from ACW Limo or Lowcountry Valet .

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Also, don't forget about bike taxis! These are so fun, and a great way to sight-see downtown on your ride home.


3. Bubbles

Bubbles are so easy and so fun especially if your venue doesn't allow sparklers. Release your inner child and walk through a tunnel of luminescent bubbles.


4. Balloons Balloons are such a fun, non-traditional way to end the night! Be sure that they are bio degradable as well as the string before you release- we wouldn't want to harm our gorgeous Charleston environment.

Kellianne Boyle and Peter Tang's wedding at St. Luke's Chapel and Marion's in Charleston, SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790,

Gibbes Museum Wedding: Cassady + Joe

Pure Luxe bride and groom Cassady and Joe chose to have their destination wedding at the Gibbes Museum of Art on April 20th, and what a beautiful celebration it was! This unique venue is located in the Charleston Historic District and provided the perfect location for Cassady and Joe’s spring wedding.

Cassady Clayton and Joe Hild's wedding at the Gibbes Museum in Charleston SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790,

Cassady Clayton and Joe Hild's wedding at the Gibbes Museum in Charleston SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790,

Many beautiful spring colors were used in the design of this charming wedding. InventivEnvironments created incredible flower arrangements and incorporated patterned details shades of yellow, white, grey, coral and green.

Cassady Clayton and Joe Hild's wedding at the Gibbes Museum in Charleston SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790,

Cassady Clayton and Joe Hild's wedding at the Gibbes Museum in Charleston SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790,

At Pure Luxe, we love DIY brides! The creativity and uniqueness that brides like Cassady bring to their wedding weekend makes for a celebration that is unlike any other. Cassady and her mother engaged in several DIY projects, such as the patterned table runners and napkins and collected vintage milk glass for the centerpieces.

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Cassady Clayton and Joe Hild's wedding at the Gibbes Museum in Charleston SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790,

Vintage hankies were placed on each seat during the ceremony to help wipe away those happy tears of celebration. This gesture left a thoughtful impression on wedding guests, and served as a memento from the wedding.

Cassady Clayton and Joe Hild's wedding at the Gibbes Museum in Charleston SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790,

Perhaps one of the most unique items found at this wedding was the amazing cake provided by WildFlour Pastry. This yellow ombre cake was unlike any cake design we have seen, and it quickly became one of Pure Luxe’s favorites.

Cassady Clayton and Joe Hild's wedding at the Gibbes Museum in Charleston SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790,

The Rusty Hook Ramblers, a local bluegrass band, provided music during the cocktail hour. The bride and groom discovered this bluegrass band while eating dinner at Zia, and knew they had to have the band play at their wedding! At the reception, guests enjoyed music from the DJ of Ascend Entertainment. When it came time to depart the celebration, the bride and groom left in a London Black Cab. These unique London cabs are always a hit and are a fun way to exit your wedding reception. Party guests continued the celebration of Cassady and Joe at Blind Tiger Pub.

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This wedding was also recently featured in the Spring 2014 Issue of Charleston Weddings Magazine!


Pure Luxe Bride loved planning and designing this Gibbes Museum wedding.

What vendors helped to create this preppy chic wedding?

Venue: Gibbes Museum of Art
Ceremony Music: Rusty Hook Ramblers
Planner: Pure Luxe Bride
Flowers / Design: InventivEnvironments
Rental Company: Event Works Rentals
Catering: Cru Catering
DJ: Ascend Entertainment
Bakery/Pastry: WildFlour Pastry
Photography: Amelia + Dan Photography
Transportation: Charleston Black Cab Company
Hair/Make Up: Stella Nova Salon


Fabulous Friday: We're Seeing Red..Velvet!

Today is the day to whip up some sweet Valentine's Day treats for your sweet valentine! It's Fabulous Friday here at Pure Luxe Bride and what could be more fabulous than spoiling each other on Valentine's Day? That's what we thought - nothing! Here are some of the most scrumptious and irresistible red velvet goodies the girls at Pure Luxe like to indulge in.


Kick Valentine's Day off with a beginning that's just as sweet as its ending - Red Velvet Crepes with raspberry and cream cheese filling! What better way to start off your romantic day together than with a breakfast so yummy neither of you will want to spend the day apart. Not too rich in taste and perfectly filling, these crepes use one of our very favorite secret ingredients... nutella!

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Red Velvet Chocolate Swirl Brownie Bars - try saying that 5 times fast. Just kidding, you don't have to! All you have to do is bake and enjoy them! This recipe is halfway between a brownie and a bar. The treat is described by its creator as "fudgier, denser and richer than your typical bar", but not chocolately enough to deserve brownie status.


For some lighter fare and perhaps a night together at home, indulge in Red Velvet Popcorn. While you can't see it yet, what's holding the red velvet cake dust onto each salty bite of popcorn is... white chocolate. If that doesn't tempt you, I don't know what would!

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What list of sweet treats is complete without cheesecake somewhere?! The Novice Chef teaches us how to make these delicious, Marbled Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies. But get this - they're heart-shaped! You can get creative with this yummy recipe - balloons, cheesecake on a stick, etc.!


Now last, but certainly not least, comes the Red Velvet Fudge Pie. I don't know if we have ever salivated this much over a photo but this sweet treat looks simply divine! Between the melted chips on top and the richness of the velvet underneath, you can bet this is one treat the girls of Pure Luxe will be busy baking this Valentine's Day.

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When to Stop Using Pinterest as a Bride

Planning a wedding in today’s modern world is so much different from what it used to be. Brides used to get inspired by vendor look books, photographs in bridal magazines, or ideas from real-life weddings. Today, there are hundreds of ways to get inspired as a bride, the largest being on the Internet. To get even more specific - Pinterest. Us wedding planners love to utilize Pinterest to collaborate with our brides, help inspire them and even get inspired ourselves! Moran-150

However, at what point should a bride stop using Pinterest and begin to trust their wedding planning instinct? After their floral arrangements have changed three times? After going over the rentals budget by more than $10,000? There are too many brides who continuously change their wedding design based on what they’ve seen most recently on Pinterest.


Believe it or not, there is a such thing as too much inspiration. Pinterest overwhelms us with an entire home page of pins we are interested in - and trust me, we’re interested! We can get lost for hours on Pinterest. We get overwhelmed with the amount of designs and details we fall in love with during that time, a lot of them similar, perhaps just shown in a different color or at a different time of year. So how do you think a bride feels when looking at their Pinterest home page? Excited? Overwhelmed? Or perhaps all of the above? There’s an enormous amount of new designs and decor items that inspire their wedding planning but at the expense of wanting to completely change their current design plan. Pure Luxe Tip: don’t let yourself get sidetracked! You already have your general design plan - don’t stray from it. Look out for accent details or decor items that will pull your look together without changing the entire thing. 

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Another note that most brides don't realize is that most of the over the top pictures found on Pinterest are those from styled photo shoots that would unlikely be done for a real-life wedding (like the one above that we did with A Lowcountry Wedding). No matter your budget, vendors or planner, your wedding may never measure up to the wedding you’ve planned on your Pinterest page because of shoots like these! The elaborate tent draping, $5,000 cake and most beautiful orchid arrangements from your outdoor, tropical wedded bliss board are indeed beautiful, but perhaps not realistic for your budget, location, and time of year. It’s so easy for a bride to set her heart on an idea without really understanding what goes into the look, let alone what it actually costs (we actually did a blog last week on what's realistic for a wedding in Charleston, SC check it out here . Pure Luxe Tip: think through your ideas. Heavily allocate your budget to the most important aspects of your wedding and don’t let Pinterest let you plan an over-the-top wedding! Remember that your Vera Wang gown and strand lighting beneath the Charleston starlit sky will make much more of a statement than orchids on every table. 


Allison Rasko and Alejandro Chechilnitzky's wedding at the Magnolia Plantation Carriage House in Charleston SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790,

Lastly, Pinterest calls for copycats! Everything on Pinterest has been done… why not design something for your special day that hasn’t been?! There are plenty of brides that saw that same pin as you and decided to include it in their wedding design. Or perhaps they showed the photo to their florist and rental company and asked them to design it like the picture. This is where brides go wrong for two reasons. One, you’re copying something someone’s already done. Two, vendors like to be creative in their design too. Chances are, even if you show them that floral arrangement you love, they’re going to put their own creative spin on it - one that makes it unique to you and to them. Pure Luxe Tip: Be unique. Be yourself. Be your own couple. Wouldn’t you rather have an event that’s truly you as a couple? Make your first night as husband and wife truly memorable, special and all about you!

Postable - Thank You Cards Made Easy

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Postable is the easy, new way to write and mail thank you cards. Users can easily gather all of your friends mailing addresses and send them real thank you notes in the mail. Postable sets out to make mailing cards both easy and enjoyable. All it takes is three easy steps. How simple is that?! Collect the addresses, write your cards and let Postable do the rest!

Step 1: Fill up your Postable address book. Nobody seems to have anybody’s address anymore. Postable makes pulling together a large group of addresses painless. We give you a link (, you email out the link, people click it and add their info directly into your address book for you. No work for you and all of the information is accurate and up-to-the-minute. The address book is totally private, secure and 100% free. And if you already have people’s addresses, import them or enter them as you go.

Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 3.44.24 PM Step 2: Write your cards. Once you have people’s addresses, Postable Cards makes writing and mailing cards to people a breeze. Whether you have to write 10 thank you cards for your child’s birthday, 100 thank you cards for your wedding or 250 holiday cards for your family and friends, Postable removes all of the hassle and lets you focus on what's important, the message. You can write a completely different message to each person or write one message and have it go to as many people as you want. Whatever your pleasure, the process is simple and easy.

Step 3: Postable does the rest. We print your cards on super-luxe, 100% recycled paper, stuff them tenderly into their envelopes, hand stamp them with a first class stamp and send them on their merry way. Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 3.56.45 PM

Magnolia Plantation Wedding: April + Nick

Meet the ultimate Southern Wedding. Seriously. April + Nick out-did themselves with this seersucker, pink and grey stunner at  Magnolia Plantation and Carriage House this past April. The wedding was full of details galore and accents of the lowcountry. It was recently published in Southern Weddings Magazine Blog- you can read the full post here. But lucky for you, we have the inside scoop on all of their wedding day deets as well as extra pictures of this stunning dress and decor!

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The ceremony was complete with two of our favorite southern accents one a bell-ringer that announced " The Wedding Has Begun" and the other, monogram attendants each which walked with the monogram of the bride and groom followed by their couple's monogram at the end of the ceremony.

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And we know you've been eyeing up this seersucker stunner by Ian Stuart, it's incredible, isn't it?

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The father of the bride built this incredible arbor that all walked through. It included hearts with pictures of those closest to the couple.

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"Some Things Just Go Together" was the theme of the bride and groom's departure snacks for their guests. You can't get through a ball game without a coke and peanuts!

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We loved the surprise favors for the groom! The groom loves cookies, so the bride and her mother had these custom state cookies made as favors for their guests- each state represents where each is from, where they were engaged and where they married.

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We've found a bride that loves paper as much as we do! From the custom silhouettes to thank you notes and programs, Angela Claxton did a fantastic job!

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Pure Luxe Bride loved planning and designing this Magnolia Plantation Wedding.

Catering: B. Gourmet Catering

Rental Company: Event Works Rentals

Flowers: Wild Flowers Inc.

Cake: Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal

Photography: Pasha Belman Photography

Ceremony Music: Palmetto Strings Trio

Videographer: Hart to Heart Media

Venue: Magnolia Plantation and Carriage House

Transportation: Charleston Black Cab Company

Paper/Graphic Designer: Angela Claxton

Wedding Dress: Ian Stuart

Alhambra Hall Wedding: Christina + Ervin

Christina and Ervin had a beautiful Pure Luxe Alhambra Hall wedding on March 16th. This sought after venue, located minutes from downtown Charleston, overlooks the Charleston Harbor. The two-story venue was the perfect location to host Christina and Ervin’s military wedding, complete with a commander officiating the ceremony. We had a wonderful time celebrating this elegant affair.

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The overall theme of this wedding can best be described as elegant and glam. Crystal candelabras decorated tables and beautiful shades of white, purple, grey, and blue accented the theme.

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B. Gourmet Catering provided an elegant, plated dinner that left wedding guests fueled and ready to break out the dance moves on the dance floor.

What a stunning wedding gown that the bride wore! We love the lace detail that decorated this gown. Decorative and beaded lace is a huge trend on the bridal runway right now, and we are loving it at Pure Luxe Bride.

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Vendors who helped to create this wedding:

Venue: Alhambra Hall

Photography: Sea Star Arts

DJ: Ascend Entertainment

Catering: B. Gourmet Catering

Cake/Pastry: Cupcake

Rental Company: Event Works Rentals

Beverage Service: MIX Premier Bartending

Flowers: Wild Flowers Inc.

Magnolia Plantation Wedding: Rachel + Dan

In celebration of the next chapter of their lives together, Pure Luxe Bride and Groom Rachel + Dan shared a beautiful summer wedding at Magnolia Plantation Carriage House. This rustic yet elegant inspired occasion was the perfect celebration, enjoyed by family and friends. The bride and groom exchanged their vows outside among a beautiful, southern landscape with a picture perfect view of the lowcountry waterfront. After saying ‘I Do’, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour on the patio with live music by the Calvin Taylor Band. Rachel and Dan then invited their guests to a delicious, family style meal inside the carriage house, provided by B. Gourmet Catering. The rustic and southern feel of the Carriage House provided the perfect venue for this romantic, natural, and rustic inspired wedding. The couples sweet personalities were seen throughout their wedding day. Personal touches and romantic elements were incorporated to highlight the couples love for each other.




Light pink, ivory, and shades of tan were used to accent the romantic and elegant theme that the bride and groom were trying to achieve.



Rachel and Dan entertained wedding guests with great food and entertainment. Music was provided during the ceremony and cocktail hour by the Calvin Taylor Band. After enjoying cocktails and a delicious meal, guests gathered around the dance floor where the bride and groom shared a unique first dance to “The Wobble.” This creative first dance kicked off the dance party, provided by the DJ of Lee Edwards Entertainment.



Rachel and Dan’s wedding incorporated several DIY elements. Creative details, such as DIY centerpieces and burlap table toppers, were used to achieve the rustic elegant theme. The couple even used an old window pane to indicate the seating arrangement for guests. What a creative and unique touch these DIY projects provided.


To incorporate their religious roots, the couple used a unique guest book idea. As guests arrived, they highlighted within a Bible their favorite verse and left their signature. Not only did guests find this idea personal and sweet but, Rachel and Dan will have this keepsake for years to come.


Beautiful floral arrangements were created by Wild Flowers Inc.. Among these arrangements that decorated the reception, table names were created by using the names of cities that were significant to the bride and groom.



To accent the elegant and romantic theme that Rachel and Dan created for their big day, the couple exited through a tunnel of sparklers, where a 1970 Cadillac DeVille awaited them at the end.



Pure Luxe Bride loved planning and designing this Magnolia Plantation Wedding.

To create Rachel and Dan's special day, the following vendors were used:

Venue: Magnolia Plantation Carriage House

Catering: B. Gourmet Catering

Beverage Services: MIX Premier Bartending

Photography: King Street Studios

Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Calvin Taylor Band

DJ: Lee Edwards Entertainment

Florist: Wild Flowers Inc.

Officiant: Doug Farmer - Charleston Wedding Officiant

Hair & Make Up: Paper Dolls Hair and Make Up

Transportation: Shuttle Hogs

Rental Company: Event Works Rentals


Wedding Favor Ideas for the Creative Couple

Having creative and unique wedding favors is a great way to show the bride and grooms personality, as well as to leave a lasting impression with guests. Getting creative and brainstorming different ideas for couples to incorporate is one of the many things Pure Luxe Bride loves to do for couples. That is why we have created a list of innovative and unique wedding favor ideas for couples to get inspired by. Several of these ideas can be DIY projects for the crafty bride and groom. These wedding favors are great for a Charleston wedding and A Palmetto Rose that is made locally in the lowcountry is a great wedding favor for Charleston weddings. These hand-woven, decorative objects are made of sweet grass and are unique to Charleston. They are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and prices. They are sold throughout Charleston but can be purchased online from Charleston Sweetgrass.



Personalized koozies have been gaining popularity for years now as wedding favors. These koozies are a great way to incorporate the bride and grooms new monogram. Guests will enjoy these favors during the reception as well as in the future. Custom Ink is a great site to get started on personalizing your wedding koozies with unique  phrases. Benjamin_Benjamin_PaigeWinnPhoto_EC1A645536_0_low Give you guests a Charleston favorite, a mini package of southern pralines. Purchase these delicious southern treats from River Street Sweets or have someone from Copper Pot Confections on-site making fresh, hot pralines for your guests to enjoy or take with them! YUM!


Create burlap bags full of coffee beans that are decorated with a personalized wrapper that quotes “Love is Brewing”. This past May, our couple Ashley + Joe purchased coffee from a local spot Charleston Coffee Roasters and filled their burlap bags with their own special brew.


For a unique, Charleston inspired wedding favor, visit the Savannah Bee Company shop on King Street and purchase a bottle of Charleston honey, lip balm, or honey bar soap for your guests. N:Web Site2011 PDG-HTN WEBSITE315x400 product imagesjug_wildflower.jpgFor the savvy bride, personalized, heart-shaped cookies are the perfect favor. If you want to get more personal, make cookies in the shape of a significant object or the state you were married.

Create a package of family recipes to give each wedding guests, with the couples name and wedding date on the outside of the package. Recipes could include dishes that you and the groom grew up enjoying, as well as your favorites to create together as a couple.

For more wedding favor inspiration, visit the Pure Luxe Bride Pinterest Boards where the creativity continues!