Meet Francesca & Justin. Charleston's only husband + wife wedding planning and event management team. Who better to understand the details of your wedding than a husband and wife team who have been in your very shoes? They've always been a great team, supportive of each other, and in love since the day they met. Your ability to have two individuals managing your day who are able to read each other's minds and react to unforeseen events will be crucial.
Francesca is a small-town Pennsylvania native with big-city experience. She knew from an early age that her true passion lies within the event industry, after all, it's in her blood. Her father, Vince is an executive chef and owner of restaurants, bars, a catering company and venue that she was involved in from a young age. She graduated from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and quickly realized her passion for event planning while working as an intern with Philadelphia Magazine. She quickly outgrew her role with the magazine and became a Brand Coordinator for Lane Bryant and Fashion Bug corporate offices where she learned the importance of visual design and brand development. That's where the concept for Pure Luxe Bride came about. Francesca began handling day-of coordination and partial planning in the Philadelphia market. Upon realizing a dream, her and her husband Justin moved to Charleston, SC where she spent three years launching Newton Farms Catering from a concept to what is now a major competitor in the Charleston catering scene. With over 10 years of industry knowledge and design acumen, Francesca has taken the reins in Charleston by building great relationships with the Holy City's top wedding venues and vendors.
Justin is a small-town Pennsylvania native that has a passion for finance and logistics. He's a graduate from Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA and a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran of Foreign War. While his full-time job is as a financial planner, he is the logistics backbone for Pure Luxe Bride. Justin is the first one on-site to ensure floor plan is set, vendors are arriving on time and to answer any questions regarding set-up or break-down. Justin also serves as the primary contact for the grooms and groomsmen on the wedding day. He checks-in with them periodically to lighten the mood, get them a beer or answer any questions they have for the day. With a strong military background and upholding relationships, he's the perfect match for Francesca's expertise.