Lowndes Grove Plantation Wedding: Jennifer + Cole

It doesn't get better than a beautiful Lowndes Grove wedding in the Spring! We're reminiscing  over Jen and Cole's classic blush and white wedding  from last May. It's full of gorgeous blooms, fun details and a fabulous party! Thank you Jennifer Bearden for these gorgeous photos!

 

Thank you to the fabulous vendors:

Wedding Planning and Coordination | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony/Reception Venue | Lowndes Grove Plantation

Catering /Bar Service | Patrick Properties

Photographer | Jennifer Bearden

DJ | Ascend Entertainment

Rentals | Event Works

Cake | Wild Flour

Hair & Makeup | Paper Dolls

Florists | Wild Flowers Inc.

Officiant | Christy Loftin

Specialty Sign | 428 Main

Transportation for Bride + Groom | Charleston Style Limo

Lowndes Grove Plantation Wedding: Jessica + Will

It was a beautiful sunny day for Jessica + Will's Lowndes Grove Plantation wedding. They had their ceremony between the Oak trees with a gorgeous backdrop of the Ashley River. Will walked down the aisle with their handsome dog, and Jessica walked down the aisle with both her Father and her Grandfather. Jessica had incorporated the cutest details that were special to her and Will. For table numbers, they used personal numbers that represented the couple such as; the day they met, how many miles apart their hometowns are, and their first apartment number. Their pillows for the lounge were of their home states of New York and Virginia with a heart where their hometowns were, a great keepsake to bring back home! They also had cute cookies made of their home states as favors for their guests! The groom planned a special surprise for their first dance.  He had arranged an acoustic guitar player to come in and play their first dance to the bride's favorite song "Hey Pretty Girl". How sweet! The couple and their guests danced the night away! 

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Thank you to the fabulous vendors:

Wedding Planner and Design | Pure Luxe Bride
Ceremony + Reception Venue | Lowndes Grove Plantation
Bar/Cake/Catering | Patrick Properties
Florists/Lighting | Wild Flower
Rentals | Event Works
Ceremony/Reception Music | DJ Ascend
Photographer | Magnolia Photography
Officiant | Uncle - John Morgans
Makeup & Hair | Paper Dolls
Transportation | Charleston Style Limo

 

 

Magnolia Plantation Wedding: Megan + Joseph

May 8th was a beautiful day for Megan + Joseph's destination wedding at the Magnolia Plantation Carriage House. In preparation for the another gorgeous reception, Team PLB arrived early to drape the rustic beams of the venue to create a soft, romantic look for guests to enjoy.

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The bride's favorite color, purple was found in different shades through various design elements: the brides' bouquet as well as the bridesmaid dresses and tabletop centerpieces.

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Megan + Joseph had their ceremony on the Carriage House lawn with a gorgeous back drop of the Ashley River and Oaks.

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After Cocktail Hour was over, Megan + Joseph were announced into the reception for the first time and had their first dance. Guests were served a delicious plated dinner by Mosaic including the couple's favorite foods.

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After a night of dancing, the guests lined up outside for a sparkler departure to send off our sweet bride and groom!

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The following vendors were used to create Megan + Joseph's lovely wedding:

Wedding Planning & Design | Pure Luxe Bride
Ceremony/Reception Venue | Magnolia Plantation Carriage House
Rentals | Event Works
Caterer | Mosaic
Bar Service | Mix
Florists | Wild Flowers
Cake | DeClare Cakes
Photographer | Dana Cubbage
DJ | Ascend
Officiant | Christy Loftin
Hair and Makeup | Friends of the Bride
Transportation | Tri County Transportation

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.

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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, ameliaanddan.com

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, ameliaanddan.com

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, ameliaanddan.com

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, ameliaanddan.com

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, ameliaanddan.com

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!

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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

 

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.

William Aiken House Wedding: Kristin + Travis

Who doesn’t love a beautiful  William Aiken House wedding? At Pure Luxe Bride, we certainly do! We had a blast celebrating the marriage of Kristin and Travis on April 26th. The William Aiken House is located on one of the most well-known and busiest streets in downtown Charleston, King Street. Once you walk into the William Aiken House, escaping the hustle and bustle of the streets of Charleston, you are transformed back in time to the elegance and charm that Charleston row houses are known for. The bride and groom had a beautiful wedding at the William Aiken House, incorporating a rustic yet elegant theme.

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Pops of green and white were used in flower arrangements and decorative elements. These colors stood out among navy linens and burlap accessories, creating a southern feel.

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The wedding ceremony was personal and very sweet. The bride and groom were married by a close family friend.

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Wedding guests relaxed in the cigar and reception lounge, both equipped with rattan love seats and chairs that were decorated with navy and burlap pillows. These lounges provided the perfect rest stop for party guest having tons of fun.

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Entertainment for the reception was provided by Ascend Entertainment. Wedding guests were dancing the night away to the tunes of this awesome DJ, underneath a beautiful white tent provided by Snyder Event Rentals

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The dance floor was lively and the “save your soles” flip flops were life savers for many guests. This creative idea was a hit!

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The pastry chef at Patrick Properties has done it again! This hazelnut flavored cake with salted caramel buttercream and chocolate ganache was absolutely amazing.

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Kristin and Travis departed their wedding reception in true Charleston fashion, on a Charleston Bike Taxi. Sparklers were used to send the couple off, as party guests soon headed across the street to O-Ku to continue the celebration.

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Pure Luxe Bride loved planning and designing this William Aiken House Wedding.

Here is a list of the vendors that helped to create this beautiful wedding:

Venue: William Aiken House

DJ: Ascend Entertainment

Catering, bar services, cake: Patrick Properties - Fish

Rentals: Event Works Rentals

Tent Rental: Snyder Event Rentals

Flowers: Wild Flowers Inc.

Photography: King Street Studios

Transportation: Charleston Bike Taxi

Ceremony Music: Charleston Virtuosi

Wedding Hair: Charlotte Belk

The Bride's Guide: Tips for booking a DJ

For anyone who has ever attended a wedding reception, we all know that having great entertainment is crucial. Among all the busy planning all you Pure Luxe Brides are doing, don’t forget to do a little extra research when booking your DJ. Having a DJ at your wedding reception is a great way to provide wedding guests with a fun and memorable time. Since this is such an important aspect of your wedding reception, AJ from Ascend Entertainment has provided all you lucky brides with some great advice for booking and communicating with your DJ. Ascend Entertainment, a Luxe List vendor, is a great DJ service located here in the lowcontry, with services ranging from wedding events to birthday parties and more. AJ’s experience and knowledge working the wedding circuit makes him the perfect source for information and advice related to booking your wedding entertainment. So as you start planning and organizing the theme of your wedding reception, make sure to take into consideration all of the advice and suggestions provided by our Luxe List vendor. This information will allow for a stress free planning process, as well as a fun time at your reception!

 

The bride and groom are ready to book there DJ, where should they start?

I recommend start by searching the web.  Check all online resources, websites, and wedding planning sites. See what DJs are approved by some of your other vendors.  Ask your family and friends who they have used in the past.  We all have seen good and bad DJs at different events over the years.  Take all that into consideration.  Once you find a few DJ websites you like, start making calls and gathering information from them directly. Then, start narrowing down and pick the one that fits you best.

How far in advance to the wedding should the couple book their DJ?

It’s best to book as early as possible.  Once you have the wedding date and location secured, I suggest finding entertainment IMMEDIATELY.  Most couples book 9-12 months in advance.  Holiday weekends and peak wedding seasons sell out very quickly.  Don’t believe the wedding planning guides that say book your DJ 3 months before the wedding.  All the best DJs will be booked and you’ll be forced to scramble to find entertainment.

What are the benefits of couples booking their DJ early?

For couples that book 12+ months in advance, there is an “early booking discount”, plus the earlier you are ready to secure the date, the less chance you have of not getting exactly what you want.  Simply put “the early bird catches the worm”.  Can you imagine finding the perfect DJ and then being ready to book, only to have them tell you that they are already sold out?

Typically, what services will the couple be paying for?

At Ascend Entertainment, we include EVERYTHING!  Unlimited consultations, all song requests, travel, taxes, fees, gas, parking, and any other misc. expenses are all included with us.  I don’t believe in “fine print” or hidden charges.

Are deposits usually made to secure the DJ’s services?

Yes, we require a minimal deposit (usually $100 just to secure your spot on our roster).  The balance can be paid anytime right up to the day of the wedding.

Should brides be skeptical of DJ’s who do not offer contracts? 

Without a doubt...YES!  The contract protects both parties.  It protects the bride and groom more than the DJ.  It secures the services, price, and terms.  With such an important day, you NEED to have it in writing

What type of information is important for the couple to give to their DJ before the wedding?

The basic information: date, location, times, approximate # of guests, and musical taste (likes and dislikes). The more info they can give us, the better idea we have of what they are looking for. Once we are all on the same page, it is very easy to make all the wedding day wishes come true.  I cannot tell you how many emails I get a day from potential brides and all the email says is “are you available on _______ and whats your price?”  No two weddings are alike and we have several packages to cover a wide variety of needs and all types of budgets.  When we know what you are looking for, I can provide you with a more accurate quote.

Should the couple give the DJ a layout of their wedding venue, so that they know where to set up on the day of the wedding? 

That depends.  At Ascend Entertainment, we know 95% of all local reception locations and layouts.  If the couple wants something different (which happens a lot),  it is important to communicate with the DJ so that we know where and how the night will go, not just where to set up.  Most couples that work with a wedding planner will have that sent to the DJ once the room layout is finished so the DJ can begin preparing.  If we are not familiar with a location, I will stop by and personally inspect the reception site so there are no surprises on the day of the wedding.

Do you recommend couples having an in person interview with their DJ prior to their event?

I love it when I can sit face to face with a happy couple but, that all depends on them.  Many brides and grooms plan destination weddings, so a face to face meeting isn’t always possible.  But we will schedule a meeting with them when they come to town for a tasting or final review prior to the week of the wedding.  The majority of communication is email and that is great.  It’s in writing and we can always review it to see if anything is missed.  The more we know, the better the wedding will be.  There is less chance of something being forgotten.  You never get that chance to do it again.  A little extra planning and preparation goes a long way in the success of a wedding.

Are there certain services or equipment that couples should make sure that DJ’s offer?

I offer full 24/7 service.  Phone, email, in person, Skype, whatever.  Some couples just trust us but others want to make sure that it's the right decision. I feel that the more of a personal connection you have with the happy couple, the more we are personally invested in the success of the wedding.  Most of our couples start out as clients but so many of them end up becoming friends! There’s no way I want to let a client down. And I certainly don’t want to not be able to deliver an incredible performance for a friend.  It makes it for a more memorable day when we feel as if we are a part of something.

How important is it to hire a DJ with backup equipment, in case of an emergency?

VERY.  Always expect the unexpected.  Things happen, equipment breaks, computers can freeze up or crash.  That’s why we have back up equipment built directly into each DJ system I own.  This way, a flip of a switch and we are back up and your guests are dancing again.  Even 30 seconds without music at a wedding is too long.  Imagine your wedding without music while your DJ runs to his/her car for back up gear.  Or even worse... doesn’t have any.

How far in advance should the couple give their DJ the list of songs for first dances of the reception?

Since we have a music library of over 250,000 songs (and get new songs daily) there's a slim chance we don’t already have the music you want.  We do ask that all couples submit song requests 2 weeks prior to the date of the wedding so we can guarantee it will be there.  It has happened where I have gotten a request as late as the morning of the wedding and still was able to make it happen. I don’t mind last-minute changes but, the earlier the better.  This way any last-minute changes are only minor ones.

Do most DJ’s serve as an MC, introducing the couple during the reception, etc.? What can the couple do to make sure that this process goes smoothly for the DJ?

It’s the DJs responsibility to make sure it goes smoothly for the bride and groom, not the other way around.  Most of the time, your DJ will also act as MC (master of ceremonies). They will handle all introductions, announcements and such.  They will also coordinate with the wedding planner, caterer, photographer, keep the entire production moving and keep the bride and groom informed as to whats going to happen next. They will also handle any song requests from guests and answer any questions as that arise.  All this while still playing music.  It’s not an easy job.

What are the advantages of booking a DJ as opposed to a band?

In my opinion, a DJ is better than a band for several reasons:

1- less expensive - cheaper in price

2- DJs don’t take breaks, or require meals provided for them

3- the songs are as the couple and guests know them, the way it was recorded and heard on the radio

4- DJs are more versatile, songs can be played in any order and do not need to be rehearsed.

I enjoy bands and have worked with some of the best in the business.  I have nothing but the highest respect for musicians. I just feel that a Dj is a better over all fit for a wedding but that’s a matter of personal taste.  We have a new concept called ASCEND LIVE where we will bring musicians to play along with the DJ.  It’s the best of both worlds.

What should couples keep in mind when booking a DJ?

Price is the #1 concern on everyone’s mind.  But realize that the saying “you get what you pay for” also rings true. Anyone can play  a song but, playing the right song...at the right time...is talent.

I think service should be the biggest concern.  Does you DJ always answer the phone when you call? Do they return emails quickly?  If not...can you really trust one of the biggest days in your life to the person that doesn’t take it as seriously as YOU do?

What additional advice to you have to offer couples who are booking a DJ?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Let us know what you want and expect. Put it all out there and don’t be afraid of change.  Keep your personal tastes in mind so you enjoy your wedding but, also think of your guests too.  The advice I give most is plan for everything.  This way when the day gets here, you don’t forget to take a moment to step back and take it all in.  So many times brides and grooms get caught up in the planning.  Then, when the wedding comes they are to busy with the events at hand, it seems to just fly by.  So, enjoy the moment.  Look at your guests having fun and dancing.  Soak up every minute of it.  Because when it’s over, you are only left with the memories.  Make the memories count.

 

Pure Luxe Bride would like to send a special thank you to AJ with Ascend Entertainment. All of the helpful information in this post was provided by AJ and his experience providing DJ entertainment throughout lowcountry weddings and other events in the area.