Fabulous Friday: rEvent

We love the sense of community that our beautiful Holy City of Charleston encompasses and we love it even more when we get to take part in giving back through our magnificent weddings! rEvent is a Charleston based nonprofit whose mission is to extend the beauty of events in the Charleston area.

Specifically working with the Event industry, rEvent is reducing waste and maximizing re-use through their free of charge service. Instead of throwing away your beautiful floral arrangements at the end of your special day, you, as a donor, can choose from a local list of charitable organizations to donate your gently used wedding day goods. Your wedding details can extend their use that benefits those in need in our community! Your floral arrangements can be picked up on site at the end of the day by rEvent, given a fresh cut and rearranged into bedside bouquets that are hand delivered to your choice of recipient. WOW! Floral arrangements that are not able to be reused are locally composted instead of sending them to landfill. It really doesn't get much better than that. 

rEvent is currently delivering repurposed flower bouquetsto MUSC Hospital, MUSC Children's Hospital, Ronald McDonald House of Charleston, and Our Lady Of Mercy. Even better news is, rEvent doesn't just accept floral donations - they are able to redistribute nonperishable event items such as table linens and votives for efficient reuse within the community to affordable housing initiatives and arts programs. Some of the recipients of nonperishable are Habitat for Humanity & Goodwill. 

Allow your floral after party to continue, don't let your beautiful florals go to waste! Donate to rEvent and bring a smile to someone else's face! We love this idea, and we cannot wait to use this service with our Brides.

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Fabulous Friday: Wedding Traditions

There are so many things we love about a new engagement and the planning process running up to your big day, and we love that so many brides bring with them their own unique traditions as well as abiding by the tried and true wedding traditions! Here are some of our favorites and a little history behind these well known wedding elements:

“Something old, something new…”

This good luck saying dates way back to Victorian times and today, it may be one of the most infamous wedding traditions that many brides partake in. Something old represents the link with the bride's family and the past. Many brides accessorise their wedding attire with a piece of antique family jewelry or a mother's or grandmother's wedding veil or pieces of their gown – we love this, especially seeing the mother or grandmothers pride in seeing their beautiful bride is something so dear to their hearts Something new represents good fortune and success in the bride's new married life. The stunning wedding gown is often chosen as the new item. Something borrowed is used to remind the bride that friends and family will be there for her and her new husband when help is needed. The ‘something borrowed’ might be something such as a piece of jewelry or a handkerchief. Something blue is used to symbolize faithfulness and loyalty, most often the blue item is the garter, but we have seen lots of pretty blue details incorporated into the dress, such as beautiful shoes. Last but not least, a silver sixpence in the bride’s shoe is to wish the bride and her new husband wealth.

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Photo credit: Dana Cubbage Weddings

Burying the Bourbon

With Charleston being located on the southeastern coast, we are no stranger to rain! Although we are always prepared to make your beautiful day run as smoothly as possible despite torrential downpours, some couples abide by this old southern folklore of burying a bottle of bourbon at the site of their wedding in order to ward off any rain that might put a damper on their big day! According to the tradition, it must be done exactly one month prior to the wedding (who doesn’t need another excuse to visit the Holy City?), the bottle must be completely full, and buried upside down to ensure maximum results! Whether or not the bourbon proves successful, be sure to dig it up post ceremony and enjoy while looking at your stunning new wedding photos!

Photo credit: Dana Cubbage Weddings

Cutting the Cake

The wedding cake has always been a beautiful center piece of any wedding, and the tradition of breaking the cake over the bride's head dates back to the Ancient Romans (we are sure you are very glad we have moved past that!). Today the cutting of the cake has become one of the most classic elements of the reception, that also happens to be one of our favorite photo opportunities! It is symbolic as the first task the newlyweds perform together and sharing a piece of cake symbolizes their union and the promise to provide for each other. Through out time as cakes went from simple to elaborate, multi-tiered pieces of yummy art, it became almost impossible for the bride to cut the cake on her own, she needed her new husband's muscles to help her cut through the layers of delicious frosting. Despite many cakes now being delicate and much easier to slice, the bride and groom still cut the cake together, and why not? Your guests and photographers love it!

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Photo credit: Dana Cubbage Weddings

Honeymoons

In ancient times the now cherished practice of the ‘honeymoon’ began. The Teutonic people only held weddings under the full moon. After the wedding celebration, the bride and groom would drink honey wine for a full moon cycle - thirty days. This became known as the "honey moon." While the name endured, the purpose of the honeymoon obviously changed, but we are still advocates of toasting a glass of bubbly every day for thirty days! After the wedding, newlyweds would say goodbye to their family and friends to go and start their life as the new Mr. + Mrs. ( Send-offs are such a great photo opportunity, whether or not you're leaving straight away for your honeymoon or waiting!) Today that purpose continues, only now a fun vacation is included, usually to a sunny beach resort or your favorite city! Check out our guide to your honeymoon essentials!

Photo credit: Hyer Images

Planning Tip Tuesday: How to Properly Put in a Veil

We have this question come up a lot, so today we are teaching how to put a veil in properly. First of all, if you don't know, ask! Your planner or hair stylist will be able to assist. The last thing you want is the bride's veil falling out during her walk down the aisle. Be sure to know where the bride wants the veil placed; crown of the head or lower at the base or back of head. This will certainly depend on her hair style as well! 

How to insert the veil: 

  1. Hold the comb upside down with the teeth of the comb angled towards your face (with the rounded inside facing upwards).
  2. Rotate the comb backwards so the rounded part is against your head, and the teeth are now facing down.
  3. Slide the comb into the hair until it feels secure 
  4. Secure the comb using bobby pins, wiggle the veil to make sure it does not move and is anchored to the head.  
  5. You're done! 
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William Aiken House Wedding: Kristy + Zach

Kristy and Zach's William Aiken House wedding was certainly one to remember! Complete with a personal cigar roller, caricature artists for favors, and  late night dessert stations. The ceremony was picturesque, with garden flowers lining the aisle, and greenery draped over the pergola with a chandelier to top it all off. The bridesmaids looked impeccable in various mix- matched metallic dresses, complementing the classic black and white tuxes. A gorgeous tent with lounge and lighting provided by Loluma created the perfect ambiance for the night. After the delicious meal provided by Fish Catering guests came downstairs to dance the night away to the tunes of Charleston Groove Factory. Last but not least, that cake!  We will let the pictures speak for itself on this one, but wow! Sit back and enjoy all the images captured by Amelia and Dan.

 

Thank you to all the fabulous vendors:

Wedding Planner | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony/Reception Venue | The William Aiken House

Caterer/Bar Service | Patrick Properties

Rentals | Event Works

Band | Charleston Grove Factory

Cake | Gala Desserts

Ceremony Musicians | Classical Charleston + Palmetto Vocal Project

Florals/Lighting | Loluma

Photographer | Amelia + Dan

Videographer | Hart to Hart Media

Specialty Linen | Nuage Design

Caricature Artists | About Faces Entertainment

Other | Cigar Row

Makeup | Gibson Salon

Hair | Joe - Friend of Bride

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: Jennifer + Matt

Jennifer + Matt couldn't have asked for a more perfect fall day, as the couple said their "I do's" under the stunning Southern Oaks at the Magnolia Plantation Carriage House. But the party didn't stop there- Jennifer + Matt wanted their guests to experience the entire Plantation, so following their ceremony, guests were escorted to the Conservatory. Drinks were enjoyed during cocktail hour in the crisp, fall air and picturesque scenery to the relaxing sounds of Bob Williams in the background. As cocktail hour began to wind down, guests made their way to the Veranda where the real party began. The oversized tent was filled with crystal chandeliers, mini pumpkins, and pops of lavendar, as each centerpiece was a spilling arrangement of lavender snapdragons, roses, and gorgeous foliage. Jennifer + Matt were announced as husband + wife for the very first time to "Zombie Nation," their college sports chant that had everyone on their feet - Penn State pom-poms in hand- and filled the tent with energy! It's safe to say these two knew how to have a good time and it shows in all of the gorgeous shots from Amelia + Dan. Following an outstanding five-course meal by Cru, guests danced and sang the night away to the Shimmer Band- mixing up the tunes from oldies, to pop! With smiles all around as the night came to an end, Jennifer + Matt were sent off by their guests through an archway of glow sticks - the most perfect exit to their special day.

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Wedding Day Vendors:

Planning & Design | Pure Luxe Bride
Photography | Amelia + Dan
Flowers | Branch Design Studio
Ceremony Venue | Magnolia Plantation Carriage House
Cocktail Venue | Magnolia Plantation Conservatory
Reception Venue | Magnolia Plantation Veranda
Rentals | Event Works
Catering & Bar | Cru Catering
Cake | Declare
Ceremony Music | Bob Williams Duo
Reception Music | Shimmer Band
Videography | Film Anywhere Productions
Hair + Make Up | Ash and Co.
Guest Transportation | ACW Limo
Specialty Dessert | Copperpot Confections
Caricature Artist | Thomas Bennett 

Planning Tip: Getting Ready Location

When planning your wedding day, be mindful of where you choose to get ready. If your venue does not have a bridal suite, there are many factors to think about. How big is the room? Is there a lot of light? Can multiple people get ready? What is the décor?  Your photographers are going to want to be with you while you are getting ready to snap some photos, so a room with lots of windows and sunlight always make the best photos. The décor makes a huge difference, opt for a room with lighter wall colors and pretty accent pieces. You also don't want to be crammed and hot with all of your bridesmaids and parents in a small room, so make sure the place can accommodate your bridal party. You will likely have your hair and makeup come to you, so keep this in mind as well. Lastly, make sure the room is clean, you won't want clutter and trash in your photos. These bride + grooms chose some great places for getting ready and their pictures tell it all...IOP beach house, suite at Middleton Place, Zero George Street, etc... what a fun relaxing start to the day!

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Magnolia Plantation Wedding: Melania + Nicholas

Melania and Nicholas are London locals who envisioned a southern-styled wedding with green accents and plenty of charm to match their graceful personalities. The Carriage House at Magnolia Plantation was the perfect venue on a September day for this international couple. Melania designed her ceremony programs to fold out into a fan, providing each guest with a cool breeze during the ceremony. The Hunter green and gold accents aligned with mahogany beams and amber lighting created a fun-filled, family-oriented wedding. A celebration of love, family, and unity, Melania + Nicholas and their guests shared in a very special blessing, and Scottish rituals, adding a personal touch to this perfect wedding. Completing the evening with s'mores by the outdoor fire pit gave everyone one last opportunity to cherish the romantic night.          

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Thank you to all of our fabulous vendors!

Planning & Design | Pure Luxe Bride

Venue | Magnolia Plantation Carriage House

Rentals | Event Works

Photographer | Aaron Nicholas Photography

Cake | Twenty Six Divine

Florist | Wild Flowers Inc.

Ceremony Musicians | Classical Charleston

Recepton Music | Eklipse Productions

Makeup | Paris Elle Beauty Llc.

Getaway Transportation | ACW Limo

Officiant | Dr. Quincy Scott (family friend)

 

William Aiken House Wedding: Ivonne + Randy

William Aiken House looked even more beautiful than we could've imagined on this stunning Saturday last April for Ivonne + Randy's English, Gothic inspired wedding!

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Ivonne and Randy gradually arrived with their bridal party, dressed and ready for the day ahead, as family members slowly flooded in for photos. Before the family photos began, Ivonne + Randy enjoyed one of the most romantic first looks we've ever seen. Photographer Reese Moore did a beautiful job at capturing the couple in those intimate first moments of seeing one another. Ivonne couldn't stop smiling! Randy fell in love all over again when he saw her in her stunning Modern Trousseau gown.

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Following some exceptional photos of the classic black + white bridal party, it was time for the ceremony! Instead of "Cannon" by Zox playing as the bridal party made their way down the aisle, Ivonne surprised her future husband with a bagpiper to play the rest of the processional. Randy, beaming from the moment the bagpiper began to the very end of the ceremony, loved his surprise! The ceremony took place on the carriage lot of The William Aiken House, where Ivonne + Randy's closest family and friends witnessed them exchange vows and agree to spend the rest of their lives loving one another.

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Cocktail hour began as guests made their way to the second floor of the William Aiken House for a raw bar, hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. As the hour came to a close, all of the guests were invited to make their way to the upstairs porch to watch the couple's first dance. You cannot beat the gorgeous sunlight from their first dance, it truly was picture perfect!

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Guests followed Ivonne + Randy into their beautifully, decorated tent complete with birdcage chandeliers and gorgeous greenery! Guests were greeted at their tables with personalized calligraphy menus.

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After dinner, Ivonne + Randy cut their cake and danced the night away! The couple invited all of their guests to join them for an after party at Fish just a couple doors down into the wee hours of the night.

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The following vendors were used to create Ivonne + Randy's elegant evening.

Ceremony + Reception Venue | William Aiken House
Planning + Design | Pure Luxe Bride
Catering, Bar Service + Cake | Patrick Properties
Florist | Sara York Grimshaw
Rentals | EventWorks + Snyder
Photographer | Reese Moore
DJ | Stephen Darby (Epic Charleston)
Ceremony + Reception Music | Eklipse Productions
Officiant | Randi Siegal (friend of the couple)
Hair + Makeup | Paper Dolls
Transportation | Charleston Style Limo
Dress | Modern Troussesu
Lighting | Loluma