Harborside East Wedding: Sarah + Mike

Each detail at Sarah + Mike's Harborside East Wedding contributed to making the evening such an exciting celebration!  The happy couple said "I do" under a simple yet stunning floral arbor backdrop decorated by Branch.  A glamorous gold mirrored seating chart led guests to their seats, where they found their names written on mussel shells in gold calligraphy.  Guests helped themselves to Mosaic's delicious hors d oeuvres and stations that satisfied each guest's palate.  There was a southern comfort, flatbread, and slider station - all which were a huge hit!  Dinner was topped off by a mouth watering red velvet and vanilla tiered cake from Sablee.  Guests enjoyed the rest of the night dancing to the musical talents of DJ Wade, who had just as much fun as the crowd!  Sarah + Mike were showered with love by all of their friends and family, which made the showers happening outside insignificant to the couple and their guests.  Charleston Style Limo shuttled guests from the venue to the hotel as the night drew to an end.  Best wishes to the newlyweds!

 

Thank you to all of the fabulous vendors:

Wedding Planning + Design | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony + Reception Venue | Harborside East

Catering | Mosaic

Bar Service | Creek Club at I'On

Cake | Sablee

Florist | Branch

Rentals | Snyder

Ceremony Music | Bob Williams Duo

Reception Music | DJ Wade

Photographer | Priscilla Thomas Photography

Hair and Makeup | Paper Dolls

Guest Transportation | Charleston Style Limo

Fabulous Friday: Looking Your Best in Your Dress!

Looking Your Best in Your Dress: Post-Workout Tips

You’ve got a million and a half things you’re juggling at once to get ready for your big day, and in the midst of it all you have to find time to get in a workout so you can look your best. Every day there’s something new that you didn’t consider the day before: the seating, the lighting, the music, the flowers, and so on – the list is endless. It’s a full time job squeezed into your already busy life, and with little time to waste, it’s more important than ever to make every rep count.

That’s why you should take your recovery seriously. After you work out, your body needs to rebuild.

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Getting up and exercising is only the beginning of the process, just as picking a venue and setting a date are the first steps leading up to “I do”. When you see the people at the gym who have the body that you want, there’s one thing you should know.

Their workout doesn’t end there, nor should yours. You should strive to maximize the potential benefits of the workout you’ve just put in. Don’t give into the junk food or the urge to over-indulge – as much as you’ve earned it, you owe your body a little more.

The only thing required is a little forethought and planning, which may seem like it just adds to the stress, but in the long-term you’ll be happy with the results. Here are a few post-workout steps you can take to make your workout work, so you can focus on what’s really important:

1. It only makes sense, use something up then put it back in. It’s a little more complex than that. You have to be aware of what you put in your body.

You are unique and so are your fitness goals, which should always be your primary consideration when refueling. A weightlifter needs to eat more to facilitate muscle recovery, in comparison to a casual runner trying to burn a few extra calories. Although, the one thing they share is the body’s need for proteins and carbohydrates during for recovery. Over the course of your workout your muscle tissue experiences micro trauma or small tears that your body depends on the essential amino acids in protein to repair, and carbs are your body’s preferred source of energy. You should find the right balance for you. A 1:1 ratio works well while you’re sweating for the wedding.

To recharge efficiently you should have a quick snack rich in macronutrients on hand after a workout. Prep time is negligible for a quick superfood-packed smoothie or a well-chosen trail mix. Here are a few high protein snacks that are great for recovery:

2. This one is a no-brainer. It’s practically a cliché, but with all over-used tropes comes an element of truth; it’s good advice. Hydrate! You should always be thinking about your liquid intake, however the period following a workout is critical because over the course of your workout your muscles become dehydrated, turning them into sponges for nutrients and water. You also use sweat to cool down, leading to the logical conclusion that you need to replenish the fluid you lost. Water works great for most workouts, but for more high-intensity workouts you’ll want to think about options with more electrolytes. Here are a few pointers from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) on staying hydrated:

Before Exercise | 14-22 oz of fluid 2 hours before exercise 

During Exercise | 6-12 oz of water or sports drink every 15-20 minutes of exercises 

After Exercise | 16-24 oz of water or sports drink for every pound of body mass lost during exercise 

Fruits can also play a big role in hydration like grapefruit and watermelon.

3. You don’t need to stretch before a workout. Actually, you really shouldn’t. Despite what you’ve been undoubtedly told, passive static stretching (PSS) is best saved for after a workout to relax them and increase blood flow, stimulating muscle repair and helping to prevent future injury. Make sure you target the areas that feel the tightest to get the best results.

Before your workout, try an active dynamic warm up (AD) that mimics and preps your targeted muscle groups for your planned workout.

Photo by Aaron and Jillian

4. The gym shouldn’t become an every day event. You need to give your body time to rest and recover to maximize the benefits of your workout. It’s almost as important as the workout itself.

Resting doesn’t equate to inactivity; you should scale your activity. You need to rest in between each day of workouts to be ready for the next round – five days on moderate to high intensity and two days off at low intensity, for example.

Alternating muscle groups in your daily workouts is another important form of rest.

Finally, get a good night’s sleep. Getting REM sleep helps your body produce growth hormones that repair damaged muscle tissue. 6-8 hours of sleep a night is the magic number to kick start your recovery and leave you looking your best on your wedding day.

Planning Tip Tuesday: Welcome Bags

What better way to kick off your wedding weekend than with a bag full of goodies for all of your guests?! Favors are becoming a thing of the past and welcome bags are the perfect way to say "thank you" in advance to your sweet guests for traveling from near and far to celebrate you + your man on your big day! While favors often get left behind at the reception, a welcome bag is a great way to greet your guests as the arrive in Charleston!

Welcome bags are also a great way to incorporate more of your unique style, and even the local Charleston flare, into your wedding. Our custom welcome bags incorporate Southern staples such as Charleston sweet tea, astisan truffles, and local homemade pralines! Other fun welcome bag items include custom-built hangover kits with essentials such as Advil, Emergen-C, a pack of gum, lip balm, face masks, and more. You could even include a small note with a list of local restaurants, shops, and sites for guests to check out while in Charleston! Have fun and get creative with these one-of-a-kind bags, and don't forget to stash away two for you + your hubby!

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Photo Credit: Juliet Elizabeth

Middleton Place Wedding: Andrea + Chris

Picture horse drawn carriage rides, oak trees dripping in moss, and spring flowers in full bloom at Charleston's beautiful Middleton Place. This was the setting for Andrea + Chris' romantic, April wedding. Andrea wore a gorgeous lace, open-back gown from Gown Boutique; Chris a handsome, dark gray suit. Andrea and her stunning bridesmaids rode the horse drawn carriage to the ceremony site where Chris awaited his bride's walk down the aisle. Andrea and her father glided down the aisle at the Butterfly Lake's Charleston Virtuosi's playing in the background. View More: http://danacubbageweddings.pass.us/andreaandchrismarriedView More: http://danacubbageweddings.pass.us/andreaandchrismarriedView More: http://danacubbageweddings.pass.us/andreaandchrismarried View More: http://danacubbageweddings.pass.us/andreaandchrismarried

After exchanging vows over looking the Butterfly Lakes, Andrea + Chris invited their guests to enjoy "Planter's Punch" and "Arnold Palmer's" under the mossy oaks at Middleton Place's Crane Pool. Cocktail hour took place in front of azalea hill accompanied by scrumptious hors d'oeuvres. The duo took photos with their bridal party and got some truly memorable snapshots together. View More: http://danacubbageweddings.pass.us/andreaandchrismarriedView More: http://danacubbageweddings.pass.us/andreaandchrismarriedView More: http://danacubbageweddings.pass.us/andreaandchrismarried Andrea + Chris were announced into their perfectly draped reception to "All You Need Is Love" by The Beatles. The light blue table cloths, pink linen napkins and white and pink floral arrangements perfectly complimented the Pavilion. Lanterns were scattered throughout the ceiling's draping to light up the night! Guests followed their escort cards to their assigned table, where they found a mini-bottle of firefly awaiting their arrival with a sweet note from the Bride + Groom. View More: http://danacubbageweddings.pass.us/andreaandchrismarried

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Brick Lane Catering served a delicious three-course dinner with salads, soup and a main course - all of which looked mouth-wateringly delish! The newlyweds cut into their elegant champagne cake by Twenty Six Divine decorated with a cascade of flowers. Guests danced like there was no tomorrow alongside The Dickens, until it was actually time for their departure through a sea of sparklers! View More: http://danacubbageweddings.pass.us/andreaandchrismarriedView More: http://danacubbageweddings.pass.us/andreaandchrismarriedView More: http://danacubbageweddings.pass.us/andreaandchrismarried These fabulous vendors helped to make Andrea + Chris' wedding possible!

Wedding Planner + Designer | Pure Luxe Bride
Ceremony Venue | Middleton Place: Butterfly Lakes
Reception Venue | Middleton Place: Pavilion
Bar Service | Middleton Place
Caterer | Brick Lane Catering
Rentals | EventWorks
Florist | Wild Flowers, Inc.
Photographer | Dana Cubbage Photography
Ceremony Music | Charleston Virtuosi
Reception Music | Sam Hill Entertainment
Cake | Twenty Six Divine
Officiant |Len Ripley
Wedding Dress | Gown Boutique of Charleston
Hair + Makeup | Paper Dolls
Exit Transportation | Charleston Style Limo

William Aiken House Wedding: Megan + Tim

Megan + Tim's shabby chic William Aiken House wedding was a beautiful sea of purples and greens illuminating the W. And who says short wedding dresses don't steal the show? The bride was wearing a beautiful short lace wedding dress that showed off her unique style and fabulous wedding shoes! And who better to capture the evening than Hyer Images, take a look at these stunning photos! 019047099189

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This sweet couple exchanged vows right before sunset under a stunning floral arbor done by Branch Design Studio. Their smiles and laugh were truly contagious and radiated throughout the night. They danced together for the first time ever as Mr. and Mrs. Vogler to " In My Life " by The Beatles. Rather than the typical band or DJ as entertainment, they couple had a string quartet play throughout the night. It was a romantic and classic addition to the evening.

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No guest left this party hungry! They had a late night snack of chicken and waffles, a true southern staple! To top it all off, they had a fried sweets dessert station complete with donut holes, cheesecake rangoon, and cinnamon apple pie eggrolls, yum! The newlyweds left under a tunnel of sparklers held by the people who love them most.

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13001312 Thank you to our fabulous vendors:

Wedding Planning and Design | Pure Luxe Bride
Ceremony and Reception Venue | The William Aiken House
Bar/Catering/Cake | Patrick Properties
Rentals | Event Works
Music | Classical Charleston
Florists | Branch Design Studio
Photography | Hyer Images
Lighting | Loluma
Officiant | Christy Loftin
Hair | Ash & Co.