Middleton Place Wedding: Stephanie + Brett

A warm, sunny Saturday afternoon was perfect for Stephanie and Brett’s Middleton Place  wedding. After the couple's intimate first look, wonderfully captured by Dana Cubbage, the ceremony took place in the octagonal garden with the large oak tree and Ashley River as their backdrop. The weather paired perfectly with the couple's light and romantic décor. Pretty in pink, the pavillion was set with gorgeous white and blush blooms and soft draping with mini chandeliers and special bride and groom chairs. The couple loved to travel so as their favor they had a plane shaped bottle opener topping each napkin. The favor was adorned with a tag that read 'let the adventure begin' so cute! This perfectly complimented the couple’s personalities and guests were thrilled as they took their seats for dinner. Following dinner, guests danced under the stars with music provided by Darby Event. We wish Mr. + Mrs. Vlasek love, laughter, and happiness ever after!

Fabulous Vendors:

Wedding Planner + Designer | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony/Reception Venue | Middleton Place

Catering/Bar | Middleton Place

Cake | Sablee

Florist | Wild Flowers Inc.

Rentals | Event Works

Lighting | IES

Ceremony Music | Palmetto strings

Reception Music | Stephen Darby

Photographer | Dana Cubbage

Vidoegrapher | Dockhouse Digital

Hair/Makeup | Paper Dolls

Guest Transportation | Carolina Executive Limo

Wedding Dress Designer | Mori Lee

Planning Tip Tuesday: Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

Everyone has heard the age old tradition of the bride wearing something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue on her wedding day in order to bring good luck and prosperity. Here are a few ways to incorporate that into your own special day!

Something Old

A few ways to incorporate something "old" into your wedding day attire could be to wear your favorite pair of heels, or jewelry. Wear your mother's wedding dress, or even try to find a designer to help incorporate a piece of her wedding gown into your own or into your bouquet. Even if it can't be seen, you will know it's there! 

Something New

This can be almost anything you're wearing on your wedding day, perhaps a gift from any relative,  maybe a new pair of earrings for the big day, a new pair of shoes, or even your wedding dress. 

Something Borrowed

Perhaps the most special of them all, this one helps include those special people into your in your big day! Whether it's borrowing your grandmother's pearls, or a family photo locket, pins or charms to put on your bouquet.

Something Blue

This one can be fun to incorporate into your attire, no matter what your wedding's color palette is. Shoes can be a fun way to add this little pop of color for good luck and can also double up as new and blue. Another idea could be getting something special embroidered in blue thread on the inside of your dress.

Many of these can be combined as well, and however you decide to include these in your own bridal look will be the perfect finishing touches to what is sure to be the best day of your life!

Planning Tip Tuesday: Engagement Ring Dos + Don'ts

As we are heading into engagement season, here are a few tips on how to care of your sparkly new ring!

DOs

Do clean it often! It is important to do so because you'll be wearing it for years to come, and cleaning it often will keep it looking brand new!

Do keep it some place safe when not wearing it! This not only helps you keep track of it, but also ensures it won't get scratched or damaged when it's out of your sight. This gives you an excuse to go buy an adorable ring box. 

Do get it insured! This will cover you for any mishaps. 

DON'Ts

Don't wear it for activities that might put wear and tear on it! These can range anywhere from cooking, to going to the gym, or using household cleaning products. You don't want these to cause the gems to come loose or cause damage to the setting.

Don't wear it while washing dishes! Not only is the hot water and excessive amount of soap not good for it, it is also a bad idea to be doing so over an open drain.

Don't swim with your ring on! Cold water can cause your fingers to shrink making it easier for the precious diamond to fall off. Chlorine can damage or discolor the band or stone. 

Magnolia Plantation Veranda Wedding: Samantha + Jeromy

Labor Day weekend was the perfect weather for a Magnolia Plantation Veranda Wedding for Samantha + Jeromy. The couple had their first look under swooping oaks at the plantation captured by Rachel Red Photography. The ceremony began at the wedding garden with the beautiful white bridge as the backdrop. Once they tied the knot, guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the front lawn of the house followed by dinner on the porch. Tables were set with garland, gold lanterns and lots of candlelight for a simple, elegant southern look. The bride and groom had a beautiful chandelier hanging over their cozy sweetheart table. Following dinner, drinks, and a lot of dancing, Samantha + Jeromy exited through a tunnel of sparklers as Mr. and Mrs. Hyman!

 

Vendors

Wedding Planning | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony Venue | Magnolia Long White Bridge

Reception Venue | Magnolia Veranda

Catering | Mosaic

Bar Service, Florist + Lighting | Duvall

Cake | Dulce Truck

Rentals | EventWorks Rentals

Ceremony + Cocktail Music | Bob Williams Duo

Reception Music | DJ Jon

Photographer | Rachel Red

Hair + Makeup | Paper Dolls

Transportation | Charleston Style Limo

Photobooth | Charleston Photobooth

Planning Tip Tuesday: Southern Traditions

Today we are talking about our top 3 Southern Wedding Traditions! 

Bury the Bourbon

Southern folklore says that if you bury a bottle of bourbon upside down at your ceremony site, one month before the wedding, it will keep the rain away! On the wedding day, dig up the bourbon, pop it open and have a sip! (Note: Be sure to check with your venue to make sure they allow this)

Photo by Dana Cubbage Weddings

Bridal Portrait Sessions 

Every girl wants the excuse to wear her wedding dress not once, but twice! Bridal portrait sessions are a long standing southern tradition, which allows the bride to get her hair, makeup, and dress on for an amazing photo session with her photographer.  

Photo by Dana Cubbage Weddings

Grooms Cake

The grooms cake is a gift from the bride to groom (usually a surprise) to represent his hobbies, talents, or interests. This is a great way to honor him since so much is about the bride, and doesn't have to go with the decor of the wedding itself so you can get creative!

Wedding Cake by Jim Smeal

Magnolia Plantation Carriage House Wedding: Kira + Brent

On a lovely Friday afternoon, Kira + Brent tied the knot at their Magnolia Plantation Carriage House Wedding. After an intimate first look, exquisitely captured by Dana Cubbage, the ceremony was beautifully set up underneath the large oak.  The bridesmaids making their way down the aisle in mismatched burgundy, pink and purple dresses before Kira, looking stunning in her blush tulle gown and bold red lipstick.

 

Inside the carriage house, the 2 white farm tables, making up the head tables, were adorned with gorgeous centerpieces filled with flowers of sandy pinks, burgundy, and touches of white and green. Pomegranates were incorporated into the tabletop to add some texture and accent the deep fall hues. The wagon wheel chandeliers were embellished with complementary florals to the centerpieces.  After a fun night of eating, drinking, and dancing the night away, the newlyweds departed the reception via vintage Rolls Royce as Mr. + Mrs. Greenberg!

Thank you to our fabulous vendors!

Planning + Design | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony/Reception | Magnolia Plantation Carriage House

Catering | Mosaic

Bar Service | Squeeze

Cake | Swank

Florist | Miele

Rentals | EventWorks

Lighting | IES

Photographer | Dana Cubbage

Officiant | John W. Leininger

Bride + Groom Transportation | ACW Vintage Rolls

Specialty Rentals | French Eclectic

Dress Designer | Pronovias

Magnolia Plantation Carriage House Wedding: Stacey + David

David + Stacey's Magnolia Plantation Carriage House wedding was the perfect venue to say "I do".  After getting ready, the couple met downtown for their 'first look' outside the Dock Street Theatre, which was beautifully captured by Dana Cubbage. The Theatre was a special place for the bride who grew up preforming there as a little girl. This romantic, river-front location (along with the very compliant, and stunning weather) provided the perfect backdrop to a stunning Jewish ceremony and reception in front of their closest family and friends. David + Stacey were married under a beautiful hand-made Huppah that was accented with a fabulous florals by Wild Flowers, Inc.  Pink hued blooms filled the table tops with accents of navy and gold with specialty gold sequined runners.  A white birdcage with spilling flowers adorned David + Stacey's sweetheart table. Guests enjoyed signature cocktails by Squeeze named "The Sherfman" that was made up of vodka, grapefruit juice, simple syrup & bitters, and a "Southern Belle" made up of firefly vodka and lemonade. Their signature cocktail was named after their fun wedding social media hashtag, #Sherfman (a combination of both of their last names.) Delicious hors d'oeuvres were made and served by Salthouse catering, while guests mingled and enjoyed the DJ's selection of Sinatra-style music. David + Stacey danced the night away, including a very fun Horah (which was our favorite part of the evening!) The newly weds rode off in style in a Rolls Royce as the new Mr. & Mrs. Shiffman.

Thank you to all of the fabulous vendors:

Wedding Planning, Design, + Draping | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony + Reception Venue | Magnolia Plantation Carriage House

Catering | Salthouse Catering

Bar | Squeeze On-Site

Cake | Gala Desserts

Florist | WildFlowers Inc.

Rentals | EventWorks Rentals

Lounge | Snyder

Lighting | Innovative Event Services

Specialty Linens | Connie Duglin

Ceremony Music | Palmetto Strings

Reception Music | DJ Jon

Photographer | Dana Cubbage

Officiant | Rabbi Rausenbaum

Hair/Makeup | Paper Dolls

Transportation | ACW Limo

Magnolia Plantation Elopement: Juliette + Travis

The rain didn't stop this Mr. and Mrs. from having a beautiful and intimate mangnolia plantation elopement ceremony beneath the oak trees! This international couple came all the way from Australia to say their I Do's in Charleston! The couple spent the morning at Zero George getting ready, and then arrived at the plantationrelaxed and excited to get married! The backdrop for the ceremony was a gorgeous floral arbor, complete with white poppies, blush garden roses, and whimsical flairs of greenery. Juliette's bouquet was a perfect compliment to the arbor, with a mix of blush peonies, sweet peas, and trailing silk ribbon. Instead of fighting the rain, Juliette completely accepted the unpredictable Charleston weather, adding adorable rain boots and clear bubble umbrellas. Juliette and Travis had an intimate and personal ceremony with their closest friends having the chance to include classic traditions, and even make some of their own! Instead of having a traditional sand ceremony, the couple chose to use a Polish vodka and an Irish lacquer, reflecting both their heritages, and symbolizing the creation of their new family.  The finishing touch to the day was a vintage couch from 428 Main which created the perfect backdrop for their photos. With champagne in tow, the newlyweds rode in style in their black Mercedes to their dinner reception at McCrady's Restaurant. This adorable elopement ceremony was such a success, and we're so happy for our newest Pure Luxe Couple! When you embrace the rain, you can get amazing photos like these from Aaron + Jillian photography

 

Fabulous Vendors:

Planning + Design: Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony Venue: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Reception Venue: McCrady's Restaurant

Cake: Sablee Patisserie and Chocolatier

Florist: Stems

Specialty Rentals: 428 Main

Photographer: Aaron and Jillian Photography

Hair & Make Up: Paper Dolls

Transportation: Charleston Style Limo

Planning Tip Tuesday: Pre-Wedding Relaxation Week

With your big day quickly approaching, you might feel like you need some time to yourself before all of the wedding festivities begin. Our advice is to grab your bestie (or Mom) and hit up some fun, relaxing things to do while you are waiting for your guests to arrive to Charleston. Not sure exactly what to do? Here's our ultimate go-to guide for all things relaxing and fun!

1. Pre Wedding Yoga

Be focused and present for you special day. Your wedding is about you and your love, but it is easy to get lost in the details, and planning and making everyone happy. Choose to start your day with a one on one private yoga session to quiet the chaos, to connect to your place of balance, to ground and be reminded that it’s all about love and that everything else will fall into place. Melora with Serenity Tree Yoga offers private lessons for the bride to be and can come to you or a beach location. What a perfect way to start your wedding week!

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2. Wine Blending - The Grand Bohemian Hotel

A new trend in Charleston, wine blending is a great way to relax and create the perfect bottle of wine to celebrate your special day! Not only is your wine designed and blended by you, but you also get to create your own label to finish it off. Blend. Sip. Repeat!

3. BYOB Candle Making Class at Candlefish

Nothing says relaxation like the scent of a candle! Candlefish, a candle store that carries every type of candle you could imagine, offers BYOB candle making classes. You and your MOH can pop some bubbly and create a memorable scent to remind you of such a special occasion!

4. Happy Hour on a Rooftop

The Charleston skyline is a must-see and what better way to take in the gorgeous view than from a super chic rooftop bar!

The Vendue

The Grand Bohemian

5. Get a spray tan from Canary Rock! Want a nice bronzed glow and don't live at the beach or get much sun? We recommend a spray tan just a few days before the big day from Canary Rock Salon.

Fabulous Friday: Romantic Sweetheart Tables

Your wedding day is all about you, and your new husband - but with each guest to thank and friends to mingle with, it's hard to find a quiet moment to pause and bask in your beautiful day as a couple. One way to allow for a few moments to sit down together and enjoy each others company in the midst of your many guests, is a stunning sweetheart table! With the growing popularity of couple's choosing a sweetheart table over a traditional head table, there are so many ways to personalize your table as a short refuge to enjoy your first meal as a newly married couple! We also love how sweetheart tables serve as a focal point for your guests with just you and your groom at the table.

To distinguish your table from your guests', we love sequined table linens to add that extra touch of glam! The delicate draping of your chairs can be accented with florals and greenery to really set you both apart!

Photo credit: Evan Laettner

Having a sweetheart table allows for intimate, relaxed photographs to be captured throughout the night. The sweet candid moments that are captured during toasts and enjoying a few moments together at your own table are our favorites!