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

Lowndes Grove Plantation Wedding: Katie + Jesse

Katie and Jesse’s Lowndes Grove Plantation Wedding was the perfect venue to host the best day of their lives. After getting ready, the couple met on the walkway to the dock for their intimate first look captured by Aaron and Jillian Photography. Lowndes Grove Plantation is a beautiful venue due to its location tucked away on the waterfront with the classic style oak trees on the front lawn and a historic home on the property. The tent was full of cafe lighting and chandeliers with neutrals and accents of jewel tones for a gorgeous fall wedding. The couples sweet pup even decided to make an appearance for the wedding day and for some adorable photos! See all the pretty details below!

 

Fabulous Vendors:

Wedding Planner | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony/Reception Venue | Lowndes Grove Plantation

Catering/Bar/Cake | PPHG

Florist | Wild Flowers Inc.

Rentals | Event Works

Tent | Snyder

Lighting | TEC

Specialty Rentals | La Tavola Linens

Ceremony Music | Bob Williams Duo

Reception Music | Emerald Empire Band

Photographer | Aaron and Jillian

Videographer | Film Anywhere

Hair/Makeup | Paper Dolls

Bride + Groom Transportation | Charleston Style Limo

Wedding Dress Designer | Madison James

Specialty | Dog Vacay

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!

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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Planning Tip Tuesday: In Lieu of Favors

Looking for alternate idea to wedding favors for your guests? A different option in lieu of wedding favors is to donate to a charity of your choosing. Pick a charity whose mission statement is near and dear to you as a couple and present it at the wedding so guests know you made a donation on their behalf. This choice of 'favor' would not only allow you to give a little back, but leave your guests feeling good long after they depart the wedding. Another idea is to provide an item that can be used at the wedding and taken home later as a memory. Koozies to keep your beer cold, pashminas for winter weddings, rescue flats for the ladies, place cards such as oyster shells, and the list goes on! There are tons of fun options! 

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Vendor Spotlight: Betty Bridal Atelier

For this week's vendor spotlight, we are excited to welcome Betty Bridal Atelier to Charleston! This new store boasts 15 years of bridal experience among their team and they could not be more excited to come to such a great wedding destination. They offer high end and fashion forward dresses from designers Liancarlo, Ines Di Santo, Mira Zwillinger, Caroline Herrera and Oscar De La Renta just to name a few! They are located in a quaint upstairs location on 463 King Street, Unit C. We are so excited to have them be apart of the Charleston community, be sure to say hello!

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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. 

Fabulous Friday: Groom's Gift

While many aspects of the wedding day focus on the bride, ladies, don't forget about your man! On the wedding day, gift him with something that signifies your love and excitement to spend the rest of your life with him. This will set the tone for the day and always be a reminder of that special day! You can do this by purchasing a thoughtful gift (big or small) or writing a handwritten note. Of course, it's always nice if it can be incorporated into his wardrobe or wedding day accessories. It creates a great picture opportunity and will make him feel equally as special on such an important day. Below are some ideas we came up with that he is sure to love! 

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: 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