Planters Inn Wedding: Jen + Jack

Jen + Jack’s Planters Inn wedding was the perfect venue to host the best day of their lives. After getting ready, the couple met for their ‘first-look” at Washington Square Park in the French Quarter Area which was beautifully captured by Aaron + Jillian Photography Planters Inn, Charleston is such a special and unique venue due to its intimate space, downtown location, and beautiful courtyard. The couple was married under a  lush green arbor with their closest friends and family. Blush, peach, and white hued blooms with accents of burgundy and greenery topped every table alongside gold accents. The beauty of the event was forever captured by Ben from Wed by Canvas with a original portrait of the ceremony.

 

 

 Fabulous Vendors

Wedding Planner| Designer |  Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony/Reception Venue | Planters Inn

Catering & Bar Service | Planters Inn

Florist | Miele Events

Rentals | Synder & Polished!

Specialty Linen| Nuage Designs

Ceremony Music | Bob Williams Duo

Reception Music | Melodic Entertainment

Photographer & Cinema| Aaron and Jillian Photography

Hair & Make Up | Ash and Co.

First Look Transportation| Charleston Style Limo

Live Painting| Wed on Canvas

Invitations| Dodeline Design

Wedding Day Paper| Merrow Creative

Dress Designer| Vera Wang

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: 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.

Photo by Hyer Images

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.

Fabulous Friday: Rescue Flats

No matter what you note on the invitation, your guests might not always pick the most appropriate shoe option to wear on your big day. Regardless, after a night on the dancefloor, high heels start to take its toll! We have found the perfect solution for you! Rescue Flats is the creator of luxury wedding flats which are faux leather, waterproof, scuff proof, and fold-able to fit in any purse! They have extra padding for extreme comfort and will compliment any outfit so your guests will want to wear them again. Rescue flats is the perfect way to save those dancing feet, while also doubling as a favor! The flats are sold in 60 piece easy to display couture boxes, and each box contains a variety of sizes and colors. Your guests will love you for their adorable new shoes and all night comfort!

Charleston Wedding: Bohemian Glam Styled Shoot

This 'Bohemian Glam' styled shoot at Boals Farm is the perfect example of why you shouldn't be afraid of bold colors! Our inspiration came from the rustic feel of the venue and the floral napkin you will see incorporated into the tabletop, which helped bloom the rest of the design. We chose to work with vibrant hues of fuchsia, yellow,  burgundy, and navy with the transition into the fall season in mind. When working with color, use it in places that will stand out  and make an impact! We chose to use watercolor as an element to help soften the design, as you can see on the invitation, place cards, signage and cake. As for the dress, we wanted something that wasn't your standard white or ivory, and this blush Lazaro gown was the perfect choice! Even drinks are a chance to add color. This "something blue" cocktail with local ingredients of High Wire Hat Trick Gin, Jack Rudy Tonic, blueberry juice, muddled mint, and club sod garnished with mint and lemon wheel. One of our favorite details are the gold brushed artichokes! Produce is a relatively inexpensive decor item that has so many options to add a pop of color to any tabletop! Add a brush of gold for a more elegant feel. Enjoy browsing through all the pin-worthy details below! 

We were so lucky to have Matt of RePeet Productions join us for the day! The video below shows how much work and dedication each vendor puts into making this styled shoot oh so perfect! 

Thank you to our fabulous vendors:

Wedding Planning & Design | Pure Luxe Bride

Venue | Boals Farm

Photographer | Monika Gauthier Photography

Florist | Anna Bella

Cake | DeClare

Catering | Salthouse Catering

Rentals | EventWorks

Lighting |Innovative Event Services

Hair/Makeup | Paper Dolls

Cocktail Napkins | Made on Marlow

Bar Cart | 428 Main

Paper + Calligraphy | The Silver Starfish

Car | Lowcountry Valet

Dress | Gown Boutique of Charleston

Jewelry | Kiawah Fine Jewelry

Tuxedo | David's Tuxedos

Model's | Greg Keys + Taryn Berger

Videography | RePeet Productions

Alcohol | High Wire Distilling

Lowndes Grove Wedding: Katie + Matt

Katie + Matt's Lowndes Grove Wedding was a beautiful warm summer day! The couple said their "I Do's" at the historical Cathedral of St.John the Baptist on Broad Street in downtown Charleston. Guests then moved over to Lowndes Grove Plantation for cocktail hour complete with a raw bar and yummy eats, followed by the reception adjacent to the house. The tent was accented in navy and white, with lovely blooms by Wild Flowers Inc. In lieu of a typical table number, the couple named each table according to popular streets in Charleston, we just loved this unique idea!  Since the groom was in the airforce, for their grand departure, the bride and groom walked through a tunnel of paper airplanes! The perfect end to the evening all captured by Richard Bell Photography! 

Fabulous Vendors:

 Wedding Planning | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony Venue | St. John The Baptist

Catering/Bar/Cake | Patrick Properties

Florist | Wild Flowers Inc.

Rentals | Event Works

Reception Music | Ric Rush 

Photographer | Richard Bell Photography Wanda

Videographer | Dockhouse Digital  

Hair and Makeup | Paper Dolls

Bride + Groom Getaway | Lowcountry Valet

Fabulous Friday: Pure Luxe Bride Office Celebration

At Pure Luxe Bride we have much to celebrate and be thankful for this year! It's the end of a very busy spring season, we've launched our draping division and we've been in our office on Johns Island for a year. Time flies! To celebrate and launch our draping division and another successful season, we invited some of our favorite venues by to enjoy some bubbles, sweets and treats!  Thank you to Mosaic for providing some savory snacks, Luckhaus and Brubaker for sweet treats and the lovely ladies of Riverland Studios (our office neighbors) for the photos! 

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Love the look of draping and don't have a planner, or your current planner doesn't offer this service? No worries, our team now offers this service outside of our clients and can help create this gorgeous look for your big day! You can see more on our Draping page or see a few shots below from our favorites this spring:

Magnolia Plantation Draping

Magnolia Plantation Carriage House Draping photo by Aaron and Jillian

Historic Rice Mill Draping

Historic Rice Mill Draping Photo by Aaron and Jillian

Middleton Place Draping

Middleton Place Draping Photo by Hyer Images

Lowndes Gove Draping

Lowndes Grove Draping Photo by Hyer Images

Interested in learning more about our team and our process for full service planning? View our video from the fabulous Film Anywhere Productions below: