Planning Tip Tuesday: Bouquet Review

For today's planning tip, we are breaking down the ingredients of 3 bouquets to give you the inside scoop on what creates these show-stoppers! 

Seeded eucalyptus, ranunculus, garden roses, wax flowers, peonies,  wrapped in a gold ribbon

Bouquet by Miele Events, Picture by Catherine Ann 


Anenomes, garden roses, ruscus, queen ann's lace, magnolia leaves wrapped in ivory ribbon

Bouquet by Wild Flowers Inc., Photo by Dana Cubbage 


Garden roses, pink ice protea, scabiosa, asitlbe, burgundy peonies, calla lillies, astrantia pepperberry, hanging amaranthus, and a variety of eucalyptus with burgundy and gold trailing ribbon 

Bouquet by Wild Flowers Inc, Photo by Whimsey Photography 

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

Legare Waring House: Katie + Adam

It was a gorgeous July summer day for this sweet couple to become husband and wife!  Katie + Adam wed at The Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul before returning via ACW Trolley to the Legare Waring House for the reception.  The couple chose vibrant colors of coral, orange, pink and yellow floral arrangements, which looked stunning against the bridesmaid's aqua floor length dresses, yet no one upstaged Katie who looked absolutely stunning in her Hayley Paige wedding gown.  Guests enjoyed drinks and dinner from CruCatering while mingling under the reception tent or taking in the many scenic views of the historic southern home.  Gold IES chandeliers hung from the tent to set the mood for the celebration.  King of Pops arrived to provide guests with a late night snack to cool them off from the Charleston summer heat.  The glow stick straws that guests could put in their drinks were a huge hit and such a fun detail! The night ended with a glow stick departure while Katie + Adam drove away in a 1957Chevrolet Bel Air to spend their first night as husband and wife before heading to Costa Rica for their honeymoon.  We wish you the best, Katie + Adam!


Thanks to our fabulous vendors!

Wedding Planning | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony Venue | The Cathedral of St. Luke + St. Paul

Reception Venue | Legare Waring House

Catering | Cru

Bar Service | Cru

Florist | Branch

Cake | Ashley Bakery

Lighting | IES

Specialty Dessert | King of Pops

Rentals | Eventworks

Reception Music | Plane Jane Scott Sain

Photographer | Dana Cubbage

Officiant | Peet Dickenson at The Cathedral

Hair and Makeup | Vanity Salon

Guest Transportation | ACW Trolley

Bride + Groom Getaway Transportation | Lowcountry Valet

Specialty Rentals | All-Mist

Wedding Dress Designer | Hayley Paige

Cottage on the Creek Wedding: Heather + Michael

Heather + Michael shared a stunning Cottage on the Creek Wedding on a beautiful day in September. Vibrant florals and personal details allowed the rustic ambiance of the Cottage to pop! Branch Design Studio made sure to reflect Heather's bubbly and bright personality in all of the florals. Eyes were drawn to her colorful bouquet filled with watermelon ripple garden roses, hot pink parrot tulips, coral ranunculus, and peach Juliet garden roses. Heather's father had officiated all of the weddings for his children, and Heather was no exception. They shared a sweet moment as he walked her down the aisle and began the ceremony. The bride + groom stood on a elegant handmade rug that was gifted to Heather by her best friend. The ceremony alter was softened by ivory fabric covering the shrimp boats, and tall galvanized buckets overflowing with coral spray roses, queen anne's lace, and coral ball dahlias. Once the couple said "I Do", guests enjoyed small bites and cold drinks overlooking Shem Creek. The bar was located underneath the stunning white gazebo which was adorned with a sparkling chandelier. After catching up with family and friends, guests moved inside to enjoy a plated dinner. The bright colors and arrangements on the tabletops were breathtaking. Long pieces of loose driftwood branches accompanied these florals on various tabletops. Heather placed a bag of Charleston shrimp and grit mix on each place setting for the guests to take home and enjoy a small piece of Charleston. After dinner, guests put on their dancing shoes and enjoyed the sunset overlooking Shem Creek. We loved working with Heather & Michael, and wish them everlasting happiness!


Thanks so much to all the fabulous vendors:

Wedding Planner | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony + Reception Venue | Cottage on the Creek

Catering + Bar | Cottage on the Creek

Cake | Cupcake DownSouth

Florist | Branch

Rentals | EventWorks

Ceremony + Reception Music | DJ Jon

Photographer | Dana Cubbage

Officiant | Carey Bates, Father of the Bride

Hair + Makeup | Paper Dolls

Creek Club at I'on Wedding: Sarah + Jason

So much love filled the room for Sarah + Jason's Creek Club at I'on Wedding, as family and friends flooded in from all over. Sarah looked stunning and Jason's face lit up as he saw her for the first time. The ceremony took place in front of the Oak tree on the lawn, and the bride + groom said their vows in front of a gorgeous water view. Guests were able to walk down the dock and mingle on the porch while enjoying their cocktails. Pops of ivory and blush florals adorned the Creek Club, softening the space into a wedding dream. A wicker lounge covered in pink and navy pillows made a statement for all eyes to enjoy! Sarah decked out the Creek Club with a plethora of personal touches including a large wood monogram to sit on top of the mantle.These newleyweds toasted the day with their cute Kate Spade champagne flutes that were labeled Mr. & Mrs. This elegant wedding could not have been more perfect for this adorable couple!


Thanks so much to all the fabulous vendors:

Wedding Planning + Design | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony + Reception Venue | Creek Club at I'on

Catering + Bar | Creek Club at I'on

Cake | Publix

Florist | WildFlowers Inc.

Rentals + Lighting | EventWorks

Ceremony + Reception Music | Palmetto Soul

Photographer Dana Cubbage

Videographer | Dock House Digital

Officiant | Len Ripley

Hair + Makeup | Paper Dolls

Guest Transportation | ACW Limo

Historic Rice Mill Wedding: Shayna + Joshua

Shayna + Joshua's Historic Rice Mill Wedding was certainly a night to remember! This sweet couple traveled from Washington, D.C. to downtown Charleston to say "I do" at the Historic Rice Mill in front of their close friends and family. The day began with hair and makeup by Beauty Asylum for Shayna and her bridesmaids, while Joshua and his buds suited up pre-nuptials. Everyone then met at the Historic Rice Mill, but Shayna was kept hidden from her soon-t0-be husband until the ceremony began. The ceremony took place outside with the Historic Rice Mill as the backdrop. Joshua's mouth dropped wide open when he saw his beautiful bride walk down the aisle. Joshua's father officiated the ceremony and it ended with a dip and a kiss by Joshua that was later painted by Wed on Canvas for the newlyweds to hang and cherish forever! Post ceremony, it was time for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres inside. The color scheme was ivory and navy with sparkly silver accents and special touches by the bride + groom that incorporated their love of wine, such as table markers and different bottles of wine for each table! The table scape was complete with silver chivari chairs and a traditional Southern grits favor for each guest to take home. Their lounge was set up outside on the dock with white leather couches, elegant crystal chandeliers, tall cocktail tables with sequined linens, and silver accent pillows to finish off the look. Guests loved the decor, and the cuisine as well! During the plated dinner, Shayna's father gave a heartfelt speech, thanking friends and family for traveling to Charleston, and sharing stories about the bride + groom's whirlwind romance! After dinner, it was time to cut the cake and dance. Stephen Darby kept the guests on their feet all night and played some crowd favorites, such as Beyonce's "Drunk in Love," while guests enjoyed light-up accessories to use on the dance floor! As this memorable night came to a close, Shayna + Joshua were sent on their way through a sparkler archway into a white Rolls Royce onto their after-party at Trio Downtown. Wishing these newlyweds love and happiness for many years to come!


Thanks to all the fabulous vendors:

Wedding Planner + Draping | Pure Luxe Bride

Catering/Bar | Good Food Catering

Cake | Sablee

Florist | Anna Bella Florals

Rentals | Event Works

Ceremony Music | Palmetto Strings

Reception Music | Stephen Darby

Photographer | Dana Cubbage Weddings

Videographer | Re-Peet Productions

Officiant | Father of the Groom

Hair/Makeup | Beauty Asylum 

Bride + Groom Getaway | ACW Limo

Guest Transportation | Tri-County Transport

Other | Wed on Canvas

James Island Yacht Club Wedding: Amy + Seth

Amy and Seth's James Island Yacht Club Wedding took place on a beautiful spring day overlooking the Ashley harbor with the Ravenel bridge as their backdrop! Amy + Seth chose to do their first look in the cistern yard at the College of Charleston and the pictures turned out amazing! Each bridesmaid had a vintage broach on their bouquet passed down from the bride's grandmother. Their ceremony was held at Bethel United Methodist Church, where the grooms parents also got married many years ago. Guests then headed over to the Yacht Club for cocktail hour and the reception. As the cocktail hour came to a close, our gorgeous bride made an outfit change into a low back white dress with a floral crown just in time to take pictures during the orange sunset. We turned the Yacht Club into an elegant wedding venue with blush draping inside the pavillion, teal, and lots of gold sparkle! After a fun party dancing to Finesse the bride + groom departed in a golf cart decorated by a friend of the couple! 

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Thank you to our fabulous vendors!

Ceremony Venue: Bethel United Methodist Church

Reception Venue: James Island Yacht Club

Catering + Bar Services: Crave

Cake: Bakies

Florist: Wild Flowers

Rentals: Event Works

Lighting: IES Productions

Reception Music: Finesse

Photographer: Dana Cubbage

Makeup: Dannon Collard

Hair: Willow Salon

Transportation: ACW Limo


Our Favorites of 2014!

2014 was a great year for Pure Luxe Bride! With 2015 right around the corner, we have put together a list of some of our favorites from 2014! We are looking forward to what next year has in store for us! Thank you to all the vendors and couples that helped make this year such a success! Happy New Year!!

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 Francesca's Pick:
Andrea + Chris at Middleton Plantation by Dana Cubbage

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Blake's Pick:
Catherine + Alex at Magnolia Plantation by Aaron + Jillian


London's Pick:
Dixie + Patrick at Hibernian Hall by Monika Gauthier



Francesca's Pick:
Caricature Artists | Kristy + Zach at William Aiken House by Amelia + Dan

Kristy Roskowski and Zach Martin's wedding at the William Aiken House in Charleston SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790,

Blake's Pick:
Custom Monogram Bar | Christy + Brad at Lowndes Grove Plantation by Dana Cubbage

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London's Pick:
Mason Jar Chandelier created by Branch | Liz + Greg at Boone Hall Plantation by Amelia + Dan

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 Francesca's Pick:
Zoe + JP at William Aiken House by Hyer Images

Blake's Pick:
Ivonne + Randy at William Aiken House by Reese Moore


London's Pick:
Kristy + Zach at William Aiken House by Amelia + Dan

Kristy Roskowski and Zach Martin's wedding at the William Aiken House in Charleston SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790,


Francesca's Pick:
Carissa + Tom at Magnolia Plantation by Juliet Elizabeth
Flowers by Branch Design Studio

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Blake's Pick:
Lauren + Michael at William Aiken House by Hyer Images
Flowers by Wild Flowers Inc.


London's Pick:
Christina + Kirk at Magnolia Plantation by Richard Bell
Flowers by Wild Flowers Inc.


Wedding Accessory

Francesca's Pick:
Sufia + Nick at William Aiken House by Jennifer Bearden


Blake's Pick:
Megan + Davan at William Aiken house by Hyer Images


London's Pick:
Lauren + Brian The Park Place by Emily Kane Photography



Francesca's Pick:
Jennifer + Paul at Middleton Place by Jennifer Bearden
Cake by Very Delicious Desserts


Blake's Pick:
Janice + Mark at William Aiken House by Jennifer Bearden
Cake by Patrick Properties


London's Pick:
Ivonne + Randy at William Aiken House by Reese Moore
Cake by Patrick Properties


 Bridesmaids Style

Francesca's Pick:
Jess + Justin at William Aiken House by Paige Winn


Blake's Pick:
Catherine + Alex at Magnolia Plantation by Aaron + Jillian


London's Pick:
Michelle + Omar at Lowndes Grove Plantation by Leigh Webber



Francesca's Pick:
Gown Boutique of Charleston
Haley + Jeff at Lowndes Grove by Dana Cubbage

© Dana Cubbage Weddings 2014

Blake's Pick:
Vera Wang
Amanda + Rod at Lowndes Grove by Bridget McBee


London's Pick:
Gown Boutique of Charleston
Andrea + Chris at Middleton Plantation by Dana Cubbage

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Planning Tip Tuesday: Why you Need 8 Hours of Photography

We have interviewed some of our trusted photographers to give our couples an answer to a frequently asked question, "Why is it important to have at least 8 hours of photography?" Funny moments with your bridesmaids and groomsmen, peaking outside as guests are starting to arrive, your dress hanging, getting dressed; each and every moment is important to capture! See below for some great responses!

Aaron + Jillian: It's ONE day, and sadly, as much as we'd all love to relive our wedding days, it just can't be re-done, which is why we believe that having as many hours of photography coverage as you can, will be sooo worth every penny you invest into it! if at the end of the day, you want to have photos of your shoes, your invitations, your jewelry, your bouquet, your dress hanging (all the details you poured over for months), you and your bridesmaids hanging out in the bridal suite and your reaction to opening your gift or card from your fiancé, all the way to the moment you run through a tunnel of sparklers and jump into that vintage rolls royce, you're going to need at least 8 hours! Your wedding photos should be able to tell the story of your day, from beginning to end!!

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Dana Cubbage: "In my experience as a wedding photographer, you need at least 8 hours of wedding photography to ensure a relaxed, stress-free + laid back wedding day.  Anything less than 8 hours doesn't give your photographer enough time to tell the entire story of your wedding day without feeling rushed.  I personally prefer to start shooting 90 minutes before the bride puts on her gown, so that I have time to warm up for the day by photographing all of her beautiful bridal details, like the gown, shoes, jewelry, bouquets, invitations, etc.   Most of my clients opt to do a First Look, which is beneficial on so many levels – but it really extends the length of the wedding day as well, so my clients usually need more like 9-10 hours of wedding day coverage if they want me there from start to finish. At the end of the day, you've spent so much time planning this picture perfect day and when it's all said and done, the photos will be the one lasting reminder of everything you saw + felt on that day.  For that reason, I believe it is important to have someone there who will document it all from start to finish – and in my experience, clients need at least 8 hours of photography coverage to accomplish that." View More: © Dana Cubbage Weddings 2014 © Dana Cubbage Weddings 2014 © Dana Cubbage Weddings 2014

Amelia + Dan: "Your wedding day is one of the most important stories of your life, and you want to be able to relive your story for years to come.  Powerful photographs have the ability to take you back to those brief moments in time; giving you the opportunity to laugh, cry and smile over and over again.  Every wedding timeline is unique, but the longer we are there documenting the day the more memories you will have preserved to experience all over again."
Jennifer Bohdanovich + Matt Smith's wedding at Magnolia Plantation in Charleston SC. Charleston wedding photographer, wedding photographer charleston sc, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790, Kristy Roskowski and Zach Martin's wedding at the William Aiken House in Charleston SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790, Liz PRebish and Greg Zinsmeister's wedding at Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790,
 Hyer Images:  "When deciding the amount of hours needed for wedding photography, we are always looking for the sweet spot for amount of time.  We want to ensure there is enough time to capture the day and to allow it to logistically flow smoothly.  If there is not enough time allotted for a photographer the wedding day may easily seem rushed, stressed, or possibly not even enough time to tell the story of the day.  It takes time to capture images, and a bride and groom want to be relaxed and enjoy the day, so make sure there is enough time for this to happen.  We find the typical sweet spot for arrival is 2hrs prior to ceremony time, and if a first look is happening more time may be needed.  The two hours prior to the ceremony allows a professional photographer to capture getting ready, details and the grounds before it is over crowed with guests.  Every wedding is not the same, but most are logistically planned out the same and we find that 8hrs of coverage is the typical sweet spot for allowing enough time, but yet stays away from unneeded time."
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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: More: More: View More:

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: More: More: 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:

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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: More: More: 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