Middleton Place Wedding: Lauren + Gentry

When we think of a classic southern wedding, Lauren and Gentry's Middleton Place wedding immediately comes to mind! These college sweethearts graduated from the College of Charleston and got engaged at the Middleton Place Oak, so it was only fitting for them to invite their friends and family to join them at Middleton Place for their wedding. Lauren spent the morning primping at The Inn, and then headed to the plantation for photos before her ceremony with the gardens as her backdrop, and perfectly accentuated her natural beauty and stunning Modern Trosseau lace gown! Lauren's flowers and color palate were southern perfection, including charm peonies, amaryllis, dusty miller, succulents, fringe tulips, and peonies. There were tears in everyone's eyes as the ceremony began in the Sundial Garden as Gentry saw his bride for the first time. At the close of a heartfelt ceremony, guests were escorted through the Octagonal Gardens to the Crane Pool for cocktail hour, accompanied by peacocks and lambs! Guests were served classic southern appetizers, including oyster shooters, the grooms favorite! But the party really started at sunset as everyone moved to the Middleton Place Pavilion for dinner and dancing with music accompanied .  After a touching blessing by our new groom in his stylish brackish bowtie, guests enjoyed an incredible meal and danced the night away. And what's a southern wedding without corn hole for everyone to enjoy and sweet grass flowers as favors! We loved working with Lauren and Gentry throughout their entire planning process, and wish them only the best with their future lives in Texas together!  

 

Thank you to our fabulous vendors!

Wedding Planner | Designer : Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony Reception Venue: Middleton Place

Cake: Ashley Bakery

Florist: Branch

Rentals: Event Works

Ceremony Music: Classical Charleston

Reception Music: Epic

Photographer: Jennifer Bearden

Hair + Makeup: Gibson Salon

Transportation: ACW Limos

Groom's Bowtie: Brackish Bowties

Bride's Dress: Modern Trousseau

Lowndes Grove Plantation Wedding: Jennifer + Cole

It doesn't get better than a beautiful Lowndes Grove wedding in the Spring! We're reminiscing  over Jen and Cole's classic blush and white wedding  from last May. It's full of gorgeous blooms, fun details and a fabulous party! Thank you Jennifer Bearden for these gorgeous photos!

 

Thank you to the fabulous vendors:

Wedding Planning and Coordination | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony/Reception Venue | Lowndes Grove Plantation

Catering /Bar Service | Patrick Properties

Photographer | Jennifer Bearden

DJ | Ascend Entertainment

Rentals | Event Works

Cake | Wild Flour

Hair & Makeup | Paper Dolls

Florists | Wild Flowers Inc.

Officiant | Christy Loftin

Specialty Sign | 428 Main

Transportation for Bride + Groom | Charleston Style 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

View More: http://danacubbageweddings.pass.us/andreaandchrismarried

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

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

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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, ameliaanddan.com

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

© Dana Cubbage Weddings 2014

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

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

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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, ameliaanddan.com

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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.

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

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

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

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

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Cake

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dress

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

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

View More: http://danacubbageweddings.pass.us/andreaandchrismarried

 

William Aiken House Wedding: Janice + Mark

Janice + Mark's  William Aiken House wedding was a night to remember! Jennifer Bearden knocked this one out of the park, capturing every detail of the day beautifully! The bride + groom said "I Do" under a crystal chandelier with an ombre petals lining the aisle.  Of course its not a Pure Luxe wedding without a little glitz and glam and these dinner tables were done right! Gold trumpet vases filled with mounds of hydrangeas and peach roses by Loluma, candlelight,  and gold utensils to pull it all together! The reception tent was peach-perfect! With Quiana Parler and Friends playing the jams,  guests danced the night away! As the night came to an end, Janice + Mark were sent off by their guests with a sparkler exit. They rode off on an adorable bike taxi- the perfect ending to their ever-so-perfect day!

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Thank you to the fabulous Vendors!
Wedding Planning and Design | Pure Luxe Bride
Photography | Jennifer Bearden Photography
Ceremony/Reception Venue | William Aiken House
Catering/Bar/Cake | Patrick Properties
Florists/Lighting/Drape/Lounge | Loluma
Rentals | Snyder
Ceremony Music | Palmetto Strings
Band | Quiana Parler + Friends
Videographer | Hart to Heart
Photographer | Jennifer Bearden
Hair and Makeup | Paper Dolls
Transportation | Finger Snappin' Entertainment
Officiant | Rich Robinson
Other | Charleston Rickshaw

Creek Club at I'on Wedding: Caitlin + Chris

Caitlin + Chris had a beautiful romantic wedding at the Creek Club this summer! Their first look captured by Jennifer Bearden Photography seriously has us swooning! Their creek side ceremony overlooking the water provided a beautiful backdrop for their vows to take place.  Guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the wrap around porch with rocking chairs and lounge for guests to relax and enjoy the waterside view. The bride + groom incorporated southern charm into their wedding including their new monogram hanging over the fireplace and a gorgeous drape adding a soft touch to the room.  Other cute details were the adorable escort cards, custom cocktail napkins, and pink peony florals to top it all off! King of Pops arrived during dancing to cool down guests with their delicious homemade pops before the couples grand sparkler departure!

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Thank you to all the fabulous vendors!
Wedding Planning, Design & Draping | Pure Luxe Bride
Ceremony/Reception Venue | Creek Club at I'on
Catering/Bar | Creek Club at I'on
Cake | Declare Cakes
Specialty Dessert | King of Pops
Florist | Wild Flowers
Rentals | Snyder
Ceremony Music | Bob Williams Duo
Reception Music | Midnight City
Officiant | Kevin Kuehmeier
Hair | Elysium Salon
Makeup | Pamela Lesch
Photographer | Jennifer Bearden
Bride & Groom Transportation | Finger Snappin Trolley
Lighting | IES

Island House Wedding: Jessica + Kris

Jessica + Kris's colorful and preppy wedding at The Island House was the perfect start to our busy May. The bright pinks and yellows with a dust of gold gave the wedding a fun southern feel, perfect for a waterside celebration! One of our favorite things to incorporate into design is pattern, and this bride did it right! Table runners, bar panels, and pole ties all bound together beautifully.

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As the ceremony ended, guests were treated with colorful specialty cocktails provided by Squeeze with adorable names like "Martial Bliss" and "Cranberry Crush".  The brides favors were precious jams homemade by the mother of the bride. She used unique mad libs as her guest book that were placed throughout the reception for guests to fill out, so fun! With B.Gourmet in charge of the eats and Charleston Groove Factory playing the tunes, this reception was quite the party!
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Just looking at the sweets table made our mouths water! The adorable strawberry and lemon cupcakes made by Sugar bakeshop were the perfect light dessert for Jessica + Kris's summer affair.

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Before the bride + groom departed they ran through a tunnel of colorful glow sticks, a great way to end the night!

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The fabulous vendors at Jessica + Kris's wedding:

Wedding Planner | Pure Luxe Bride Ceremony/Reception Venue | The Island House Bar | Squeeze Cake | Sugar Bakeshop Ceremony Musicians | Bob Willam Duo Photographer | Jennifer Bearden Entertainment | Charleston Groove Factory Caterer | B. Gourmet Rentals | Event Works Hair & Makeup | Paper Dolls Officiant | Sandy Fowler

Magnolia Plantation Wedding: Katie + Dan

On one of the first truly autumn feeling weekends in Charleston, Katie and Dan said their vows at St. John’s Catholic Church surrounded by friends and family. After the charming ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests then made their way to one of Pure Luxe’s favorite venues, the Magnolia Plantation Veranda, filled with history and scenic views that you can only find in Charleston. The Veranda of the Plantation House wraps all the way around, looking over an open pasture and manicured gardens and provides a huge outside area for dining and dancing into the night.

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Upon arrival, cocktail hour began on the lawn of the plantation house by the gazebo. Guests mingled under the Spanish moss that hangs from the live oak trees and enjoyed music and drinks. As the sun began to set and the temperatures dropped, the newlywed’s thoughtful gift of Pashmina scarves came in handy. Cocktail hour came to an end and guests made their way onto the veranda.

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Walking up the stairs of the plantation house, place cards tied to miniature Louisiana hot sauce bottles directed everyone to their beautiful tables that were set around the veranda. Accented with natural centerpieces of lanterns and an assortment of pink and white flowers and wicker and sea-foam green place settings that popped on the white linens, the veranda was decorated perfectly, thanks to Duvall.

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The bridal party was announced in, followed by heart-warming toasts from Katie’s father Bernie and the maid of honor and best man, Chrissy and Tom.  Dinner was served and guests made their way to the multiple stations around the veranda including mussels, frites, and a carving station. The three-tiered wedding cake, hanging under a Villanova Alumni sign, was cut after dinner using personalized cake cutting tools and then served. Another station opened, offering ice cream to go along with the delicious cake.

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Music by the Ascension Band created a lively environment under the heaters and lanterns around the porch. Playing many new and classic covers, guests danced into the night with the newlyweds. Katie and Dan kept the party going as they and their guests made their way down the front steps to buses. The Jurassic Park Theme song provided a memorable exit the couple and their guests.

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Pure Luxe Bride loved planning and designing this Magnolia Plantation wedding.

This lovely, autumn wedding was created with the help of:

Ceremony Venue: St. John’s Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Magnolia Plantation Veranda
Catering, Bar, Rentals, & Flowers: Duvall
Photography: Jennifer Bearden Photography
Videography: Munn Brothers
Entertainment: Ascension Band
Cake: Publix
Hair & Make-Up: Blush Air
Transportation: Lowcountry Valet

The Pinterest Bride

I can honestly say, I'm so incredibly jealous of all of my brides. They have a tool that 4 years ago I didn't have to use with helping me in my planning. Pinterest. From cooking and household tricks to events and weddings, this site has it all. If you're a bride and are not on this site, go now and create an account. You can thank me later.

Not only is it great for gathering ideas, but it's great for communication with your planner and florist. This past July I had the pleasure of working with a fabulous couple, Ro + Brad at the beautiful William Aiken House . Ro + Brad booked with me about 8 months out from their big day, which is about normal. However, Ro + Brad lived in DC and wouldn't be coming to Charleston, SC until their wedding week.

Thank God for Pinterest. Ro and I constantly went back and forth regarding special touches for her and Brad's big day. We have a huge amount of ideas on our own Pure Luxe Bride Pinboard which we always recommend for our clients to look at.

Alas, the big day as arrived, and look at these stunning Pinterest ideas come to life!

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Mini BBQ and Hot Sauce Favors

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Stunning Color Palette at William Aiken House

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Tent, Lighting and Dace floor set-up

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A huge thank you to the fabulous vendors that worked on Ro + Brad's big day and made her Pinterest dreams become a reality!

Photography: Jennifer Bearden Photography www.jenniferbearden.com

Venue: William Aiken House www.pphgcharleston.com 

Rentals: Event Works Rentals www.eventworksrentals.com 

Cake: William Aiken House www.ppghcharleston.com

DJ: Rob Duren Productions www.robduren.com 

Flowers: Flowers by Patrick