Magnolia Plantation Wedding: Jennifer + Matt

Jennifer + Matt couldn't have asked for a more perfect fall day, as the couple said their "I do's" under the stunning Southern Oaks at the Magnolia Plantation Carriage House. But the party didn't stop there- Jennifer + Matt wanted their guests to experience the entire Plantation, so following their ceremony, guests were escorted to the Conservatory. Drinks were enjoyed during cocktail hour in the crisp, fall air and picturesque scenery to the relaxing sounds of Bob Williams in the background. As cocktail hour began to wind down, guests made their way to the Veranda where the real party began. The oversized tent was filled with crystal chandeliers, mini pumpkins, and pops of lavendar, as each centerpiece was a spilling arrangement of lavender snapdragons, roses, and gorgeous foliage. Jennifer + Matt were announced as husband + wife for the very first time to "Zombie Nation," their college sports chant that had everyone on their feet - Penn State pom-poms in hand- and filled the tent with energy! It's safe to say these two knew how to have a good time and it shows in all of the gorgeous shots from Amelia + Dan. Following an outstanding five-course meal by Cru, guests danced and sang the night away to the Shimmer Band- mixing up the tunes from oldies, to pop! With smiles all around as the night came to an end, Jennifer + Matt were sent off by their guests through an archway of glow sticks - the most perfect exit to their special day.

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Wedding Day Vendors:

Planning & Design | Pure Luxe Bride
Photography | Amelia + Dan
Flowers | Branch Design Studio
Ceremony Venue | Magnolia Plantation Carriage House
Cocktail Venue | Magnolia Plantation Conservatory
Reception Venue | Magnolia Plantation Veranda
Rentals | Event Works
Catering & Bar | Cru Catering
Cake | Declare
Ceremony Music | Bob Williams Duo
Reception Music | Shimmer Band
Videography | Film Anywhere Productions
Hair + Make Up | Ash and Co.
Guest Transportation | ACW Limo
Specialty Dessert | Copperpot Confections
Caricature Artist | Thomas Bennett 

Magnolia Plantation Wedding: Melania + Nicholas

Melania and Nicholas are London locals who envisioned a southern-styled wedding with green accents and plenty of charm to match their graceful personalities. The Carriage House at Magnolia Plantation was the perfect venue on a September day for this international couple. Melania designed her ceremony programs to fold out into a fan, providing each guest with a cool breeze during the ceremony. The Hunter green and gold accents aligned with mahogany beams and amber lighting created a fun-filled, family-oriented wedding. A celebration of love, family, and unity, Melania + Nicholas and their guests shared in a very special blessing, and Scottish rituals, adding a personal touch to this perfect wedding. Completing the evening with s'mores by the outdoor fire pit gave everyone one last opportunity to cherish the romantic night.          

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Thank you to all of our fabulous vendors!

Planning & Design | Pure Luxe Bride

Venue | Magnolia Plantation Carriage House

Rentals | Event Works

Photographer | Aaron Nicholas Photography

Cake | Twenty Six Divine

Florist | Wild Flowers Inc.

Ceremony Musicians | Classical Charleston

Recepton Music | Eklipse Productions

Makeup | Paris Elle Beauty Llc.

Getaway Transportation | ACW Limo

Officiant | Dr. Quincy Scott (family friend)

 

Fabulous Friday: Why We Love First Looks

The moment the bride and groom see one another for the first time on the wedding day is an emotional and beautiful moment that we love to see captured! The grooms face when he first sees his gorgeous bride in her gown is simply priceless. The 'first look' is something we recommend to all our brides, it is a very special moment that the couple spends together in private and really get the chance to take it all in.  No matter how creative the first look is, it makes for some amazing photos that the bride + groom will love to cherish forever! Look at these moments of laughter and tears of joy, so sweet!

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The girls standing by your side on your big day are just as important as the groom! Getting ready shots of the bride + bridesmaids show the true friendships between them. Helping their bride prepare to see her groom make some of the cutest snapshots!

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Lastly, we can't forget about our sweet dad's. There is something so special about the moment a dad see's his little girl for the first time. These photos are absolutely breathless so make sure your photographer is there to capture all the love!

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Planning Tip Tuesday: How to Jazz Up Your Cocktail Hour!

The ceremony has gone off without a hitch, and now it's time for your guests to mix and mingle during cocktail hour to kick off the celebration! We've compiled a few things that will help make your cocktail hour fun for guests and uniquely you! 1. Who doesn't love a specialty drink? Whether it's a fun name or cool concoction, guests love to order these up and get the party started! This is also a fun way for you to incorporate something special from you and your groom into the reception, think of the first drink he bought you, or a his and her's drinks to make it unique to you. 0790Cassady Clayton and Joe Hild's wedding at the Gibbes Museum in Charleston SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790, ameliaanddan.com

If you love details, don't forget the specialty straws, stir sticks and napkins!

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2. Cocktail hour is also a place to have some fun with your food! Introduce guests to the local Charleston fare, or create a custom menu that contains your favorite foods for guests to enjoy.

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3. Who doesn't love games? Most venues are either completely outside or have an indoor and outdoor component, so use it to your advantage! Add some fun to the cocktail hour with oversized lawn games or corn hole.

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4. Entertain your guests! Having a DJ for your reception and want a live music component? Have your ceremony strings or a special musical guest for your cocktail hour. This can help keep costs down if you aren't willing to splurge on a live band for the entire evening.

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5. Join your guests! Consider a "First Look" that way your photos are either all finished or mostly finished before the ceremony. Guests will love to see you and chat before dinner begins!

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Wedded Bliss Tip: 12 Makeup Mistakes We Don't Want Our Brides to Make

What could be more important than the dress, the veil, the shoes... nothing right?! Wrong! After spending money on all of these wedding day necessities, not to mention the photographer and the videographer, the perfect look starts with the perfect make up!
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1. Book a makeup trial Don't skip scheduling a trial with your makeup artist! This is a very important step in figuring out what look you want on your special day. Make sure you and your makeup artist are on the same page - the last thing you want is a smokey eye for your light and romantic wedding.

2. Looking like someone else Your wedding day really isn't the time to experiment with makeup. You should look like the best version of yourself. Makeup is meant to accentuate your best features, not change your face entirely! You want your groom to recognize you as you walk down the aisle...

3. Skimping on waterproof Just don't. You're hugging, kissing, crying, dancing, and more on your special day so just don't skimp on the waterproof anything! Primer, foundation, setting powder, blush, eyeshadow, mascara, and whatever else you can think of.
4. Keeping makeup looks uniform between you and your bridesmaids As the bride, you should definitely stand out from the rest of the bridal party. You're already wearing a stunning dress so why not continue the trend by making your makeup different from that of your bridesmaids too?! If you don't want to see a dramatic difference, just steak your look a little so that you remain the focus.
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5. Using lipstick instead of lip stain Some lipsticks "promise" long-wear coverage that won't come off, but just to be safe, we recommend using a lip stain in stead! We don't want red lipstick on his collar, or worse, your dress.

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6. Leaving your wedding makeup look as the last detail you think about Your makeup is as important as your veil - don't forget about it! As soon as you've chosen your gown, figure out what makeup look you want to go for. This can help you create the entire look.

7. OD'ing on highlighter You will be a glowing goddess on your wedding day, we can guarantee it! You don't need to OD on the highlighter or it will leave your face looking shiny and oily, instead of happy and glowy. Apply highlighter only to your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose and on the inner corners of your eyes.

8. Trying false lashes for the first time Again, not the time to experiment. If you want fuller, thicker lashes, use makeup to get the same effect or opt to glue on individual lash clusters with clear glue because they're easy to apply yourself. If you're getting your makeup done, practice this with them as well.

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9. Plucking your eyebrows the day of It's never a good idea to mess with your face the day of your wedding. If you wax or have your eyebrows done professionally, make your appointment several days before. This way, no rash or unsightly red bumps will appear on your face on the morning of.

10. Getting your first spray tan the day before your wedding Spray tans are practically impossible to remove. If you've never gotten one before, schedule a trial run a month before your date. You can discuss what you want and get a peek at how it'll look beforehand.

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11. Caking on foundation because you think it'll make your skin look better in photos No one looks better in photos with more base makeup on. Use waterproof foundation base only where you need it. Too much makes brides look like they're wearing theater makeup - unnatural, and caked on.

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12. Go bold or go home! Play up one area of your face - your eyes, your lips, whatever - just do it! Choose only one feature to accentuate and then balance out the rest of your face. Whatever you decide, you will look beautiful!

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Fabulous Friday: Our 4 Favorite Ways to Depart the Reception!

When the bride + groom depart from their wedding, their exit is the last thing the guest get to see and their last memory. So why not make it creative?! Below are our favorite 4 ways to depart the reception. 1. Sparklers! Everyone loves sparklers and it's super easy. Sparklers add one last final pop to your wedding. We recommend purchasing the 20 inch sparklers from Sparklers Online. These have a nice long burn time so you have plenty of time for fabulous photo opps!

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2. Vintage Car A classic, vintage car is a classy, unique way to depart your wedding. If you have an old, vintage car you love then that makes this departure even more special, but you can easily rent one from ACW Limo or Lowcountry Valet .

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Also, don't forget about bike taxis! These are so fun, and a great way to sight-see downtown on your ride home.

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3. Bubbles

Bubbles are so easy and so fun especially if your venue doesn't allow sparklers. Release your inner child and walk through a tunnel of luminescent bubbles.

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4. Balloons Balloons are such a fun, non-traditional way to end the night! Be sure that they are bio degradable as well as the string before you release- we wouldn't want to harm our gorgeous Charleston environment.

Kellianne Boyle and Peter Tang's wedding at St. Luke's Chapel and Marion's in Charleston, SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790, ameliaanddan.com

Lowndes Grove Plantation Wedding: Katie + Mike

Our spring wedding season is now in full swing as we celebrate Katie + Mike's wedding at Lowndes Grove Plantation. Although the weather was not on our side today, this Pure Luxe celebration turned out better than ever! A last minute tent addition and perfectly executed rain plan made Katie + Mike's wedding go off without a hitch. Hyer Images beautifully captured each and every special moment of the day.

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The beautiful bride walked down the aisle towards her groom to Classical Charleston playing Canon in D. Katie + Mike exchanged vows, standing side by side with their bridal party of seventeen overlooking the dock at Lowdnes Grove Plantation. After recessing to The Beatles Classic, "All You Need is Love", the stunning sunset welcomed Katie + Mike's guests into cocktail hour. What lowcountry cocktail hour would be complete without a raw bar?! Family and friends enjoyed chilled shrimp and crab, lobster claws and oysters on the half shell both inside the house and under the tent.

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Katie + Mike shared their first dance as husband and wife to Sam Cooke's "Nothing Can Change This Love" - a truly special moment for the newlyweds. Their first dance was follow by the father-daughter dance and the mother-son dance to kick off dinner! Guests enjoyed a delicious, seated duo-plated dinner by Patrick Properties

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Before the party truly began, the maid of honor and best men gave truly heartfelt speeches to their best friends - the newlyweds. The cake was cut and the dancing began! Patrick Properties served a late night snack to guests before Katie + Mike departed through a sea of sparklers! A huge thank you to all of our wonderful vendors and Pure Luxe Couple for including us in this most special day!

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The following vendors were used to create this elegant evening.

Reception & Ceremony Venue | Lowndes Grove Plantation
Planning & Design | Pure Luxe Bride
Caterering, Bar & Cake | Patrick Properties
Photographer | Hyer Images
Rentals | Snyder Events
Florist | Branch Design Studio
Entertainment | East Coast Party Band
Ceremony Musicians | Classical Charleston
Make-up | Harriet Garris (friend of bride)
Hair | Carrie, Paper Dolls (for bridesmaids)
Officiant | Bret Niebruegge (friend of bride)
Lighting| Innovative Event Services

Fabulous Friday: Cakespiration

At Pure Luxe Bride, we get the pleasure of seeing (and even sampling!) some of the most beautiful wedding cakes. If you love sweets, this may be one of the most exciting decisions you make during the wedding planning process!

Do your research on the baker's you have in mind and be thorough. Before you go in for a tasting and especially before you book them, check out their previous work: price, size, style, and reviews. It's important to see how this baker or bakery works with their customers.

Ideally, you should order your cake six to eight months before your special day. This will leave ample time for the cake's design to fully compliment the wedding's style. Make sure you give yourself enough time; the worst thing could happen is that you choose a bakery and a style only they can do, and they get booked for your wedding day.

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Make sure to include your budget when choosing your baker, cake size and style. Don't set your sights on someone or something too extravagant that doesn't fit with your budget. When sticking with your budget, remember that you will get what you pay for. If you have your sights set on that elaborate cake instead of what works with your budget, sometimes it's worth reorganizing the budget to fit your wants! It's even possible to have a mini-version of your favorite flavors made for you and your groom, with the same-flavored sheet cakes in the kitchen to be cut and distributed to guests for dessert.

Portions dictate size. Portion your cake size according to how many people will be at your wedding, how many pieces you want to be cut and the amount of leftovers you want to bring home!

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White, yellow or chocolate; lemon, carrot and hazelnut; champagne, red velvet and coconut, just to name a few.... How can you even choose?! Not to mention choosing the flavor of the filling... If you're having a hard time deciding, just remember that it's very possible to do multiple flavors on your cake! Make it multi-tiered. Choose your flavors based on your meal, bring more flavor to the cake or just pick three... just because! Frostings are also an important part of the decision: buttercream, jam, fruit pureés, and chocolate fudge are all possible cake icings! Make sure you taste all of the possible options before deciding; this seems obvious but not everyone does it! If a bakery is known for their delicious red velvet flavor, don't assume that their yellow cake is just as good.

After the most important decisions about flavor and design have been made, ensure that all these details are established in a contract with the bakery. Also, be sure to establish a set price and a payment schedule or agreement. Lastly, get excited about your wedding cake! Between the time you go to your tasting and your actual wedding day, you'll forget how deliciously sweet your cake is until it melts in your mouth!

Take a look below to see some favorite cakes from past PLB weddings!

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William Aiken House Wedding: Lauren + Michael

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We could not have been happier to share Michael + Lauren's big day with them! This couple radiated love and every guest shared in their joy as they said “I do” at the William Aiken House in historical downtown Charleston. The color scheme consisted of gorgeous neutrals, complimented by black - bringing quite the old-timey feel.

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Michael + Lauren added their special touches throughout the entire ceremony and reception! As guests walked through the gates, it was easy to spot the handmade corn hole boards engraved with the newlywed's names. The bride also brought a little piece of home to her wedding; guests’ place cards were cookies made to look like New York subway signs - so cute!

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Following a sit down dinner, guests hit the dance floor and enjoyed the musical styling of the amazing Quiana Parler and Friends. The band sang their rendition of “All of Me” by John Legend, as a surprise for the bride and groom as they shared their first dance. Michael + Lauren and their guests didn’t get off the dance floor until it was time to go, love was truly in the air for this one!

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These fabulous vendors helped to make Lauren + Mike's wedding possible.

Venue | William Aiken House
Catering + Bar Service | Patrick Properties
Rentals| Event Works
Ceremony Music | Palmetto Strings
Band | Quiana Parler & Friends
Florist | Wild Flowers Inc.
Photographer | Hyer Images
Hair & Makeup | Paper Dolls
Officiant | Phil Purser

Pure Luxe Bride's Wedding Week Do's & Don't's

Pure Luxe wants to share with all of our brides the do's and don't's of your wedding week. Make sure to review all of these tips and tricks; one of them could be the one that saves the day! DO touch base with your planner. The best way to put yourself at ease to talk it out: go over all of the details (again), discuss the timeline (again), and take a breath. Have faith in your planner and/or vendors to make your day as special as you’ve always imagined.

DON’T turn into a weather woman. Let us track the weather and come up with plan B for you. Chances are if you look at Charleston weather 5-10 days out, it's going to change before the big day.

DO delegate. Speaking of the in-laws, sisters, uncles and cousins, have them help you with all those last minute errands and details. They’re going to be constantly offering so why not just let them make that call to the officiant or schedule that appointment for you to get your mani/pedi.

DON’T forget to pamper yourself during your wedding week - or even for a couple weeks beforehand! We know you’re getting your hair and makeup done the day of, but why not schedule a massage, mani/pedi and a facial?! Squeeze some last minute relaxation in. Go with your mom, your maid of honor or just take some time to go by yourself.

Cassady Clayton and Joe Hild's wedding at the Gibbes Museum in Charleston SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790, ameliaanddan.com

DO make a plan for the end of the night with your planner, family members and bridal party. It’s important to have a plan for all the items that need transporting at the end of the night. Your bags, veil, any leftover food and decor items you may have brought need an exit strategy - just like you! Don’t forget to pack your overnight back as well!

DON’T wear too much makeup. Do a trial run with your makeup artist beforehand and remember to not wear anything you normally wouldn’t. The last thing you want to do is look back at your wedding photos and wonder what you were thinking.

DO get a spray tan - but again, do a trial run. It is recommended that spray tans get done roughly 2-3 days before your special day. Plan accordingly!

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DON’T ignore your final payments! Typically, during the week of, or even on the day of, your final vendor payments will be due. Absolutely do not forget to make these payments and balance your checkbook before leaving for your honeymoon.

DO take a few days of work during your wedding week. It’s enough having those last minute errands and details to cover, but to do it all with your in-laws, sisters, uncles and cousins hovering or staying in the guest room, work is going to be the last thing on your brain.

However, DON’T take the entire week off. You can use work as an escape from all the craziness: a reason to leave your house, a reason to dodge a lunch date with ALL of the future in-laws, or just a reason to focus on something other than the big day!

DO go to the gym. Take a yoga or zumba class with your bridesmaids. Get moving, get sweating and get those endorphins pumping! No reason to be cooped up all the time stressing about those last minute details. Get your mind off of the wedding and take a moment to laugh with your ladies about how inflexible you all are…

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DON’T show everyone what you look like in your wedding dress before your special day. We understand how exciting it is, but trust us - it’s more special when you wait until the day of.

DO get your groom a little something to open on your wedding day. Write him a card or buy him a little something to remind him of how much you love him. His pre-wedding jitters will definitely calm at the sight of something that reminds him of you.

DON’T freak out if things don’t go as planned. For example, if the cake doesn’t look exactly how you want it to, remember that it tastes good. Take the day as it comes and just have fun!

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DO be a guest at your own wedding! Be in the moment on the day of; trust us, you won’t want to miss a thing. All of your planning, anticipation and excitement all comes down to this one day so stop worrying about each and every detail and just enjoy yourself. Enjoy the celebration, the guests and most importantly, your new hubby.

DON’T forget to love your family. Thank them for everything they have done to make this special day possible. No matter how stressful your parents have made you the weeks, months and year before, on the day of your wedding, you’ll be so grateful to have them with you.

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