Boone Hall Wedding at The Cotton Dock: Megan + Blake

We still can't get enough of Megan + Blake's rustic chic Boone Hall Wedding at the Cotton Dock! This wedding was full of thoughtful details that made for a beautiful night to remember! The day began with hair and makeup for Megan and the girls by Paper Dolls on Isle of Palms, while Blake and the boys suited up at Wild Dunes. Everyone met at Boone Hall Plantation for the bride + groom's long-awaited first look! With the combination of this couple's style + the natural beauty of the plantation grounds, these pictures came out utterly perfect. When it came time for the ceremony, dark skies were on the horizon, but Pure Luxe Bride quickly rocked the rain plan and held a standing ceremony for guests on the dock under the overhang. Wine barrel cocktail tables served as impromptu aisle markers and the lounge furniture was used to seat the immediate family of the bride + groom. The bride was a vision of elegance as she walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of "Something in the Way She Moves" by James Taylor. Her organic bouquet by Branch was blooming with white astilbe, white ranunculus, white sweet peas, dusty miller leaves, Queen Anne's lace, pale yellow poppies, soft blush ranunculus, and more, tied together with an ivory lace ribbon. Megan also wore a flower crown with loose stems of baby's breath, spirea, and white majolica spray roses. Post-nuptials, cocktail hour kicked off with the wedding's signature drink, local Firefly sweet tea vodka + lemonade in a mason jar, and passed hors d'oeuvres by Cru Catering. Guests then made their way to their seats at dark-wood farm tables decorated with white lace runners, wooden boxes filled with a spilling arrangement of soft yellow ranunculus, white lilac, apricot parrot tulips, and more, vintage blue mason jars filled with candles, and milk glass bud vases with peachy blush sweet peas. Vintage books with hand-painted gold numbers served as the table markers and mahogany stained wooden wine crates filled with sheet moss and queen annes lace housed the guest's place cards. A mouth-watering plated dinner was served to guests while Megan's matron of honor gave a heartfelt speech to the newlyweds. After dinner, it was time to cut the three-tiered cake by Sablee made up of champagne cake with wild strawberry and champagne filling, coconut cake with coconut cream filling, and vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream filling. Guests enjoyed cake and mingling while dancing to the sounds of Epic Charleston all night long! A few of our other favorite details from this elegant reception included the chandelier above the dance floor covered in a lush, organic arrangement of flowers and the vintage, distressed mirrors hanging on one of the back walls. As the night came to an end, the new Mr. + Mrs. danced to "Is This Love" by Bob Marley before happily departing through a sparkler archway! Thanks so much to Hyer Images for capturing this gorgeous wedding!


 Thank you to the fabulous vendors:

Wedding Planner/Draping | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony/Reception Venue | Boone Hall Cotton Dock

Catering/Bar | Cru Catering

Cake | Sablee

Florist | Branch

Rentals | Event Works

Ceremony Music | Bob Williams Duo

Reception Music | Epic Charleston

Photographer | Hyer Images

Officiant | Kevin Kuehmeier

Hair/Makeup | Paper Dolls

Bride + Groom Transportation | Lowcountry Valet

Fabulous Friday: The Perfect Charleston Wedding

Charleston: known for its incredible history, beautiful plantations, and southern charm.  With the wedding industry booming, it's no surprise that the Holy City No has been ranked as the #2 city in the world! The Pure Luxe Bride team is located right here in Charleston, SC, and although most of our clients are destination brides, who can resist a little southern flair on their wedding day! Our design team knows how to incorporate just the right amount of Charleston into your big day to reflect the culture and beauty of the city. Here's just a few of our favorite Charleston touches from our real Luxe weddings! 

 Use a Rickshaw as your getaway vehicle! Anyone can use a traditional car to depart their wedding ceremony, but why not surprise guests and add a little Charleston touch by renting a rickshaw for the night! You can even dress it up and add a personal touch by attaching flowers or a sign to make it that much more special. 

bike taxi

Photo Credit: Jennifer Bearden

Serve traditional southern dishes as your passed appetizers! Chicken and waffles, although it may seem odd to our Northern brides, is a very popular dish in Charleston! Serve guests a little taste of Charleston culture with these adorable (and delicious) appetizers! Other favorites include shrimp and grits, crab cakes, and fried green tomatoes. 

chicken & waffles

Photo Credit: Jennifer Bearden

Tie in the South into your wedding flowers! Using cotton in a boutonniere is a beautiful and light touch for any southern wedding, and it looks great with any wedding colors! A sweetgrass rose is another way to incorporate Charleston into your wedding flowers! Made right here by local vendors, these are an undeniable part of the city's culture and charm.

© Dana Cubbage Weddings 2014

Photo Credit: Dana Cubbage
© Dana Cubbage Weddings 2014

 Photo Credit: Dana Cubbage

If you've ever been to Charleston in the summer, you know it gets HOT. Cool your guests off by turning the ceremony program into a fan on every chair! What an easy way to add another personalized detail to your wedding, and for a summer ceremony, your guests will thank you! 


Photo Credit: Amelia + Dan

Last but not least, Charleston is known for its gorgeous iron gates all across the city. It's hard to walk down one of the historic downtown streets without seeing one of these masterpieces. To capture the history of the city, take photos using the gates as a backdrop! As a timeless and classic backdrop, these gates will ensure your wedding photos never go out of style!


 Photo Credit: McBee Photography

Fabulous Friday: Charleston is Named No. 1 City

It's a Fabulous Friday here at Pure Luxe Bride: recently, Charleston was named the No. 1 City in the U.S., No. 2 City in the world, and one of the most romantic cities in the world by Condé Nast Traveler...and it's no secret why. From the beautiful Spanish moss to the charming characteristics of the historic homes and venues, Charleston is like a scene straight out of an old romance novel. Whether you want to have a homey feel at Lowndes Grove, a natural feel under the trees at Magnolia Plantation Carriage House, or opt for a downtown feel at William Aiken House, the romantic venues are endless. Below are some of our favorite photos that truly emphasize Charleston and its romantic atmosphere!

bride + groom on King Street

Photo Credit: Aaron + Jillian 

Magnolia Plantation

Photo Credit: Richard Bell Photography

Catherine + Alex's Magnolia Plantation Carriage House

Photo Credit: Aaron + Jillian 

Rice Mill Wedding

Photo Credit: Jennifer Bearden

Hyer Images

 Photo Credit: Hyer Images