Middleton Place Wedding: Stephanie + Brett

A warm, sunny Saturday afternoon was perfect for Stephanie and Brett’s Middleton Place  wedding. After the couple's intimate first look, wonderfully captured by Dana Cubbage, the ceremony took place in the octagonal garden with the large oak tree and Ashley River as their backdrop. The weather paired perfectly with the couple's light and romantic décor. Pretty in pink, the pavillion was set with gorgeous white and blush blooms and soft draping with mini chandeliers and special bride and groom chairs. The couple loved to travel so as their favor they had a plane shaped bottle opener topping each napkin. The favor was adorned with a tag that read 'let the adventure begin' so cute! This perfectly complimented the couple’s personalities and guests were thrilled as they took their seats for dinner. Following dinner, guests danced under the stars with music provided by Darby Event. We wish Mr. + Mrs. Vlasek love, laughter, and happiness ever after!

Fabulous Vendors:

Wedding Planner + Designer | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony/Reception Venue | Middleton Place

Catering/Bar | Middleton Place

Cake | Sablee

Florist | Wild Flowers Inc.

Rentals | Event Works

Lighting | IES

Ceremony Music | Palmetto strings

Reception Music | Stephen Darby

Photographer | Dana Cubbage

Vidoegrapher | Dockhouse Digital

Hair/Makeup | Paper Dolls

Guest Transportation | Carolina Executive Limo

Wedding Dress Designer | Mori Lee

Fabulous Friday: rEvent

We love the sense of community that our beautiful Holy City of Charleston encompasses and we love it even more when we get to take part in giving back through our magnificent weddings! rEvent is a Charleston based nonprofit whose mission is to extend the beauty of events in the Charleston area.

Specifically working with the Event industry, rEvent is reducing waste and maximizing re-use through their free of charge service. Instead of throwing away your beautiful floral arrangements at the end of your special day, you, as a donor, can choose from a local list of charitable organizations to donate your gently used wedding day goods. Your wedding details can extend their use that benefits those in need in our community! Your floral arrangements can be picked up on site at the end of the day by rEvent, given a fresh cut and rearranged into bedside bouquets that are hand delivered to your choice of recipient. WOW! Floral arrangements that are not able to be reused are locally composted instead of sending them to landfill. It really doesn't get much better than that. 

rEvent is currently delivering repurposed flower bouquetsto MUSC Hospital, MUSC Children's Hospital, Ronald McDonald House of Charleston, and Our Lady Of Mercy. Even better news is, rEvent doesn't just accept floral donations - they are able to redistribute nonperishable event items such as table linens and votives for efficient reuse within the community to affordable housing initiatives and arts programs. Some of the recipients of nonperishable are Habitat for Humanity & Goodwill. 

Allow your floral after party to continue, don't let your beautiful florals go to waste! Donate to rEvent and bring a smile to someone else's face! We love this idea, and we cannot wait to use this service with our Brides.

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Planning Tip Tuesday: In Lieu of Favors

Looking for alternate idea to wedding favors for your guests? A different option in lieu of wedding favors is to donate to a charity of your choosing. Pick a charity whose mission statement is near and dear to you as a couple and present it at the wedding so guests know you made a donation on their behalf. This choice of 'favor' would not only allow you to give a little back, but leave your guests feeling good long after they depart the wedding. Another idea is to provide an item that can be used at the wedding and taken home later as a memory. Koozies to keep your beer cold, pashminas for winter weddings, rescue flats for the ladies, place cards such as oyster shells, and the list goes on! There are tons of fun options! 

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Fabulous Friday: Groom's Gift

While many aspects of the wedding day focus on the bride, ladies, don't forget about your man! On the wedding day, gift him with something that signifies your love and excitement to spend the rest of your life with him. This will set the tone for the day and always be a reminder of that special day! You can do this by purchasing a thoughtful gift (big or small) or writing a handwritten note. Of course, it's always nice if it can be incorporated into his wardrobe or wedding day accessories. It creates a great picture opportunity and will make him feel equally as special on such an important day. Below are some ideas we came up with that he is sure to love! 

Magnolia Plantation Elopement: Juliette + Travis

The rain didn't stop this Mr. and Mrs. from having a beautiful and intimate mangnolia plantation elopement ceremony beneath the oak trees! This international couple came all the way from Australia to say their I Do's in Charleston! The couple spent the morning at Zero George getting ready, and then arrived at the plantationrelaxed and excited to get married! The backdrop for the ceremony was a gorgeous floral arbor, complete with white poppies, blush garden roses, and whimsical flairs of greenery. Juliette's bouquet was a perfect compliment to the arbor, with a mix of blush peonies, sweet peas, and trailing silk ribbon. Instead of fighting the rain, Juliette completely accepted the unpredictable Charleston weather, adding adorable rain boots and clear bubble umbrellas. Juliette and Travis had an intimate and personal ceremony with their closest friends having the chance to include classic traditions, and even make some of their own! Instead of having a traditional sand ceremony, the couple chose to use a Polish vodka and an Irish lacquer, reflecting both their heritages, and symbolizing the creation of their new family.  The finishing touch to the day was a vintage couch from 428 Main which created the perfect backdrop for their photos. With champagne in tow, the newlyweds rode in style in their black Mercedes to their dinner reception at McCrady's Restaurant. This adorable elopement ceremony was such a success, and we're so happy for our newest Pure Luxe Couple! When you embrace the rain, you can get amazing photos like these from Aaron + Jillian photography

 

Fabulous Vendors:

Planning + Design: Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony Venue: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Reception Venue: McCrady's Restaurant

Cake: Sablee Patisserie and Chocolatier

Florist: Stems

Specialty Rentals: 428 Main

Photographer: Aaron and Jillian Photography

Hair & Make Up: Paper Dolls

Transportation: Charleston Style Limo

Fabulous Friday: Romantic Sweetheart Tables

Your wedding day is all about you, and your new husband - but with each guest to thank and friends to mingle with, it's hard to find a quiet moment to pause and bask in your beautiful day as a couple. One way to allow for a few moments to sit down together and enjoy each others company in the midst of your many guests, is a stunning sweetheart table! With the growing popularity of couple's choosing a sweetheart table over a traditional head table, there are so many ways to personalize your table as a short refuge to enjoy your first meal as a newly married couple! We also love how sweetheart tables serve as a focal point for your guests with just you and your groom at the table.

To distinguish your table from your guests', we love sequined table linens to add that extra touch of glam! The delicate draping of your chairs can be accented with florals and greenery to really set you both apart!

Photo credit: Evan Laettner

Having a sweetheart table allows for intimate, relaxed photographs to be captured throughout the night. The sweet candid moments that are captured during toasts and enjoying a few moments together at your own table are our favorites!

Magnolia Plantation Carriage House: Lauren + Andrew

There are so many details about this day that we absolutely adored. Lauren and Andrew are the sweetest couple, who are so head over heels in love with each other. The weather was just perfect! The sunshine and soft breeze from the Ashley River at the Magnolia Plantation Carriage House really set the day off to a beautiful start. Lauren and her bridesmaids enjoyed a relaxed brunch together before slipping into their stunning gold sparkly dresses. Lauren's sweetheart dress was accompanied by the most beautiful cathedral veil passed down from her mom. The bridesmaids wore glamorous gold sequined Badgley Mischka dresses that sparkled so beautifully in the sun (you know we LOVE anything that glitters!) Andrew and his groomsmen wore black Vera Wang tuxes with fun matching socks! Lauren and Andrew said "I Do" in a romantic ceremony by the river front. After, guests mingled during cocktail hour outdoors under cafe lighting with beverages and hors d'oeuvres provided by Squeeze on-site and Salthouse Catering. Lauren selected gorgeous sequined linens, a beautiful white for their head table and stunning rose-gold sequined linens for the cocktail tables. Wild Flowers Inc. created magnificent floral arrangements full of hydrangeas, roses and ranunculus in shades of ivories, whites and blush. One of our favorite details was the sparkling gold champagne bottles that doubled as place settings and favors! Emotional toasts were made by Lauren's Father, her Maid of Honor and Andrew's brother. Guests enjoyed great music from Darby Events and lots of fun and dancing! The beautiful wedding cake and other sweet treats were provided by Twenty Six Divine

 

Thanks to all the vendors:

Wedding Planning, Design & Draping | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony & Reception Venue | Magnolia Plantation Carriage House

Catering | Salthouse Catering

Florist | Wild Flowers Inc.

Rentals | Snyder

Ceremony Music | Bob Williams Duo

Cake | Twenty Six Divine

Lighting | IES

Reception Music | Darby Events

Photographer | Monika Gauthier

Videographer | Dock House Digital

Hair & Makeup | Ash & Co.

Bride + Groom Transportation | ACW Limo

Specialty Linen | Nuage Design

Fabulous Friday: Wedding Traditions

There are so many things we love about a new engagement and the planning process running up to your big day, and we love that so many brides bring with them their own unique traditions as well as abiding by the tried and true wedding traditions! Here are some of our favorites and a little history behind these well known wedding elements:

“Something old, something new…”

This good luck saying dates way back to Victorian times and today, it may be one of the most infamous wedding traditions that many brides partake in. Something old represents the link with the bride's family and the past. Many brides accessorise their wedding attire with a piece of antique family jewelry or a mother's or grandmother's wedding veil or pieces of their gown – we love this, especially seeing the mother or grandmothers pride in seeing their beautiful bride is something so dear to their hearts Something new represents good fortune and success in the bride's new married life. The stunning wedding gown is often chosen as the new item. Something borrowed is used to remind the bride that friends and family will be there for her and her new husband when help is needed. The ‘something borrowed’ might be something such as a piece of jewelry or a handkerchief. Something blue is used to symbolize faithfulness and loyalty, most often the blue item is the garter, but we have seen lots of pretty blue details incorporated into the dress, such as beautiful shoes. Last but not least, a silver sixpence in the bride’s shoe is to wish the bride and her new husband wealth.

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Photo credit: Dana Cubbage Weddings

Burying the Bourbon

With Charleston being located on the southeastern coast, we are no stranger to rain! Although we are always prepared to make your beautiful day run as smoothly as possible despite torrential downpours, some couples abide by this old southern folklore of burying a bottle of bourbon at the site of their wedding in order to ward off any rain that might put a damper on their big day! According to the tradition, it must be done exactly one month prior to the wedding (who doesn’t need another excuse to visit the Holy City?), the bottle must be completely full, and buried upside down to ensure maximum results! Whether or not the bourbon proves successful, be sure to dig it up post ceremony and enjoy while looking at your stunning new wedding photos!

Photo credit: Dana Cubbage Weddings

Cutting the Cake

The wedding cake has always been a beautiful center piece of any wedding, and the tradition of breaking the cake over the bride's head dates back to the Ancient Romans (we are sure you are very glad we have moved past that!). Today the cutting of the cake has become one of the most classic elements of the reception, that also happens to be one of our favorite photo opportunities! It is symbolic as the first task the newlyweds perform together and sharing a piece of cake symbolizes their union and the promise to provide for each other. Through out time as cakes went from simple to elaborate, multi-tiered pieces of yummy art, it became almost impossible for the bride to cut the cake on her own, she needed her new husband's muscles to help her cut through the layers of delicious frosting. Despite many cakes now being delicate and much easier to slice, the bride and groom still cut the cake together, and why not? Your guests and photographers love it!

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Photo credit: Dana Cubbage Weddings

Honeymoons

In ancient times the now cherished practice of the ‘honeymoon’ began. The Teutonic people only held weddings under the full moon. After the wedding celebration, the bride and groom would drink honey wine for a full moon cycle - thirty days. This became known as the "honey moon." While the name endured, the purpose of the honeymoon obviously changed, but we are still advocates of toasting a glass of bubbly every day for thirty days! After the wedding, newlyweds would say goodbye to their family and friends to go and start their life as the new Mr. + Mrs. ( Send-offs are such a great photo opportunity, whether or not you're leaving straight away for your honeymoon or waiting!) Today that purpose continues, only now a fun vacation is included, usually to a sunny beach resort or your favorite city! Check out our guide to your honeymoon essentials!

Photo credit: Hyer Images

Fabulous Friday: Top it off!

This Fabulous Friday, we have a sweet tooth! With a wedding cake as one of the major centerpieces of your Big Day, why not top it off with a pretty personalized cake topper? We love the personal touch that these toppers add to your cake - it is an opportunity for you to continue to show off you and your significant others' personalities! There are so many styles to go for, and even if you don't go for the 'traditional' tiered cake route and opt for individual desserts, you can have fun styling them also!

We are obsessed with putting fresh blooms on the cake to bring in some color, and coordinate the cake with the rest of your design!

Photo credit: Aaron & Jillian Photography

To make your topper unique to your special day, personalize it with your names in handwritten calligraphy, a monogrammed letter, or even porcelain elephants!

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For those couples that prefer the individual desserts or mini cakes, opt for varying heights of trays to display your fun treats:

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If you have multiple desserts or toppers are not appropriate, decorate your table with pretty details. Lace, flowers, candles, linens, there are so many options! This dessert display was inspired by a couples engagement story at their favorite winery in California. 

Photo credit: Aaron & Jillian Photography

Another option is to use fruit as a topper! Peaches, berries, figs you name it! Fruit brings an element of color and texture to your cake: 

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Make your dessert something your guests will not only love to eat, but love to look at!

Lowndes Grove Wedding: Gabby + Pedro

We couldn't have asked for better weather to celebrate Gabby + Pedro'sLowndes Grove Wedding! Gabby looked jaw-dropping walking down the aisle in her sweetheart ball gown from Modern Trousseau, and the bridesmaids complimented her look with pink floral watercolor-inspired dresses. Once the couple said their "I Do's" at Church of the Nativity, guests were giddy to head over to the reception and grab a cocktail and take in the water view. Blooming blush garden roses, sweet peas, and dusty miller in shades of pinks and whites with greenery adorned the tables outside and rustic seating and lounge were all too fitting for this sunny day celebration. The couple and their guests took advantage of the sunset and snapped some romantic pictures under the Oak tree with a handmade lit "Love" sign. As a favor, each guest was given a handmade box with benne wafers for a sweet treat. The couple danced the night away, Gabby's sister revealed a special guest: the Clemson Tiger, the bride and grooms alma mater! Guests cheered and chanted as the tiger joined them to dance and celebrate with the bride + groom to the tiger rag song. And of course, what better way to end the perfect night than with a sparkler send off! As Gabby + Pedro were whisked away in their limousine, we wished them a happily ever after!  

 

Fabulous Vendors:

Wedding Planning + Event Design | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony Venue | Church of Nativity

Reception Venue | Lowndes Grove

Catering/Bar/Cake | Patrick Properties

Florist | Branch

Rentals | Snyder

Lounge + Specialty | Event Works

Lighting | IES

Reception Music | Simply Tayo Band

Photographer | Dana Cubbage

Officiant | Priest at Church

Hair/Makeup | Paper Dolls (Shayla)

Guest Transportation | Carolina’s Executive Limo Service

Bride + Groom Getaway | ACW

Dress Designer | Modern Trousseau