The Cedar Room: Charlotte & Drew

Following their "I Do" at First Baptist Church, Charlotte & Drew joined their guests as Mr. & Ms. Painter for the first time at The Cedar Room for their reception. Picture tall gold stands, each topped with an arrangement of blush and white florals and lush greenery. Guests spent the majority of the night on the dance floor, under a chandelier adorned with Italian Ruscus & Jasmine Vine. By the end of the night, guests had danced up an appetite for the late night happy hour of Nutella Milkshake sippers, Truffle & Parmesan Fries, and three-cheese tomato and basil calzones that awaited them. Charlotte & Drew's wedding was elegant and romantic, with the perfect touch of glam, and we wish them a lifetime of love and happiness!

Tip: Opt for your first look the week before the wedding! With all the nerves that comes right before a wedding, Charlotte chose to use her bridal portrait time to get all dressed up and do their first look at Magnolia Plantation with her photographer! It took all of the anxiety out of the day knowing they had seen each other, so they could just enjoy and have a great time! A bonus, she got beautiful photos under live oaks at a plantation with their sweet pup, plus photos downtown, best of both worlds!



Vendors: 

Reception Venue | The Cedar Room

Catering/Bar Service/Cake | The Cedar Room

Florist | Branch

Rentals | Event Works

Specialty Rentals/Lighting | Ooh! 

Entertainment | Atlanta Groove Factory

Photographer | Happy Bloom

Videographer | Dockhouse Digital

Hair + Make up | Pampered & Pretty 

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: 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

Lowndes Grove Plantation Wedding: Haley + Jeff

Haley + Jeff had a beautiful Lowndes Grove Plantation wedding. Haley was a true Pure Luxe Bride, incorporating sparkle into her wedding any chance she had. Her tent shimmered with blush pink and accents of silver. The poles were disguised in a soft pink drape, and glittering linens covered the cocktail tables. The floral combinations from Branch caught the attention of all the guests with a combination of white hydrangeas, silver dollar eucalyptus, roses, and dusty miller in a mercury glass vase stole the show. The bride carried a bouquet of white O'Hara garden roses and peonies tied with a ribbon to match her gown.She looked stunning in her uniquely beaded dress with a low cut back and bold red lips. Following the ceremony, a pink champagne tower provided by Polished awaited the guests for cocktail hour. This wedding had a ladies and gents tents set up on either side of the dock, and looked the part. The ladies tent was covered with pink draping and inside a beautiful crystal chandelier hung above the feminine lounge with lip gloss, perfume, and a fun framed quote from Coco Chanel for the girls to use.  On the other side was the gents tent; it had a brown leather sofa, drum coffee table, and iron wrought chandelier to create the masculine vibe. Cigars were offered inside the tent for the male guests to enjoy. The couple danced the night away to the awesome Calvin Taylor Band and the couple rode off in a vintage Rolls Royce provided by ACW!

 

Fabulous Vendors: 

Wedding Planning & Design | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony/Reception Venue | Lowndes Grove Plantation

Catering/Bar/Cake | Patrick Properties

Florist | Branch

Rentals | Snyder

Ceremony Music | Classical Charleston

Reception Music | Calvin Taylor Band

Photographer | Dana Cubbage

Specialty Linens | Nuage Linens

Lighting | IES

Other | Polished

Transportation | ACW

Dress | Gown Boutique of Charleston

Lowndes Grove Plantation Wedding: Jackie + Branson

You are in for a treat today! Jackie + Branson had a gorgeous Lowndes Grove Plantation Wedding with tons of pretty details! The couple met while attending law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and later moved to Atlanta together after dating long distance. The bride loved the little details so for starters, there was a white top tent with blush draping and crystal chandeliers, of course! White and peach hued florals by Branch Design Studio, gold chivari chairs, glass chargers, and plenty of candlelight. For place cards, the guests found their seat by a mint colored macaroon with a gold sparkly flag noting the guests name, perfect after dinner sweet! A delicious dinner was served by Patrick Properties Hospitality Group along with a delicious cake gold brushed cake for dessert. Underneath the big Oak was the half moon bar, with the bride + groom's gold leaf monogram and a chandelier overhead, one of our favorite details of the big day! You can also find their monogram carried throughout the reception on their napkins, favors, menu's and more! After dinner, it was time to dance the night away with Quiana Parler and Friends and end the night with a sparkler departure! You can find this wedding recently featured in Southern Bride Magazine. See all the pretty captured by Aaron and Jillian Photography here! 

 

Thanks to all the fabulous vendors:

Wedding Planning | Design | Draping | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony & Reception Venue | Lowndes Grove

Catering, Bar & Cake | Patrick Properties

Rentals & Lighting | Event Works

Lounge | Snyder

Florist | Branch

Ceremony Music | Palmetto Strings

Specialty Linens | Nuage

Reception Music | Quiana Parler

Photographer | Aaron and Jillian Photography

Videographer | Film Anywhere

Officiant | Christy Loftin

Hair & Makeup | Paper Dolls

Guest Transportation | ACW Limo

William Aiken House Wedding: Megan + Keith

Megan + Keith's William Aiken House wedding  was nothing short of fabulous! The venue was the perfect setting for this white, black, and gold affair captured by Evan Laettner! Gold dipped roses, white modern lounge sets, black chandeliers, and metallic linens...need we say more!? Megan's bridesmaids looked stunning in their head to tow gold glitter Badgley Mischka gowns. One of our favorite details of the day were the place cards, gold horses labeled with guests names to help find their seat. You can never have too much gold in our opinion and this wedding did it just right! 

 

Thanks so much to all the fabulous vendors:

Wedding Planning + Design | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony + Reception Venue | William Aiken House

Catering + Bar Service | Patrick Properties

Cake | Sablee

Florist | Wild Flowers Inc.

Rentals | Snyder

Specialty Linens | Nuage

Lighting | IES

Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Music | Palmetto Strings

Reception Music | DJ Rob Duren

Photographer | Evan Laettner

Officiant | Christy Loftin

Hair/Makeup | Paper Dolls

Middleton Place Wedding: Helen + Aaron

Helen + Aaron's romantic glam Middleton Place wedding was absolutely stunning! The day began with excitement as Helen and her bridesmaids got their hair + makeup done at the Francis Marion Hotel while Aaron and his groomsmen suited up for the big day on Daniel Island. Then, the wedding party all met at Middleton Place for the bride + groom's highly anticipated first look! Aaron was awestruck when he laid eyes on his beautiful bride for the very first time, and the entire wedding party had so much fun photographing on Middleton's gorgeous, lush grounds pre-ceremony. After the signing of the Ketubah and a toast to the soon-to-be Mr. + Mrs., it was time to tie the knot! Luckily, the rain came to a stop just in time for the Helen + Aaron's nuptials in the picturesque Octagonal Gardens. Standing beneath a custom-built huppa by Wild Flowers Inc., the bride + groom said "I do." In traditional Jewish fashion, Aaron smashed the glass and the guests yelled "Mazeltov!" as the new Mr. + Mrs. happily walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz. Helen + Aaron departed the ceremony via carriage ride to arrive for cocktail hour at the pavilion where they sipped and mingled with guests before it was time to be announced into the reception! Mr. + Mrs. Aaron and Helen Bernie were announced onto the dance floor to the sounds of "Sweet Home Alabama" before sharing their first dance to "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by Sleeping at Last. Lyrics from this song were incorporated into wedding details such as lounge pillows and custom frames that displayed sweet sayings for the couple. Guests enjoyed a stationed meal by Cru Catering, a special hookah area by Tabbuli, and vintage lounge furniture by Snyder. Shades of blush and ivory gave the pavilion a soft ambiance, while the tent outside had an elegant feel complete with platinum drape by Pure Luxe Bride, silver chivari chairs, and a white plantation bar, complete with a custom light-up bar sign. This design was beautiful, and perfect for the occasion! Guests then enjoyed a dessert bar and dancing, including a very special dance to "HORA", where all of Helen +Aaron's family got up into the chair! As the last song of the night approached, everyone got out onto the dance floor for Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" before Mr. + Mrs. Bernie departed through a sparkler archway to their downtown after party! Wishing Helen + Aaron all the best and a big thank you to Trent Bailey for capturing this gorgeous celebration!

 

Thank you to all the fabulous vendors:

Wedding Planning | Design | Draping | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony | Middleton Place Octagonal Gardens

Reception Venue | Middleton Place Pavilion

Cake | Sablee

Florist | Wild Flowers Inc.

Rentals | Event Works

Caterer | Cru Catering

Lounge Rentals | Snyder

Tent Rental | Sperry Tent

Lighting | Innovative Event Services

Ceremony Music | Palmetto Strings

Reception Music | Epic Charleston

Photographer | Trent Bailey

Videographer | Hart to Heart

Officiant | Rabbi Jane + Reverend Samuel Picard 

Hair | Stuart Laurence Salon

Makeup | Friend of Bride - Melina Cavalieri

Hookah | Tabbuli

Guest Transportation | ACW Limo

Lowndes Grove Plantation Wedding: Jaclyn + Oliver

Jaclyn + Oliver's Lowndes Grove Plantation wedding was a gorgeous Southern celebration full of coral, gold, and seafoam green accents! This local couple decided to pay homage to their city and tie the knot in beautiful Charleston with the Ashley River as their backdrop. The day began in the Lowndes Grove suite where Jaclyn and her girls got their hair and makeup done by Paper Dolls while sipping mimosas and relaxing pre-nuptials. When the girls were all glammed up, Jaclyn and her father Don shared a very special father and daughter first look. This is a great alternative if you and your groom opt out of the first look! Once Oliver and his groomsmen arrived on site, Jaclyn was tucked away while everyone lined up for the ceremony. Jaclyn carried a lush bouquet filled with green succulents and coral blooms, tied together with lace and seafoam green ribbons. Oliver's mouth dropped wide open when he saw his stunning bride gracefully walk down the aisle. The soon-to-be newlyweds stood beneath a beautiful floral arbor of garden roses, lisiantus, and succulents as they said their vows in front of their closest friends and family. After Jaclyn + Oliver tied the knot, cocktail hour kicked off under the tent! Elegant long tables filled the room with mahogany chivari chairs. The tablescape was complete with gold rimmed chargers, gold silverware, coral napkins, custom menus, lush blooms and greenery, gold lanterns, and custom gold pineapples! These gold spray-painted pineapples were a hit. A symbol of Southern hospitality and welcome, these gold pineapples were incorporated throughout the wedding on the couple's koozies, as small cake toppers, and as garnishes on the passed hors d'oeuvres. The seafoam green cake was another focal point in the room, complete with gold flecks and Jaclyn + Oliver's initials. Guests were treated to a delicious stationed meal, a custom gelato bar at request of the groom, and dancing the night away to the sounds of Charleston Groove Factory. This band kept guests on their feet all night long! Friends, family, and the elated newlyweds danced to "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" before Jaclyn + Oliver departed under an archway of sparklers into their getaway vintage Rolls Royce. We so enjoyed working with this couple on their gorgeous Southern design, and we're not soon to forget those gold pineapples! Wishing Jaclyn + Oliver years of health, happiness, and love.

 

Thanks so much to all the fabulous vendors:

Wedding Planning & Design | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony/Reception Venue | Lowndes Grove Plantation

Catering/Bar/Cake | Patrick Properties

Florist | Anna Bella Florals

Rentals | Event Works

Lighting | IES

Ceremony Music | Classical Charleston

Reception Music | Charleston Groove Factory

Photographer/Videographer | Once Like a Spark

Officiant | Family Member

Hair/Makeup | Paper Dolls

Bride + Groom Getaway Transportation | ACW Limo

Custom Paper Products | Dodeline Design

William Aiken House Wedding: Vanessa + Josh

The dropping temperature did not stop Vanessa and Josh from having a beautiful winter William Aiken House wedding! This December bride embraced her wedding date and used the cold month to accent her design. The guests were offered apple cider cocktails(alcoholic and non-alcoholic) to stay warm before the ceremony began. The couple said "I Do" in front of the reflecting pool outside the historical William Aiken House. As a special surprise for the Groom, Vanessa arranged butterflies to be released at the end of the ceremony in honor of Josh's mom. 

As guests made their way upstairs to enjoy dinner, they were taken aback by the gorgeous sage and blush design that greeted them. Specialty china provided by EventWorks made the table set something to talk about! A sage napkin was wrapped around the plate, and a thank you card created by Vanessa and Josh was placed on top. Vanessa implemented a unique idea of putting the place cards in the fork so that they stood upright. To pull the table together, small arrangements of hydrangeas, garden roses, and  dusty miller provided by Branch were placed in the middle, accompanied by mercury table numbers and votives.

Lounge furniture from Snyder was sprinkled throughout the grounds for the guests who needed to rest their dancing shoes. Grey fabric draping covered the poles throughout the tent, and large floral centerpieces covered every surface.

When guests became tired from all the dancing, they were welcomed to enjoy the Smores that were being made hand made over a fire pit. They also used this time for a picture perfect moment under the large oak tree, where twinkle lights by IES were hanging all around. This sweet couple said their goodbyes and were sent off into the bright nightlife of Charleston. PLB is in love with this cozy winter wedding!

 

Fabulous Vendors:

Wedding Planning, Design, Draping | Pure Luxe Bride

Venue | William Aiken House

Florist | Branch

Rentals | EventWorks

Specialty Rentals | Snyder

Lighting | Innovative Event Services

Ceremony/ Reception Music | Creative Sound

Photographer | Alice Keeney

Hair/Make Up | Pink Dot Beauty Bar

Officiant | Chad Goetzman

Lowndes Grove Plantation Wedding: Stephanie + Chad

Stephanie + Chad's classic  Lowndes Grove Plantation wedding couldn't have been more perfect! These out-of-owners traveled from North Carolina to have their dream wedding in Charleston at the picturesque Lowndes Grove Plantation. Stephanie looked breathtaking in her Modern Trousseau gown as she walked down the aisle of St.Lukes chapel with her father to "Rondeau" by Mouret. Her lush bouquet was full of white peonies and white ranunculus with accents of dusty miller, lavender sweet peas, white fringe tulips, white patience garden roses, and more!  As guests began to arrive at Lowndes Grove for the reception, Stephanie + Chad warmly welcomed them into the house for cocktail hour while guests enjoyed delicious sips and bites. The clear tent was gracefully draped in ivory with chandeliers glistening from the top.  At each place setting, guests found their names written in gold calligraphy on Magnolia leaves with sprigs of rosemary, olive, and lavender accenting each napkin. Long table garlands full of magnolia leaves, olive branch, and seeded eucalyptus filled the tables, with colorful pops of white fringe tulips, white ranunculus, and lavender sweet peas. Gold silverware, gold rimmed glasses, and custom menus by Silver Starfish completed this elegant table setting.  Guests enjoyed a delicious 3 course plated dinner while the sounds of big band music by Joe Clarke Big Band flooded the tent.  This fantastic night had to come to an end, but not before guests enjoyed a variety of mini desserts and one more song by the band before departing in the vintage Rolls Royce!  Thanks so much to Aaron and Jillian for capturing all this pretty and best wishes to the sweetest couple, Stephanie + Chad!

 

Fabulous Vendors:

Wedding Planner + Design | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony Venue | St. Lukes (Barbara: 843.792.6775)

Reception Venue | Lowndes Grove

Catering/Bar/Cake | Patrick Properties

Florist | Branch

Rentals | Event Works

Specialty Lounge | Snyder

Ceremony Music | Tom Bailey (Cell: 819.3752)

Lighting | IES

Reception Music | Joe Clarke Big Band

Photographer | Aaron and Jillian Photography

Officiant | Len Ripley

Hair | Friend of Bride - Susan Stallings from Illuminate Salon, Erin Thomes from 8 The Salon

Make-up | Paper Dolls

Guest/Bride + Groom Transportation | Charleston Style Limo

Invites | Silver Starfish

Wedding Dress Designer | Modern Trousseau