Magnolia Carriage House Wedding: Natalie + Tim

The Magnolia Carriage House was the perfect location for Natalie + Tim's  intimate celebration! The couple first met each other here in the Holy City while Natalie was studying at the College of Charleston and Tim was studying abroad here at The Citadel. They invited fifty of their closest friends and family to witness their "I Do's" under one of Magnolia's many oak trees with the sun peaking through for a beautiful ceremony setting.  Each bridesmaid was uniquely dressed in different colored dresses that coordinated with the color palette of the wedding, Natalie was not afraid of color! The tables were set with garland table runners and pops of flowers, fabulous gold chargers and raspberry napkins. The cake design was inspired by the bold pattern on the La Tavola linens in a soft yellow. Guests enjoyed delicious bites by Salthouse catering and danced the night away! We wish Natalie + Tim the best as they start their married life in Germany!

 

Thanks to our fabulous vendors!

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Magnolia Carriage House

Catering: Salthouse

Bar Sevice: Spike

Cake: Sablee

Florist: Miele

Event Rentals: Event Works

Specialty Rentals: La Tavola

Ceremony Music: Bob Williams Duo

Reception Music: Charleston Wedding Band

Photographer: Dana Cubbage Weddings

Weddings Officiant: Kevin Kuehmeier

Hair + Makeup: Canary Rock Salon

Guest Transportation: ACW Limo

Gadsden House Wedding: Cate + James

This white & green Gadsden House  wedding was our very first look at this amazing new venue downtown. This remodeled historical home looked better than ever, what a transformation! Stunning gold and crystal chandeliers hung from the ceilings, neutral palette, and the gorgeous bridal suite with a gold gilded mirror. Cate was the definition of a blushing bride, she took everyones breath away in her perfect fitted gown with sweet low back and bow. The reception area was filled with whites, lush greens and accents of gold. We were in love with this classic romantic design, and of course this wonderful couple! We are wishing Cate + James nothing but the absolute best!

 

Thanks so much to all the fabulous vendors:

Wedding Planning & Design | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony + Reception Venue | Gadsden House

Catering | Salthouse Catering

Rentals | Snyder

Bar Service | King St. Beverage Co.

Cake | Wild Flour Pastry

Florist | Anna Bella Florals

Lighting IES Productions

Ceremony Music | Palmetto Strings

Reception Music | Charleston Groove Factory

Photographer | Monika Gauthier

Photo Booth | Oh Snap!

Videographer | Gibson

Officiant | Family Member

Hair + Makeup | Lashes and Lace

Bride + Groom Transportation | Charleston Style

Folly Beach Wedding: Kelly + Bert

We could not have pictured a better way to end our busy fall season than with Kelly + Bert's perfect Folly Beach Wedding. This sweet couple rented out an enormous house right on the beach to house their family + friends for the weekend. The house also doubled as the perfect venue for their wedding! With high tide coming in right at 4PM, Kelly + Bert had an intimate standing ceremony on the porch of the house. The bridal party was able to have a long beautiful processional up the boardwalk, and Kelly had that sweet bridal moment that every bride wishes for. All eyes were on her as she walked the boardwalk with her dad and met Bert underneath the floral arbor that awaited her. Bert's father was able to officiate the wedding adding personal details and sweet remarks. The couple had written their own vows and the beautiful words brought tears to their loved ones. After the ceremony, the porch was transformed for cocktail hour! Guests were able to look out upon the beach while sipping on a cool beverage provided by Spike. After grabbing a plate of food, guests headed downstairs to the reception area. Kelly's vision of jewel tones came to life with plum napkins and over-spilling greenery. The tabletops were adorned with gold flatware and jewel toned votives. Kelly's cake was truly one of a kind, the purple ombre coat accented the reception space perfectly. This was such a fun crowd, and they danced in the sand till the night came to an end! Kelly + Bert could not have been more in love, and we wish them a lifetime of happiness!

 

Thanks so much to all the fabulous vendors:

Wedding Planner | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony + Reception Venue | Charisma by the Sea

Catering | Salthouse

Bar | Spike

Cake | Twenty Six Divine

Florist | Friend of the Bride

Rentals | EventWorks

Ceremony + Reception Music | The Travelin' Kine

Photographer | Monika Gauthier

Officiant | Father of the Groom

Hair + Makeup | Paper Dolls

Thomas Bennett House Wedding: Andria + Matt

Andria + Matt came from Ohio to have their Thomas Bennett House Wedding in Charleston, SC. The brides design inspiration came from the colors of a peacock, and the love for all things emerald. It was the most beautiful fall October day, with dining al fresco, a delicious meal served by Salthouse Catering, followed by sweets by Gala Desserts. The bouquet by Branch Design Studio was full of white calla lilies, peacock feathers, and greenery. Clusters of hydrangeas, tulips, and garden roses filled the tables with a of gold and candlelight. Sparkly linens, lounge under a gorgeous chandelier, and a DIY photobooth are just a few of the fun details! The bride and groom and their guests rode off in a rickshaw at the end of the night to continue the party! 

 

Thanks so much to all the fabulous vendors:

Wedding Planning + Design | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony + Reception Venue | Thomas Bennett House

Catering | Salthouse Catering

Bar Service | Squeeze on Site

Cake | Gala Desserts

Florist | Branch Design Studio

Rentals | EventWorks

Lounge | Snyder

Specialty Linen | Nuage

Lighting | IES Productions

Ceremony Music | Bob Williams Duo

Reception Music | Charleston Groove Factory

Photographer | Monika Gauthier

Officiant | Justin Follmer

Hair + Makeup | Paper Dolls

Bride + Groom Transportation | Charleston Rickshaw

Wedding Dress | Brides by Demetrios

The Catering Guide for the Luxe Bride

Catering is a such an important detail of every wedding. Not only do brides and grooms need to be concerned with cuisine to provide their guests but, there are also several other aspects that are important for couples to keep in consideration when working with their caterer of choice. In order to help Pure Luxe Brides and Grooms, we have reached out to Salthouse Catering for advice concerning catering for the biggest day of the bride and grooms life. Salthouse Catering is a catering company located in Charleston that serves clients throughout the lowcountry. Executive Chef Todd Mazurek brings amazing cuisine creations to life for clients, while Tanya Gurrieri is involved with the catering side as well as the marketing tasks. In order for couples to be prepared for organizing, planning, and reaching out to their caterer, Tanya has provided couples with helpful advice. This information will be a great reference for all couples who are having questions concerning tastings, meetings, and other catering related issues.

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How far in advance should the bride and groom book there caterer?

We’re happy to speak with clients 12-18 months prior to their wedding date.  Some popular dates book quickly so it never hurts to get the ball rolling as soon as possible.

How far in advance should the couple attend tastings? Are tastings necessary? 

Tastings are necessary only if the couple feels like they have questions about certain menu items.  We like to have a menu proposed and have the couple narrow down their catering choices to no more than two companies to be able to do a tasting and make their decision.  As a catering professional, it is imperative that we educate the couple on protocol for tastings.  Tastings are a tremendous investment of a company’s time and money and shouldn’t be used as just a time to sample food.

How many tastings and/or meetings do the bride and groom usually have with their caterer prior to the wedding day? 

One tasting and as many meetings as needed for the couple to feel confident.  Typically there’s an initial meeting, a tasting or menu meeting, then a site visit to the venue.  The rest of the correspondence is usually via email and phone to ensure all details are confirmed.

Should the couple reach out to the caterer in advance for details on how they would like the food arranged on buffet tables or plates?

Yes, that’s part of the menu meeting.  We want to ensure that their vision is met with our advance planning.

Should the caterer be provided with a floor plan and table arrangement plan prior to the wedding?

Absolutely.  We like to be involved in the site visit so we know where everything will be set up from guest seating to load in details and kitchen location.

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When should the couple have their final menu selections? 

We like the menu to be confirmed no less than 30 days prior to the event so that all of the other details (buffet placement, décor, rentals and such) can be confirmed during the last month of planning.

Typically, are deposits required in advance with caterers? 

Yes, we require 25% deposit at the time of booking to secure our services. It doesn’t lock the client into a specific menu, just an estimate of food and labor costs at that point.

Do most catering services for a wedding consist of an all-inclusive price, or are they priced individually depending on the types of food chosen? 

Salthouse likes to write menus specific to the event needs, based on the couple’s tastes and other variables of the event (i.e kitchen rental needs, bar service, etc).  We talk pricing in a few terms… menu price, bar price, rental costs, service charge and tax… which all add up to an inclusive price based on the number of guests estimated.

What role does the caterer play on the day of the wedding?  

Depending on the depth of our service and whether we coordinated the rentals – we would be responsible for setting up any buffet tables, setting guest tables if a seated dinner is to be served and of course, setting up all food service equipment to be ready for service.

How far in advance on the day of the wedding will the caterer arrive on site?

While a good bit of our work is done the day before and day of the event before we even arrive on site, we typically arrive 3 hours prior to food service starting to allow plenty of time for load in, table setting, final food prep.  We are always ready and smiling 15 minutes prior to event start time given the chance guests will arrive early.

Where will the food be prepared? Do most caterers prepare dishes in advance, or arrive earlier on site to prepare items? Which do you suggest for brides? 

We are proud of our restaurant quality food and presentation and to meet those standards, we typically prep and start food at our kitchen but  always finish food on location at the event “a la minute” (or at the last minute) to ensure freshness and quality.

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How far in advance should the couple give the caterer a head count of guests to expect at the wedding?

We ask for final guest count 5 business days prior to the wedding date.  That gives us time to update rental orders, confirm staffing ratios, make appropriate orders for food and beverage and give a final invoice to the client before the big day!  In some cases, there are last minute changes that we can always accommodate.  Chef prepares a 5% overage for all food items to be safe if the count should change one way or the other.

Should the caterer be in communication with the rental company to talk about plates, silverware, and other items being used?

Yes.  If we coordinate rentals, then we have a handle on what’s needed and place the order ourselves.  If the wedding planner has coordinated rentals, we work together in advance to request appropriate items.  I always request a copy of the rental order in advance so that I can review and make sure we have all items necessary for proper food service.    

Are there certain facts and details that are unique to Charleston that brides should pay close attention to when hiring a caterer? 

Charleston is a very wedding savvy market and thus there are a lot of choices in catering for a bride.  The couple should ask about company history and make sure that they are comfortable with their sales representative.  Meeting in person is always the best way to gage the fit between a couple and a company.

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What additional tips and information can you provide brides as they begin booking and communicating with caterers? 

It is the caterers’ job to educate the client and advise on what works best for their particular wedding environment.   Outdoor weddings dictate planning that might not be necessary for an indoor function and vice versa.  It’s the job of an experienced catering company to offer appropriate food and service for the surroundings.  

 

Pure Luxe Bride would like to extend a thank you to Tanya Gurrieri with Salt House Catering for all of her helpful advice for brides looking to book and work with a caterer. All of the detailed information, as well as amazing pictures of delicious cuisine, were provided by Salt House Catering