William Aiken House Wedding: Alex + John

Alex and John hosted their wedding at the William Aiken House, a seamless blend of 18th- century charm and modern sophistication. After getting ready, the couple met on the wrap-around porch for their ‘first-look” which was beautifully captured by Virgil Bunao. The couple was married on the front lawn with an English Garden setting that entailed an olive branch garland wrapping the seating and hanging lanterns in the oak to create a picturesque backdrop for the ceremony. Pink, peach, and white hued blooms with accents of airy greenery topped every table alongside many gold accents. The reception area was full of gorgeous details including the lush floral chandelier, lounge pieces, birchwood and white checkered dance floor, and custom linens from Nuage.  Alex + and John ended the evening with a dazzling sparkler departure as Mr. & Mrs. Kirkpatrick!

Photos by Virgil Buano 



Fabulous Vendors

Wedding Planner| Designer | Draping | Pure Luxe Bride
Photography + Videography | Virgil Buano
Ceremony/Reception Venue | William Aiken House
Catering & Bar Service | Patrick Properties Hospitality Group
Cake | Patrick Properties Hospitality Group
Florist | Branch Design Studio
Rentals | Eventworks 
Tent | Snyder
Lighting | Innovative Event Services
Ceremony Music | Bob Williams Duo
Reception Music | Darby Events
Hair & Make Up | Paper Dolls
Specialty Service | Cigar Row 
Specialty Service | Big Day Best Friends
Paper Items | Studio R
Specialty Linen | La Tavola
Wedding Dress designer | Modern Trousseau


Guest Fashion

Are you having a hard time deciding how to adhere to a wedding dress code? Not sure if your dress is Black Tie appropriate? Here is your go-to guide for all things dress code!

White Tie - As formal as formal gets

If the invitation says "white tie" you will definitely want to dress to the nines. Women should wear a floor length gown and the men should wear a tuxedo with a long black jacket with tails, a white shirt, vest, and bow tie, and dress shoes. Think the Oscars! 

Photo Credit: Alice Keeny

Black Tie

A black tie wedding often means that women should wear a floor length formal gown or a nice cocktail dress. Men should still wear a black tuxedo or evening jacket with matching trousers. 

Photo Credit: Amelia and Dan

Formal - Sometimes called "Black Tie Optional"

Women can wear a formal gown if they want, but a cocktail dress is definitely appropriate. For the men, your best suit will do fine! You could wear a tuxedo if you want, but it's not required.

Photo Credit: Aaron and Jillian


Most weddings that are dressy casual are likely outside or in the summer. With that being said, women should feel free to wear a cocktail dress or a cute two piece. A suit with a fun tie will do just fine for the men!

Photo Credit: Aaron and Jillian

Some things to keep in mind: 

  • "You can never be overdressed or overeducated" 
  • You can't go wrong with neutral colors or floral patterns
  • The time of the ceremony helps to determine what to wear, for example, an evening ceremony lends itself to more formal attire. 

Fabulous Friday: Day-After Photography Session

Hyer Images

What better way to start your first day of marriage than to do a day-after session with your photographers! You're finally married and this gives you a chance to show your natural love in front of the camera after such a magical night. We absolutely love this idea! Hyer Images did an amazing day-after session at the beach that gives us chills! Seriously, breathtaking! You can look back and remember how you felt the day you started your lives together! And ladies, just another excuse to put that fabulous wedding dress back on!  If you plan ahead, you can get some gorgeous photos like this too! Check it out...

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William Aiken House Wedding: Lauren + Michael


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.









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!




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!




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