William Aiken House Wedding: Ivonne + Randy

William Aiken House looked even more beautiful than we could've imagined on this stunning Saturday last April for Ivonne + Randy's English, Gothic inspired wedding!

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Ivonne and Randy gradually arrived with their bridal party, dressed and ready for the day ahead, as family members slowly flooded in for photos. Before the family photos began, Ivonne + Randy enjoyed one of the most romantic first looks we've ever seen. Photographer Reese Moore did a beautiful job at capturing the couple in those intimate first moments of seeing one another. Ivonne couldn't stop smiling! Randy fell in love all over again when he saw her in her stunning Modern Trousseau gown.

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Following some exceptional photos of the classic black + white bridal party, it was time for the ceremony! Instead of "Cannon" by Zox playing as the bridal party made their way down the aisle, Ivonne surprised her future husband with a bagpiper to play the rest of the processional. Randy, beaming from the moment the bagpiper began to the very end of the ceremony, loved his surprise! The ceremony took place on the carriage lot of The William Aiken House, where Ivonne + Randy's closest family and friends witnessed them exchange vows and agree to spend the rest of their lives loving one another.

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Cocktail hour began as guests made their way to the second floor of the William Aiken House for a raw bar, hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. As the hour came to a close, all of the guests were invited to make their way to the upstairs porch to watch the couple's first dance. You cannot beat the gorgeous sunlight from their first dance, it truly was picture perfect!

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Guests followed Ivonne + Randy into their beautifully, decorated tent complete with birdcage chandeliers and gorgeous greenery! Guests were greeted at their tables with personalized calligraphy menus.

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After dinner, Ivonne + Randy cut their cake and danced the night away! The couple invited all of their guests to join them for an after party at Fish just a couple doors down into the wee hours of the night.

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The following vendors were used to create Ivonne + Randy's elegant evening.

Ceremony + Reception Venue | William Aiken House
Planning + Design | Pure Luxe Bride
Catering, Bar Service + Cake | Patrick Properties
Florist | Sara York Grimshaw
Rentals | EventWorks + Snyder
Photographer | Reese Moore
DJ | Stephen Darby (Epic Charleston)
Ceremony + Reception Music | Eklipse Productions
Officiant | Randi Siegal (friend of the couple)
Hair + Makeup | Paper Dolls
Transportation | Charleston Style Limo
Dress | Modern Troussesu
Lighting | Loluma 

Middleton Place Wedding: Andrea + Chris

Picture horse drawn carriage rides, oak trees dripping in moss, and spring flowers in full bloom at Charleston's beautiful Middleton Place. This was the setting for Andrea + Chris' romantic, April wedding. Andrea wore a gorgeous lace, open-back gown from Gown Boutique; Chris a handsome, dark gray suit. Andrea and her stunning bridesmaids rode the horse drawn carriage to the ceremony site where Chris awaited his bride's walk down the aisle. Andrea and her father glided down the aisle at the Butterfly Lake's Charleston Virtuosi's playing in the background. View More: http://danacubbageweddings.pass.us/andreaandchrismarriedView More: http://danacubbageweddings.pass.us/andreaandchrismarriedView More: http://danacubbageweddings.pass.us/andreaandchrismarried View More: http://danacubbageweddings.pass.us/andreaandchrismarried

After exchanging vows over looking the Butterfly Lakes, Andrea + Chris invited their guests to enjoy "Planter's Punch" and "Arnold Palmer's" under the mossy oaks at Middleton Place's Crane Pool. Cocktail hour took place in front of azalea hill accompanied by scrumptious hors d'oeuvres. The duo took photos with their bridal party and got some truly memorable snapshots together. View More: http://danacubbageweddings.pass.us/andreaandchrismarriedView More: http://danacubbageweddings.pass.us/andreaandchrismarriedView More: http://danacubbageweddings.pass.us/andreaandchrismarried Andrea + Chris were announced into their perfectly draped reception to "All You Need Is Love" by The Beatles. The light blue table cloths, pink linen napkins and white and pink floral arrangements perfectly complimented the Pavilion. Lanterns were scattered throughout the ceiling's draping to light up the night! Guests followed their escort cards to their assigned table, where they found a mini-bottle of firefly awaiting their arrival with a sweet note from the Bride + Groom. View More: http://danacubbageweddings.pass.us/andreaandchrismarried

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Brick Lane Catering served a delicious three-course dinner with salads, soup and a main course - all of which looked mouth-wateringly delish! The newlyweds cut into their elegant champagne cake by Twenty Six Divine decorated with a cascade of flowers. Guests danced like there was no tomorrow alongside The Dickens, until it was actually time for their departure through a sea of sparklers! View More: http://danacubbageweddings.pass.us/andreaandchrismarriedView More: http://danacubbageweddings.pass.us/andreaandchrismarriedView More: http://danacubbageweddings.pass.us/andreaandchrismarried These fabulous vendors helped to make Andrea + Chris' wedding possible!

Wedding Planner + Designer | Pure Luxe Bride
Ceremony Venue | Middleton Place: Butterfly Lakes
Reception Venue | Middleton Place: Pavilion
Bar Service | Middleton Place
Caterer | Brick Lane Catering
Rentals | EventWorks
Florist | Wild Flowers, Inc.
Photographer | Dana Cubbage Photography
Ceremony Music | Charleston Virtuosi
Reception Music | Sam Hill Entertainment
Cake | Twenty Six Divine
Officiant |Len Ripley
Wedding Dress | Gown Boutique of Charleston
Hair + Makeup | Paper Dolls
Exit Transportation | Charleston Style Limo

Fabulous Friday: How to Make Your Wedding Ceremony Unique

Looking for some ideas to make your ceremony unique in your own personal way? Here are a few ideas to add a creative touch to your ceremony: Flowers! You may be thinking flowers, well duh. But you can get creative with the flower selection and arrangement. A flower arbor is an adorable way to draw attention to the ceremony space. Flower pedals down the aisle can be arranged in all kinds of ways to make the aisle look more appealing for pictures and for the grand entrance of the bride!

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Ceremony music is a way to show creativity from the bride and the groom! If youre tired of hearing "Air from Water", switch it up! Acoustic versions of your favorite songs make for great ceremony music! Have your parents seated to a fun acoustic version of their favorite song, like "All You Need is Love" by the Beatles. After the ceremony is over, you'll want to make your exit to something fun! Try "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," by Stevie Wonder.

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Vows, writing your own vows is a simple way to create something special between you and your groom. This also adds a personal touch to your ceremony.

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Don't forget about all the other men that make your life so special! If you have someone other than dad that has been a big part of your life, let them share in your experience. Step-dads or grandpa's also love to walk you down the aisle on your big day! Have a man on each arm, or have your dad walk you half way and someone else walk you the rest!

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Also think of having both of your parents walk you down the aisle, so they both can give you away!

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Chandeliers! A little bling hanging over top of the bride and groom is a cute and fun way to make your ceremony shine! Not to mention the great pictures!

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If you have someone special in your life.. other than your fiancé, bring them along!  Pets are a great way to liven up the ceremony, have your pets run down the aisle to greet you or have them escorted by friends or family! Cute bow ties and leashes and Dog Nanny recommended!

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Love Locks! This is such an adorable idea to add into your ceremony. You and your groom pick a cute lock and key set, engraved or painted! During the ceremony, the Officiant will tell you to place the lock on whatever you choose and toss the key! This is great for weddings on the water because the bride and groom can lock in their love by throwing the key "overboard". This is also a sweet idea to use with both sets of parents who present their own love locks as well.

Memory tables are a sweet way to remember those that could not be at the ceremony. Normally a table is dedicated to those who have passed with pictures of them and a cute little saying like, "We know you would be here today, if heaven wasn't so far away."

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Make your ceremony unique to you as a couple- it's about the two of you!

Lowndes Grove Plantation Wedding: Amanda + Rod

The chance of rain wasn't stopping Amanda + Rod from having a beautiful day! As the bride and groom got ready for their special day in Isle of Palms, Pure Luxe Bride was hard at work at Lowndes Grove Plantation on the peninsula with a gorgeous draping installation for their tent!

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The bride and groom chose to exchange their vows at St. John's Lutheran Church, off the beaten path nearby the downtown market. As guests arrived to the church, the bridal party was hidden before beginning what was a beautiful ceremony. Both mothers processed to "Clair de Lune", followed by the bridal party to "Canon in D". The officiant, groom and best man entered first, followed by the Jr. Bridesmaids, the bridesmaids escorted by the groomsmen, and of course, the two adorable ring bearer's. Amanda and her father were greeted by "The Prince of Denmark's March", as they themselves marched down the aisle.

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Cocktail hour began at 6pm, where guests were invited to enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the plantation home. Amanda + Rod's sweet puppy arrived, groomed and fluffy, to snap a few photos with the couple on their special day. "Dr. + Mrs. Romero" were announced into their reception and enjoyed their first dance to Edwin McCain's, "I'll Be". Amanda then shared a dance with her father and  Rod with his mother.

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After the station-style dinner, Amanda + Rod cut their beautifully designed cake, adorned with flowers and detailed piping to match the lace on Amanda's dress. They had so much fun with the bouquet and garter tosses and danced the rest of the night away with their guests! Amanda + Rod chose "God Gave Me You" by Blake Shelton to be played as the last song of the night, before their sparkler departure!

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The following vendors were used to create Amanda + Rod's elegant evening.

Ceremony Venue | St. John's Lutheran Church
Reception Venue | Lowndes Grove Plantation
Planning, Design & Draping | Pure Luxe Bride
Catering, Bar Service + Cake | Patrick Properties
Rentals | EventWorks
Band | Plane Jane
Florist | WildFlowers Inc.
Photographer | McBee Photography
Hair + Makeup | Ash & Co. Bridal Hair
Dog Service | Dawg Tired Wedding Nanny

William Aiken House Wedding: Lauren + Michael

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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

Hibernian Hall Wedding: Dixie + Patrick

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We were so honored to have Dixie + Patrick's wedding as our first of 2014 - and what a beautiful wedding it was! The ceremony took place at St. Luke's Chapel, on MUSC's campus in downtown Charleston. Dixie looked timeless in her gown and red lip, while Patrick and his best gentlemen sported dashing black tuxedos. Our bride elegantly walked down the aisle with her father to Overture from Music for the Royal Fireworks by G.F. Handel.

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After exchanging their vows, the newlyweds invited guests to enjoy the remainder of the evening with them in historical, downtown Charleston. Hibernian Hall looked simply romantic; the neutral tables were accented with gold runners as the glow from the classic chandeliers illuminated the hall. Wild Flowers' hydrangea's, tulips and lisianthus breathed life into the room, accompanied by tall, elegant baby's breath arrangements in latour trumpet vases.

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With a perfect combination of southern treats and traditional favorites, Hamby catered the delicious station-style dinner. There was a carving station accompanied by a mashed potato bar, a build-your-own pasta station with all the fix-ins you could possibly imagine, and our groom's favorite, the crab cake and asparagus station. After cutting the single-tiered chocolate cake, guests enjoyed Holy City Sweet's scrumptious cupcakes.

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Dixie + Patrick danced the night away to the musical styling of DJ Wade. The Other Brother Entertainment DJ did a fantastic job of mixing some of the bride and groom's favorite oldies with the beats of today's hits - what fun! Per the bride's romantic request for a slow song, she and Patrick also enjoyed some time on the dance floor to enjoy being husband and wife.

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Pure Luxe Bride loved planning and designing this Hibernian Hall wedding.

The following vendors were used to create this elegant evening.

Dixie and Patrick’s Vendors:
Catering | Hamby Catering
Bar Service | Mix
Cupcakes | Holy City Sweets
Ceremony Venue | St. Luke's Chapel
Reception Venue | Hibernian Hall
Rentals| Event Works
Ceremony Music | Katie Holland (organist)
Reception DJ | DJ Wade via Other Brother Entertainment
Florist | Wild Flowers
Photographer | Monika Gauthier Photography
Hair & Makeup | Stella Nova (West Ashley), Lindsey + Larissa
Officiant | Ryan Lyles
Transportation | Tri-Country Transportation

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