Lowndes Grove Plantation Wedding: Michelle + Omar

Michelle + Omar had a dream wedding despite the summer rain at Lowndes Grove Plantation. The blush, navy, and gold accents glistened beneath the beautiful crystal chandeliers. This couple had adorable details; their personal monogram for the specialty bar, a custom black and white dance floor, swizzle straws, and dancing shoes! They couldn't bring their dog all the way from Miami, so they made a cut out so he could be there in spirit, we love this! The couple shared their vows in the black and white piazza at Lowndes, just perfect for an intimate ceremony! You can just see the love in their eyes, and this overhead shot of their sparkler departure is one of our favorites to date! Thanks to Leigh Webber photography for all the beauty.




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 Thank You To Our Fabulous Vendors:
Wedding Planning + Design | Pure Luxe Bride  
Ceremony/Reception Venue | Lowndes Grove Plantation
Caterer/Bar/Cake | Patrick Properties
Florist | Branch
Rentals | Event Works / Snyder
Ceremony Music | Signature Players
Reception Music | Epic Charleston
Photographer | Leigh Webber
Hair/Makeup | Gibson Hair and Makeup  
Lighting | Innovative Event Services

Fabulous Friday: Why We Love First Looks

The moment the bride and groom see one another for the first time on the wedding day is an emotional and beautiful moment that we love to see captured! The grooms face when he first sees his gorgeous bride in her gown is simply priceless. The 'first look' is something we recommend to all our brides, it is a very special moment that the couple spends together in private and really get the chance to take it all in.  No matter how creative the first look is, it makes for some amazing photos that the bride + groom will love to cherish forever! Look at these moments of laughter and tears of joy, so sweet!


Liz PRebish and Greg Zinsmeister's wedding at Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790, ameliaanddan.comIMG_1014


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The girls standing by your side on your big day are just as important as the groom! Getting ready shots of the bride + bridesmaids show the true friendships between them. Helping their bride prepare to see her groom make some of the cutest snapshots!

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Lastly, we can't forget about our sweet dad's. There is something so special about the moment a dad see's his little girl for the first time. These photos are absolutely breathless so make sure your photographer is there to capture all the love!


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Planning Tip Tuesday: How to Jazz Up Your Cocktail Hour!

The ceremony has gone off without a hitch, and now it's time for your guests to mix and mingle during cocktail hour to kick off the celebration! We've compiled a few things that will help make your cocktail hour fun for guests and uniquely you! 1. Who doesn't love a specialty drink? Whether it's a fun name or cool concoction, guests love to order these up and get the party started! This is also a fun way for you to incorporate something special from you and your groom into the reception, think of the first drink he bought you, or a his and her's drinks to make it unique to you. 0790Cassady Clayton and Joe Hild's wedding at the Gibbes Museum in Charleston SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790, ameliaanddan.com

If you love details, don't forget the specialty straws, stir sticks and napkins!

Kellianne Boyle and Peter Tang's wedding at St. Luke's Chapel and Marion's in Charleston, SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790, ameliaanddan.com© Dana Cubbage Weddings 2014

2. Cocktail hour is also a place to have some fun with your food! Introduce guests to the local Charleston fare, or create a custom menu that contains your favorite foods for guests to enjoy.

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3. Who doesn't love games? Most venues are either completely outside or have an indoor and outdoor component, so use it to your advantage! Add some fun to the cocktail hour with oversized lawn games or corn hole.

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4. Entertain your guests! Having a DJ for your reception and want a live music component? Have your ceremony strings or a special musical guest for your cocktail hour. This can help keep costs down if you aren't willing to splurge on a live band for the entire evening.

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5. Join your guests! Consider a "First Look" that way your photos are either all finished or mostly finished before the ceremony. Guests will love to see you and chat before dinner begins!

Liz PRebish and Greg Zinsmeister's wedding at Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790, ameliaanddan.comMcMillin Wedding-0260

Wedded Bliss Tip: 12 Makeup Mistakes We Don't Want Our Brides to Make

What could be more important than the dress, the veil, the shoes... nothing right?! Wrong! After spending money on all of these wedding day necessities, not to mention the photographer and the videographer, the perfect look starts with the perfect make up!
1. Book a makeup trial Don't skip scheduling a trial with your makeup artist! This is a very important step in figuring out what look you want on your special day. Make sure you and your makeup artist are on the same page - the last thing you want is a smokey eye for your light and romantic wedding.

2. Looking like someone else Your wedding day really isn't the time to experiment with makeup. You should look like the best version of yourself. Makeup is meant to accentuate your best features, not change your face entirely! You want your groom to recognize you as you walk down the aisle...

3. Skimping on waterproof Just don't. You're hugging, kissing, crying, dancing, and more on your special day so just don't skimp on the waterproof anything! Primer, foundation, setting powder, blush, eyeshadow, mascara, and whatever else you can think of.
4. Keeping makeup looks uniform between you and your bridesmaids As the bride, you should definitely stand out from the rest of the bridal party. You're already wearing a stunning dress so why not continue the trend by making your makeup different from that of your bridesmaids too?! If you don't want to see a dramatic difference, just steak your look a little so that you remain the focus.

5. Using lipstick instead of lip stain Some lipsticks "promise" long-wear coverage that won't come off, but just to be safe, we recommend using a lip stain in stead! We don't want red lipstick on his collar, or worse, your dress.

6. Leaving your wedding makeup look as the last detail you think about Your makeup is as important as your veil - don't forget about it! As soon as you've chosen your gown, figure out what makeup look you want to go for. This can help you create the entire look.

7. OD'ing on highlighter You will be a glowing goddess on your wedding day, we can guarantee it! You don't need to OD on the highlighter or it will leave your face looking shiny and oily, instead of happy and glowy. Apply highlighter only to your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose and on the inner corners of your eyes.

8. Trying false lashes for the first time Again, not the time to experiment. If you want fuller, thicker lashes, use makeup to get the same effect or opt to glue on individual lash clusters with clear glue because they're easy to apply yourself. If you're getting your makeup done, practice this with them as well.


9. Plucking your eyebrows the day of It's never a good idea to mess with your face the day of your wedding. If you wax or have your eyebrows done professionally, make your appointment several days before. This way, no rash or unsightly red bumps will appear on your face on the morning of.

10. Getting your first spray tan the day before your wedding Spray tans are practically impossible to remove. If you've never gotten one before, schedule a trial run a month before your date. You can discuss what you want and get a peek at how it'll look beforehand.


11. Caking on foundation because you think it'll make your skin look better in photos No one looks better in photos with more base makeup on. Use waterproof foundation base only where you need it. Too much makes brides look like they're wearing theater makeup - unnatural, and caked on.


12. Go bold or go home! Play up one area of your face - your eyes, your lips, whatever - just do it! Choose only one feature to accentuate and then balance out the rest of your face. Whatever you decide, you will look beautiful!

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Top Father Daughter Dance Songs for the Modern and Traditional Bride

The Father-Daughter dance is such an important moment in both a bride's and her father's lives. The only suggestion we have for our brides is to make it one they'll remember! Choose a song that is special to you both or learn a cute dance to do together and just have fun with it! This is a pivotal moment that your dad has been looking forward to his entire life. We chose our favorite Father-Daughter Dance songs and have established our top picks. Which song will you choose?
Francesca's Pick:Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton. I'm partial because it's my Daddy's favorite song and the song he and I danced to on my wedding night. It's not what I originally planned - but was able to find out it was what he really wanted and surprised him the night of the wedding.
Blake's Pick: Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle. It's hard for me to choose just one but this song is so special!
Anayis' Pick: The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra. I've always imagined my dad and I dancing to this on my wedding day!
London's Pick: My Girl by The Temptations. My dad and I have known that this is the song we will dance to at my wedding for a very long time! Even now whenever I hear it, I let the him know I'm thinking about him.
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Classic Choices:
Isn't She Lovely by Stevie Wonder Unforgettable by Nat + Natalie King Cole
What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
Your Song by Elton John Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles I Wish You Love by Frank Sinatra
Modern Choices:
Through the Dark by Alexi Murdoch My Little Girl by Tim McGraw
My Wish by Rascal Flats
Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
Sweet Child O' Mine by Taken By Trees

Wedding Traditions You Don't Have to Follow

"Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue..." Wedding traditions can sometimes feel as old as the concept of marriage itself, and for the modern couple, these traditions just won't do! We love tradition here at Pure Luxe Bride, but we understand that your wedding day must be perfectly suited to you. Below, we've compiled some of the wedding traditions we don't think you and your hubby have to follow!
One of the oldest wedding traditions in existence is not seeing each other before the ceremony. It is also the tradition that has since been the most modernized. Nowadays, what the industry calls a "first look" is not only popular, but utilized more frequently than not. A "first look" is an intimate time when the bride and groom see each other right before the ceremony, coordinated by the photographer and the planner. With just the photographer standing by to capture the special moment, the "first look" is a chance for the bride and groom to see each other, calm their nerves and exchange their last words and kisses as an unwed couple. It's also a time for the photographer to capture potentially more creative and better photos, without being rushed.
Traditionally performed after the cake cutting, the groom will remove and throw the garter to the unmarried gentlemen, and the bride tosses her bouquet to the unmarried ladies. Whoever catches these items will be the next to wed! While it remains a fun tradition, the bouquet and garter tosses aren't totally necessary. If you and your hubby would rather keep your guests on the dance floor after the cake is cut, or you don't want to draw attention to those guests that are still single - skip this tradition! Don't worry - you're not missing out and you'll be just as happy dancing the night away.
So there's your sister (she's your Maid of Honor), your three roommates from college and the two girls from work... but oh! You can't forget about your cousins and it'd be nice to put the Best Man's girlfriend on the altar. Hmm and even though you wish you didn't have to keep your future sister-in-law up there... wait! It's a common wedding tradition to have a huge bridal party with everyone and their mother (literally) included. Why not break tradition and just have a Maid of Honor and a Best Man standing by your sides? Keep your bridal party (and inherently your budget) small!
It would be wonderful to get married in the church your parents were married in, but does it really suit you and your fiance's wedding day vision? If not, consider a destination wedding! Location traditions are limiting to one of your hometowns. Why not start a tradition of your own, in a city you can call your own. Destination weddings also act as a mini vacation for guests so pick a place they'll love (like Charleston)!

Pure Luxe Bride's Wedding Week Do's & Don't's

Pure Luxe wants to share with all of our brides the do's and don't's of your wedding week. Make sure to review all of these tips and tricks; one of them could be the one that saves the day! DO touch base with your planner. The best way to put yourself at ease to talk it out: go over all of the details (again), discuss the timeline (again), and take a breath. Have faith in your planner and/or vendors to make your day as special as you’ve always imagined.

DON’T turn into a weather woman. Let us track the weather and come up with plan B for you. Chances are if you look at Charleston weather 5-10 days out, it's going to change before the big day.

DO delegate. Speaking of the in-laws, sisters, uncles and cousins, have them help you with all those last minute errands and details. They’re going to be constantly offering so why not just let them make that call to the officiant or schedule that appointment for you to get your mani/pedi.

DON’T forget to pamper yourself during your wedding week - or even for a couple weeks beforehand! We know you’re getting your hair and makeup done the day of, but why not schedule a massage, mani/pedi and a facial?! Squeeze some last minute relaxation in. Go with your mom, your maid of honor or just take some time to go by yourself.

Cassady Clayton and Joe Hild's wedding at the Gibbes Museum in Charleston SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790, ameliaanddan.com

DO make a plan for the end of the night with your planner, family members and bridal party. It’s important to have a plan for all the items that need transporting at the end of the night. Your bags, veil, any leftover food and decor items you may have brought need an exit strategy - just like you! Don’t forget to pack your overnight back as well!

DON’T wear too much makeup. Do a trial run with your makeup artist beforehand and remember to not wear anything you normally wouldn’t. The last thing you want to do is look back at your wedding photos and wonder what you were thinking.

DO get a spray tan - but again, do a trial run. It is recommended that spray tans get done roughly 2-3 days before your special day. Plan accordingly!

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DON’T ignore your final payments! Typically, during the week of, or even on the day of, your final vendor payments will be due. Absolutely do not forget to make these payments and balance your checkbook before leaving for your honeymoon.

DO take a few days of work during your wedding week. It’s enough having those last minute errands and details to cover, but to do it all with your in-laws, sisters, uncles and cousins hovering or staying in the guest room, work is going to be the last thing on your brain.

However, DON’T take the entire week off. You can use work as an escape from all the craziness: a reason to leave your house, a reason to dodge a lunch date with ALL of the future in-laws, or just a reason to focus on something other than the big day!

DO go to the gym. Take a yoga or zumba class with your bridesmaids. Get moving, get sweating and get those endorphins pumping! No reason to be cooped up all the time stressing about those last minute details. Get your mind off of the wedding and take a moment to laugh with your ladies about how inflexible you all are…

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DON’T show everyone what you look like in your wedding dress before your special day. We understand how exciting it is, but trust us - it’s more special when you wait until the day of.

DO get your groom a little something to open on your wedding day. Write him a card or buy him a little something to remind him of how much you love him. His pre-wedding jitters will definitely calm at the sight of something that reminds him of you.

DON’T freak out if things don’t go as planned. For example, if the cake doesn’t look exactly how you want it to, remember that it tastes good. Take the day as it comes and just have fun!

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DO be a guest at your own wedding! Be in the moment on the day of; trust us, you won’t want to miss a thing. All of your planning, anticipation and excitement all comes down to this one day so stop worrying about each and every detail and just enjoy yourself. Enjoy the celebration, the guests and most importantly, your new hubby.

DON’T forget to love your family. Thank them for everything they have done to make this special day possible. No matter how stressful your parents have made you the weeks, months and year before, on the day of your wedding, you’ll be so grateful to have them with you.

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How Much Does a Charleston Wedding Really Cost?


The reality of budgets and vendor costs can be easily forgotten in the midst of all the excitement of planning your special day. To help our beautiful Pure Luxe brides stay on track, we've created the budget guide above! We calculated these ranges based on averages from our most frequently used vendors and venues. With over ninety weddings per weekend in Charleston, one can only imagine why the prices must remain competitive between the different vendors and venues. Charleston has a lot to offer its brides, but like with any destinations, it has a price.

Couples that choose Charleston as their wedding destination strongly believe that the event was more fun and lasted longer. Essentially, our couples have invited their closest family and friends to go on a mini-vacation with them; what could be better than that?! But like we said, this comes at a price not only for the bride and groom, but for guests too. Hotels, transportation and food increase in price for guests, like at any wedding where travel is involved. In exchange for the additional arrangements that must be made, guests get to enjoy a true Charleston weekend - and we can guarantee it'll be one they never forget!

Fabulous Friday: Vendor Spotlight on Mackenzie Image Consulting

Mackenzie Image Consulting offers services in wardrobe consulting and personal image transformations both in the Charleston are and around the country. Nichole Dunst, of Mackenzie Image Consulting, recently reached out to Pure Luxe Bride to introduce a new package they are offering, exclusively for Mothers of the Bride. Often times, the mother of the bride gets caught up in taking care of the daughter during the wedding planning process that their day-of wardrobe becomes an afterthought. Mackenzie Image Consulting has created a package to ensure the mother of the bride’s day is just as special and flawless as their daughter’s. The package includes:

The hunt for the perfect dress: Leave it to our team to find the perfect MOB dress based on your budget, personal style, skin tone, and body type. We will also set you up with a tailor if needed, to make sure your dress is the perfect fit.

Accessories: Your dress isn’t complete without shoes, jewelry, a matching handbag, and the necessary scarf, cape, or jacket to keep you comfortable and warm in the case of a cool weather wedding. The perfect complementary accessories will help pull the entire look together.

Undergarments: The perfect foundation garments will ensure that you feel beautiful and confident on the big day.

Hair & makeup suggestions: We will work with you to put together a hair & makeup plan to bring to your hair stylist and makeup artist. If you are still in need of a makeup artist, we have one on staff for an additional charge.

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If this is something you’d like to offer to your brides as a gift idea for their mom, we’d be happy to offer a discounted package price for being a promotional partner of ours. By working with you, they will get a discount, making this is a win-win opportunity.

Package Total: $350