While many aspects of the wedding day focus on the bride, ladies, don't forget about your man! On the wedding day, gift him with something that signifies your love and excitement to spend the rest of your life with him. This will set the tone for the day and always be a reminder of that special day! You can do this by purchasing a thoughtful gift (big or small) or writing a handwritten note. Of course, it's always nice if it can be incorporated into his wardrobe or wedding day accessories. It creates a great picture opportunity and will make him feel equally as special on such an important day. Below are some ideas we came up with that he is sure to love!
Labor Day weekend was the perfect weather for a Magnolia Plantation Veranda Wedding for Samantha + Jeromy. The couple had their first look under swooping oaks at the plantation captured by Rachel Red Photography. The ceremony began at the wedding garden with the beautiful white bridge as the backdrop. Once they tied the knot, guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the front lawn of the house followed by dinner on the porch. Tables were set with garland, gold lanterns and lots of candlelight for a simple, elegant southern look. The bride and groom had a beautiful chandelier hanging over their cozy sweetheart table. Following dinner, drinks, and a lot of dancing, Samantha + Jeromy exited through a tunnel of sparklers as Mr. and Mrs. Hyman!
Wedding Planning | Pure Luxe Bride
Ceremony Venue | Magnolia Long White Bridge
Reception Venue | Magnolia Veranda
Catering | Mosaic
Bar Service, Florist + Lighting | Duvall
Cake | Dulce Truck
Rentals | EventWorks Rentals
Ceremony + Cocktail Music | Bob Williams Duo
Reception Music | DJ Jon
Photographer | Rachel Red
Hair + Makeup | Paper Dolls
Transportation | Charleston Style Limo
Photobooth | Charleston Photobooth
On a lovely Friday afternoon, Kira + Brent tied the knot at their Magnolia Plantation Carriage House Wedding. After an intimate first look, exquisitely captured by Dana Cubbage, the ceremony was beautifully set up underneath the large oak. The bridesmaids making their way down the aisle in mismatched burgundy, pink and purple dresses before Kira, looking stunning in her blush tulle gown and bold red lipstick.
Inside the carriage house, the 2 white farm tables, making up the head tables, were adorned with gorgeous centerpieces filled with flowers of sandy pinks, burgundy, and touches of white and green. Pomegranates were incorporated into the tabletop to add some texture and accent the deep fall hues. The wagon wheel chandeliers were embellished with complementary florals to the centerpieces. After a fun night of eating, drinking, and dancing the night away, the newlyweds departed the reception via vintage Rolls Royce as Mr. + Mrs. Greenberg!
Thank you to our fabulous vendors!
Planning + Design | Pure Luxe Bride
Ceremony/Reception | Magnolia Plantation Carriage House
Catering | Mosaic
Bar Service | Squeeze
Cake | Swank
Florist | Miele
Rentals | EventWorks
Lighting | IES
Photographer | Dana Cubbage
Officiant | John W. Leininger
Bride + Groom Transportation | ACW Vintage Rolls
Specialty Rentals | French Eclectic
Dress Designer | Pronovias
Your wedding day is all about you, and your new husband - but with each guest to thank and friends to mingle with, it's hard to find a quiet moment to pause and bask in your beautiful day as a couple. One way to allow for a few moments to sit down together and enjoy each others company in the midst of your many guests, is a stunning sweetheart table! With the growing popularity of couple's choosing a sweetheart table over a traditional head table, there are so many ways to personalize your table as a short refuge to enjoy your first meal as a newly married couple! We also love how sweetheart tables serve as a focal point for your guests with just you and your groom at the table.
To distinguish your table from your guests', we love sequined table linens to add that extra touch of glam! The delicate draping of your chairs can be accented with florals and greenery to really set you both apart!
Having a sweetheart table allows for intimate, relaxed photographs to be captured throughout the night. The sweet candid moments that are captured during toasts and enjoying a few moments together at your own table are our favorites!
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.
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!
Photo credit: Dana Cubbage Weddings
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
Megan + Davan had a perfect William Aiken House wedding. This venue perfectly complimented their art-deco design and vibrant love for one another. Their wedding was full of eye-catching details, from the bride's elegant Pronovias dress paired with studded Prada heels, to her luscious bouquet filled with rich Anemones. Megan was the center of attention all night long, along with her handsome groom, of course! The groom opted for a classic black tux. They had a stunning clear top tent draped in silver and over sized chandelier that glistened over the dance floor. The lounge area also provided a luxurious space with a bright silver ottoman, surrounded by tufted couches, rich floral arrangements, and candlelight.These special details made for an elegant and intimate reception where friends and family danced the night away. In true southern form, Megan + Davan were sent off by their guests through an archway of sparklers into Downtown Charleston on a romantic rickshaw ride! It was truly a wedding to remember. Thank you to Hyer Images for capturing this Gatsby inspired wedding!
Thank you to all of our Fabulous Vendors!
Wedding Planner | Pure Luxe Bride
Ceremony/Reception Venue | William Aiken House
Catering/Bar/Cake | Patrick Properties
Florist | Branch
Rentals | Event Works
Lighting | IES
Lounge | Snyder
Makeup | Pink Dot Beauty Bar
Photo Booth | Oh Snap!
Specialty Linen | Nuage Designs
Officiant | Kevin Keuhmeier
Ceremony Music | Bob Williams
Reception Music | Charleston Groove Factory
Photographer | Hyer Images
Hair | Friend of Bride: Rebecca Deamer of Miano Viel Salon in NY
We just can't get enough of the special moment on the wedding day when the dad see's her beautiful daughter for the first time. This is a moment that is very special and should not be forgotten! We always recommend having your photographer there to capture this proud daddy moment. Its a photo you will cherish forever that is filled with love! Here are some of our favorites!
Jennifer + Paul radiated love as they said "I Do" in front of the butterfly lakes at Middleton Place. The weather was perfect for this small, intimate ceremony that was shared with family and close friends. The two couldn't have looked any more beautiful and in love!
The horse drawn carriage picked up the guests as well as the newlyweds and took them across the large plantation to the pavilion, where the reception was being held. Everyone enjoyed cocktail hour and then proceeded inside to the gorgeous wonderland filled with light pinks and plenty of candles. The seating was set up family style, with one long table to accommodate the 40 guests.
The sheer white drape hanging above the intimate tabletop was the perfect romantic touch to dinner. Once everyone was seated, the bride + groom entered in and made their first appearance as husband and wife with a dance to "All of Me" by John Legend. Jennifer then requested a special dance with her daughter to "My Girl" by The Temptations. After dinner, Jennifer + Paul cut the stunning pink cake by Delicious Desserts. The cake included lace detail to match the bride's gorgeous gown- stunning!
DJ Rob Duren did not disappoint when he played the brides favorite song, The Hokey Pokey. Jennifer as well as many other guests didn't leave the dance floor all night until the couple was ready to depart.
Venue: Middleton Place
Food & Beverage: Middleton Place
Planning & Design: Pure Luxe Bride
Draping: Pure Luxe Bride
Photography: Jennifer Bearden
Flowers: Branch Design Studio
DJ: Rob Duren
Cake: Delicious Desserts
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.
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. 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.
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! 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
You've opted for a plated dinner, now what?! We've put together a list of items to help make explain the process for seating and meal selections for your guests to make this part of the planning process a breeze! Seating
- With a plated dinner, there must be seating for 100% of your guest count with assigned tables. (Pure Luxe Bride clients get a really helpful planning sheet along with their floor plan to assist in seating assignments for your guests!)
- Choose between a head table with the entire bridal party or a sweetheart table for the bride and groom only.
- Be sure to note where children or guests under 21 are seated so the catering staff can set accordingly. Children's meals are often available at a discounted rate.
- Allow guests to pre-select their meal from a list of two entrée options (typically a fish or a meat) or opt for a duo for all guests to enjoy! While duo options are typically more costly, they do allow for a faster food service so you can get the party started!
- If guests pre-select their meal, you'll have to make place cards that indicate this selection, whereas if you choose a duo, you'd only need a seating chart for guests to find their table.
- If choosing a duo entrée, consider a menu card for guests at each place-setting so they can see what will be served for dinner.
- Don't like the idea of a menu? Consider a thank-you note for each guest in place of a menu.