Fabulous Friday: Wedding Traditions

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

Lowndes Grove Wedding: Gabby + Pedro

We couldn't have asked for better weather to celebrate Gabby + Pedro'sLowndes Grove Wedding! Gabby looked jaw-dropping walking down the aisle in her sweetheart ball gown from Modern Trousseau, and the bridesmaids complimented her look with pink floral watercolor-inspired dresses. Once the couple said their "I Do's" at Church of the Nativity, guests were giddy to head over to the reception and grab a cocktail and take in the water view. Blooming blush garden roses, sweet peas, and dusty miller in shades of pinks and whites with greenery adorned the tables outside and rustic seating and lounge were all too fitting for this sunny day celebration. The couple and their guests took advantage of the sunset and snapped some romantic pictures under the Oak tree with a handmade lit "Love" sign. As a favor, each guest was given a handmade box with benne wafers for a sweet treat. The couple danced the night away, Gabby's sister revealed a special guest: the Clemson Tiger, the bride and grooms alma mater! Guests cheered and chanted as the tiger joined them to dance and celebrate with the bride + groom to the tiger rag song. And of course, what better way to end the perfect night than with a sparkler send off! As Gabby + Pedro were whisked away in their limousine, we wished them a happily ever after!  


Fabulous Vendors:

Wedding Planning + Event Design | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony Venue | Church of Nativity

Reception Venue | Lowndes Grove

Catering/Bar/Cake | Patrick Properties

Florist | Branch

Rentals | Snyder

Lounge + Specialty | Event Works

Lighting | IES

Reception Music | Simply Tayo Band

Photographer | Dana Cubbage

Officiant | Priest at Church

Hair/Makeup | Paper Dolls (Shayla)

Guest Transportation | Carolina’s Executive Limo Service

Bride + Groom Getaway | ACW

Dress Designer | Modern Trousseau

Magnolia Plantation Wedding: Jennifer + Matt

Jennifer + Matt couldn't have asked for a more perfect fall day, as the couple said their "I do's" under the stunning Southern Oaks at the Magnolia Plantation Carriage House. But the party didn't stop there- Jennifer + Matt wanted their guests to experience the entire Plantation, so following their ceremony, guests were escorted to the Conservatory. Drinks were enjoyed during cocktail hour in the crisp, fall air and picturesque scenery to the relaxing sounds of Bob Williams in the background. As cocktail hour began to wind down, guests made their way to the Veranda where the real party began. The oversized tent was filled with crystal chandeliers, mini pumpkins, and pops of lavendar, as each centerpiece was a spilling arrangement of lavender snapdragons, roses, and gorgeous foliage. Jennifer + Matt were announced as husband + wife for the very first time to "Zombie Nation," their college sports chant that had everyone on their feet - Penn State pom-poms in hand- and filled the tent with energy! It's safe to say these two knew how to have a good time and it shows in all of the gorgeous shots from Amelia + Dan. Following an outstanding five-course meal by Cru, guests danced and sang the night away to the Shimmer Band- mixing up the tunes from oldies, to pop! With smiles all around as the night came to an end, Jennifer + Matt were sent off by their guests through an archway of glow sticks - the most perfect exit to their special day.

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Wedding Day Vendors:

Planning & Design | Pure Luxe Bride
Photography | Amelia + Dan
Flowers | Branch Design Studio
Ceremony Venue | Magnolia Plantation Carriage House
Cocktail Venue | Magnolia Plantation Conservatory
Reception Venue | Magnolia Plantation Veranda
Rentals | Event Works
Catering & Bar | Cru Catering
Cake | Declare
Ceremony Music | Bob Williams Duo
Reception Music | Shimmer Band
Videography | Film Anywhere Productions
Hair + Make Up | Ash and Co.
Guest Transportation | ACW Limo
Specialty Dessert | Copperpot Confections
Caricature Artist | Thomas Bennett 

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!




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.




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.



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!


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.


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.



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: Jennifer + Paul

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!

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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.

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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!

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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. 

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Fabulous Vendors:
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



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

William Aiken House Wedding: Jess+ Justin

This anthropology inspired wedding was truly an eye catcher. Jess incorporated her own fun personal style into the entire design of the event.The wedding took place at the historical William Aiken House in downtown Charleston. The ceremony space was set up in front of the brick carriage house and an Indian inspired printed runner down the aisle for Jess to walk on as she entered the ceremony. 

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Jess' dress was boho chic with bits of lace on the upper bodice and shoulders. Her bouquet by Wild Flowers was a show stopper, with long limbs of ivy cascading down. Each bridesmaid picked their own dress to show off their individual flare, the combination was gorgeous!

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Upstairs the table sets were topped with gold flatware, and gold rimmed plates and glasses. The floral print napkin was complimented by an ivory menu card decorated with flowers. At the end of the night, Jess has the napkins wrapped with twine and given in sets of 8 to close family members and friends to remember the night.

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The bride + her dad started the traditional father daughter dance to "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong while the guests were crowded around the dance floor under the stars. To everyone's surprise, midway through the song Jess and her dad broke out into their own choreographed dance that they had rehearsed. It was a special treat for the guests, and illuminated the love between this dad and daughter pair.


The Emerald Empire Band  started to play Journey, "Don't Stop Believing" to finish out the night and send off the bride + groom. As the song was playing, colorful monogrammed tambourines were passed out to the guests, and this quickly became one of our most departures! The sweet couple were swept out onto King St. to continue the fun night with their family + friends.

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Vendors Who Made This Day Perfect:
Planning & Design: Pure Luxe Bride
Photography: Paige Winn
Venue: William Aiken House
Food & Beverage: Patrick Properties
Cake: Patrick Properties
Flowers: Wild Flowers Inc.
Rentals: Event Works
Lounge: Snyder
Hair & Make Up: Charlotte Belk


Planning Tip Tuesday: What you need for plated Dinners

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.

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Food Style

- 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.


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Lowndes Grove Plantation Wedding: Laurie + Dan

Laurie + Dan picked the perfect November day to tie the knot at Lowndes Grove Plantation. Talk about glam, this wedding was gleaming from head to toe! From the flowers, to the dress, the cake, and the crystal Chuppah, everything was over the top! With an absolutely stunning bride + groom, and the Ashley River as the backdrop, you just can't go wrong! You can just feel the love these two shared through these amazing photos captured by Hyer Images!




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This gorgeous Jewish wedding ceremony was focused around the Chuppah, elegantly placed in the center of the luscious front lawn. The crystal frame caught the early evening sunset, gleaming as Laurie + Dan said their "I do's".

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Following cocktail hour, Laurie + Dan were surrounded by their guests as they were raised up in chairs to complete the traditional dance of the Horah. Elegant custom draping by Loluma aligned the dance floor as unique chandeliers glistened over the bride and groom, providing an intimate space to enjoy their special night.

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Beneath this ever-so-glamorous tent, the guest enjoyed an exquisite five course meal, followed by a miniature dessert platter, which included desserts such as flambéed crème brûlée banana tart- yum! Each table was decorated with custom-made linens, a gift to the bride, and classic centerpieces of floating candles and oversized orchid arrangements.





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As the evening came to a close, the guests lined the walkway with sparklers to see Laurie and Dan off in their stretch limo. The couple's limo was then followed by many others, taking the newlyweds and their party downtown to Mynt, where they continued their celebration!

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Wedding Planning & Design: Pure Luxe Bride
Floral, Lighting and Decor Design: Loluma
Photography: Hyer Images
Videography: Hart to Heart Media
Band: Shimmer
DJ: Creative Sound
Hair & Make Up: Stuart Lawrence Salon
Transportation: Charleston Style Limo
Cake: Twenty Six Divine
Catering & Bar Service: FISH
Venue: Lowndes Grove Plantation
Officiant: Rabbi Segal
Rentals: Snyder
Specialty Bar: Event DRS
Paper: Prim & Pixie

Creek Club at I'on Wedding: Caitlin + Chris

Caitlin + Chris had a beautiful romantic wedding at the Creek Club this summer! Their first look captured by Jennifer Bearden Photography seriously has us swooning! Their creek side ceremony overlooking the water provided a beautiful backdrop for their vows to take place.  Guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the wrap around porch with rocking chairs and lounge for guests to relax and enjoy the waterside view. The bride + groom incorporated southern charm into their wedding including their new monogram hanging over the fireplace and a gorgeous drape adding a soft touch to the room.  Other cute details were the adorable escort cards, custom cocktail napkins, and pink peony florals to top it all off! King of Pops arrived during dancing to cool down guests with their delicious homemade pops before the couples grand sparkler departure!

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Thank you to all the fabulous vendors!
Wedding Planning, Design & Draping | Pure Luxe Bride
Ceremony/Reception Venue | Creek Club at I'on
Catering/Bar | Creek Club at I'on
Cake | Declare Cakes
Specialty Dessert | King of Pops
Florist | Wild Flowers
Rentals | Snyder
Ceremony Music | Bob Williams Duo
Reception Music | Midnight City
Officiant | Kevin Kuehmeier
Hair | Elysium Salon
Makeup | Pamela Lesch
Photographer | Jennifer Bearden
Bride & Groom Transportation | Finger Snappin Trolley
Lighting | IES