Thomas Bennett House Wedding: Whitney + Nick

Whitney + Nick envisioned a romantic southern garden wedding and The Thomas Bennett was the perfect venue to host their day. A beautiful Sperry tent was set for dinner with chandeliers, lush blooms, and gold accents. The bar was adorned with their custom monogram decals which was also incorporated into their beautiful invitation suite. The couple said "I Do" during an intimate ceremony as guests waved 'yay' flags and tossed petals as the couple recessed down the aisle after their first kiss. A solo pianist played as guests entered the historic home for cocktail hour while the wedding party took a spin in the vintage seafoam green bus. After a night of dancing, the bride and groom exited through a tunnel of glow wands and drove off in a horse drawn carriage! 

 

Fabulous Vendors

Wedding Planner| Designer | Pure Luxe Bride
Photography + Videography | Dana Cubabge
Ceremony/Reception Venue | Thomas Bennett House
Catering  | Mosaic Catering
Cake | Swank
Florist | Branch Design Studio
Rentals | Snyder
Tent | Sperry
Lighting | Innovative Event Services
Ceremony Music | Bob Williams Duo
DJ | Melodic Entertainment
Hair & Make Up | Paper Dolls
Bar | Spike
Specialty Linen |Nuage Linens
Bride and Groom Transportation | Charleston Coach

Videographer| KLC Video

Officiant| Len Ripley

Cocktail Hour Music| Entertainment Charleston

           

 

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.

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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!

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Photo credit: Dana Cubbage Weddings

Honeymoons

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

Vendor Spotlight: Parson Made

Emmy Loyd Brooks, owner of Parson Made, started a 3D Printing and Design company in Charleston, SC. The goal of Parson Made is to provide memorable keepsakes at an affordable price. If you can think of it, they can make it! Wedding favors, ornaments, jewelry, frame embellishments, cake toppers and many many more! The best part about 3D printing is they have the ability to make anything so it can be personal to any couple or venue! We love the endless possibilities that are available, check out the website here

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South Battery Cake Topper

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Curtis Circle Gate Earrings

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Pure Luxe Planning Tip: Beat the Heat!

 The weather is just a small part of why people flock to experience all that Charleston has to offer and makes it possible to have a beautiful wedding in almost every season. However, in peak wedding season Charleston holds true to its southern roots and heat and humidity are definitely present through this time of the year. However, don’t let the heat get you down, because it can easily be overcome. With spring and summer just around the corner, here are a few Pure Luxe tips to keep your guests cool and comfortable!

Don’t let a buggy night keep your guests from enjoying your outdoor dance floor or lounge area. A local company will come out and spray or install a system before you and your guests arrive to make sure mosquitos and other pests stay far away from your special day. There are multiple options to fit the size and needs of your event.

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King of pops is certainly a crowd favorite! On a warm summer evening these popsicles are the perfect trick to cool down your guests. They have seasonal flavors to go with any time of the year and make for the cutest pictures!

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Even when the sun goes down, Charleston is known for its temperate climate. This problem is an easy fix at any ceremony or reception by using misting fans. Tented or open, fans make sure everyone is cool and happy, without getting them wet!

Another great way to cool down your guests is to provide a "hydration station". Welcome your guests to your event with passed trays of cucumber ice water and sweat tea before the ceremony. Or have a station set up during your reception with flavored water and cooled ice toilettes to make sure they stay hydrated all night long.

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

One of the easiest things you can do is simply provide shade for your guests. In the hot months you would never guess how much a nice shaded spot is appreciated. We love the way this bride incorporate large umbrellas during her ceremony to shade her guests so they could truly enjoy the I Do's. Their guests were happy and look how cute it looks in pictures!

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Lastly, consider the heat when choosing your menu options. Opt for lighter appetizers or small bites instead of the heavier alternatives. Watermelon gazpacho or a raw bar complete with oysters are always great in the summertime!

Katy Tucker and Phil Lee's wedding at Middleton Place in Charleston SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790, ameliaanddan.com