Our Favorites of 2014!

2014 was a great year for Pure Luxe Bride! With 2015 right around the corner, we have put together a list of some of our favorites from 2014! We are looking forward to what next year has in store for us! Thank you to all the vendors and couples that helped make this year such a success! Happy New Year!!

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 Francesca's Pick:
Andrea + Chris at Middleton Plantation by Dana Cubbage

View More: http://danacubbageweddings.pass.us/andreaandchrismarried

Blake's Pick:
Catherine + Alex at Magnolia Plantation by Aaron + Jillian

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London's Pick:
Dixie + Patrick at Hibernian Hall by Monika Gauthier

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Detail

Francesca's Pick:
Caricature Artists | Kristy + Zach at William Aiken House by Amelia + Dan

Kristy Roskowski and Zach Martin's wedding at the William Aiken House in Charleston SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790, ameliaanddan.com

Blake's Pick:
Custom Monogram Bar | Christy + Brad at Lowndes Grove Plantation by Dana Cubbage

© Dana Cubbage Weddings 2014

London's Pick:
Mason Jar Chandelier created by Branch | Liz + Greg at Boone Hall Plantation by Amelia + Dan

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Pure Luxe Bride Design

 Francesca's Pick:
Zoe + JP at William Aiken House by Hyer Images

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Blake's Pick:
Ivonne + Randy at William Aiken House by Reese Moore

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London's Pick:
Kristy + Zach at William Aiken House by Amelia + Dan

Kristy Roskowski and Zach Martin's wedding at the William Aiken House in Charleston SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790, ameliaanddan.com

Bouquet

Francesca's Pick:
Carissa + Tom at Magnolia Plantation by Juliet Elizabeth
Flowers by Branch Design Studio

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Blake's Pick:
Lauren + Michael at William Aiken House by Hyer Images
Flowers by Wild Flowers Inc.

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London's Pick:
Christina + Kirk at Magnolia Plantation by Richard Bell
Flowers by Wild Flowers Inc.

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Wedding Accessory

Francesca's Pick:
Sufia + Nick at William Aiken House by Jennifer Bearden

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Blake's Pick:
Megan + Davan at William Aiken house by Hyer Images

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London's Pick:
Lauren + Brian The Park Place by Emily Kane Photography

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Cake

Francesca's Pick:
Jennifer + Paul at Middleton Place by Jennifer Bearden
Cake by Very Delicious Desserts

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Blake's Pick:
Janice + Mark at William Aiken House by Jennifer Bearden
Cake by Patrick Properties

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London's Pick:
Ivonne + Randy at William Aiken House by Reese Moore
Cake by Patrick Properties

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 Bridesmaids Style

Francesca's Pick:
Jess + Justin at William Aiken House by Paige Winn

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Blake's Pick:
Catherine + Alex at Magnolia Plantation by Aaron + Jillian

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London's Pick:
Michelle + Omar at Lowndes Grove Plantation by Leigh Webber

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Dress

Francesca's Pick:
Gown Boutique of Charleston
Haley + Jeff at Lowndes Grove by Dana Cubbage

© Dana Cubbage Weddings 2014

Blake's Pick:
Vera Wang
Amanda + Rod at Lowndes Grove by Bridget McBee

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London's Pick:
Gown Boutique of Charleston
Andrea + Chris at Middleton Plantation by Dana Cubbage

View More: http://danacubbageweddings.pass.us/andreaandchrismarried

 

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!
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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)!

How Much Does a Charleston Wedding Really Cost?

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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!