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They Planned a Dream Elopement Close To Home

Gone are the days of courthouse ceremonies serving as the only option for eloping couples. Instead, loves like Jessica & Patrick are choosing to elope with style, curating a beautiful wedding day made for two. They hired their vendor dream team, including Aaron And Jillian Photography behind the lens and you can also find this day in the latest issue of Charleston Weddings…don’t miss our special SMP-curated section!

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From Aaron And Jillian Photography… Elopements have gone from courthouse ceremonies to GORGEOUS styled ceremonies, beautiful two tiered wedding cakes, over the top florals and lots of time for the bride and groom to spend as just the two of them together on their wedding day! We first “met” Jess when she started following us on Instagram! We were instantly fans of her and Patrick when we saw that he took her to Paris to propose and even hired a photographer to capture the moment when he dropped to his knee! We crossed our fingers that just maybe that “Instagram follow” would materialize into them hiring us as their wedding photographers…and well, dreams do come true, people! A couple weeks later, there was an e-mail in our inbox from Jess!!! So fast forward to a couple weeks ago, we met Jess & Patrick for their wedding day and spent 4 glorious hours with the two of them…and I’d like to take a moment to give a little pat on the back to the Pure Luxe Bride gals!! They helped Jess & Patrick come up with one of the pretties designs for their elopement at The Legare Waring House! I think we all went home that day with smiles plastered over our faces and an even deeper love for what we do in the wedding industry! 

Jess & Patrick’s wedding day just made you re-think a big wedding, we’re not surprised! We LOVED spending the day with this sweet couple and know that at the end of the day, they had zero regrets about their decision to elope together here in Charleston…and hopefully these photos will allow their friends and family to feel as if they were right there with them, through the whole experience! Thank you for choosing us, Jess & Patrick and we hope these photos will always serve as a reminder of your perfect elopement!

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Photography: Aaron And Jillian Photography | Floral Design: Miele Events | Wedding Dress: Theia | Cake: Sablee | Bride's Shoes: Harriet Wilde | Hair + Makeup: Paper Dolls | Calligraphy: Jillian Cramer | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Venue: Legare Waring House | Bridal Boutique: Alexia's Bridal | Bride's Earrings: Marchesa | Bride's Ring: Diamonds Direct | Cake Knife + Server: Billy Ella | Coordination + Design: Pure Luxe Bride | Gold + Glass Card Holder: BHLDN | Groom's Custom Cuff Links: Blue Nile | Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan | Hair Accessories: The Wild Rose Accessories | Leather Notebook: Rustico | Rentals: Snyder | Silk Ribbon: Silk & Willow

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A Hindu Wedding in the English Countryside

For any couples planning a multicultural wedding, take notes from Matthew and Preena who paid homage to both their Indian and English heritages in one cohesive celebration. They began the day with a Western-style ceremony followed by a traditional Hindu “Mandap” all set in the charming English countryside. A feast of Indian food was served for their ballroom reception and Taylor & Porter didn’t miss a single moment. Click here for much more!

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From Taylor and PorterMatthew and Preena married this summer at Wrest Park, a Grade I listed Mansion in England mixing elegant French architecture with a grand and picturesque landscape. This unique early 19th century house was the perfect setting for this couple’s classically elegant style. Matthew and Preena shared not one but two ceremonies; both a Western marriage ceremony and a traditional Hindu “Mandap”. The Mandap was one of the most colourful, lighthearted and inclusive ceremonies I’ve ever had the privilege to capture. It involves both family’s participation and has many different traditional elements including offerings to the gods, promises made between the parents to care for each others child and even a part where the women of the family offer secret marriage advice to the bride! It was a beautiful meeting of families, traditions and cultures.

The grounds of Wrest Park are adorned with stunning lawns, wooded walks and flower gardens, dotted with fountains, statues and ornate follies. We explored the park and house capturing portraits with Matthew and Preena as the warm August sun set. Their reception was held in the grounds; in the beautiful light filled Orangery where after a feast of traditional Indian food they danced the night away under the stars.

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Photography: Taylor & Porter | Floral Design: Fleurette | Stationery: Matthew Meader | Catering: Greenleaf | Transportation: Gold Chauffeur Cars | Venue: Old Wardour Castle | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Flowergirls Dresses: I Love Gorgeous | Mandap Furniture: Art Parmer | Sitar Player: Jonathan Mayer

Searching for the perfect lace bridal gown? We found it.

Calling all lovers of stunning lace gowns: this post is for you. Because if ever there was a designer that knows how to create a masterpiece using one of our all-time fave fabrics, it’s Morilee Madeline Gardner. Their fab Spring 2017 collections feature some seriously pretty lace creations – from gorgeous ballgowns to sophisticated sheaths. Scroll for every timeless piece.

The ultimate bridal look that never goes out of style? Lace, of course. It’s the one fabric that is as classic as it is breathtaking AND it also happens to be a beautiful staple of Morilee Madeline Gardner’s Spring 2017 collections. Which is no wonder, really, since Madeline Gardner’s love of lace has been a highlight of her designs ever since she fell in love with the gorgeous fabric decades ago and decided she was meant to design bridal gowns. That’s what we call very, very lucky for us… and these new collections? Simply amazing. Think classic features, modern femininity, luxurious details and flattering silhouettes that will make your hearts sing. We love.

Whether you’re tying the knot in a sophisticated garden party, in a traditional ballroom affair fit for a princess or something else entirely, contact Morilee Madeline Gardner for a lace creation that will leave all of your guests talking. We honestly can’t wait to see which stunning gown you choose.

A Dream Ballgown For a Beach Ceremony

If you’re under the impression that ballgowns and beach weddings don’t mix, this wedding will come as a pleasant surprise. The bride, Ashleigh wore her dream Lazaro dress for their toes-in-the-sand ceremony and Carrie King made magic happen behind the lens. Believe me, this is one gallery you can’t afford to miss.

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From the Bride… Brian and I knew from the start of the wedding planning process that we wanted our wedding to have some very important key elements — not all of which were easy to accomplish simultaneously! We knew that we wanted our wedding to have a romantic and elegant feel while also making our guests feel at home at a spectacular party. After searching high and low from Europe to Mexico to the Caribbean, we were so fortunate to find a venue that was the ideal fit, Casa de Campo.

We were able to have a private toes in the sand ceremony, just as we had imagined for our dream wedding. Directly following, we hosted our reception in the town square of a beautiful cobblestone village on the resort property that makes you feel as if you’ve been transported back in time to 17th century Italy. It truly felt like we were living in a fairytale with the best part being that I got to marry my very own Prince Charming! We danced the night away under the stars with a local band that kept the party going until 3am. It was everything we hoped for and so much more.

The Dress: The first Lazaro gown I ever saw was in a bridal magazine. My 5 year old self decided that one day, when I got married, it would be in a Lazaro. When the time came to actually pick out my dream dress, I jumped into the hunt to find the perfect one by trying on every possible style and designer. After countless appointments from coast to coast, I finally tried on my first Lazaro gown at the Bridal Galleria in San Francisco. I had never worn anything that felt like such a complete expression of my personality. The asymmetrical lines, varied blush hues, intricate embellishments around the waist, and deep v-back all came together in such an artistic way. It was love at first sight! The icing on the cake is that I got to meet Lazaro and hear his vision for the gown. Such a dream come true.

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Photography: Carrie King Photographer | Floral Design: Tres Eventos | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Invitations: Dove House Handmade | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Casa de Campo Resort | Hair + Makeup: Angelina Loren Beauty | Band: Benny and the Cupids | Groom's Attire: Burberry | Ceremony Music: Zacc West | Venue: Casa de Campo Resort | Groom's Shoes: Sperry | Save the Dates: Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence | Veil: JLM Couture, Inc

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