Edited to Perfection

Edited to Perfection | What does a Pure Luxe Bride planner do when it's her turn at the altar?

Charles Baumbach & Blake Bush

November 3, 2018 / The Gadsden House


“I had been dreaming up our wedding ever since I met Charles,” says Blake, who bumped into her now-husband at the College of Charleston. Add to those years of dreaming her career (she’s a planner with Pure Luxe Bride) and she says coaxing this Big Day at the Gadsden House to life was a breeze. “While I love pulling together weddings that have bold palettes and trendy elements, I didn’t want to look back years from now and have regrets,” says Blake. So she stuck with a classic garden party style (complete with overflowing florals in planters) but added subtle, on-trend elements, too, like vellum in the paper suite; a custom monogram; and velvet ribbons in the bouquets, for the groom’s tux, and via select linens. Still, it wasn’t a one-woman show. “If I was having a hard time making a decision,” she says, “I would present two options to Charles, and let him decide.” Sounds like the right recipe for any day!



• Share your dreams.

The bride hoped for peonies, but given they were out of season during her wedding, it was a long shot. Her florist special ordered them as a surprise.


• Let guests serve themselves.

Guests took champagne from serve-yourself shelves. (Drinks were poured just before the cocktail hour.)


• Think in circles.

The rounded bar was a space saver and its pattern mirrored the chair backs and other elements of the day.


• Show off your family’s talent.

The bride’s aunt made monogrammed pillows and linens that the couple now use in their home.




Wedding design, planning: Pure Luxe Bride, www.pureluxebride.com

Day-of coordination: Sweetgrass Social, www.sweetgrasssocial.com

Images: Aaron & Jillian Photography, www.aaronandjillian.com

Venue, bar: The Gadsden House, King Street Hospitality Group, www.kingstreethospitalitygroup.com

Catering: Mosaic catering + events, www.mosaiccateringevents.com

Cake: Sablée, www.shopsablee.com

Florist: Petaloso, www.wearepetaloso.com

Rentals: EventWorks, www.eventworksrentals.com ; 428 Main (lounge), www.428main.com ; Ooh! Events (specialty items, lighting), www.oohevents.com

Linens: Nüage Designs, www.nuagedesigns.com

Paper suite: Whimsy B. Paperie, www.whimsyb.com

Calligraphy: J.Lily Design, www.jlilydesign.com

Monogram: Abigail J Studio, www.abigailjstudio.com

Music: Bob Williams Duo (ceremony), www.charlestonduo.com ; Charleston Groove Factory (reception), www.charlestongroovefactory.com

Dancefloor decal: Charleston Wrap, www.charlestonwrap.com

Painting: Wed on Canvas, www.wedoncanvas.com

Bride’s attire: Calla Blanche from Verità. A Bridal Boutique (gown) www.veritabridal.com ; Emma Katzka Bridal (hair accessory) www.emmakatzka.com

Bridesmaids’ attire: Amsale, Adriana Papell, Hayley Paige Occasions, all through Bella Bridesmaids Charleston, www.bellabridesmaids.com

Beauty: Ash and Co., www.ashandcobridalhair.com

Groom’s attire: The Black Tux (suit), www.theblacktux.com ; Brackish Bow Ties (bow tie) www.brackishbowties.com

Getaway vehicle: Charleston Style Limo, www.charlestonstylelimo.com

Video: Film Anywhere Productions, www.filmanywhereproductions.com