A Dress That Set The Purple and Modern Tone

Elle + Jordan | Nov 12, 2018

Modern and industrial inspiration with all shades of purple in styled shoot at Providence Cotton Mill near Charlotte, North Carolina

It only makes sense that when you see a dress as beautiful and special as this one you would center a whole styled shoot after it! After the hair and makeup artist saw this dress, she was inspired by the purple floral skirt. It was so unique and different, the team of vendors took the purple theme and ran with it. 

The venue set the tone with its arched windows and white, industrial interior. It had just the right muted feeling to it that allowed for the use of such a rich and vibrant color scheme without everything feeling too busy. The dramatic openness and exposed brick was a perfect complement to the dramatic dress. Even the rainy day set a dramatic tone!

It didn’t hurt that the shoot used a real life couple to pose as the bride and groom. When you can feel the love coming out of the pictures, it makes all the difference!

“Shooting a real life couple so in love, and also being able to use the lines and natural architecture of the venue was a lot of fun to try and create some really dramatic shots, as well as letting the natural color keep the photographs soft and romantic,” explained the photographer.

So, let’s get to the fun part and discuss this dress! The strapless dress had a fitted white top that cut down low in the back. The real showstopper was the full skirt covered in different shades of purple flowers. From lavender to violet to plum and everything in between, it was beautiful. 

The dress was perfectly paired with a dark purple smoky eye. The team purposefully kept jewelry simple, so the makeup look could stand out and complement the dress. The bride’s hair was loosely pulled back with a hairpiece woven into it. Add in the bouquet she carried that was full of natural greens, lots of texture and touches of lavender and you have the perfect bridal look. 

On the flip side of things, the groom's attire wasn’t the typical look, either. He wore a deep purple jacket with a black lapel paired with a black bowtie, black pants and black shoes. It was the perfect statement piece to stand next to the dress, without stealing the show!

The guest table was set using a rectangular table, industrial metal chairs and a deep purple linen. Each place setting had a gold rimmed acrylic charger, black dinner plate and marbled salad plate. There was a light lavender napkin rolled up into a gold napkin ring on top. To the sides there was hammered silver flatware and a wine glass to complete the setting. On top of the table were scattered candlestick holders in a variety of black, white and gold colors holding a mixture of white black and purple taper candles. 

There was also a sweetheart table set with a light lavender linen. The top of the table was set with the same place settings and candlesticks, but the bottom was wrapped in a greenery garland with a few loose blooms. 

Even all the paper goods made a big statement. Focusing on acrylic, the table numbers, invitations and place cards were all made out of the modern material and helped balance out the industrial feel. 

Last, but certainly not least there was the cake and dessert table. The two tiered cake sat on top of a modern white marble and gold stand, surrounded by more white, black and purple candlesticks. The cake was covered in purple, gold and white textured brushstrokes and had a few loose sprigs of greenery. Next to the cake were a few gold rimmed acrylic plates holding the prettiest cookies decorated in a variety of purple, gold and marble designs. It was all almost too pretty to eat!

Between the dress and the venue, there wasn’t a bad picture, even the pictures where you can see how cold and rainy it was outside!

Looking for more inspiration for your wedding day? Check out more real weddings here!

Creative Team

Heatherly Event Design

Baked Well

The Providence Cotton Mill

Devyn Leigh Events

Alexandra Blackmon Photography

Megan Oliveri

Rentals & Decor
Party Reflections

Paper Goods + Calligraphy
Elise Design Co.

Abby Lynn Bridal

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