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Garden Party Blues

Sep 19, 2019

Shades of blue, a pop of blush and white set the tone for this light and dreamy, southern styled shoot at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, South Carolina. 

For this styled shoot, a gorgeous, historic house was transformed by elegant décor and shades of blue to create the perfect southern-inspired wedding day.

Sitting right on the Ashley River, the charming house and gardens were surrounded by massive oak trees, Spanish moss and endless natural light. With an abundance of wildlife, blooming flowers, ponds and beautiful bridges, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens was the dreamiest setting for a luxurious shoot.

“Since we were aiming for this light and dreamy southern look, we wanted to include all the areas the venue had to offer,” the photographer said.

The vision for the shoot was completely one of a kind. Different stations were set up throughout the venue, starting with a romantic boho-themed session by the river, followed by an intimate ceremony in the garden, and then a stunning reception at the house.

Starting with the invitation suite, every little detail was perfectly aligned with the dreamy, southern-inspired theme. Beautiful handwritten calligraphy and watercolor floral prints were designed on bone-colored paper. White garden roses were added to the flat lay, giving it an extra aura of elegance.

The shoot featured three brides, all showcasing an elegant bride in a luxurious southern wedding setting, with each look bringing a different twist.

Standing in front of the river, the first bride wore a long-sleeved lace gown from Maddison Row South that was perfect for a fall wedding. The boho-chic, romantic silhouette looked stunning against a backdrop of live oak trees. Her groom looked effortlessly sleek in a cream-colored tuxedo and lavender tie, the earthy-toned ensemble matching the natural scenery.

The ceremony bride looked high-fashion southern in a classy cap-sleeve gown with a full skirt, sheer lace overlay and beautiful button detailing down the back. She wore her hair in a low bun updo and added a pair of dainty drop earrings. Her bouquet was a lush mix of cream-colored ranunculus, pink roses, white dahlias, fresh eucalyptus and myrtle, tied together with a satin blue ribbon.

Finally, the reception bride had a one-shoulder, sleeveless ivory gown that was simple yet elegant. A slit up the side revealed a pair of golden peep-toe platform heels, and her blonde curls were swept to the side in a chic bubble ponytail. Her bridesmaids complemented her look in mismatched, flowy lavender dresses.

“The overall look we were going for was a simple elegant look that matched the color palette,” said the photographer. “We had three different brides in different set-ups, wearing dresses that had a southern feel to it.

”Natural beauty surrounded the southern setting with Spanish moss hanging majestically from live oak trees. To add a pop of color to the greenery, the team brought in hydrangeas, ranunculus, garden roses and dahlias in shades of blush and white.

“We imagined the flowers to match the color scheme but also add a little pop of color on top of the blue palette,so we decided for a lot of greens and whites in the bouquets of course but added a little blush which looked beautiful with blue ribbons and the entire set-up," said the photographer. ”In addition to every piece of décor and each dreamy detail throughout the space, the timing of the shoot could not have been more perfect.

“We scheduled the shoot right before sunset so the light on the porch and backyard had this magical feel,” said the photographer.

After capturing the first bride and her groom walking hand-in-hand alongside the river in the natural light under the overhanging Spanish moss, it was time to get a glimpse of the romantic outdoor ceremony.

In the lavish gardens, an intimate wedding ceremony was set under massive oak trees and more Spanish moss. Rows of ivory King Louis XVI chairs sat in front of a dark wood arbor, complete with blue fabric drapery, fresh greenery and blush and white florals. To the sides, two whitewashed wood pedestals showcased stunning, blue and white chinoiserie vases overflowing with more flowers.

Back at the house, with a traditional southern wrap-around porch, a massive backyard right on the river, palm trees, and endless oak trees and Spanish moss set the backdrop.

On the porch, there was a soft-seating area in light, pastel colors that created the perfect feeling of coziness, yet luxurious. There was a neutral, antique Turkish rug spread out under ivory tufted armchairs, a blue loveseat, a modern coffee table with brass circles, and two wooden, circular end tables. Each surface was decorated with vintage candlesticks, blue votive candles, blue and white chinoiserie vases with beautiful florals, and matching chinoiserie lamps with white linen drum shades.

There was also a reception table with a blue velvet tablecloth and ivory King Louis XVI chairs. Each place setting had a matching, antique white charger, dinner plate and salad plate, gold flatware and a crystal acrylic glass. The tablescape was complete with gold candlesticks and tall, geometric gold stands for bundles of flowers.

“The reception table on the porch had a little heavier look with its velvet tablecloth and the huge vases,” said the photographer. “It still complemented everything with the colors of blue and white.”

On another side of the porch, a dark wood, farm table was set with another elaborate tablescape. The set-up popped with a bright blue table runner and chairs made from mismatched blue and white patterned fabrics. Antique, blue and white patterned chargers and matching salad plates, white scalloped-edge dinner plates, gold flatware, blue acrylic goblets and gold-rimmed crystal glasses created the most gorgeous design. More chinoiserie vases were filled with fresh white and blush florals.

For the final detail, there was a baroque-style table topped with a picturesque tower of champagne glasses. Nearby, the second bride posed elegantly in her gown, right in front of the antique white porch railings.

As the sun began to set, it was time to move to the backyard for the final shoot of the afternoon.

“Let me tell you, the venue turns into a magical dream right when the sun disappears behind the trees and the beams start shining through the Spanish moss,” the photographer said.

In the backyard garden, another dining table, a lounge area and a cocktail bar were in place for the perfect garden party and the reception of our dreams.

Blue plush velvet crossback chairs were set around a circular, whitewashed wood dining table. On top, a beautiful tablescape was set in neutral tones, matching the design on the porch reception table.

In the lounge area, there was a vintage, Persian blue and cream rug spread out across the grass. A wooden wicker armchair with blue linen cushions, an ivory sofa, an antique glass bar cart, a rustic wood round coffee table and a matching end table completed the cozy set-up. Each tabletop was decorated with gold bamboo lanterns, candles and ceramic vases with more lush flowers.

Next to the lounge area, a vintage wood bar was set and topped with an abundance of flowers, where the bride and her bridesmaids, dressed in gowns from Bella Bridesmaids Charleston, were found laughing and sipping on custom cocktails with rosemary and lemon garnishes. Behind the bar, a gold circular structure stood tall, showcasing rows of cocktails in assorted glasses with fruit garnishes.

“I loved this set-up most since it looked inviting and joyful,” the photographer said. “I could totally imagine having the cocktail bar at my wedding!”

After a few toasts, it was time to check out the cake, which was displayed nearby on a glass top, gold scalloped-edge accent table. It was a white, two-tiered masterpiece with a blue cloudlike pattern and gold leaf detailing. Adorned with myrtle and garden roses, it was the final detail and the most tasteful ending to a beautiful shoot.

“We had the most stunning couples, beautiful rentals in different shades of blue, and a pretty awesome time,” said the photographer.

The bride and her bridesmaids clinked their glasses to a dreamy day, and the only blues that day were the accents in the décor.

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Creative Team

Maddison Row South
Bella Bridesmaids Charleston
Men's Wearhouse


Paper Dolls Wedding Hair & Makeup

Tupelo Honey Flower Shop & Co.

Paper Goods + Calligraphy
Tiny Shindigs

Franzi Annika Photography

Taylor’d Southern Events

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Rentals & Decor
Ooh Events

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