Gothic Elegance with a Vintage Touch

Jun 27, 2019

Fall feeling styled shoot with an elegant and gothic style, and pops of burgundy against a muted pink and blue color palette at Old Sheldon Church Ruins in Yemassee, South Carolina

With fall just around the corner, this styled shoot is the perfect welcome back into darker tones and moodier feels without the traditional color palette. The muted blues and pinks against the pops of jeweled tones and antique gold really elevated the elegant, gothic and vintage style. 

“For this shoot we wanted to showcase an elegant, romantic wedding with a gothic twist,”said the shoot’s photographer. “For our color scheme, we chose muted pinks and blues, added pops of rich jewel tones, and chose antique gold and brass to set off these colors. We wanted colors that felt like fall, without traditional orange tones.”

The bride’s dress set the tone for the vintage feeling. The all lace long sleeve gown was breathtaking. And the beaded belt brought so much elegance to the look. It had a low V-neckline and back to add even more drama.  

“We chose this amazing Studio Levana dress for several reasons,”the photographer explained. “The shape was very classic and dramatic, and in a way, it reminded me of Morticia Adams! It hugged every curve and created a stunning silhouette.”

Add in the bride’s auburn hair done up in a low twisted bun that was accented with an antique looking gold, brass and beaded hairpiece, and the look was beyond perfection. Even her earrings matched the antique styled hairpiece. The velvet burgundy pumps were the icing on top of the cake.  

Opposite the bride was her groom, also sporting a more vintage look. He wore a navy suit with a hatched patterned tie and vest. 

The couple met at their romantic table for two with the church ruins as their backdrop. Between the dark brick behind them, the charcoal velvet chairs and the gold candelabra on the table it couldn’t have felt any moodier. 

It all felt super intimate and elegant thanks to the crisp, white floor length linen and the sheer grey runner draped over it. The two vintage dinner plates with a muted blue colored pattern were topped with a similar muted blue napkin with frayed edges. One of the two crystal water goblets at each seat had a blush pink tint to it and tied the color scheme together flawlessly. 

There was a pop of burgundy in a loose bloom on top of greenery tucked under the candelabra. The deep tone added to the moody, gothic style.

The bride’s bouquet had a similar pop to it with a few burgundy ranunculus and bright blue orchids against the muted blush and white roses and hydrangeas. A bright blue ribbon tied the whole bouquet together and flowed down off the stems. 

Just as the dessert display was being set up, the couple made a few tweaks to their attire and relaxed their look a bit. The bride removed the sleeves from her dress and in one simple change, refreshed her whole look. The groom removed his jacket, which totally enhanced the vintage look he had going on. 

With the couples refreshed looks, they gathered at the cake table with not just one cake, but two. 

“The bride is also a cake designer, so it was very important for us to have both a bride and groom’s cake for our table,”told the photographer. “Her cake was decorated with delicate sugar paper to give a gentle watercolor effect. The groom’s cake was more bold with gold foil and beautiful blue marbling.”

The cakes sat on a vintage cream colored pedestal table. The groom’s cake sat on an acrylic pedestal cake stand, while the bride’s cake was directly on the table surrounded by a grey colored straw. It added a unique and alternative feeling look to the otherwise traditional feeling of a wedding cake display. 

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Creative Team

Ever Be Floral + Coordination

Cake and All Things Yummy

Him & Her Photography

Face Forward

Rentals & Decor

Paper Goods + Calligraphy
Painted Pine Studios
Wedding Story Writer

Southern Bride
The Magnolia Bride

Jewelry by Kathy Young

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