Modern Edge with a Feminine Twist

Dec 9, 2019

Modern styled shoot with neutral tones and pops of dusty rose at the historic Merchants Hall in downtown Charleston, South Carolina 


This modern styled shoot came to life at an industrial chic venue in downtown Charleston’s city market. Boasting spectacular views and historic elements, this exquisite space features wooden columns, white ceiling beams, artful exposed brick and luxurious crystal chandeliers. Each offering, paired with the feminine yet edgy decor accents, created the most enchanting atmosphere for this shoot.

“The exposed brick juxtaposed against the modern tablescape creates a unique design concept that is not often represented in the Lowcountry,” said the photographer.

Starting with the invitation suite, the details throughout the shoot exuded a “classy meets edgy” vibe. Each piece of stationery was on bone white paper, with modern type mixed with handwritten calligraphy in black ink, matching the black envelopes. Tying it together, there was a creamy wax seal stamped on the front. 

“This styled shoot was inspired by the natural tones with an edgy yet feminine twist,” said the photographer.

The bride looked breathtaking in an ivory crepe gown with a classic boatneck cut and long sleeves, embellished at the hem. Along with a A-line silhouette and long train, the dress featured a romantic sheer lace back with a delicate row of buttons. Her dark curls were slicked back into a chic ponytail, and she completed the look in a pair of statement drop earrings.

Adding an edge to the couple’s ensemble, the groom looked dapper in a black velvet dinner jacket, with a black button down, black slacks and black velvet loafers. He wore a blush pink bow tie and a boutonniere made from a cluster of earthy dried florals, which paired perfectly with the bridal bouquet.

She carried a neutral bundle of dusty pink roses, thistle, baby’s breath, cotton bunches, twine and an abundance of dried greenery. It was a gorgeous wintry mix that was recreated for the centerpiece arrangement, sitting in a stone ceramic vase on the stunning table display.

“The shoot features florals which include dried elements to bring in natural tones with highlights of pink to keep to feminine against the pops of black throughout the tablescape design,” said the photographer.

Just under the sparkling chandelier, there was a table set up with an ivory linen, sheer chiffon runner and trendy wooden slotted chairs. Each place setting showcased a ceramic black charger and dinner plate, brushed charcoal flatware and a textured, black ombre acrylic glass. On each set of plates, there was a dusty rose linen napkin, folded with a menu on top and a cotton stem resting next to it.

“We were inspired by the idea of keeping the design elements modern while being surrounded by the classic Charleston charm,” said the photographer.

When it was time for some rosé, the couple posed next to a charming, round bar cart - complete with glass and brushed charcoal iron. The display boasted another whimsical floral arrangement, as well as a bottle of pink bubbly and a set of champagne flutes.

Surrounded by the space’s impeccable furnishings, the couple made cheerful toasts and shared one last kiss - bidding farewell to a fairytale day!

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Creative Team

The Black Tux
Magnolia Bride Of Charleston

Merchants Hall

Holy City Handwriting

Rentals & Decor
Ruth House

Paper Goods + Calligraphy
Atwater Graphics Studio

Rosebay Floral Co.

Creative Mindset
Makeup by Elana

The Coordination Company

Kaitlin Mendoza Photography

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