Mar 12, 2019
Modern Tuscany All With a Southern Touch
Pink, black and gold styled shoot with a modern, boho feel in a Tuscan like setting in the South at 563 King in Charleston, South Carolina
When a new venue opened in town, there was no question it would be the perfect spot for this styled shoot. It’s stonework, fountain, landscaping and courtyard screamed Tuscany, especially once it was paired with the gelato truck. The photographer for this shoot wanted to modernize the Tuscany feel and with the color palette, florals and tablescape she did just that.
“Our goal in this shoot was to enhance the natural beauty of the space,” said the photographer. “When we originally visited the venue, I immediately thought ‘al fresco Tuscan,’ but was looking for a way to modernize it.”
Starting with the ceremony space, it was clear from the start this styled shoot was going to be something special. The ceremony was set in the venue’s courtyard, right in front of the Italian inspired fountain. The hexagon shaped backdrop was set in front of the fountain and surrounded by tall rectangular shaped, modern styled lanterns. There was an acrylic welcome sign resting next to one of the lanterns for an additional modern touch.
Attached to the hexagon arbor were three oversized bamboo petals in the top left corner. In the center of the petals was a cluster of bright pink, blush and raspberry florals. It added a touch of boho to the look.
As the finished touches were put on the courtyard ceremony space, the bride and groom were around the corner in the brick lined alley seeing one another for the first time. The groom stood facing the opposite way in his modern, rose colored jacket tuxedo.
“We knew incorporating this non-traditional color on our groom would tie together with the overall color palette and pack a dramatic punch to the overall look of the shoot,” said the photographer.
Walking up behind him, the bride wore an A-line, lace bodice, sleeved gown. It had a dramatic open back and dainty tassel ties. Her hair was pulled half back with a floral inspired hair piece and accessorized with just the right amount of sparkle.
“When searching for a gown, we looked for a piece that would not inhibit movement, feel elegant and romantic, but also pack a dramatic punch – this dress checked all the boxes!” said the photographer.
As the two twirled beneath the lantern on the brick walkway, there wasn’t a better moment to see the love shine through.
The couple met again at the altar surrounded by just a few friends for an intimate and meaningful ceremony. The bride carried a bright pink, blush and raspberry rose filled bouquet that matched florals on the arbor.
After the ceremony, the couple and their guests joined together on the other side of the courtyard. A Tuscan inspired farm table was set with wooden crossback chairs. The stone patio and fresh green trees behind the table was a nice contrast to the wood.
In the center of the table there was a singular arrangement of more bright pink, blush and raspberry florals. There were also wispy dried palm leaves and pampas grass, adding that slight feel of boho to the look. The arrangement sat in a round concrete vase to also add that modern feel. The modern feeling was also created by the black taper candles and black votives candles scattered along the table.
“Pampas grass and metallic, dried palm leaves were brought into the overall floral design to amp up the already vibrant pink-toned blooms and add a dramatic edge to an otherwise feminine palette,” said the photographer.
Each place setting had a trio of white plates, separate by a black linen napkin, and a trio of glasses to create an elegant feel. The gold silverware that matched the gold candlestick holders rounded out the whole look.
Off to the side of the table set up was a soft seating area that is straight from our dreams. There was an ivory tufted couch opposite two velvet blush, gold legged chairs. The couch had matching rose velvet pillows and in the center was a marble topped, gold legged coffee table. On top of the table was a small and sweet floral arrangement in matching colors. It all sat on top of an elegant, yet slightly boho rug, which you would think would look out of place in a courtyard but looked like it belongs there forever.
After a quick visit from their sweet pup (you know we can’t resist a good doggy visit!), the couple headed over to their cake table. The single tiered, slightly marbled cake sat on a marble topped gold footed cake stand and was topped with a cluster of flowers and pampas grass to match the whole shoot’s look. The cake stand sat on a gold leaf shaped table and there were even gold cake cutters to match.
Aside from the cake, there was also a gelato cart there. If you ask us, and the photographer, what better dessert is there for an Italian inspired styed shoot?!
“By far my favorite element of the shoot was the gelato cart,” told the photographer. “I often see couples getting married in the Charleston area looking for a unique experience to offer their guests, and what better way to round out this Tuscan inspired shoot by bringing in a uniquely Italian dessert?”
In addition to the gelato, one more detail not to be overlooked in this styled shoot is the attention that was paid to all of the paper goods. There was a chalkboard gelato menu, a handwritten menu on the table, marbled place cards at each seat and the most amazing invitation suite to tie it all together. The suite was done on stock with frayed edges and handwritten script for that old timey Tuscan feel. It was all sealed in a green envelope and finished off with a gold wax seal.
Everything about this shoot has us wishing we could get married in a Tuscan villa. The good news it, thanks to this shoot it’s clear that you are able to bring the Tuscany feeling to life anywhere you want and put any spin on it you want, even if that’s both modern and boho at the same time!
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