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Pink Paradise

Jul 28, 2018

Tropical, Southern styled shoot with exotic summer florals and hot pink hues at Merchants Hall in Charleston, South Carolina 


This midsummer styled shoot took place at an exquisite event space, boasting historic charm, modern finishes, and spectacular views of downtown Charleston’s City Market. Creating an inspiring contrast against the industrial-chic setting, this team incorporated exotic tropical florals and a warm color palette with hot pink at the forefront.

“Being in the Charleston historical area was extremely rewarding,” said the photographer.

This styled shoot featured four different brides, each showcasing a different look that fit their personality beautifully. The first model looked stunning in an ivory A-line gown with a dramatic deep-V neckline and romantic open back. From the sheer sleeves on the bodice to the trim of the train, the dress was covered in intricate lace overlay.

She wore a gold floral-embellished headband in her dark loose waves, complementing the flowers effortlessly. Her bridal bouquet was full of pink ginger, coral ranunculus, roses in shades of fuchsia, merlot, canary yellow and cream, and tiny pineapples - mixed with massive monstera and elephant ear palm fronds. The tropical floral and greenery design was a focal point throughout the decor.

“The florist did an amazing job by bringing out the different tones of pinks accompanied by yellows and oranges,” said the photographer.

The second bride stepped out in an elegant off-white ballgown with a strapless sweetheart neckline. There was sheer lace overlay cascading down the dress, layered with tulle to create a full princess skirt. She wore a classy statement collar necklace, paired with crystal drop earrings and a soft pink berry lip. 

She posed throughout the space, where industrial elements met bespoke, luxurious interior design. There were grand wood columns, classic white ceiling beams, an abundance of artfully laid exposed brick, and opulent crystal chandeliers. Warm summer light flooded in through the windows, giving the model an extra glowy essence.

For the third model’s bridal look, she wore an ivory fit-and-flare gown with full lace detail and a plunging sweetheart neckline. The thin straps gave the dress a femme touch, and the model wore loose beach waves and natural makeup. To add a pop of glam, she completed the look with a crystal-embellished statement necklace.

After capturing a few shots with the model perched on a leopard-print upholstered armchair, the first three brides changed into their bridesmaid gowns. Two of the ladies wore strapless, sweetheart chiffon dresses, while the other wore a one-shouldered chiffon dress - all pretty in pink. 

The gowns looked gorgeous next to the fourth and final bride, who wore an off-white boho-vintage gown. It featured full lace overlay and a sweetheart bodice with long, off-the-shoulder illusion sleeves. The long row of buttons down the back gave it a romantic touch, and she topped the look off with a pearl-encrusted hairpiece in her messy updo. 

All the ladies sat around the table, set with King Louis XIV chairs and a flamingo-pink patterned tablecloth. There was a massive centerpiece arrangement in a brushed gold vase, surrounded by taper candles and smaller arrangements in antique bulb vases. At each place setting, there was a textured gold charger, set of ceramic dinner plates, brushed gold flatware and gold-rimmed glassware.

On theme with the tropical tablescape design, each plate was topped with a tangerine-colored napkin linen and engraved acrylic name card, tied around a lemon. Next to the table, the bar came to life with more florals and an abundance of candlelight. They served vibrant craft cocktails that were made picturesque with tasteful fruit garnishes. 

“The drinks and fruit at the bar were definitely eye-catchers,” said the photographer.

Like the rest of the shoot design, the wedding cake was truly marvelous. It had textured cream, pink and coral frosting that blended with a watercolor effect, and sprinkled gold foil throughout. They placed the three-tiered cake on top of a large monstera palm frond and topped it with a cluster of florals and another palm leaf.

“The theme was tropical with a Southern twist,” said the photographer.

Congrats to this creative team on an inspiring, tropical styled shoot!

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Creative Team

The Tenacious Tart
She Bakes It

Bar Services
Flute Bar Service

Legare Beauty
Heather Marie Beauty

Thurston Southern Catering

Xpressions Floral Design

Brillar By Xpressions

Paper Goods + Calligraphy
Avenue Twenty-One


Direct My Day

Rentals & Decor
Eventworks Rentals

Merchants Hall

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