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Vintage European in Historic Charleston

Feb 19, 2019

Neutral colors created a whimsical style with European and vintage flare at the historical Gadsden House in Charleston, South Carolina 

With a venue as historic as this one, a European inspired styled shoot made perfect sense. The architecture combined with the neutral color palette and delicate details created this beautiful and intimate, vintage feeling wedding style. 

“When I begin to pull together the inspiration for this shoot, I knew that I wanted to combine European influence with the architecture and colors of Charleston,” said the shoot’s mastermind and beauty artist. “Envisioning the vintage and delicate apparel with the bright yet neutral flowers, I wanted to inspire brides to be unique in their choices.”

Starting with the invitation suite, the beige envelope and ink color set the monochromatic look for the day. The frayed edges on the invitation and the wax seal added that vintage touch. While the thick taupe ribbon literally (and figuratively!) tied it all together. 

Even all the small details like the perfume bottle and ring box, which don’t matter to most, really helped bring that old world European style, and was on point with the color scheme. 

The bride got ready while wearing a whimsical floral robe that matched the day perfectly. Her hair was swept back in a romantic low bun and her makeup was kept neutral while her diamond teardrop earrings added some sparkle to the look. She stunned once she got dressed in her custom gown with an amazing tulle top. 

The dress had a lace bodice and was wrapped with a layer of tulle to create an off-the-shoulder look that buttoned in the back. The tulle then flowed into a puffy sleeve, ending with a lace cuff at her wrist. It was unique, whimsical and oh so beautiful.  

As soon as the bride grabbed her bouquet, it added to the whimsical feel. It was full of neutral color in a variety of blooms and greenery that added so much texture to the look. 

Throughout the day, the bride switched her look up by adding different hair pieces. The first was a bold floral headpiece with some rust colored eucalyptus that really popped. The second was a soft gold diamond studded headband with a ribbon tie.

The bride and groom met inside the venue’s house in front of a large window that provided amazing light for their first look. The groom kept his look classic and traditional with a black vested tux and black bow tie. 

In another room of the house the ceremony was set up in front of the fireplace framed by two whimsical arrangements filled with greenery, pampas and branches. Light wooden oval chairs lined the hardwood floor and a crystal chandelier hung above them. 

Just outside the ceremony room was a soft seating area set up for cocktail hour. A loveseat and two arm chairs in a soft cream fabric gathered around a deep wooden coffee table. A trio of vintage gold candlestick holders decorated the table tastefully. 

Across from the seating area were cocktail tables draped with a printed ivory linen and topped with an assortment of snacks. Because is it really European inspired if there’s not meat and cheese?!

Meanwhile, outside on the stone patio a farm table was nestled among landscaping and brick walls overlooking the verandah of the house. More light wooden oval back chairs were set at the table and the ivory cushions matched the ivory runner that draped across the center of the table and onto the ground. On top of the runner were more vintage gold candlestick holders and some loose greenery that matched the greenery from the singular floral centerpiece.

Each place setting was set with a charger and topped with a dinner plate and salad plate separated by an ivory linen napkin. The gold silverware really popped against the dark wood table and completed the look. 

Back inside there was another table set up, this one being a round table draped with an ivory linen and the same ivory cushioned oval back chairs to match. The floral arrangement popped in the center of the table and added some life to the table.

The table was set with a charger, dinner plate and salad plate trio. The gold rim on the salad plate tied into the gold flatware and gold candlestick holders. 

To complete the day, there was a simple all white two tiered cake sitting on top of a wooden pedestal cake stand. It had some greenery accents and was surrounded by more gold candlestick holders to tie into the rest of the decor of the day. 

The bride and groom toasted with their bubbly drinks and soaked in every magical moment of their intimate day. 

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Creative Team

Magnolia Affairs

Rentals & Decor
BB & J Linens
Eventworks Rentals
Stephanie Gibbs Events

Model Bride

Generation Tux
Emily Kotarski Bridal

Stephanie Gibbs Events

Sweet Rhi, LLC

The Gasden House
King Street Hospitality Group

King Street Hospitality Group

Bar Services
King Street Hospitality Group

Adelyn Boling Photography

Contours and Curls

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