Sep 30, 2016

Southern Wedding Inspiration
South Carolina Wedding Photography

Today, I want to ask you this, ‘What does the modern Southern Belle look like?’

That was the question this group of vendors answered when putting together this southern wedding inspiration styled shoot. We worked hard to put together the dreamiest garden southern wedding inspiration featuring gold details, the prettiest Southern belle of a bride we could have asked for, and her handsome groom in a dapper navy tux.

The Eugenia Couture gown from London and Lace was the icing on the cake for this shoot and shows the true definition of the modern Southern Belle. At first glance, you get your ballroom gown, but when the bride starts to walk you then see the modern play of high skirt with shorts beneath the skirt. Our  female model, Jessica Brady, rocked the tall Steve Madden heals and looked absolutely flawless in EVERY frame. Jessica is a SC wedding vendor  as well and did her own makeup for the shoot. The Black Tux provided the dapper wear for our male model, Brian Gardner. 

Paper Dreams & Keepsakes fused together the vision of lace, silk and sparkle into a gorgeous invitation suite. Leen Machine Calligraphy provided all the calligraphy, including hand-lettered gold foil South Carolina cut outs.  Xpressions Floral Design created the lush florals that complimented the bride and sweetheart table perfectly. Charmingly Southern Vintage Rentals provided the dusty blue velvet couch, patterned dinner plates and gold candle sticks.

Silver Spoon Bake Shop provided the three gorgeous cakes which feature some stunning gold design and blush accents. Silver Spoon Bake Shop incorporated the pearls, metallic gold and shades of pink into the design, because does it get any more Southern than pearls and pink? I don’t think so! Kayla of Vivid: Cut. Color. Style. was on hand to give our bride a stunning loose braid, because Southern girls love their long hair but do not have time for it to be in their faces! Southern(er)s are all about helping one another and the gold flatware was provided by a friend from Molly Fornadel Events Design. The gold rimmed chargers and plates came from Pier 1 Imports, and to round out the vision, the pink chiffon runner, gold sequin runner and peach disk sequin tablecloth were used to soften the rustic look of the barn table provided by the Corley Mill House and our sweetheart table.

All in all, this shoot is meant to give ever Southern bride wedding inspiration into how to make their day perfectly classic and modern, in perfect Southern balance.

Before the images though, I have to give my deepest thanks to each and every one of these amazing vendors…

Photography: Jessica Hunt Photography

Venue: The Corley Mill House & Gardens

Planner: Avila Dawn Events

Bridal Salon: London and Lace

Gown Designer: Eugenia Couture 

Jewlery: Haute Bride

Shoes: Steve Madden

Vintage Rentals: Charmingly Southern Vintage Rentals

Models: Jessica Brady & Brian Gardner

Makeup Artist: Jessica Brady

Hair Stylist: VIVID. Cut. Color. Style

Cake: Silver Spoon Bakery

Videography: Images of Power

Stationery: Papered Dream LLC

Men Wardrobe: The Black Tux

Timepiece: Invicta Watches

Calligrapher: Leen Machine Calligraphy & Design

Flatware: Molly Fornadel Events Design

SC Cut Outs: State Your Team

Gold Chiaviri Chairs: Please Be Seated

Florals: Xpressions Floral Design

Ring Box : Mrs. Box

Linens/Chiffon Runner: Candy Crush Events

Gold Rimmed Chargers/Stemware: Pier 1 Imports

Chiffon Runner: Mrs. Freund

Blush Linens: Couture Events

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Just get ready for SO much pretty…


I loved these South Carolina shaped cutouts that Paulene from Leen Machine Calligraphy & Design used gold foil on… Such a classy, Southern feel to them.
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We wanted to feature two versions of a table designs that would be Southern wedding inspiration for every classy bride, so our first design was inside the gorgeous Corely Mill House.
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I LOVE the floating candles and all of the little gold details Jevettra from Avila Dawn Events incorporated into the spread…southern-wedding-inspiration_0077 southern-wedding-inspiration_0078 southern-wedding-inspiration_0075 southern-wedding-inspiration_0076

And then we took a step outside into the beautiful gardens of the Corely Mill House…


Silver Spoon Bake Shop didn’t disappoint once again by providing three stunning little cakes. I especially love the blush ombre in one of the cakes and the incredible detail they created!


And now to our models, meet Brian Gardner and Jessica Brady…
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Oh, Jess, you take my breath away.

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Okay, Brian, you’re not so bad either… Ha!southern-wedding-inspiration_0083 southern-wedding-inspiration_0088

One of my FAVORITE shots from the shoot; it just shows off the Eugenia Couture gown from London and Lace just PERFECTLY!

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Can you believe Jessica did her own makeup!? Just flawless…

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OKAY, I lied, this next one is my favorite…

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I loved having this pretty velvet couch from Charmingly Southern Vintage Rentals at the shoot… It’s dusty blue color complimented The Black Tux’s navy tux perfectly.southern-wedding-inspiration_0104 southern-wedding-inspiration_0106 southern-wedding-inspiration_0105 southern-wedding-inspiration_0107 southern-wedding-inspiration_0108

Then we moved to photograph another beautiful table spread by Jevettra, this time with a romantic sweetheart table in mind. What couple doesn’t want to relax on a comfy couch during their meal at the reception?! Am I right?

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The gardens at the Corely Mill House truly provided the BEST background and gave the whole shoot a whimsical, truly Southern feel. southern-wedding-inspiration_0113 southern-wedding-inspiration_0115 southern-wedding-inspiration_0116 southern-wedding-inspiration_0114 southern-wedding-inspiration_0118

All. The. Pretty!!!!!southern-wedding-inspiration_0109 southern-wedding-inspiration_0119 southern-wedding-inspiration_0117 southern-wedding-inspiration_0120 southern-wedding-inspiration_0121

Kayla from Vivid: Cut. Color. Style. was on site to create a gorgeous loose braid for Jessica’s hair, and the one rose bud in the back was the one of my favorite simple little details from the day. southern-wedding-inspiration_0122 southern-wedding-inspiration_0123 southern-wedding-inspiration_0124

I hope you enjoyed this little peek into some serious Southern wedding inspiration for YOUR pretty Southern affair, and once again, I have to give a HUGE thank you to all of these amazing vendors for trusting me to create beautiful  images of all of their hard work.

Happy Friday!!!



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  1. Jevettra

    October 5th, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Jess these pictures are so gorgeous!! Thanks for capturing my vision for this shoot. It was a blast working with such talented and awesome vendors. Can’t wait til the next one!!

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