We’ve always found ourselves swooning over the Southern Belle Style. There’s just so much elegance, vivacity, and personality that comes with it, and it constantly amazes us how the classic and modern style fits so perfectly with all the right details that certainly makes every wedding celebration look so beautiful. Today’s wedding is the perfect example of how a southern belle wedding literally takes your breath away! This styled shoot of Jevettra Devlin from Avila Dawn Events, is all about combining elements representative of being a Belle and adding some sparkle. What they came up was the dreamiest garden wedding inspiration featuring gold details, a stunning Southern bride, and her handsome groom in a dapper navy tux. The selection of shades of pink, peach, marsala and metallic gold complemented the gardens of The Corley Mill House. Which looks so amazing! So, go ahead and take a look at the photos by Jessica Hunt Photography, and drown in all the glorious details that this styled inspiration holds!
We’re All About the Details!
The Bridal Gown
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.
The Groom’s Tux
The Black Tux provided the dapper wear for the 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. I personally love that the bride and groom went with traditional invites instead of sending a mass email invite to their guests.
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.
The Cake and Signs
Silver Spoon Bake Shop provided the three gorgeous cakes which feature some stunning gold design and blush accents. To show the love of the Southern Belle for her state, they used South Carolina cut outs for place cards and incorporated the first verse of the Carolina Girl song into signage. If this was a real Southern wedding, the Carolina Girl song would be playing and some serious shagging would be happening on the dance floor.
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!
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.
Hair and Make-Up
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! The female model, Jessica Brady, is a makeup artist as well and did her own flawless makeup for the shoot.
Extra Special Details
All in all, this shoot is meant to give brides, Southern or not, inspiration into how to make their day perfectly classic and modern, in perfect balance.
About the Photographer
Jessica Hunt is wedding and lifestyle photographer based out of Columbia, South Carolina. Jessica has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Studio Art with an emphasis in photography from Columbia College. Jessica Hunt Photography was founded in 2011 and now serves 20 to 25 couples a year throughout their wedding photography experience. Jessica is going on 7 years of shooting weddings professionally across the Southeast, and Jessica Hunt Photography’s work has been published in both print and online publications over 30 times throughout the past two years. Jessica is passionate about couples and capturing genuine moments and is a member of both the Professional Photographers of American and the Professional Photographers of South Carolina. She has been named among the best wedding photographers in Columbia for 2016 and 2017 by Expertise.com, and Jessica has a passion for enriching the photography community by building real relationships with other business owners and pushing those peers to enhance every portion of their businesses. Jessica Hunt Photography currently serves couples throughout Southeast and is available for worldwide wedding coverage while specializing in naturally-lit, fine art portrait work and photographing classy, head-over-heels-in-love couples!
Take this Advice
Don’t get overwhelmed, hire a wedding planner, and have a cohesive vision for the whole day! ~Jessica Hunt/Photographer
$5,000 – $10,000
Photographer: Jessica Hunt Photography
Model: Brian Gardner
Linens and Coverings: Candy Crush Events
Event Venue: Corley Mill House & Garden
Favors and Gifts: Couture Events
Dress Designer: Eugenia Couture
Jewelry: Haute Bride
Cinema and Video: Images of Power
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Invicta
Model: Jessica Brady
Makeup Artist: Jessica Brady
Calligrapher: Leen Machine Calligraphy & Design
Dress Store: London and Lace Bridal
Other: Molly Fornadel Events Design
Linens and Coverings: Mrs. Freund & Co.
Invitation Designer: Papered Dream LLC
Equipment Rentals: Peir 1 Imports
Design and Decor: Please Be Seated
Cake Designer: Silver Spoon Bakery
Signage: State Your Team
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: The Black Tux
Other: The Mrs Box
Hair Stylist: VIVD: Cut. Color. Style.
Floral Designer: Xpressions Floral Design
Event Planner: Avila Dawn Events
Jessica Hunt says
Thank you so much for featuring my work! I am honored!