Love is Enough: A “New South” wedding inspiration shoot : Easley, SC

Below is a gorgeous styled shoot put together by some very talented friends of mine! I was so honored to be a part of it and I hope you enjoy the imagery and the inspiration behind it as much as I do.

A few words by Moe Megan…

The inspiration for this shoot came, at first, from the elusive & intoxicating Hellebore flower, which serves as the harbinger of Spring in many a garden. As it breaks ground each year, its petals bear an age-old message:  though the winter is rugged and cold, we must take heart, because a warmer and sweeter time is near. This brought us to think about love, in all of its stages and forms, and to the poem “Love is Enough” by 19th century poet, William Morris.  The poem is steeped in metaphors, both inky and arcane.  Morris’ words echo the cycle of the seasons. Through all the mystery and turmoil that life may throw our way, the promise of love is enough to endure.  This poem is featured in our shoot-written in full on local, reclaimed barn wood.

We are from Greenville, South Carolina, a town nestled in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Here, home is everything.  We wanted the shoot to reflect the roots of this place, especially those of our bride and groom. Jonathan & Angie, both born and raised here, fell in love at the age of 16.  Six years later, they recited their vows on South Carolina soil when they wed in 2010. Their love is real – it is steady and honest. They are shaped by their Southern upbringing, but they are carving out a life together while marching to the beat of their own, fresh drum. We wanted the shoot to exhibit some of their essence-  the rough-hewn, energetic, handsome South. We find that THIS South is so often overshadowed by the pastels, the hydrangeas, and the seersuckers that are a common reflection of gentility & grace – the typical South that many styled shoots convey. So, we selected Greenbrier Farms, an organic and rugged venue in the countryside of  Easley, SC as the backdrop for their love story.

Angie also served as the clothing stylist. Her green wedding dress was designed by dear friend & hand sewn right here in Greenville. You’ll see collard greens and carrots throughout the shoot, southern staples, both which were pulled from the soil of a nearby South Carolina farm. The wedding china belongs to Jessica of A Darling Day, and were hand-made by an artist in Asheville, North Carolina. The signature cocktail was named The Altamont for nearby Paris Mountain, and features moonshine from a local  Greenville distillery called Dark Corner - the first legal moonshine produced in the state of South Carolina. Hellebores, hand-painted by Studio Sarah Rose, grace the cake & invitations. The Hellabores also drip sumptuously throughout the shoot thanks to the work of Suzie, Statice couture florals & event design. They were sourced from a local farmer and exhibit luxury everywhere- from a rack of antlers claimed in North Carolina, to a mantel found at a local pawn shop. The ring, given to me recently, was hand-hewn by a local jeweler. It was pieced together from an heirloom ring that began its journey with my fiancee’s family in Belton, South Carolina in the 1940s. The photographer, Angela Cox, wove the story with luscious, vibrant color -  and tied it all together with her quiet eye for poignant moments. She too was born and raised here. 

The result? Well, it was entirely a team effort. We feel that the images are unique, yet accessible and utterly familiar. We are daughters of the New South- while we embrace and honor tradition with open arms,  we also celebrate the impossible beauty of exploration and change- in styling, in relationships, in life. In the end, this shoot allowed us to sculpt our own collective vision for what a New Southern wedding can be.

Such a huge thank you to all the vendors involved in this shoot!

* MUA-Isabelle Schreier * Hair Stylist-Heather Cox *

*Flowers- Statice Couture Florals & Event Design *

*Styling & Inspiration- Moe Megan * Invitations & Hand Lettering- Studio Sarah Rose *

* Styling & Vintage Rentals- A Darling Day * Clothing Stylist- Angie Thompson *

*Jewlery- Christina Nicole Studios*

* Wedding Venue- Greenbrier Farms *

 

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  • Ashleigh Burke Coleman - April 9, 2014 - 12:20 am

    So good! And, I love the new logo:)ReplyCancel