All Feature Photography: Southernly Studios
Inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic novel The Secret Garden, and as if joining the tea party in Alice in Wonderland, enchantment awaits as you fall down the rabbit hole and into another world via Fairytale Pursuits. Time stands still as you wander through the lush, green gardens of Swan Manor. Luxurious rosette table runners and brilliant, gold accents are offset by delicate pieces of china and candelabras, while natural, floral centerpieces pour out of vintage books and lanterns, bringing a touch of the garden indoors.
The blush and gold color palette is accentuated in the details. Carried through from the invitation suite by Ocean & Coral Calligraphy to the cake as designed by Cheesecake, Etc., the colors are timeless in their use. The cake, delicately draped in sugar flowers, brings a bit of modernity in the ruffled buttercream and smooth, gilded layers, pairing perfectly with the delicate, chiffon petals of the table linens and dark wood features of the home.
The bride is a true southern belle in a Tara Keely wedding gown via The Lily Rose that is as modern as it is traditional. Layers of tulle are accented by a sweetheart neckline and off-the-shoulder, alencon lace overlay. The groom wears a traditional black suit, pulling in an element of opulence with a gold tie. The couple explores the estate, reveling in the privacy of vine-covered brick walls and rich greenery. In a moment right off the pages of a fairy tale book, the bride is greeted by the manor’s swans.
As you peruse the grounds of Swan Manor, it is impossible not to find respite in the abounding nooks, perfectly suited for stealing quiet moments with one another. Whether a vintage chaise lounge in the parlor or in the stillness of the wooded property, you will find space to relish your new titles as Mr. and Mrs. You will find just as many options for your first photographs as a married couple. The front porch, reminiscent of days gone by, is the backdrop that southern wedding dreams are made of. The allure of the manor is not lost on couples seeking serenity for their ceremony and reception.
The groom, who happens to be the real-life beau of our model bride in this styled shoot, was more than prepared to take advantage of this special day. In an epic twist, after admiring Julia as she floated through the property, Eric found the perfect opportunity to ask her to be his wife. The newly engaged couple found the magic that is easy to capture at Swan Manor. Many congratulations to Eric and Julia!
PLANNER: Hayley Luckadoo; Fairytale Pursuits | http://www.fairytalepursuits.com/ | Instagram: @fairytalepursuits
PHOTOGRAPHER: Abbie Blair; Southernly Studios | http://southernlystudios.com/ | Instagram: @southernlystudios
VENUE: Swan Manor | https://www.facebook.com/TheSwanManor/ | Instagram: @swanmanor28110
MODELS: Julia Staley & Eric Robaina
GOWN: The Lily Rose; Tara Keely | http://lilyrosebridal.com/ | Instagram: @lilyrosebridal
PAPERIE: Ocean & Coral Calligraphy | http://www.oceanandcoralcalligraphy.com/ | Instagram: @oceanandcoralcalligraphy
SIGNAGE: Three Little Birds, Inc. | http://threelittlebirdsinc.com/ | Instagram: @3littlebirdsinc
CAKE: Cheesecake, Etc. | http://www.cheesecakeetc.biz/
VINTAGE CHINA: The Whimsical Rose | http://www.thewhimsicalrose.com/ | Instagram: @thewhimsicalrose
LINENS: A Linen Affair | https://www.facebook.com/ALINENAFFAIR518518518/
CHAIRS, FLATWARE, CAKE STAND: Evermore | http://www.evermoreeventcompany.com/ | Instagram: @evermoreeventco
HAIR + MAKEUP: Julia Benton | Instagram: @juliabenton