Charleston Vintage Holiday Wedding Inspiration
I’d be fibbing to y’all if I said I never imagined planning a wedding in Charleston. The city is beautiful, and it’s one of my favorite places in the South. Planning a wedding here, even a faux one, is like a dream come true for a girl like me! I’d be fibbing, also, if I told you we planned this vintage wedding inspiration for months. Truthfully, we had little over a week to put all of this together (with the help of so many amazing people)!
Our original idea was never for a styled shoot for The Lovely Find, nevermind two so close together! This month has very much turned into one of those situations where life presents a big, bold opportunity… sometimes you just have to run with it!
The inspiration for this styled session stemmed from my longtime desire to see more December weddings. I love December, and I adore the holidays. I knew in my heart it was completely possible to have a rich, wonderful December wedding full of Southern charm without an echo of red or white marabou fur in sight. Charleston, one of the South’s most elegant cities, ultimately served as the perfectly elegant backdrop for such an occasion. Steeped in history and Southern culture, we knew anything we planned here would be gorgeous without the fuss of too many glittery trinkets and favors.
We Adore BHLDN, Y’all!
This all began with a vintage-inspired BHLDN wedding gown. From that gorgeous starting point, we pulled in colors like rich plum purple, fig, and gold.
Unique Wedding Invitations
We opted for eco-friendly wooden wedding invitations designed by Cheer Up Press, and used small amounts of green accents throughout in the florals, ribbons, and scenery at Lowndes Grove Plantation.
Charleston Wedding Venue…
Lowndes Grove Plantation was the perfect backdrop for this vintage holiday inspiration. Built in the 1700s and located on the Ashley River in Charleston, the historical plantation house is one of the most beautiful venues in Charleston. We used the interior rooms and the front lawn for photographs.
Long Dresses & Winter Neutrals
The bridesmaids each wore a unique dress, pulling from a color palette of “winter neutrals.” One of our favorite trends from this year was mismatched bridesmaids, and this was our way of showing how it could be done elegantly in winter.
It was absolutely a must-have for us to have bouquets tied with ribbons. Because we were saying “no” to ornaments, red and green, faux snow and a lot of the elements of “Christmas” that you see on the shelves today, it was important to us to pull in a few of the festive elements of the holidays that I adore so much. Each bridesmaid carried a bouquet tied with cascading silk ribbons that matched our plum and gold color palette. In the end, I’m still smitten with the idea!
Wrapped Up Pretty
One of the things I like least about holiday weddings turned out to be one of the things I adored for this vintage holiday inspiration. After an hour of searching, I was able to find wrapping paper colored in shades of gold, plum, purple, and black. No red and green in sight, and we still had a few wrapped gifts! After all, it’s not Christmas if there’s not a few presents!
Our trip to pick out vintage china was like sending kids into a candy store. I know they say pick out your venue or your wedding dress first, but this was our absolute “most fun” errand of the entire event. At Polished! in North Charleston, we found stacks and stacks and rows and rows of vintage china, glassware, flatware, cake stands… everything imaginable, and then some. Weeks after the styled shoot, we are seriously still talking about it. I’m pretty sure we had more fun there than some day-trips we’ve taken in the past. I can’t say enough about vintage china for your wedding day for those of you planning yours. (Just keep in mind that you may have to mix and match)!
Farm to Table
We used a farm table and gold Chiavari chairs, but decided to host our faux dinner party inside one of the first story rooms of the plantation house. For a December wedding in the South, there’s no telling what the weather might be. It may be warm and sunny, or chilly and windy. Luckily for us, the house was a gorgeous setting for an intimate wedding.
Mulled Wine & Spiced Cider
The foyer of Lowndes Grove was transformed into our gathering room for cake and cocktails. For a holiday wedding, what better than gorgeous holiday drinks served in antique crystal punch bowls?
Hand-Painted Gold and Chocolate Cake
The cake was a masterpiece. We wanted something different than what you see every day, and Ines at Skys The Limit Custom Cakes and More knew that our theme was “vintage holiday” without commercial red and green. Her concept was for a “rich, dark” cake, and all the details you see… the gold painting, the flowers… everything except for the greenery, added later, is edible and crafted by hand. She added tiny gold loops and swags to the top, and we were just over the moon. It was truly one of those cakes that looked too perfect to eat.
Vintage Getaway Car
The getaway car for the day was a vintage Rolls Royce. It suited the venue perfectly, and it looked dreamy parked on the front lawn.
Venue: Lowndes Grove Plantation | Models: Jill Osteen, Jason Smith, Dana Cubbage, Caroline Howard, Blake Bush | Hair & Makeup: Charleston Events Hair & Makeup | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Bridal Necklace & Earrings: Belk | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid Charleston | Bracelet: LOFT | Tuxedo: David’s Tuxedos | Getaway Car: ACW Limo | Eco-Friendly Wooden Wedding Invitations: Cheer Up Press | Table & Chairs Rentals: Ooh! Events Rentals | Libations: Squeeze OnSite | Vintage Rentals (Chargers, Vintage China, Gold Flatware, Serving Pieces, Cake Stands, Crystal Punch Bowls, Glassware): Polished! | Candlesticks: Lowndes Grove Plantation | Florals: Charleston Florist | Cake: Skys The Limit Custom Cakes and More | Giftwrap/Bows: Target | Burlap Mini Christmas Trees: Michael’s | Styling: The Lovely Find with Jordan Maunder | Photography: Jordan Maunder Photography