Cypress Bay Plantation Wedding Inspiration from Allison Reisz Photography
June 30, 2011

Oh wow. Who is ready for a trip to South Carolina? Any southern brides want to invite me to your wedding? This wedding inspiration from Allison Reisz Photography is phenomenal. It's totally adorable, it's part rustic, it's a little glam, and it's everything we love. There are so many great details that could totally translate to an adorable wedding. From the perfect invitation suite from emma j designs, all the way to sweet, individual cakes, this whole inspiration shoot is exactly what I needed today. So spend some time with the eye candy, visit the full image gallery, and then I will ask you once more: Who is ready for a trip to South Carolina?

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From Jen of Embellished Events ... The ceremony design was created to look rustic, yet elegant. Guests were seated on long wooden benches and the aisle was marked with 3-4’ tall mahogany pillar candleholders draped in Spanish moss. To soften the look of the ceiling and brighten up the barn-turned-chapel, we embellished the reclaimed wood beams with sheer ivory fabric. The most unique element of the ceremony décor was the 20’ long Spanish moss aisle runner. It pulled everything together and added the perfect finishing touch to the ceremony décor.

For the reception shoot, I envisioned an elegant, unpretentious backyard wedding where guests felt relaxed by nature. We positioned everything under an ancient magnolia tree, which provided long beautiful branches adorned with the beauty of magnolia leaves and hanging moss, perfect for my idea of suspending anything I could from it. The dining table featured a long Spanish moss runner set over a burlap tablecloth with rattan chargers, lemon yellow napkins and colorful menu cards.  Hanging over the reception table were moss-lined baskets filled with many candles. They reminded me of the tree swings I played on when I was a child and brought back some sweet youthful memories. I draped the bride and groom’s chairs in long, sheer ivory fabric to add a touch of elegance and keep the table from looking like an everyday picnic.

Instead of a traditional tiered wedding cake, guests were treated to individual wedding cakes that were presented on an eclectic mix of fine-bone china. The sugar magnolia flower and lavender stems complemented the overall theme of the shoot and tied in a piece of nature.

After dinner, guests could wander down the lantern-lit pathway to a cozy lounge stationed in front of an area of low-lying branches full of beautiful magnolia leaves and Spanish moss. To provide ample lighting over the lounge, we secured a large wrought-iron chandelier to the tree’s strongest branch and hung it directly over the ottoman. It was the perfect embellishment to the design of the reception space.

Stationed underneath an adjacent magnolia branch was the self-serve beverage bar, where guests could help themselves to a selection of fine wines, a variety of micro-brewed beer and mint-infused lemonade. The hanging mirror behind the beverage tub gave the perception of a 360-degree view of the surrounding beauty of nature.

Photography: Allison Reisz Photography / Flowers: Kiwi Fleur / Event Design: Embellished Events / Event Planning: Embellished Events / Ceremony Location: Cypress Bay Plantation / Reception Location: Cypress Bay Plantation / Linens and Rentals: Amazing Lowcountry Event Rentals / Cake: Sheri’s Edible Designs / Invitations: emma j designs / Shoes: MeToo / Dress (Long): Bleu Belle Bridal / Dress (Short): Ramona Keveza via Bleu Belle Bridal / Hair: Lynn McDonald Quann / Makeup: Joni Taylor