Southern Plantation Wedding Inspiration Shoot
June 11, 2014
RusticPlantationSummer Weddings
When you have the sprawling magnificence of the Cassina Point Plantation to work with, beautiful things can happen. Which is exactly why Stefanie Kapra Photography chose it for this charming inspiration shoot. We love the quintessentially Southern touches like mini pecan pies Brown's Court Bakery, and the elegantly rustic settings from Polished. For the full-on splendor, make sure to check out the gallery.
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From Stefanie Kapra Photography...Cassina Point Plantation was built in 1847-48 in a secluded part of Edisto Island in South Carolina. The house sits 100 feet from a quiet creek and salt marsh and is surrounded by towering pines, palmettos, pecan and oak trees. Only recently did the new owners of the Plantation open up their home and grounds to host weddings. The location is simple yet absolutely gorgeous and has a lot of southern charm. Another fun fact is that parts of the movie "Dear John" (after the book from Nicholas Sparks) starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Siegfried was filmed here a few years ago.

Our southern inspired wedding shoot took place in this charming setting - and we placed the rustic farm table under one of the beautiful oak trees in front of the plantation house. Other southern elements used/included are the mini pecan pies (Thanks to Brown's Court Bakery) and the famous southern sweet tea - set up for cocktail hour refreshments. The bottles for the tea were wrapped in simple fabric and stamped with a little "thank you" note for the guests - to add a personal note.

The color scheme was inspired by the natural colors that can be found around the plantation - mostly greens (spanish moss), soft pinks and natural tones. The ladies from Ooh! events, Polished and the Charleston Flower Market worked their magic to create a rustic yet elegant setting that perfectly fit in with the surroundings. The lanterns which we hung from the tree added the needed romantic feel and perfectly rounded up the setting.

With this shoot we want inspire future brides to get out into nature, take in their surroundings of their venue and incorporate the look and feel into the design of their wedding to create an authentic and organic feel. We also wanted to show how easy it is to turn almost any location into a gorgeous and festive wedding venue - and that it is fun to incorporate elements that are available on the premises - as for example we used the tree to hang our candles from. Lastly, when planning a destination wedding (and South Carolina draws brides from all over the US to celebrate their wedding day) - include some of the local favorites - like the sweet tea and pecan pies. Often even small local vendors and businesses are more than excited to help you make your wedding day unforgettable and are happy to share the local traditions with you.

Laura from Ruffled Ink added not only her beautiful invitation and calligraphy, but also did a little DIY project for the table number. We decided to use a new medium for the escort cards - and went with some vintage fabric instead of paper. The flower pouches used for the escort cards were also handmade.

Devon and Wedding Hair by Charlotte did an amazing job with the models hair and make-up. The goal was to keep this shoot organic and natural. We want to inspire brides to get back to the roots and to utilize the natural setting of their venue as much as they can all while getting creative with the natural resources that they will find at their venue and locally - to create a romantic, honest and classic fairy-tail wedding.