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Enchanted Elegance rustic wedding photoshoot | PurpleBerry Plantation

photos of a rustic wedding in NC

I HAD THE HONOR OF WORKING WITH AN AMAZING CREATIVE TEAM to plan and pull together this “Enchanted Elegance” styled wedding photo shoot. While brainstorming with Priscilla Erwin of Orangerie Events and Julie Liles of Julie Liles Floral Designs, the idea to design “Enchanted Elegance,” a styled shoot based around a collection of girly details with rustic charm, was born. Our goal was to create a shoot that would be a direct reflection of the level of style and creativity we offer our clients and an accurate depiction of a wedding from start to finish.

Historic Purple Berry Plantation over in Louisburg, with its sea of pines, was the perfect setting to bring our ideas for a romantic, vintage-y chic wedding to life. The gals at Style Me Pretty described this shoot as “layer on layer on layer of vintage charm, sweet details, and chic design.” I prefer to simply call it “SWOONTASTIC!”

Many, many thanks to this awesome Creative Team: Event Design & Planning: Priscilla Erwin, Orangerie Events / Flowers: Julie Liles / Venue: PurpleBerry Plantation / Cake: Cakes by Chloe / Stationery:emDOTzee / Attire: Savvi Formalwear / Lighting: Peelman Productions / Hair & Make Up: Dana Rasch / Linens: CE Rentals / Models: Jordan Ammons & Donnie Bentley

photos of a rustic wedding on a southern NC plantation photos of a rustic wedding on a southern NC plantationArriving guests are greeted with a welcome table complete with a framed cork board and customized pinned envelopes. Each guest selects an adorned envelope, reads the question on the back and leaves their answer on the enclosed card. The envelopes are then placed into a scrapbook after the wedding as a keepsake for the couple.



Guests are directed to the wooded ceremony site by following the hanging chalkboard signs.



They’re also are encouraged to take a blanket from the vintage suitcases before taking their seats on the rustic benches. 

As an ode to the natural setting, a paper resembling wood grain was used as opposed to standard stationery paper. The programs were designed to function as scrolls and were tied together with unique beading and lace.

Guests are led to the reception and discover their assigned tables by selecting their escort card from a hanging wire frame. Each escort card is tied to fresh cut flowers and herbs such as lavender and roses.  The reception table is draping with details from the lace table runner, to the tea cups with flag place cards to the ruffle pillows at each seat. Each place setting featured a custom menu atop a blush napkin. The collection of mercury vases, antique vases and silver candelabras transforms an ordinary table into a breathtaking display. 

The cake, an incredible three-tier ruffled cake with teal ombre design, was placed inside one of the old wooden buildings on the property. It was ultimately displayed atop a pale pink petal linen and surrounded by an assortment of lit pillar candles.

For a late night treat, a “Driving Me Bananas” dessert station featured banana splits, banana popsicles swimming in champagne, deep fried banana spring rolls and banana cream pie. And no banana-themed dessert station would be complete without banana pudding! Each serving included a mini-spoon tied with lace on the handle.

Signature drinks complete with sugar rims and beautified with a sprig of lavender were served as well. Our bride wore a simple yet oh-so-elegant cream silk taffeta gown with asymmetrical ruiching to the thigh and a chapel length train. Her blush-colored ruffly sandals completed the romantic look with all kinds of pretty! The bride carried a gorgeous bouquet of flowers that had just a touch of feathers and lace. 
The bride and groom’s beloved Westie, with his custom flower collar, stole the show in the role of ring bearer.

Such a stunning couple….

From start to finish, this styled shoot gives a glimpse into the power that lies in the details and the talent of our local wedding professionals. I hope you enjoy viewing the photos and will find some inspiration for your own southern wedding!


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