We are so excited to present Columbia Bride Guide’s first official entry in their new Styled Wedding Shoot series!
This faux wedding reception was the brainchild of Nina Bashaw Photography, and with help from the Columbia Bride Guide crew, she pulled off one of the most beautifully detailed shoots we’ve ever seen at Historic Columbia! We were honored to provide the freshly renovated Gardens of the Hampton-Preston Mansion for so many great vendors to come together and create pure magic. Scroll through the photos below to be blown away by the creativity and skill of some of Columbia’s best wedding pros!
The Pantone Color of the Year, “Ultra Violet”, inspired the décor, flowers, and bridesmaids’ dresses in this modern English country theme. These purple tones beautifully complimented the new, soft yellow paint on the Hampton-Preston home, in addition to the freshly planted greenery in the gardens.
The shoot took place on an overcast afternoon in late May 2018. In the Carriage House at Robert Mills, a group of talented dancers were turned into models by hairstylists Gregory Garretta and Kathryn Langston, and make-up artist Ashley Gunter. The “bride” was loaned a jaw-dropping Michal Medina dress and earrings from London and Lace Bridal and Haute Bride. The gentlemen sported snazzy navy suits from Granger Owings, with the “groom” wearing a special bow tie from Brackish Feather Bow Ties. The lovely “bridesmaids” wore uniquely styled and colored dresses by Alexis Doktor Designs. The modern bouquets and boutonnieres were designed by Andrew Stinson with WAS Designs.
Across the street, the set-up and design of the Hampton-Preston venue was directed by dynamic-duo Alexis Doktor and Alexandra Madison. Right at the front gates of the property, a donut-themed escort wall was erected, with the help of The Donut Guy. The name cards and sign were provided by Paulene Cruse with Leen Machine Calligraphy. In practice, an escort wall would be used to provide arriving guests with their table numbers for the reception. We love this tasty and creative twist with mini donuts! To our delight, The Donut Guy hung around for our “bridesmaids and groomsmen” to have a treat in between photos.
Beyond the front gates, “guests” were welcomed to the reception space in the Fountain Garden with an elegant mirror sign crafted by Alex Gaskins. The delicate invitation suite and stunning reception area was designed by Alexandra Madison. Everything from the linens to the copper cutlery was graciously donated by Party Reflections. The light powder blue antique plates contrasted beautifully with the purple tones in the napkins and centerpieces! All flower design was provided by Andrew Stinson. The bridal group enjoyed laughing and conversing at the table, where in practice guests would enjoy their catered meal under the live oak trees.
Under the gazebo in the Children’s Garden, sat a modern cake almost too pretty to eat by Izzabees Confectionaries. We love the incorporation of rose gold on the desserts! Here, under the copper chandelier, the “bride and groom” cut the cake and shared their first champagne toast. Nearby, the couple took more intimate shots under the magnolia trees, on the Children’s Garden swings, and beneath beautifully decorated archways.
Wrapping up the shoot, Nina Bashaw took photos of the group the sprawling back lawn. A to-die-for antique, green velvet couch was provided by Charmingly Southern Vintage Rentals for the group to pose with. This resulted in one of our favorite shots from the day! Lastly, the couple used the front stairs of the venue to make their “exit”, surrounded by their beloved friends.
Though the rain started to drizzle, nothing could dampen these models and vendors’ spirits, knowing they had just created some truly magical photos. We are so thankful to Columbia Bride Guide and Nina Bashaw for hosting the shoot at Hampton-Preston, allowing future brides to see the possibilities of this gorgeous venue and the talented work of some of Columbia’s best vendors! See below for a full list of those present.
- Photography: Nina Bashaw Photograhy
- Florals: Andrew Stinson AIFD CFD, WAS Design Works
- Venue: Hampton Preston Mansion
- Cake: Izzabees Confectioneries
- Donut Wall Donuts: The Donut Guy
- Calligraphy: Paulene Cruse, Leen Machine Calligraphy
- Signage: Alexandra Gaskins
- Rentals: Party Reflections
- Vintage sofa: Charmingly Southern Vintage Rentals
- Invitation: Alexandra Madison
- Wedding Dress: London and Lace Bridal & Michal Medina
- Bride’s Earrings: London and Lace Bridal & Haute Bride
- Gentlemens Attire: Granger Owings
- Groom’s Bow tie: Brackish Feather Bow Ties
- Bridesmaid Dresses: Alexis Doktor Designs
- Hair Styling: Gregory Garrett & Kathryn Langston
- Makeup: Ashley Gunter