Can I just begin by saying this entire project has been a dream? We had begun planning months in advance, and every single detail just fell harmoniously in to place. SO MANY THANKS to each of those below who contributed their talents, resources and time to creating something that still makes my jaw drop. Read on for a little back story on our editorial. <3
Upon first impression, driving up to Wavering Place was like approaching a real, living Tara. The trees collected Spanish moss like the most dazzling necklaces hanging from each of their knotty branches. The characteristically southern, wrap-around, front porch of the venue seemed to go on and on forever. The lush grounds held treasures that would only unfold their secrets if you took the time to stroll through their maze of healthy kiwi plants, hearty palm trees, chestnut colored buckeyes, and brilliant red cross vines that whelmed the rustic arbors that scattered about the property. Walking through the gardens instantly transported you to a time when the property was young yet, nearly two and a half centuries prior. You can't help but to stop and think, there's no way that these have ever not been as colorful and youthful and stunningly beautiful as they are in this very moment.
The plantation home tells it's own stories. To sit and to listen to the tales the walls tell is as though you are a child again, hanging on to every word, soaking in the narratives of the romances, the tragedies and the daily doings of those who wrote its pages.
And, in keeping with true southern charm, the now owner, Shana Adams, hurries down the stairwell to meet you at the end of the seemingly never-ending pathway with a warm smile and a hug that makes you feel like you've known her forever.
This place is magical.
In sharing ideas with wedding planner Marie of Elizabeth Marie Weddings & Events, it was completely evident that this was our space as we searched for wedding industry professionals who would help us realize this dream we had begun to formulate. Months of exchange in ideas and consulting with Shana of Wavering Place helped us to create a visual for the direction in which we desired our project to take, and as we continued, we were blessed with the talent of so many individuals who were excited to become a part. Much as a bride and groom would with their wedding vendors, putting trust and pouring our hearts into each of those who collaborated created an incredibly compelling story that centered around and was effectuated by a truly southern heartbeat. The classic seersucker and striped ticking in the fabric napkins and other details alongside the bright and clean summer color palette and insanely beautiful texture within the floral all created a space that was warm and inviting -- somewhere you could go to sip on some sweet tea and sit for a spell.
Incorporating a taste of South Carolina was important to us, not only for the sake of matching our backdrop, but in helping our viewers take a front seat and truly feel the essence of the Palmetto State -- a place where porch sitting takes precedence over air conditioning and southern hospitality is just a way of life. My trips to South Carolina as a kid growing up consisted of beach visits, lagoons, humidity, popsicles and our annual Low Country Boil. Since sending guests home with Frogmore Stew wasn't an option, we opted for a homemade starter for "guests" to enjoy at their leisure.
We began the day by photographing our bride as she went about her quiet, thoughtful morning, taking a moment to reflect on the commitment she would soon make to her groom. We created two separate spaces -- one which was a sweetheart table for our couple after they wed in front of the estate, the other for their guests to enjoy the reception under the shade of the large, live oak that greets you upon stepping foot on the property. We ended the day with a whimsical, petal send-off as they exited down the long pathway as bride and groom.
Our bride and groom had recently wed before we planned our collaboration, so it was truly a joy to capture raw emotion and excited banter between the two throughout. Brandy & Drew have a love like none other, and I love how their adoration and newlywed giddiness show through in this collection of primarily medium format film images.
Photographer: Allison Pedigo
Venue: Wavering Place Plantation
Planning + design: Elizabeth Marie Weddings & Events
Floral design: Camille & Gray
Models: Drew & Brandy
Makeup: Lee Chamberlain with Studio O2
Bridal gown: "Luna" by Lea-Ann Belter
Bridal gown, sheer skirt + jewelry: White Magnolia Bridal
Groom's suit: Suit Supply
Invitation suite design: That Pretty Invitation
Silk ribbon: Silk and Willow
Cakes: Izzabee's Confectionaries
Plateware, napkins + flatware: Crate & Barrel
White chiavari chairs: Party Reflections