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Southern Splendor: A Magnolia-Filled Wedding Shoot at the Henry Connor Bost House
Photos By Elizabeth Marie Photos
By L. K. on Jul 29, 2016 at 1:00 am in Classic, Modern and Country
Set in Salisbury, North Carolina, at the historic Henry Connor Bost House—a charmingly restored Reconstruction-era farmhouse that recently opened its doors to the public as a picture-perfect pastoral event space—today’s shoot is plumb full of classic Southern charm, which seeps out of every element, from the sumptuous magnolia blossoms to the down-home treats (think bourbon-spiked sweet tea and a biscuit bar with all the fixin’s). Though the scene remains true to Southern tradition, modern shapes and textures give the styling a fresh twist, making old new again. Stay a spell and savor this one, y’all, because it’s gooder than grits.
Horticulturalist-turned-florist Stephanie Karadzhov used magnolias, tulips, and trailing greenery to create this sophisticated sculptural cascade of a bouquet.
Rustic met refined in Bowtie Bakery’s gold-brushed cake, which was lightly adorned with blue thistles and displayed on an old whiskey barrel.
Stylist Lindsey Rusher had literature’s sassiest (and most iconic) Southern belle in mind when she selected this showstopping Hayley Paige gown. “To channel Scarlett O’Hara, we needed something dramatic, and I knew one of Hayley’s stunning designs would fit the bill,” Lindsey says.
A homespun biscuit bar featured a delightful array of preserves, jams, and honey from the farmers’ market.
Strung from a tree branch and laced with fresh flowers, tobacco baskets of various sizes formed an unconventionally beautiful altar backdrop. “Once purely functional objects, tobacco baskets have recently been used decoratively, often as wall art, by interior designers like Joanna Gaines, whom I love,” says photographer Marie Griffin. “Although these aren’t authentic antique tobacco baskets like a lot of North Carolinians have, they are faithful reproductions, handmade by local artisan Juli Rice.”
A two-story weatherboarded frame abode with a Greek Revival finish, the Henry Connor Bost House sits hedged by English boxwoods on 135 acres of rolling pastures and woodlands. Inside the home, the original woodwork, brickwork, and heart pine floors remain.
A bucolic alfresco tablescape was set up beneath the boughs of a sprawling black walnut tree.
A little bit modern, a little bit old-worldly, a little bit rustic, and a whole lot chic, this tabletop entranced the eye with its stylistic eclecticism. A botanical bricolage, the centerpiece was made up of king proteas, magnolias, tulips, greenery, chamomile, Queen Anne’s lace, and willow balls for a hint of whimsy.
Sharing is Happiness
Photography > Elizabeth MARIE photos
Event Design and Planning > Lindsey isley rusher
Location > henry connor bost house
Flowers > sophisticated florals by stephanie
Cake > bowtie bakery
Vintage rentals > twice loved vintage tlv
Tabletop Rentals > vintage charlotte
Bride’s Dress > hayley paige
Bridal Boutique > hayden olivia bridal
Hair > ashleigh jolly
Makeup > greyson harvey
Earrings > haute bride
Groom’s Attire > encore on main
Paper Goods > lulu’s letter co.
Calligraphy > Lulu’s Letter Co.
Tobacco Baskets > Baskets by Juli
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