Southern Charm Invitations: Barnsley Gardens Shoot

The snow has been coming down here in Atlanta, and everything outside my window is covered in a blanket of powdery white snow! While most of the city is stranded and shops are closed for the “snowpocalypse”, I am left dreaming of warmer days when the magnolias and gardenias are in bloom, things slow down, and all is right with the world.

So today I want to share a sweet Southern-inspired wedding invitation I designed for a styled shoot in The Atlantan Brides Modern Luxury Winter 2o14 Issue. With hand-drawn magnolia and cotton blooms, a custom hand-drawn monogram, and a unique quatrefoil envelope bound with leather, this invitation suite is traditional South with a modern twist. Read on for more gorgeous pictures by the amazing team that designer Christopher Confero assembled for this beautiful shoot at the Barnsley Gardens ruins.

Designer Christopher Confero‘s vision was to incorporate square shapes into this rustic outdoor setting because square is not a shape that occurs naturally in nature. He juxtaposed  a square table and place settings with glitzy sequins and a chandelier, completely transforming the Barnsley Gardens ruins into a romantic and glamorous outdoor venue. For Goodness Cakes provided a gilded 3-tier square wedding cake, and I followed suit with a square gold and white invitation suite (above) and menu cards (below).

Each place setting had a custom tented place card with the couple’s hand-drawn monogram and date on the back. So many people forget about this space, and it ends up being blank. However, for your guests sitting across the table, it offers a refreshing new view.

I love this Instagram photo I snapped while on location at Barnsley Gardens of the beautiful, rich gold and white tabletop, designed by Christopher Confero, with my custom gold and white menus and place cards. Below is the mood board I created for the design, drawing inspiration from Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry, magnolias, and quatrefoil patterns. For more gold and white wedding inspiration, visit my Pinterest boards!

Invitations & Paper Goods: ECRU Stationery & Design
Event & Floral Design: Christopher Confero
Photography: Our Labor of Love
Venue: Barnsley Gardens
China, Glassware, & Stemware: Event Rentals Unlimited
Seating: Nuage Designs
Linens: I Do Linens
Draping & Lighting: Unique Event Management
Cake: For Goodness Cakes
Bridal Accessories: The Sentimentalist
Hair & Makeup: Brides by SAJ

Published In The Atlantan Brides Modern Luxury Winter 2o14 Issue

Stay Warm! xoxo