Tropical With A Southern Twist Of Charm Styled Shoot

This fun and boldly stylized wedding day shoot feature saturated, energized colors like fuchsia, orange, and yellow. The theme for this shoot was “tropical with a southern twist of charm.” It was the perfect marriage of southern elegance and tropic elements — from the florals that included oversized Monstera leaves, mini pineapples and bright red ginger, down to the menu of locally sourced seafood, produce and essentials, as well as handcrafted cocktails. 

Merchants Hall is a sophisticated venue adjacent to the historic City Market in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. While the antebellum building facade has changed very little since being built in 1856, the interior has changed to house various businesses, such as a bakery, a few restaurants, nightclub and bar. Extensive restorations have recently been completed to bring back the beautiful venue’s original grandeur. Today, Merchants Hall features preserved wood columns, exposed brick walls, and wrought iron with added modern luxurious finishes. And according to Leigh Stoudenmire of Leigh Hayward Photography, “It was a stunning setting to photograph this worldly wedding.”

Shoot location: Merchants Hall, Charleston, South Carolina

Shoot theme: Tropical With A Southern Twist Of Charm

Color combinations: Fuchsia, orange, pink and yellow.

Favorite detail: The cookies!

Decor Details:


We used hot pink linen tablecloths with splattered designs and orange napkins.

Centerpiece Description: 

For the centerpieces, we used tall gold vases, which included oversized Monstera leaves, mini pineapples (a sign of southern hospitality), and bright red ginger.

Place Settings: 

Our place settings were composed of gold silverware and gold trimmed plates, as well as lemons with plexiglass name tags.


The favors for our shoot were Monstera leaf cookies dusted with gold powder from She Bakes It


In terms of stationery, we made sure it had a floral, tropical theme.

Please share unique details from your shoot: 

The most unique feature from our styled shoot was the menu. We included an heirloom tomato and watermelon salad with feta, honey vinaigrette, basil, and black pepper. The main course was a seared dayboat snapper with local Shem Creek Shrimp, Geechie Boy Mill Grits (a Charleston staple), asparagus, and pickled sweet peppers. There were also three curated cocktails for guests to choose from:

Saint Cecilia’s Society Punch with Bitty Pineapple Garnish – Dark Rum, Brandy, Cava, Black Tea, Lemon, and Pineapple

Blackberry Mint Tea – Bourbon, Blackberries, Mint Green Tea, Simple Syrup, Fresh Mint and Lime Garnish

She’s a Peach with Cheers Stick Garnish – Fresh Peach, Bourbon, Black Tea, Ginger Bitters and Ginger Beer

We can’t get enough of this gorgeous styled shoot. Share your favorite details in the comments below.


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