Charleston Inspired Rust Manor House Wedding

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Towards the end of the summer, I was asked if I wanted to be part of a Charleston inspired Rust Manor House Wedding. I was going to be working with Olivia from Tilly and Teal as she brought her vision to life. The more she told me about her inspiration, the more I liked it. The best part was I could show up and not have to be the planner. Planning styled shoots is no easy task and Olivia executed her vision beautifully!


When I asked Olivia about where her inspiration came from she said, “I went to the College of Charleston my freshman year of college and although I didn’t continue my education there, that year in Charleston had a big impact on who I am today. I love the city of Charleston and wanted to use it as inspiration for the shoot. I chose the venue, wedding dress, colors, florals, etc. all based on the city and I think I did a good job of choosing Charleston-like pieces.”


Since the pandemic, planning styled shoots have become harder since everyone is stretched thin and essentially making up work for 2 years. Olivia said planning and interacting with all of the vendors was a lot of fun. “I think styled shoots are a great way for vendors to come together and have creative freedom while building connections and their portfolios.” This is one of the reasons I wanted to be part of this shoot. Getting to work closely with the vendors who played a roll in this styled shoot in hopes to work along side them in the future. Olivia said the inspiration session “turned out even better than I imagined” and I couldn’t agree more!

Charleston Inspired Rust Manor House Wedding

The day of our inspiration session was super hot and humid with a lot of bugs!! We were concerned we were going to get a summer storm right during our session. Thankfully the chance for the storm passed and we were able to take our time and be creative. This inspiration session was a lot of fun for me because it’s been awhile where I was able to have the time to feel super creative, not rushed, and simply enjoy taking artistic photos.

Thank you to all the vendors who made this Rust Manor House Inspiration Wedding possible:

Planning: Olivia of Tilly and Teal | Venue: Rust Manor House | Photography: Sarah Botta Photography | Videography: Bassano FilmsFlorals: True Love Designs | Hair and Makeup: Makeup by Ivett | Dress Shop: Brookes Bridal and Ball | Dress Designer: Sophia Tolli | Rentals: Select Event Group | Stationery: Minted Weddings

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