Merchants Hall Styled Shoot – Charleston, South Carolina
In May 2018, Charleston welcomed Merchants Hall, a sophisticated new wedding venue set in an 1856 building that was originally home to J.C.H. Claussen and Company, a factory in the heart of Historic District. Long-standing wood columns and authentic exposed brick walls preserve the building’s historic character, while crystal chandeliers and luxurious finishes update the aesthetic. The original windows overlook Charleston’s bustling City Market, with views of the majestic U.S. Custom House and famed steeples of the Holy City’s cathedrals. This shoot captured by Michel Berda, veteran Charleston photographer, gives you one of the first glimpses into the romantic weddings this venue will host in the future. This shoot is filled with colourful floral, chic design and Southern accents.
The theme was a blend of modern and traditional styles, radiating traditional Southern elegance with a tropical twist. Modern touches like décor swings in the lounge, suspended floral arrangement and the boho-chic lounge are contemporary. While elements such as the wicker chargers, vintage cut glass candlesticks and florals like the antique hydrangeas create traditional charm.
Chelsye Harp, Director of Events at Intrigue, encourages brides-to-be to mix and match as she did in this shoot. The pops of colour, unexpected textures and varied patterns were combined to show how contrast can create a cohesive look.
The Lowcountry was a major inspiration behind details like guest names embossed on oysters, and the palm décor which nods to local flora. The shoot also portrays a quintessentially “Charleston” engagement at Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit in City Market and an elegant post-ceremony cocktail at The Spectator Hotel.
Photography: King Street Photo Weddings // Venue: Merchants Hall // Planning/Design: Intrigue Design and Events // Floral Designer: Jardinière Events // Rentals: Ooh! Events & Adorn Charleston // Signage/Calligraphy: Kattie McMillion // Catering: Duvall Catering & Events // Dessert: Tristan Catering & Events // Bridal Gown: Southern Protocol Bridal // Bridal Looks: Model Bride // Accessories: Hermosa Jewelry // Bowties: Botany Bow Ties & Brackish Bow Ties // Hair and Makeup: UpDos For I Dos // Models: Madison Shaffer & Kyle Norton