Drawing inspiration from the geniuses of the 1920s, this styled shoot evokes Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and the Jazz Age. Photographer Tracee Gadson transformed the Lace House into the beautiful vintage-meets-modern anniversary shoot that she’d dreamed of for years.
With a color scheme of jewel tones that complemented the natural beauty of this Columbia landmark, this shoot will be an inspiration to brides and grooms who want a bit of yesteryear in their South Carolina wedding style.
Tracee took advantage of the property’s lush summer greenery to create a romantic and festive spot that would be perfect for any wedding or anniversary celebration.
“I visited the Lace House Gardens for the first time last year and immediately fell in love with its organically beautiful setting. It reminded me of a romantic secret garden that I could absolutely get lost in.
“I hadn't started planning the anniversary shoot at the time, but once I began, my heart was set on the Lace House as my venue and I knew that I couldn't have it any other place.”
-Tracee Gadson, photographer
“My inspiration for the shoot was this beautiful silk dress that I'd found a few years back. The whole shoot centered around this dress. I'd been holding on to it trying to find just the right woman to model it. It was like finding someone to fit Cinderella's shoes!
“Once I found the perfect model the details began to unfold. For me, the dress was reminiscent of that 1920's Harlem Renaissance style. With the southern vibe of the Lace House Gardens as our backdrop, I decided to call the shoot The Southern Renaissance Anniversary Styled Shoot.
“My hope was to not only inspire future brides, but also to reach couples who may not have been able to have their weddings at the Lace House, but still want to experience its beauty while celebrating their anniversaries.”
“I've photographed other styled shoots before but this was my first time planning one of my own so I prayed a lot throughout the entire process.
“One of my biggest challenges was finding vendors who were as excited about my vision and concept as I was. I am so grateful to my amazing event designer Robyn Fryer of Vivid Detail Event Design who understood my vision and also brought some very key vendors to the table.
“I can be slightly obsessive when it comes to details. And as with any event there were some details that didn't quite work out like I had envisioned but Robyn help me stay grounded and find creative solutions.
“Another challenge that we faced was Columbia's famously hot weather. It had to be about 98 degrees outside but miraculously the flowers didn't wilt and our models were real troopers!”
“Some of my favorite elements of the shoot were the gorgeous bridal bouquet by Signature Arrangements and the vintage tables provided by Charmingly Southern Rentals.
“Each and every detail small and large played an intricate part in bringing the concept of this shoot together.
“It was wonderful to have been able to work with so many talented vendors and I am very happy about how it all turned out!”
Venue: South Carolina Lace House
Photographer: Gadson Photography and Design
Event Planner: Robyn Fryer at Vivid Detail Event Design
Behind the Scenes Shooter: Lakisha Matthews
Floral Designer: Signature Arrangements
Hair and Makeup: Sarah & Co. Studio
Vintage Tables: Charmingly Southern Vintage Rentals
Men's Accessories: The House of LeMond
Cake: Main Street Bakery
Macarons: Bruges Chocolaterie
Models: Dominikii Coleman and Benjamin Teel
Monogrammed Glasses: Bliss & Roses Designs and Events
Anniversary Card: Gadson Photography and Design
Hand Painted Love Letter Box: Gifted, by Gina
Gold Vinyl Monogramming (on love letter box): Redd's Creations