Goddess Power

Goddess Power | Discover tips for developing your own wedding theme with pro insights from this inspired photo shoot
Inspired by a Greek statue at theWilliam Aiken House, photographer Julie Livingston styled a photo shoot that captured Hellenic energy and a romantic spirit.
It wasn’t just the Greek statue at the William Aiken House that moved photographer Julie Livingston to create an inspirational wedding photo shoot around a Hellenic goddess theme. It was also the fact that the 17-year veteran Charleston photographer is all about “boss woman energy,” she says. Her intimate Inspired with Julie retreats teach professional and aspiring photographers how to level up through mentorship. In addition to hands-on learning through shoots (including this one), “we work on mindset shifting and work-life balance,” she says. “Beautiful, powerful, inspiring, confident”—just the qualities that a Greek goddess would embody.
Julie worked with Sarah Lillie Designs for the planning and a slew of other vendors to pull off the Greek goddess look without going overboard. Between the ethereal bridal gown; the Greek bust-inspired vases and statuettes on the tablescape; the soft, colorful feminine florals; and the brass chalices from Celadon Home—these subtle elements helped bring the look home. 
How to Develop a Wedding Theme
  1. A wedding theme is the “big picture.” It sets the tone for your wedding and should be a reflection of you and your partner.
  2. Consider your interests. Think about what you and your partner love. What represents your relationship? Look to social media, magazines, and wedding websites for inspiration and create a mood board that feels authentic to you. 
  3. Don’t go overboard. There’s a balance between on-theme and too much. Julie advises sticking to one or two statement pieces that align with your concept. 
  4. Evoke a reaction. Focus on the vibe rather than the actual pieces. “The feeling is how people connect to the occasion,” explains Julie. “You want them to feel like they’re being transported.” For this shoot, Julie and the team aimed to evoke femininity, grace, and beauty.
  5. Don’t shy away from color. You need not be limited to two or three colors. Consider a color family, such as light shades of pink and brighter greens. You’ll have more flexibility with your design. Also, trust in your florist and planner. They are the pros, after all. 
Venue: William Aiken House
Styling & Direction: Julie Livingston Photography 
Planning & Design: Sarah Lillie Designs
Cinematography: Serio Visuals
Models: Caroline Wagner, Bradley Carter
Beauty: Patrick Navarro (hair), Marley Simmons Makeup Artist (makeup)
Rentals: Snyder Events, BBJ La Tavola
Florals, Bust Pottery: Festooned Charleston
Tabletop Décor: Celadon Home
Bridal Attire: Lovely Bride (gown), Bella Belle (shoes), Emma Katzka Bridal (jewelry)
Groom Attire: Charleston Tuxedo (tux), Brackish (bow tie)