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I’m excited to share a sunrise Downtown Charleston engagement session for today’s post!

Jenny and Cory grew up in the same town, went to the same college, even lived near one another yet never met until Cory had moved to Charleston and flew back to visit their native Kansas City. From there the couple began a long distance relationship for more than a year. At one point, Cory flew Jenny out to Charleston and she describes her first time visiting the city: “Our first weekend in Charleston was a total highlight reel: dinner at Husk, pedi cab ride, afternoon on the beach followed by casual drinks at Reds Ice House. Over my many trips to Charleston I fell in love with both the city and the boy.”Jenny and Cory are now having a destination wedding in Charleston, SC for the summer of 2016. The couple will marry at the historic Gadsden House, one of Charleston’s newest event venues in the heart of the Holy City.  I look forward to sharing highlights from their wedding later this year!

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This past October, I photographed a wonderfully intimate Gadsden House wedding. Tennessee couple, Brittney and Patrick, have known each other since grade school, but did not start dating until after they graduated college. Patrick is a general contractor and Brittney is a realtor. The couple love being outdoors – specifically biking, golfing, and boating. Brittney describes Patrick’s proposal, “It was a perfect St Patricks Day and it couldn’t have been a prettier day leading into Spring. The weather was amazing and sunny. We had planned that morning to go for a walk after work then go celebrate St Patricks Day somewhere. As the day went on, I was getting busier with work and we had stumbled across a couple Predators tickets for that night. When Patrick got home from work I thought there was no way I could finish work, go for a walk, shower, then go to the preds game. With a little convincing, he got me to finish what I was doing and go for a quick walk around the Greenway. As we approached the Greenway we always go to the left to make the loop, this time I wanted to go to the right. With a little more convincing he got me to go to the left, which was towards the bridge he wanted to pop the question on. As we approached the bridge he said lets take a picture on the bridge, I thought this was a fabulous idea because I wanted to do the same thing last time we were walking. I was pulling out my camera to take a selfie of us when Patrick said ‘No, a full body picture.’ I thought no way we were going to stop someone in the middle of their workout to take a picture of us! Well, right about that time these two college aged girls walked up and he asked them if they wouldn’t mind taking our picture. I couldn’t believe he had stopped them in the middle of their work out, but they didn’t care at all. As we were about to take the picture, Patrick looked at me and said he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me and got down on one knee and popped the question. Of course I said Yes! The girls did a great job and captured the entire proposal!”

For their wedding, Brittney envisioned a Charleston destination wedding that highlighted rustic elements. Handcrafted wooden benches and accent tables offered a rustic texture. This was complimented with simple and airy florals to lighten the space. A lounge set featuring a leather sofa and cattle print fur accent chairs paired with gold rimmed glass tables was another perfect fusion of rustic and classic design. Their color palette was inspired by neutrals of white and grey with hints of gold. After their courtyard ceremony, the space was flipped to allow for additional seating during the reception. At night the courtyard was illuminated with strings of cafe lights, creating a romantic Southern atmosphere. Guests were treated to several rounds of culinary treats provided by Maybank Catering. Opting for heavy hors d’oeruvres throughout the evening encourages guests to mingle and dance. As their wedding day came to a close, the couple were sent off with friends and family holding an arch of sparklers for them to dash through.

Wedding Team

Venue: The Gadsden House | Event Coordinator: Kathleen Shuler with KHG | Floral Design: Palmetto Petals

Caterer: Maybank Catering | Bar Services: King Street Beverage Co. | Bridesmaids’ Dress: Bella Bridesmaid

Bridal Hair & Makeup: Lashes & Lace | DJ: Crescendo Entertainment | Lighting: Eventhaus

Rentals: Snyder Events | Rentals: Ooh! Events | Gown Boutique: The Dress Theory

 Transportation: Lowcountry Valet & Shuttle Co. | Getaway Transportation: Charleston Rickshaw

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I’m so excited to share highlights from Emily and Tim’s Alhambra Hall wedding from the fall! Emily and Tim met at work. Emily was a first year resident working night shift in the medical ICU where Tim is a nurse. The two initially bonded over a complex patient case whom they both were caring for. Tim enjoys fishing, cooking, music, and gardening. He’s hardworking, sarcastic, and a bit goofy (and he’s also from New Orleans! – most of my mother’s family lives there and I visit every chance I get). Emily recently finished her 3rd year residency in internal medicine at MUSC. She’s extremely motivated and equally as sarcastic as Tim. Their sense of humor is a great balance of wit and sarcasm, which I’m an avid fan of and made behind-the-scenes of their portraits wonderfully amusing.

Emily’s vision for the wedding was “to have a simple, somewhat rustic but still classic wedding. The bridesmaids are wearing navy, groomsmen in gray. I’m thinking neutrals with gold accents for the decor. But most important to us is having an opportunity to celebrate with our family and friends with a fun party with good food and music.” This inspiration was perfectly crafted and brought to fruition by Boutique Planning. Ashley and her team created an inviting atmosphere in this rustic setting with soft blush tones with accents of navy and metallic pops of gold. SYG Designs’ floral creations are beautiful eclectic floral centerpieces that highlight such stunning flora as cafe au lait dahlias (personally a favorite!).  Congratulations to Emily and Tim!

Wedding Team

Venue: Alhambra Hall | Event Design & Coordination: Boutique Planning | Floral Design: SYG Designs

Caterer: Salthouse Catering | Cake Designer: Village Bakery | DJ: Ascend Entertainment

Gown Boutique: Gown Boutique of Charleston | Bridal Hair & Makeup: Wedding Hair by Charlotte

Ceremony Musicians: Palmetto Strings | Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals | Transportation: Charleston Black Cab Co.

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Eve and Matthew’s Charleston engagement session is filled with wonderfully loving and candid moments. As any local knows, Charleston weather can be a bit unpredictable and this day was no exception. The forecast indicated rain, we swapped locations, and hoped for the best. Fortune was on our side cause the afternoon ended up with beautiful light. I suggested my alma mater, College of Charleston, for their engagement portraits so we could have a more intimate on-location session away from the hustle and bustle of the Battery. CofC’s cistern area has classic Southern oak trees and historic buildings offering unique pink and reddish hues with great architectural elements. These beautiful backdrops served as great inspiration as we explored the campus and create some timeless portraits. Congratulations to these two and I can’t wait for their wedding this spring at Boone Hall Plantation!

College of Charleston Engagement

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Jodi and Steven planned a destination Magnolia Plantation wedding with a brunch theme. Her vision for the wedding included, “Rustic, vintage with shades of blush and pink. We are having lawn games, a great blue grass band and a mimosa & Bloody Mary bar.” Their focus was on friends and family having a good time gathered together at Magnolia Plantation. Their brunch theme offered delectable creations from B.Gourmet Catering that include chicken n’ waffles, summer salad with bacon skewers, marinated flank steak, and shrimp n’ grits. Pre-ceremony snacks included doughnuts and milk. Wedding favors were a miniature bag of coffee beans with the packaging scribed with Johnny Cash’s definition of paradise, ” – this morning, with her, having coffee.”

During the ceremony, the couple incorporated a planting tree ritual that included Steven’s two sons. This symbolized the beginning of their new family. Along with being at Jodi and Steven’s side during the nuptials, the boys shared a thank you and brief toast during the reception. After a morning filled with love and celebration, the couple ran through tossed rose petals and planned on continuing the post-wedding celebration in Downtown Charleston. Congratulations to Jodi and Steven!

Wedding Team

Venue: Magnolia Plantation & Gardens | Event Coordinator: Cruz Coordination | Floral Design: Whole Foods

Caterer: B. Gourmet Catering | Bridal Hair & MUA: Lashes & Lace | Band: Green Levels

Bar Services: Squeeze Onsite | Rentals: EventWorks

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