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Angie and Mike’s Wickliffe House wedding features fresh spring colors of blue, blush and white. The couple worked together on every detail. Angie even noted that Mike suggested blue hydrangeas to match their wedding colors. Teamwork is nothing new to this duo who met seven years ago at work. Being just a few cubicles a part, their friendship flourished, and a few years later, they became just as inseparable outside of work. When they’re not at the office, they enjoy hiking, camping, and boating, often times including their fur baby, Copper, along for their adventures.

While getting to know them, I loved hearing about their perfectly imperfect proposal. Especially because it involves pistachios (I have a bag of them in my nightstand as we speak for late night snacking). Angie and Mike were vacationing in Brevard, NC to hike and relax in Dupont Forest. On an 8-mile route, they stopped for lunch near a pier where Mike mentioned he packed Angie’s favorite snack, pistachios. But before Mike could propose, a group of young boys came charging by to hangout by the pier. Noticeably irritated, Mike packed up their lunch, pistachios included, and they headed back to the cabin. Later that day, they packed a picnic of cheese, wine and pistachios and decided to bring Copper along for the action. Angie details the rest:

“As I walked Cop in the water, Mike set up a little picnic area. We snacked on crackers and cheese and talked about whatever came to mind. I suddenly remembered the pistachios and grabbed the tupperware container that Mike had placed them in. Mike continued the conversation as I popped open the lid. Inside, Mike had placed a napkin on top of the pistachios and on top of that was this gorgeous shiny ring. At first, I honestly didn’t realize what it was. Then the realization set in. On this the most romantic and wonderful days of my life, all I could muster was ‘That’s not a pistachio’. He laughed and said no, then sweetly asked if I would marry him. All I could do was nod. We hugged, we kissed and he continued the proposal with the sweetest, most kind words I’ve ever heard. After we both regained our composure, he told me why he had gotten so upset earlier in the day. The pier is where he had decided to propose, which to his credit, would have been beauitful and peaceful. But as I looked around where we he had ended up….off a trail with no one around, next to a rushing river, Copper next to us, wine in hand….I told him I knew we had ended up in the perfect spot.”

I often tell couples on their wedding day that things rarely go as planned, but they go as they should. Angie and Mike’s proposal is a great example of that as well. Their wedding even included some unexpected elements like tourists asking permission to photo bomb some of their couple portraits. And those strangers brought it, with face masks and all. The couple also wanted to include a bridesmaid who was unable to attend due to being near the end of her pregnancy. A printout portrait glued to a wooden stick served as her stand-in. Though not literally present, her paper cutout posed in some portraits and even made a cameo on the dance floor later in the night. It is evident that Angie and Mike care most about having a good time with the ones they love most and undoubtedly they created plenty of unforgettable memories with friends and family during their destination wedding week in Charleston. Congrats to Angie and Mike!

Wedding Team

Ceremony Venue: French Huguenot Church | Reception Venue: Wickliffe House | Bridal Hair & MUA: Wedding Hair by Charlotte

Floral Design: Forget Me Nots | Caterer: Mediterra Catering | Band: Emerald Empire Band

Wedding Cake: Publix | Rentals: EventHaus | Getaway Transportation: ACW Limo

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There are a brief few weeks in spring where the azaleas are in bloom and the humidity has yet to feel like a never-ending uncomfortable hug. This was the perfect time for Darina to have some Charleston bridal portraits taken. In the almost 3-hour session, we started at Charles Towne Landing where various hues of azaleas blanketed the landscape. Then we headed to the College of Charleston, both Darina’s and my alma mater, to finish the bridal session by the Cistern and Randolph Hall. This section of CofC is the heart of the college and features classic architecture that Downtown Charleston is known for.

I love photographing bridal portraits because it gives the gift of time. Every image can be carefully crafted and poses tweaked for perfection. Whereas on a wedding day, I’m fortunate to get 20 minutes with the couple and maybe 5 minutes for bridal photos. Something to consider when finalizing those wedding timelines. I also have a couple of rules for bridal portraits before I agree to take a session. The main one being that no sheet is allowed. If brides-to-be want the to use the majestic Southern outdoors as the backdrop to their images, then it should be embraced. Gowns can be spot cleaned easily at bridal boutiques. I’m anti-sheet because once a bride stands on it, she is scared to move for fear of stepping outside of the fabric perimeter. This impedes creativity and effects the quality of the images. I will never ask a bride to trek through mud or run into the ocean (though some have requested it during after wedding sessions and I gladly said, “YES!”), but in order to get lovely photos it sometimes means getting that hem a little dirty for the sake of a timeless image.

Darina’s bridal portraits are a great example of what can be created when fear of the dress getting dirty is not dominating the session. I had too many favorites from these Charleston bridal portraits and am sharing a lot of photos because of that. This past weekend was Darina and PJ’s wedding at Hamlin Plantation and I can’t wait to share some of those images. Until then enjoy these stunning bridal photos and even look back to Darina and PJ’s engagement session that I photographed last fall in Downtown Charleston and Hampton Park.

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Chelsea and Todd fully embraced their Charleston engagement session. I send every couple a portrait questionnaire to help me craft an engagement session perfectly for them. After reading through theirs, they faced the same problem a lot of couples do in Charleston – too many beautiful locations to choose from and trying to fit it all into a 1-hour portrait session. Fortunately, they new they wanted the classic and colorful look of downtown and a bit of mossy trees because not much else is more Southern than a majestic large oak. And they couldn’t leave out their lovable dogs who donned seersucker bow ties – a fabric that will also carry over into the wedding next spring.

For other couples considering a portrait session, take note of the diversity in Chelsea and Todd’s outfit selections. They had a Charleston casual style with her dress, which Todd’s outfit complimented with slacks and nice loafers. And then for Hampton Park, they opted for a slightly more relaxed look. Often times I recommend layering to easily create numerous looks in photos, but it’s too hot for that in May. So, an outfit change is a great way to go and one can easily dress up or down with accessories. Fashion aside, what elevates portraits to a higher level are affection and an openness to try different poses and activities. And these two had no trouble with any of those. The love they share is evident in the photos and they were game for serious and playful poses, sitting in a bed of ivy, and Todd even got a workout in with lifts, dips, and piggy back rides. This is exactly how couples help create great photos and I can’t wait to get them in front of the camera again next April on their wedding day. Congrats Chelsea and Todd!

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Paige and Martin’s wedding was a fun-loving celebration. The couple decided to marry in the historic Pawleys Island Chapel, which literally hovers above the marsh. This quaint chapel provides an up close waterside view of the tidal creek, which makes it a unique ceremony location in the Lowcountry. Friends and family gathered in this petite sanctuary to witness Paige and Martin’s commitment to love and life with one another. Afterwards everyone journeyed to the front lawn of the Kaminski House to celebrate. Pampered Palate served up delicious Southern cuisine featuring short rib and shrimp & grits. In lieu of a traditional wedding cake, a variety of wedding pies offered a tasty palate cleanser for dessert. The pies were so popular that slices started mysteriously disappearing; so, the couple were quick to cut their favorite pie together and share a slice. After dining, Paige and Martin enjoyed the rest of the evening on the dance floor or chatting with loved ones with a great waterside view. Their Kaminski House wedding was a perfect day with warm Carolina weather and a party that continued after the reception. Congratulations Paige and Martin!

Wedding Team: Ceremony Venue – Pawleys Island Chapel, Reception Venue – The Kaminski House, Day-Of Coordination – Catherine with Pampered Palate, Caterer – Pampered Palate, Floral Design – Greenskeeper Florist, Officiant – Steve Vickers with Coastal Hospitality, Bridal Hair & Makeup – Charleston Events Hair & Makeup, Trolley – Sunway Charters, DJ – Jon Feist with Melodic Entertainment, Bar Services – Squeeze On Site, Pies – Kudzu Bakery, Rentals – EventWorks

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BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_22This Charleston couple met in a N. Charleston dive bar, the Mill, on 11/11/11 and have been inseparable ever since. Becca is creative, stylish and loves to laugh while Chris is lively and a lovable goof. Together the pair love exploring the eclectic eats of Charleston and admit they may be slightly obsessed with sushi. When not about town, they enjoy going home to their petite pup, Khaleesi, who also joined the couple on their wedding day.  For their early spring wedding at the Pavilion at Pepper Plantation, Becca envisioned a rustic glam theme. Pepper Plantation is tucked away on the outskirts of Charleston and offers the perfect woodsy getaway for weddings. This natural backdrop received a classic chic makeover thanks to Wildflowers, INC. who not only handled floral design but also event coordination. They created a floral collar for Khaleesi along with beautiful bouquets and centerpieces that featured ranunculus, soft peach roses and lamb’s ear. These vibrant florals paired well with champagne sequins table linens and mercury and gold votives. DeClare Cakes crafted a speciality Crown Royal groom’s cake and create a stunning 3-tiered naked wedding cake. As their celebration came to a close, Becca and Chris darted through a sparkler departure to a black cab getaway. Congratulations Becca and Chris! Wedding Team: Venue – Pavilion at Pepper Plantation, Event Coordination & Floral Design – Wildflowers, INC., Wedding Invitation Designer – InvitedDesign, Officiant – Jill with Wildflowers, INC., Caterer – Cafe Catering, Wedding & Groom’s Cake – DeClare Cakes, DJ – Fingersnappin’ Entertainment, Gown Boutique – Jean’s Bridal, Gown Designer – Mori Lee, Groom’s Attire – Men’s Warehouse, Bridal Hair – Kasey with Stella Nova, Bridal Makeup – Malory with Stella Nova, After Party Dress – BHLDN, Photo Booth – Fingersnappin’ Entertainment, Transportation – ACW LimoBeccaChris_PepperPlantation_1BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_41BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_49BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_44BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_51BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_54BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_52BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_19BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_15BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_63BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_67BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_74BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_77BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_78BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_84BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_96BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_108BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_102BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_116BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_115BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_127BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_132BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_144BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_165BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_181BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_185BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_196BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_205BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_206BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_267BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_268BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_288BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_296BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_315BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_322BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_326BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_365BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_233BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_201BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_211BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_213BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_220BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_217BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_228BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_235BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_380BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_443BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_385BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_399BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_410BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_406BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_456BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_439BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_511BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_579BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_567BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_587BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_588BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_592BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_594BeccaChris_PepperPlantation_599

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