I met Anne and Russell well over a year ago to discuss their wedding day photography. We met at a bar and sat in a booth together and I distinctly remember admiring them as they snuggled in close to each other on the opposite side of the table. They were no different at their engagement session
or their wedding day...so in love and so excited to be married. Their ceremony took place at St. James
church on James Island and was followed by a beautiful brunch reception at Charleston Place Hotel
. The wedding day was full of hugs and toasts and singing "Country Roads" by John Denver (Anne is a devoted West Virginia University
Anne and her girls got ready at Elysium
in West Ashley.
I love this image of Anne and her sister carrying the dress to the church.
I love Anne's Kate Spade
Anne and Russell opted to see each other before the wedding and I just love the images that came out of it...they were so excited to see each other.
This is one of the sweetest pictures. It's Anne giving her best friend Alissa a hug at the end of the reception.
Anne and Russell, thanks for inviting me to be a part of your big day! It was such an honor to be a part of it! XO, Char
To view more of this couple's wedding, click here
to view their slideshow.
Here are a few images from the Elizabooth at Nicole & Ted's wedding last Fall. With the help of Carrie, their fabu wedding planner at A Charleston Bride
, Nicole and Ted chose a simple white backdrop and a custom "Love" bunting banner to match their decor. I found the bunting banner through this Etsy designer
shop. Everyone had a blast in the booth...there was lots of dancing, kissing and making silly faces...seriously, people always have a ridiculous time in the Elizabooth. It's truly a wonderful addition to a guest book. You can read more about my booth here
or feel free to send me an email if you have any questions!
I was delighted that my images were also published Two Wedding Belles
. Happy Friday, y'all! :-)
David was impressed by Meggie from the moment he met her. It was part of Meggie's job to visit David's office and give presentations on mutual funds. At first, David noticed how amazing Meggie looked in a suit...but as they talked, he was even more impressed by her intelligence. Upon learning that Meggie was also a two sport Division I athlete from Boston College
and finding out that she has a great sense of humor, well...let's just say that David was more than just impressed...he was (in his own words) toast.
After meeting several times at work and forming a friendship, Meggie asked David if he would play golf with her and a few other people. They were having a wonderful time until a storm imposed on their round and they had to get off the course. Meggie and David rescheduled the rest of the round and got spend some time together alone. Meggie thought that David was the nicest, sweetest person that she had ever met and it was right there, on the the golf course, that she hoped David could be more than just her friend.
Meggie and David tied the knot at St. Matthews
on King Street. Their reception was held at Country Club of Charleston
, where Meggie is a member. It was pretty and pink and everyone had a ridiculously good time on the dance floor. The only thing missing was Meggie's dog Princess, whom you might remember from their engagement session
on Sullivan's Island.
Meggie & David, I feel so lucky to know you both and am honored that you asked me to document your wedding day. You are a beautiful couple and I can't wait to see you around the neighborhood! :-) XO, Char
I nearly died when Meggie told me she would be getting ready at 27 State Street
. It's one of my favorite buildings in Charleston! It also houses Smith Killian Fine Art
, one of my favorite galleries. This bed and breakfast is a wonderful place for getting ready shots!
Meggie's Mom looked stunning and I loved this shot of her so excited to see her daughter in her gown.
I adore the dresses Meggie picked out for her girls, especially the little florets on the back.
I have a major soft spot for Father/Daughter moments like these.
Here's David looking dapper in his Burberry
Post ceremony Mr. & Mrs.!!!
Here are Meggie & David as newlyweds on the same course where they fell in love.
To see more from this wedding, click here
to view their slideshow.
Last year I had the opportunity to participate in this wonderful giveaway
that was featured on The Wedding Row. Two of my favorite gals in town, Ami & Liz of Mac & Murphy
, were about to launch their wedding albums and invitations for their stationery store and asked me if I would be interested in offering a photo session for one lucky bride who would be their first wedding client! I was delighted to participate along with Lindsey of 3.14 Pies
(you must try her pies, they are amazing)! I had so much fun being a part of this contest and really enjoyed getting to know Erin, the winner, throughout the year as we were planning for her bridal portrait.
Erin, you are as lovely in person as you are on email! I am beyond thrilled that we met and were able to enjoy an afternoon together for your gorgeous session in Hampton Park and South of Broad. I am so excited for you and Steve and wish you all the best. Congrats on your wedding!!! XO, Char
Lucky for me, it didn't take long for Erin to warm up for the session...I am glad whatever I said was so funny!
The azaleas were in bloom at the perfect time Erin decided to travel for this session all the way from Illinois.
After Hampton Park, we went to shoot at another location in downtown Charleston. I love a diverse set of backgrounds and locations. Erin told me that she wanted to shoot downtown so she could be a bit more high fashion. I think these two pics represent what she was going for - above is soft and sweet and below is a little more fierce.
This is one of my absolute favorites. Erin's wedding was shortly after our session and she was sooooo excited!
At the close of our shoot, we took just a few more with the veil in White Point Gardens, the park I visit every day with my pup Lexi. The oak trees here are incredible.
Mutual friends talked about setting Ryan and Chris up on a date for a long time, but somehow, despite suggestions, it never happened. So after discussions of the set up subsided, it was actually happenstance that Ryan and Chris were invited to the same casual party on Folly Beach. Ryan's friends referred to Chris by his last name so after finally meeting and talking, it took them a while to figure out who each other were...and that they were actually supposed to have met a while back. The had a great time getting to know each and when they said goodbye on the beach that day, Ryan was confused because Chris didn't get her number. But she knew they had a connection because he hugged her, longer than a normal hug, and tightly. After a few group dates more long hugs, Chris finally asked for her number and then for a lifetime together.
Ryan and Chris, congratulations! I hope you are recovering from your cruise to Rome and the South of France! Thank you for taking a chance on me, without much of a portfolio or even a website. Thank you for trusting me and for never doubting I would do a good job. Thank you for being one of my first couples, you two will always hold a special place in my heart. Wishing you a lifetime full of long and very tight hugs together!
Ryan got ready with her gals at The Mills House Hotel
Ryan, you are beautiful!!!
While the girls were getting ready, the guys were arriving in pedicabs.
Ryan and Chris didn't want to see each other, but they wanted to get a picture together before the wedding...I like to call this their "First Touch". It was really sweet and they were able to have a moment together before the ceremony.
To view more of this beautiful wedding, check out their slideshow here: Slideshow
Venue and Catering: Patrick Properties
Coordination: Southern Protocol
Cake: Twenty Six Divine
Hair and Makeup: Cover Girl Brides
DJ: Silverman Sound
Rentals and Lounge: Snyder Event Rentals
Flowers: Branch Design Studio
Lighting: Technical Event Company
Getaway: Charleston Black Cab Company
Officiant: A Charleston Wedding