Posted on November 29, 2011

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Have I mentioned how much I love Freshfields Village?

And have I mentioned how much I love the Millers?

Good combo.

We love to be able to capture a nice family photo.

family portrait kiawah

But this is often more realistic (and funnier to look back on!)

Cute child portrait charleston sc

portrait dad lifting daughter up in air

Then we strolled over to Vincent’s for ice cream and a change of scenery.

ice cream parlor photo session

Sharing is good.

Chee

Cherry heist!

Nap time





Posted on November 15, 2011

Anthony contacted me about booking an engagement session earlier this fall. When he told me over the course of email conversation that he didn’t have a date in mind for the session since he hadn’t even proposed yet, and was planning to do so that weekend in Charleston, I had to ask if he wanted me to try to capture the engagement itself.

He agreed, and I was so excited for such an opportunity.

It was a stealth op, with me arriving early to wait for them to arrive in their horse-drawn carriage, hiding behind bushes and trees and pushing my camera and long lens settings to their limits to shoot in complete darkness without using a flash. (That’s why wedding photographers buy the expensive gear. It’s not just about higher quality files. We also need to have sensors that can capture clear images in dark churches and through the occasional shrub!)

Anthony did such a fabulous job. He put together a whole behind-the-scenes crew to help him pull off this fairytale proposal. He drafted friends to unroll a red carpet and scatter rose petals. Friends took turns reading declarations of love from Anthony to Katie. He even flew a friend in from Tennessee to lightly strum the guitar while he proposed. That’s right, guys. Read it and weep. Who can top that for romantic gestures?

Almost showtime!

Katie was so cute. I felt really honored to be there.

college of charleston engagement

Presenting: two completely giddy people!

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Posted on November 3, 2011

Karmen and Nazar booked me to photograph their wedding from another state via email, so apart from a brief meeting in person this summer, we didn’t have much time to get to know each other before their big day. However, Karmen and I chatted a lot over email in all the months leading up to the wedding, and so by the time September 24th and their Charleston destination wedding rolled around, I felt like we were practically old friends.

Karmen emailed me shortly after the wedding to say that I was in the background of a lot of their friends’ snapshots, and I was smiling in every frame.

I felt a little dorky, but it’s true. I had a great time.

Who wouldn’t, with Karmen and Nazar, who are just fun and stylish and awesome, and their closest friends and family?

Karmen strung these crystals herself to hang from the tree and reception light fixtures.

Sigh. Killer Choos.

I asked Karmen if she runs. She said no, but her mother and best friend were quick to inform me that she was voted “Best Legs” in high school. Not surprised!

Happy anticipation!

Love this of Nazar and his Mom.

I loved the use of grapes. Very cool.

Mother and daughter, taking a quick symmetrical dance break.

Venue: Getting ready in the Grand Mansion Suite at the Wentworth Mansion, reception at Circa 1886

Officiant: Pamela Dewitt

Cake: Rozebud’s Custom Cakes, Charlotte NC

Flowers: Yia Yang at the Charlotte NC Farmers Market

DJ: Arthur Brouthers

And special thanks to the lovely Tara at Red Shutter Studio for helping me by locating a babysitter for Karmen and Nazar’s good friends so they could party late into the night. Check out their work if you don’t already know it. Awesome!







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