Posted on May 31, 2011
I recently met up with Dane and Dolora and their lovely children and grandchildren, who had flown in from all corners of the country for the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary party at the Marsh Harbor clubhouse.
I had no idea what sort of event to expect, and was happily blown away by the vivacious and nattily dressed gang, as well as the absolutely lovely decor by Out of Hand and catering from the staff at Cru Cafe.
These guys know how to throw a party.
Check out this this floral wreath arrangement. Isn’t it scrumptious? I don’t think photographs do it justice, but in person, it was so pretty and whimsical.
Lovely cake by Ashley Bakery
Mix-and-match tea-stained (I think?!) crocheted linens. I love the color scheme, and the natural simplicity with a bit of a feminine flair.
I’m sure they were all counting the moments until they could rip off their jackets, (and I got out of their faces) but they were such good sports, and it was lovely to see all these wonderful boys dressed in their traditional Lowcountry best.
But they’re still boys.
Posted on May 24, 2011
Jodi and Justin got married in a lovely ceremony at the Francis Marion Hotel.
Jodi has this delicate yet grounded sort of old world beauty about her.
Many of the images of the wedding look like they could be out of an Edith Wharton novel to me.
I took these shots while the happy married couple took a break. I knew I wanted some close-ups of her birdcage veil, and flowers and eyes and such, so I asked them if they wanted to take 10 minutes during the cocktail hour to just rest while I photographed them. They gratefully sank into two marshmallowy chairs in the hotel lobby and chatted aimlessly.
I think I’m going to try to include Flop Time in all future wedding portrait time slots.
This was freelensed.
Posted on May 20, 2011
Lovely Jessie goes to my church, and, after what she says was 7 months of convincing, her husband agreed to have family maternity photos taken in anticipation of the arrival of their first child.
Whether it’s a wedding, engagement, or family session, it’s quite common for guys to wish they were fishing, watching football, root canal-ing, anything but cheesing for a camera.
But I think I’m pretty good at making the process not only bearable but also relaxed and fun as well.
It’s A Wrap! Five.
Posted on May 18, 2011
That’s my baby.
I have a hard time refusing her anything.
See those Jedi Mind Trick eyes? Don’t they just draw you in and say,
“Give me cookies. No. Seriously. Gimme. You’re opening the box. Thaaaaat’s right…”
Posted on May 13, 2011
Kathy and Henry live in Columbia but held their wedding down here in Charleston, at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina.
I caught up with them at Party at the Point Friday night, so we could meet face-to-face, grab a few night before shots, and enjoy a drink, some breeze, and a great reggae band. I’d forgotten how much fun it is out there.
We reconvened Saturday for the 11 am ceremony on the pier out over the Cooper River, overlooking the downtown Charleston skyline, with barges, seabirds, the Ravenel bridge and the Yorktown as honorary onlooking guests.
Gotta have guests with good shoes
The family had a sand ceremony to symbolize their status as a big happy family.
Three out of the past four weddings I’ve photographed or helped shoot have featured guests in fedoras. I’m taking that as a sign that they’re coming back in a big way. Love how dapper they look. I should add a fedora’d guest clause into my contract.
Whatever the bride’s lovely sister is drinking, doesn’t it look delicious? I just want to reach in and grab a sip.
Cake! By Esthi at Tiers of Joy.
Belly up! “Barkeep, mix me two of your finest Shirley Temples!”
Doesn’t this just scream brothers?
I prefer it to the actual formal shot.
Posted on May 10, 2011
An image I just edited of lovely Kathy, coming down the pier at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina on the arm of her handsome oldest child.
More to come soon!
Posted on May 7, 2011
A few weeks ago, I went down to my neighbor Morgan’s house to get some shots of her and her friends as they headed out to her First Baptist School prom.
They couldn’t understand why I was snapping a million shots of her getting ready, but I was having a great time practicing in my ongoing quest to learn to freelens well.
Can I please just say how cool I think it was that Morgan wore cowboy boots with her prom dress? Love it, love it.
This is what the guys do while the girls get ready
Posted on May 2, 2011
Tom and Samantha were engaged at California Dreaming restaurant out on the back deck.
We revisited the scene for engagement photos at 7 am on a recent foggy Saturday morning.
Then we hit downtown to find a few more locations.
We will forever mourn that we weren’t able to jump out in time and pose with the jogging guy in the fabulous shiny teal and lavender track suit, but I think we got some decent shots anyway.
WINNING! This was outside the Queen Street Grocery.