Posted on March 24, 2014

 

Cabell House Charleston wedding

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Posted on March 11, 2014

 

 

Alex and Michael are such a lovely couple. They moved to Australia (his homeland) just after the wedding.

Recently I delivered their wedding album to Alex’s parents’ house in Mount Pleasant, so that they could take take it along when they flew over to see the newlyweds.

As we were flipping through the pages, Alex’s Mom referred to them as “the kids.” I remember her saying the same thing at the wedding. I found it to be ridiculously charming. Even grown and married, Alex will always be their baby girl, and her husband is now one of their honorary “kids” too.

 

I must be doing something right, because I get to meet the best families.

 

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A guest spotted a rainbow outside after the first dances

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Posted on December 27, 2013

 

 

 

I’ve been waiting since last December to blog this sweet wedding holiday wedding.

Mount Pleasant’s Old Village is one of my very favorite places, ever. I used to have the good fortune to live there for a few years, and my dog and I walked every inch of the neighborhood, day and night. So it was especially wonderful for me to stroll around the area with Anna and Chad and their wedding party and take fun group portraits.

Their Alhambra Hall reception featured cotton, twinkly lights,  perfect sunset colors, a rockin’ band, and a gift wrapped Range Rover. What more could you want?

 

Wedding dress hanging in tree red leaves

 

St Andrews Episcopal Church Mount Pleasant SC

 

Bride getting ready in church black and white image

 

 

Father watching bride

 

Bride and father, groom and his son

 

Bride through church window

 

 

Bride and father aisle spanish moss

 

 

Bride and groom leaving church

 

 

Bride holding groom's arm

 

 

Backlit wedding party sunset

 

 

Chad’s adorable son Michael led the pack in this shot

 

Bridal party running towards photographer

 

 

Wedding party Old Village Mount Pleasant SC

 

 

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Bride and groom sunlit candid portrait

 

 

Bride and groom kissing sunset Alhambra Hall

 

 

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Alhambra Hall wedding lanterns

 

 

Lowcountry Charleston wedding shrimp

 

 

Wedding rings with cotton

 

 

Bridesmaids and baby

 

 

Bride and groom sunset portrait by Cooper River

 

 

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Sunset Alhambra Hall Mt Pleasant

 

 

Alhambra Hall cotton decoration

 

 

Bride and groom on dance floor

 

 

Wedding getaway car gift wrapped Range Rover silly

 

Sparkler exit Alhambra Hall

 

 

Venue: St Andrews Episcopal Church, Mt Pleasant, SC, and Alhambra Hall, Mt Pleasant, SC

Caterer: Sandlapper Events, Mt Pleasant, SC

Cake: McKenzie’s Bake Shop, Summerville SC

Band: David Higgins Band, Charleston SC

Florals: Forget Me Nots by Horst Flowers, Charleston, SC





Posted on October 9, 2013

Within the past week, I’ve had two weddings published on local blogs. Both were wonderful island weddings, on opposite sides of the county.

The Wedding Row featured Jordan and Adam’s Sacred Heart Catholic ceremony and Wadmalaw island shindig here

and A Lowcountry Wedding featured Amanda and Jay’s Daniel Island marshside ceremony and reception here.

I love seeing which images blogs pick to tell the story of a wedding. It’s so much fun to see your work arranged by a different set of eyes. Thanks so much to these wonderful Charleston wedding resources!

Here are some additional images from Jordan and Adam’s wedding that I love:

 

Sacred Heart church wedding Charleston SC

 

Grandmother reading program at wedding

 

wedding party celebrating after the wedding

 

 

Charleston wedding wedding party portrait in live oak tree

 

 

 

Wadmalaw Island SC wedding

 

 

 

Bride and groom portrait veil blowing in wind

 

 

 

 

 

 

wedding guests looking out over the river

 

 

Band member playing the washboard at Charleston SC wedding

 

 

 

 

 

Bride and groom on the dance floor last song

 

 

Wadmalaw boat dock in the moonlight

 

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Posted on June 22, 2013

I’m much more likely to post individual images on my Facebook page here and there as I’m editing, but I wanted to post today’s here along with a quick tip.

If you’re planning an outdoor wedding with some extra space available, please consider borrowing or renting a few rocking chairs to scatter around.

(I believe that these chairs might be part of the Boone Hall Cotton Dock furnishings.)

They add such a sweet Lowcountry feel to the event, and they feel wonderful to tired grandparents and parents of sleepy children.

I wish I’d done this at my wedding!

boone hall cotton dock wedding rocking chairs

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Posted on June 11, 2013

Hello world!

First, a few updates.

As usual, I post new images as I’m editing on my Facebook business page, so please head on over there to see my most current work!

I’ve also had work featured on a few blogs lately and wanted to link to those. Almost all of the images featured have not yet appeared on my blog, so be sure to check them all out!

The Wedding Row featured Kate and Blake’s gorgeous Boone Hall Plantation engagement session here

Red Dirt bride, a blog for rustic wedding inspiration based in Oklahoma, featured Jenna and Michael’s lovely Alhambra Hall wedding with DIY accents here.

The Lovely Find featured Kellie and Russ’s beautiful Lowcountry casual meets English garden riverside wedding here.

And look for Jennifer and Mike’s Bulow Landing wedding, coming on soon on Borrowed and Bleu!

On a personal note, I’ve gotten several emails lately from parents wanting their 10-12 year old children photographed. The individual phrasing is slightly different, but the same theme runs through all the requests. They want their children documented during those fleeting moments of childhood. That stage where the knees are extra-knobby but the cheeks, in certain light and angles, still retain traces of chubbiness. That stage before Mom and Dad are, OMG, a Complete Embarrassment!

I was at my older childrens’ elementary school last month, and ran into my son’s 4th grade class, lined up in the hall. He saw me. I’m pretty sure he saw me. But he immediately averted eye contact and froze.

Like I was a T-Rex.

And I realized that I probably do some freezing and averting of my own. Sure, we’re great buds, and I spend lots of time with him, and I’m not afraid to discipline him and be active in his life, the good and the bad. But with the camera, I’ve definitely backed off. Part of it’s that he’s less into it, and is on the threshold of some serious orthodontia. Another reason is he’s entered that universal photographic wasteland, from which kids typically emerge around JV sports, and for awkward prom photos.

But I don’t want his tween and teen years documented only by goofy faces, images involving shin guards, or, God forbid, 500 mirror selfies of him trying to look tough with his hand thrown in a sideways V. (What IS that, anyway?).

So I’m going to get better about taking pictures of him. He deserves it. He’s pretty awesome. He’s the only person in the whole wide world who thinks my nonsense song lyrics when I change up or forget the words are hilarious.

If you feel the same way about your child, contact me and we’ll set up a session! I make it painless on them. Promise.

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Posted on May 6, 2013

Happy sunny Monday!

I realized that I forgot to put a sneak peek image of Erin and Ben’s wedding on my Facebook page, so it’s the perfect time to preview a few of their images on the blog while I finish editing their lovely wedding.

I arrived at the South Carolina Aquarium for the rehearsal dinner under gray misty skies, but with weather.com’s assurance that there was 10% chance of rain until storms rolled in around 11 pm. Usually the chance of rain is overestimated, so imagine my surprise when I noticed guests looking and pointing to something outside the window, and saw this.

As lovely and hospitable as a typical lowcountry sunset is, I think this was actually a more unique sight for out of town guests. I have rarely seen such a perfect storm front roll in, and we had the ideal vantage point.

storm front over sc aquarium

Erin’s something blue. Aren’t they fabulous?

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What downtown destination wedding would be complete without a battery stroll?

bride and groom battery stroll

And an alley portrait!

bride and groom charleston alley

Their Peninsula Grill coconut wedding cake was topped with a fun homage to their home city of Philadelphia. I can’t believe I’m admitting this, but I didn’t catch the reference when I was taking the pictures. It wasn’t until I was scrolling through files on the computer that I was like, “Oooooh! I get it! It’s a miniature version of the sculpture in Love Park.”
I got a kick out of that and emailed the Erin to tell her.

Philly love cake topper

I’ll post more sneak peeks as I wrap up editing. :)

I’ll also be posting a few images of Jordan and Adam’s Wadmalaw wedding this past Saturday on my Facebook page today or tomorrow, so check back over there too!

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Posted on February 28, 2013

 

 

 

Amber and Casey are awesome.

Amber is a dental school student at MUSC, and Casey is an airline pilot.

They take their careers very seriously, but they also know how to have fun.  I’m a big fan of “work hard, play hard” type people, so I was right at home getting to know them. Their wedding reception definitely reflected the fun side of their relationship!

 

These are from their engagement session

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Getting ready on the big day

 

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Time for the Old Exchange Building reception!

 

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flower girl dancing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

garter toss

 

 

 

 

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Every once in a while, at a wedding, I realize I’m the only person in the room with no idea what’s going on. I love it when that happens. I just go with it, and enjoy learning something new. Did you know that Hang on Sloopy is the official rock song of the state of Ohio and Ohio State University?

I do now! Here’s the crowd, paying homage.

 

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Chelsye at Intrigue Design and Events planned this fabulous day. And thanks to Dana Cubbage for assistant shooting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





Posted on January 22, 2013

 

 

 

Last year was a good year.

 

I laughed, I cried, it was better than Cats!

 

At a 2012 wedding, I was walking past a groom who was waiting in an alcove for his wedding ceremony to start, in mere minutes. He was a little verklempt, and I raised my camera, then paused, looked at him, and said,

“Is this OK? Or would you prefer privacy?”

And he said, “No, stay. I want the truth. Well… I want the truth, maybe just a little bit more beautiful.”

Yep.  That’s why I do this.

 

The truth, maybe just a little bit more beautiful.

 

With that philosophy in mind, here’s a look back at  some of the sessions and weddings I shot over the year– a good mixture of both candid and posed and/or planned shots.

My goal for 2013 is to shoot candid moments with more intention and purpose, so that I produce single images that can stand alone and tell stories.

 

Here’s what we did in 2012:

 

Hung 0ut in the good light

 

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Ocean Lodge wedding Saint Simons Island Ga

 

Plantation at Bulow Charleston wedding

 

charleston family photographer

 

folly beach family photography

 

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alhambra hall wedding mount pleasant

 

Kissed a little

 

waterfront park engagement session charleston sc

 

 

 

mepkin abbey photography session family

 

 

 

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Got up offa that thang

 

 

 

 

 

 

Held hands

 

 

 

folly beach photography

 

 

bridesmaids praying for bride before wedding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Primped

 

 

mount pleasant alhambra hall wedding

 

baby bathng in sink

 

 

charleston sc Indian wedding

 

Showcased the Lowcountry

 

 

 

 

 

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kiawa family photography

 

 

 

 

Walked around

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modelled for Mom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goofed off

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

myrtle beachengagement session

 

 

 

And called it a wrap!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





Posted on October 25, 2012

 

 

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What’s that phrase? Hopping like a cat in a room full of rocking chairs?

Something like that.

 

Anyway, I’m in the middle of my busy wedding season and loving it!

I’m using every spare work-related minute I have for editing. (And, obviously, shooting, answering emails, paying taxes, all that good stuff.)

So, for the next couple of weeks I’ll probably be using my Facebook page as a blog of sorts, so head on over there to see images I’ve shot lately. You’ll be glad you did. People have been rockin’ it in front of my lens lately.

 

https://www.facebook.com/sallywattsphoto

 

Happy fall y’all!

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