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?
Chad’s adorable son Michael led the pack in this shot
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:
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!
Posted on June 11, 2013
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.
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.
Erin’s something blue. Aren’t they fabulous?
What downtown destination wedding would be complete without a battery stroll?
And an alley portrait!
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.
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!
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
Getting ready on the big day
Time for the Old Exchange Building reception!
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.
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
Kissed a little
Got up offa that thang
Showcased the Lowcountry
Modelled for Mom
And called it a wrap!
Posted on October 25, 2012
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.
Happy fall y’all!
Posted on August 24, 2012
Lisa and Justin packed up and moved away right after their beautiful Charleston wedding this summer. I’ve had another couple move away after the wedding too, and I’ve photographed weddings for couples who didn’t live in town.
It’s sort of a weird feeling. It’s like, “What? You won’t be around? I won’t run into you at Whole Foods?”
Not that I’ve ever run into a past client at Whole Foods, uh, EVER, but it could happen, you know?
On the flip side, it’s an incredibly romantic notion too. Getting married and then whisking off to face the next adventure that life will bring, eyes forward, together.
I wish Lisa and Justin, who are so warm, kind, and fun, a wonderful journey together.
This next series is from my trusty assistant for the day, Bridgit of McBee Photography. I love them. She has such a way with the guys. (Wait, does that sound right? you know what I mean.)
How great are these green apple place settings? I completely geeked out over them; even considered switching my logo from my longtime beloved lemon to a green apple. I love everything about them: crisp, perfect, bright, southern, festive but not fussy, organic…
Justin converted family wedding portraits to black and white to display at the reception. It was a fabulous idea, and he did a wonderful job.
I love this shot of Justin and his Dad. it has such an old-fashioned speakeasy feel to it. Can’t you just see them in an old photograph? Like the image in the opening sequence of Cheers?
Isn’t this awesome? Cooling off at the end of “Shout!”
If you do it up right, that song *is* quite the workout.
Venue and Catering: Historic Rice Mill
Hair: Piccolo Salon
Flowers: Maria at Saint Sampson
Cake: Cakes by Kasarda
Posted on July 27, 2012
I just love this one.