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.



stella nova salon bridal hair

bride personalized robe

bridesmaid pink polo oxford

stella nova bridal bridesmaids laughing

saint marys catholic church charleston

groom adjusting tuxedo bowtie in charleston church


bride adjusting veil


charleston bridal bouquet


mother kissing bride before wedding


wedding recessiona lst marys church charleston


bride and groom candid after charleston wedding


st marys church charleston family formal portraits


charleston wedding portraits moody black and white


charleston bride and groom and cat


wedding portrait red door legare street charleston


creek club ion wedding






old mail tray as wedding seating chart


ion creek club wedding table place settings

ion boat landing mount pleasant

bride and groom on the dock at creek club ion

firefly vodka charleston wedding signature drink

suttonblog68 suttonblog64 suttonblog66 bride and groom walking on lawn

wedding moss letter

bride and groom at fountain in ion mount pleasant

charleston wedding with nautical elements




bride and groom first dance mount pleasant sc

wedding party on dock at creek club ion

charleston wedding band saxophone




table centerpieces white roses wedding

funny wedding photo some like it hot



A guest spotted a rainbow outside after the first dances

rainbow at wedding

sunset over hobcaw creek mount pleasant

groomsmen smoking cigars charleston wedding

wedding table number ion creek club

lanterns in trees at creek club ion

dance floor wedding ion mt pleasant sc

children on dance floor at charleston wedding

bride going away short dress


black and white trees bride and groom




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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



Bride and groom Old Village Mt Pleasant SC wedding



Bride and groom sunlit candid portrait



Bride and groom kissing sunset Alhambra Hall



Alhambra Hall wedding portrait Charleston



Alhambra Hall Mt Pleasant wedding



Alhambra Hall wedding lanterns



Lowcountry Charleston wedding shrimp



Wedding rings with cotton



Bridesmaids and baby



Bride and groom sunset portrait by Cooper River



Bridal portrait candid artistic black and white





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.

charleston boy

laughing boy

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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’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?

blue wedding shoes

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

charleston alley engagement session









Getting ready on the big day


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pink wedding shoes





wedding musc dental school




charleston wedding portrait on the battery



Time for the Old Exchange Building reception!


wedding party old exchange building charleston



old exchange building dungeon charleston







flower girl dancing









garter toss









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.


ohio wedding dance sloopy








wedding send-off bike taxi


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


Riveroaks Charleston dock sunset wedding


Ocean Lodge wedding Saint Simons Island Ga


Plantation at Bulow Charleston wedding


charleston family photographer


folly beach family photography


mills house charleston sc indian wedding







alhambra hall wedding mount pleasant


Kissed a little


waterfront park engagement session charleston sc




mepkin abbey photography session family




riveroaks awendaw venue


Got up offa that thang







Held hands




folly beach photography



bridesmaids praying for bride before wedding











mount pleasant alhambra hall wedding


baby bathng in sink



charleston sc Indian wedding


Showcased the Lowcountry






wedding party on the battery in charleston sc





kiawa family photography





Walked around







Modelled for Mom








Goofed off









myrtle beachengagement session




And called it a wrap!

















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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.



something borrowed hankerchief


bridal pedicure pink getting ready at the courtyard charleston waterfront marriott


bride updo sock bun


Charleston SC Ashley River marina James Island connector


Bridesmaids getting ready mascara


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.) 🙂








Bride and mother portrait Charleston wedding


Bride veil blowing funny Charleston waterfront wedding portrait


Bridesmaids short gray dresses apple green bouquets


Bridal portrait by fountain Charleston Courtyard Waterfront Marriott


father kissing bride on cheek charleston wedding


groom and mother portrait charleston sc wedding


Cakes by Kasarda




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…

Green apple place settings



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.


Family wedding photos displayed at wedding reception

















Black and white wedding party portrait charleston sc wedding



wedding lime green and cream flowers










wedding mantle green apples and candles






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?





Call me?







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


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