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.



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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.) :)








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Bridesmaids short gray dresses apple green bouquets


Bridal portrait by fountain Charleston Courtyard Waterfront Marriott


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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.


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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?





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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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Posted on July 9, 2012

Melissa and Serg have a fairy-tale story.

Have you ever been on a trip to a new and exotic (to you) location, and you think how romantic it would be to look across a crowded room and see your future husband? And you overcome culture and language and citizenship barriers to be together, because as a couple, you were both meant to be, and unstoppable?

That’s these two. Pretty cool. They met when Melissa was on a mission trip in Costa Rica a few years ago and have been together ever since. This year,  Sergio moved to the U.S. to be with Melissa, who just graduated from MUSC’s PA program.

Getting ready at Belazza Salon and Spa :

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Uninvited, misbehaving guests. Gnats. They have no sense of decorum. What can you do?

Gorgeous, vibrant flowers from the Charleston Flower Market.

These are from the bride and groom session we did the Wednesday before the wedding.

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Cake by The Cake Stand.  I’ve never seen a design quite like this one and I loved it.

Posted on May 14, 2012

I am doing a lot of second shooting for other Charleston wedding photographers this month. Assistant shooting is a lot of fun.

You’re there to do whatever the main photographer needs you to do, and generally that means you get the honor of being a second pair of eyes; to be able to capture little vignettes going on behind the scenes while the big moments occur.

I am headed out to Daufuskie Island this weekend to assist for McBee Photography, and while I was cleaning out files this morning I found this series from a wedding I shot with her a few months ago at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on King Street. I can literally count on one hand the number of times I’ve been to a Catholic wedding, so I was like a kid in a candy store.

Several of my couples this year have opted for a second photographer in their wedding package as well, and I’m excited to collaborate with other area photographers.  It’s a really great way get more coverage for your wedding day at a very reasonable rate.

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orange and white bridal bouquet flowers

black lace mantilla

I laughed when I got this. It was the first image I took when I walked in the door of the church. I actually don’t know how to make a tiny infant wave to the camera on command, but how awesome would that be?

Here comes the bride!

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Posted on March 12, 2012

Ainsley and Trey got married at Citadel chapel, on a wonderfully warm mid-December day.

The great thing about this affair was that it really did have the feel of two weddings in one.  The Post House in Mount Pleasant, where the rehearsal dinner was held, Summerall Chapel, and the Harbour Club were all already decorated for Christmas, so there was a festive, twinkly-lights vibe. But Ainsley and Ali Fisher at Carolina Food Design also used delicate whites and pale pinks that both complemented the weather and the bride’s fresh-faced,  willowy beauty.

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For laughs, the fathers of the bride and groom arrived at the packed North-meets-South rehearsal dinner in Confederate and Union uniforms. So awesome.

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Ainsley is always looking at Trey adoringly, like this. He does it too! A lot of very sweet head-leaning, with these two.

On to Stuart Laurence salon the next morning for hair.

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These next two are from my second shooter for the day, Bridgit McBee. I love them. Such sweet moments with her grandmother.

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A skillet of cornbread! I loved the all the Southern touches on the midday menu.

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Posted on February 20, 2012

Good afternoon!

First things first, I am so pleased to announce that Karmen and Nazar’s wonderful wedding was featured on The Wedding Row Friday!

Here’s the link:

I loved their wedding so much. Not only because they were really fun and awesome, and got married at the Wentworth Mansion, which is one of my favorite venues, but because Karmen was a DIY bride who really personalized her wedding and a lot of the details. I feel like her wedding had such an individual flair.

And secondly, it was my son’s birthday yesterday! He’s 9.

This kid is so funny and articulate and smart and quirky and BIG! He was born 9 weeks early, and we thought he might be small, but no. He’s tall. Long. Lanky. Solid. We can wear the same shoes. Last summer we bought him a new pair of Rainbow flip flops and I co-opted them.

He likes that messy, skater-y, floppity, Lowcountry hair. Me, I’m more a fan of tidy, preppy, suburban hair. But I try to meet him in the middle.

C.R. has overcome several health issues over his 9 years, and I really admire his ability to own who he is and keep on keepin’ on.

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Posted on February 8, 2012

Jessie and Sean’s wedding was such a laid-back blast.

Every wedding I’ve ever photographed or attended has had some sort of issue or  mini-crisis. Someone’s stuck in traffic, someone doesn’t get along, or the singer belts out the first sentence of the wrong song (ahem-that may have been my own wedding), or a member of the wedding party started drinking straight Scotch at 8:47 am…


These little things are expected, and once a little time has passed, often become some of the most charming and retold memories of the big day.

Jessie and Sean, though, will have to settle for telling their grandchildren that their wedding was Easy Like Sunday Morning.

Because as far as I know, it was.

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Staff snuck into the back of the first look images. :)

bride and groom first look

bride and groom kissing on stairs

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sunflower wedding

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The dance floor was especially rockin’. The DJ told me it was the first time he’d played “Moves Like Jagger” at a wedding, to see how it went over. Like every other song, it got an enthusiastic response.

It *was* pretty chilly, but a smart girl always makes do in a pinch.

bride and Mom hugging

And then they were off, and their beloved guests threw rice. No, I’m totally kidding. Of course they threw sunflower seeds!

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Posted on January 30, 2012

A frame for a chilly morning. We lucked out with 70 degree weather on this mid-December day.

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Posted on January 19, 2012


I am loving this set of shots from Ainsley and Trey’s wedding reception at the Charleston Harbour Club; the way the birdseed is suspended in mid-air in the first frame…

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bride and groom bird seed send-off charleston wedding

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Posted on January 9, 2012

Didn’t Jessie have the greatest dress ever? Seriously, the best. It had this casual luxurious vibe that suited her so well and was so different. And it had *pockets*!

The dress is Amsale, from White on Daniel Island.

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Jessie’s necklace and earrings were worn in honor of her grandmother.

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This was the first bridal session I’ve ever done. All my other couples have opted for an engagement session instead, so I was really excited about being able to focus on the girl in the white dress. After we experimented with traditional poses and looks, we had some fun with it.

bride laughing

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Posted on January 2, 2012

An image for Monday morning.

Piggyback bride.

piggyback bride

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