Posted on June 13, 2014



It’s no secret that I love a rainy wedding day.

Preferable not ALL day, and of course I wouldn’t wish less-than-perfect weather on anyone. But when it does happen, I find the resulting images to be lighthearted, intimate, and romantic.

Whitney and Andy planned their Charleston destination wedding from California, where Andy is in the Air Force.

There’s a certain joyful, calm, festive atmosphere that accompanies most destination weddings, and this one was no different.

No stress, just fun.

dragonfly on leaf magnolia plantation


silly flower girls


bride and bridesmaids champagne toast before wedding


wedding guests seated charleston


blue wedding shoes

flower girl putting on shoes

bridal portrait under tree magnolia plantation

ceremony time charleston wedding

different shades bridesmaids dresses

magnolia plantation and gardens carriage house wedding

grooms sister and mother wedding umbrella

bride and grandfather

ashley river magnolia plantation

ceremony magnolia carriage house charleston

salt shaker boat charleston


happy recessional charleston wedding


Whitney surprised Andy by renting this vintage car (Camaro? I think? Please let me know if you recognize it for sure!) for Andy to show up in and as their getaway car.

groomsmen vintage camaro


bride kissing groom's hand

magnolia plantation wedding portrait by fence

wedding portrait under oaks charleston sc plantation

sun flare charleston wedding photographer

bride and bridesmaids charleston wedding different colored bridesmaids dresses




I love this shot.  Check out the dapper groomsman’s expression.

bridesmaid in rain


magnolia carriage house wedding decor

bride and groom under umbrella first dance

clemson wedding cake

Apple butter wedding favors. Ask any wedding photographer-we love our wedding swag! Especially at destination weddings, guests tend to leave favors behind, so we’re often offered goodies on the way out. I’ve made shrimp and grits from gift bags of local grits, brought home candy to the kiddos, sipped personalized wine, added to our collection of monogrammed cups and koozies (yes, we really do use them, and remember our favorite moment or image from your wedding every time.) I wasn’t sure what to use the apple butter for at first, but one day I stirred it into an apple crisp I was throwing together. Delicious!

apple butter wedding favors

bride and groom lifted in chairs on dance floor

magnolia plantation carriage house dancing

wedding guests dancing

I’m not sure how safe this was, but it was one of my all-time favorite shots of last year. I love the Mad Men vibe.

groomsmen lighting cigars on torchesair force groomsmen dance floor

charleston sparkler exit




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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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