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Steeped in southern charm and featuring one of Charleston’s most gorgeous venues, a River House at Lowndes Grove wedding is ALWAYS an amazing day.  For Krystal and Kevin, it was the rustic dream they built from the ground up, and Rachel was on-hand for every breathtaking moment.  The day began with the bridal party preparing Krystal for the ceremony.  The bride-to-be was all smiles, looking amazing in her lace gown with silver beaded sash at the midriff.  Silvery blue Badgley Mischka heels were the perfect compliment and rounded out her ensemble beautifully.

Decked out in a blue suit with razor thin lapels and a mint green bow tie and vest combination, Kevin was a heartbreaker standing beneath the live oaks by the Ashley River.  Hurricane lanterns hung by linens from the branches above, swaying gently in the breeze.  The arrival of the flower girls brought a few tears and then Krystal brought a few more as she met Kevin in front of their family and friends.  With a gorgeous marsh as a backdrop, the duo exchanged vows and became newlyweds to the elation of all.

While everyone headed back to the house for some delectable goodies, Krystal and Kevin escaped with Rachel for newlywed portraits.  Beneath Spanish moss they held onto one another and shared a few laughs on an old dock overlooking the water.  Their time away from family didn’t last too long, however, as they were itching to get back with everyone!

We adore weddings with their own distinct flavor – but this particular wedding had oodles of unique details that we’re still talking about!  The rustic feel could be found in everything, from a wooden sign greeting arrivals at the ceremony to the votives and lanterns dotted across the tables.  The custom games were a fantastic touch with monogrammed Jenga and Cornhole – popular activities for folks looking for a little playful competition.  But our favorite were the placeholders – slices of wood with guests’ names burned into them.  Resting atop baby blue napkins, they were the perfect touch for the beautiful atmosphere.

And our beautiful couple and their guests partied long after the sun went down, dancing and dining to their heart’s content before finding new adventures in the night.

Thank you both so much for bringing us along for this beautiful day.  We wish you all the best as you move forward together.  Congratulations again!

Photographer: Rachel | Editor: Alexis

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Venue: River House at Lowndes Grove | Gown Boutique: Sophia’s Bridal & Tux | Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero

Grooms’ Attire: Jean’s Bridal | Florist: Pretty Petals of Charleston | Hair & Make-Up: Lashes & Lace | Invitations: Minted

Rentals: Snyder Events, Ooh! Events, AV Connections | Musician: Palmetto Strings

Videographer: His & Hers Creative | Caterer, Cake Artist & Coordinator: PPHG

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Featuring gorgeous grounds, sprawling oaks, and endless rustic charm, a White Point Gardens wedding is always a stunning event.  With many quiet avenues and cobblestone lanes nearby, the park is the perfect spot for intimate gatherings with portraits – exactly what Kristen and John envisioned for their nuptials.  Alexis met up with the bride-to-be at The Vendue Inn and immediately fell in love with her chic gown with embellished sides and back.  John was there as well, anxious for the first look, quite dapper himself in a tux with a white bow tie.  Surrounded by wrought iron and polished marble, the duo were so elegant.

Along with their family, they walked out into Waterfront Park and posed for photos beneath the trees.  The harbor stretched on forever behind them as the marsh drifted lazily on the quiet waters.  Alexis framed the duo between trees, beneath stone archways and in some of Charleston’s iconic brick and iron storefronts.  It wouldn’t have mattered where they were, Kristen and John were thrilled just to be together moments from getting married.  As they walked into the park, they were greeted by the wide branches of the oaks stretching overhead and the patchwork of shadow on the ground at their feet.

The gazebo in the center of White Point Gardens is perfect for weddings of any size.  Their guests gathered around the couple, the duo stood in the center and swore to love one another for all time.  Then, Alexis was treated to an elated couple dancing by themselves.  John dipped Kristen and his new bride held on tightly and flashed a wide grin.  It was the happy ending that the day deserved.

Thank you both so much for bringing us along for your lovely wedding day, and we wish you health and happiness in the many years to come.  Congratulations again!

Photographer: Alexis | Editor: Meredith

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Pre-Ceremony: The Vendue Inn | Ceremony: White Point Gardens

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With numerous beautiful plantations and pristine gardens, Charleston’s a dream location for an outdoor wedding.  A recent McLeod Plantation wedding showcased lovely views of idyllic Wappoo Creek and grounds strewn with giant oaks.  Haley met up with Katherine as the bride-to-be was hanging with her bridesmaids, getting dressed up for her special day.  She was radiant in her off-the-shoulder gown with lace overlay.  Pretty Jack Rogers sandals and a lovely earrings and necklace set rounded her gorgeous ensemble.  She met with Matthew by the creek side for a romantic first look.  Matthew was very handsome in his slate grey suit with baby blue tie, complete with comfy sneakers for the day’s festivities.  They joined their wedding party for a few photos by a huge oak before everyone prepared for the ceremony.

The plantation house was the perfect backdrop for the couple’s nuptials.  The warm day was punctuated by a cool breeze rolling off of the water, sending a whisper through the leaves above.  Columns in the background framed a wooden altar with a beautiful cross, clover and ivory floral arrangement.  The ceremony featured several speakers sharing favorite passages and words of wisdom and hope.  Then, after their vows were shared and a tear or two shed, the duo shared a kiss, and made everything official!  Before they could celebrate with family, Haley whisked them away for newlywed portraits in the fading sunlight.  Surrounded by the oaks and the hanging moss, they held onto one another and took in the moment.  It was too perfect.

After mingling for cocktail hour near the plantation house, guests traveled to The Barrel to continue the celebration.  Cafe lights cast a romantic glow on the guests gathered below.  Warm light flickered in glass candle holders atop rustic wood tables, surrounded by blue hydrangea and white roses.  As darkness fell, the party kicked into high gear.  Soon, the newlyweds were ready to face the night and so they stole away beneath a shower of sparklers, itching to find that next adventure.

Thank you so much for choosing us to capture your beautiful wedding.  We had so much fun getting to know you and your families and wish you all the best in the years to come.  Congratulations again!

Photographer: Haley | Editor: Ruta

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VENDORS

Ceremony Venue: McLeod Plantation | Gown Boutique: Bridals By Jodi | Caterer: Home Team BBQ

Event Rentals: Snyder Events | Reception Venue: The Barrel | Coordinator: Mac & B Events

Hair & Makeup: Wild Ivory Beauty | Musician: Emerald Empire Band | Invitations: Casey Elise Designs

Floral Design: Nancy Weinberg | Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero | Bridesmaids’ Gowns: Weddington Way

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For couples looking for some intimacy with a stunning backdrop, there are few options more amazing than a Sandcastle wedding on Kiawah Island.  The resort atmosphere is perfect for destination weddings and for those parties you simply never want to end.  Rachel met up with May at a private residence on the beach as the bride-to-be was finishing up her beautiful look.  A lace bodice sat atop a silky skirt with silver beading separating the two.  Gorgeous silver Nina bridal heels with beaded accents were the ideal compliment to the gown and created a truly magical look.  Out on the beach, squinting in the dazzling sun, Brad waited patiently decked out in a grey suit with off-white tie.  Beneath the pale blue sky, his grey stood out and looked simply amazing.

Driftwood branches were arranged to create a rustic arbor adorned with a few fuchsia flowers matching May’s bouquet.  Behind it, the Atlantic Ocean stretched beyond Kiawah’s white sands.  Rows of white chairs radiated away from the arbor, packed with guests listening to May and Brad swear their undying love to one another.  A sweet kiss later and  THEY WERE NEWLYWEDS!  The celebration started immediately with loved ones surrounding the duo with hugs and admiration.  Rachel’s camera snapped furiously as she worked to capture every single moment.  We love everything she was able to chronicle.

Details are what make any wedding truly special and the new Kisicki’s certainly had plenty of them.  We’re always excited when couples put a unique spin on old classics like the guestbook.  May and Brad encouraged folks to snap a Polaroid, stick it in their keepsake book, and write a note.  They’ll never forget who came to celebrate with them that warm summer day.  Fuchsia, silver, and pale pinks were painted across every table in the centerpieces.  Beneath the warm glow of the lights overhead, the settings were intimate and dazzling.

While the guests were dining and dancing the daylight away, Rachel stole the newlyweds away for portraits at dusk.  Private paths provided quiet moments surrounded by beautiful island greenery and their portraits showcased the sweetness between May and Brad.  Their happiness was palpable as they held onto one another.  Standing by the beach with the sun just about set behind them, Brad held his wife tightly and stared off into the coming night with her.  Their eyes screamed adventure and they greeted it with open arms and a heart full of love.

Thank you both so much for choosing us to stand with you as you exchanged your vows.  We had so much fun getting to know you and wish you all of the best in the many years to come.  Congratulations again!

Photographer: Rachel | Editor: Alexis

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Venue, Coordinator, & Caterer: The Sandcastle

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Downtown Charleston engagement portraits are always gorgeous, and we look forward to seeing how our couples envision their time wandering around the Holy City.  For Codee and Thomas, it was about capturing the charm of the city at sunrise and Shannon was there to capture all of the amazing moments.  They began the day at the Battery with the rising sun glimmering over the waters of Charleston Harbor.  Codee was stunning in her white dress and black strapped wedges, her hair flitting ever-so-slightly in the sea breeze.  Thomas was quite handsome in his button-up and blue jeans as they walked the Battery’s worn path.

White Point Garden’s sprawling oaks were next, and the couple walked hand-in-hand through the park to the iconic gazebo in the center.  They took a few moments to hold onto one another and take in the serenity around them.  A quick wardrobe change later and it was off to some nearby cobblestone lanes.  Codee was now wearing a lovely peach dress, and Thomas was equally dressed for comfort, rocking khaki shorts and a button-up with loafers.

The city’s charm took over as they walked across the cobblestones perfectly at ease in the deeply southern environment.  The wrought iron, pastel walls, and climbing vines added the perfect amount of natural beauty and a classically Charleston feel.  Thomas treated us to a quick dip and kiss that caught Codee just a little bit off guard.  Their laughter echoed down the lane – the perfect end to such a beautiful morning.

Thank you for bringing us along as you explored Charleston and for choosing us to capture your engagement portraits.  We had such a blast and wish you the best as you move toward the big day!

Photographer: Shannon | Editor: Ruta

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