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Charleston is home to several beautiful golf courses and country clubs, all perfect for an outdoor wedding.  A Patriots Point Links wedding takes advantage of Mount Pleasant’s natural beauty and stunning views of Charleston Harbor to create an event that will not be forgotten.  Anna and Alex wanted something a little natural for their nuptials, and the Veranda at Patriots Point was the perfect spot.  Anna’s dress was stunning and originally was worn by her grandmother.  The gown’s lace accents over a linen ballgown complimented by open-toed high wedges and a huge bouquet of white and pale pink wildflowers.  She was breathtaking.  She and her bridesmaids joined the guys at the College of Charleston’s Randolph Hall for portraits and a lovely first look.  Sporting a grey suit with royal blue tie, Alex was quite handsome, and we adore the moments he shared with Anna, especially those on the winding stairs.  They looked amazing together.

A short drive away, guests were anxiously awaiting the ceremony’s start.  White chairs and wildflowers lined the lawn in front of the perfect spot with a beautiful view of the Harbor.  When Anna made her entrance, time stood still.  She was radiant beneath the afternoon sun.  We loved the inclusion of their black lab as the ring bearer.  It was a fun variation on a wedding staple.  With a cool breeze rolling off of the water, the duo exchanged their vows and intertwined their lives, sealing it with a kiss.  We normally pull the couple aside to capture some newlywed portraits but they were eager to spend time with their family, so Meredith captured those fun moments and waited until sunset to grab some more portraits.  Smiles were everywhere as folks continued to line up and pose for a few photos with the new bride and groom.

Baby blue mixed with white and pale pink created a soft, natural atmosphere for the tent reception.  Votives and wildflowers were beautiful centerpieces for the excitement that followed.  After the first dance, everyone attacked the delicious food provided by Relish and some took to the lawn to play garden games.  Guests were able to sample craft beer created by the couple and everyone was having a splendid time.  Meredith was finally able to pull the duo away for their newlywed portraits on a green with the setting sun in the background.  The golden hue cast a soft glow that created stunning photos, and we’re so happy to have captured these lovely moments.  It wasn’t long before they rejoined the party and had a blast until well after the sun went down.  It was a fun end to a beautiful day.

Thank you both for bringing us along on this adventure and we wish you nothing but health and happiness in the many years ahead.  Congratulations again!

Photographer: Meredith | Editor: Ruta

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Venue: The Links at Patriots Point | Caterer: Relish Distinctive Catering | Hair & Make-Up: Lashes and Lace

Event Coordinator: Lacy Davidson | Musician: Nice Charleston | Rentals: Snyder Events

Transportation: Carolina’s Executive Limo Line

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Charleston has plenty of outdoor venues to choose from but there are some hidden gems if you’re willing to drive just a little bit.  A Pepper Plantation wedding has tons of southern charm and endless natural beauty.  Located 30 minutes north of Charleston, the plantation adds a rustic touch to any event.  The venue was perfect for Amy and Dennis, who are outdoor enthusiasts and wanted something simple, rustic, and beautiful for their wedding day.  Haley met with Amy as she was getting ready and the bride-to-be was itching to get the day going.  She looked incredible in her lace gown, and we love the timeless romantic feel of the dress.  Combined with a bouquet of palmetto roses, the ensemble was simply lovely.  Not to be outdone, Dennis was incredibly handsome in his sand three-piece with silvery blue tie.  The look on his face told the whole story when she spun him around for their first look.

The duo’s first look took them to a few locations around the peninsula.  They looked stunning together in front of some of the low country’s iconic wrought iron fencing but it’s the sprawling oaks that created the perfect southern atmosphere.  The shadowy patchwork beneath the wide branches made for a gorgeous backdrop.  After a few bridal portraits where Amy wowed us yet again, it was time to head to Pepper Plantation, and they did it in style.  A Vintage Oldsmobile was ready and waiting to whisk Amy and her bridesmaids away to Pepper Plantation.

Overlooking serene Alston Creek, the Pavilion’s ceremony location features one of our favorite backgrounds.  The dark water and tree-lined shore is distinctly low country and fit with Amy’s theme perfectly.  Scattered wood and dark wooden chairs were perfect natural touches that were complimented by burlap and lace ribbons.  The flower girls (who were ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE!) even had flower crowns of baby’s breath.  But Amy was the show-stealer, and the Plantation, with all of its beauty, couldn’t have outdone her.  She glided down the aisle and Dennis and she exchanged their vows with the creek trickling lazily behind theme.  It was such a serene moment.  When all was said and done, the smiles they shared were magical and they held hands as husband and wife walking back up the aisle.

Amy and Dennis’ newlywed portraits were so beautiful.  We adore that nature is highlighted in many of their portraits with the exposed wood and open-aired pavilion all created an inviting, airy atmosphere.  We love the sweet moments between the two of them that Haley was able to capture.  A stable gate leading to a wide field and a worn dock over the dark water lent different backgrounds but the same rustic views that they had yearned for.

Back at the pavilion, the party was getting started.  Polished wood was mixed with raw wood, palmetto roses and neutral colored floral arrangements to create the perfect low country theme.  Guests snacked on delectable food and, beneath the strung lights and exposed beams, everything reflected a golden glow.  We are also always on the lookout for inspired details and with burlap letters, personalized koozies and unique Mason jar parting gifts, this particular event did not disappoint!  From beginning to end, this wedding did not stray once from its rustic, low country inspiration, and we adore the precious moments that Haley captured!

Thank you so much for inviting us along for such a beautiful day.  We wish you nothing but health and happiness in the many years to come.  Congratulations again!

Photographer: Haley |Editor: Alexis

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Venue: The Pavilion at Pepper Plantation

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Haley was on the peninsula recently for some Downtown Charleston engagement portraits and we’re elated to share our favorites with you today.  Featuring gorgeous natural spaces, historic architecture and unending charm, the Holy City is the perfect location to get the perfect photos to celebrate your engagement.  For Amy and Dennis, they couldn’t think of a better place and Amy should know, she’s a wedding planner by trade.  She and her fiancee wanted to celebrate each other in their engagement portraits, as well as bring in their babies for some lively moments with the adorable pups!

The duo dressed to match with both opting for Charleston casual dress in a few shades of blue.  They looked comfortable leaned up against some of the city’s famous wrought iron.  Gorgeous labs sat quietly in front of them, one chocolate and one yellow, both taking in their surroundings and looking so cute doing so.  Haley led them through some shaded gardens to a few staircases in front of renovated homes.  The classic Charleston architecture and their dazzling smiles combined for beautiful and serene photos.  We just love their personalities shining through as they ignored the camera and just focused on one another.

Haley found a few backdrops that were perfect for the duo, including an ivy covered wall and a peach facade.  Both locations brought out the blues in their outfits, putting the couple at the forefront.  Amy’s smile is so adorable as it spreads to her eyes.  She looked as though she was having a blast.  A bright pink building close to the Battery rounded out the day and we were treated to a lovely kiss as things drew to a close.

Thank you so much for inviting us along on a fun afternoon with you and your puppies.   We also had a blast at your wedding and will be sharing that stunning event very soon!  Congratulations again!

Photographer & Editor: Haley

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With miles of coastline and beautiful sands, Charleston’s the perfect place for a ceremony by the waves.  A recent Folly Beach wedding featured some groomsmen shenanigans, a gorgeous bride, and too many laughs to count.  The day began with Rachel meeting up with Jaclyn as she was finishing up her bridal look.  Her beautiful dress featured a lace top with plunging back and an airy skirt perfect for the beach.  Lace patterned sandals completed the fun ensemble.  Rachel snapped a few bridal portraits as Jaclyn was making sure everything was perfect and the bride-to-be looked amazing!

Meanwhile, the groomsmen and their ringleader Casey were enjoying a hot dog bar and some suds before the wedding.  Casey’s three-piece navy blue suit with sea-foam tie looked fantastic as he was the picture of calm and collected.  Even a quick peek at Jaclyn in her dress couldn’t stir up butterflies, though the smiles weren’t in short supply.  The duo looked so great together on the deck overlooking the ocean, ready to tackle whatever came next.

Guests were encouraged to kick off their shoes and head down to the shore for the ceremony.  A lovely arbor draped with leaves and a gossamer fabric added a natural splash of green against the tan and blue of the beach.  The light-colored wooden chairs added to the airy atmosphere, and we love the candles and hurricane lanterns.  The low country flair was so beautiful.  Jaclyn and Casey looked adoringly at one another while standing beneath the arbor, reciting their vows.  Beneath dazzling sunlight on a gorgeous clear day, the duo became newlyweds and raised their arms in triumph.  What a moment!

The newlyweds went on a small adventure with Rachel and were more than willing to let out a little energy by climbing up on a wall and looking out over the ocean.  We adore couples that want to break away from the posed portraits and put their own personal touch on a wedding tradition.  With their guests partying not far away, they just wanted to be with each other.  In the fading light, they shared a few intimate moments, lost with each other in this new chapter.

Thank you so much for letting us join you for such a beautiful day.  We want to wish you all the best as you move forward together.  Congratulations again!!!

Photographer: Rachel | Editor: Ruta

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VENDORS

Bridal Hair: Charleston Lash & Beauty Bar | Florist: Forever Flowers | Gown Designer: Ti Adora by Alvina Valenta

Gown Boutique: Wedding Angels | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal | Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank

Caterer: Salthouse Catering | Pies: Gala Desserts | DJ: Bunn DJ Company | Rentals: Snyder Events

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Along with its historic houses and modern venues, Charleston has an abundance of outdoor locales perfect for couples looking to add natural beauty to their days.  A Magnolia Plantation wedding features some of the area’s most beautiful gardens and stunning vistas, splashes of color amidst a palette of evergreen.  For Jess and Caleb, the Plantation’s Carriage House and manicured lawn was the ideal choice for their intimate wedding.  Ruta met up with Jess just as she was finishing her bridal look.  She was breathtaking in an off-the-shoulder ballgown intricately tied with ribbons in the back.  Strapped white sandals and a bouquet of blues and violets were lovely compliments to such a gorgeous gown.  Out on the plantation grounds, waiting patiently for Jess’ arrival, Caleb was quite handsome himself in his tux and powder blue vest.  The bow tie though, that’s the show stopper.

Iron hurricane lanterns lined a path leading to one of the plantation’s huge live oaks.  A beautiful arbor draped with vines and adorned with flowers greeted the guests as they took their seats.  The flower girls were so adorable in their white dresses with lavender ribbons around the waist.  They looked like they were having such a great time being a part of the ceremony.  With Spanish moss hanging all around them, Jess and Caleb recited their vows and shared a sweet kiss.  They were newlyweds!  After taking a few moments to celebrate with their family and friends, and pose for a few photos, the duo headed off with Ruta for their newlywed portraits.  The plantation’s iconic white bridge added a touch of southern charm and the beards of moss speckled across the trees added that little natural beauty that brings everything together.

Back at the Carriage House, the party was gearing up.  Glass spheres were hung with lanterns, creating a glittering canopy across the exposed wood.  White linens and rich brown chairs were complimented beautifully by white lanterns and floral centerpieces.  The room invited you in with hopes that you’d sit down, grab some delicious food and a cocktail, and catch up with friends.  The dance floor heated up as night fell and Jess and Caleb were in the middle of the madness, with smiles that never faded.  Their love shone brighter than the twinkle lights above and it was a beautiful end to such a lovely day.

Thank you both for bringing us along on this adventure, and we wish you all the best as you move into their new chapter of your lives together.  Congratulations again, it was a blast!

Photographer: Ruta

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Venue: Magnolia Plantation & Gardens | Gown Boutique: David’s Bridal | Grooms Attire: Mens Wearhouse | Florist: OK Florist

Caterer: Crazy Dutchman | Hair Stylist: Palmetto Salon | DJ: Lowcountry Entertainment | Rentals: Snyder Events

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