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A Boone Hall Plantation wedding is a testament to the natural beauty and southern charm of the Charleston area.  The plantation itself boasts a palette of endless green beside the calm, dark waters of Horlbeck Creek.  For Kara and Drew’s simple yet rustic wedding, the setting was absolutely perfect.  College sweethearts, the duo envisioned exchanging their vows under the plantation’s wide oaks, and Meredith was there from the beginning to capture all of the lovely moments.  When she arrived, Kara was putting the finishing touches on her bridal look – a vintage lace gown, pale pink and gold sandals and a beautiful bouquet of pale pink flowers.  Alongside her bridesmaids dressed in subdued cornflower blue, she was absolutely stunning.  And what about the adorable flower girl in her own little white dress?  So cute!

We absolutely adore Drew’s debonair ensemble of a tie-less slate grey suit and stylish loafers.  He looked cool and collected waiting beneath the wide branches of a live oak for a romantic first look at Kara.  Like us, he was in awe at how beautiful she was.  The tree and its low branches became the perfect backdrop for their first look portraits, especially with Drew perching himself on one of the limbs.  Meredith even convinced Kara to join him in the tree, carefully of course, and we love the duo’s adventurous spirit.  After a quick stop in front of the lovely azalea bushes (for that blast of springtime pink) it was time for the big moment.

Next to the field of horses adjacent to the avenue of oaks, lines of dark brown chairs were adorned with bits of greenery and a stylish board atop a wrought iron stand greeted arriving guests.  Sunlight slanted through the heavy branches, creating a patchwork of shine and shadow adding a bit of natural charm to the ceremony. Kara and Drew looked perfect together as they exchanged their vows and, one kiss later, it was time to celebrate.  They were newlyweds!  After some portraits with their families, Kara and Drew headed down to the Cotton Dock for their portraits and we love the moments with them wrapped up in each other with the water and marsh stretching behind them.  For a wedding focused on southern charm with a vintage feel, this was perfect!

The exposed wood of the Cotton Dock is the ideal complement to nearly every palette.  The space was easily transformed with hurricane lanterns and periwinkle linens with hints of light peach dotted throughout.  The space was incredibly inviting and the guests had a blast!  The space honoring those who couldn’t attend was a beautiful touch.  After a few dances and lots of delicious food and drink, it was time for Kara and Drew to bid their guests adieu and venture out into the night.  Beneath a shower of sparklers, they stole away into the evening ready to chase their next adventure.

Thank you both for inviting us to share in your day with you.  We had a great time!  We wish you the best in your future together and congratulations again!

Photographer: Meredith | Editor: Alexis

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VENDORS

Venue: Boone Hall Plantation | Gown Boutique: The Wedding Dress Shoppe | Gown Designer: Ti Adora

Bridesmaids Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Grooms & Groomsmen: Jos A. Bank | Florist: Wildflowers, Inc.

Caterer: Sticky Fingers | Cake Artist: Publix | Hair & Make-Up: Eye Do Make-Up and Hair | DJ: Pinnacle

Event Rentals: Snyder & Ooh! | Officiant: Powell Osteen | Rings: Diamonds Direct

Invitations: Alexa Nelson Prints | Videographer: Adam Cumbo Films

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Haley spent some time in downtown Charleston recently for an intimate and beautiful Hampton Park wedding and we’re so excited to share the day to you!  Nestled near the Citadel campus away from some of Charleston’s busier streets, Hampton Park offers a quiet beauty that is unmatched.  Hilary’s bridal ensemble was perfect for the outdoor ceremony – a light, one-shoulder mermaid gown accented by a baby’s breath clasp in her hair.  Christopher was quite dashing himself in his light grey three-piece with dark blue tie.  Hampton Park’s sprawling oaks were the perfect backdrop for the couple’s beautiful first look, and we adore the look on Christopher’s face at seeing his wife-to-be.  After a few lovely portraits it was time to say their vows and make it all official!

The park’s natural beauty served as an ideal arbor for the short ceremony, with the duo exchanging beautiful words to one another.  A sweet kiss later and it was official, the knot had been tied!  Haley took the time to snap a few newlywed portraits amidst the trees before everyone headed off to the Spectator Hotel for some celebratory drinks.  Beneath the warm light of a chandelier, the dark hues of the bar’s polished wood accented the duo beautifully.  We love the décor of the bar, especially the case of books.  The details complimented the portraits.

Back outside on the streets of Charleston, the newlyweds met up with a few guests for more fun portraits. The energy in the pictures is palpable and Haley picked perfect colors for the backgrounds with the light yellow and grey matching the duo’s elegance.  An open barn door with polished wood framed the duo beautifully.  After some stops against an ivy-covered wall and then inside of an arched entrance, it was time to say goodbye to the day and Hilary and Christopher did so with a kiss in the middle of a cobblestone street.  It was a fitting end to an intimate wedding day!

Thank you both so much for allowing us to join in your beautiful day.  We wish you both nothing but health and happiness. Congratulations again!

Photographer: Haley | Editor: Meredith

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Venue: Hampton Park

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Haley headed about an hour north of Charleston for a lovely Givhans Ferry Park wedding.  Here are some of our favorite moments!  Offering beautiful lakefront vistas and several pavilion options for the perfect reception, Givhans Ferry is an ideal location for any wedding.  Crystal and Dusty opted for southern charm as their inspiration and let the park grounds and indoor spaces speak for themselves.  Crystal’s ensemble exuded elegance, featuring a gorgeous lace overlay, airy skirt and matching lace accented slip-ons.  She was stunning.  Sporting a navy blue three-piece suit and fuchsia tie, Dusty looked incredibly handsome as he awaited his bride-to-be.

In front of one of the pavilions, a beautiful arbor of sun-bleached wood had been built and adorned with salmon and orange flowers and wispy white linen.  And what about that adorable flower girl?!  So cute.  Not long after, Crystal and Dusty exchanged their vows to the delight of their gathered friends and family.  Sealing it with a kiss, Crystal and Dusty became newlyweds to loud applause.  They spent a little time with their families for portraits before Haley led them away for quiet moments together. Givhans Ferry’s densely packed trees provided a gorgeous natural backdrop for their newlywed portraits, and we love the private deck that was perfect for a few bridal photos.  Crystal’s gorgeous bouquet of white, pinks, and oranges added a welcome pop of color and fit the southern theme beautifully.

One of our favorite aspects of weddings that we look forward to are the little touches that represent the bride and groom.  We can honestly say that we’ve never had anyone gift homemade hot sauces before.  This was an excellent (and spicy) twist on a wedding party favor.

Round tables were set up and covered with white linens accented by taupe table runners and golden plates and centerpieces.  With the orange and pink dotted around the venue, the palette was warm and natural, creating a very inviting atmosphere.  Inside the nearby pavilion, dark wood and wide windows filled the air with a romantic ambiance, making Crystal and Dusty’s first dance simply stunning.  As the afternoon faded into night, strings of twinkling lights cast a warm glow throughout the space.  Before long, though, it was time for the newlyweds to steal away into the night.  Beneath an arch of sparklers, they made their way hand-in-hand toward the next adventure.

We’d like to thank the both of you for allowing us the opportunity to share your wedding day with you.  Congratulations again!

Photographer: Haley | Editor: Alexis

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VENDORS

Venue: Givhans Ferry State Park | Floral Design: Pretty Petals of Charleston | Hair & Makeup: Vanity Salon

Event Coordinator: Sparkles, Event Decor & Design | Gown Boutique: Gown Boutique of Charleston

Groom Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Caterer: Swig & Swine | Wedding Cake: Just Desserts | Officiant: Annette Martin

Wedding Invitation & Thank You Sign: Fly on the Wall | DJ: Outlaw Entertainment

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We have a lovely Creek Club at I’On wedding to share with you today!  Creek Club at I’On is the perfect waterfront venue with classic southern charm.  The spacious lawn is an ideal ceremony spot as it overlooks Hobcaw Creek, and the Club house design mimics a picturesque lowcountry home with its wraparound porch and rustic fireplaces.  It’s no wonder that Andrea and David selected Creek Club at I’On as the backdrop for their beautiful wedding.

The couple’s love story begins with a chance meeting while Andrea was visiting family in South Carolina.  Though Andrea resided on the west coast at the time, the two became friends and stayed in touch.  It wasn’t until David’s military deployment that the pair’s friendship evolved into more.  During that time Andrea and David communicated regularly through letters and after several months realized they cared for each other deeply.  Upon David’s return stateside, the couple retained a cross-country romance for a time.  Fortunately, Andrea’s profession finally brought her to South Carolina and it wasn’t long until they were ready to wed.

We absolutely love Andrea’s bridal style.  Her choice of Katie May’s Geneva gown is an iconic bridal dress with its unique ribbon embroidery and plunging open back design.  Andrea’s partial updo and curls are complimented well with dangling diamond earrings and matching necklace.  Her regal look is equally matched with David’s classic black tux and bow tie.  We also adore the bridesmaids’ mix-n-match gowns in wisteria purple paired with the groomsmen’s gray suits.

The ceremony took place outdoors on the lawn with Hobcaw Creek as the backdrop.  After exchanging vows in front of their family and friends, the couple took time for plenty of romantic portraits around the venue.  We especially love their sunset portraits on the pier simply wrapped in one another’s arms.

The reception space was elegantly decorated with white and purple roses accented with gold geometric centerpieces or classic vases.  We like the playful rustic touches with the guest map and surname sign that serve as touching keepsakes from the wedding.  As the sun set, the newlyweds hit the dance floor with their guests to celebrate their special day.

Congratulations Andrea and David!  Thank you for having us document these once-in-a-lifetime moments and we hope that your marriage is filled with plenty of adventure, love, and laughter.

Photographer: Rachel | Editor: Ruta

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Venue & Caterer: Creek Club at I’On | Event Coordinator: Southern Chic Weddings & Events

Floral Design: Charleston Blooms | Bridal Gown Designer: Katie May | Bridal Gown Boutique: Lovely Bride

Bridal Hair & Makeup: Paper Dolls Wedding Hair & Makeup | Bridesmaids’ Gown Boutique: Vow to Be Chic

Wedding Invitations: Minted | Rentals: Other Brother Entertainment & Snyder Events

Transportation: Charleston Style Limo | | Ceremony Musicians: Bob Williams Duo

Engagement & Wedding Rings: Modern Jewelers |  Videographer: Anchor Films

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We are excited to share this sweet and playful Kiawah Island engagement session today!  Haley had the pleasure of venturing to Kiawah Island to spend the afternoon with this spunky duo!  Kiawah is a barrier island 25 miles south of Charleston, and operates today mainly as a gated beach and golf resort.  It’s the perfect luxurious getaway for families and couples wanting a relaxing vacation.

Kate and Travis met while attending college at the University of Michigan.  They still live in Ann Arbor, a youthful city that caters to their love of the outdoors.  Their vision for their engagement session was fun and playful, just being able to laugh and capture their fun, casual style while incorporating their love of the outdoors.  Bringing their beloved dog Ellie along was also a must!

Haley started with these lovebirds just taking in some of the rich foliage that Kiawah is known for.  Be sure to check out the image where Kate and Travis are surrounded by palms, it is pure magic!  We adore this couple’s laid back style and matching converse shoes.  And how can anyone be but smitten with how adorable Ellie is in the photos?!

After a quick wardrobe change, Kate traded in her black skinny jeans for a long flowing turquoise skirt perfect for the beach.  Travis swapped his dark jeans for some camel colored pants and they both rocked light gray sweaters.  We love all the playful shots Haley was able to grab of these lovebirds while they wandered the beach.  And of course there are some sweet candid portraits as well.  What a dream day it is to spend an afternoon at the beach capturing the pure love and happiness of a sweet couple!

We want to thank Kate and Travis for allowing us to capture this special time in their lives! We wish you all the best!

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