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Happy Friday, y’all! I’m finally settling into a normal post-hurricane routine and wanted to blog some wedding pictures of the almost-Royals at their gorgeous DeBordieu Colony wedding last month! Kate and Will are high school sweethearts who have been together for years! I don’t often cover the rehearsal dinner, but it was fun to shoot that event for these families and hear some heartfelt toasts the night before the event. I always love seeing the slideshows of childhood photos, and Kate’s sister also spearheaded a tear-jerker video with greetings from fans far and wide who were not in attendance.

Kate’s family has had a vacation home in this serene Georgetown, SC community for years, and it was fun getting ready in their sunlit waterfront space.

Elegant DeBordieu wedding for Lynchburg, VA couple. PhotographyThis adorable mini Goldendoodle, George, lives in NYC with Kate’s sister, seen below as she tried to fight off the ugly tears every time Kate would reminisce about all the fun they had growing up. Elegant DeBordieu wedding for Lynchburg, VA couple. PhotographyLove these cotton tunics for a fresh take on bridesmaid loungewear that will get lots of use after the festivities!Elegant DeBordieu wedding for Lynchburg, VA couple. PhotographyIt’s not every day you get to tackle domestic chores beside your daughter’s elegant custom-tailored Martina Liana wedding gown. Church Street Bridal is the hot ticket for any brides-to-be near Lynchburg, Virginia. The shop operates from a YWCA and sells sample gowns from Kleinfeld’s (of Say Yes to the Dress fame), and proceeds benefit domestic violence victims. Road trip, anyone?!Elegant DeBordieu wedding for Lynchburg, VA couple. PhotographyElegant DeBordieu wedding for Lynchburg, VA couple. PhotographyElegant DeBordieu wedding for Lynchburg, VA couple. PhotographyThe protector and assistant with the Cinderella slippers.Elegant DeBordieu wedding for Lynchburg, VA couple. PhotographyElegant DeBordieu wedding for Lynchburg, VA couple. PhotographyElegant DeBordieu wedding for Lynchburg, VA couple. PhotographyElegant DeBordieu wedding for Lynchburg, VA couple. PhotographyOutdoor wedding beside marsh and beach at DeBordieu Colony in GeOutdoor wedding beside marsh and beach at DeBordieu Colony in GeOutdoor wedding beside marsh and beach at DeBordieu Colony in GeOutdoor wedding beside marsh and beach at DeBordieu Colony in GeAll eyes are on the adorable flower girl as she warms up the aisle for the bride. © Carolina PhotosmithOutdoor wedding beside marsh and beach at DeBordieu Colony in GeOutdoor wedding beside marsh and beach at DeBordieu Colony in Ge
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Thanks to everyone on the creative team for making this such a fun and gorgeous day to document!

Venue and Catering | DeBordieu Club
Event Planner | Caitlin with Stunning & Brilliant Events
On-site Hair & Makeup | Stox & Co. of Litchfield
Gown | Martina Liana at Church Street Bridal in Lynchburg, VA
Bridesmaids | Alfred Sung at Bella Bridesmaid
Bridesmaids’ earrings and bride’s bracelet by her savvy sister | Beth Ladd Collections
Florals | Lee at Carolina Charm
Cake | Pawleys Island Bakery
Rentals | Event Works
Harpist | Hannah Beckett
Band | In the Pocket
A special thanks to the videography team, Re-Peet Productions, for working together so well (which means staying out of each other’s shots to ensure the best photos and video). It was especially appreciated on a day I worked without an assistant. You guys rock!

Congrats to Kate and Will! Thanks so much for choosing me to document your beautiful day.

Love this venue? Check out these other DeBordieu weddings: Shelley & Andrew’s Georgetown church wedding and McNeill & Pat’s Pawleys Island church wedding. And I haven’t blogged Lyndsey & Harsha’s outdoor affair yet, but pop over to Wedding Row Grand Strand to see their day.

Please recommend this post and encourage friends and family to consider Carolina Photosmith as they make wedding plans. Thanks a bunch!

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We’d looked forward to this late-summer session for weeks, and I was eager to capture some sisterly moments in the golden afternoon light of their favorite place. Mother Nature had a different idea for this Edisto Island family photography session, but we rallied! After all, it was our only opportunity between braces removal and the eldest heading back to college. Following the meandering hourlong drive, my daughter (trusty assistant) and I were greeted by sprinkles and an impressive shelf cloud moving across the marsh darkening everything in its path.

Knowing afternoon showers were a possibility, we showed up early in hopes of having a bigger window between potential downpours. We knocked out a family photo with the dog, bolted to the dock and snapped a couple more before the sky opened up and inspired Lulu’s amazing giggles. Then we all ran for cover.

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  • Jessica Schilling - Adorable family session, and love that you embraced the rainy weather and got cool stormy skies as a backdrop!ReplyCancel

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Did you hear? It’s National Dog Day! With the magic of the Internet, we are treated to almost-daily reminders of the significance of certain things. Hashtags abound, reminding us to celebrate cousins, oysters, grandparents, donuts, siblings, craft beer, oceans and watermelon, which are all good things.

As the saying goes, every dog has his day. Guess what, faithful and furry friends, today is your very own national dog day! Sure, you may share it with Women’s Equality Day, but really it’s a time to beg for an extra treat, nap on the humans-only sofa or cruise the open road with your gaping drooly mouth delighting in the breeze.

To honor some cute dogs, I scanned some photos of happy clients who included their cuddly canines in their photo sessions. As you enjoy the dog days of summer, you might be intrigued to learn the real origin of that term has to do with stars and not Fido. (I’m Sirius! Celestial humor…) So hug your loyal pal and take a look at some of fun friends I’ve met along the way. Happy National Dog Day and bon weekend!

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Celebrate national dog day with a photo by Carolina Photosmith!Some dogs take ferry rides to Cumberland Island weddings. Others, like sweet Bella, hang out with the groom before he heads to the altar.Celebrate national dog day with a photo by Carolina Photosmith!Celebrate national dog day with a photo by Carolina Photosmith!Sweet Matthew and his beloved Buster. Celebrate national dog day with a photo by Carolina Photosmith!Boone HallFaithful furry companion on a boat. National Dog Day!Happy weekend! If you like furry friends, I hope you’ll recommend this post. And if someone can tell me why they call the yoga pose “downward dog” when cats clearly are more skilled at this, I’d love to know. Otherwise, reach out when you need pics with your pooch. Thanks!

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Now that the munchkins are back in school, I’m catching up on editing family sessions. I’ve met so many fun families from around the country the past few months! Anyone else been staying up too late watching the Olympics? I wanted to share a glimpse of what’s been on my monitors. Here’s an assortment gold medal family photography of those who have excelled in events not yet recognized in world-class international athletics.

What a summer for Team USA!

Gold medal family photography is fun, colorful and whimsical

Goofy Facemaking

The competition in the cousin class is always robust!
Gold medal family photography is fun, colorful and whimsical

Lowcountry Fishin’

This category no longer requires a bamboo pole, and this young chap has elevated pond fishing with newer technology and a megawatt smile.
Gold medal family photography is fun, colorful and whimsical

Lawn Twirling

Color, curls and whimsy from this duo inspired a new high score from the Mt. Pleasant judge!
Gold medal family photography is fun, colorful and whimsical ©

Furry Photobombing

This dog made record time from ocean swim to befriending strangers and shaking wildly before retreating back to the sea.
Gold medal family photography is fun, colorful and whimsical

Parental Tot Launching

As usual, there was stiff competition (and belly laughs galore) in both the pool and ocean categories.
Gold medal family photography is fun, colorful and whimsical
Gold medal family photography is fun, colorful and whimsical ©

Family Wave Jumping

Gold medal family photography is fun, colorful and whimsical

Synchronized Swinging

These girls nailed it and incorporated an impressive triple twist, with a dog, in their dismount. You should have seen it!
Gold medal family photography is fun, colorful and whimsical ©

Sassiest Posing

This crew’s score was boosted with the added difficulty of ditching crutches after a skimboard injury earlier in the week. Flamingo-hopping to ocean’s edge (at low tide) required incredible focus!
Gold medal family photography is fun, colorful and whimsical

Mom Squeezing

Perfect form and stellar execution in hug quality and mama’s haircut.
Gold medal family photography is fun, colorful and whimsical

Team Color Scheme

Only this mom would be savvy enough to anticipate a passing container ship and have her family sporting a matching color palette. Gold!
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Ensemble Vibrance, Men’s

Competition is more heated in the women’s race, but this father-sons team has raised the bar!
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Finally, some gold medal family photography starring my own clan! Like the cobbler’s kids who wander shoeless, the photographer’s family remains pictureless until this gal catches up on her work. Thankfully, the Hudson team’s expanding teen population and a hardworking batch of iPhones ensured some instant gratification. The adult family members are a well-rounded crew, scoring well in spike ball, bocce ball, beach frisbee, paddleboarding and wiffle ball. Sadly, my green jacket at Pirate’s Cove mini golf is undocumented, and my cartwheeling skills did not result in a medal.

Lifeguard Stand Commandeering


My kids and their cousins excel in this, year after year. This event is followed by Lifeguard Stand Leaping, which results in squeals of delight followed by twisted ankles.
Gold medal family photography is fun, colorful and whimsical

Artful Beach Leaping

Charleston family photographer's colorful family beach vacation.

Boogie Boarding, Execution

Charleston family photographer's colorful family beach vacation.

Boogie Board Modeling

Charleston family photographer's colorful family beach vacation.

Synchronized Bubble Blowing

More colorful and skilled each year, the dozen cousins win the best all-around!Gold medal family photography is fun, colorful and whimsical

Keep bringing those medals home, and contact me when your athletes are ready for a gold medal family photography session.

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  • Ashey - how. much. fun. is. this?!?! Love the idea – so very creative! thanks for sharing this sweet idea!ReplyCancel

It’s been a busy summer chock full of family sessions, which are always fun. But it’s time to share a favorite spring affair. I absolutely loved documenting Déla and Joe’s intimate island wedding! She’s a graphic designer for the Charleston City Paper, and she met her Irish husband at a conference in Belgium. This pair is so gracious and low-key, and I love how they chose quality over quantity.

About 25 of their favorite people traveled from Ireland, Kansas and places in between to witness this enchanting international wedding in the warm, salty air. Friends strung garland and soaked up sun while mingling with family members. The caterers from Divine Catering took over the kitchen and set tables for a delicious porch supper. Other than her hair appointment and the ceremony time, the day flowed effortlessly with little concern over timelines and compulsory elements. So completely refreshing!

Intimate island wedding near Charleston, SC © Carolina PhotosmiIntimate island wedding with Atlantic Ocean views © Carolina PAfter being separated by an ocean for a while, the couple had no qualms about seeing each other before the intimate island wedding ceremony.Intimate island wedding near Charleston, SC © Carolina PhotosmiIntimate island wedding near Charleston, SC © Carolina PhotosmiIntimate island wedding near Charleston, SC © Carolina PhotosmiIntimate island wedding near Charleston, SC © Carolina PhotosmiIntimate island wedding near Charleston, SC © Carolina PhotosmiSimple, lovely small island wedding near Charleston © CarolinaDéla, a graphic designer, created the invitation, map and reply card based on floral envelopes by Rifle Paper Company that she flipped for as the inspiration on a trip to Mac & Murphy.Intimate island wedding near Charleston, SC © Carolina PhotosmiIntimate island wedding near Charleston, SC © Carolina PhotosmiIntimate island wedding near Charleston, SC © Carolina PhotosmiIntimate island wedding near Charleston, SC © Carolina PhotosmiJoseph’s beautiful sisters looked right at home in this oceanside setting.Irishman weds Kansas girl on an island near Charleston, SC © CIrishman weds Kansas girl on an island near Charleston, SC © CIrishman weds Kansas girl on an island near Charleston, SC © CIrishman weds Kansas girl on an island near Charleston, SC © CIrishman weds Kansas girl on an island near Charleston, SC © CIrishman weds Kansas girl on an island near Charleston, SC © CIrishman weds Kansas girl on an island near Charleston, SC © CIrishman weds Kansas girl on an island near Charleston, SC © CIrishman weds Kansas girl on an island near Charleston, SC © CIrishman weds Kansas girl on an island near Charleston, SC © CSimple, lovely small island wedding near Charleston © CarolinaSimple, lovely small island wedding near Charleston © CarolinaCharming, small barrier island wedding © Carolina PhotosmithSimple, lovely small island wedding near Charleston © CarolinaSimple, lovely small island wedding near Charleston © CarolinaSimple, lovely small island wedding near Charleston © CarolinaSimple, lovely small island wedding near Charleston © CarolinaSimple, lovely small island wedding near Charleston © CarolinaSimple, lovely small island wedding near Charleston © CarolinaSimple, lovely small island wedding near Charleston © CarolinaSimple, lovely small island wedding near Charleston © CarolinaDéla’s beautiful bouquet was created by her friend, Kimana Littleflower.
Charming, small barrier island wedding © Carolina PhotosmithCharming, small barrier island wedding © Carolina PhotosmithCharming, small barrier island wedding © Carolina PhotosmithCharming, small barrier island wedding © Carolina PhotosmithCharming, small barrier island wedding © Carolina PhotosmithCharming, small barrier island wedding © Carolina PhotosmithCharming, small barrier island wedding © Carolina PhotosmithJoseph and Déla’s mothers in their charming floral dresses, perfect for seaside!Charming, small barrier island wedding © Carolina PhotosmithCharming, small barrier island wedding © Carolina PhotosmithIntimate island wedding with Atlantic Ocean views © Carolina PIntimate island wedding with Atlantic Ocean views © Carolina PIntimate island wedding with Atlantic Ocean views © Carolina PIntimate island wedding with Atlantic Ocean views © Carolina PIntimate island wedding with Atlantic Ocean views © Carolina PIntimate island wedding with Atlantic Ocean views © Carolina PShe found her dreamy Justin Alexander gown at Bridal House of Charleston. Joseph’s suit is from 319 Men on King Street. Hair and makeup by Salon Latitude on Isle of Palms. Intimate island wedding with Atlantic Ocean views © Carolina PIntimate island wedding with Atlantic Ocean views © Carolina PIntimate island wedding with Atlantic Ocean views © Carolina PBeach twirls and supper on a screened porch by the sea. CharlestHer gown was made for twirling, right? She wore two rings: her engagement ring and an Irish Claddagh on her right hand, symbolizing love and loyalty.Beach twirls and supper on a screened porch by the sea. CharlestBeach twirls and supper on a screened porch by the sea. CharlestBeach twirls and supper on a screened porch by the sea. CharlestBeach twirls and supper on a screened porch by the sea. CharlestBeach twirls and supper on a screened porch by the sea. CharlestBeach twirls and candlelit supper on a screened porch by the sea. CharlestBeach twirls and supper on a screened porch by the sea. CharlestBeach twirls and supper on a screened porch by the sea. CharlestBeach twirls and supper on a screened porch by the sea. CharlestA guest helps prep the floor for dancing by trying to work magic to break down the tables in the blink of an eye. Simple, lovely small island wedding near Charleston © CarolinaSimple, lovely small island wedding near Charleston © CarolinaSimple, lovely small island wedding near Charleston © CarolinaSimple, lovely small island wedding near Charleston © CarolinaSimple, lovely small island wedding near Charleston © CarolinaYes, there was stargazing. Every wedding make room for this in the timeline!Simple, lovely small island wedding near Charleston © CarolinaSimple, lovely small island wedding near Charleston © CarolinaSimple, lovely small island wedding near Charleston © CarolinaSimple, lovely small island wedding near Charleston © CarolinaSimple, lovely small island wedding near Charleston © CarolinaSo there you have it. Less can indeed be more! Didn’t you love this intimate island wedding? More time interacting with the special people you invited; more time to soak up wedded bliss without being ushered from one timeline element to the next; more time for your photographer to document your surroundings, create portraits in lovely light and capture candids. If you know of someone planning a small wedding, please share my name and this blog post with them. Thank you, Déla and Joe, for trusting me to photograph your easy, breezy day!

For another take on a small wedding with big style, see Mandy & Brandon’s rooftop wedding in an historic building on King Street, and reach out when you’re in need of  wedding and family photography. Cheers!

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  • Alyssa - What a lovely wedding! Love the stargazing 🙂ReplyCancel