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If the pollen count is the true indicator, spring has finally arrived in Charleston. So even though this may seem a little late (ahem), it’s actually the perfect time to share one of my favorite spring weddings. This was featured on The Wedding Row last year, but it is high time to add this charming historic Charleston wedding to my own blog. Sarah and Trey lived here for a time when they were both working at Boeing, but now they’re in a new phase of their lives, far from the Lowcountry. They used to live downtown, and we had a fun, chilly day for their engagement session. I hope these photos will be a special reminders of their time in Charleston. Trey and Sarah are charming and kind and make a great couple!

What I remember most about their wedding day is their love of family. There wasn’t a frenzied pace to the festivities but intentional connections, like when Sarah chose to give her bouquet to her grandmother rather than toss it to her friends. Sarah also did a wonderful job making her vision come to fruition with plenty of personal touches and design elements, including her vintage book collection, homemade mints and her own calligraphy. I think it’s her Instagram profile that touches on the fact that she’s a grounded free spirit, a mix of modern and old-fashioned. That might be one reason can’t get enough of the portraits in the church stairwell — she’s sporting her Frye flats and rocking Renaissance lighting. I love that she sported a fun fishtail braid before the braid craze took over. And I think I noted this before, but if she and her sister were to ever launch a skin care line, buyers would line up in hopes that a potion would give them the same glow as these gorgeous Iowa girls. Continued best wishes to Trey and his bride!

 

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Thanks to all the vendors and talented industry people who helped make Sarah & Trey’s wedding such a lovely day to document and celebrate!
Church | First Baptist of Charleston
Reception | Old Exchange Building
Gown | Martina Liana at Gown Boutique of Charleston
Hair and Makeup | Charlotte Belk
Maid of Honor Dress | J. Crew
Wedding Coordinator | Kala at MOD Events
Flowers | Charleston Flower Market
Cakes | Sugar Bakeshop
Transportation | Old Towne Carriage

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It’s been too long since I shared a fun family photography session, so let me fix that. I met the Lane family at a wedding last fall, and they were due for photos with their just-turned-one baby girl. Since her actual birthday bash too busy for the hostess to also wear a photographer hat, a quick wardrobe change on portrait day ensured we didn’t let that milestone pass undocumented. Speaking of wardrobe, Lindsay’s clothing choices were casual, coordinated, and the texture of her top and the cheetah prints were perfect for the colorful backdrops of historic Charleston.

Mother’s Day is coming up, so consider rallying the troops for a spring or summer session at a park, along the beach, ambling downtown or at an area plantation. I purchased a photographer’s pass this year for the first time in a while, and Boone Hall is a great location for a relaxed family photo session.

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Ready to book a session for colorful Charleston family photos or purchase a gift certificate? Please reach out using the link below, to the right of my Jeep. Happy spring, y’all!

 

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Here’s another dose of January amusement. Check out Tracy and Matt’s fun winter engagement session! Even without lush, blooming flowers or pastel downtown backdrops, we found color, seasonal texture and lots of laughs a few hours before the New England Patriots edged out the Seattle Seahawks, and Budweiser won the commercial trophy with a loyal puppy led home by those amazing Clydesdales. And speaking of loyal canines, how cute is Zoe? Their pit bull wears her stripes well, but Zoe’s also quite the fashionista when the crew changed into Ts and a hoodie. I love their outfit choices, and trust me when I say Tracy’s speedy wardrobe changes make that superhero’s phone booth changes look like he’s in slow motion.

Their wedding at the Cigar Factory is going to be a blast! Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all!

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Looking to add to your visual legacy with relaxed, fun photos that capture your personality? I hope you’ll reach out (using the Contact Jen link beside my Jeep, below) and recommend this post. Thanks so much!

 

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It’s easy to moan about winter — especially when we miss out on sleigh rides through tall evergreens topped with postcard-perfect snow, but I shot several sessions, including these Charleston bridal portraits, in January that would make some people in other parts of the country a bit jealous. We have our share of bare trees, but Charleston also exudes color, warmth and texture even on sweater days. And if you happen to have a gorgeous caramel-colored vintage fur embroidered with the name you share with your grandmother, then it’s even easier to embrace the chilly breezes. Having weathered a few Boston winters, I can definitively say it sure beats shoveling snow!

I’ve photographed Meg’s family for several years, so it was especially fun to meet her at her brother’s house, where her mom and sis-in-law helped her prep for these portraits. It’s a privilege to document such wonderful days with great families!

Allure wedding gown from White on Daniel Island. Dreamy bouquet by Frampton’s Flowers. Dancing shoes fit for a queen by Christian Louboutin.

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  • sherry carbone - absolutely stunning bridal pictures. thank you for sharing photographs of the beautiful bride.ReplyCancel

    • admin - Thanks for your sweet note, Sherry. We had such a fun afternoon making these colorful portraits!ReplyCancel

  • Villa Delia - I absolutely love your post! Nice portraits!ReplyCancel

Introducing new coastal linen wedding albums and folios! These products are handmade by Red Tree, the same Kentucky bookmaker that binds the gorgeous leather albums I sell. The linen covers will be such a great match for many of the Southern weddings I photograph. The folios, pictured in ocean and salmon, hold two 5×7 photos and make a thoughtful gift for parents, grandparents or your new husband’s desk. They’re also great for displaying family photos on a bookshelf. I have only three of the linens represented here, but I’ll purchase some swatches so you can see the choices first hand.

I hope you’ll let me help you create your first family heirloom! I can start with your favorite photos and design a book layout that will tell the complete story of your wedding day. I bring sample albums to meetings with brides, but you’re welcome to see them if you’re nearby. It’s critical to liberate your photos from your flash drives and computers and put in a book you can enjoy and share. This seaglass linen album was made with prints on Fuji matte paper, and my other sample album was printed on lustre-finish paper. I’d love to show them to you and answer any questions.

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To learn more about these handmade wedding albums or my wedding photography, please reach out using the link below (to the right of the Jeep). Thanks!

 

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