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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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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 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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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.



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!



Congratulations to all the recently engaged couples! So you’re booking venues and pondering your dream gown, and soon it will be time to figure out what you’d like your favorite people to wear (or possibly reveal your wedding board on Pinterest that was marked “secret” for a couple of years). Check out my fun, stylish clients for a little inspiration. Pastels, brights, neutrals — it’s all here in the spectrum of wedding party attire.

Where to begin on the color wheel? Maybe the Pantone colors of the year! The color for 2015 is Marsala. My clients tend to be ahead of the curve, and the closest I find to Marsala is this lovely shade that Betsy’s bridesmaids wore in 2012. The real Marsala is less plum and more brown, but the rosiness of these dresses was a flattering hue for all the skin tones.

Long chiffon bridesmaids in a wine - marsala palette. © Carolina PhotosmithWedding-Party-Attire-Carolina-Photosmith-012Maura’s bridesmaids looked chic in short black dresses with varying necklines. Her bouquet was inspired by peacock feathers, like the dapper Brackish bow tie her husband wore.

2014’s Pantone color of the year was Radiant Orchid. Janice’s bridal party looked fantastic in this bold shade! I loved their khaki Tom’s wedges, too.

Stunning bride, gorgeous bridesmaids in radiant orchid with colorful bouquets at Magnolia Plantation. © Carolina PhotosmithVibrant bouquets for bridesmaids wearing orchid dresses, designed by MOD Events in Charleston. © Carolina Photosmith

ROYGBIV is my favorite color, so I loved Janice’s vivid bouquets. Kirstin and Rick also embraced color at their wedding, using all the colors in her glittery confetti Kate Spade kicks. Navy bridesmaids, vivid bouquets, colorful bouttonieres and plaid bow ties.


Kate and Dave’s autumn wedding featured neutral bridesmaids, dress blues for the groom and a velvety color pop of red roses.

Wedding-Party-Colors-Carolina-Photosmith014Wedding-Party-Colors-Carolina-Photosmith015Jackie’s blush bridesmaids were beautiful in their long gowns, and her blue hydrangeas coordinated with Tom’s navy seersucker suit. His groomsmen wore oh-so-Southern navy and white seersucker.

Wedding-Party-Colors-Carolina-Photosmith012Wedding-Party-Colors-Carolina-Photosmith013And while we’re on navy, one more of Rick and Kirstin’s crew on their warm wedding day. The groomsmen skipped jackets, and Rick look especially handsome in his gray pinstripes.

Wedding-Party-Colors-Carolina-Photosmith007Amber chose a deep regal purple for her bevy of brunette bridesmaids. Jensen and his guys wore gray suits, black ties and Chuck Taylors.

Wedding-Party-Colors-Carolina-Photosmith003Wedding-Party-Colors-Carolina-Photosmith004Heather’s bridesmaids wore short gray dresses with various necklines, and Brian and the groomsmen wore classic black tuxes. So sharp!

Wedding-Party-Colors-Carolina-Photosmith001Wedding-Party-Colors-Carolina-Photosmith002Ashley’s springy Lowndes Grove wedding included gray dresses.

Gray bridesmaids, pastel bouquets by OOH Events of Charleston. Lowndes Grove wedding photography by Carolina PhotosmithJamie’s girls kept it breezy in champagne shifts and nude heels with simple baby’s breath bouquets. JD and the guys wore black tuxes.

Wedding-Party-Attire-Carolina-Photosmith-002Wedding-Party-Attire-Carolina-Photosmith-003Lily’s favorite girls wore gray lace dresses and carried succulent bouquets. John and the guys wore snappy socks and purple plaid ties for their fall garden wedding.

Wedding-Party-Attire-Carolina-Photosmith-005Wedding-Party-Attire-Carolina-Photosmith-006Wedding-Party-Attire-Carolina-Photosmith-007Karen and Paul’s misty mountain wedding featured a mix of plums and grays with a green backdrop.

Wedding-Party-Attire-Carolina-Photosmith-004Speaking of green, did you know Pantone’s color of 2013 was Emerald? Bailey was quite the trendsetter in her 2011 autumn wedding with the woodsy bouquets. And how awesome were her spotty emerald shoes?!

Wedding-Party-Attire-Carolina-Photosmith-013Emerald bridesmaids with woodsy bouquets at Founders Hall. © Carolina PhotosmithPale greens are very popular for Charleston weddings. Sarah’s sister was her only attendant, and the sage and peach combo was lovely.

Wedding-Party-Attire-Carolina-Photosmith-008Adrienne’s girls wore short sage dresses, and their coral and white bouquets coordinated with the groomsmen’s plaid ties, which also had the blue that inspired Steve’s tie choice.

Wedding-Party-Attire-Carolina-Photosmith-001Blush and gray for Anna and Nathan’s wedding party. The pink and plum bouquets were beautiful!


Minty green was fresh and beachy for this Pawleys church wedding and DeBordieu reception.

Minty wedding party after a DeBordieu rain shower. © Carolina Photosmith

Lauren and Rob’s destination wedding at Hilton Head included seaside navy and white linen shirts with sea star bouttonieres.

Wedding-Party-Attire-Carolina-Photosmith-010Lighter blues are gorgeous, too. Especially with Kam’s coral roses.

Light blue bridesmaids and coral roses at Wideawake Plantation. © Carolina PhotosmithAnd this blurple-ish hue was so fun mixed with colorful florals.

Blue bridesmaids with colorful bouquets on veranda of Magnolia Plantation house. © Carolina Photosmith

Claire and Miles had a great-looking smaller wedding party: navy with lime and plaid ties for the guys.

Navy bridesmaids amid lush greens at Magnolia Plantation. © Carolina PhotosmithWedding-Party-Attire-Carolina-Photosmith-015One more take on navy, the deeper almost-black kind. The guys paired dark ties with light suits, and Erica’s girls looked great — love that her sis, the maid-of-honor, wore the ruffled neckline.

True navy bridesmaids on the beach. © Carolina PhotosmithWedding-Party-Attire-Carolina-Photosmith-018Finally, we can circle back to marsalas and malbecs (even though Sarah and Arthur’s signature cocktail as Hurricane Sandy blew by was a Dark and Stormy.) Can your event designer summon coordinating skies? I haven’t seen that shade before or since.

Marsala bridesmaids as Hurricane Sandy blew past SC. © Carolina PhotosmithWedding-Party-Attire-Carolina-Photosmith-020While we’re on the beverage theme, I’ll call this sangria! Beautiful on all skin tones, and it really pops against island foliage. The straps are nice, too — very feminine and easier to dance in.

Sangria bridemaids in a lush maritime forest at Seabrook Island. © Carolina PhotosmithMills House wedding party © Carolina PhotosmithSo, cheers as you work out your color story. There’s plenty more well-dressed wedding parties on various hard drives in my office, but you get the idea. What are you pondering? I’d love to see some sequins (even a skirt with simple shell), some prints or something bold with stripes. Who knows what 2015 will bring? I hope you’ll recommend this post to anyone dreaming up a colorful wedding, and you can drop me a note by clicking to the right of my Jeep below.




Another banner year, full of happy couples, wonderful families and moments galore ranging from the poignant to surprising, tender to hilarious. It’s pretty great to be entrusted to document such significant days. Thank you!

Thanks for choosing me to do this and for allowing me to frolic outdoors soaking up Lowcountry splendor. Thanks to all the wedding industry people who make it so beautiful, festive and organized. I’m grateful for the strong community of photographers for insight, inspiration and support and to the fun and talented people who assisted me on some of the wedding days.

Choosing highlights from a whole year is an overwhelming process! This assortment is lacking in rhyme and reason, but I suppose the common thread is that these photos evoke feelings and a sense of place for me. While it’s wonderful to have Pinteresting weddings and shoot feature-worthy events, my primary goal is to deliver timeless photos that will transport my clients and their families back to all the emotions experienced on their special days. It’s such a privilege to tag along to photograph proposals, engaged couples and wedding festivities, whether it’s above the Atlantic, in a historic church or garden or steps from the sand when a mini monsoon dictates the shift from destination beach wedding to Plan B. I love Lowcountry South Carolina and the backdrops and beauty, but it’s really about the people and the merging of families. Here’s to a stellar 2015!

2014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0012014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0022014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0062014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0112014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0102014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith016Wadmalaw Island engagement session. Expanding the family tree. © Carolina Photosmith2014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0222014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0432014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0522014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith033Timeless Historic Charleston bridal portrait on cobblestone street © Carolina Photosmith2014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith032Confederate Home is a wonderful historic wedding venue on CharlestonGorgeous and goofy newlyweds are the best. © Carolina Photosmith2014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0312014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith029Lowndes Grove wedding at dusk. © Carolina PhotosmithElegant dip kiss to seal the deal at Magnolia Plantation wedding © Carolina PhotosmithLowndes Grove bridal portrait. Staircase like a nautilus. © Carolina Photosmith2014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith026Breathtaking wedding bouquet by Charleston Flower Market. Garden roses and lace. © Carolina Photosmith2014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0272014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0412014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0232014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith030Charleston wedding favorites © Carolina Photosmith 2014Ducking into some shade for Charleston beach wedding portrait © Carolina PhotosmithBride and her mom share a high ten. © Carolina Photosmith2014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0502014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0052014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0662014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0652014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0382014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith037Charleston wedding venue, Island House, on the Stono River. © Carolina Photosmith2014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0582014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0642014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith063Flower girls love to twirl! Especially on a colorful bridge at Magnolia Plantation. © Carolina Photosmith2014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0212014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0172014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0182014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0202014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith019

Beach wedding photography by Carolina Photosmith of Mount Pleasant, SC2014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0152014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0132014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith012Newlyweds kiss on red bridge at Magnolia Plantation, an historic wedding venue in Charleston. © Carolina PhotosmithMike and Janice tied the knot before a portrait by this twisted vine at Magnolia Plantation in Charleston. © Carolina Photosmith2014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0442014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0092014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith062Will you marry me? Helicopter proposal over Folly Beach, SC. © Carolina Photosmith2014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0572014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0542014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0512014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0042014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0072014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0422014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith024Bridesmaids toast happy newlyweds at Lowndes Grove wedding in Charleston, SC. © Carolina Photosmith2014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0032014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith0252014-Best-Wedding-Photography-Carolina-Photosmith014The sun may have set on 2014, but this year is shaping up to be just as great. I appreciate everyone who has shared themselves with me and who has shared my work with others. I’m gearing up for a busy first half of the year with weddings from St. Simons Island, Georgia, to Kennebunkport, Maine. I still have some prime cool weather dates available, so spread the word if you have friends on the verge of tying the knot. Drop me a note or check out more wedding photography. Cheers!