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Time for a gracious dose of springtime wedded bliss with this Kiawah Island Sanctuary wedding! Ashley and Greg live in Charlotte, NC, but chose to have a destination wedding in the Lowcountry. There are several stunning venues for a Kiawah wedding, and they chose The Sanctuary Hotel. It was a perfect day for a wedding on the grand lawn, and the tented reception was dreamy. Ashley planned lots of charming details herself. One of my favorites is her custom monogram (A and G combined), which graced the invitations, menu, cake and more. She had Something Blue aplenty: bridesmaids gowns, guys’ ties, place card ribbons and her wedding date embroidered into her gown. So charming!

The spring rains were nicely timed — one shower cleared out just before the ceremony, and the steady rain came during dinner but wrapped up before the smores, cornhole and sparklers. The couple honeymooned in Turks and Caicos. Ashley, thanks so much for choosing me to document your elegant day!

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What a fantastic day for a Kiawah Island wedding at the Sanctuary Hotel! Thanks to this dream team of wedding vendors for making Ashley and Greg’s day such a pleasure to photograph:
Martina Liana gown from J Majors Bridal in Charlotte, Jenny Yoo at Bella Bridesmaid Charlotte,
Tiger Lily FloristWilliams DuoDJ Lee EdwardsInvitations Only in Winston-Salem, with groom’s attire from Joseph Bank.

Please reach out when you’re searching for a wedding photographer. I’d love to help!

 

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  • Mercedes - Hahah, ring pops! They’re such fun people. I love that they took the time to play.ReplyCancel

Spring wedding Seabrook Island Carolina PhotosmithHappy anniversary to Susan and Matt, whose Seabrook Island wedding started with a breezy oceanside ceremony on a perfect spring afternoon. Seabrook makes it easy to get ready nearby and hop over to the ceremony site with an easy commute on golf carts or maybe a bike, you’re not wearing a wedding gown!

Florals by SYG Designs floated between the guests and the ocean, and Susan’s bridesmaids wore a stunning sangria color that popped against the lush maritime forest and the Atlantic. A gorgeous sapphire ring, a pair of adorable flower girls, delicious food and a beautiful sunset made the day more memorable. Later in the evening, the photo booth was in full swing and the dance floor was packed until the newlyweds rushed off to their golf cart under a canopy of sparklers. Well done, y’all! Here’s to plenty more years of happiness. Thanks for choosing me to document this day for your families. What a perfect destination wedding!

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If you enjoyed this coastal affair, I hope you’ll recommend this post. Please reach out if you’re planning a Seabrook Island wedding. Here’s more, an island engagement session, from this breathtaking retreat near Charleston. I can photograph your family session here, too!

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  • Alex - what sweet, sweet photos! I’m loving the shot of the bride looking at her dad right as they walk down the aisle! <3ReplyCancel

    • Jen - Thank you! Beautiful day with lots of sweet moments :-)ReplyCancel

I can’t believe it’s been a year since this festive Atlanta garden wedding! Happy anniversary to Natalie and Aidan! You two have awesome families (not to mention sweet Booth the Lab), and ever since your daffodil-icious day, I’m convinced more wedding receptions should warm up the dance floor with Scottish country dancing. Best icebreaker ever!Fun spring garden wedding in Atlanta at Marietta Garden CenterI loved all the fun people who celebrated this day with the couple. They met while Natalie was studying abroad, but a mere ocean couldn’t keep these two apart. Fascinators and tartans have me mad for plaid and jaunty toppers. Marietta Garden Center is such a charming venue, too! Thanks so much for choosing me to document your wonderful wedding day, Heath clan. Go Blue Hose! So glad you’re #finallyflynned:-)
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Venue | Marietta Garden Center
Natalie’s Gown | Bravura Bridal
Natalie’s Hair | Tiffany Selleck
Natalie’s Makeup | Best Honorable Maiden Ever, Sarah Beth Palmer
Food and Drink | Carriage House Catering
Wedding Cakes | McEntyre’s Bakery
DJ | Spectrum Entertainment
Second Shooter | Collins Kilgore (reach out to my cousin if you’re near Columbus, Georgia!)

Feel free to share the love if you enjoyed this joyous Atlanta garden wedding! If you’re looking for an Atlanta photographer, I can help if I’m not booked around Charleston. No travel fees or mileage are charged since I can see my family when I’m in the capital city.

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  • Mercedes - This couple is adorable! The group shots are so fun. So much character in these images. I love it.ReplyCancel

  • Deborah (Figgie) - Aww, what a fun looking crowd!! I can imagine this was a blast to be a part of!!ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine - This looks like a crazy amount of fun, and I adore Scottish cèilidh dancing!ReplyCancel

Spring fling at Boone Hall in Mount Pleasant, SC, Family photogrWhat a pleasure it was to photograph this beautiful family again! The Lanes are as easygoing as they are coordinated. Lindsay does well with her last-minute photo session wardrobe shopping, don’t you think? Denim and a touch of color are just the ticket for standing out in this green and woodsy location.

Ariana, now two years old, was not sure what to make of our great outdoor experience when we drove down the oak-lined driveway for Boone Hall family photos. (Check out the first photo below to see the tentative toddler.) Thankfully, after a little tree climbing and a few spring flings holding her parents’ hands, her twinkly eyes and big grins took over, and we had a blast. She plucked weeds, played peek-a-boo and investigated oyster shells, which is proof that my Boone Hall photography pass makes it so easy for kids to be kids.

If you don’t mind swatting a few no-see-ums during a Lowcountry magic hour, contact me to schedule your own portrait session at this storied location made famous in “The Notebook.” See more Boone Hall sessions, including wedding-related ones, by clicking here.

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To see this beautiful family in their downtown session last year, click here. And shoot me an e-mail if you’re interested in your own Boone Hall portrait session. I maintain an annual photography pass, so your session fee includes your admission. Thanks for your interest!

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  • Mercedes - What a darling family! I love this session so much. That little one is so precious with her big smile and flowery knees :)ReplyCancel

    • Jen - Thank you, Mercedes! They are a beautiful family, and I’m glad I could document them around Charleston before they move back to the midwest.ReplyCancel

  • alex - Love this session! What a joy it must be to photograph at this venue so often! I remember visiting on a SMOLDERING May day last year!ReplyCancel

    • Jen - Thanks, Alex! It’s a great spot a few miles from the house. I don’t like shooting in the same place all the time, so I’ve skipped spending the money on the photographer’s pass some years, but it’s hard to resist the mossy oaks and creekside splendor. Such a fun field trip for families, too, especially when kids may start out cranky. They always come around as we explore this location!ReplyCancel

363-Outdoorsy-Edisto-Island-engagement-photography-Carolina-Photosmith-Given my fondness for the Lowcountry’s magnificent trees, you can imagine I was pretty excited when Meg and Danny secured me to photograph their spring wedding at historic McLeod Plantation. Meg used to work for the SC Department of Natural Resources, and she’s currently employed by the Forest Service in Virginia, so it’s safe to say she may have an even greater love for trees. Naturally, she and Danny wanted to incorporate some of her fave flora in their engagement photos, so we planned to shoot at her favorite Lowcountry escape, Botany Bay Plantation. As is recommended with this special wildlife management area, she called ahead to make sure there were no planned hunts or closures during the time they took off to drive down from Virginia. We were excited to get the thumbs-up, and I just eager to visit Botany Bay again with clients, since I’d been before with family.

Well, what is that old adage about the best laid plans going awry? Ironically, Mother Nature had other ideas, and after I scooped the couple (following Meg’s hair and makeup session), we drove to Botany Bay, only to find the gates locked with a sign referencing the dirt roads being too damaged from all the autumn rains. We snapped a few photos beneath the sunlit canopy of twisty oaks and begged a couple of passersby for more info. We were told Botany Bay would probably be open again the next day, but Meg and Danny had plans in other parts of SC for the rest of the weekend.

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