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Meg and Chris are celebrating the first anniversary of their winter nuptials in historic Charleston this weekend, so it’s a great time to reflect on their beautiful Hibernian Hall wedding! I met Meg several years ago, when I first photographed her brother’s family and later their whole crew. They are such a fun, loving, warm-hearted bunch, so it was extra special to photograph her wedding day. Chris is a local musician, gracious and charming, and a perfect match for my friend, the elegant bride (whose breathtaking bridal portraits are worth a look).

Their Meeting Street affair started with portraits outside the Circular Congregational Church and a ceremony officiated by their friend. (I loved how she positioned the couple so they could see the congregation and so the guests to better see the couple exchange vows.) After the ceremony, everyone ambled down the street to Hibernian Hall, which has hosted a multitude of impressive events since 1840. It was a pleasure working with a great team of vendors to document such a magnificent day. Happy anniversary, y’all!

Church | Circular Congregational Church
Reception | Hibernian Hall
Meg’s Dress | White on Daniel Island
Hair and Makeup | Willow Salon
Event Design | Justin Wham
Florals | Frampton’s Flowers
Band | Amazing 7
Catering | Lowcountry Eats
Cakes | Chantilly Cake Shop
Rolls Royce | ACW Limo
Videographer | Life in Rewind

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If you like to have a variety of cakes and eat them too, please contact me and encourage your friends to do the same when they are searching for a portrait and wedding photographer. I hope you’ll recommend this post, and check out Meg’s bridal portraits before you go. Cheers!

  • Mercedes - Beautiful and joyous wedding! I love it!ReplyCancel

Navy glittery Kate Spade slingbacks for the ceremony were followed by confetti-glittered Keds for the dancy party. © Carolina PhotosmithKirstin and Rick’s Island House wedding was so colorful and fun! From the sunflowers and zinnias to her multicolored Kate Spade Keds and the cooler full of crazy good popsicles, the array of colors against a blue backdrop was so festive! Kirstin was such a glamorous bride, and Rick looked great in his colorful tie and kicky boutonnière. The riverside wedding was followed by a tented reception featuring gobs of delicious barbecue. Why settle on one cake when you can display several and see what your guests prefer?

Thanks to the great team that pulled the logistics together, despite a pre-game rain shower before the colorific festivities.

Venue | Island House
Event Planning | Sage Innovations
Florals | Branch Design
Catering | Jim & Nick’s BBQ
Bar | Squeeze
Cakes | Baked by Kirstin’s sister Kendra!
Frozen Yumminess | King of Pops
Ceremony Music | Bob Williams Duo
Reception Music | Eclipse Productions
Rentals | Event Haus and Polished
Transportation | ACW Limo and Absolutely Charleston
Bride’s Gown | Modern Trousseau

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When’s the last time you liberated a photo from a smartphone or flash drive and displayed it in a frame? Hey, 2016 could be your year.

I’m about to order some Heartstagrams from Framebridge. You might want to frame your faves, too!

I placed my first Framebridge order a few months ago. It’s super easy to upload an image, see how it looks in different frames, pick the size and wait for it to arrive. Give it a whirl! And use promo code CAROLINAPHOTOSMITH10 to save ten bucks on your first order. Better yet, make your first order a gift for someone. Choose the Heartstagram option for a special heart-shaped mat, and preview your art in one of six frame options. Consider framing your preferred humans, beloved pet or dream vacation spot. Can’t decide? Try all three.

Need something larger or fancy seeing other frame options? Here’s how it works. You can even choose to mail in existing prints or artwork (instead of uploading a digital version), and Framebridge will provide packaging to securely send your art to them.

Frame your faves with Framebridge! Heartstagram images by Charleston photographer Carolina Photosmith.

Happy framing! Let me know what gifts you come up with – for your walls or someone else’s. Don’t forget to save $10 by using my promo code: CAROLINAPHOTOSMITH10

Recommend this post to share it with others, and contact me if you still have questions or need a Charleston aerial to frame. Thanks!

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  • alex - I’ve been meaning to try out Framebridge! Glad to hear you like it so much!ReplyCancel

What a wonderful November afternoon I spent with this family! Although I haven’t offered mini-sessions in years, I love a maxi-session like this one – it’s a great example of why lifestyle family photography can be so fun.

In about an hour, we snagged occasional family shots while the kids led me around their Lowcountry haven, playing with dogs, wandering paths, climbing trees and visiting cows. Kids being kids is what it’s all about! Reach out if you’d like to find out more about having me capture the here and now for later.


Lowcountry Love

The South Carolina Lowcountry has so much sea-level beauty in addition to mossy oaks and lush palmetto trees. Here, some late-autumn hues. See more on my Pinterest board.
274-Charleston-lifestyle-family-photography-marsh-pasture-trees-Amelia and her chameleon in the backyard at dusk. Charleston lifestyle family photography by Jen Smith © Carolina Photosmith

Kids Being Kids

Sister is the chameleon-keeper while her brother strikes a marsh cowboy pose in the spartina. Another name for it is cord grass, and I love the texture of these long, lightweight straws!275-Charleston-lifestyle-family-photography-marsh-pasture-trees-277-Charleston-lifestyle-family-photography-marsh-pasture-trees-278-Charleston-lifestyle-family-photography-marsh-pasture-trees-276-Charleston-lifestyle-family-photography-marsh-pasture-trees-

So what’s your habitat like? I hope you’ll recommend this post and reach out to schedule a lifestyle family photography session of your own. And check out my wedding photography, too — I still have some prime dates available for 2016. Happy weekend, y’all!

  • Mercedes - You captured their family so beautifully! And this is a lovely tribute to the Lowcountry.ReplyCancel

Here’s to another great trip around the sun capturing laughs, tears, toasts, hugs, anxiety, giddiness, graciousness and love! There’s plenty of beauty among these wedding highlights, but I hope these images make people feel all the emotions of their wedding days.

Wedding relocated and postponed a day for Charleston flood, but this at-home wedding was perfect! © Carolina Photosmith

Another fun and colorful year has come to a close! From St. Simons to Kennebunkport and lots of Charleston wedding goodness in between, I had the privilege of documenting some wonderful wedding days.  One even happened at a different venue a day later than was printed on the invitations due to epic flooding. We can weather whatever Mother Nature has in store, even a steamy December.

It’s always tough to pick favorites, but here’s a glimpse of some 2015 wedding highlights plus a few proposal and portrait shots. No particular order, but loveliness in all seasons! Many thanks to these gorgeous couples and their gracious families for choosing me to chronicle the beginning of their happily ever afters. Merry New Year everyone!

Shem Creek destination wedding. Favorite-Charleston-wedding-photography-highlights-by-Carolina-Photosmith-Cottage on the Creek wedding. Favorite-Charleston-wedding-photography-highlights-by-Carolina-Photosmith-Twirling his girl on the dock. Favorite-Charleston-wedding-photography-highlights-by-Carolina-Photosmith-Late spring views from Cottage on the Creek. Favorite-Charleston-wedding-photography-highlights-by-Carolina-Photosmith-Favorite-Charleston-wedding-photography-highlights-by-Carolina-Photosmith-Sparkler exit from Cottage on the Creek. Favorite-Charleston-wedding-photography-highlights-by-Carolina-Photosmith-Fun and foggy Folly Beach engagement session © Carolina PhotosmithColorful Charleston bride in a King Street storefront © Carolina PhotosmithLook into the light! Historic Charleston bridal portraits by Carolina PhotosmithDeep breath and a touch of bubbly through a straw to relax this gorgeous bride at Kennebunk River Club. © Carolina PhotosmithNavy and white wedding with coral peonies at Kennebunk River Club. © Carolina PhotosmithKennebunkport-Maine-nautical-wedding-Carolina-Photosmith013Here comes the bride, led by bagpiper, as preppy groom waits at Kennebunk River Club. © Carolina PhotosmithKennebunkport-Maine-nautical-wedding-Carolina-Photosmith039Newlyweds at their Maine wedding in Kennebunkport. © Carolina PhotosmithOh yeah! Awesome first dance moves at Kennebunk River Club wedding © Carolina Photosmith
Beautiful bride Lara welcomes the next bridesmaid during this charming in-between moment before her Daniel Island Club wedding. © Carolina Photosmith
Twirl for his girl on boardwalk of Daniel Island Club. © Carolina PhotosmithGroom shares a laugh with Mom on the dance floor of his Daniel Island Club wedding reception. © Carolina Photosmith245-Daniel-Island-Club-weddingElegant-spring-bridal-portraits-by-Carolina-PhotoDaniel-Island-Club-outdoor-wedding-035Southern bride029-Georgetown-SC-wedding-followed-by-elegant-oyster-themed-DeBordieu-Club-reception-by-Carolina-Photosmith-040-Georgetown-SC-wedding-followed-by-elegant-oyster-themed-DeBordieu-Club-reception-by-Carolina-Photosmith-DeBordieu Newlyweds in Georgetown, SC © Carolina PhotosmithElegant spring wedding at the DeBordieu Club in Georgetown, SC. © Carolina PhotosmithLittle ones look on at the bride and her bridesmaids before a winter wedding at Circular Congregational Church in Charleston. © Carolina PhotosmithMegMeg and Chris took two minutes for portraits between ceremony and Hibernian Hall reception across the street. © Carolina PhotosmithCharleston wedding photography highlights include lots of special moments with brides and their dads. © Carolina PhotosmithHibernian Hall reception with a great band and loads of dancing! © Carolina PhotosmithWedding photography highlights by Carolina Photosmith: Marines at a small destination wedding at Boone Hall Plantation.Baby naps as bride steps into her wedding gown. © Carolina PhotosmithBoone Hall wedding. Favorite-Charleston-wedding-photography-highlights-by-Carolina-Photosmith-
Moment at the outdoor altar exchanging vows at Boone Hall Plantation. © Carolina PhotosmithNewlyweds croon at Boone Hall Cotton Dock. Charleston-wedding-photography-highlights-by-Carolina-Photosmith-Wedding rings with roses and tree slab. Favorite-Charleston-wedding-photography-highlights-by-Carolina-Photosmith-Wild Dunes wedding at Seaside Point © Carolina PhotosmithBackless wedding gown and an elegant Boone Hall backdrop. © Carolina Photosmith190-favorite-Charleston-wedding-photography-highlights-by-Carolina-Photosmith-192-favorite-Charleston-wedding-photography-highlights-by-Carolina-Photosmith-193-favorite-Charleston-wedding-photography-highlights-by-Carolina-Photosmith-Sparkler exit at Wadmalaw Island wedding reception. © Carolina PhotosmithFavorite wedding detail: lace, sparkling sash, palm fronds and breezy porch. St. Simons Island wedding photography by Carolina Photosmith202-favorite-Charleston-wedding-photography-highlights-by-Carolina-Photosmith-Gorgeous wedding portraits of fun couple before their St. Simons Island wedding. © Carolina PhotosmithNewlyweds recess to cheers from their lawn wedding ceremony at King & Prince Resort on St. Simons. © Carolina PhotosmithWedding highlights: cake cutting and first bride with a selfie stick. © Carolina PhotosmithNewlyweds beach bliss after King & Prince wedding on St. Simons Island. © Carolina PhotosmithBride and her mom at home on her wedding morning. © Carolina PhotosmithExchanging vows in the gazebo of the Marietta Garden Center. © Carolina PhotosmithCharming and jubilant spring wedding in Atlanta at Marietta Garden Center. © Carolina PhotosmithCharming and jubilant spring wedding in Atlanta at Marietta Garden Center. © Carolina PhotosmithCharming and jubilant spring wedding in Atlanta at Marietta Garden Center. © Carolina PhotosmithCharming and jubilant spring wedding in Atlanta at Marietta Garden Center. © Carolina PhotosmithA proud PC alum croons a fight song in her wedding gown with her college mates. © Carolina PhotosmithGroom pens a letter that makes the bride weep at River House on the Ashley River in Charleston. © Carolina PhotosmithCarolina Photosmith loves photographing small weddings with big style. Lowndes Grove wedding. Wedding photography highlights: Handsome groom among Lowndes Grove trees in Charleston. © Carolina PhotosmithA toast with her sister before scoping out the wedding scene. © Carolina PhotosmithCharming intimate wedding ceremony beneath an oak along the Ashley River. © Carolina PhotosmithJill and Kyle exchange vows at River House in Charleston. © Carolina PhotosmithA bubbly departure for the Charleston newlyweds at Lowndes Grove. © Carolina PhotosmithOh Captain, My Captain. Boat departure from Lowndes Grove wedding. © Carolina Photosmith246-Edisto-Island-engagementEdisto Island engagement at Cypress Trees Plantation © Carolina PhotosmithRomantic anniversary photos in a red lace dress at Boone HallBride with her sisters and a few more bridesmaids at beach house near Charleston. © Carolina Photosmith231-favorite-Charleston-wedding-photography-highlights-by-Carolina-Photosmith-A pier walk before he gets on one knee for this historic Charleston proposal! © Carolina PhotosmithHistoric Charleston proposal session for a Knoxville, Tennessee couple on the pier at Waterfront Park. © Carolina PhotosmithEpic engagement shot after this historic Charleston proposal on Church Street. © Carolina PhotosmithCharleston wedding highlights from Carolina Photosmith of Mt Pleasant, SCDestination wedding party at CharlestonUpstairs at Midtown rooftop wedding. © Carolina Photosmith235-favorite-Charleston-wedding-photography-highlights-by-Carolina-Photosmith-Style me giddy! Gorgeous cousins, true jubilance. Breathtaking bouquets by Pretty Petals of Summerville. © Carolina PhotosmithBrideNewlyweds grin ear-to-ear at epic at-home wedding following Charleston flood. © Carolina PhotosmithWedding relocated and postponed a day for Charleston flood, but this at-home wedding was perfect! © Carolina PhotosmithAll you need is Love. A toast at this Wild Dunes wedding. © Carolina PhotosmithA toast to love in the new year! Thank you to all the event designers, hairstylists and makeup artists, bakers and caterers, musicians, DJs and people-movers for making this an elegant, well-styled, on-time year! Gratitude galore to Katie Capo, who assisted me with her stellar photography at most of the larger local weddings. Please share this post and my name with your friends and family looking for a wedding photographer who unobtrusively documents timeless moments and poignant connections. I love an occasional field trip to barrier islands, coastal havens and lush hilltops, so keep me in mind even if you’re beyond the Charleston area. Make 2016 count!

  • alexbee - so much pretty! so momentous! you are MARVELOUS! LOVE!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lara - Lovely work. Your style so perfectly suits the bright and happy feeling I get from these weddings and people.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - Thanks so much, Lara! Love my bright, happy, fun-loving clients!ReplyCancel

  • Mercedes - I have so much love for this post!!! Couldn’t stop smiling 😀ReplyCancel

  • Fotografos Valencia - Absolutelly stuning set of photos, well done!ReplyCancel