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We’ve all heard the expression “go big or go home,” right? Take a look at this charming River House Charleston wedding, where you’ll see the beauty of simplifying. Jill and Kyle chose to travel to Charleston and wed beneath majestic oaks in the company of family. It was a magnificent September day for the outdoor ceremony and riverside brunch. ‘Tis a gift to be simple.
Anticipation scene is set for River House Charleston wedding

Jill’s Best Girl: Her Sister, of course!

Bride toasts her sister mom looks on River house CharlestonThe River House is a charming venue for weddings with 100 or fewer people. It includes two rooms upstairs where the guys and girls can get ready and relax before the festivities. The riverfront view is spectacular, as are the trees looming over this peaceful place on Charleston’s Ashley River.My three sons river house Charleston weddingRiver House Charleston wedding Sunday brunch Sage Innovationsgirls who twirl River House Charleston weddingGlassy-eyed groom reads note from almost wife River House CharlestonRiver House Charleston wedding outdoor ceremony SYG Designs Sage InnovationsRiver House Charleston wedding outdoor ceremony SYG DesignsRiver House Charleston wedding outdoor ceremonyRiver House Charleston wedding outdoor ceremonyRiver House Charleston wedding outdoor ceremonyKiss the bride River House Charleston wedding Carolina PhotosmithRiver House Charleston wedding portraitsAs beautiful and colorful as this wedding day was, I was really drawn to how Jill’s svelte gown (by Modern Trousseau) looked in black and white images. The delicate sleeves and breezy back along with the lovely texture of the lace were breathtaking!

Seeing Double? The groom has a twin brother!

Bride’s Mom Goes Bubbly

What a wonderful day for Jill and Kyle to celebrate! Their day was elegant, relaxed and enjoyable for their guests. As an onlooker, I was impressed by their family connections and how seamlessly the day played out. Bon voyage, y’all!

River House Charleston Wedding Vendors

Event Planning | Cory at Sage Innovations
Photography | Jen at Carolina Photosmith
Jill’s Gown | Modern Trousseau from Hayden Olivia in Charlotte, NC
Hair and Makeup | Lashes and Lace
Florals | Sara York Grimshaw Designs
Ceremony Music | Bob Williams Duo
Officiant | Doug Farmer
Cake | The Chocolate Cake
Venue and Catering | River House, PPHG Events
Rentals | EventHaus

I hope you’ll recommend this post below and reach out about my wedding photography services. Here are a couple more small weddings with big style, one at the beach and one on a city rooftop. Or if you love the view and would like to see a big wedding at this location, check out Ashley & Mark’s gorgeous day!

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So we have a few Jeeps. And there’s a guy known as the Beer Can Professor. Here’s a tale of collaboration.

My husband loves vintage vehicles and the constant tinkering they require to keep running. Modern vehicles have quirky computers that spit out mysterious codes and tell drivers the air pressure in each tire. Older Jeeps hail from a simpler era, where tires were assessed by a swift kick and possibly a pressure gauge wielded by a curious human. The mechanics of older vehicles appeal to Mr. Fix-Its like the one I married. He’d tell you anyone with some common sense, a hefty paper manual, a set of air tools and some time to kill can tweak mechanical innards and save these classics from the junkyard.

Charleston Beer Can Professor poses with his awesome beard and two 1982 Jeeps

As it happens, Pearsall was perusing the web and learned about Jeep’s Movember contest. Entrants needed only to share a photo on Instagram of a Jeep and a beard and tag it with the contest hashtag, #JeepStacheContest. Knowing we had some good vintage Jeeps in the stable, and a girl with a camera at the ready, the hubby reached out online to a local Charleston celebrity with notably impressive facial hair. Paul Roof, aka the Beer Can Professor, agreed to meet me two days later to snap some shots so we could enter the contest on the last day for entries. We had big plans to split the winnings with Paul. Also, after skimming 28 days worth of less-than-stellar entries, we thought we had a good shot at winning the contest, a new Jeep and a pile of cash!

Charleston Beer Can Professor poses with his awesome beard and two 1982 Jeeps

Charleston’s Beer Can Professor

Paul showed up in his signature flame-red polyester suit (as seen on the beer can that made him famous, Chucktown Follicle Brown by Holy City Brewing). He was gracious and easygoing, and we made some fun photos with our 1982 Jeep Scrambler and a few in the ’82 Jeep Wagoneer. It seemed like our collaboration yielded winning results, right?
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Contest winners?

You think we should have won the contest? Not this time. But we had some fun. Thanks to Paul Roof, the Beer Can Professor, fellow Presbyterian College alum, insurance provider and purveyor of pomade. If you like this post, vintage wheels, beards or beer, I hope you’ll recommend it. And if you need a photographer for portraits, good times, weddings or beard-centric festivities, reach out to Carolina Photosmith. Cheers!

 

 

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  • toni - This guy is so RAD! I cannot believe you guys didn’t win!ReplyCancel

  • Pearsall - Agreed, Toni! Beer Can Professor should have made it a shoe in!!ReplyCancel

Kacie and Trey live in Atlanta and are planning their wedding in an intimate private garden in historic Charleston. Our original photo session was set for October, following their trip to Savannah, but Hurricane Matthew had other plans. Despite busy work schedules, the couple squeezed in an early December visit. This Charleston holiday engagement included some festive team attire (Go Dawgs!) and was tied up with a bow we found on some glowing wreaths. How sweet is that?!

I was pleased to try out my new 20mm Sigma Art lens. Although wide angles are not ideal for portraiture, I purchased it more for landscapes and late-night dance floor action. As it turns out, this was the perfect day to use it, since the garden of Kacie’s aunt’s home is particularly cozy. I can’t wait to see this same space filled up with their family and friends when they exchange vows here in April!

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Smooth Sailing

So glad our photo session plans were smooth sailing after a hurricane foiled our first attempt. It’s been a pleasure working with Kacie and Trey so far, and I’m looking forward to their intimate destination wedding in April!

 

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If you enjoyed this Charleston holiday engagement, I hope you’ll recommend it and follow along on Instagram. Please share my name with your friends and relatives looking for the perfect Charleston photographer. Weddings or portraits in the great outdoors, I’m your girl. Thank you for checking out my work, and happy 2017!

 

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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.

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Discounted Elegance

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DeBordieu Colony Wedding Vendors

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 DeBordieu Colony wedding.

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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