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Charleston Destination Wedding | Adrienne & Steve

These two had such a great wedding day with their sweet families and fun-loving friends. From the beach house to the downtown church and back to the ‘burbs for a creekside wedding reception, it was all pretty wonderful. Adrienne and Steve live in the other Carolina and enlisted Charming Events to orchestrate their Charleston destination wedding. The ceremony was held at Bethel United Methodist Church, where the Plantation Singers surprised everyone with festive a capella tunes as guests filed out of the church. Adrienne found her lovely Allure gown at Classic Bride in Cornelius, NC, and Ash & Co. finessed her hair and makeup. For something blue, the guys donned blue ties and Adrienne wore Cinderella-sized Badgley Mischkas beneath a perfect cerulean sky. Delectable cupcakes by Glazed Gourmet, dance tunes galore by DJ Jeff King, and my husband recruited his friend to captain the getaway transportation since Adrienne wanted to leave the Creek Club at I’On reception by boat.

Steve and AdrienneSomething blue: Badgley Mischkas and a Charleston sky © Carolina PhotosmithAdrienne with her sweet dad and fave canine on her wedding dayAll Hands On Deck for transforming Adrienne into a stunning Charleston brideBridal details as she preps at an Isle of Palms beach houseBridal portrait with her first love, her dog!Adrienne and her parents before she leaves the beach and heads into Charleston for her weddingAdrienne and her bridesmaids board the trolley for her Charleston weddingLast ride as a single woman! Bride travels via trolley to Bethel Methodist Church in Charleston. Wedding party portraits at downtown Charleston church. Plaid ties and celadon bridesmaids Bride and  her dad wait to walk down the aisle as the Plantation Singers wait for the recessional.Coaxing the ring bearer at Bethel Methodist Church in Charleston, SCHe eventually made it, and the wedding began!Here comes the bride, on her dadSealed with a kiss at Bethel Methodist Church in Charleston, SCLadies and gentlemen, introducing the Lyerlys!A jubilant church exit after this Charleston destination wedding. The newlyweds take it all in as CharlestonAdorable newlyweds at CharlestonWaterfront wedding party after historic Charleston wedding © Carolina PhotosmithNewlywed selfie on the trolley ride from Charleston to the reception at the Creek ClubSteve and Adrienne, wedding details at the Creek Club, Mount Pleasant, SCWhite and coral florals and delectable donuts from Glazed Gourmet at the Charleston wedding receptionWelcoming rockers beneath an oak tree on Hobcaw Creek at this Creek Club wedding reception © Carolina PhotosmithThe Big Dipper. First dance at Creek Club in Mt Pleasant, SCstoryboard117storyboard116storyboard118storyboard119storyboard122storyboard123storyboard129storyboard120Beautiful bride relaxes with her bridesmaids on the steps of the Creek Club in Istoryboard124sparkler exit after fun Charleston wedding reception at the Istoryboard128

Bon voyage to the newlyweds! If you enjoyed this post, I hope you’ll recommend or share it with the blue buttons below.
And if you like this venue, check out Betsy & Brent’s Creek Club wedding and Lindsay & Brad’s wedding, too.


Magnolia Plantation Engagement | Shaylan & Josh

It’s been a long time coming, but spring is here to stay! More than 40,000 people started their morning with the Cooper River Bridge Run, one of the country’s largest 10Ks; Bouchard and Petkovic are gearing up for their semifinal showdown at the Family Circle Cup, and golf fans have been watching azaleas pop open to usher in the start of a Tiger-free Masters in a couple of days. My boys headed to the Isle of Palms marina to put the boat in with hopes of reeling in some supper. (My hopes are that they have big fun and don’t come home sunburned.)

Are you ready for spring? These photos might inspire you to pack up fleece and snow shovels for good. Shaylan and Josh live in California but contacted me to take some engagement photos during their first visit to Charleston. They wanted a backdrop that looked nothing like California and knew that a historic plantion, dripping with Spanish moss, was the place. There is a fee to schedule Magnolia Plantation engagement photos (it was $150 when we took these), but we think it was completely worth it to make their trip even more memorable.

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Engagement photography on the Ashley River at Magnolia Plantation.magnolia plantation engagement by Carolina Photosmith

Check out more of my engagement photography, see a Magnolia Plantation wedding (summer or winter), or use the link to the right of the Jeep to inquire or book your session.


Intimate Beach Wedding | Susie & Travis

What a fun way to start the 2014 wedding season! I enjoy small gatherings, and this intimate beach wedding was no exception. Rather than have a full-blown affair and far-away vacation, these two honeymooned in their new home after Susie left the coast to move inland with Travis. She’s a fantastic hairdresser who developed a loyal customer base in Charleston. With her warm and friendly personality, I’m sure she’ll be successful in her new town, too.

Although it would have been interesting to see a bride do her own hair, I never even laid eyes on Susie until she walked down the Isle of Palms beach with her dad. Laid back and elegant — my kind of bride. Their beach ceremony was simple, sweet and sundrenched. The couple was surrounded by family, a few friends, some squawking gulls and a blustery breeze that reminded us it was not yet spring.

Lilies just might be my favorite flower, and Susie’s bouquet and giganti-lily in her hair was so perfect! After a few beach photos, I left the group to enjoy a wonderful dinner at The Boathouse on Breach Inlet. Congratulations, you two!

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  • damian burcher - Great set. I’m always put off doing shorter, smaller intimate weddings as I always panic thinking I won’t have enough time or things going on with guests to get interesting shots, you’re very brave!!ReplyCancel

    • admin - Thanks, Damian. I find it rather liberating to just have the people and setting to focus on. I had only an hour, so there was no leisure time or golden hour to play around with, but this was a fun way to start the Charleston wedding season with a charming couple.ReplyCancel

  • kong wai - Amazing photos. you captured everything perfectlyReplyCancel

  • The Spencers - So jealous you got to photograph this wedding, how beautiful! You’ve dealt with the sunshine beautifully and caught so many lovely moments! I bet they love all these images! xxReplyCancel

  • Danny - Wow these are some great images from what looks like a great wedding!ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa Schroeder - Beautiful photos, they look great and so filled with joy!ReplyCancel

  • Albert Palmer - Beautiful – love the look on the groom’s face!ReplyCancel

    • admin - Thanks for the notes, y’all! Albert, I loved Travis’s proud grin, too :-) ReplyCancel

  • Adonye Jaja - Great job, what a sweet place to shoot! Looks romantic and fun!ReplyCancel

  • Steve Koo - Love the kissing shot with their shadows; great work!ReplyCancel

  • Ariana Watts - Gorgeous wedding and lovely images! Beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • Susie - I am so thrilled with these pictures Jen! Thank you so much for capturing the most important day of our lives! xoReplyCancel

    • admin - I’m so glad you love them, Susie! You were such a beautiful bride! I really enjoyed documenting your day and hope you’re settling into your new town.ReplyCancel

Featured DeBordieu Wedding | Wedding Row Grand Strand

The Wedding Row just expanded into the Grand Strand, and I’m so pleased they chose to share Jamie & JD’s featured DeBordieu wedding on the new site. This couple is so much fun, and the setting at DeBordieu is always perfect. Neutral bridesmaids, a gorgeous lace gown with Jack Rogers sandals and a seaside setting in September.

Pop over and take a look at the ceremony on the lawn followed by an oceanside reception under twinkly lights.

Jamie and JDWant to see more from this venue? Visit my blog to see Liz and Andrew’s DeBordieu wedding and Liz’s bridal portraits at nearby Atalaya.



2013 Wedding Favorites | Charleston Wedding Photographer

Ah, where to begin?! So much to be grateful for in the new year and regarding the last. Heartfelt gratitude to the couples and families I had the pleasure of working with in twenty-thirteen. Hope you enjoy this recap of some of my wedding favorites — fun, beauty and bliss throughout the Carolinas.

Although I strive to make photographs to remind people how everything looked at each couple’s wedding, my real hope is that these images will enable clients, their families, their friends — even the occasional stranger — to understand how it felt to experience their wedding day. Hopefulness, anticipation, nervousness, nostalgia, hilarity, tenderness, gratitude, relief. And that’s just the beginning. Cheers, y’all!

Mills House Wedding Party © Carolina PhotosmithLegs in the Lowcountry. Engagement photography by Carolina Photosmith
Magnolia Plantation engagement photography © Carolina Photosmith
College of Charleston engagement photography by Carolina Photosmith
Leafy engagement session in historic Charleston. © carolina photosmith
Iron Maidens curling and makeupping. © Carolina Photosmith
Relaxed brides are so fun to photograph! © Carolina Photosmith
Bride amid azaleas. Quintessential Charleston. © Carolina Photosmith
Breezy day for beach wedding in Hilton Head, SC © Carolina Photosmith
Simply southern wedding style, photographed by Carolina Photosmith
Groom tears up during first look. Wedding photography by Charleston

One way to assess a wedding gown. © Carolina Photosmith
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Jenga with a ring; adorable child attendant. © Carolina Photosmith
Deep breaths before father walks daughter down aisle at Magnolia Plantation. © Carolina Photosmith
Rain stopped just in time for this gorgeous Charleston destination wedding! © Carolina Photosmith

Only have eyes for you. Momentous wedding photography by Carolina Photosmith
Flower girls and pelicans. Gotta love Southern weddings. © Carolina Photosmith
A teacherCharleston newlyweds depart downtown church © Carolina PhotosmithTill Death Do Us Part. © Carolina PhotosmithFun Charleston Wedding Photography by Carolina Photosmithstoryboard044Newlyweds Steal a Moment on South Carolina Beach © Carolina PhotosmithWedding Party. Oh yeah. © Carolina PhotosmithCharleston newlyweds exit to Plantation Singers. © Carolina Photosmith
The Hills Are Alive! North Carolina Wedding Portraits by Carolina Photosmith
From Ohio to exchange vows on a Hilton Head, SC beach. © Carolina Photosmith
Battery breezes and a painterly dusk. Charleston weddings are bliss. © Carolina PhotosmithThe Switcheroo, as seen on Moment Junkie and A Cup of Jo © Carolina Photosmith
Kids are fun at Charleston wedding receptions © Carolina PhotosmithThe Big Dipper © Carolina PhotosmithThe smirk, the sneaks, the dad
Father-Daughter wedding dance. Pure awesomeness captured by Carolina Photosmith
Letcotton candy sky over seabrook island, SC © Carolina PhotosmithSo you think you can dance? These kids do. © Carollina Photosmith
Newlyweds aunts rock the house at DeBordieu with a dance choreographed to Beyonce. Captured by Carolina Photosmith
Flexible, athletic superhero clients. More please. © Carolina Photosmith
Newlywed limbo! Charleston wedding photographer Carolina Photosmith
Dance party with Quiana Parler at Thomas Bennett House © Carolina Photosmith
Zany newlyweds have big fun with sparkler exit before boarding boat. © Carolina PhotosmithNewlywed limbo! Charleston wedding photographer Carolina Photosmith

Well done, everyone! From the fun-loving couples and their families and best people, to the hair and makeup magicians, planners, designers, caterers, florists, musicians, bartenders, bakers and drivers of cars, carriages, boats, trolleys and golf carts. Kudos! Let’s make more merriment in 2014. If you smile at momentous, authentic photography, I hope you’ll “like” this post and encourage your friends to reach out when they are researching wedding photographers. I’d love to meet them!

  • Jonathan David - It’s clear you’ve had an incredible year! Amazing work :) ReplyCancel

  • Kellee Walsh - So many lovely shots Jen! All the best for 2014!ReplyCancel

  • Johanna - You’ve had an amazing year! So many fun moments and happy clients.ReplyCancel

  • Mark Pacura - Looks like a great year. So many fantastic shots.ReplyCancel

  • Nick - What a wedding! Great work! The bride under the majestic old tree was my favourite.ReplyCancel

  • Tyler - I love Charleston. Looks like a great year. Solid.ReplyCancel

  • caroline - you made me miss Charleston again. well i miss it every day but that’s a whole other thing. beautiful year of images! loved that shot of the ring bearer covering his face. too cute!!ReplyCancel

  • Becca Dilley - Whoa, that looks like a really fun year. And beautifully captured, of course, but super fun!ReplyCancel

  • John Bello - Beautiful year! I love your reception work – so good!ReplyCancel

  • Justin R - Some really great shots here, love how you capture emotions!ReplyCancel

  • Nessa - Oh my gosh. This makes me miss Charleston is the worst way. These are all so beautiful. Here’s another amazing year in paradise <3ReplyCancel

    • admin - Thanks so much, Nessa. And everyone! Although I occasionally get envious of all the mountainous, snowy bliss in other parts of the country, I know the colorful Lowcountry is a fine spot with awesome couples.ReplyCancel

  • Joseph Hall - Charleston looks so beautiful and so are your photos! Fab 2013, here’s to a great 2014!ReplyCancel