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As I drove out for this Edisto Island bridal portrait session a couple of weeks ago, ominous clouds seemed to be racing me to the island, and my Dark Sky app said we had 25 minutes until the rain would start to fall at Cypress Trees. Thankfully, my trusty app was wrong. Kaitlin’s family’s property would be dreamy in a rainshower, too, but it wouldn’t have been good traipsing weather for a bride-to-be in her gorgeous lace dress from Gown Boutique of Charleston. Congratulations to Kaitlin and David and the joining of two wonderful families!

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I feel rather fortunate to live so close to Boone Hall, “America’s most photographed plantation.” I love driving my little Jeep down the spectacular avenue of oaks on a quiet afternoon, pretending I live there, like Rachel McAdams got to do when she played Ryan’s Gosling’s girl in “The Notebook.” Flowers and trees are often in bloom, but even in the off-season, it is lush, green with mossy splendor by the creek. I really enjoyed shooting this family session at Boone Hall, and it is fun to share the plantation with out-of-towners like this adorable Floridian family.

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If you are ready to ditch the white shirts and embrace colorful family photography, please reach out using the social media links below and contact me to schedule a photo session. To see more of Boone Hall, take a look at this azalea-filled bridal portrait session. Thanks for visiting!


Most people don’t think much about Christmas in July, but I think the steamiest summer days are a great time to reflect on the bitter chill of a cozy winter day. Actually, this late December day was rather mild, proving Charleston brides can pull off an outdoor wedding any month of the year. Mossy oaks, evergreens, berries and roses were simple and elegant, both indoors and out. The bride’s daughters were adorable attendants, and all the kids had a blast dancing, throwing football and playing cornhole. Velvety red roses, hula hooping in the December sunshine and daytime dance floor fun made Katrina & Jason’s Magnolia Plantation wedding memorable. And for anyone who thinks daytime receptions aren’t as fun, invite fun guests and choose a great DJ. Only in Charleston could a winter day be so perfect!

Christmas kisses and shiny diamonds. Wedding ring shot at Magnolia Plantation. © Carolina PhotosmithA sweet memento of her father on the brideChristmas season florals for aisle markers at outdoor Charleston wedding. © Carolina PhotosmithWedding day hair prep while the littles blow off steam hula hooping. © Carolina PhotosmithAdorable wedding attendants are patient as hairstylist secures wreaths of greenery at Magnolia Plantation. © Carolina PhotosmithToday, this mom is a stunning bride! © Carolina PhotosmithAdorable sisters in winter dresses with green garlands in their hair. Charming Charleston wedding photography by Carolina Photosmith.Riverside ceremony at Magnolia Plantation. © Carolina PhotosmithCharlestion plantation wedding photography by Carolina Photosmith.Outdoor December wedding on the Ashley River. Charleston wedding photography by CarolinaPhotosmith.comCouple exchanges wedding vows beneath mossy oaks beside the Ashley River. © Carolina PhotosmithIntimate winter wedding ceremony at CharlestonBride in one-should gown with red roses exits her wedding ceremony with handsome groom. © Carolina PhotosmithSigning the wedding license and sharing a few laughs with the officiant beside CharlestonRiverside portraits near Magnolia PlantationKatrina and Jason beside the Ashley River on their Charleston wedding day. © Carolina PhotosmithHandpainted wedding sign directs guests to riverside ceremony and carriage house reception. Charleston wedding photography by Carolina PhotosmithNewlyweds steal a moment before being introduced at the Magnolia Plantation reception. Photography by Carolina Photosmith.The newlyweds are clearly smitten during their first dance (and all the dances that followed!). © Carolina PhotosmithLots of dancing for all ages at this fun carriage house reception. Magnolia Plantation wedding photography by Carolina Photosmith.Champagne toasts at the Magnolia Plantation carriage house. Charleston wedding photography by Carolina Photosmith. Champagne toasts at the Magnolia Plantation carriage house. Charleston wedding photography by Carolina Photosmith. Mild December day is perfect for a wedding game of cornhole. Southern style by Carolina Photosmith.Guys doing boy stuff at this winter wedding reception. Football and fire pit at Magnolia Plantation. © Carolina PhotosmithChristmas season wedding was perfect and simple with roses, berries and evergreen. © Carolina PhotosmithTwirly girls on the dance floor always liven up a wedding reception! © Carolina PhotosmithTwirly girls on the dance floor always liven up a wedding reception! © Carolina Photosmith2013 was the year for Call me, Maybe! Carly RaeWho said daytime wedding receptions are no fun? DJ Ric Rush had everyone on the dance floor! © Carolina PhotosmithHilarious groom prepares to take his new brideNewlyweds hold each other tight on the dance floor while skillfully minding champagne flutes. CarolinaPhotosmith.comNewlyweds depart as guests ring bells at Magnolia Plantation carriage house. Charleston wedding photography by Carolina Photosmith. Newlyweds leave Magnolia Plantation Carriage House as guests ring bells on a winter afternoon. Charleston wedding photography by Carolina Photosmith.Winter afternoon wedding wraps up with happy guests waving and newlyweds leaving Charleston plantation in their Jeep. © Carolina Photosmith

Nothing like a December afternoon in Charleston, right? Hope you liked this winter wedding at Magnolia Plantation. I loved the more intimate guest list, the dancing and kids’ games. Contact me about Charleston wedding and family photography. Event coordination by the fabulous Cacky’s Bride Aid and her hula hooping assistant. Other vendors include guitarist Justin Parrish, Stella Nova Salon, Royal Grand Events, and DJ Ric Rush.


This Lowndes Grove winter wedding day was wonderful for several reasons – the top two being Sonia and Michael! The Catholic ceremony at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist was beautiful and light-filled, and their families are gracious.  The elegant riverside property of Lowndes Grove is where I wed my husband, so it’s special to photograph a wedding there. I had the pleasure of documenting Michael’s sister’s Debordieu wedding, so seeing their family come together to celebrate another union made for a wonderful weekend. (Since this post, I photographed Michael’s brother’s wedding as well!)

Lowndes Grove winter wedding photography by Carolina PhotosmithBride and her girls got ready at CharlestonBridesmaids share a laugh before the wedding in the Charleston bridal suiteBride gets wedding day assistance with her gown from Modern TrousseauWedding day details in the bridal suite at CharlestonBridal party in blue at Francis Marion hotel. Charleston wedding photography by Carolina Photosmith. Bride and her mom pose before heading to the church for the Charleston wedding ceremony. Something blue: the groomAs the groom awaits, the bridesmaids begin their processional at CharlestonBride takes a deep breath before walking the long aisle at CharlestonThe paparazzi are out as this Charleston bride walks the long aisle to wed her almost-husband.Sunlight illuminates bride and groom in their Catholic wedding ceremony at CharlestonMagnificent stained glass surrounds the couple as they share their first kiss of married life. Charleston wedding photography by Carolina Photosmith.Newlyweds recess after their Charleston church wedding. @Carolina PhotosmithBride and groomNewlyweds at CharlestonThese two wed on the 24th of November in Charleston. Wedding photography by Carolina Photosmith.Charleston wedding trolley allowed us to make a quick stop on a cobblestone street before heading to Lowndes Grove for the elegant reception.Two hearts on the champagne flutes cast afternoon shadows on a delicious cake from WildFlour Pastry. © Carolina Photosmith Florals by Sara York Grimshaw line farm tables beneath a clear tent at Lowndes Grove. © Carolina PhotosmithA sun drenched almost winter wedding day at Lowndes Grove. © Carolina PhotosmithElegant winter wedding party on the dock at Lowndes Grove at this perfect autumn wedding.The clear wedding tent soaked up the late autumn sun at Lowndes Grove on CharlestonNewlyweds share a moment by the Ashley River at their Lowndes Grove winter wedding reception. © Carolina PhotosmithJust Married sign with happy newlyweds at CharlestonNewlyweds show their team spirit at Lowndes Grove in Charleston, a top wedding venue. © Carolina PhotosmithSonia and MichaelElegant riverside decor by WED and happy newlyweds by cozy fire at Lowndes Grove wedding © Carolina PhotosmithMirrored bar and upscale food stations make this Lowndes Grove reception an elegant affair. © Carolina PhotosmithPerfect autumn weather for a fire pit and smores beyond the sparkling riverside tent at Lowndes Grove. © Carolina PhotosmithBridesmaids and their companions enjoy fun, elegant wedding reception at Lowndes Grove in Charleston. © Carolina PhotosmithBridesmaids and their companions enjoy fun, elegant wedding reception at Lowndes Grove in Charleston. © Carolina PhotosmithNewlyweds rush out of Lowndes Grove amid sparkler exit and ride off in convertible Cadillac. Fun wedding photography by Carolina Photosmith. Lowndes Grove reception wraps up as giddy guests send newlyweds off with sparklers. © Carolina Photosmith

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Photography by Carolina Photosmith. Stellar event design and coordination was by Hannah at WED. Other vendors include Modern Trousseau, floral design by Sara York Grimshaw, Snyder Event Rentals, Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston Place, Lowcountry Loop Trolley, WildFlour Pastry, and the fantastic band, Atlanta Groove Factory.

If you enjoyed this elegant Charleston wedding or are planning your own waterfront wedding, I hope you’ll reach out. Thank you!

To see more from Lowndes Grove, check out this gorgeous spring wedding or Erica’s bridal portrait session.


Ashley and Greg’s dreamy Kiawah Island wedding was featured on The Lovely Find! Take a look at this elegant seaside affair with creative touches of something blue, and a perfect ceremony on the magnificent lawn at The Sanctuary Hotel. I hope you’ll check out Amy’s post here!

Kiawah Island wedding feature on The Lovely Find

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