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Okay, longest blog post ever. Huge family, huge fun. Gorgeous location, stunning bride, hilarious groom. Corn fields, dramatic skies, a first look, passing the peace, delicious food and unbelievable dance action. I loved it and hope you will, too! Another heartfelt congratulations to Rob and Vanessa. The Lavin Specktacular lived up to — and exceeded! — the hype. And her bridal portrait session at home (and with Sam’s horse) only added to the photo bliss.

Production details: stellar event coordination by Maria and Kelly at Ritzy Bee, breathtaking florals by Holly Heider Chapple and the amazing Chesapeake Bay wedding venue is Love Point at Kent Island, where they even managed to keep it from raining on this parade.

Wedding morning preparations in Annapolis hotel

Wedding morning essentials include makeup, hair spray and custom M&Ms

Bridesmaid and flower girl prep for Vanessa's wedding day at Love Point

Rock and Roll on her wedding morning by Carolina Photosmith

This bride is adorably glee-filled even while brushing her teeth amid maiden chaos.

Bride tears up while reading wedding day letter from the groom, and sis tends her tears.

Groom preps by watching football and doing a bit of ironing.

Bride is dressed and ready to catch limo to Love Point at Kent Island

Wedding party boards the bus for transport to Love Point

Bride's limo arrives at Love Point at Kent Island on the Chesapeake Bay

Gotta love the bride and groom's first look, a private moment before the ceremony

First looks are full of sweetness. Mom and sis take in the moment.

First look enables bride and groom to enjoy a few special minutes together before the aisle walk.

Supersize wedding parties can make formal shots challenging, but I like herding cats!
Family wedding photo in a field on a stormy afternoon.
Wedding Party, supersize, dramatic skies by Carolina Photosmith
Something blue. A gaggle of gorgeous bridesmaids!

Wedding formals in a cornfield beneath a stormy sky by Carolina Photosmith

The bride's favorite girls at Love Point at Kent Island by Carolina Photosmith

A groom and his groomsmen enjoy a Guinness toast before the ceremony

Is it time yet? Ceremony is about to start at Love Point.

Bride is ready, and guests are in place. It's time! by Charleston wedding photographer Carolina Photosmith

Dad and daughter down the aisle, outdoors on the Chesapeake

Readings and Passing the Peace at outdoor wedding ceremony on the Chesapeake Bay

Rob and Vanessa marry at Love Point at Kent Island on the Chesapeake

Recessional at waterfront outdoor wedding. Timeless wedding photography by Carolina Photosmith

Horseshoes make for fab wedding details by DC event planners Ritzy Bee

Dahlias, roses, peonies and something blue by DC florist Holly Heider Chapple

Newlyweds on the Chesapeake Bay at Love Point by Carolina Photosmith

Family photos with the newlyweds by the Chesapeake Bay

Ritzy Bee events styled this Sperry Tent with farm tables, china, candlelight and flowers

Time for dinner on the bay under the big top. Wedding tent by Sperry.

Newlyweds are received in the dinner tent for first dance.

Rob and Vanessa had some awesome first dance moves!

Toasts and hugs beneath the big top by Carolina Photosmith

Awesome wedding moments as the newlyweds hug their parents on the dance floor

Olga, the groom's mom, rocks! by Carolina Photosmith

Everyone danced for hours. Carolina Photosmith shoots the best parties!

Everyone danced for hours. Carolina Photosmith shoots the best parties!
We need more cowbell! By Carolina Photosmith
Break for Champagne and Cake before more dancing!
Rob, Vanessa and friends danced the night away at their awesome reception!

The Lavin Specktacular is a wrap! Big top fun complete!

Newlyweds wrap up their evening with a kiss on the dance floor

Jennifer H. Smith is based in Charleston, SC and is ready to document your wedding day. See more of my wedding photography here.

  • Samantha - It’s just so fabulous! So fun to relive it through such beautiful and personal photos.
    Jen, you’ve aced 2 for 2 in Lavin weddings this year – thank you for making sure the memories last forever!ReplyCancel

    • admin - Thanks so much, Sam! Lavin weddings are the best. Love your huge clan and Rob’s wonderful bunch. Such great energy, and between your brothers and the groomsmen every lady gets a full dance card.ReplyCancel

  • James - Amazing work and i am loving the layout of your blog, very neat!ReplyCancel

  • Kat Forsyth - Eeek, such pretty pretty outside shots! And those clouds – awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline - Love the shot of the two of them exiting the ceremony. Great smiles!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - These are sooo gorgeous! I love the dancing shots the most. So fun!ReplyCancel

  • Sachin Khona - Lovely work Carolina!ReplyCancel

  • ALMA - Lovely wedding set!ReplyCancel

  • Mercedes - This is such a pretty wedding!ReplyCancel

  • Kyle - Today I will be happier than a bird with a french fry…and he really WAS! It shows!ReplyCancel

  • Tyler Branch - rad location. and awesome way of working with the light.ReplyCancel

  • RedSphere Wedding Photographer - Gorgeous! Love all the emotions you captured!ReplyCancel

  • Sally Watts - Wonderful! I love the bride’s serene beauty. I particularly like the getting ready black and whites-so pretty! And toothbrush shot-MJ contender! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kat - The getting ready photos and the portraits are gorgeous. They had a HUGE wedding party so I loved how you set those up.ReplyCancel

With evening temperatures dipping into the 40s, it seems fall has finally arrived. Fortunately, there’s a nearby green space where the browning sycamore leaves made it look like fall, even when it was still steamy. Loved this session with these adorable sisters sporting their funkytwirly Matilda Jane ensembles! A full post including their precious baby brother and handsome parents is coming soon.

To see more faceless portraits, check out the full Faceless Friday gallery. In addition to shooting fun families in the great outdoors, I document swoonworthy weddings and other milestones (like a new freckle, first steps or a lost tooth). Contact me to deck your walls with new photos!

Faceless Friday #30 | Leaf Peepers by Carolina Photosmith


Last weekend, I took my seven-year-old daughter on a memory-making adventure in New York City. It was her first plane trip (unless you count a couple of short hops on Vintage Air from Jacksonville, Florida to the Abacos when she was ten months old). In fact, it was a weekend of firsts (taxi, subway, pedicab, Broadway show) and utter disregard for veggie counts and bedtimes.

I took today’s Faceless Friday feature after an elevator whisked us to the 67th floor of Rockefeller Center for breathtaking 360-degree views. We timed it perfectly: I purchased our tickets in advance for the slot twenty minutes prior to sunset. We saw the whole city in daylight as it transformed into a pristine autumn evening. It’s crowded up there, but don’t let that stop you. The view is well worth it, the staff is very efficient (they move 20,000 people to this rooftop on an average day) and everyone is pretty good about sharing a people-free spot with their neighbor. A definite highlight of our trip! Get to the Top of the Rock, y’all. That’s the Empire State Building on the left.

Faceless Friday by Carolina Photosmith, Silhouette Sunset at the Top of the Rock NYC

  • Liz Houston - Love this! So glad y’all had a great time!ReplyCancel

It’s still Friday, so I can post this even though everyone is done killing time in front of computers for the day. It’s happy hour! Time to kick off the weekend, and I hear fall weather is really and truly just around the corner. (Please?)

Speaking of good times, here’s a glimpse of Vanessa and Rob, kicking off their married life with a little happy hour Chesapeake style. They wed on the lawn beneath a threatening sky at Love Point at Kent Island, and while guests were enjoying cocktail hour, the dynamic duo stole a moment to soak in their wedded bliss. They were really just getting psyched about dinner and some QT on the dance floor with guests two and up. Let me just say, these two did NOT need more cowbell, and their on-stage chemistry reminded me of Sonny and Cher back in the good ol’ days. Way back before politics and that Dancing With the Stars craziness. Many happy returns, y’all!

Faceless Friday portraiture by Carolina Photosmith. Happy Hour on the Chesapeake.

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This handsome couple lives in Southampton, New York, so we didn’t have the pleasure of shooting an engagement session or bridals prior to their wedding weekend. I photographed the rehearsal party at the Carolina Yacht Club the night before the wedding, and the heartfelt toasts gave me a glimpse into why Kendall and Robby make such a great couple. Surrounded by their fun and loving families, lots of buddies from Davidson College and a special celebratory visit by their dog King, Kendall and Robby shared a perfect wedding day in Mount Pleasant.

The girls prepped at the Old Village Post House Inn and donned watermelon frocks by Kay Unger before heading down the street to Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church. Carolina Floral Creations used lots of stargazer lilies mingled with palm fronds in the bouquets and on the doors of the church. The reception was held at the Old Village Post House, where guests ambled between the upstairs buffet, starlit courtyard, tavern and dance floor where Super Deluxe ensured everyone had a blast. Congrats, Kendall and Robby. And a hug to your dapper dog!

Wedding morning visit to the bride's home, a quick visit with King
Makeup artist Pamela Lesch applies wedding day makeup to the bride's mother
Pamela Lesch applies wedding day makeup at the Old Village Post House Inn
Bridesmaids and family friends arrive at the Old Village Post House Inn on wedding morning
The gang's all here, prepping in the suite on Kendall's wedding day
Finishing touches for the bride and her mom at the Old Village Post House Inn
Wedding details at the Old Village Post House Inn by Carolina Photosmith
Going to the Chapel by Carolina Photosmith
Handsome couple of Davidson grads prepares for their walk down the aisle
Groomsmen pose outdoors before wedding ceremony at Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church
Watermelon bridesmaids at Mt Pleasant Presbyterian Church
Fun with formals with princess bride by Carolina Photosmith
It's time for the wedding processional at this Charleston church
Kendall and Robby make it official at Mt Pleasant Presbyterian Church by Carolina Photosmith
The bride made a tux for the couple's beloved dog, King
Bride and Groom pose with their firstborn, a German Shepard named King
Old Village Post House is a charming Charleston wedding venue
Old Village Post House is a charming Charleston wedding venue
Southern girls love colorful wedding attire. Watermelon and purple!
Best man and minister laugh at The Tale of the Missing Rings
Soaking up the starlight at the Old Village Post House
Newlyweds twirl on the dance floor by Carolina Photosmith
Super Deluxe gets the crowd movin' and groovin' at Old Village Post House
How many Davidson alums can we fit in this corner of the Post House tavern? By Carolina Photosmith
King waits for the newlyweds while guests mingle in courtyard
Dreams do come true for the newlyweds and their beloved dog

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