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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.
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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.

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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.
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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!

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  • 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!

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  • 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

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I’ve known Heather since our single days when we worked together at a local software company. I had the pleasure of photographing the day she married Brian at the Rice Mill. They live in San Francisco, so I was happy to create some family photos for them on their Thanksgiving trip to Charleston. Evie kept us busy and kept ditching her shoes to run on the sandy oak-lined driveway and tabby surface at Boone Hall’s Cotton Dock. I look forward to meeting her baby brother in the future. Congratulations, y’all! May your new addition bring even more joy to your family.

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  • Angel Kidwell - The little girl is adorable! The photo of dad and daughter in the barn is my absolute favorite.ReplyCancel

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Mandy and Brandon’s small and stylish Upstairs at Midtown wedding wrapped up my season perfectly! The couple traveled from Ohio to host a rooftop ceremony at a charming historic location on Charleston’s King Street. We started with a few photos in Wild Dunes, where they’d rented beach houses. When Mandy expanded her photography budget thanks to a relative’s gift, we were able to make time for some portraits around town before heading to the venue. Having comfortable transportation for the wedding party made this an easy way to see a bit more of Charleston before arriving for the ceremony and reception.

I love the unique elements Mandy and Brandon chose. This venue is great for more intimate events, and it was a perfect evening for an outdoor ceremony before the rooftop was transformed with the addition of a cigar station and bourbon bar. Mandy chose a nearby French chocolatier to make a croquembouche instead of a traditional wedding cake, and Christophe also made other treats and macarons for takeaways as guests left the fun wedding.

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Congratulations to Mandy and Brandon! It was a pleasure documenting your Upstairs at Midtown wedding and working with these great wedding vendors:

Rentals and Florals | OOH Events
Event Coordination | Carri at Mac and B
Officiant | Melanie of My Weddings Your Way
Venue and Bourbon Bar | Upstairs at Midtown
Hair and Makeup | Lashes and Lace
Transportation | CE Limo
Desserts | Christophe Chocolatier
DJ | David at Bunn DJ
Cigar Station | Cigar Row
Wedding Gown | Justin Alexander at The Perfect Bride in Rocky River, Ohio

I hope you’ll recommend this post and share it with your friends and family members who are in the market for a fun photographer to document upcoming weddings. Feel free to leave a comment or reach out. Here’s to more croquembouche!

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After meeting with Iulia and John last spring, I had many months to look forward to the romantic Boone Hall wedding anniversary session that Iulia wanted to bring to fruition. Iulia is Russian and has been in New York for a while, teaching dance at a Fred Astaire studio. I asked her to recount the story she told me as we wandered Boone Hall Plantation, and her charming e-mailed version follows.

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“My husband came to learn how to dance so that when he will go out he will be able to attract more women, because women always like to dance. And there is not that many guys out there knowing what they are doing. So he googled Fred Astaire Dance Studio and this is how it began.”

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“I was not his teacher from the beginning; his teacher got sick one day and I substituted. After that I have never switched my dance partner again. 🙂 We danced for couple months and we decided to be friends, but we both knew there was so much more than that. We have been together for a little more then five years now. Two years ago, during our dance class, John proposed to me in the middle of it, saying that this is our second beginning at the same place. We got engaged on April 7th, and a few days later, we got married at the court.”
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“We did not have a wedding, and for the family and friends, we have decided to have our vow exchange ceremony on our fifth wedding anniversary, so they all will be able to celebrate it with us. Different couples do it their own way, but we both always knew, that once we have decided to be together, we wouldn’t be a couple who is engaged for a year or two.”
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“As for wedding pictures we had a gorgeous photo shoot at Lyndhurst Castle at Tarrytown, New York. I was wearing a long raspberry wedding dress. We had so much fun that day, but also wanted to do it more traditionally. I am a very romantic person, so John had found this unbelievably beautiful plantation, and he took me there one weekend, probably by seeing how happy I am there, and how I completely fell in love with the place, he offered to do second year anniversary wedding shoot, and it was such a great time together! Everything was simple, but so unusual at the same time. We both felt like we were getting married again.”
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XOXO, Iulia”
Iulia and John, thanks so much for choosing me to document your dreamy anniversary session!

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  • Joanne Snider - To know them is to love them! Jen, You have captured their love and devotion to each other in such a beautiful way. Thank you to my sweet and special friends Iulia and John for sharing them with me…xxoo JoanneReplyCancel

    • Jen - Thanks for your note, Joanne! I really enjoyed spending the afternoon with them.ReplyCancel