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Venue Spotlight | Cypress Gardens

Venue Spotlight | Cypress Gardens Bride and groom in rowboat at Cypress Gardens

Cypress Gardens is such a gorgeous venue for weddings, engagement sessions, or really any type of photography! This beautiful place has been the backdrop for many movies, including the boat scene in The Notebook. The park features gorgeous cypress trees, a moss covered blackwater swamp, breathtaking natural spaces, and a picturesque stone bridge. Can you imagine […]

Recently Engaged? Here Are Your Next Steps!

Recently Engaged? Here Are Your Next Steps! Hampton Park engagement photos

Did you know that Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day are 4 of the 5 most popular days of the year to get engaged? So if you’re sporting around a sparkly new rock, you’re not alone!  If you got engaged over the holidays, CONGRATULATIONS!!! This is such a special and […]

What Should I Look For In A Wedding Photographer?

What Should I Look For In A Wedding Photographer? white orchid bouquet - Wedding at Goldbug Island, Destination Gold Bug wedding venue in Charleston, SC

A few days ago I was working in my local Starbucks and I overheard someone talking about their wedding plans. They were on the phone with someone and said, “I honestly can’t tell the difference between some photographers”. As much as we all try to stand out, I have to say she was accurate. A […]

What’s In My Styling Kit For Wedding Details?

What’s In My Styling Kit For Wedding Details?

There’s nothing better than starting a wedding day by styling and photographing bridal details. Styling the rings, shoes, invitations, and dress really get my creativity flowing. I enjoy photographing details so much, I recently started assembling a styling kit and bringing it with me to the getting ready location. This has really helped me to […]

Tips For Taking Charleston Engagement Photos In The Summer

Tips For Taking Charleston Engagement Photos In The Summer

If you’ve been around Charleston in the summertime, you know it can get hot and humid and honestly it can get a little miserable to be outside during the day. Even as a native I’ve never really gotten used to it, I’ve just learned to expect it .  So how do you prepare for taking […]

My Top 3 Places For Bridal Portraits in Charleston

My Top 3 Places For Bridal Portraits in Charleston Wedding in downtown Charleston

One of my very favorite things is taking bridal portraits! Whether it’s on wedding day or at your bridal session, I love taking the time to capture the bride and all of her lovely details. Photographs that will be displayed for generations and fawned over by future daughters and granddaughters.  If you’ve chosen to book […]

3 Questions To Ask A Wedding Photographer (And How They Should Answer)

3 Questions To Ask A Wedding Photographer (And How They Should Answer) Pine Lakes Country Club Wedding in Myrtle Beach, SC

3 Questions to ask a wedding photographer (and how they should answer) If you’ve found your way to this page, you’re probably recently engaged and are now navigating the wide world of wedding planning. Congratulations! This is going to be so much fun! I’m here to help you in your search for a fabulous wedding […]

Why a Wedding Photographer is Worth the Investment

Why a Wedding Photographer is Worth the Investment Magnolia Plantation wedding bride and groom photos

Hooray! You’re engaged and planning a wedding with your favorite person in the whole wide world! As you’re navigating the sea of wedding planning and planning your budget, you may start to wonder if a wedding photographer is worth the investment. The answer is YES! And I don’t just say that because I’m a wedding […]

5 Reasons You Need A Second Photographer At Your Wedding

5 Reasons You Need A Second Photographer At Your Wedding wedding at Oldfield River Club

When selecting a photography package, one of the questions brides ask most is “Do I need a second photographer?” I offer a second photographer as an option in most of my wedding photography packages because having a second photographer can be extremely helpful in capturing all the special moments of your wedding day and keeping […]

The Sweetest Places to Elope in Charleston, SC

The Sweetest Places to Elope in Charleston, SC Magnolia Plantation wedding bride and groom photos

During COVID many couples have opted to elope and have a big celebration later when family can join them instead of completely giving up their wedding day. While I’m sure this isn’t exactly what some brides and grooms had in mind for their big day, I’ve become a fan of these intimate wedding ceremonies where […]

Why a Winter Wedding in Charleston is Actually the Best

Why a Winter Wedding in Charleston is Actually the Best Pepper Plantation Wedding

Right now there’s a lot of rescheduling going on due to the very rude interruption of COVID-19. While you’re considering new dates, don’t rule out a winter wedding! There are so many perks to getting married in the winter months. Below, I’ve listed some reasons why a winter wedding in Charleston is actually the best! […]

The Wedding Day Timeline: Planning Time for Beautiful Wedding Photos

The Wedding Day Timeline: Planning Time for Beautiful Wedding Photos

Hey there! Your wedding day is approaching and you’re dealing with something that seems pretty daunting.. your wedding day timeline! How do you schedule time for all of the wedding day events AND have time to take beautiful, magazine worthy portraits? Don’t worry, I’m here to help! Below I’ve constructed an ideal wedding day timeline […]

Getting Ready Tips For Brides + Bridesmaids

Getting Ready Tips For Brides + Bridesmaids

1. Location, Location, Location Choose a getting ready location with lots of natural light and with plenty of room for everyone to get ready together. Keep an area near the window clear of clutter for putting on your dress! 2. Your Bridesmaids Should Get Dressed First Make sure your bridesmaids know to get ready before […]

4 Ways To Entertain Your Guests During Cocktail Hour

4 Ways To Entertain Your Guests During Cocktail Hour

Cocktail hour is an essential part of the wedding day. In this time, right after the ceremony, I normally take family portraits and “just married” bride and groom portraits. The time taken for photos after the ceremony can be shortened slightly if you’ve opted for a first look! But how can you entertain your guests […]

Off The Beaten Path Wedding Venues near Charleston, SC

Off The Beaten Path Wedding Venues near Charleston, SC Wedding at Goldbug Island, Destination Gold Bug wedding venue in Charleston, SC

Some of my very favorite Charleston wedding venues are hidden gems. The places I don’t really get to visit as often as the more well-known venues. There are so many more amazing venues than listed below, but here are a few of my favorite, off the beaten path wedding venues near Charleston.    1. Runnymede […]

Getting Ready Tips For Grooms + Groomsmen

Getting Ready Tips For Grooms + Groomsmen

Usually when we talk about getting ready tips, we’re talking to the bride and bridesmaids and the groom gets left out. Often times I’ve found that the groom and groomsmen really don’t know what to expect during their getting ready time. Just like keeping the bride on schedule, keeping the groom on schedule is equally […]

What Should I Wear For Engagement Photos?

What Should I Wear For Engagement Photos?

One of the big questions after couples book their engagement session is “What Should I Wear For Engagement photos?” This topic can be so stressful to brides and grooms to be as their photo session gets closer. Today, I’m going to help you figure out what to wear for your engagement photos so you will […]

Best Locations for Engagement Photos in Charleston

Best Locations for Engagement Photos in Charleston engagement photos at Colonial Lake in Charleston, SC

Chances are you found this page because you’re recently engaged and planning your engagement photos, congratulations! Charleston is so full of beautiful spots filled with southern charm. Below I’ve listed the best locations for engagement photos in Charleston and surrounding areas, in my opinion anyway. Hampton Park Hampton Park provides so many different backdrops for […]

5 Ideas for a Truly Charleston Wedding Reception

5 Ideas for a Truly Charleston Wedding Reception Charleston wedding reception oyster knife favors

Maybe you have family and friends coming in from all over the country to celebrate your wedding day or maybe you’re having a destination wedding and want to create a truly Charleston wedding reception. These 5 ideas can help make it happen! 1. Go al fresco  In Charleston we are so lucky to have nice […]

Tips For Stress Free Family Photos on Your Wedding Day

Tips For Stress Free Family Photos on Your Wedding Day stress free family photo

One of the big photo events on your wedding day will be taking family photos with your grandparents, parents, siblings, and any other close family members. While this isn’t always the most fun part of the day, these are some of the photos that you will cherish for generations. They will be some of the […]

Why An Engagement Session is SO Worth It

Why An Engagement Session is SO Worth It Couple under avenue of oaks at Hampton Park engagement session in Charleston, SC

Are you rocking a brand new engagement ring and wondering if you should book an engagement session before your wedding? You might be like me and feel awkward in front of the camera or maybe you just don’t see why you need engagement photos. Today, I’m sharing the reasons why engagement sessions are so worth […]

Surviving Your Charleston Photo Session This Summer

Surviving Your Charleston Photo Session This Summer

It’s heating up in Charleston! But that doesn’t mean you can’t schedule a summer photo session. Following some smart tips to stay cool and hydrated during your photo shoot can make it a breeze. Whether you’re having a summer wedding or just need some new family photos, these things can make it fabulous: Drink lots […]

How To Date Your Fiancé | Charleston Wedding Photographer

How To Date Your Fiancé | Charleston Wedding Photographer Couple at Magnolia Plantation in Charleston, SC during their engagement photography session

He’s proposed, you’ve got the ring, and now the wedding planning begins. The day you’ve been dreaming about since you were young is now finally coming to life but until it does, it seems to consume your every thought. So how do you date your fiancé? How do you keep planning from getting in the […]

About Engagement Photos | Charleston Wedding Photographer

About Engagement Photos | Charleston Wedding Photographer engagement photography session at Waterfront Park in Charleston, SC

You won’t regret having an engagement session. Through the years I’ve heard a lot of people say they don’t need engagement photos because they will have wedding photos. But don’t you want some pictures of you and your other that are more casual? Use them for your invitations and your wedding website, display them in […]

How To Email Wedding Vendors Like A Pro

How To Email Wedding Vendors Like A Pro Wedding rings at a Charleston SC wedding

If you’re anything like me, you probably overanalyze every single line in your emails. As I’ve started contacting venues, photographers, and other wedding professionals to plan my wedding the thought of sending an email to inquire about their services overwhelms me. I thought sending emails to my fellow wedding pros would be a piece of cake […]