Nuria + Alex: Wedding Portraits as a Wedding Gift

It can be very difficult to decide on the perfect wedding gift for your own child. You want something that will make them think of you every time they look at it; something that will last well beyond the wedding day; and something that they will treasure for a lifetime.

Wedding portraits definitely fit the bill. Wedding portraits make the perfect gift for your son or daughter because these photographs will capture a moment in time without all the craziness and pressure of the wedding day festivities involved. Wedding portraits eliminate the background noise and really put a focus on the bride and groom.

Alex’s mother saw Rick Dean Photography written up in Natalie Mason’s Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers blog, which is based in Charleston, South Carolina. Natalie is Ricks’s close friend and next door neighbor! Even though the wedding was in Charlotte, North Carolina, Alex’s mom decided to surprise the couple with portraits on the beach in Charleston. Nuria and Alex did not have a professional photographer at their wedding ceremony, so this is why they opted for the portraits. 

Nuria and Alex were married in Charlotte in an intimate backyard ceremony at the groom’s family’s house. The wedding festivities took place in the daytime, so there was ample time to come down to Charleston at sunset to take a gorgeous set of photographs. All of the pictures were done on the beach at Wild Dunes on Isle of Palms. The ocean was a fantastic backdrop.

Nuria brought a prop mask with her that photographed beautifully. Her dress was something very unique- a knit cream dress with Bohemian flair. This is not a style that we typically see on Lowcountry brides, so this made the photoshoot really fun. Nuria handcrafted her own veil.

These portraits made the perfect wedding gift for Nuria and Alex. A big thanks to Natalie of Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers blog and everyone else who made this shoot come together so perfectly.

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Lauren and Nicole’s Sweet DIY Magnolia Plantation Wedding

These crafty brides did a fabulous job of coordinating and designing their own DIY wedding to the exact specifications that they have always dreamed about.

Lauren and Nicole had a big, traditional wedding at Magnolia Plantation in Charleston, SC. Time coordination and precise scheduling was key on this day because there was only one Bridal Suite and two brides. This included two hair and makeup teams from Lashes & Lace and a stifled limousine schedule. Lauren wore a wedding dress from Bridal House of Charleston, and Nicole wore a dress from Modern Trousseau. A favorite shot was one of the two pristine dresses hanging on the bridal suite building at Magnolia Plantation.

The brides did not do a first look, but instead chose to do a charming set of pictures were each bride stood on opposite sides of the door to the bridal suite. With hands intertwined, this made for a unique set of photographs because the brides never saw each other but could feel the excitement in each other’s hands.

What a great day for an outdoor ceremony in Charleston. The couple was married under a huge oak tree. This was very much a family affair. The flower girls were both family members. Although there were only bridesmaids dressed in champagne standing up with the brides, Nicole’s brothers were apart of the ceremony as well. Lauren’s sister was her matron of honor.  The bridesmaid’s dresses came from Bella Bridesmaids in Charleston

The reception was very sweet… literally. There was a full candy bar! The brides served cupcakes by Swank Bakery. The color palette featured the champagne color from the bridesmaids dresses and blush with gold accents. The flowers were another area that the brides DIYed. The wedding was catered by Crazy Dutchman Catering. Something fun for the wedding guests was a DIY Photo Booth with props. The wedding favors included koozies and adorable tubes of seeds.

The brides did a sparkler send off and drove away in Nicole’s pickup truck. This was such a fun wedding to see all of the great DIY aspects. It was evident that both brides worked very hard to plan and execute this day. Thank you to all who helped out, including Eventhaus for rentals.

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Katlyn’s Beautiful Bridal Portraits: A “Do It” Case Study

When we first met with Katlyn and Ryan we discussed both bridal and engagement portrait sessions.  I honestly do not remember why they did not want an engagement session but it was off the table quickly and I was fine with that.  But then we talked about what she hoped for on her wedding day and it became clear that she really wanted to spend most of the cocktail hour with her guests so I put on a full court press for two things…a bridal portrait and a first look.  Her mom wanted the bridal portrait as well so that helped but it still took some convincing and she had to think about it but she came around and we did it with a couple conditions. 1) She was doing it to have greater variety of images of her in her wedding day not to have a 20×24 framed enlargement on display at her reception; 2) Her dress would not be ready until a few weeks before the wedding so it would be close to the wedding date.  That was easy… done and done! (by the way she and Ryan also agreed on the first look and that made her day one of the most awesome days for us (cause we could get more of what we needed and wanted and for them because they did not feel rushed or felt that time was getting away from them all day!).

The wedding is to be held at The Island House so she chose Folly Beach for the bridal portrait.  Folly means a lot to her and Ryan so it would feel significant as well.  Check these out!  So thrilled!   And that sunset….OMG!

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Some of our other reasons to do a bridal portrait include 1) Bride is camera shy.  This is a quiet and private opportunity to get images and take the time needed for you to relax and enjoy the process.  2) You can have multiple locations to enhance the look and feel of your wedding imagery. 2) You get a true “trial run” wearing your wedding dress outside of the showroom.  You are in it for 2 to three hours.  You are walking around.  If the fit is not perfect you will know and have time to get it corrected.  If there is a “wardrobe malfunction” it “should happen during the portrait. (did I ever mention that I had to sew a bride into her wedding dress when the 24 inch long zipper snapped).  3)  This is also a great day to test your hair and make-up.  Sounds to me like a win-win.  Now some brides will say they do not want to get the dress dirty and I can acknowledge that issue but it is truly not a factor.  I tell every bride after the bridal to hang the dress on the shower rod at home as soon as she takes it off and not to look at it for 24 hours.  Then with a soft bristled brush, lightly whisk any sand, grass or other organic matter from the dress.  So far… we have never had an issue.  It’s not that it can’t happen but we take every precaution so it does not.  Some brides will take it back to the showroom for a steam and a once over but in most cases that is just to make them feel better versus a true spot clean.

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Remove Distractions to Focus on You

As wedding photographers, we sometimes have clients that choose a location where we can not control the distractions in the background.  It is usually cars but can also be street signs, people, traffic lights or even buildings.  In cases like this we make the shot as best as we can from the most desirable angle and then allow for some “photoshop magic” to make you the star of the shot and reduce or eliminate the distractions.  There may be a small fee associated with the service as it is time consuming but when it needs to be done, we can do it.  Check out some of these side by side examples:

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Lowcountry Accents For Your Charleston Wedding

I moved from Chicago to Charleston in 2004. During the first couple of months, my mission was to “become a Charlestonian”. I subscripted to Charleston Magazine. I bought tea, wine & shrimp on Wadmalaw Island. I planted sweetgrass, confederate jasmine and azaleas in the yard. I loaded my home with every decorator item that screamed “Lowcountry”. I loved my new city and wanted to become one with it.

I tried not to go overboard but after bringing home the 100th shell and sand dollar from the beach I realized I was drowning in Lowcountry accents. After giving most of the stuff away to family and friends visiting from “up North”, I soon had an appropriate amount of Charleston decor throughout my home. I was settled in and lovin’ my Charleston.

If you are getting married in Charleston, it’s a safe bet that you like and want to incorporate the Lowcountry into your wedding. You want to expose your guests to the sights, sounds and smells of the area. Examples of why you wanted to get married here in the first place. Little reminders of the special place that is Charleston.

Here are a few suggestions regarding how to incorporate the Lowcountry into your wedding (and not go overboard!):

Joggling Board – First created in the midlands of South Carolina in the mid-19th century, the joggling board became a must have feature on the piazzas and porches of the Lowcountry.  Victorian morals meant young lovers should keep their distance, so the joggling board also called a “courting bench” was the perfect seat.  Sitting at the ends of the board kept one in the proper sitting position but as they moved closer and closer together the board would get closer and closer to the ground making for an uncomfortable and awkward position thus keeping the unmarried apart.  Today, it makes for a fun addition to your Lowcountry decor.  Your Charleston Wedding Photographer will love to pose you and your guests on this iconic Lowcountry bench. It also makes for a unique guest book at your reception.

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Lowcountry Accents For Your Charleston Wedding ©Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photographer Lowcountry Wedding Photography Rick Dean Photography

Lowcountry Accents For Your Charleston Wedding ©Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photographer Lowcountry Wedding Photography Rick Dean Photography

Lowcountry Accents For Your Charleston Wedding ©Rick Dean Photography

Sweetgrass Baskets – The art of weaving baskets of sea grasses was brought to Charleston by West African slaves who worked on the local plantations. The skill and craftsmanship as been handed down through the generations.

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Palmetto Roses – Another example of weaving, these roses made of fronds from palmetto trees date back to the Civil War. The story goes that before going off to war, wives would give a palmetto rose to their husbands as a sign of their true love. The legend may just be marketing spin but it makes for a great love story. And these roses make a great takeaway for your guests.

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Lowcountry Accents For Your Charleston Wedding ©Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photographer Lowcountry Wedding Photography Rick Dean Photography

Lowcountry Accents For Your Charleston Wedding ©Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photographer Lowcountry Wedding Photography Rick Dean Photography

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From The Sea – Regardless of the setting of your wedding (beach, church, plantation, etc.) include sea shells, starfish, sand dollars and all your favorite things from the sea.

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Charleston Wedding Photographer Lowcountry Wedding Photography Rick Dean Photography

Lowcountry Accents For Your Charleston Wedding ©Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photographer Lowcountry Wedding Photography Rick Dean Photography

Lowcountry Accents For Your Charleston Wedding ©Rick Dean Photography

Local Spirits – Charleston is now the home of several distilleries proudly creating vodka, rum, gin, bourbon and very strong moonshine. And don’t forget Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka originally created on Wadmalaw Island.

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Fans – As we all know, it can be hot and buggy here in the Lowcountry. Your guests will surely appreciate a fan and is another great wedding favor.

 

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Southern Cuisine – Long before Charleston was know for it’s world class culinary scene, the Lowcountry was know for it’s classic southern cuisine. Fried green tomatoes, shrimps, chicken & waffles, crab cakes, pulled pork, and a Lowcountry boil to name a few. Your guests are sure to enjoy a taste of the old and often updated examples of Southern cooking.

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Charleston Wedding Photographer Lowcountry Wedding Photography Rick Dean Photography

Lowcountry Accents For Your Charleston Wedding ©Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photographer Lowcountry Wedding Photography Rick Dean Photography

Lowcountry Accents For Your Charleston Wedding ©Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photographer Lowcountry Wedding Photography Rick Dean Photography

Lowcountry Accents For Your Charleston Wedding ©Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photographer Lowcountry Wedding Photography Rick Dean Photography

Lowcountry Accents For Your Charleston Wedding ©Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photographer Lowcountry Wedding Photography Rick Dean Photography

Lowcountry Accents For Your Charleston Wedding ©Rick Dean Photography

The Pampered Palate: Art on a Plate

 

pampered-pallette1Grit Cakes, Pork Belly BLT, Fried Green Tomatoes, Boiled Peanuts & Shrimp and Grits Station.

Ginger Marinated Chicken Satays, Spring Rolls, Grilled Pear & Blue Cheese Salad & Seared Rare Tuna Display.

Goat Cheese Filo Tarts, Mediterranean Beef Skewers, Herb Roasted Lamb Lollipops & Pork Loin. So many yummy menu items and combinations…

I though planning the menu for my wedding reception would be easy. As a wedding photographer, I have attended ALOT of weddings and have seen ALOT of “wedding food”. I thought I knew what I wanted and more importantly, what I didn’t want.

OK, so I was wrong. Planning a menu is not easy! Since I had never been married before I could not act on past experience. I had never planned a meal for 80 guests. HELP!!!

I knew I wanted to include a few Low Country items for family and friends “from the North” to experience and enjoy. Vegetarian options were a must due to several friends who are at some stage of vegetarianism. Several passed “heavy” hors d’oeuvres were a necessity to help absorb the extensive open bar!!!

The best advise I received from married friends: Find a caterer who offers a boutique service where you are able to meet with the chef, discuss your likes & dislikes and create a menu that is specific to you. The caterer should offer an array of “ethnic” food items, not just Low Country cuisine. Work with a caterer that allows and encourages couples to mix & match items from all of their “set” menus or let the chef re-create from a favorite family recipe.

May I suggest The Pampered Palate. As they state on their website:

At The Pampered Palate we understand the importance of creating the most delicious and memorable experience to celebrate your new beginning with all of your closest friends and family. As every couple is unique, so is every wedding, and we pride ourselves in creating customized menus to enhance your experience. Whether it is a plated and served dinner, heavy hors d’ oeuvres, reception or buffet style dinner The Pampered Palate will help you create a menu sure to leave a lasting impression. 

The Pampered Palate is a family owned business located in Charleston, SC. They have provided personal chef and catering services since 2005. Executive Chef Merrit Brady graduated Magna Cum Laude from Johnson & Wales Culinary University in 2003. Prior to opening The Pampered Palate, Chef Merrit held the position of executive sous chef at 82 Queen and McCrady’s, two of Charleston’s top rated restaurants.

Working side by side with Chef Merrit is fellow Johnson & Wales graduate, wife & co-owner, Chef Catherine Brady. She brings extensive “front of the house” experience to The Pampered Palate, most notably as the General Restaurant Manager for 5 years at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island, which is a Forbes 5 Star, and AAA Five Diamond property. Chef Catherine will use her experience and expertise to insure your reception runs smoothly without a hitch.

With The Pampered Palate, you can relax knowing the owners of your caterer are on site, hands-on utilizing their combined 40 years of hospitality industry experience to prepare beautiful, engaging, delicious food.

Last month, The Pampered Palate provided a tasting menu for the quarterly gathering of Charleston Wedding Photographers group. Enjoy the images below that were taken at the event. And YES, the food was as good as it looked!!!

pampered-pallette2Shrimp Ceviche: Avocado, Cucumber, Bell Pepper, Sweet Chili Vinaigrette

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pampered-pallette4BBQ Tuna Tartare: Mango, Avocado Mousse, Wonton Chip

pampered-pallette1Grit Cakes: Pan Fried, Cream Cheese, Tomato Jam, Chive Oil

pampered-pallette5Pimento Cheese Dip: Assorted Cracker Selection, Carrots, Celery, Pita Bread

pampered-pallette6Flat Bread: Wild Mushroom, Truffle Alfredo, Chives, Fresh Mozzarella, Evoo

pampered-pallette7Korean Pork Ribs: Kim Chee Slaw

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Chef Catherine adding the finishing touch of Sweet Chili Vinaigrette to the Shrimp Ceviche.

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Personal Chef & Catering Manager Catherine Brady and Executive Chef Merrit Brady: Hand-on Owners, Johnson & Wales graduates, Husband & Wife.

The Island House On The Stono River

 

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One thing I love about Charleston is the water. It’s everywhere, from the deep harbor to the small creeks that run through the marsh grasses. Being around water gives me energy, especially when the bright sun is reflexing off it’s surface. When sunset falls, I’m overtaken by the calm and tranquil colors that fill the sky and flood the rivers.

One venue that provides the emotions that water has to offer is The Island House, located a short drive from downtown Charleston. This small, private, family owned island sits on the banks of the Stono River. Your Charleston wedding photographer will have an abundance of beautiful backdrops to capture you on your special day!

The venue presents a private, intimate setting for both ceremony and reception. The waterfront lawn has a permanent tent & floored reception pavilion. The ceremony space and fields of wild flowers are adjacent to the tent. Guest parking is adjacent to the house. (A big plus for any Charleston location!)

The front of the house is the perfect spot for your Lowcountry wedding photographer to capture pre-wedding shots of your bridal party. In addition, it is also used for post-ceremony cocktail hour allowing catering staff to complete the final touches to your reception site behind the house.

The second floor rooms of The Island House are available for the bride and her party to relaxing as they prepare for the big day. The first floor offers a den for the groom and his guys to hang out and chill.

If you love water like I do, The Island House is your energy source for your special day!
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Relish Distinctive Catering @ The Links at Patriots Point

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Charleston is the #1 distination wedding location in the U.S. Why? Because the natural beauty of the area. Our waterways, our landscapes, our weather. It truly is paradise.

One of our favorite locations that offer all of the above is The Links at Patriots Point. For the couple looking for an outdoor venue with an incredible harbor view, a ceremony site and tented reception area with capacity up to 300 guests, this is the place.

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A love of golf can not hurt as the venue sits at the 18th green. And coordinating your day in paradise is Lacy Davidson, Event Coordinator & Catering Sales Manager at Relish Distinctive Catering.

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Lacy and her team have been creating weddings that  delight the senses since 2005.  Relish Distinctive Catering turns this venue into a night to remember so make sure your wedding photographer is ready to capture the magic.

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Relish Distinctive Catering has been coordinating events at this location for over 9 years. With Relish you get on-site day of wedding coordination, and your facilty fee includes your tables, chairs, white linens, china, flatware, glassware, set up and take down.

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John Roskowski, Executive Chef at Relish believes that the best food has balance; unique but not over-complicated. He know how to create the best in lowcountry quisine, sourcing seasonal and sustainable ingredients from local farmers and shrimpers into the majority of his dishes. Chef John is renowned for his Artisan Pastas, which are based upon traditional Italian recipes. Speaking of paradise, wait until you have his favorite dish, Timballo con Cinghiale.

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Enjoy an evening in paradise with Relish Distinctive Catering @ The Links at Patriots Point.
Relish Distinctive Catering also offers exclusive services at two beautiful Charleston venues:

Snee Farm Country Club, located in the heart of Mount Pleasant, features a newly renovated clubhouse with exquisite golf course views. The 4,000 square foot ballroom can accommodate any size event – 30 to 300.
RiverTowne Country Club is a large plantation style clubhouse overlooks a 200 acre, award-winning golf course. The elevated ballroom features large windows and panoramic marsh views, which are breathtaking at sunset.

Gone But Not Forgotten

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My wedding day was pretty darn perfect. It was a bright sunny Fall day. It was the kind of day every couple hopes for. Family and friends were present but there were some important people missing. Both of my parents, who I was very close to, had died several years before. They would have been there “with bells on”. I felt their love of us during the ceremony. I thought of them smiling, beaming from ear to ear. Saying “It’s about time!”

No matter your age at the time of your wedding, there will be a family member or close friend who is present in spirit only. It’s just part of life. Here are a few ideas on how to include those who are gone into your celebration:

  • Framed photos of the dearly departed can be placed in a row of seats. You can also use the same photos along with candles for an “In Memory” display at the reception.
  • Photos can be placed or held so they are included in current pictures. Your wedding photographer will have several creative ways of blending the past with the present.
  •  Your “something old” can be jewelry inherited from a grandparent.
  • A locket with a photo of the departed can be incorporated into your bouquet or boutonniere.
  • A piece of cloth taken from clothes worn by the deceased can be sewn into your dress. Have your wedding photographer take close-ups of the material while he is shooting the dress before the ceremony.
  • Include an “In Memory” section in your program and incorporate signage of names of those departed into your reception design.
  • Use a departed’s favorite song for the first dances.
  • Incorporate family collectables to your decor. Use grandparents’ vases for key floral arrangements at the ceremony and reception. Make sure your wedding photographer documents the memories.
  • Create an activity during your reception that will celebrate the life of the departed. For example, at a recent wedding, the bride’s father was deceased. He was an advid golfer. Several of his golf buddies were in attendance at the wedding. Messages were written on several golf balls which his friends hit into the water just beyond the repsction site.

Remembering the saying “Gone, but not forgotten” will make your day pretty darn perfect.

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Framed photos placed in a row of seats.

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Photos can be held so they are included in current pictures.

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Jewelry inherited from a grandparent.

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A locket with a photo incorporated into the bouquet.

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A piece of cloth sewn into the wedding dress.

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An “In Memory” section in the program.

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Family collectables incorporated into the reception decor.

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An activity to celebrate the life of the departed.

Remembering the saying “Gone, but not forgotten” will make your day pretty darn perfect.

Getting Ready at The French Quarter Inn

This past September, we were honored to work with Mariel and William Smith for their charming wedding at the Gibbes Museum of Art. We met up with this amazing bride-to-be at The French Quarter Inn, a quaint luxury hotel right in the heart of historic downtown Charleston, to capture her getting ready for the most important day of her life (up to this point – that is). Her immense excitement and effortless beauty accompanied this gorgeous location perfectly and we couldn’t have been any more pleased with the results! The French Quarter Inn is the perfect hotel in a central location for a downtown event. It exudes class and style with rich colors and fabrics, beautiful marble flooring in the lobby, a stunning spiral staircase, and rooms with the most breath-taking views of the city.

As a Charleston wedding photographer the rooms a spacious and so it is easy to get around and the ground floor lobby area is perfect and quiet as the check in is one level up.  I do love The French Quarter Inn.

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I think most girls would agree that getting primmed and pampered is one of the most exhilarating parts of the day, because it’s not every day that all eyes and focus are on you. Also, having those images to look back on of you trying on your dress, getting your make-up done and that permanent glow on your face will give you and your husband that same feeling for many years to come!

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