Lauren + Maxwell’s Preppy Casual Wedding

This preppy casual affair is complete with Bermuda shorts and bowties- all which ties together the kelly green and white color scheme the couple has chosen. The bride and groom chose this theme because it describes their personalities and their goal for the wedding is for their guests to have a fun and memorable night.

Lauren and Maxwell made Charleston their destination! Lauren is the assistant Vice President at an insurance company in Atlanta.  Maxwell is an industrial engineer, but his current occupation is as a stay-at-home dad to their son Dean. Lauren and Maxwell met at their local watering hole after a wine festival. They became fast friends and this eventually grew into something more. Before they knew it, Maxwell was proposing to her in her hometown of Port Jefferson Harbor, NY. The two love birds enjoy staying active together. Bike riding, cooking, playing sports, and boating are just a few of the things that the share a passion for.

This event took place at Seaside Point at Wild Dunes. This added to the very southern preppy feeling to it. The event was casual, but still very well put together and executed. Lauren’s beautifully stark white David’s Bridal gown was stunning and fit the theme perfectly. Lauren and Maxwell opted for a first look and it was so sweet, these two are head over heels for each other! Their I-do’s took place with a clear view of the Atlantic. This was a great location because it was at the beach, but not in the sand. It was nice to give off the beach vibe without having to worry about getting sandy. The couple did get some great shots on the beach at sunset. Back at the reception, there were preppy touches everywhere. Custom sunglasses, gift bags with pineapple stickers, King of Pops ice pops, and the list goes on! All of the guests had a blast dancing to DJ Alan Brown, and being united as one big, happy, family. At the end of the night, Lauren and Maxwell were sent off with colorful glow sticks. This also made for some great shots.

This was a fantastic night. Weddings can sometimes feel very prim and proper, but this is an example of one that was all about classy comfort. A special thanks to Jennifer fox at JW Weddings for the coordination, Justin Wham of JW Weddings for the decor and florals, Harris Teeter Isle of Palms for all of the baked goods, and Kacie Faulling of Lashes and Lace for hair and makeup.

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Anna + John’s Beach Themed Wild Dunes Wedding

Anna and John chose a destination wedding venue with a predetermined theme- the beach! Wild Dunes Resort is a beachfront destination located on Isle of Palms. This Tennessee couple played up the ocean backdrop by adding beach decorations. Anna set up mason jars with sand, seashells, and blue sea glass. This is such a cute and cost effective DIY. Keeping with the beach theme, the couple went with a tropical fruit and yogurt bar at the reception. Anna and John also served a tremendous amount of seafood- oysters, lobster, and crab galore.

Anna wore a stunning white gown with lace overlays and a beaded belt. The details on the dress and in the jewelry were exquisite. Hair and makeup was done by Vanity Salon. Anna’s five bridesmaids were pure sunshine in their yellow dresses. Anna chose to go with more traditional matching bridesmaids dresses. John had six groomsmen who looked dashing in their black tuxes with gold accents. The wedding party looked as classy as ever; despite the sun, sand, and heat.

The outdoor ceremony overlooked the ocean. Anna and John could not have asked for better weather. They were able to exchange vows underneath a pristine blue sky. A special aspect of the ceremony was the talent of a string quartet, thanks to Entertainment Charleston. Children were also very involved in the day, with three ring bearers and two flower girls. Anna’s bridal bouquet contained light pink and light yellow roses with sprigs of green. Belva’s Flower Shop did a great job with the florals throughout the ceremony and the reception space. The location offered a tremendous amount of romantic photo opportunities both on the beach and on a secluded path under some island greenery.

The reception was held at the Wild Dunes Grand Pavilion.  The get-together was very kid friendly and family oriented. The live band, Town, was playing, which added to the fun vibe of the night. The wedding cake from Cakes by Kasarda was simple, yet elegant by coordinating the floral design on the cake with the real flowers from throughout the day. Charleston famous pralines decorated with chocolate ganache and white icing acted as wedding favors. What a sweet touch from River Street Sweets. This definitely tied in a taste of historic downtown Charleston. The bride and groom exited the venue under a tunnel of sparklers and hopped into a golf cart to begin their honeymoon!

Anna and John maintained the perfect balance of formal and fun for their beachside wedding. A special thanks goes out to the Day of Coordinator, Amanda, of Southern Chic Events.

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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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Katlyn and Ryan’s Sentimental Island House Party Wedding

Katlyn and Ryan wanted to incorporate their family members into many aspects of their special day. They were flawlessly able to execute this through honoring their mothers at the ceremony and being married under an arbor handcrafted by the bride’s grandfather. The couple honored members of their families who have passed away by setting up a table at the reception with photographs and mementos from those people. Katlyn and Ryan made it clear that the day was meant for celebrating the union of two families. Aside from the serious aspects of the day, the couple really just wanted to throw a fabulous party.

Katlyn is a nurse practitioner, as well as a teacher at the Medical University of South Carolina. She loves anything outdoors, especially working in her garden. Katlyn leads a very active lifestyle that involves playing soccer, running, and kickboxing. Ryan works for a beverage distributor in the area- this is actually how the couple met! Ryan also loves to be outdoors. In his free time, he golfs and fishes.

On the morning of her wedding, Katlyn and her five bridesmaids began getting ready with the help of Lashes & Lace. The bridesmaids donned trendy mismatched dresses in varying shades of champagne. This went along with the color palette that featured champagne and shades of blue. The wedding day theme was rustic. Katlyn purchased her stunning wedding dress designed by Allure at Bridals by Jody in Charleston.

Once everyone had finished getting ready, Katlyn and Ryan did a great first look on the water at The Island House on John’s Island, South Carolina. This was a great location for a photoshoot with the bride and groom because the sun was shining bright. This couple was blessed with perfect weather for their outdoor ceremony. The florals for the day were designed and provided by JVM Events.

Time for the big party. The reception was under a tent at The Island House, with all rentals provided by Snyder. Katlyn and Ryan opted for a live band, Swingin’ Richards, for entertainment. The couple actually saw this band while vacationing in Belize before the wedding. It turns out that they were Charlotte based, so the couple invited the band to play at their wedding. Dinner was served by The Pampered Palette, and the food was absolutely decadent. Instead of a traditional wedding cake, the couple treated their guests to cupcakes by Three Little Bears. Katlyn and Ryan are pictured cutting into a personalized wedding cake by the same bakery.

After a long night of dancing, fun, and great live music, the newlyweds were sent off under a tunnel of neon glow sticks. This was a night to remember. Katlyn said it was her goal for everyone to have a great time at the reception and it was a huge party- an absolute success. Thank you to all who were apart of it!

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Blair and Josh’s Fun-Filled Historic Rice Mill Destination Wedding

This fun-loving Georgia bride wanted to place a special emphasis on dancing and laughter at her Charleston destination wedding.

Blair and Josh are highschool sweethearts. They both share a passion for Georgia sports teams and vacationing at the beach. The stunning Charleston beaches definitely played into their decision of pursuing their destination wedding in Charleston, SC. Blair and Josh were adamant about including Josh’s son in their big day, making him their junior groomsman. Another important detail that Blair incorporated into her ceremony was her father’s pocketwatch. He passed away four years ago and she thought that this would be a heartfelt way of honoring him as she walked down the aisle. Blair’s bridesmaids were dressed in a navy blue, while the groomsmen wore gray tuxes. When asked about a theme for her wedding, she explained that with a destination wedding at a venue like this, there does not need to be a theme because the atmosphere speaks for itself.

The day started off with the bride getting ready at the Hilton Garden Inn Waterfront. This location made for some great nautical shots. Her stunning champagne colored dress was custom designed by Corrine of Wedding Angels in Roswell, GA.

Blair did not let a little bit of rain ruin her big day! The drizzle-filled afternoon made for a dramatically lit first look at the Historic Rice Mill. Luckily the rain stopped long enough for an outdoor ceremony on the water at this location. The sound of cellos and violins, courtesy of Palmetto Strings, rang out over the Ashley River as the couple said their I do’s.

Following the ceremony, the guests poured inside for a fabulous cocktail hour. The room was adorned with natural greens and ivory tones. Navy was a great choice for an accent color because it really made the more neutral colors pop. The tasteful florals were done by the bride’s very own aunt, Lynn Barnette.

Cakes by Kasarda created the perfect cake that echoed the classiness of the floral arrangements by adding floral accents to the cake. After the cake was cut, it came time for what Blair was most excited for- the dancing! The entertainment was provided by DJ Mateo of Other Brother Entertainment. Blair and all of her guests danced the night away.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this seamlessly wonderful day! Special thanks to Jessica Cheney of Lowcountry Weddings by Jessica for planning, and Duvall Events for rentals.

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Sarah & Matt’s Family-Centered Wedding at the Harbor Club

We love it when weddings are a family affair! When Sarah and Matt married last fall, they emphasized that their nuptials were a celebration of their love for each other and all the family members who paved the way for their big day. This was surely a family centered affair.

The bridal party consisted of Sarah and Matt’s many siblings and closest friends. We had a blast  photographing as the bridal party was getting ready with the help of hair and makeup artists from Alise Buckner and Charleston Lash and Beauty Bar. After the ceremony at St. Benedict Church, we all headed down to Waterfront Park to take photos with the family-centered bridal party. We loved having the chance to take so many portraits with the various groups of dashingly dressed brothers and sisters!

We also took some time in Waterfront Park to capture portraits and bridals for the lovely couple under the oaks and alongside the Charleston harbor. We couldn’t get enough of Sarah’s cathedral-length veil or her gorgeous lace gown from Allure Bridals.

Following the portraits at Waterfront Park, the wedding party headed to the Harbor Club for a reception filled with DIY details. The mother of the bride created gorgeous bouquets and floral arrangements with flowers from Horst Flowers, while the bride’s friends, Lauren Geddings and Sophie Waters, pitched in to decorate the venue. Sarah really found a way to make each family member feel included to make this such a family centered event.

Sarah, Matt, and their family spent the evening celebrating with cake from Serving You Joy, music from DTSMB, and a photo booth from Charleston Photo Booths. Their heartfelt day concluded with a sparkler exit and a rickshaw ride courtesy of Charleston Pedicab.

 

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A huge thanks to Snyder Event Rentals, the Harbor Club, and all the other vendors, friends, and family who made Sarah and Matt’s day a success. Rick Dean Photography captures weddings in Charleston, SC and beyond!  Lastly, Thanks to Genevieve Hay for writing this post.

Amy and Kai’s Waterfront Wedding at the Pavilion at Patriots Point

What an amazing day for an outdoor wedding at Pavilion at Patriots Point.  We started the day downtown at the Jasmine House Inn, where Amy and her bridesmaids were getting ready. As always, Lashes and Lace did a beautiful job with hair and makeup and were a pleasure to work with! The waterfront made a great backdrop for this special day.

After the bride and her bridesmaids were dressed, we took a few family portraits and then headed off to Patriots Point for the ceremony and reception.

Amy and Kai wed outside in a romantic ceremony beneath hanging lanterns and in front of the Pavillon’s courtyard maze. Beautiful bouquets from Charleston Flower Market and an aisle adorned in white rose petals helped make the nuptials even more special.

After the ceremony, Rick Dean Photography convened with the newlyweds for a series of waterfront portraits. While we were taking portraits, we were graced with a beautiful sunset over the Cooper River. We couldn’t be happier with the way these turned out!

At the reception, guests celebrated in a venue adorned with thoughtful DIY details courtesy of the very talented bride and her family. We were amazed with the bride’s self-designed wedding invitations, programs, table numbers, and festive signs. The bold navy and green stripes on the dinner menu and colorful accents throughout were a huge hit! Family members added to the fun, handmade festivities by creating fun games for the reception.

We had a blast photographing Amy, Kai, and their guests celebrating alongside the Cooper River. A big thank you to all the vendors who participated in Amy and Kai’s special day!  It was a fun-filled Charleston celebration seamlessly coordinated by Relish Distinctive Catering with rentals from Snyder, cake from Publix Bakery, and music and lighting from Fingersnappin’ Entertainment all helped make for a lovely evening.

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Lastly, Thanks to Genevieve Hay for writing this post.

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Dustin and Doug’s Chic Southern Wedding at the Legare Waring House

The weather gods must have been shining on Dustin and Doug’s big day! Despite torrential downpours throughout the morning, Dustin and Doug’s beautifully chic outdoor ceremony at the Legare Waring House was a huge success thanks to excellent planning from Simply Eventful Charleston and a little meteorological luck!

Getting ready with Dustin, Doug, and their bridal party was a true joy. Dustin and Doug both expressed their desire for a celebration that was both chic and personal. The blush bridesmaid’s dresses beautifully complimented the Legare Waring House’s celadon green rooms. The varied chic necklines of the dresses added subtle variety and texture. As the girls were getting ready, we had a blast photographing the groomsmen. Doug gave all of his groomsmen wooden baseball bats as a homage to their shared love for the game, which made for some excellent photo opportunities.

The gorgeous couple incorporated sophisticated southern details throughout the day, even in their attire! Dustin’s beautiful, cascading earrings echoed both the chandeliers of the Legare Waring House and the soft layers of her gorgeous lace gown and waterfall skirt. Doug wore a white dinner jacket a turkey feather bowtie handcrafted by Charleston’s very own Brackish Bowties.

Thanks to Eventwork’s heroic last-minute delivery of flooring for the aisle, Dustin and Doug were able to fulfill their dreams of wedding under the oaks. A distressed white wooden bench layered in ivy provided a gorgeous backdrop to the couple’s vows. Simply Eventful’s stunningly chic blush, pink, and celadon bouquets and floral arrangements further added to the splendor and charm.

The couple, their family, and their friends proceeded to spend the rest of the day celebrating and dancing around the fountain in the Legare Waring House courtyard. The rustic wooden chairs, white tablecloths, and distressed silver flower boxes by Eventworks and Simply Eventful helped transform the courtyard into a chic southern paradise. Blush peonies and pink roses adorned the tables AND the gorgeous floral cake by Elaine’s Events.

A huge thanks to the many vendors who made Dustin and Doug’s wedding special. Between all of the fine flowers and details from Simply Eventful, the great food by Gourmet Bay Catering, and the excellent music by Hip Pocket band, we couldn’t have imagined a more beautiful and fun-filled evening.

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A huge thanks to the many vendors who made Dustin and Doug’s wedding special. Between all of the fine flowers and details from Simply Eventful, the great food by Gourmet Bay Catering, and the excellent music by Hip Pocket band, we couldn’t have imagined a more beautiful and fun-filled evening.

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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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Sneak Peek! Blair + Josh at The Old Historic Rice Mill

Sneek peek: Blair and Josh got married and it was fabulous! Blair- you were a dream bride.  So beautiful and so ready to have fun! Josh, you were so ready, willing and able to make this day perfect for your new wife.  You two are off to a great start in your life together.  Kay…. I vote best MOB (mother of the bride) EVER! You were a dream to work with and for.  Your daughters are lucky to have you as their mom!  Thanks Eve Gray of the Old Historic Rice Mill, and Simpson of A Charleston Event.  Thanks Jessica of Lowcountry Weddings by Jessica for putting it all together.  Thanks to my team… Gary, Stan, Lisa…you all rock!  So here is a quick sneak peek of just to wet your appetite for more.  Charleston wedding photography at its best!  I love my job!

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