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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Nuria + Alex Wedding Portraits ©Rick Dean Photography

 

Charleston Wedding Photography

Nuria + Alex Wedding Portraits ©Rick Dean Photography

 

Charleston Wedding Photography

Nuria + Alex Wedding Portraits ©Rick Dean Photography

 

Charleston Wedding Photography

Nuria + Alex Wedding Portraits ©Rick Dean Photography

 

Charleston Wedding Photography

Nuria + Alex Wedding Portraits ©Rick Dean Photography

 

Charleston Wedding Photography

Nuria + Alex Wedding Portraits ©Rick Dean Photography

 

Charleston Wedding Photography

Nuria + Alex Wedding Portraits ©Rick Dean Photography

 

Charleston Wedding Photography

Nuria + Alex Wedding Portraits ©Rick Dean Photography

 

Charleston Wedding Photography

Nuria + Alex Wedding Portraits ©Rick Dean Photography

 

Charleston Wedding Photography

Nuria + Alex Wedding Portraits ©Rick Dean Photography

Reynolds + Fulp – Best DIY Wedding Ever ! At Family Home in Bluffton

Every wedding the Rick Dean Photography team has the pleasure of shooting includes DIY (Do It Yourself) elements in the decor. Some weddings have more, some a little less. But regardless of the amount, we capture images of every little DIY detail. Couples spend a lot of time and effort creating those personal touches. Over the years, memories may fade but photos will last a lifetime.

Tampa, Florida couple, Nikki Reynolds and Casey Flup are masters in the art of DIY wedding decor and we have the photos to prove it!

In their professional lives, they both work in finance. Nikki works at Raymond James Financial as a Technical Analyst managing the development of products for the marketing department. Casey is a Wealth Manager and Certified Financial Planner at an independent financial planning firm.

In their free time, over the last year and a half, they have been busy renovating their 1940’s home and building furniture and decor for their intimate & relaxed Lowcountry wedding. 

The wedding took place at the luxurious home of the groom’s parents at Colleton River Plantation in Bluffton, SC under clear blue skies. Beautiful couple. Beautiful home. Beautiful handcrafted furniture, flowers, food & fixtures. And a lot of family fun, goofy moments & silly faces! 

Bluffton Wedding Photography

Reynolds + Flup Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Bluffton Wedding Photography

Reynolds + Flup Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Bluffton Wedding Photography

Reynolds + Flup Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Bluffton Wedding Photography

Reynolds + Flup Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Bluffton Wedding Photography

Reynolds + Flup Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Bluffton Wedding Photography

Reynolds + Flup Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Bluffton Wedding Photography

Reynolds + Flup Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Bluffton Wedding Photography

Reynolds + Flup Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Bluffton Wedding Photography

Reynolds + Flup Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Bluffton Wedding Photography

Reynolds + Flup Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Bluffton Wedding Photography

Reynolds + Flup Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Bluffton Wedding Photography

Reynolds + Flup Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Bluffton Wedding Photography

Reynolds + Flup Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Bluffton Wedding Photography

Reynolds + Flup Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Bluffton Wedding Photography

Reynolds + Flup Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Nikki and Casey built their bride & groom table, the bar, the gift & appetizer tables, giant Jenga game & corn hole set, in additional to all the frames, signs and chalkboards. With the leftover wood scrapes and sharpies, guests were asked to “Leave Your Wishes for the New Mr. & Mrs.”. They will incorporate the wood pieces into their next furniture project providing the couple with a long lasting functional guest book.

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Reynolds + Flup Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Bluffton Wedding Photography

Reynolds + Flup Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Bluffton Wedding Photography

Reynolds + Flup Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

The couple created a simple, yet moving memorial to family and friends who are gone but not forgotten, present in spirit, “walking beside us everyday”. A special tribute was in memory of Casey’s cousin, who was killed in a car accident a few weeks before the wedding. He was his best friend and like Casey, was a “hot rod & monster truck” enthusiast. Casey carried a small toy truck tire in his suit jacket in memory of his cousin.

Bluffton Wedding Photography

Reynolds + Flup Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Bluffton Wedding Photography

Reynolds + Flup Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Bluffton Wedding Photography

Reynolds + Flup Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Bluffton Wedding Photography

Reynolds + Flup Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Bluffton Wedding Photography

Reynolds + Flup Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Family members were very active in creating this beautiful D.I.Y. event. Casey’s Uncle Tom, Cousins Tommy & Taylor prepared & cooked every bite of the amazing food. Mother of the Groom, Sally, was in charge of set up & placement of the decor elements in addition to supervising family members who created all the flower arrangements for the day.

Nikki and Casey’s wedding was truly an elegant, relaxed, fun D.I.Y family affair!

Bluffton Wedding Photography

Reynolds + Flup Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Bluffton Wedding Photography

Reynolds + Flup Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Bluffton Wedding Photography

Reynolds + Flup Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Bluffton Wedding Photography

Reynolds + Flup Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Bluffton Wedding Photography

Reynolds + Flup Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Bluffton Wedding Photography

Reynolds + Flup Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Bluffton Wedding Photography

Reynolds + Flup Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Bluffton Wedding Photography

Reynolds + Flup Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Bluffton Wedding Photography

Reynolds + Flup Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Hunt + Rost – Great Charleston Flood Wedding & Planner Saves the Day

I have often heard that if it rains on your wedding day, you are guarantee a long happy marriage.  Since there is always a chance of rain occurring for some period of time every season in Charleston, we encourage every couple having an outdoor ceremony and/or beach wedding to have a rainy day back-up plan.

The “In Case Of Rain” plan for the October 3, 2015 wedding of Raleigh, NC couple, Nicole Hunt & Ben Rost at Founders Hall at Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site was created and in place. Their outdoor ceremony to take place on the Grand Lawn will be moved indoors to the spacious screened porch. The plan was finalized months before the wedding so vendors would be ready for whatever the day might bring.

The rains started on Thursday October 1st and quickly became the lead story of every local news cast. The following day the rains greatly increased and Charleston became the lead story on the national news. The 23.7 inches of rain in Charleston between October 1st to the 5th will absolutely guarantee that Nicole and Ben will have one of the happiest marriages of all time, along with every other couple that were able to tie the knot over that flooded weekend.

Nicole and Ben planned their intimate wedding weekend to include their young son and a small group of family and friends. With less than 50 guests, they were able to invite all to attend the rehearsal dinner aboard the SpiritLine Dinner Cruise providing views of Charleston and the surround area from the harbor. The lights of the Ravenel Bridge cutting through the fog and heavy rains provided a mystical backdrop for a fun relaxing evening.

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Hunt + Rost Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

By morning most of downtown Charleston roads were flooded forcing Charleston police to stop all traffic coming into the city. It was also announced that the road going into Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site and the wedding venue was under several feet of water. Due to the quick thinking of the couple’s wedding planner, Karen Porreca of Simply Eventful, the day’s events were moved to Karen’s home located on “high ground” in the West Ashley area of Charleston, just 15 minutes from downtown. Karen notified the couple of the change and quickly got the couple and all guest who were staying downtown relocated to a coffee shop close to Karen’s home.

By 9am, the Rick Dean Photography team arrived at Karen’s home to move living & dining room furniture into the master bedroom. By Noon, the Eventworks Rentals team arrived to set up dinner seating. Mix Premier Bar Service took over the screened porch to provide refreshments for the evening while Gourmet Bay Catering set up operations in Karen’s kitchen. The only vendor not able to relocate due to lack of space was Chillula, the band for the reception.

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Hunt + Rost Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

By 2pm, Nicole, her mother and bridesmaids were settled in Karen’s guestroom getting ready for the day. The room was filled with silvers, golds and glamour. The sparkle was not lost due to the change of venue.

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Hunt + Rost Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photography

Hunt + Rost Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photography

Hunt + Rost Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Once Ben and his guys arrived, full of fun energy and designer socks, it was time to get this party started. Guests took their seats facing the new ceremony site, Karen’s staircase.

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Hunt + Rost Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photography

Hunt + Rost Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photography

Hunt + Rost Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photography

Hunt + Rost Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photography

Hunt + Rost Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

The couple’s love of cigars took center stage in the decor. Cigar boxes filled with pink and white roses. Personalized cigars as take-aways. Due to the rain, the enjoyment of sipping bourbon while smoking a cigar was limited to a small covered space just outside the porch.

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Hunt + Rost Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Gourmet Bay Catering did an excellent job preparing and presenting the original menu regardless of the limited space provided in a standard residential kitchen. Certainly a highlight of the evening.

Charleston Wedding Photography

Hunt + Rost Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

The evening ended with a salute to the couple’s and guest’s favorite teams with all involved showing good sportsmanship. Today’s winning team? That’s easy. The team of vendors this lucky couple chose to hire months ago, long before the rain appeared on radar.

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Hunt + Rost Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Keys + Boyle – Wedding & Reception at an Oceanfront Home on Folly Beach

Lindsay Keys and Vince Boyle wanted a small intimate beach wedding. They wanted to be surrounded by close family and friends. And they wanted to include the love of their life, their beautiful boxer. They chose the perfect spot on Folly Beach, South Carolina, twin beachfront homes with a spacious courtyard between the two houses. Special events are permitted on the property! (1681 E. Ashley Ave.) The girls took over the front house to get ready and the guys took over the back beachfront home. Talk about a perfectly designed facility for a small DIY wedding.

The Atlantic Ocean provided the perfect backdrop for the ceremony. Local wedding officiant, Say I Do In Charleston created the perfect personal and meaningful service for the couple. A relaxed intimate ceremony where their sweet loving dog almost stole the show.

After the signing of the license and group photos, it was time to celebrate. The front house’s open floor plan was the perfect setting for the post ceremony sit down dinner. In addition, the home’s crow’s nest provided sunset views overlooking the Folly River and adjoining marshlands. And the courtyard served as the dance floor, lounge seating areas and late night snack bar serving popsicles and sliders.

Feeling relaxed and loved, Lindsay and Vince slipped away into the night under the glow of a sparkler sendoff. Another perfect element and ending to their special day.

For more photos of Charleston weddings, please visit www.rickdeanphotography.com.

Charleston wedding photography by Rick Dean Photography serving Charleston, SC and beyond.

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Keys + Boyle Wedding ©Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photographer

Keys + Boyle Wedding ©Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photographer

Keys + Boyle Wedding ©Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photographer

Keys + Boyle Wedding ©Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photographer

Keys + Boyle Wedding ©Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photographer

Keys + Boyle Wedding ©Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photographer

Keys + Boyle Wedding ©Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photographer

Keys + Boyle Wedding ©Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photographer

Keys + Boyle Wedding ©Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photographer

Keys + Boyle Wedding ©Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photographer

Keys + Boyle Wedding ©Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photographer

Keys + Boyle Wedding ©Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photographer

Keys + Boyle Wedding ©Rick Dean Photography

Spalding + Dickinson – Rehearsal at Market Pavilion & Wedding at Magnolia Plantation

This couple from Kentucky chose Charleston as their destination wedding location due to John’s fond memories of family vacations in the Lowcountry. Their rehearsal dinner was held high atop the Market Pavilion at the rooftop bar providing beautiful night views of the city. A great location to introduce Charleston to family and friends and set the tone of an intimate love filled weekend. Their bulldog was “present” in the form of the groom’s cake created by the experts at Delicious Desserts.

JoLynne and John’s wedding day started with brunch and chilling out with family and friends at their ocean front beach house rental on the Isle Of Palms. Relaxed, quaffed (thanks to I DO Hair & Makeup) and ready for the day, it was time for the drive to Magnolia Plantation. Their intimate ceremony was held on one of the many lawns with beautiful views overlooking the Ashley River.

After John kissed his bride, it was time to celebrate! Guests journeyed over the Schoolhouse Pond and it’s cherished red bridge ending at The Conservatory. Guests enjoyed the best of Lowcountry cuisine provided by Food For The Southern Soul. With music by Palmetto Strings, flowers by OK Florist and rentals from EventHaus, the greenhouse became a magical garden filled with love and laughter shared with family and friends. The perfect start to a marriage!

For more photos of Charleston weddings, please visit www.rickdeanphotography.com.

Charleston wedding photography by Rick Dean Photography serving Charleston, SC and beyond.

Charleston Wedding Photography

Spalding + Dickinson Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photography

Spalding + Dickinson Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photography

Spalding + Dickinson Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photography

Spalding + Dickinson Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photography

Spalding + Dickinson Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photography

Spalding + Dickinson Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photography

Spalding + Dickinson Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photography

Spalding + Dickinson Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photography

Spalding + Dickinson Wedding © Rick Dean Photography