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Featured in The Celebration Society Magazine | Charleston Wedding Photography

It's finally here - Fall that is - and along with it a fabulous feature in the Fall 2015 issue of The Celebration Society Weddings magazine! This Charleston destination wedding inspiration coordinated by Lemiga Events in Atlanta was a who's who of some of the best wedding vendors in the South (keep scrolling for details & originals), and I'm so excited to share some top picks from the shoot with you lovelies! 

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| Venue - Wild Dunes Resort | Planning & Design - Lemiga Events | Stationery - Papered Wonders | Escort Card Display - TEN23 Designs | Welcome Boxes - A Signature Welcome | Gown - Maggie Sottero from Bridals by Jodi | Tabletop - Polished Tabletop | Florist - Rhapsody In Blooms | Rentals - 428 Main, Eventhaus | Linens - Nuage Designs | Cake - Sablee | Doughnuts - Glazed | Hair - Tamsyn Rickards | Makeup - Lauren Campion | Menswear - The Modern Gent | Hair Accessories - Treats for Tresses | Groom Bow Tie - Brackish Bow Ties |

Emma & Nick | 3 Tips for Styling a Couple's Shoot | Charleston Wedding Photographer

 

A quick browse of the Pinterest wedding boards or any major wedding blog will turn up enough dizzyingly perfect images to make your head spin. By following these guidelines, you too can have a fabulous styled shoot with your sweetheart! 

To illustrate, here's one of of my favorite couple's sessions to date: Nick is a talented photographer who often second shoots for me at weddings, and Emma is his gorgeous girlfriend. They are irresistibly cute together, and the inspiration for this post. 

When planning a portrait session with your sweetie, keeping in mind these tips will prevent your photos from looking overly styled, haphazard, or strained and leave you with meaningful, swoon-worthy results. Now - on to the tips!

1.  Keep It Simple

We all love props, and they can go a long way in adding a playful feel to your photos. However, too many props, or props that don't fit into the theme you're after will distract more than help. Emma and Nick's casual and slightly bohemian style looks right at home next to a vintage VW Beetle with a floral arrangement creatively draped on the front bumper.

2. Communicate!

Talk to your photographer AND your partner in advance of the shoot about the mood you'd like to accomplish, and the day of will be much more seamless. Your photographer will likely have some great ideas about location and timing, and the more in tune you are as a couple, the more fun you'll have!

3. Have Fun!

It should go without saying, but it's easy to get caught up in the excitement and details of a styled shoot. By planning ahead and communicating you will be more relaxed, and with all the time you'll save by being prepared for the day of your shoot, there will be even more time for those fun, spontaneous shots that always end up being our favorites. 

 

A Signature Welcome Summer Editorial Shoot | Charleston Wedding Photography

 

Sessions with the lovely ladies over at A Signature Welcome are always a treat to share, and even more fun to shoot! Emily and Lindsay met their freshman year at the University of Georgia, and a decade later found themselves reunited in Charleston. Both avid wedding style and design junkies, the pair dreamed up A Signature Welcome to create perfectly curated custom welcome gifts for weddings and events. Not only are they drop dead gorgeous, these two have some serious styling skills, with professional backgrounds in fashion and the wedding magazine industries. Their attention to luxe detail is unparalleled, yet their work is delightfully cheerful and unpretentious. We had so much fun with this sun-drenched styled shoot! From the cool vintage Land Rover to a beach picnic, days with these two always end in smiles. 

 

A Signature Welcome Spring Editorial Shoot | Charleston SC Wedding Photographer

Is anybody else sick of this cold weather? I sure am. There's nothing like springtime in Charleston, and I can't wait for the creeping jessamine flowers and beach days! To make this bleak cold a bit more bearable, I'm sharing this sunny shoot I did with the fabulous ladies at A Signature Welcome. Not only do they curate the coolest welcome boxes, they are total babes with serious style. I love the fresh, coordinated (but not too much) look they chose, and can't wait for scooter weather!