wedding etiquette

4 Wedding Day Details Brides Forget | Charleston Wedding Photographer


Your wedding day is the happiest day of your life, and it can also be a hectic one. In the whirlwind of activity preceding the big event, it's easy to forget details that can make your life easier, and your photos even more fabulous. Keep scrolling for tips on making the most of your big day, and highlights from Sara and Cory's sweet nuptials at the Historic Rice Mill in Charleston!

1. Keep ALL three wedding rings with you for detail photos

Despite the well-worn advice to give rings to the best man before the ceremony, don't! In order to capture great, well-lit images of your rings, your photographer will want all three rings and the best time to photograph this is before the ceremony. Which leads to the next point:

2. Have the bouquet delivered to you

It is common practice to have florals delivered directly to the church or ceremony venue. Unless you'll be getting ready on site, you won't have that beautiful bouquet for your portraits and detail shots. 

3. Think about your shoe choices practically

Rocking some exquisite Louboutins for your big day? If you plan on outdoor photos, don't turn those beauties into $2,000 grass aerators! Get heel stoppers, or bring a pair of flat shoes to change into for dancing and natural portraits.

4. Make time for yourself

Even if it's just a few minutes. It's fantastic advice to make sure you and your future hubby get some personal time together amid the buzzing activity of your wedding day! I'd like to go a step further and suggest that YOU take some time. When you have to be camera-ready for 12 hours, it can be tough to stay centered and relaxed. If you start to feel overwhelmed, take a few minutes to yourself to reenergize and take a few deep breaths.

No matter what, the most important thing you can do on your wedding day is enjoy the heck out of it! These tips are meant to help keep the focus on celebrating with the people you love instead of your attire and photos. Even if things seem to go awry, remember - you're marrying the love of your life, and it's your day to make the best you can!


Venue - Historic Rice Mill  |  Dress - Blush By Hayley Paige  |  Jewelry - Tiffany & Co. and family heirlooms  |  Hair + Makeup - PaperDolls  |  Planning - Beth LeonGuerrero  |  Florist - WildFlowers  |  Cake - DeClare  |  Music - John Thrasher Band  |  Transportation - Lowcountry Valet & Shuttle


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. 


The Wedding Day First Look & 3 Reasons to Have One | Charleston SC Wedding Photographer

The First Look... Should you have one? While it's true that you give up the tradition of a couple's first glimpses of each other on their wedding day being at the altar, the First Look gives a bride and groom some private and relaxed time together before the whirlwind day of events. This time is coordinated with your photographer so that the bride approaches her waiting groom-to be and taps him on the shoulder. He turns around to see the beautiful woman he's about to marry, and some amazing photos ensue, free of time pressures. Some reasons to consider a First Look:

1. Authentic reactions. Some of the sweetest smiles I've ever seen have been on the faces of delighted guys turning around for a First Look at their bride.

2. You're nervous. It is a wonderful way to calm any jitters and walk into the day as a team.

3. Your day will flow much smoother. Portraits are usually done after the First Look, freeing you up to actually enjoy the cocktail hour before your reception and greet your guests without being rushed to get photos done. Couples occasionally invite close family members or their wedding party to be present for the First Look, and it's a wonderful experience for everyone. Whether or not you decide to invite others, enjoy this time together and pat yourself on the back for landing such a catch before heading off to say those vows!