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Charleston Wedding Dress Shop | Who are you wearing? | Gown Boutique of Charleston

Charleston Wedding Dress Shop | Who are you wearing? | Gown Boutique of Charleston

“Who are you wearing?” is a question you hear a lot while watching a red carpet event. Seeing all the fashion is fun, BUT for a bride, her wedding day is 1,000x times better than any Oscar’s Ceremony. Celebrities may strut their stuff down the red carpet while wearing fancy award attire, but there is no comparison to a bride in her gown coming down the wedding aisle! This Charleston Wedding Photographer is giving our wonderful wedding clients and the fabulous wedding dress shop Gown Boutique of Charleston , more fanfare in our own version of a red carpet wrap up. Consider our studio as the “Red Carpet Hosts,” Gown Boutique of Charleston the “Fashion Stylist,” and brides: Andrea, Holly, and Melissa, the STARS! Just like on the red carpet of a celebrity affair, we’re shining a spotlight on our star brides fabulous fashion and asking, “Who are you wearing?”

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Bride Holly’s “red carpet event” was in autumn and held at the picturesque Woodlands Inn. We asked “Fashion Stylist” Gown Boutique of Charleston, what Holly’s style is like and they said, “That of a classic Charleston bride. She wanted something timeless and romantic.” Holly effortlessly nails it in her Augusta Jones Gown, and exudes a subtle sexiness with this fit trumpet silhouette and sheer illusion back.

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The fun and outgoing Melissa brought the glitz and glam to her Pepper Plantation “Soir.” Her Stella York gown was a perfect choice with the champagne color, metallic stitching, and flowy skirt that gives an earthy ethereal feel. Again,“Fashion Stylist”, Gown Boutique of Charleston gave us the scoop on Melissa’s wedding day look saying, “She trusted us to do a completely customized strap which turned out fantastic. She was so happy with the finished product.” As Red Carpet Hosts, we wholeheartedly agree! The custom strap is delightful, and you can plainly see the happiness Melissa projects. She is a perfect 10!

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Andrea’s gorgeous “gala” took place at the historic Magnolia Plantation & Gardens on a faultless spring day. Her Gown of choice was the first one she’d tried on and she absolutely loved it! Andrea did try a few others but she knew they didn’t stack up to the Pronovias Gown. Gown Boutique of Charleston describes her look as, “ fun, flirty, & youthful. A modern princess.” Andrea’s wedding was nothing short of a fairytale, and her dreamy dress helped her to that happily ever after!

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Each bride should feel like a star on her wedding day and these beautiful brides are stellar indeed. It’s been fun reviewing and admiring their wedding day looks like that of a red carpet host and asking, “Who are you wearing? ” We hope everyone enjoyed it too! Thank you to the brides and to Gown Boutique of Charleston! Find out what our brides had to say about the wonderful Gown Boutique of Charleston right here on our blog and if you’d like for Valerie & Co. Photographers to give you celebrity treatment too, click here to learn more 🙂

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Charleston Wedding Photographer | Lauren & Jason | The Historic Rice Mill

Charleston Wedding Photographer | Lauren & Jason | The Historic Rice Mill

As a Charleston Wedding Photographer, seeing different amazing places and getting to take in wonderful experiences, comes with the pleasure of capturing a couple’s union. The wedding of Lauren and Jason provided attendees with the chance to admire an exquisite Charleston location, and enjoy a very special experience. What was most prized by all, however, was the opportunity the day gave for each person to show their love and celebrate the sweet couple!

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Lauren and Jason adore Charleston South Carolina and always knew they wanted to have their wedding in this city so rich in history and beauty. They selected the Rice Mill , a handsome waterfront property built in 1861, as their wedding venue. Remarkably restored, the event space has old world charm and breathtaking views, which provided the ideal framework for Lauren and Jason’s springtime wedding. Wedding details in vibrant sapphire blue & crisp white, and a few peacock feather accents perfectly complimented the setting for what was a fabulous affair. You just couldn’t help but love everything!

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When asked about the favorite parts of their wedding, bride Lauren said, “It is impossible to just pick one thing! (But one of) my favorite part(s) of our wedding day was the pure happiness, joy and fun that was every part of the ceremony and reception. It meant more to Jason and I than anything to have all of our family and friends in one place, having a great time, and celebrating life. All we ever wanted was for everyone to have a lot of fun and to have a huge party. I think we definitely succeeded!” We can’t thank these two enough for such a fantastic experience at a gorgeous site on their wedding day. With these images, we wish to express our love and celebrate Lauren and Jason!

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We can’t get enough of how sweet this pair is 🙂 See what we mean and check out Jason’s proposal to Lauren!

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Incredible Beach Boat & Fireworks Proposal in Charleston

Incredible Beach Boat & Fireworks Proposal in Charleston

It’s so fun to see the different approaches to a marriage proposal. Modest and heartfelt, silly and sweet, private and romantic, over-the-top and grand; these are a few ways you could execute your proposal. No matter what though, it is always special for each couple! There’s no comparison to this thrilling once-in-a-lifetime moment! That is why when you’ve decided to pop THE big question, proposal photography should be included in your plans. The two of you will LOVE having those priceless images of such a special day and be admired for generations to come. Jason requested Valerie & Co. Photographers capture his incredible beach boat & fireworks proposal in Charleston to Lauren and she just adores sharing their awesome story!

Lauren recalled, “As Jason and I transitioned to yet another new house, we had been crashing with a close friend and living out of boxes. My mom, being the caring mother that she is, managed to convince me that Jason and I both deserve a mini-vacation and that her and my dad had rented a condo on Isle of Palms for the two of us to stay at while we were in town for a family wedding. Initially, I protested because the last thing I wanted to do was pack for a vacation in the midst of living out of boxes, but I knew that Jason had been extra stressed at work and needed a break so I accepted my parent’s generous offer.”

“Our condo had its own private pier and we stopped there first to take in the view. Because I did not have my purse and it looked like rain, I asked Jason if I could put my cellphone in his pocket. Thinking nothing of it, I went to slide it into his pocket and he nearly slapped it out of my hand and into the ocean. I remember thinking that was really odd but just figured he was tired of always having to hold all of my stuff. I didn’t blame him too much because I am always asking him to hold my things. I started getting anxious about the storm and wanted to get our stroll on the beach started so we could get back before the rain.”

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Rain can make for very romantic images, but Lauren had no idea what was about to happen and that Jason planned this incredible beach boat & fireworks proposal in Charleston for her! She said, “As we started walking, Jason pointed out that we were close to the spot where we had first said ‘I love you’ and we began reminiscing on our relationship and the past. Before I could get my next thought out, Jason drew my attention to a boat in the distance. Instantly, I was terrified because I was sure they would capsize in the waves the encroaching storm was producing. As the boat got closer it became more familiar to me and I remember asking Jason if the boat was the same as my brother’s. I was confused because I knew my brother had been out on his boat that day, but I didn’t know why on earth he would come over to Isle of Palms in the terrible weather. At this point, I was convinced that Jason and I would have to save whoever these crazy people were on that boat!”

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“The boat finally got close enough for me to realize that this really was my brother’s boat! And those crazy people; they were my mom, my dad, and my brother. About the time that I came to this realization, a banner unrolled on the boat that read, ‘Lauren, Will You Marry me?’ and instantly I was in shock. I turned around to look at Jason and he was down on one knee with a beautiful, engraved ring box. I was in tears; I could not believe what was happening! In fact, Jason likes to tell everyone that I actually backpedaled in shock at first, but I don’t remember any of that. If you asked me exactly what Jason said in that moment, I honestly couldn’t tell you but I do remember hearing him say that he loved me more than anything in world and that he wanted to spend the rest of our lives together, followed by the four most amazing words I have ever heard, ‘Will you marry me?’ I couldn’t even muster up enough composure to actually say yes, but I think he knew my answer when I threw my arms around his neck, kissed him, and didn’t let go! Jason slipped the most gorgeous ring onto my finger and as he did I heard the sound of fireworks. I turned back towards the ocean to catch the beautiful firework display coming from my brother’s boat! But the surprises were not over just yet!”

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As it turns out, our studio was not only in on the surprise for Jason’s already incredible beach boat & fireworks proposal in Charleston, but we learned we were also to be a part of the surprise! Lauren continues on saying, “As I watched in astonishment, and still in complete shock, Jason whispered to me that my favorite photographer was on the pier and had caught this amazing moment for us to cherish forever! We even managed to sneak in a quick portrait session before the rain downpour began. And boy did it pour! Even with the rain, everything about the day was absolutely perfect and was everything I had ever dreamed for!”

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What a compliment knowing Lauren so admires Valerie & Co. Photographers and we are very glad Jason thought to include us. For our studio, really what’s most touching is the honor of having been a part of the sweet story of their engagement and documenting everything! If we had to describe Jason and Lauren’s incredible beach boat & fireworks proposal in Charleston, it would be heartfelt, over-the-top, and, of course, very special 🙂 Valerie & Co. Photographers would love to capture your special story for YOU too!

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Where to propose in Charleston | Carrie & Garrett Waterfront Park Proposal | Charleston Engagement Photography

Where to propose in Charleston | Carrie & Garrett Waterfront Park Proposal | Charleston Engagement Photography

We really loved blogging about Carrie and Garrett’s wonderful Athens wedding (check it out again here!), still, before the “I do” is “Will you marry me?” We had the pleasure of photographing this couples will-you-marry-me moment and love getting to blog about their spectacular pics! Not only are their images super romantic, but if you’ve been wondering where to propose in Charleston, you’ll now have an idea of one of Charleston’s perfect spots to pop the question.

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Garrett and Carrie planned to visit Charleston while on holiday break in December of 2014. Carrie however had no idea that Garrett was going to ask her to marry him during their little vacation! He got in contact with the Valerie & Co. studio before their trip and arranged to have the big moment caught on camera. It was all set for Monday December 22nd at Charleston Waterfront Park. It’s a favorite spot for locals and visitors to stroll along the water. Waterfront Park is also a great place to relax on a bench, a swing, or spread out on a blanket; enjoy beautiful fountains or splash around for fun; take in the spectacular harbor views; and an excellent spot to ask your true love to marry you! The couple planned to have tourist time in the city and of course it turned out to be a very rainy day. Mother nature couldn’t stop Garrett, and he sweetly insisted the two of them walk to the Waterfront Park. Thankfully, Carrie didn’t put up too much of a fight to walk there in the rain and the secret surprise was still a go!

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The weather made most people stay indoors that day and turned the waterfront into Carrie and Garrett’s own private park. Right in front of the pineapple fountain, with ring box in hand, Garrett proposed, and Carrie said, “YES!” It was a honor to have been the ones to capture the event and all the love between Carrie & Garrett!

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Check out more of our proposal photography here!

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Charleston Bridal Shop | Wedding Gown Photos | Find “The One”

Charleston Bridal Shop | Wedding Gown Photos | Find “The One”

Finding and falling for “The One” is not so simple. You want to feel joy with “The One.” You want “The One” to make you feel beautiful. You want all your friends and family to love “The One” just as much as you do. But ultimately “The One” makes YOU happy and when you’ve found it, you’ll know. I’m talking about your wedding dress of course! Brides, Andrea, Holly, and Melissa, all found “The One” wedding dress for them at Charleston bridal shop, Gown Boutique of Charleston, and we LOVE each lady’s gorgeous wedding gown photos.

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Gown Boutique of Charleston started small with Terri, and her daughter, Krista. They’ve grown wonderfully and are now celebrating 10 years in business! It’s a beautiful boutique with a large selection, a wide range of price points, & awesome in house alterations. Everyone at Gown Boutique is professional, friendly, and skilled. Before it’s all said and done, you’ll walk out with your gown and a few new friends! When Melissa was looking for her dress, she’d gone to a few places but said, “What made me decide on going back to the Gown Boutique was how nice and helpful they were. They had such a high level of customer service especially compared to some of the other stores I went in. I was very impressed by how comfortable they made me feel and how helpful they were on choosing my dress and accessories. I would highly recommend them to any bride.”

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(Melissa is stunning and elegant, with a touch of whimsy in her wedding dress! Just look at the delicate shoulder details and glittering sequins <3)

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From the time you walk through their doors, to when you walk down the aisle, you’re sure to be pleased. Gown Boutique of Charleston walked us through their steps of getting a bride to “The One.” To start, you’re greeted upon arrival and brought into the showroom to have a quick chat with their consultant. With the consultant, the bride and one or two members of her entourage select 3-4 dresses. The bride is then helped by the consultant into her dresses, and she shows off each gown to her group. That part is especially fun and emotion filled, so be sure your mom has the tissue box ready! The consultant then knows more about the bride’s style, and can expertly pick more gowns to try. Once the bride is down to 2-3 favorites, she tries them back on at the end along with veils and accessories. When you say yes to your dress, you’ll all have celebratory champagne and take a group photo at the ‘Found the Gown’ sign. There’ll be fittings and alterations until your dress is perfect then Gown Boutique, loads the bride up and sends them off to get married!

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(We think Holly looks graceful and refined in her wedding gown 🙂 Move over Grace Kelly, Holly is a vision of classic beauty!)

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Bride Holly told us about her experience at Gown Boutique of Charleston. “When I first got there, Mrs Terri, let me walk and pull out the dresses I thought I would like. I tried those on and told her things I didn’t like and she actually went and pulled my dress. She was so honest with me and let me know what didn’t look good or what would look better. Not all places are that honest. She knew that I was not a big fan of the lace rose on the front, but everyone agreed that I found my dress. She requested that the dress be ordered without the rose, but assured me that if it came in she would make sure it was removed. She then helped me pick out my veil. I originally wanted one with a lace edge, but she pulled one with a small satin trim that looked perfect! We then celebrated with champagne!”

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Personalizing to make your wedding your own is important to each bride. Gown Boutique of Charleston’s consultants know their gowns through and through. They know what can and cannot be done to customize a gown and listen to what the bride likes and doesn’t like about the dresses she has tried on. The consultants are great at suggesting tweaks to make a dress perfect for a particular bride and their alterations can complete just about any request. With bride Andrea, they said, “She was so sweet, soft spoken but bubbly and happy all the time. She really was such a gem to work with! Andrea had custom straps made and she was so appreciative of everything we did. The look she’d get when she was in her dress was what we hope for all of our brides. You could just tell that she was totally smitten with it!”

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(THIS is the look of love that Gown Boutique of Charleston wants for every bride <3 We LOVE the off the shoulder sleeve! Andrea looks stylish and dreamy!)

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Finding “The One” is a journey and Gown Boutique of Charleston will be your expert guide. Be on the lookout for more about Gown Boutique of Charleston, these three brides, and their gorgeous gowns, here on our blog!

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Charleston Wedding Photographer | Taylor Grady House Athens, GA| Carrie & Garrett

Charleston Wedding Photographer | Taylor Grady House Athens, GA| Carrie & Garrett

It’s been such a pleasure for this Charleston Wedding Photographer to see Carrie & Garrett’s love story unfold in front of the camera lens. From Garrett’s grand and passionate rainy proposal, to the last image shot on their wedding day!

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The couple met their senior year in high school just a few months before graduation. They were paired up on a awkward teenage blind date of cosmic putt-putt with friends of theirs as a double date! Fast forward 6 years to December 22nd, 2015 and the two high school kids, now grown, were a committed couple and Garrett was ready to pop the big question 🙂

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During Garrett’s Christmas break from his rotations of his last year of pharmacy school, he and Carrie took a trip to Charleston, South Carolina. Carrie says, “Garrett was insisting that we go to the Waterfront Park, and for some reason I didn’t put up too much of a fight to walk there in the rain. The rain made the proposal so romantic, and made sure that we had the whole park pretty much to ourselves!”

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With the ring on her finger, the couple set their wedding date for April 16th, 2016 in Athens Georgia at one of our new favorite southern event venues, the historic Taylor Grady House. It was the perfect location for their royal blue, gold, and white wedding. From the tall porch columns, to the gorgeous garden grounds, it was so beautiful and added a little more magic to their enchanting day.

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That perfect spring afternoon led to an electric evening celebration and the happy couple agree. When asked what was one of the things they loved most about their wedding, Bride Carrie said, “We loved the celebration after the wedding. The band and the foam flashers kept the celebration going strong all night (and an open bar didn’t hurt)!”

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“We also loved our bridal party and groomsmen. Both my maid-of-honor and Garrett’s best man have been out best friends for 14 years, so it was special to be able to share such an amazing day with someone that you’re so close to.”

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The night came to a close with foam flashers guiding the way to the couples classic get away car and then they were off to Zoetry Agua Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic for a tropical honeymoon!

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Shem Creek Wedding | Cottage on the Creek | Charleston Wedding Photographer | Elizabeth & Adam

Shem Creek Wedding | Cottage on the Creek | Charleston Wedding Photographer | Elizabeth & Adam

When Valerie and Co. Photographers thinks of Charleston, South Carolina, we think of home. We LOVE our home and it’s one of the reasons why I love being a Charleston Wedding Photographer 🙂 It comes as no surprise to us, that many, including Bride and Groom, Adam and Elizabeth, are drawn to the place we have the pleasure of calling home. For them they found a spot loved by locals and visitors alike and had a Shem Creek Wedding at Cottage on the Creek!

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Continually, Charleston is top rated as one of the best cities in America by multiple publications! Elizabeth’s parents also reside in Charleston, and while Adam and Elizabeth were visiting, they fell in love with Charleston’s wedding scene (yes people, Charleston has a wedding scene). Our charming city won them over and, lucky us, the couple chose to have a destination wedding in the hometown we love, Charleston, South Carolina! These two are fun loving, cool, and always on point, and their wedding day matched them exactly. The best thing about having a Shem Creek Wedding at Cottage on The Creek is it’s a picturesque setting. We knew that this beautiful couple would have amazing wedding images!

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We adored the dashing grey and complimentary shades of purple that flowed throughout and all the little special details that helped make their event unique.

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The couple’s wedding day began with a traditional Catholic ceremony at Christ our King Catholic Church. Traditions can be fun and sentimental, and Elizabeth carried on a few. She had a subtle but beautiful jeweled anklet as her something blue. Elizabeth also told us that her mother for her own wedding day, made her bridal veil and chose to do the same for daughter Elizabeth as Elizabeth’s something old. It’s a cherished traditional symbol and is one of Elizabeth’s favorite things about her wedding.

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Another favorite thing the couple loved about their wedding was the quiet moments where they could just take in everything. Elizabeth said she loved getting ready with her bridesmaids, and really enjoyed their time together before things got hectic.

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The couple also loved their intimate moments with just the two of them like having their “first look” on the water and also privately viewing their dream of the reception space at Cottage on the Creek, come to life.

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Charleston Wedding Photographer Cottage on the Creek Mt Pleasant Summerville Historic Charleston Daniel Island West Ashley Goose Creek  (7 of 21)

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Their Cottage on the Creek dinner and reception was an absolute blast! Everyone in attendance clearly had a good time 🙂 We love Charleston with all our hearts, but wherever the destination of Adam and Elizabeth’s wedding, we were delighted to be the photographers that captured their beautiful wedding day!

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Charleston Wedding Photographer Cottage on the Creek Mt Pleasant Summerville Historic Charleston Daniel Island West Ashley Goose Creek  (15 of 21)

Want more stunning photos from this Charleston Wedding Photographer? Check out this radiant Bridal Session done at Charleston’s historic Middleton Plantation. We love how gorgeous the bride is and all the beautiful backdrops Charleston provides!

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A Real Celebration! | Charleston Wedding Photographer | Melissa and Beau’s Pepper Plantation Wedding

A Real Celebration! | Charleston Wedding Photographer | Melissa and Beau’s Pepper Plantation Wedding

Weddings are the celebration of a couple joining together. This Charleston Wedding Photographer knows having all of your family and friends come together is what turns an event into a real celebration! When Melissa and Beau think of their wedding day, they cherish the fact that all of their family and friends could all be there together in celebration of their big day!

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Charleston Wedding Photographer A Real Celebration Pepper Plantation Awendaw Summerville Historic Charleston Mt Pleasant Daniel Island West Ashley Goose Creek  (19 of 23)

However, it wasn’t just Melissa, Beau, and all of their loved one’s coming together that day, but also Melissa and Beau bringing their children together to make their two separate families, one. They all became a sweet family of four!
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Another thing that Bride Melissa cherished and recommends to other brides is, “Don’t stress the small stuff.” Some brides may get overwhelmed on their wedding day but Melissa said keeping that little phrase in mind helped her relax and truly enjoy their wedding. The Bride and Groom also chose to help minimize stress by doing a little “one-stop shopping” and used Duvall as their caterer, bar services, and event planners.

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All that was left to do was choose the beautiful event space, and selected Pepper Plantation; they had to have the finest bouquets, which were provided by Charleston Flower Market; the couple had to select event lighting and choose well with the beautifully done lighting by Charleston Up Lighting; and, of course, they needed the best Charleston Wedding Photographer 😉 (And we’re honored and delighted that they love the Valerie & Co. Photographers team and our work!)

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Pepper Plantation is located in Awendaw, SC, just outside the busy and bustling historic city of Charleston. The plantation is a classic but rustic “barn-inspired pavilion with deep Lowcountry-style porches, exposed wooden beams, massive indoor/outdoor fireplaces”, a cozy fire-pit on the grounds, and a gazebo at the end of the dock on the water; all of these stunning and unique features made for the perfect location for Melissa and Beau’s November Wedding.

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Charleston Wedding Photographer A Real Celebration Pepper Plantation Awendaw Summerville Historic Charleston Mt Pleasant Daniel Island West Ashley Goose Creek  (8 of 23)

The Bride and Groom looked perfect and you can tell by the way that they look at each other that they feel that they’re with the perfect person 🙂

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That day, everything seamlessly came together for Melissa and Beau’s rustic yet exquisite wedding. The end of the night was closed with a vintage white Rolls Royce “get-away” ride on to their next journey together.

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Charleston Wedding Photographer A Real Celebration Pepper Plantation Awendaw Summerville Historic Charleston Mt Pleasant Daniel Island West Ashley Goose Creek  (23 of 23)

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A Sparkling Woodland’s Wedding for Holly and Jason | Charleston Wedding Photographer

A Sparkling Woodland’s Wedding for Holly and Jason | Charleston Wedding Photographer

Being a Charleston Wedding Photographer, you get to learn so many couples sweet love stories. Holly and Jason know how to make love last! The two got together in August of 2003 while in high school; she in 10th grade and he in 11th. Through school, college, long distance, and the military, they have been there for each other.

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After 11 years together, Jason was ready to surprise Holly with his proposal! Jason gave up Monday night football and wanted to ask Holly out for a dinner date. It was a place the couple hadn’t been to before, and Holly was happy to try something new with her guy. The two of them had dinner at Fleet Landing in Charleston and later, enjoyed a walk along the water near the restaurant. While walking, Jason suggested they get a picture together of their date night. Holly didn’t want to disturb others, however she did relent, so, Jason approached another patron and asked, “Will you please get our photo? I want to have a picture of when I ask her to merry me.” He promptly turned to Holly, pulled out the ring, and got on one knee to ask for her hand in marriage! On that October evening, unsuspecting Holly was pleasantly surprised and happily said, “Yes!”

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October came around again and this time, Jason and Holly were celebrating their Wedding day at the picturesque Woodlands Mansion! When talking to Holly, she said that because life is hectic, there aren’t a lot of opportunities for all of their friends and family to be together. The fact that loved ones from all over the U.S. were able to come for a few days, stay all in one place at the beautiful Inn at Woodlands Mansion to make great memories, is just one of the cherished things that the couple loved about the celebration of their nuptials. They didn’t want the good times with everyone to end!

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Jason and Holly also loved their private moments during their wedding day too. When speaking to Holly, she said that initially she was not sure if she wanted to do “The First Look” but now says that was her favorite part of her wedding day.

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It was special to experience Jason’s genuine reaction of seeing his Bride for the first time and then enjoying an intimate moment together without the eyes of the wedding guests on them. This wedding has it all: gorgeous grounds, the perfect gown, sparkling bridesmaids, real gentlemen, beautiful bouquets, and a darling bride and groom! It is a wedding beyond compare for dear Jason and Holly!

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If you love this outdoor Woodlands Mansion wedding, we know you’ll love this outdoor wedding too!

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Southern Charm | Charleston Wedding Photographer | Andrea and Jarrett Magnolia Plantation Wedding

Southern Charm | Charleston Wedding Photographer | Andrea and Jarrett Magnolia Plantation Wedding

Valerie and Co Photographers love being a Charleston wedding photographer because of the the abundance of southern charm to be found. Andrea and Jarrett are a charming couple that our studio loves so much, we couldn’t help but reminisce now with their 1st anniversary fast approaching!

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Andrea and Jarrett believe in the old adage “third time’s the charm” and they’re “southern charm” love story is the reason why! The two met at five years old when Andrea developed a crush on Jarrett in their kindergarten days, however little Jarrett just did not feel the same way. They remained school friends through the years and in High School, Jarrett had developed a crush on Andrea. They dated but lively Andrea found Jarrett to be more shy than she thought she’d like and the high school romance was short lived. Time marched on and separately, each attended college, graduated, and began their careers. Then one beautiful beach day, the two just happened to run into each other at Folly Beach and, third time’s the charm, Andrea and Jarrett hit it off!

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That sweet little kindergarten crush 20 years later sparked into true love. Fast forward to March 29th, 2015, It was a gorgeous day at the historic Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, SC and Andrea and Jarrett were preparing to say their I do’s! The location is one of the most beautiful sites, a Charleston destination must see, and the most charming place for this sweet couple’s wedding.

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Spring time flowers were blooming and the bouquets for the bridesmaids and bride were full of touches of pink from roses & peonies, soft whites like those from the Hydrangea, and of green. The bridesmaids dresses were a beautiful light mint green that call to the season of spring and complimented the soft pinks throughout the venue.

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When reflecting on their big day, they both say that they’re favorite part of that day was “The First Gander” as they affectionately called it! Andrea said, “The wedding day is such a whirlwind, and having that private moment together was so special and calming; I felt like I could catch my breath.”

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The entire wedding was an elegant affair that they love dearly. The couple have since decided to grow their new family and are expecting their 1st child in August! Congratulations to these two and to all of their dreams coming true!

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