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.”
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!”
“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!”
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!”
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!
Fall in love | Rachel & Blake at Hampton Park | Fall Engagement Session by Charleston Wedding Photographer Valerie & Co.
We at Valerie and Co. Photographers are so thrilled and honored to be a part of Rachel and Blake’s story and to capture all the happiness and love! Congratulations to the awesome couple, and everyone be on the look out for what is sure to be beautiful wedding portraits here on our blog, of their May wedding! And here is a little place you can check out to get your Charleston wedding fix 😉
As Charleston photographers, we love nothing more than a Magnolia Garden Engagement Session! We had the honor of documenting such a beautiful and intimate moment with Mr. and Mrs. Hicks! Brittany and Sergio’s elopement turned out to be absolutely stunning! Blooming Azaleas around every corner and this sweet couple who couldn’t help but get lost in each others eyes.
Brittany and Sergio’s story is a perfect example of how distance makes the heart grow fonder. Several years of being apart in a long distance relationship, Brittany and Sergio were ready to tie the knot and found us at the Charleston Wedding Show. We proudly said yes to being their photographer! Here’s just a few of our favorites, but you could imagine how difficult it was to narrow them down! Congratulations Brittany and Sergio!
When it comes to Charleston Engagement Photography, this session is definitely one of our recent favorites! Set in historic downtown Charleston, this shoot captured Chantal and Rich perfectly. Chantal, a hairstylist, and Rich, a civilian contractor in Afghanistan, have been long distance their entire relationship. We are THRILLED that they are finally together to do their Engagement Shoot, especially in the greatest city on earth! They drove all the way from Charlotte to be photographed on the stunning cobblestone Wharf streets and underneath the gorgeous Spanish Moss in Hampton Park. They chose us for their photo session after we shot their friends’ engagement and wedding. They picked some of their favorite spots in the city, which happen to be our favorites too! The endless choices of the colors and textures on Rainbow Row and Hampton Park leave us breathless every time!
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See more Charleston Engagement Photography here: Tabathia and Matt’s Cypress Gardens Engagement Session
This Cypress Gardens engagement session was sooooo much fun! First of all, Cypress Gardens is one of our favorite spots in all of Charleston! It’s a little bit of a drive out to Moncks Corner, especially with the bridge being out and having to take the detour, but it is so worth it! The park, swallowed up by tall trees, and the peace of the water and scenery of nature just can’t be beat!
Tabithia, Matt and Macon make such a sweet family. Like, melt-your-heart kind of sweetness. Tabithia and Matt’s love story is one of the rainbow after the storm, and there is such beauty in overcoming hard times. Hard times really do make or break a relationship and these two have truly found the real thing.
Here are a few of our favorites…but we can’t wait to share the rest! (We’re also excited to be their Charleston wedding photographer in October!)
Charleston Wedding Photography | Hampton Park Engagement Photos | Moncks Corner, SC | Brittany and Nick
One of our favorite things about Charleston Wedding Photography is engagement sessions! It’s a wonderful chance to get to know the bride-and-groom-to-be! We love hearing all about how they met, why they fell for each other, and what their hopes and dreams are for their future together. It’s also fun seeing them interact in their “uniquely them” sort of way. How they get each other. How they look at each other. We love love!
We already posted a preview of Brittany and Nick’s session at Hampton Park…but we had too many favorites for just one blog post! Which one do you like best?
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View more blog posts Charleston Wedding Photography and engagement sessions here: Stacey and Rex’s Charleston Wedding at the Creek Club at I’On in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
For this North Charleston engagement session…we chose the Old Navy Base in North Charleston, South Carolina. It’s such a huge place that we pretty much hopped around by car and did a “few pics here” and a “few more pics over there”. It was a perfect weather day, and Kristi and Derek were sooooooo much fun that umm…I got a little carried away and took way too many pictures! (I know, right, what a problem to have, too many awesome photos?! Shame on me! Haha.)
There are only a few good spots I’d choose for a North Charleston engagement session tho…and by far this one is my favorite. We started at Riverfront Park, and went from there. So much texture and unique spots to be found. For example, we did a few photos in an abandoned warehouse!
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View another North Charleston Engagement Session here: Allen & Ellen
Love really is an amazing miracle. The whole world is full of people who AREN’T right for each other. And yet somehow two people are able to find their perfect match. And then they fall in love. If you’re in love, it feels so easy; it feels right. Like a little bit of magic.
If you’re not in love…the concept of love and finding that perfect companionship seems so impossible at times. Until it happens…that’s why we say it’s a miracle!
If you want to peek at what real love looks like…look no further than Brittany and Nick. These two are so perfect for each other, and you can’t help but smile being around them. They’re fun, down to earth, and I just love their sense of humor! We absolutely cannot wait for their wedding in September!
Here is a small preview from their Downtown Charleston Engagement Session at Hampton Park:
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View another Downtown Charleston Engagement Session here: Stormey & Josh’s College of Charleston Cistern Engagement Session
Weeks before this session, we chatted about all the locations they could choose from, and I was so excited when they chose one of my all time favorite spots and…hooray, a Cypress Gardens Engagement Session it was! And, to make their engagement session even more special, they included James’s son in their photos. (Probably their first official photo shoot as a family, huh?) Tré is into photography so brought his camera along and we had a great time chatting about fstops and shutter speeds. 🙂 He got to enjoy some nature photography while I took some photos of just Kim & James.
There are so many more we love from this session. We haven’t even seen all the pics I took Sunday yet…we just threw together a few for preview and will post more when they’re all ready. We just figured these guys were probably way too excited and would enjoy a sneak peek.
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View another Cypress Gardens Engagement Session here: Stormey & Josh
As a Charleston Wedding Photographer, there are few things more exhilarating than getting asked to photograph a proposal. I’m hidden…here they come…my heart is beating like I’m playing an extreme sport…and then it happens, the moment he pops the question and both of their lives change forever. I admit I might be tearing up behind the camera a little bit!
We couldn’t be happier for these two sweet people. God definitely knew what He was doing bringing this couple together!
So, if you’re looking for a few good Charleston Proposal Ideas, take a lesson from Alex’s book here and let’s talk a bit about how he made his proposal special!
As you can see in these photos, he made a “WILL YOU MARRY ME?” banner, complete finishing touches with duct tape (awesome!) The banner was already attached to the railing at the end of the Mt. Pleasant Waterfront Park pier. He had called us several days prior and arranged what time they would be taking a walk down the pier, and once they left Faith’s house a few blocks away, he sent us a text that they were headed our way! Hand in hand, they walked down the pier and when they got to the end, she saw the sign and at the same time, Alex got down on one knee. She said YES (of course!) and the rest is history!
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View another post about Charleston Proposal Ideas from a session we did in Knoxville, Tennessee here: Allen & Ellen’s Engagement Session