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.
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!
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!
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 🙂Read More »
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!
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!
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!
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!
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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!
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!Read More »