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!
The Fairmont Kea Lani Wedding and Reception Venue in Maui, Hawaii is a great alternative to hosting a large wedding celebration is to travel far away to a luxurious location
with only a few special witnesses. Such an arrangement is ideal for the couple that would rather
spend more money on the honeymoon than on their actual ceremony. If this sounds like your kind of
wedding, you might consider booking a reservation at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui, Hawaii. Even if
you prefer a large guest list, this resort is ready to accommodate you.
The Fairmont Kea Lani resides on 22 acres of tropical land and provides both indoor and outdoor
locations for wedding ceremonies. As Maui’s only luxury all-suite and villa oceanfront resort, the
Fairmont Kea Lani is admired for its gorgeous views as well as its exotic wedding packages. Couples
may choose from four different packages to make their Big Day truly remarkable, addressing every
detail from tropical flowers and photography to the officiant and the wedding certificate. Perhaps the
most special wedding package the resort offers is the Ka Male ‘Ana Hawai’i package, which has been
designed to emulate an ancient Hawaiian wedding ceremony from over three hundred years ago. The
ceremony is performed by a Kahu, a Hawaiian minister who happens to be the direct descendent of
Queen Ka’ahumanu, the favorite wife of Hawaii’s first king, Kamehameha. The groom arrives to the
ceremony on a Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe. Other features of this package include a lei for each guest,
a hula dancer, and five nights accommodation in a luxurious Deluxe Oceanview Suite.
Additional wedding enhancements at this resort include a Hawaiian Monarch butterfly release, a conch
shell blower, and a fire knife dance with a Tahitian drummer. Local instrumentalists are available to
play Hawaiian guitars, violins, harps, ukeleles, keyboards, flutes, cellos and bagpipes.
The resort has three main sites for wedding events. The Pacific Terrace provides beautiful views of
the Lanai, Molokini and Kahoolawe islands as well as Polo Beach on the Pacific Ocean. The terrace
seats a maximum of fifty guests. The Gazebo is situated at the foot of the resort’s three-tiered Royal
Fountain terrace and provides a lovely garden setting for a guest list of 100 seated or 120 standing. The
Kea Lani Ballroom provides 8,400 square feet of event space but can also be divided into five separate
rooms. The ballroom also features a 4,000 square-foot open-air, pre-function area.
There are plenty of on- and off-site attractions to keep your guests entertained and your honeymoon
itinerary packed. Enjoy the resort’s full-service spa and salon, three swimming pools, 140-foot water
slide, four restaurants, gourmet bakery and deli, and boutique shopping. The resort provides programs
for a various amount of activities including snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking, paddling,
helicopter tours and island-wide excursions. Adjacent to the resort is Wailea’s three championship
golf courses and tennis courts. Other local attractions include Haleakala National Park, Kula Botanical
Gardens, Lahaina (the historic capital of the islands), the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, and the Maui
For a gorgeous tropical wedding, you really can’t go wrong with the Fairmont Kea Lani. This resort
provides couples with everything they need for a unique wedding ceremony, a fun reception, and a
luxurious honeymoon. If you are interested in booking your wedding at this resort, please call 808-
875-4100 or toll-free at 1-866-540-4456. You can also reach the resort by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More »
The Wild Dunes Resort is a lovely golf facility that offers ample event space for both indoor and
outdoor wedding celebrations. Located in the Charleston, South Carolina area, this resort provides
gorgeous views of the ocean, beautiful facilities, and delicious food. Whether you’re looking to have
an intimate ceremony on the beach, a quick exchange of vows on the resort’s lovely croquet lawns,
or an energetic poolside party complete with dancing and live music, the Wild Dunes Resort will
accommodate your needs.
The Sweetgrass Pavilion has 10,000 square feet of event space and can accommodate up to 250
guests at a time. This pavilion features outdoor terraces, high-tech lighting, sound, projection,
amplification, and professional technical support. The Palmetto Hall has an open, airy floor plan
of 2,479 square feet that can be extended to the outdoors, including a landscaped pool. The Grand
Pavilion can accommodate up to 600 guests and provides stunning ocean views. For a smaller affair,
Palm Cove provides outdoor space for between 50 and 150 guests and includes enough poolside space
to accommodate both dinner and dancing to live music. Floor plans of these facilities are available
online at www.wilddunes.com. Also available online are sample menus of the resort’s on-site catering
In addition to beautiful event space, the Wild Dunes Resort also provides wonderful packages for the
wedding party to unwind before the Big Day. The “Groomsmen’s Golf Tourney” package provides
the groom-to-be with complimentary golf and discounted rates for the rest of the wedding party. The
“Fishing with the Guys” package provides the groom-to-be with complimentary fishing in either the
nearby salt marsh creeks or offshore along the Carolina coast. The “Ladies Luncheon” package offers
the bride and her party a delicious meal on either the poolside patio at the Sea Island Grill & Lounge
or on the croquet lawn. The “Bridal Party Pampering” package provides the bride and her party with
either a relaxing day of massages or mani-pedis the day before the wedding or hair and makeup styling
the morning of the ceremony.
The Wild Dunes Resort is a lovely venue that offers class, delicious food, pampering services, and
plenty of room to party. If you’re interested in having your wedding celebration at the Wild Dunes
Resort, please call 866-499-7142 or request a proposal online at www.wilddunes.com.Read More »
Folly Beach, a barrier island that is just fifteen minutes away from historic Charleston. It has it all, if you’re looking for a small, simple, and beautifully natural wedding, a Folly Beach wedding is the perfect solution. And if you want to invite the whole gang, think about a fun-filled wedding weekend at Folly Beach. Folly Beach weddings are always memorable, and unique.
Popular locations on the beach perfect for nuptials include down by the lighthouse or at the county park. While the lighthouse itself is surrounded by water, when the tide is out the location provides for a scenic view of the beach, water, and the historic lighthouse. This setting is ideal for a small wedding.
The Pelican Watch Shelter at the Folly Beach County Park provides two levels of beach accessible shelter with a capacity of 200 people. This location provides views and access to the beach and can be used for the nuptials and/or reception. Picnic tables, grills, water and electricity access, and restrooms are available. The use of bands, loudspeakers, and any amplified music requires permission from park management. For wedding parties with more than 99 people security is required.Read More »
When an outdoor, beach-inspired wedding is what is desired; then Mingo Point on Kiawah Island, South Carolina is the ideal venue and setting. This Barrier Island as well as gated community provides privacy and exclusivity that only adds to the memorable event of a beautiful wedding.
One of the beauties of an outdoor wedding is the fact that the wedding party can be as large as you want it to be. This kind of seating liberty is a sigh of relief for the couple-to-be who would like to comfortably accommodate a large number of guests.
The natural beauty of the environment, the ocean smells of the Atlantic coast, the sounds of water interacting with the environment, and birds chirping and singing; are bonuses that are priceless.
The Sanctuary which is located at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is a splendid wedding venue. Its oceanfront grand lawn, private beach, and ballrooms afford all the facilities and amenities for weddings of any style and size. The statistics of the three ballrooms are as follows:
-Terrace ballroom: 2 880 square feet
-Grand Oaks ballroom: 6 099 square feet
-Heron Room: 1 853 square feet
These ballrooms can be partitioned for smaller weddings or expanded for large events. The ballrooms can comfortably seat 350 seated dinner guests. The facility also offers 255 deluxe guest rooms as well as 13 suites. Also, a great number of the rooms have an ocean view. They also offer full spa salon services as well as airport transportation.Read More »