Charleston, South Carolina is such a special place to us. When Joy and I met in college, we would always go to her home in Charleston on breaks, during the summer, and any other time we could get away. It's truly one of the most charming cities we've ever visited. And it's where we chose to get married ourselves, even in July, and yes, even though it was 127 degrees outside!
Anyhow, enough about us. Ashley and Steve were married in Charleston, not in July, but in February. How wise of them. It was an absolutely spectacular day and we were thrilled to be a part of it. Ashley's brother and sister-in-law are our super-talented dear friends Brandt and Trisha, from Celebration, Florida.
Ashley and her mom had their make-up done at the Cosbar on King Street
And how perfect are these shoes?
Ashley was stunning in her lace Jim Hjelm dress from the Gown Boutique of Charleston.
The wedding ceremony was held at the French Huguenot Church downtown.
After the ceremony we walked one block over to get some portraits on one of our favorite little cobblestone streets in Charleston.
Steve is tall.
I love the London Black Cab going over the new Cooper River Bridge on their way to the reception.
A little back seat romance from the married couple.
Their reception was held at the beautiful Daniel Island Club along the marsh. Gotta love the South Carolina low country.
The Daniel Island Club at night, view from the marsh.
Ashley and Steve's reception decor was regal.
Truly one of my favorite parts of our jobs as photographers is being able to capture little moments like this, of Ashley's parents right after they were introduced and took their seats at the reception.
The story was explained of how Ashley's family always celebrated events with pies instead of cake. So they replaced the traditional wedding cake with a towering collection of little, individual wedding pies.
It was a great, delicious idea!
I love moments like this too, with Ashley and Steve listening to Ashley's father's toast.
The following morning, even with a 90-percent chance of rain in the forecast, we met downtown for some more pictures of the bride and groom. We dodged rain showers and huddled under umbrellas throughout the morning, but it was absolutely worth it.
Charleston is full of charming little alleys and lanes, you just have to get out and walk to find them.
A series of turns led us to this charming English-looking home. I wanted to knock and request a tour...and some morning tea.
Walking along through one of my all-time favorite secret cobblestone alleys in Charleston...
A little rain mixed with a little sun is ideal for outdoor portraits.
Congratulations Ashley & Steve! It was such a pleasure to be there on your special day. Everything about it, and I mean everything, was fabulous! We wish you many exciting blessings and adventures as you begin your new life together!