We met Corey and Tim last year while shooting Cindy and Josh’s gorgeous Atlantic Beach wedding. Not to toot our own horn, but they fell in love with our photography while watching Cindy and Josh’s slideshow at the reception. Through a series of emails and some rearranging of plans we finally meshed our forces of good and made our committment to come down to Charleston the following spring.
There are very few cities in the U.S. that illicit the same reaction from everyone…. a deep sigh and a declaration of love. Charleston is one of those cities. We had never been there before this wedding, but I can tell you that after we crossed the bridge and feasted our eyes on the insanely gorgeous homes, front porches, flower boxes, architecture, and foliage…we felt like we came home. Charleston feels like the best of the New England meets the south. The charm and color have won my heart and I can honestly say it is one of the prettiest places I have ever visited and I have traveled a lot!
We did make a few pit stops on our drive down. As a kid growing up in central New York, we would visit Florida once a year during junior high/high school. It was a grueling 24 hour drive and my dad isn’t the kind of traveler that takes well to pit stops. He is more of a “suck it up/emergency only” stopper. Anyone who has ever driven through North Carolina on 95 South knows that you will be assaulted with obnoxious billboards for a little gaudy, hidden gem, called South of the Border. These signs start as far as 100 miles prior to the exit. They grow increasingly cheesy and tacky the closer you get.
All those years driving to Florida we had to watch South of the Border come and go out our window. Our pleas to stop and smell the tacky fell on deaf ears. I knew this was my time. At 33 years old, I knew Ryan had the compassion and the curiosity to fulfill my childhood yearning. At the last billboard beckoning us to exit I said, “Can we go?” The blinker went on and a little thrilled rose in my chest. I was going to see what this was all about.
I wish I could add to the folklore about this place, but I can’t. It really is just a sea of closed shops and restaurants peppered with a few fun things to do and LITTERED with giant, random, gaudy painted things. With no kids in tow, we did what we could to have a little fun, so we…..sat on painted things and took pictures.
Ryan is 6’6”….this is one large wiener dog!!!
This picture cracks me up.
Much to Ryan’s chagrin, I climbed into the back seat, put headphones on and was comforted by Season 3 of The Office the rest of the way to South Carolina. It has been a few years since I have watched this season…..I was actually in tears laughing so hard.
Our first night in Charleston we wandered around downtown admiring the GORGEOUS architecture and foliage and making the most important decision of the night…where to eat. We stood at a corner looking up and down reading signs when I heard the word “Senator” shouted a few feet away from me. Sadly, my first thought was “Stink, I have no clue who the senator of South Carolina is; too bad.”. Then the man turned around and I realized it was John McCain. This face I recognized! Too bad I was all thumbs trying to get my camera turned on. Here is a shot of the back of him walking away. I clearly have no future as paparazzi.
On to the main event. Corey was an absolute STUNNER!!!! There is such a grace and yet playfulness about her.
We were so excited when Corey and TIm agreed to a First Look. I LOVE first looks! The energy, nerves, and excitement. We met as close to the water in Charleston as we could (traffic was bananas). It was so HOT out! Coincidently, the Blue Angels were performing the entire time we were shooting. I literally do not know how our ears handled the mind numbing volume those jets can project. It was so cool to watch them zooming by in formation at break neck speed.
Let’s compare who is better looking.
Sorry Tim, the girl ALWAYS wins!
On to the ceremony….nothing like a quick pit stop on the way.
Stay tuned for the main event…some GORGEOUS details, including this stunning, feminine bouquet! This wedding was amazing!