As a photographer I am blessed to have a job that allows me to capture precious moments that will last forever. Sarah and Stevie are a sweet couple who met through mutual friends in 2010. Fast forward to 2014, on a trip to explore Northern Georgia, hike, see waterfalls and visit a few wineries, Sarah and Stevie made a lasting memory for their future. In the back of Sarah’s mind she was expecting that Stevie might pop the question on this adventure but after hearing the news that their travels would end in 30 degree weather along with rain and snow she wasn’t so sure.  Regardless, they made the trip and after hiking up and down a mountain Stevie asked Sarah to marry him while the two were posing for a selfie on the trail. Sarah definitely remembers screaming “YES!”

April 9th was the perfect sunny day for their wedding ceremony at historic St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in downtown Charleston.  Sister love and the help of friends and mom is always a tender, meaningful time before a wedding.  The smiles were contagious!  Sarah’s amethyst ring on her right hand was a gift for this day from her grandmother.

Her darling program attendants gave programs to guests from Charleston sweetgrass baskets.  Once all guests were “locked” inside their pew doors, the mothers were escorted to their pews and the bridal procession began down the white marble floor – perfect for flowing gowns, especially the bride’s!  In this majestic space with its towering ceiling and beautiful colors from the chancel stained glass windows of 1840, Sarah and Stevie said their vows of marriage.

One of the highlights of the day was traveling down King Street and beyond to the Carolina Yacht Club (about a mile) in a caravan of Charleston Rickshaws.  To the pleasure of onlookers in downtown, the wedding party and I (photographer) made our way in style!! What a fun group to photograph! The flowers were flawless with soft pink, white, and luscious greenery.  A unique attribute to the reception was the live painting taking place during Sarah and Stevie’s first dance. One of the bridesmaids arranged for this painting with a close family friend.  One scene I really loved seeing was the entire bridal party locking arms in support of their bride and groom as they were on the dance floor.

The Emerald Empire Band entertained in fine style while the guests danced and continued to enjoy the delicious food including a magnificent grand seafood display of a Swordfish. The newlyweds took their leave under a row of sparklers and disappeared into the black Charleston night in a vintage car.

Thank you Sarah and Stevie for allowing me into this circle of happiness on April 9th.  All my best wishes for your future.

Thank you to Amy Kay who also helped me as my second shooter for the day and night!

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Ceremony: St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church | Reception: Carolina Yacht Club | Florist: The Flower Cottage | Caterer: Carolina Yacht Club – Jenna Lea Fore | Bride’s Dress: Jean’s Bridal of Charleston – Allure Bridals | Hair: Willow Salon – Dia Johnson | Makeup: Willow Salon – Sabra Mizzell | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal – David’s Bridal Collection | Groom & Groomsmen Attire: M.H. Frank |  Ties, Tie Clips & Pocket squares : The Tie Bar | Band: Emerald Empire Band | Live Painting: Articulate Design – Staci Sarkowski | Save the Dates: Paperless Post – Rifle Paper Co. | Invitations: Minted | Rickshaw Ride: Charleston Rickshaw | “Get – Away” Car: Charleston Style Limo