It never hurts when you get to shoot a wedding at a stunning location with real people that look like paid models. It actually feels really, really good.
I met Kevin and Kaitlin for the first time at a Starbucks after some email correspondence. It was plain to see how much they adored each other in the first few minutes of that meeting. Sincere, mutual respect. I got to know them just a little bit and we decided we were a great fit for me to photograph their wedding day. They were getting married at The Palmetto Riverside Bed & Breakfast in March with six bridesmaids, six groomsmen, a beautiful flower girl with a seriously old soul, and an adult ring bearer.
When I walked into the bridal suite at 9:30 AM, I was smacked in the face with thunderous hip hop music, I think it was ‘What’s Your Fantasy?’ by Ludacris. This completely set the vibe for the rest of the day. The mothers of the bride and groom were sitting on a couch, and I introduced myself. They were both beaming and mentioned that they follow me on instagram. That tiny moment made my heart smile. Kaitlin’s bridesmaids were strewn around the room, laughing, reminiscing, while Kaitlin scribbled her final vows onto a sheet of paper. As I started shooting, the girls began to transform. Classy Styles Hair & Makeup Artistry did an incredible job. The boys were getting ready at Kevin’s dad’s place on the beach. My second shooter and great friend Jen Angel headed over that way to capture their morning.
We decided to shoot their first look inside this historic home. I wanted to use all of its character within these remarkable moments. It was a rainy day and I know Kaitlin was a little nervy about what that meant for the ceremony and reception. But I truly feel like weather only adds to a perfect wedding day. And it did.
The ceremony was so lovely and remained on the dry side. There were some looks on Kevin’s face that made for some of my favorite captures of the day. And Kaitlin has the sweetest cry face. The bride and groom’s parents are close friends and that added so much intimacy. There were a noteworthy amount of sports references flying around in the vows. Their nerves seemed to flush from their bodies about half way through. There was a ton of crying in the guest seats.
By the time the reception began, we had full blown rain happening. Wim, an owner of the B&B, and a caterer flanked the entry to the dance floor for the guests with umbrellas. I swear that no one in attendance complained a single time about the rain. The people who came to this wedding really, really loved Kaitlin and Kevin. It was apparent through this wedding’s entirety. And whoa, these people were dancers! I especially loved Kaitlin’s dad’s low-to-the-ground moves.
The English Rose for florals
Something Blue Bridal Boutique for the stunning wedding gown
I am so pleased with how everything turned out for this couple who are so madly in love. You guys are an inspiration.
Here are my favorite moments: