Nina & Brendan at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

Way back in May of 2020, I fell in love with Nina & Brendan during his heartfelt secret proposal to her: https://chrisandcami.com/brendans-surprises-nina-with-a-proposal/. I could tell this was indeed TRUE LOVE!!!  So you can imagine my incredible excitement when these two lovebirds asked me to photograph their wedding! Having been there with them at the beginning of this journey when she said “Yes”, it was an absolute pleasure to be with them at this special celebration when they each said “I Do”. 🙂

Nina & Brendan were married in a beautiful ceremony at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. The intricate half-dome ceiling in this place is nothing short of spectacular. But it paled in comparison to how absolutely stunning Nina was in her elegant wedding gown! Normally a rugged and weathered hard-working man, I have to say Brendan was looking incredibly sharp in his pressed gray suite as well. 🙂

After exchanging vows, Nina & Brendan celebrated with all their family and friends during a fantastic reception at the Historic Rice Mill. While sail boats bobbed in the background, this beautiful old restored waterfront venue gave us some wonderful backdrops for portraits of the newlyweds…the sun slowly sinking into the Ashley River in the distance. Inside, however, the energy and excitement was electric! Between a lovely solo sung by Brendan’s father for their first dance, hilarious toasts that had everyone doubled over in laughter, and a dance floor that simply wouldn’t quit…this turned out to be the celebration of the century!

CONGRATULATIONS to Nina & Brendan! We wish you all the best as you begin your new journey together!!!

Laura & Terrell at Azalea Drive Church of Christ

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a dark cloud over many couple’s wedding plans. But Laura & Terrell stayed positive and came up with creative ways to still become husband and wife on their selected wedding day!

Instead of the big wedding and reception with 150 guests they had planned, Laura & Terrell were married in a beautiful, intimate ceremony with just a few special family members and friends, where pastor Brown at Azalea Drive Church of Christ led a touching service.   Laura & Terrell also created a live Zoom meeting for other guests to still be able to bear witness to this wonderful celebration. And of course they still had me photograph it so that they could have their special memories of this day, and put together a fun slideshow to share at their reception whenever they are able to have it once social-distancing regulations are relaxed.

After the ceremony, a few of us drove downtown to photograph some beautiful portraits of Laura & Terrell in Waterfront Park and the surrounding old historic French Quarter. We had so much fun! And the best part was, the nearly empty park and city streets gave us plenty of freedom to be creative without fighting mobs of tourists. See…no matter how bad things get, there’s always a silver lining if you look for it!  🙂

To see the rest of their photos, visit: https://chrisandcami.zenfolio.com/lauraandterrell

CONGRATULATIONS Laura & Terrell! What an incredible story you’ll have to tell your grand-kids someday. We wish you all the happiness in the world as you begin your amazing new journey together!!!

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Sommer’s Bridal Portraits

One of the hardest things about photographing beautiful bridal portraits is having to wait so long before I can share them!

Now that Sommer and Frank are married, here are a few of my favorite shots from Sommer’s amazing bridal session in the Murray Center at 14 George Street. Her wedding gown is an antique, worn by her mother on her wedding day. It was not only elegant, but also very fragile. This historic interior space above the Spoleto office was the perfect location to showcase the dress, while keeping it clean and safe for the wedding day.

We had so much fun with Sommer and her mom and aunt who came to help. Sommer was absolutely stunning. And the pictures came out incredible!!!

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Bekah & Casey’s Beautiful Wedding

When I lay hiding in the itchy bushes, heart pounding with excitement, photographing Casey’s secret proposal to Bekah several months ago…I had no idea that one day I’d also be photographing him placing the wedding band on her finger in marriage!

What an honor it was to be there for Bekah & Casey at their beautiful wedding in the lush countryside outside Mullins, SC. It was such an elegant affair, with the old rustic barn decorated with tasteful floral arrangements and antique lighting displays. Friends and family came from far and wide to witness the joy of this special day!

To see the rest of their photos, visit http://chrisandcami.zenfolio.com/bekahandcasey

Bekah was absolutely stunning in her whispy flowing gown and fairy-tale wreath. Casey was decked out in a handsome suit. Both of them wore their favorite shoes, which were also present on the day Casey asked for Bekah’s hand in marriage! It was so cool to know that those special shoes and I were the ONLY witnesses for both of these magical celebrations of their love for each other!!!

“My beloved is mine and I am his.” Song of Songs 2:16

CONGRATULATIONS Bekah & Casey!  We wish you all the best as you begin this new journey together!!!

Downtown Charleston Bridal Shoot

Lisa & Clay were finally married last weekend.  So it’s safe for me to finally reveal some of Lisa’s gorgeous Bridal Portraits from her shoot in charming downtown CharlestonJ  I posted some of their really cool Engagement Portraits here:  https://chrisandcami.com/blog/2010/03/29/lisa-clay-rock-bowens-island/.  But I just couldn’t post any with Lisa’s dress until now for fear of Clay “snooping” around to get a peek at her dress!  Just kidding…Clay would never do that.

Karina’s Getting Married!

Karina & her “entourage” met me over at Boone Hall Plantation earlier this week.  I’m not actually photographing her wedding, but was SO HONORED when she asked if I would do her Bridal Shoot.  Karina is a beautiful, spirit-filled young lady…so full of life and love!  It was a joy just being with her and sharing this special time in her life with her.  I love how elegant she looks, even when she’s leaning on her fiance’s guitar!!!  J

Jody’s Bridal Portraits

I had an AWESOME TIME photographing Jody’s Bridal Portraits a couple weeks ago! We drove down to Walterboro where we had received permission to photograph at Bonnie Doone Plantation. It’s such a beautiful place with the most dreamy Spanish Moss covered oaks! On top of that, Jody’s dad brought along his amazing new Dodge Charger. I couldn’t help doing a few poses with the bright red muscle car juxtaposed against the soft green tapestry and draped with a beautiful bride in her flowing white gown! 🙂 Jody was so much fun to work with. I can’t WAIT to photograph her and Gerald’s wedding!!!

Adrienne’s Bridal Portrait

I photographed Adrienne’s Bridal Portraits the other day. Isn’t she UNBELIEVABLY beautiful?!? We got so many awesome images from her shoot! This was one of the very first ones.

I loved how this shaft of late afternoon sunlight was making the fuzzy ferns glow. So while she was in the changing room, I had figured out that I wanted to place her here where her veil would get that same angelic rim light. Then I popped up a Nikon SB-800 in a small EZ-Box on a Bogen 3333 lightstand off to her left. (Ask me why her left next time you see me.)

Here’s the “before” without the SB-800. I had a slight warming filter on the remote flash and triggered it via a set of Radio Poppers. They were shot with a Nikon D3 and 70-200 f2.8.

Rindy & Josh at Blessed Sacrament

Last Saturday turned out to be a gorgeous day! What better place to be than at Josh & Rindy’s wedding! I’ve had so much fun getting to know them over the last year through our get-togethers, phone conversations, engagement session, Rindy’s bridal shoot.

Josh proposed at Disney World by having the divers in the big tank at dinner hold up a sign asking Rindy to marry him! Isn’t that AWESOME!?! He and Rindy’s brothers are really in to motorcycles. Since I used to be a motorcycle fanatic myself (owned a half-dozen or so in my life) we had an instant connection. Plus Rindy’s Dad is a big photo buff…how cool is that?!? On top of all the mayhem of planning a wedding, Rindy was studying for her MCATS….now THAT’s impressive!

Josh and Rindy have been dating since middle school. They truly are a match made in heaven. After the slideshow, CLICK HERE to check out the rest of their pictures. CONGRATULATIONS you guys!!!



Josette & Dante at The Citadel

I’ve been looking forward to Josette & Dante’s wedding for a long time! They are such a cool couple…truly into each other…yet so giving of each other to others. Read more about them and see their Engagement Portraits on their wedding website. They live in Charlotte now. But they absolutely LOVE the beauty and grandeur of Summerall Chapel on The Citadel campus, so they decided that’s where they wanted to tie the knot!

I met up with Josette and her entourage at the Holliday Alumni Center. She was STUNNING in her wedding gown! Once everyone was ready we headed over to the courtyard outside the chapel for photos. It was a beautiful day and the lighting was fantastic outside. After Josette left, Dante arrived with his posse. He was looking sharp and ready for some fun. After photos with the guys we all moved inside for the ceremony. I just love how regal the inside of the sanctuary looks in photos…I love shooting weddings here. Afterwards we headed back over to the Alumni Center for an UNBELIEVABLE reception!!!

I just had a great time capturing all the fun flavor of Josette & Dante’s wedding day. Click Here to check out the rest of the photos. CONGRATULATIONS you two!!!

Erin & Jason at Harbor Club

Erin & Jason are friends of ours from St. Andrew’s Family Fitness Center where we work out. So it was extra special for me to be able to celebrate their wedding day with them AND capture all the joy of their Big Day!

It started at the Harborview Hotel with preparation photos of Erin, followed by their “First Glance” on the grand staircase. After that we spent some time in and around Waterfront Park creating some beautiful images. It was a gorgeous day, Jason was looking SHARP, and of course Erin was STUNNING in her wedding gown! We circled back around, ending up at the Harbor Club, where the wedding took place on the Pavilion as the sun was setting over the cityscape.

Later we noticed how dramatic the moon was that night. Erin & Josh were so adventurous and gladly slipped out with me to create an amazing image of them beside the Pineapple Fountain with the moon overhead! Click Here to check out the rest of their images. CONGRATULATIONS Erin & Jason!!!

Our Hearts are Sad

Abby & Dan were married at Alhambra Hall on July 28th, 2007. I remember their wedding like it was YESTERDAY! They were such a beautiful couple with so much joy in their hearts and a real connection with each other. I recently received the sad news that Abby just lost her battle with cancer. You can read her story here: www.mylifeline.org/abbadoo. Cami & I were shocked when we heard the news. Our hearts and prayers go out to Dan and her family during this difficult time.

It was an honor to have been a part of this special day in Abby’s life many years ago. Her passing is a powerful reminder to me that what I do is not just a job. Creating beautiful images that tell the story of special people, bonds of love, and the gift that is LIFE is something that I am humbled to be a part of!!!