A Wedding At The Grand Ocean Terrace At The Westin HHI For Lindsay & Zach

The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa just opened an exclusive southern chic new wedding venue called The Grand Ocean Terrace. This incredible venue features an unobstructed ocean view, with over 5,000.00 square feet, it can accommodate about 220 guest, a full balcony and stone patio with a fireplace, and a bridal dressing room. Back on June 27th, I was honored to be one of the very few wedding photographers that were invited to their Gala of the unveiling of The Grand Ocean Terrace. This night was spectacular including the ribbon cutting of this new venue and it featured wedding vendors from all over the US.

Since I am on their preferred vendor’s list which is a huge honor, I had already booked clients that were having their magical wedding at this beautiful venue.

This is where back in June 21st, 2016, when I received a call from Mrs. Gutta who was looking for a wedding photographer for her daughter’s wedding. We exchanged a couple of emails, Lindsay the bride to be chose me on that same day. I was so happy. Then in February 2017, I had the pleasure of meeting Lindsay & Zach at my studio. I could see that they were my ideal clients who wanted a seamless wedding and loved my assistance in creating the perfect wedding timeline. When July came around the corner, I had two weddings at this venue booked one on that Friday and the other on that Saturday.

When their wedding day became it was a gorgeous day, and evening, always an elegant wedding affair at The Westin Resort & Spa in Hilton Head, SC. All of the  wedding vendors worked perfectly together, the timeline went without any delays,  the reception as always a perfect soiree coordinated by the beautiful Ashlee Fleming and her wonderful team that lives by their branding of delivering impeccable service,  from everyone flowing smiling faces from their incredible staff. The clients family and friends in awe, and as you can see in my wedding images the perfect reflection of this amazing wedding night and this beautiful venue.

Here is Lindsay and Zach story on how this day became:

Zach and I met on the Beach while working for a summer in Ocean City, MD. We dated long distance for about 3 years while we were attending college. Zach at Clemson University, Lindsay at West Virginia University. Eventually, we moved in together and dated for 7 years before getting engaged.

We got engaged at Filoli Gardens in Woodside, California on 7/12/16 on our 7 year anniversary. Lindsay had just completed the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco and we decided to stop for a walk on the way home. Zach said in his proposal that he wanted to give me “A rock for escaping from ‘The Rock'”

We chose to get married in Hilton Head since it was my (Lindsay) families home away from home while we were growing up. It was always our go to vacation spot. Zachs parents also lived near by in Isle of Palms so it was an easy choice.

My mom (Karen Gutta) planned our wedding and we called her ‘Events by Karen’ Jo for fun.

The Westin was selected for their new Ocean front venue. Construction had not begun when we reserved the venue.The Clients Wedding preferred Vendors:

The Clients Hilton Head, SC Wedding Vendors Are;

King Street Photo Weddings: Wedding Photographer, Michel Berda;

The Westin Resort & Spa, Hilton Head Island, SC. Ceremony: Oceanfront Deck Reception at The Grand Ocean Terrace: Coordinator, Ashlee Fleming (event coordinator)Venue:

https://jlkevents.com/DJ: Jamie Bodie at JLK Events
https://www.morgantownflowers.com/: Flowers: Bella Fiore (my cousin Jason Savage) located in Morgantown West Virginia.
http://www.pollysjewelry.com/: Rings: Polly’s Fine Jewelry in Charleston SC
http://www.sayidohhi.com/about-betsy: Officiant: Betsy Petterson From Say I Do HHI
Cake: Susan Vogel
Dress: Alfred Angelo (out of business)

 

 

A Charleston SC Proposal Engagement For Lauren And Nate

Today as I post a blog during the biggest storm ever to come to the US, Irma, as the winds and storm surges are coming in, I am very lucky I live on Daniel Island, SC. I still have power and I choose to work. Actually, this is not even work, as I have such a passion for what God has given to me, in being able to capture my clients in the happiest time of their lives. Back at the end of June, I received a call from Nate, who was very nervous, excited and unfamiliar with picking the right photographer to capture Lauren and his proposal. You see Nate and I hit it off right away because we shared similar ways of doing things, first being Type A, and next planning this session without any complication. Nate complimented me on my art and loved at that time all of the 65 Google reviews he read about what my past clients had to say about my impeccable service to them.

We communicated many times via phone calls, emails, and text on numerous occasions and we even had a rain plan should that day had one. In fact on the day of the proposal Nate, and I secretly communicate through text and I even got a phone call from him. Like I said (type A). In helping Nate, pull this once in a lifetime moment, I gave him great advice prior to this day, in the perfect location, the perfect background and the least crowded place where he would feel like proposing which was Water Front Park. I love this place because you have such a huge amount of different pallets of backgrounds that you can create amazing images. Between the marsh land, the pineapple and the Ravenel bridge, the water fountain the possibilities are endless.

I showed up one hour early to give Nate that comfort and because has a professional, it is the right thing to do for any client, I always check my equipment, lighting and balance everything to my personal taste. I am so glad I showed up early, Nate, must of have been very nervous because Lauren and he showed up 24 minutes before they were supposed to.

The best way to showcase this incredible moment and the hour after that we spent taking engagement photos around the park is to let you all tell me if as a storyteller, I created just that? Enjoy:

Lowcountry Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island SC Nuptial For Jeannette & Christian

Living on the east coast and being a storyteller as a wedding photographer in Charleston, SC can be the best and just simply amazing. When I think how lucky I am to all my past super nice clients that have given me this huge honor and opportunity to capture their weddings here in the Lowcountry.

As I blog today about another spectacular wedding this time, I am gifted to have this great opportunity to travel to Sonesta Resort in Hilton Head, SC. My clients Jeannette & Christian were very proactive and booked me a year in advance as I always recommend to most of my clients. We went to work early and I assisted them in planning their wedding day by creating a wedding day timeline. We had about 4 different drafts and when it was said and done they were very happy with the final wedding day timeline.

Upon arriving on their day at Sonesta Resort in Hilton Head, SC about 1.5 hrs before I was supposed to, I started as I always do, getting my equipment together and walking around the property. The forecast for this day was cloudy and thunderstorm throughout the day. As I got to Christian room the fellow’s groomsmen were very nice, we proceeded with going outside after pre photos and so far the weather was good. However as soon as I got to Jeannette room all of the bridesmaids were on their phone and talking about the weather, I could see in Jeannette eyes that this was a huge concern since the ceremony was going to be on the beach. With all that said yes the sky turned gray to black and lighting and rain came pouring down. However, God was on their side about 1.5 hours later as the bad weather passed while still being cloudy and they still were able to have their ceremony on the beach. With all that said and it is always like this when the bad weather goes away you get an incredible sunset, and because we had already allotted for that into the timeline, I was able to take the lovely couple outside for some of the most spectacular sunset photos I have ever captured, one side was totally orange and the other dark blue, being an artist I created some spectacular sunset wedding images for them. The reception in the ballroom was elegant, I provided the clients the photography for their photo booth without them having that extra expense and them proving the backdrop. As always Sonesta team lead by Kristen made the wedding nothing short of a perfect soiree, the evening was entertained by DJ Crush, who made sure everyone got on their feet and had a perfect evening.

Thank you, Jeannette and Christian, for giving me this amazing opportunity and honor, enjoy your wedding through my eyes.

Jeannette and Christian’s Story

It was  a cold, rainy day in March 2014 when Christian walked into Starbucks in Wantagh, NY.  He had arranged to meet Jeannette there after finding her on match.com.  Knowing that Jeannette was a sport’s fan Christian walked up to the table saying “I respect the Mets, I despise the Yankees”; to which Jeannette responded, “Good thing I’m a Mets fan”.  Conversation continued and Jeannette knew he was a keeper when he started to talk about which way to go around Epcot in Disneyworld.  From that day on, they became inseparable.

A little less than two years later, February 2016, Jeannette and Christian went to Puerto Rico for vacation and to visit family.  While walking in the water Christian twirls Jeannette around and asks her to marry him.

A year and a half later, with 75 close family and friends, Jeannette and Christian said I Do on the beach of the Sonesta Resort in Hilton Head South Carolina.  They could not have planned such an amazing destination wedding without the support of their wonderful vendors.

The Clients Hilton Head, SC Wedding Vendors Are;

King Street Photo Weddings: Wedding Photographer, Michel Berda: Michel was very responsive and organized in getting things done in a timely matter!  He was the most responsive and affordable of the vendors I contacted.

Venue; Sonesta Resort http://www.sonesta.com/HiltonHeadIsland Contact; Kristen Kilbane.Reception, Rehersal Dinner, Welcome Party and Brunch Venue.  Kristen was great to work with.  She answered all emails and phone calls in a timely manner and helped produce an amazing event that allowed me to show up and have fun without worry!

Alfred Angelo Bridal: The bride’s gown was bought at Alfred Angelo in Attleboro, MA.

Officiant;http://www.sayidohhi.com/ Reverend; Betsy Peterson.Betsy was amazing, accommodating and professional.  She wrote a very personable and beautiful ceremony.

Florist;https://www.afloralaffairweddings.com/ Contact: Dawn Kiritsy A Floral Affair completed the beautiful centerpieces, flowers and arch for the wedding.  Dawn was great to work with and the beauty of the flowers were above and beyond what I expected.

Baker; http://www.signesbakery.com/ Signe’s Bakery Contact; Signe Gardo

DJ: https://www.crushisland.com/ Contact; Josh Lynch DJ: Crush Entertainment was such a wonderful experience.  Josh was easy to work with and had great suggestions of music and helped run a great event.

Citadel Military Charleston, SC Wedding For Samantha & Joe

Military weddings have a special place in my heart. When you know how lucky and fortunate we are as Americans to live free in this great country, you step back and realize that our military has so much to do with it. We all love all military and these brave soldiers, however, I know that every day when I see  anyone from the military, I always walk up to that person and say I we really appreciate what you all do for our country.

Then comes a way to give and show my respect to those soldiers when they give me the honor and privilege to capture their wedding. I met this lovely couple Samantha & Joseph at Wedding Festival show back in August of last year, there was even a bonus, has Joe brought his lovely mother as well. They walked to my booth and we had a lovely consultation, they had at that time a choice of 14 other wedding photographers to also choose from. As I expected with the great connection we had the fantastic offer I gave them, that they had total confidence in my passion.

Citadel Military Charleston, SC

June was here now and their magical day was near. Samantha was very busy and I managed to capture her bridal session prior to the wedding in many locations of our Holy City and being a bright and very smart person and she is graduating from the College of Charleston was the theme we wanted to include and which bride would not want to be photographed at The Cistern. Then came their rehearsal dinner on the beautiful the Carolina Queen Riverboat a perfect sunset amazing family and friends, I even got a chance to have a very small engagement session. On their day with Samantha and Joe, we had designed a great wedding timeline since we would be there for many hours and go to 4 different locations. Kevin (the cinematic videographer) and I met Samantha and her lovely bridesmaids at Pink Dot on Meeting Street, Charleston, SC. The to Joe with his groomsmen the to the park at the Citadel for some very cool photos Joe’s groomsmen having a great time. A full mass Ceremony at the Citadel Summerall Chapel, then to the southern soiree reception at the Citadel Beach house. Their magical day went perfect, and this time Samantha & Joe thanked Kevin and me for our service that we provided to them and their family. I know you all reading this blog will love the art I created for them as I know they are. Enjoy and remember reach out and thank our amazing military every day.

Here is the lovely couple story on how this Day became:

Joe first met Samantha at a Saturday night swing dance in February 2014. She was a sophomore at the College of Charleston; he was a junior at the Citadel. Three months later, Joe showed up again and found that the radiant socialite Sam did not remember him. He suavely procured her number the next week and invited her to Patriot’s Point to see the band Dangermuffin. The night went perfectly: a low-key, high energy start to a friendly summer.

After two months of playing tennis and mini golf, watching Godzilla and Star Wars, dancing and picnicking, Joe begrudgingly left Sam for six weeks of Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in Quantico, VA. Heartfelt letters revealed the true potential of their romance, and in the end Sam flew up with his family to see him graduate – a very “girlfriend” thing to do.

Two summers later, Sam finished her B.S. in Accounting and Joe (B.S. PoliSci) commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. On June 18, 2016, Joe floored Sam on the dance floor at the Summerville Country Club by proposing in front of 200 friends and family members celebrating his commission. (Legend has it that she screamed and snatched the ring.)

Long-distance fiancéhood proved challenging for wedding planning. While Joe was in Quantico, VA for The Basic School, then Pensacola, FL for flight school, Sam was in Charleston earning her Master of Accountancy degree. Thanks to accommodating, experienced vendors and support from family and friends, the details came together beautifully and their wedding celebration was one to remember.

The Clients Charleston, SC Wedding Vendors

King Street Photo Weddings: Michel was the most experienced and charismatic photographer at the Wedding Expo.Wedding Photographer, Michel Berda:

http://gownboutiqueofcharleston.com/ Gown Boutique of Charleston was the 10th place I looked for a dress and I fell in love with one. Bride wedding dress, Jessica:

https://www.theknot.com/marketplace/iron-gate-events-charleston-sc-581101 Iron Gate Events The Citadel Beach Club had an exclusive contract with Iron Gate Catering. Courtney Lynch, Sales Coordinator:

Fr. Patrick Allen He officiates the mass I always sang at in Charleston. Fr. Patrick Allen

http://www.smoothsailingevents.com Rachel Cole Rachel is a friend of the Bordiuks Rachel Cole:

http://www.thesentinelnews.org Wendell Nolan  is a friend of the Bordiuks who often DJs at the Summerville Country Club

http://jwweddingsandevents.com Justin Wham Weddings Justin played organ at the church I sang at. I liked his personality and thought highly of his floral arrangements and decor sense Nicole (Secretary)

http://www.pinkdotbeautybar.com Pink Dot Beauty Bar Pink Dot had great reviews and the 2nd floor bridal studio was beautiful. I wanted to rent it and get ready there with my bridesmaids. Meghan Walker (Makeup)

http://Minted.com Minted had the best design for my Save the Dates and offers free address printing on the envelopes

http://www.thescratchpad.com The Scratch Pad They could order a Carlton design that I liked and their customer service was impeccable.

Kim’s Fine Jewelry Kim is a friend of the Bordiuks. imsfinejewelry.net

Ella Celebration They had a gold bottle opener favor shaped like a key that I liked.

http://www.citadel.edu/root/beachclub The Citadel Beach Club Joe is a Citadel Alumni Association member Michael Kreitman

Spring Wedding For Julie & Johnny At Harbour Club Charleston, SC

Awe what can you not say that has not already been said about our beautiful Holy City of Charleston, SC. The Lowcountry beautiful place and people, we live here to be respectful and do a little extra every single day to reach out to everyone with a little more love. I have lived here for 26 years, my amazing daughters Chloe & Courtney are born here and I am glad they are. We Charleston, have always been recognized has the friendliest city. 17 years ago, I started my incredibly blessed life of being honored to be a master wedding photographer and I would not have it any other way. They say we hold about 68 weddings every weekend here in Charleston, SC from The Holy City to Mount Pleasant, SC Isle Of Palms, Folly Beach, SC and everywhere in between. No wonder many brides & grooms pick Charleston, SC for their magical day.

Spring Charleston SC Wedding

My couple Julie & Johnny are from the great state of Kentucky, and I also believe that this state as the same value of friendliness that we do. Whenever I get contacted for a request from a Kentucky couple I know this is the perfect connection. Julie searched for months for the perfect wedding photographer while doing lots of research on The Knot, and Wedding Wire, by the time she made her request to me she already knew what her key important questions were. She was looking for a wedding photographer that was prompt with his or her reply, answered her call immediately, very friendly, very artistic and most importantly had amazing reviews across the internet. I remember sending back her email 5 minutes after I got it and being hired the same day. Yes, I said that right the same day.

The couple chose for their spring Charleston, SC wedding the very famous historic venue Harbour Club working with the very talented Shannon Hutchings. They wanted a southern style wedding and for their family and guest to enjoy the beauty of our historic city, while being able to be photographed in many different locations nearby their venue, that was very easy to accomplish since Harbour Club in centered in the French Quarter and surrounded by Waterfront Park, all amazing backgrounds.

The wedding day was beautiful blue sky a little hot has usually. As always I had already designed the perfect wedding timeline with them and I started with the beautiful Julie and her parents and very energetic bridesmaids. I then proceed to meet Johnny and his 11 groomsmen at Waterfront Park, we then had the first look at a lovely quaint location called 5 Middle Atlantic Wharf the perfect background with cobblestone streets. The lovely couple decided to have their first look there as well and we also captured all of the family photos along with the entire bridal party. We then proceed to the ceremony that was held on the 3rd floor of Harbour Club. I even managed to capture everyone that attended in a group photo that is way too cool. The reception went very well, you could tell the lovely couple Julie and Johnny had love from everyone the toast was given by many. Then the party started with Julie & johnny private band that they brought all the way from Kentucky and they were more than awesome called Tony and the Tanlines great musician and bunch of people, this wedding was truly memorable with that southern flair the bride shined in her Essense of Australia dress, just simply wow, dancing in her Jimmy Choo. The groom in his suit from Jos A Banks the perfect couple and the wedding photos below pretty much give you a great idea of an amazing Charleston summer wedding affair. Enjoy;

Here Julie & Johnny story from The Knot:

Luckily Johnny and Julie met through Johnny’s friend, Eric Cline who is an excellent judge of charm and beauty. Eric summoned Johnny to a work dinner where he was entertaining Julie’s office one night in the summer of 2014. Johnny was able to meet Julie and secure a date with her to attend the Lionel Richie concert. First date had a couple hiccups, Johnny wore pants on the hottest day of the year and Johnny spilled his drink on Julie’s co-worker. Julie and Johnny decided (primarily Julie) to take a break from their very brief relationship.

Over the next couple of months, Julie (no doubt intrigued by Johnny) continued to respond to Johnny’s text messages. Johnny finally gave in to Julie’s “hollering” at him and agreed to a second date, Garth Brooks concert in Lexington with the Blaney’s, Orr’s, Northingon’s, and Davis’s (rough crowd). Garth was on his game and Julie was overcome with the beautiful music and fireball. Their natural chemistry and mutual interests developed and they spent more and more time together, getting to know each other’s friends and family.

In November 2016 following a weekend trip to Asheville, North Carolina, Johnny posted on Facebook, “I talked her into it. Julie said yes over the weekend! We are very excited! Love you Jules!” Falling in love is worth the wait.

The Clients Charleston, SC Wedding Vendors

King Street Photo Weddings, Photographer, Michel Berda:

Venue; Harbour Club http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Harbour-Club/Host-An-Event/Weddings Contact:Shannon Hutchings

Day of Coordinator: http://www.beautifulbrideevents.com/our-team.html  by Tassia Davis

Bride dress by https://www.essensedesigns.com/essense-of-australia/wedding-dresses/

Bride shoes by http://us.jimmychoo.com/en/bridal-boutique/

Groom Tux; by http://www.josbank.com/suits

Hair/Makeup; by Mariah https://www.pamperedandprettyxo.com/

Florist; by Keepsake Florist http://keepsakesflorist.net/

Officiant; by Reverend: Judge Executive Steve Tribble

Bakery/Cake; by https://www.swankdesserts.com/

Band: by http://www.tonyandthetanlines.com/

Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island Wedding Chic Affair For Stacie & Shawn

Hilton Head Island as many wedding venues and while all are nice very few stand with a beautiful setting with what they offer any clients that are looking for a Lowcountry wedding. Sonesta Resort in Hilton Head Island South Carolina is one of these venues. Featuring a spectacular pool, and very well maintained landscaped grounds, including pond and lagoon, and a one of a kind white bridge overlooking the pavilion, that leads you to the dunes and miles and miles of our South Carolina white sand beaches.

Being so fortunate to be a preferred vendor for Sonesta Resort, I received a phone call from Stacie lovely mom, who at the time was collecting information from all wedding photographers. Our phone conference was very productive and I remember her telling me that out of the 13 wedding photographers she was interviewing that my photography was unique, very different and more of an art form, that my website really reflected wedding photography in a very storytelling way with a great style for documenting wedding images like no other wedding photographer. The very next day we yes, the cinematic videographer Kevin and I were on board to capture Stacie & Shawn special day.

The day came and full of blue sky and beautiful clouds. Shawn shined with a suit by Jos.A.Bank while the groomsmen matched in style. Stacie was glowing with radiance and beauty wearing a beautiful, special and gorgeous wedding dress by Martina Liana Her shoes choice was just has amazing by having two different pairs, flat sandals by Badgley Mischka, Heels by Betsy Johnson the bridesmaids dresses with a Blush and Vintage Rose color designed by Sorella Vita was the perfect color palette. The bride’s bouquet and bridesmaids bouquet were designed by no other than the very talented Flowers by Sue.

The ceremony was held at the pavilion. It was truly breathtaking with a large chandelier in the middle and white drapping curtains. In the aisle rows stood these 11 wooden signs, each with one line from the verse Love is patient, Love is kind ( 1 Corinthians 13:4-8) A perfect touch to the decoration. Once the ceremony chairs were moved, The reception started with the bridal party doing a very different and unique grand introduction, Shawn & Stacie went into their first dance. Family and friends were treated to a fine meal featuring Filet with blue cheese and almond crust topped with Barolo wine sauce and served with seasonal Mushroom risotto cake and grilled vegetable, or Seabass with Miso glaze and Blood orange reduction. Basil mashed potatoes and grilled vegetable medley. The wine for the meal was a gift from Shawn parents winery Woodside Vineyards. Then everyone enjoyed dancing while DJ Alan really got the family and friends singing and having so much fun with their props and photo booth, the night was magical, eclectic, very chic, the beautiful couple became one and the celebration was exactly what they wished for the perfect soiree wedding.

Here from the bride and groom is their special story on how this beautiful wedding became:

Shawn and I met when we were both athletes in college at Miami University. Shawn played baseball and I swam. Athletes tend to gravitate toward one another with similar schedules and run-ins on campus events. Shawn and I hit it off right away and never looked back! We began dating in 2012 and since have both graduated, moved to different cities, bought a dog together and both ended up in Sarasota Florida. Which ended up being the spot that he proposed to me on December 30th, 2015.

While Sarasota is certainly a beautiful place, we wanted something with a little more charm and family history when picking a wedding venue. I knew right away I wanted to get married on Hilton Head Island. My parents have vacationed there for nearly 40 years and I for almost my whole life! (26 years). It’s such a special place to us as we have the best family memories there and have added many friends to the mix over the years! Everyone who knows me and my family, knows we LOVE HHI. When we started looking for wedding venues, the Sonesta was simply the easiest choice one could make. It had everything I wanted and dreamed of! From it being situated right on the water, to the covered pavilion, it was perfect.

The Clients Hilton Head Island, SC Wedding Vendors Are:

King Street Photo Weddings, Photographer, Michel Berda:
Venue; Sonesta Resort http://www.sonesta.com/HiltonHeadIsland Contact:Theresa Anthony

Florist;  http://www.flowersbysue.com Contact: Deborah Lamp

DJ: http://www.HiltonHeadEntertainment.com Contact Alan Palchek

Bakery/Cake Publix 11 Palmetto Bay Road http://Publix.com Contact: Kaitlyn

Gold Chiavari Chairs; Purely Decor by Amanda Rose Weddings http://www.mypurelydecor.com Contact Linda Smreczak

Officiant; Reverend Dan Hogan

Hair/Makeup; by Joy Ross makeup with assistant Denise Cardenas.Joy Ross; http://www.styleitsalon.com

Chandelier; http://www.crushisland.com

 

 

 

Senior Portrait Session For Emma In Charleston, SC

Being a photographer for over 37 years has given me the ability to capture pretty much anything and anyone from regular clients to model, celebrities, and so many other great clients. I have built a huge clientele that varies in all spectrum to include weddings that turn into children photos, to family photos, to senior portrait. Mrs. Bellino who was both of our daughter’s teacher contacted me about possibly capturing Emma her daughter senior pictures. I was very honored to do that and being that I am a perfectionist in my craft I recommended to her to hire a makeup artist. Jasmine Jones of http://www.alter-image.com/ was my recommendation to her. On the day of the photo shoot that we had set, the weather was not at all cooperating, however, the forecast for the evening showed that it would still be cloudy with no rain. We met in our holy city of Charleston, Sc. I already had taken into consideration on how I would compensate for the ugly gray cloudy day with my trick lighting to create the images to look as if the sun was there and that it mimic sunset time.

The photo session lasted about 1.5 hours and could not have gone any better, Emma being very comfortable in front of the camera, her mom by her side, and me doing what I do best, making a compelling portrait. Theses images came out spectacular and as you can see by these senior portrait images.

JENI + ADAM DUNES WEST WEDDING

Being a wedding photographer as always been all I have known to be for the last 17 years and I would not have it any other way, I absolutely love capturing all of my clients special days that are full of emotion and one of theirs most important day of their life. I take such pride and honor to have the ultimate privilege to be commissioned to capture any clients magical day. My clients are unique they are usually type A like me, have some type of artistic style to them, are very thorough and critical on how and why they made their choice on selecting my wedding photography and are always looking for their wedding to be reflected by me in not only a storytelling way but in all of the images that reflect very fine art wedding photography that they will cherish for many years to come.

I had an amazing consultation with Jeni, and she hired me on the spot. A couple of weeks later I met Adam and Jeni brought her mom and a friend while I captured their engagement session. Planning their special day and designing a timeline took a few draft and that is how it should be to my client’s satisfaction. Finally, the wedding day became held at the beautiful Dunes West Golf and River Club. With such a beautiful setting of oak trees, overlooking the waterway amazing sunset. The reception was held at the clubhouse, family and friends and the couple dancing the night celebration away. Another perfect southern charm Lowcountry wedding affair.

Thank you, Jeni and Adam, for this huge honor for me to have captured these amazing wedding images for you all.

The Couples Choices For Wedding Vendors Are:

Venue: Dunes West Golf Club http://www.duneswestgolfclub.com/

Florist: Flowers & Such Helen Miller Adrian, MI http://www.weddingsbyfs.com/

Cake: Claire Chapman Claire’s Confections www.clairesconfections.com 843-708-3058 clairesconfections@yahoo.com

Invitations: Reaves Engraving, Inc. 877-610-4499 www.reavesengraving.com

Photographer: Michel Berda King Street Photo Weddings www.kingstreetphotoweddings.com
843-810-6698

Band: The Entertainers www.Theentertainersband.com

Hair & Make-up: Chelsea Hodges 803-554-2172

Wedding Dress: Bridal House of Charleston http://www.bridalhouseofcharleston.com/

 

 

 

Wedding Affair, Madeleine & Kurtis At Catholic Church, Reception At The Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, SC

Charleston SC Wedding Affair

So glad to be blogging today about this wedding soiree that I was so fortunate to capture for my clients Madeleine and Kurtis. They have lived in Charleston for many years, but Kurtis was born in Newfoundland, and Madeleine is a native Clevelander. As the Father of the Bride said at their reception, it was an unlikely story that they would meet and fall in love! But they did! In Madeleine’s words: “Soon after we met, Kurtis took me on our first date. He won me over with delicious Italian food and his great smile!” Kurtis was excited to get to know her. As Kurtis said, “It didn’t take long for me to see her in my future. I proposed to Madeleine at my historic apartment in downtown Charleston. We then began our wedding planning.”

Madeleine and Kurtis, an IT project manager and senior software engineer by trade, had a very important decision in choosing a wedding photographer Charleston is one of the top wedding destination cities in the U.S. and with many professional photographers in the area to choose from, they took time with the decision. After Madeleine read over one hundred 5-star reviews for my studio, she planned to visit my booth at The Southern Bridal Show so we could make a connection. Back in August of last year, I had the pleasure and honor of meeting Madeleine and her lovely mom.

I will never forget the reasons Madeleine and Kurtis provided for their decision to hire me. They cited the following: my presence, my 17 years as a professionally licensed wedding photographer in Charleston, my understanding of the process as evidenced by the way I explained the critical importance of a wedding day timeline, and most importantly, my passion for the art of creating unique, artistic fine art wedding images. I was very excited and so very happy and honored to be commissioned for this spectacular event that took place at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, and the Francis Marion Hotel. They knew after their engagement session with our studio that their photos would be phenomenal.

After several meetings with my clients and having completed four wedding timeline drafts, I knew exactly what my second shooter and I had to do in order to use our lenses and cameras to make this day very memorable for our lovely couple. The ceremony at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church was a full mass; once it concluded, we then allowed ample time to capture the bridal party and Madeleine and Kurtis in our Holy City of Charleston, SC by going to The Cistern at The College of Charleston, and finishing this beautiful couple session at The Battery for an incredible capture of various images that included a spectacular sunset.

The beautiful reception was held at The Francis Marion Hotel and coordinated by the very talented Gillian Crum. As you entered the Colonial Ballroom, you enjoyed the great feel of an elegant reception with southern charm. The many tables were decorated with white linens, candelabra-like displays, and both high and low floral designs created by Kim Findlay at Coastal Creations. The room was filled with hundreds of blush and peach roses that created a sensual experience for their guests as the fragrance filled the ballroom. The candles, chandeliers of the historic Colonial Ballroom, and up lighting design (by Jon Feist) projected a romantic light for the reception.

As you can see, we took advantage of the balcony for these incredible images below that give our clients two perspectives of memorable reception moments. Looking at these pictures, it is very clear that not all wedding photographers are created equally. You must always push the envelope and be different and give your clients artistic wedding images as they celebrate their special night with family and friends.

To complement the ending to this one-of-a-kind evening, Carolina’s Executive Limo Line provided the vintage Bentley for the get-away. As I got my creative juices flowing, I captured for my clients a moment they will never forget by creating a spectacular image of Madeleine and Kurtis leaving the reception. As Madeleine said, “I’ve gotten so many compliments on the work Michel did coordinating our get-away. Truly, Michel and his team were phenomenal from start to finish!”.

Our Charleston, SC Wedding Vendors Are:

King Street Photo Weddings, Photographer, Michel Berda:

Immaculate Conception Church –http://www.icgc510.org/

Ceremony: Celebrants: Reverend German Coquilla, CRM and Deacon Daniel McNerny· Musicians: Mary Gertner and Mylene Suzara


The Francis Marion Hotel Charleston, SC. Reception Colonial Ballroom  Coordinator, Gillian Crum (event coordinator)Venue:

Hair and Make-up – Paloosh Salon – www.palooshsalon.com

Wedding Gown – Palmetto Bridal Boutique-https://www.palmettobridalboutique.com/

Bridesmaids Gowns – BHLDN – http://www.bhldn.com/

Jr. Bridesmaid Gown – David’s Bridal – http://www.davidsbridal.com/

Tuxedos – Jos A. Banks www.JosBank.com
Flowers – Kim Findlay, Coastal Creations –

Wedding Cake – Marge Pearce, Kerry Contreraz (Mother and Sister of the Groom)
Choreographer – Sarah Sharpe, Elite Dance Studios – http://www.elitedancecharleston.com

Guest Book/Photo Booth – Shutterbooth – http://shutterbooth.com/charleston/

D.J. and Uplighting – Jon Feist – www.melodicent.com

Limousine Service for Getaway from the Reception– Carolina’s Executive Limo Line www.celimoline.com

Invitations – Reaves Engraving, Inc. www.reavesengraving.com

One of the great aspects of being a wedding photographer is to be unique and different. Creating this image with the groom and groomsmen at The Francis Marion Hotel took knowledge in wedding photography. The reason I photographed it at such a low angle is that King Street is a very busy street with pedestrians and this angle makes it look like there was no one there. Actually, there were maybe 100 plus pedestrians.

 

Details are so very important to capture. you must have the proper time and the artistry in creating the precious engagement ring, the gorgeous dress, and the Badgley Mischka shoes.

 

When your clients make such a huge investment in wedding photography you must do your very best to give them wedding images they can cherish forever. This B&W image is a perfect reflection of the romance, and feel of a couple first dance.
Capturing memorable wedding images is such a pleasure to do. Sometimes you even get very lucky when you can create wedding images from different perspective. The moment is real and meaningful.

Capturing emotions is what wedding photography is all about. Making a compelling image is what I strive for. Clearly here the aunt is enjoying her champagne and her moment of toast

Winter Wedding at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa

My last post-wedding blog for 2016 and what a great year it has been! How can I thank Ashlee & Hannah, the sales catering, managers for The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa enough? You ladies have been so generous to me by once again referring Carla & D. Tyrell, and I am forever grateful for your wedding referrals.

Winter Hilton Head SC Wedding

These great clients Carla & D.Tyrell have been dream wedding clients with their gorgeous Hilton Head wedding. This December Lowcountry charm with the elegance of art in the ceremony and reception, with A floral affair amazing decoration, with the yellow palette makes this relaxed posh wedding, so special for this couple that they shared the beauty of their nuptials.

Carla and D. Tyrell’s Love Story

Hear from the bride and groom in their own words how this special day became:

“I was attending a company’s Christmas Party in December of 2002, when I saw her pretty face, style, and the way she presented herself, Carla immediately caught my undivided attention, and I was certainly interested and curious to know her better. After a few dates, I knew she was wife material; however, it would take experiencing life, maturing, and a lot of prayers, to realize that when we reconnected 12-years later. God put her in my life for a reason, and this time I was going to listen, follow my heart, and His will for our lives. I feel I can trust Carla with my innermost secrets. I love her kindness. I admire her patience, generosity, and playfulness. She has a sense of fun and strength of will. I love how she can stand her ground and face difficult conversations.” – D. Tyrell

“If I could rewrite I Corinthians 13:4-7; it would read: D. Tyrell is patient, D. Tyrell is kind. He does not envy, he does not boast, he is not proud. He does not dishonor others, he is not self-seeking, he is not easily angered, he keeps no record of wrongs. D. Tyrell does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. He always protects, always trusts, always hope, always perseveres. The moment I was affected by his infectious laugh and kind words, he made me feel an emotion I could embrace for a lifetime. In this chaotic world, the mere thought of D. Tyrell brings me peace and comfort. I feel honored to marry a man with a great sense of spiritual values, which is very important in both of our lives. I love admiring his handsome face, smile, and impish grin. He’s a very compassionate, loving, great dancer, and boy can he cook! “ – Carla

“We reconnected at his 40th birthday party, hosted by his mother, in December 2014. During the month of December, we found ourselves spending quite a bit of time together, and decided to explore the option of dating again. The year of dating was a wonderful experience for us both. During our courtship, we developed an unbreakable friendship, love, and appreciation for one another.
We believe that marriage is a commitment and that it requires work and growth. It means creating mutual trust and safety, sharing joy and sorrow, and making space for individual growth.
We are family oriented and would like to thank our parents and other family members for their unconditional support towards our union. We want to acknowledge our friends, each and every one of you are very special to us.’’
– D. Tyrell and Carla

Our Charleston, SC Wedding Vendors

The couple choice vendors are:
King Street Photo Weddings, Photographer, Michel Berda:
The Westin Resort & Spa, Hilton Head Island, SC. Ceremony: Oceanfront Deck Reception at The Mitchelville ballroom: Coordinator, Ashlee Fleming (event coordinator)Venue:
Hair and make-up at the Westin Spa:
Flowers, A Flower Affair. Dawn Kiritsy, AIFD , Hilton Head SC, Florist:
Wedding Linen and Chairs, Meeting Dynamics, Hilton Head SC:

Westin Hilton Head Wedding Venue

December Lowcountry wedding day, elegance ceremony and reception, amazing decoration, yellow palette posh wedding, special beauty of their nuptials. at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa

Hilton Head Oceanfront Wedding

December Lowcountry wedding day, elegance ceremony and reception, amazing decoration, yellow palette posh wedding, special beauty of their nuptials. at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa
December Lowcountry wedding day, elegance ceremony and reception, amazing decoration, yellow palette posh wedding, special beauty of their nuptials. at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa
December Lowcountry wedding day, elegance ceremony and reception, amazing decoration, yellow palette posh wedding, special beauty of their nuptials. at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa
December Lowcountry wedding day, elegance ceremony and reception, amazing decoration, yellow palette posh wedding, special beauty of their nuptials. at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa
December Lowcountry wedding day, elegance ceremony and reception, amazing decoration, yellow palette posh wedding, special beauty of their nuptials. at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa
December Lowcountry wedding day, elegance ceremony and reception, amazing decoration, yellow palette posh wedding, special beauty of their nuptials. at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa
December Lowcountry wedding day, elegance ceremony and reception, amazing decoration, yellow palette posh wedding, special beauty of their nuptials. at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa
December Lowcountry wedding day, elegance ceremony and reception, amazing decoration, yellow palette posh wedding, special beauty of their nuptials. at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa
December Lowcountry wedding day, elegance ceremony and reception, amazing decoration, yellow palette posh wedding, special beauty of their nuptials. at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa
December Lowcountry wedding day, elegance ceremony and reception, amazing decoration, yellow palette posh wedding, special beauty of their nuptials. at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa
December Lowcountry wedding day, elegance ceremony and reception, amazing decoration, yellow palette posh wedding, special beauty of their nuptials. at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa
December Lowcountry wedding day, elegance ceremony and reception, amazing decoration, yellow palette posh wedding, special beauty of their nuptials. at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa
December Lowcountry wedding day, elegance ceremony and reception, amazing decoration, yellow palette posh wedding, special beauty of their nuptials. at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa
December Lowcountry wedding day, elegance ceremony and reception, amazing decoration, yellow palette posh wedding, special beauty of their nuptials. at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa
December Lowcountry wedding day, elegance ceremony and reception, amazing decoration, yellow palette posh wedding, special beauty of their nuptials. at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa
December Lowcountry wedding day, elegance ceremony and reception, amazing decoration, yellow palette posh wedding, special beauty of their nuptials. at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa
December Lowcountry wedding day, elegance ceremony and reception, amazing decoration, yellow palette posh wedding, special beauty of their nuptials. at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa
December Lowcountry wedding day, elegance ceremony and reception, amazing decoration, yellow palette posh wedding, special beauty of their nuptials. at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa
December Lowcountry wedding day, elegance ceremony and reception, amazing decoration, yellow palette posh wedding, special beauty of their nuptials. at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa
December Lowcountry wedding day, elegance ceremony and reception, amazing decoration, yellow palette posh wedding, special beauty of their nuptials. at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa
December Lowcountry wedding day, elegance ceremony and reception, amazing decoration, yellow palette posh wedding, special beauty of their nuptials. at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa
December Lowcountry wedding day, elegance ceremony and reception, amazing decoration, yellow palette posh wedding, special beauty of their nuptials. at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa
December Lowcountry wedding day, elegance ceremony and reception, amazing decoration, yellow palette posh wedding, special beauty of their nuptials. at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa
December Lowcountry wedding day, elegance ceremony and reception, amazing decoration, yellow palette posh wedding, special beauty of their nuptials. at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa
December Lowcountry wedding day, elegance ceremony and reception, amazing decoration, yellow palette posh wedding, special beauty of their nuptials. at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa
December Lowcountry wedding day, elegance ceremony and reception, amazing decoration, yellow palette posh wedding, special beauty of their nuptials. at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa