Alhambra Hall Lindsey & Christian Wedding

Alhambra Hall & wedding bells are always ringing for us here at King Street Photo Weddings.  For the last three decades we have had the honor and privilege to meet some simply amazing and loving couples. We are so fortunate that Lindsey & Christian chose us to be a part of their lovely wedding. Today’s blog is a southern soiree in the Low Country at Alhambra Hall for Lindsey & Christian.

Meeting the clients

We attend a couple of wedding shows every year. There are both pros and cons in doing them, such as too many of the same vendors and most not booking clients on the spot. For us at King Street Photo Weddings we walk away from wedding shows with many clients having booked us on the spot. You may ask yourself why as this is such a huge investment. Do we not need to sleep on it? My answer is that every business is a brand and to sell their services successfully they must incorporate several factors. Starting with honesty and great communication. We often find ourselves under promising and over delivering.

This brings us to the meeting of Lindsey and her amazing mother. After going through the consultation with them they explained they would stop back by our booth. Even with twelve other wedding photographers as well as a handful of videographers at the show we felt so sure they were going to book with us. Needless to say, they came back several hours later and hugged us and these were Lindsey’s words, I quote “You are both so personal and honest and we feel very comfortable that you will deliver the very best. You and Donovan are the perfect wedding cinematic and photography team. I have seen both your and it is absolutely breathtaking. By hiring you both together I have nothing but the utmost confidence.”

Bridal Portraits

I first captured Lindsey during her bridal portraits. We first started at the Old Village in Mount Pleasant and ended the session by the very famous Ravenel Bridge for some very incredible sunset images. She brought her lovely mother and Maid of Honor with her. The bride-to-be wore an off-the-shoulder lace A-line wedding dress by Oleg Cassini. Very romantic and elegant displaying southern couture.

The wedding day

The highly anticipated wedding day, October 5th, 2018. It was a beautiful sunny day filled with a ton of natural light and amazing scenery surrounding the beautiful venue Alhambra Hall. Both Donovan & I were introduced to Lindsey’s bridesmaids where we started capturing the details and the getting ready photos. After, we went to Christian & his dapper groomsmen. Finally it came time for the big reveal! The ceremony was filled by with so much emotion, tears of love for one another and  fellowship. Family photos followed the ceremony and then the reception celebration began. Lindsey and Christian enjoying one another’s presence among many family and friends. We were able to capture many candids and a special wedding video. Then came the best part by being a master lighting expert and honoring their request and priorities. When creating the wedding timeline we promised a beautiful sunset session by creating amazing photos that bring joy and depict their unique love for one another. It was a beautiful, true southern wedding.

As you finish reading the blog you can be the judge. You are able to see both the cinematic video Donovan put together and the wedding photos I created. You will also see the honest, heartfelt review Lindsey & Christian left on The Knot.

Thank you Lindsey & Christian for this golden opportunity you have given to us all. Blessings and enjoy!

Now in their own words from Lindsey & Christian, is how this day became one;

Christian & Lindsey’s story:

A little over 7 years ago somewhere between high school graduation and summer I was working as a cashier at our local grocery store. I just so happened to have a cute guy bagging my groceries and lifting heavy items out of the shopping carts for me. *Insert Christian here*

Somewhere between the kind gestures, big smiles and a few exchanging of words Christian got a new job and we didn’t see each other for a few months. One evening he came through my check out line and before leaving wrote down my number on a piece of receipt paper.

Shortly thereafter we started talking and spending time with one another. Like a lot of things in your teenage years, it was short-lived but there were no hard feelings. We continued to remain friends and speak on occasion. Something about Christian’s charm always kept me captivated. Over the next few years I went off to college and we both went through a couple of relationships. When all of it was said and done towards the end of 2015 we both were spent on relationships. We often found ourselves joking we were “done starting over” and investing so much heart for the same outcome time after time. We found ourselves in agreement about most of the things we wanted out of life.

We often talked about how we needed to hang out when I came home from school, after all of this time it had been nearly four years since we saw one another. I mentioned having an appointment in December and that I would be coming briefly, for the day. We discussed possibly grabbing lunch together before I headed back to school. About a week later I made the drive to Summerville and contemplated telling Christian. I felt so knocked down when it came to relationships that the thought of getting involved in something was not at all appealing. In the last thirty minutes of my hair appointment I reached out and said that I was leaving soon but asked if he would like to grab something to eat like “we had planned.” A part of me thought that maybe he wouldn’t text back before it was time for me to leave and I would just be on my way. The next thing I know I find myself in Chick-fil-A, our old meeting spot. It felt like we hadn’t missed a beat. We finished eating and chatting and I was back on the road.

Within the next few weeks Christmas was here and gone and 2016 was upon us. Text messages turned into FaceTime calls. Christian wanted to see me again and I apologized and told him I wouldn’t be coming back home for a while as my last semester of nursing school was starting in just a few short days. He asked me what I was doing that weekend and I told him I didn’t have anything planned. I asked about his plans and his answer caught me off guard. He said he was coming to see me and that he did.

The FaceTime calls never ended and weekend after weekend he continued to make the drive to see and spend time with me. Even when I was studying, working on an assignment or writing a final paper- he was right there supporting me and patiently waiting for me to finish so we could go grab a bite to eat and get out of the house.

Valentine’s Day 2016 is a day I will always remember and set the tone for the rest of our newly started relationship. Christian asked me what I wanted out of our relationship. I remember it being both scary and comforting at the same time. We recalled our previous conversations regarding relationships and what we wanted in life. It was very apparent that this was the real deal. I found myself intimidated by the idea, especially how soon I realized this after we decided to give things a go.

Exactly a year and a half later after graduating college, taking my first nursing job and moving back home, Christian asked me to marry him. Fourteen months later we said “I Do” in front of our families and closest friends. It was both beautiful and magical.

We have both grown together, learned, laughed and cried together. This is only the beginning of our adventure and life as one and we pray for many many more years to come.

Our Charleston, SC chosen wedding vendors are:

Dress: Oleg Cassini

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Earrings: Amy O. Bridal

Hair & Makeup: Rachael + Amber with Lashes and Lace Salon & Bridal

Suits: Calvin Klein

Wedding Planner: Anna Yencho, Month-Of coordination, Chancey Charm Wedding Planning & Design

Save The Dates & Invitations: Melissa Lane Lee, Instagram @thepapermel

Ceremony Officiant: Pastor Stan Cruse, Fellowship of Oakbrook

Violinist: Kathryn Westurn, Ashley Hunter Music, LLC

Rentals: EventWorks, LLC

Floral: Charleston Florist, Inc

DJ: Classy Carolina Entertainment, LLC

Catering: First Impressions Caterers, LLC

Donuts: Glazed Gourmet, King St, Charleston, SC

Cake: Chantilly Cake Shop, Charleston, SC

 

 

 

 

Hilton Head Island Beth & Billy Wedding Palmetto Dunes

Today, I am honored to publish this Hilton Head Island wedding for Beth & Billy at the lovely wedding venue called Palmetto Dunes. Every once in a while you get a great feel for a wedding that encompasses what we all live for our children. This blog will fill your heart with love, compassion and happy tears for this family.

Being blessed to be on the preferred vendor’s list for Palmetto Dunes in Hilton Head Island, SC many wedding clients will often see that, and some will find me by searching the web and see my wedding images and amazing blogs about this wedding venue everywhere. I can honestly say that 8 out of 10 clients will give me the honor and privilege to capture their wedding at this lovely venue. Many clients value my art and passion for wedding photography as the best investment they can make. Having almost two decades of wedding photography with huge knowledge by also being a master lighting expert, beach weddings and sunset are a pure match for my style of giving breathtaking wedding images that all wedding clients will cherish forever.

This brings me to Beth & Billy who booked my wedding photography services about 5 months prior to her wedding day. I was very fortunate to not be booked for their day. As we got very close to their wedding date the panic kicked in for all of us wedding vendors and our client being that hurricane Michael was due on their wedding day. We all got super lucky as it passed and missed Hilton Head Island. On that day, I showed up to start with pre photos of Beth & her bridesmaids and the super cute kids. Once that was captured I met Billy and his groomsmen. The ceremony was just perfect, as the amazing sunset began, I was able to capture amazing family portrait photos and what I do best give both Beth & Billy sunset couple photos that they will never forget. DJ Crush and the Courtney the coordinator for Palmetto Dunes gave Beth & Billy family and friends the most enjoyable reception. All & all we accomplished the best wedding day for our great clients.

Now in their own words from Beth & Billy is how this day became one;

Billy and I went to high school together back in Madison, Ohio. We were 2 years apart in school, and while we knew of each other and had mutual friends, that was the extent of our relationship at that point in our lives. Years later we reconnected on social media. About 3 years ago when Billy was working as an administrator and athletic director in AZ and I was back in OH, we started dating. We spent the next year FaceTiming and traveling across the country whenever we could to see each other. This is where we began our love of traveling and enjoying adventures together. One of our most memorable adventures came that first spring together when we spent 3 days hiking Havasupai Falls in the Grand Canyon. We rescued a dog there (we names him Guinness) after he followed us 10 miles out of the Grand Canyon. Guinness was destined to be ours. He was the beginning of our lives forever connected. That summer Guinness came to live in Ohio with me and my kids Joey and Mia. Shortly after, fate brought Billy back to our hometown for an opportunity to be an administrator in the very high school we had both grown up at. He immediately developed a connection with my daughter, Mia, and soon after with my son, Joey. The next summer Billy proposed, along with the help of the kids, at his parents house in Myrtle Beach while we were there for his family reunion. I knew I wanted a beach wedding, and Billy immediately suggested a southern beach wedding in Hilton Head Island. While I had never been, it seemed perfect to me. Upon talking to Courtney at The Dunes House, I knew it was the perfect place for our beach wedding. I was marrying the love of my life and Billy was marrying his dream girl from high school.

Our Hilton Head Island, SC chosen wedding vendors are:

Wedding Venue; coordinators, Courtney Daley & Devon; Palmetto Dunes;

Photography by; Michel Berda; King Street Photo Weddings:

DJ & Photo Booth – Joshua Lynch; Crush Entertainment 

Officiant – Rev. Dr. David Leininger – A Wedding in Paradise

Florist – Gardenia’s Event Floral

Cake – Lowcountry Flour Girls Bakery

Dress – Allure Bridal

Bride’s Shoes – Badgley Mischka

Autumn Wedding Deanna & Robert Harbour Club Charleston

Today I bring you an Autumn wedding and my wedding photography talent for one of the nicest wedding couples that I have had the privilege and honor to capture at the Harbour Club Deanna & Robert. First a shout out to Nina Jakubowski, another treasure for Charleston, SC a great mom and the private events director for Harbour Club. They say that here in Charleston, SC, if you have a business the only way you will succeed, is by word of mouth. Well yes, that is very true. Why the lovely Nina referred these clients to me and to other preferred wedding photographers they have on their list. Back in May, I received a call from the groom Robert which is quite unusual, as I explained to him only about 2 to 6% of the grooms actually call to find out about our wedding photography business and the service we provide. The phone conference went well he did mention that he was so very surprised on how I was the only one of 8 other photographers that actually picked up the phone right away. I replied it is very hard to find a full-time wedding photographer (only) in Charleston, SC.

2 days later back on May 13th, 2018, I get another email and a call to book my wedding photography for their wedding day.  Robert explains to me that they live in Florida, and what attracted them to my wedding photography besides the great referral was the way I capture weddings to embody this beautiful city, besides having a huge knowledge and the fact that I have been living in our Holy City of Charleston, SC for over 26 years, and photographing weddings for now 19 years was huge in their decisions.

The next step was having a phone conference to plan out the best way for them to have all of the wedding images they were looking for me to capture within the agreed time. I also had the pleasure of meeting with them in person and doing a walkthrough to explain the various locations and how we would implement those locations in the wedding photography timeline. I must say Deanna was so proud of her man because as she stated to me WOW your really know your clients and how to capture weddings.

Well their special day came, I showed up 2.5 hours early, I was able to get amazing pre-photos, the wedding day went perfectly, I also included in the timeline sunset photos (my favorite) where the clients are willing to invest their time to let me do what I do best explore, capture, create, and light perfectly amazing wedding couple images. I am sure if you have read this blog and see the wedding photos I hope you will agree?

Thank you, Deanna & Robert, for giving me the business the trust and huge honor to capture your one-day special celebration. I hope with these images that you will take back to Florida with you that you will always remember our historic Holy City of Charleston, SC through my eyes and your wedding photos.

Now here from the bride and groom on how this day became;
Robert and I met in 2011 while attending our master’s program in Physician Assistant studies in Tampa, FL. Robert was born in New York but raised in Florida and Deanna was born and raised in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO. We became study partners which soon blossomed into a romantic relationship after spending a lot of time together throughout the program. 5 years later, we moved to Fort Lauderdale, and he proposed on a sunset airboat tour in the Everglades. During our wedding planning, we discussed taking a vacation to Charleston, SC and figured “why not get married there!?” We liked the low country charming style that Charleston offered. We are big foodies, love to golf, and loved the history of the small city. It was a perfect destination for our wedding!

Our preferred Charleston, SC chosen wedding vendors are:

Wedding Photography by; Michel Berda; King Street Photo Weddings: https://www.kingstreetphotoweddings.com/

Venue; Harbour Club, email: nina.jakubowski@myharbourclub.com, website: https://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Harbour-Club

Hair & Makeup: Vanity Salon, http://vanitysalonsc.com

Bride’s shoes: Betsy Johnson; https://www.betseyjohnson.com

Groom Tux: Bonobos; https://bonobos.com/shop/suits-and-blazers/suits

Flowers; Micah Murphy

Harpist; Mallory with Low Country Pianist and Co., Holly Slice, email: lowcountrypianist@gmail.com, website: https://www.lowcountrypianist.com

Officiant; Barbara Pinker, email: barbara@onegalandawedding.com, website: http://www.onegalandawedding.com

Entertainment: DJ; Shane Griffin Entertainment, email: radioguyshane@gmail.com,

Games; Charleston Gamerooms, website: http://charlestongamerooms.com 843-573-9898

Lighting; Bunn Lighting, website: https://www.bunndjcompany.com

Looking For Charleston Wedding Photographers How To Hire One…!

If you are looking for Charleston Wedding photographers, according to the Knot & Wedding Wire, & Google & Facebook, & others, there are an estimated 320 so-called professional wedding photographers in Charleston, SC. None of the referral website companies above and others verify or ask every single wedding vendor to verify to them that in fact they are properly licensed weddings photographers with The State Of South Carolina, and with the many different municipalities we have here in Charleston, (I should know I have advertised with Wedding Wire & The Knot. Has for Google or Facebook, unfortunately, they do not check they only care if you have an address and business name that obviously is very simple to do.)

Next let me honestly say first that there are some great wedding photographers in Charleston, SC and I respect their art and them being properly licensed. However, the reason I chose to put so much time and effort in doing this is to educate you first and to give you the client the option of reading this and you tell me if you think 320 wedding photographers are?

My goal today with my proven extensive experience by owning King Street Photo Weddings and over the last 18 years, capturing over 500 weddings by being solely a wedding photographer in Charleston, SC (meaning that is the only thing I do), is to give you some incredible useful honest advice on you exploring your option for a wedding photographers in Charleston, SC on what I consider to be the most important information for you to know. I have been asked numerous times for so many years from too many actual brides, mom, wedding coordinators and other vendors, to share this so informative information to make it much easier for you in choosing a Charleston, SC wedding photographer. If you read this entire informative post you will be saving many months and hours in your research for Charleston, SC wedding photographer. My sole purpose is to share what you as a potential wedding client would have never thought of asking any wedding photographers in Charleston, SC and until this is published you would have never known what to ask, except the same general questions. If you Google now ” How to choose a wedding photographer in Charleston”, you will come up with two or three blogs that photographers have posted about this topic. While I think they are good, they are are just covering the basics questions you already know how to ask. They are not even scratching the surface of what most wedding photographers hope you would never ask for. Yes, I said this, you may be shaking your head but let’s face the facts only someone with many decades of experience that is true in his words would share the behind the scene of real questions you should be asking for. So let me educate you on wedding photography and the proper business ethics, the questions you must ask. You probably will be like most grateful wedding clients I have communicated with in the past, that have sent me an email thanking me for putting so much time and effort to help you make the best & wisest decision on who will be documenting one of the most important days of your life. That is really all I want for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s start this journey together.

Many wedding photographers would have you believe that if you simply fall in love with the wedding images they feature on their website, in their portfolio (that being a small percentage of an actual wedding in their gallery). That you would hire them. Well, I would say that works for 60% of you. This could be one of the biggest mistakes you make. Most of you would have never ever known why you should have made a bigger investment or have had better wedding photos because the fact is when you get your wedding photos back if you can see them your happy. Think about the logic in this scenario, you do not have another wedding photographer there capturing the same exact wedding and coming out with entirely different wedding photos.

The first huge topic before the tips below is this questions. Are you choosing a digital, or film photographer or both? Why is this of any importance? Well, both can have some drawbacks such as in digital more about the memory cards and if they are not upgraded or checked or malfunctions you may end up with a defective card or cards, and lost of wedding photos and this could be a huge problem (I call it the end of the world). However, If you hire a true wedding professional photographer you can minimize all of these issues by her or him knowing the right steps on how not to have any of those huge issues. 99% of the times the beauty of digital camera is that you can record the exact same images if you have the real professional digital cameras that record simultaneously on two cards. (yes backup. I live for backup, my clients deserve back up). If you are strictly hiring a film shooter well make very sure they also capture it via digital cameras, for so many reasons, I have over 36 years of film photography & developing film experience (what is called C41 processing). In film photography even if you are a professional photographer, If you do not load the film correctly (you can notice that when you are winding up the film when you think you loaded it correctly) or if your shutter on your camera goes bad, 99% of the times you never know that until that film is developed. Flash photography, if you do not have the right flash sync speed, that can also be a total nightmare (imagine your flash photo looking like this, a black shutter mark and some of the film exposed depending on where your shutter blades are at that time. Yea not good). (some wedding photographers reading this will argue that this could happen with a digital camera. I will conquer, but not after the film is developed, more like instantly) Yes, that photographer could check that shutter that is either in the lens or camera before putting the film in however once the film is in well your hoping all is well. Cameras are usually well built so are the shutters, however, I rather have a digital camera tell me immediately that something is really gone wrong. (yea they do that) and another good reason for your said wedding photographer to carry a minimum of 2 cameras at all times. (remember the moment is instant). Also is that photographer really knowledgeable about photography to set the camera properly with the type of ISO and film they choose? Remember no screen, no picture to see until the film is developed. Last and most important have you ever, ever considered what that said photographer does to get that film processed? Generally 120 or 220 films, well here I go again using percentages 98% send that film to get developed. Photo labs are almost instinct and there are very few that specialize in this, generally not where your wedding photographer lives. So if they did not record the exact wedding images on digital they have no backup. Now sending the film through the mail and various carrier and again getting those films back well that is, after all, taking a chance. First, it has got to get there and if that lab does not scan the film before they send it back, again all the trust of the most important day of your life is in the hands of that lab and various carriers. Again not trying to scare you but these are facts. The lesson is making sure they capture your wedding on both. However, that could be a whole another great topic and post, you cannot use two cameras and record the exact same thing at once. Well maybe if you have a second shooter, but technically not exact and who has the real wedding photography experience? Have you ever seen or imagine two wedding photographers capturing the exact same thing, at the same place using the exact same cameras and lenses?

These leads me to my #1 tip.

Tip #1 question that 80% of brides fail to ask for is.
Can you provide me with the two most recent weddings you have just photographed and edited and posted and provided the links to your weddings clients? (again recent, do not fall for giving the said photographer an option of showing you hers or his best weddings or any weddings, just the last two most current weddings you have photographed very important)

Yes, your goal is to see (2) completed edited weddings. This is what you want to see and look for. First how those weddings were captured from the beginning to the end. From the pre photos to the first look if you are doing one? The ceremony, to the reception photos. This would include, the total amount of photos, really quantity means nothing versus quality. The quality of the wedding images is what you want to see. The way that wedding photographer has either edited the wedding photos if they do that or here is the real secret and many of you are going to shake your head when I say this, some outsource that to other companies. Really? Did you know this? Is there a good or bad in either situation? Not really, however, why would you not put the art you have into editing when you put the art into capturing them? Next, you want to see if the wedding images are perfectly edited and if that wedding photographer is a true professional? Here are some great key points you want to look for. How great is the quality in the images from the pre photos with the groom and the groomsmen and for the bride and bridesmaids, including the family, look closely are there any variation? (remember now you are looking at two or three various weddings photographers actual completed posted weddings, you must see a huge difference between them?) How about the details photos are they that exceptional or like most basic? Are you seeing the past client wedding documented as a sporting event where you see the same photo in a few seconds apart? Do you find yourself asking do I really need to see 5 very similar wedding images like this or one good one? (that is a huge indication of poor editing and the photographer hoping to capture so many that one will turn out good). Are you seeing the same family photos more than once? Are your ceremony photos all captured from the same place when the wedding photographer was given free access to move anywhere to capture the best ceremony images? Does the wedding images you are seeing somewhat mimic the website photos you fell in love with? Wait there is more. Next is it well-documented in a very storytelling compelling way and in chronological order and if it is, correctly and properly edited? Are both the color space and the sunset, reception photos consistent with soft balance strobe lighting? Let me explain. Generally speaking, every couple wants, amazing sunset photos, you must also have vibrant reception photos. What do these look like? This is where you will see if that wedding photographer has a huge talent in lighting. Are they bringing the right lighting equipment or just a strobe and you see results like this? Many of the wedding reception photos with a black background, (why is the background not match to be properly exposed) and or washed out images (overexposed), are they not using a diffuser on that flash? Are they not able to bounce the light that often time can be softened the light by using this technique of bouncing the light on the ceilings? Or maybe no ceilings? Are the ceilings too high, or maybe very bad math in lighting ratios if they are using the flash on manual? Are they using their flash on TTL (through the lens metering system) where the reception photos lighting are all over the place? Is this true when you are seeing all of the reception photos? Do they have either too much light or not enough? Or are they simply dialing the ISO (the sensitivity of the image sensor) so high that you are looking at super grainy photos? When you look at these indoor reception images why are the bulk of them so orange? Is your actual factual skin tone really that way? This is what us professional call (bad color profiles). Do you also see many of the reception photos that are both grainy and turned into what they call B&W because the color balance is so off, what I call bad contrast and poor greyscale, super pixilated, not true B&W? All of these are factors. The benefit of seeing two or three different wedding photographers full edited posted recent weddings is that yes, you now will have a much clearer vision on the behind the scene and know exactly what you can expect back on how your wedding photos will look like from the one you choose to be the real professional wedding photographer. Not just website photos or portfolio photos.

Next, Let’s talk about the sharing website for your wedding photos and how they are posted. How you are getting to see them and share with your family and friends and how everyone will have access to them? When you look at the current weddings posted, you will be on some other site platform where that said wedding photographer has uploaded all of the wedding photos too. Has a wedding photographer there are so many variations of these companies that you can outsource for your client’s wedding photos, that will let us upload your wedding photos and let you get a link to those photos. They are all very different in so many ways. I will explain. Some of them will have the watermark on every single photo, not what you want. Some will not work on every single PDA or IPad or they may have huge limitations on what you can see. Not what you really want. Some will not let you share that link with your family and friends not what you want. Some will not let you and your family and friends download any images or all and use them as you please. Not what you really want. Some will almost never let you share the photos on any social media platform while you are viewing them. Is that really what you want? So seeing the platform company the said wedding photographer is using is crucial. You want to go back to work and just have one link and forward that to everyone instead of having to help or assist your family and friends to see your wedding images. This should be seamless for you, however maybe not if this is not uploaded to the correct platform. This is where your wedding photographer should have gathered all of this information done hers or his due diligence and found the best one that meets every wedding clients needs since she or he has the agreement with that sharing wedding photos website. (Also you want to make very sure your family and friends can also have a seamless experience to do anything with those wedding images and use any and all wedding images with absolutely no limitations)

Last and so important for getting your wedding photos, via either download or thumb drive or both or none? If your wedding photographer has agreed to give you all of the wedding images via verbal agreement, make very sure that it is on the contract that you are actually getting the wedding images via a download or a thumb drive or both? The second question for you to ask her or him is, what is your turn-around time that I can expect for seeing my entire wedding photos? (so very important who wants to wait) Make very sure that what they say in the language is in printed and on the contract (again a true professional should give you an expectancy of 3 to 6 weeks maximum). Most honest and professional photographer will have that language and time in their original contract. Next assuming you are getting your wedding images and you should, for the huge amount of investment your making. However, if that photographer only offers you the capabilities to download the images without providing you with a thumb drive, and even when today’s technology is so great, you may not receive high res images and if you do, can you imagine the amount of time it would take for you to download 64Gb depending on your internet speed? Bottom line is you want a thumb drive that will also include high res images for that reason and this, again backup. Next question is what size is the thumb drive? How many photos are you getting on for an average 8-hours wedding coverage? When you get the thumb drive (if you do not get high res photos) why is it that you can only print photos in a certain small size? Why do you have to ask for or pay for larger files or is it that your photographer will not give that to you but sell you the larger files, or instead ask you to pay a huge amount of money for a large canvas print, because they want to hold on to the larger file size (to make even more money)? Let me make this very simple for you. If you get many no to these questions asked, please move on to another wedding photographer.

Now that you have read this first so important #1 tip that I have spent so much time putting together and that you have spent so much time reading, this will make you go back to what you had originally set in your mind and thought on about how you were going to sign on the dotted line and hire that so-called professional wedding photographer. Only if by now you have viewed two or three different wedding photographers with at least two weddings each, they posted and provided you with the links. Wich one of those photographers do you love the results from? This simple question will change your mind drastically. Imagine this information, and If you had never read this and asked for these questions you would have never known. My point made to make very sure you are getting amazing well-edited and captured wedding images. Again you are investing lots of time and money and deserve just that on your day that is only one day. Nothing better than peace of mind and knowing what you will be getting and definitely can expect.

You see for me, I always wished for my clients to have asked these so very informative important questions. Because simply, I do my own editing generally 20 to 30 hours, and for every wedding, I put them in chronological order in a very storytelling way and color balance them correctly and properly. I post everything on Pass, supply every client with all of the wedding images, and they generally receive a 64Gb thumb drive (not a misprint) including on that thumb drive are two folders a JPEG and TIFF folders, most files are from 6.4MB 15.5 MB JPEG. The Tiff files are from 33.1 MB 66.5 MB Huge files and you also get a shared printing right letter (meaning whether you upload the wedding images or bring them to the local photo lab, they will need to see this letter in order for them to print). For the wedding day and has to the equipment, I carry 3 to 4 cameras on me all day long with various real professional lenses, and I bring major lighting, softboxes, and monolights to every wedding and wait, I even bring backup equipment because guess what? You can never ever go wrong with more than less.

Tip#2 Communication is Key.

From the various surveys I have studied including Google, many of you live such a busy life that often times, you are shopping for a wedding vendor from your work. That is totally okay, (well maybe not lol) by you just simply filling out an email with the basic inquiry to that said wedding photographer. That is a great way to get the ball rolling. However, upon getting those replies back, if they have responded back? Supposedly the so-called proper etiquette in answering those inquiry request is within a 4 hours window. I have no idea who came up with that theory? I, however, choose to disagree. I am convinced that with today’s technology and the fact that we check our PDA many times daily. The surveys for that I have seen ranges from various ages, most of the survey can all agree on a base of 74 to 80 times a day that we look at our PDA. WOW….! Let me see now, if you are checking your phones that many times a day, and you run a business any business, should you not be proactive like me and reply within minutes and if you are busy maybe within the hour (agreed not on a wedding day)? Still, all of this shows you that this is the experience and service you will have from that said wedding photographer for almost an entire year. Here is my suggestion, narrow down the selected few wedding photographers you have chosen. Again after Tip #1 & #2. Next, and this is so important to see if you are a perfect fit? Set up a phone conference or a live chat, this will make such a huge impact on your final decision. I would say this plays into 50% of your decision, look at the facts here. You are going to speak to that wedding photographer and plan this day plus you are spending your entire special wedding day with them. Do you think communication has any part of this? Yes. Pick up the phone or meet in person and make very sure that photographer listens first and gets your vision and your needs for your day. This will give you a huge amount of peace of mind. Remember this you are always the client this is your wedding …!

Tip #3 How experienced and detailed is that said wedding photographers timeline?

Your wedding day needs to be the most enjoyable loveable day of your life. The process must be seamless. In order for it to be that way, you must have the most perfect wedding day timeline. While you are thinking well, my wedding coordinator can take care of that, I am here to tell you that your wedding coordinator may be the best, however, she would have wished you would have hired a wedding photographer that would have gotten all that done for you and then she could incorporate that into one master timeline. Again this is a task and process a wedding photographer has to be able to assist you both with (your fiance included) by having a meeting or a phone conference. This process will be great for you both to give her or him (photographer) your vision and for them to share their experience of the best way to have the most enjoyable seamless wedding day that is perfectly captured. Again this is another way while you are thinking about who is going to be the best wedding photographer for you to ask and receive two or three selected photographer to provide to you the actual past wedding timelines they have done for their past recent wedding clients. Again you will now see another part of who is best at implementing this and creating the perfect wedding day timeline.

Tip #4 Are you hiring a licensed Insured business or a weekend warrior or someone who does not want to purchase a license?

Question for them; Can you provide to me, the State of SC license and a license for the proper municipality in Charleston, and for the church or synagogue or venue the proper liability insurance they require (they may want both)?

Most of you think because a wedding photographer has a website and call themselves a wedding professional photographer, that they, in fact, run a legitimate business in being licensed properly with the State Of South Carolina. (I beg to differ) Also one of the most not know fact (by clients only) is that in Charleston, SC that any and all or most wedding photographer and any and all wedding vendors doing business in any of the different municipalities are required to have all of these(4) various different businesses licenses. Quote” every person engaged or intending to engage in any calling, business, occupation or profession” If one realizes any income from a business activity that a person is required to purchase a license. Yes, you need these business licenses in order to do business in these different municipalities. There is one for The City Of Charleston, one for Town of Isle Of Palms, One For The Town Of Mount Pleasant, & one for Sullivan Island. Btw Sullivan island, in my opinion, is one of the best in enforcing their ordinances out of all of them. Because they actually do that. For me, because it was the right thing to do ethically and for the business, I also have a business license from The Town Of Hilton Head, SC. Does this matter to you? I hope it does and that you believe that all wedding photographers need to be properly licensed. Now there may be another huge issue. Some churches, synagogues & venues & for the coordinators that dot their i’s and cross there t’s that I praise for doing this (not all ) are going to require that the wedding photographer you choose to provide a certificate of liability insurance & maybe business license. In my research with most legitimate liability insurance is that you have to be an actual business and properly licensed in order for them to issue you biding liability insurance. Again if you did not read this and hired one and now are going wait I did not know this and she or he never mentioned it. Well, panic. Because I cover this important topic with all of my inquiry and in answering the inquiry, I send them a scanned copy of the business license for the proper town or city and I also provide to them a copy of the last liability insurance certificate I provided to the venue and client. Again every wedding client deserves peace of mind.

Tip #5 Last one for this post

Back in the days, you use to ask for referrals make a few phone calls when you were about to hire a business. In today worlds prospective wedding clients check Google, Wedding Wire, The Knot, and many other various wedding companies to see the credibility of that said wedding vendor. Here is where I think most of you make another huge mistake. You check one of those above and you see a few reviews and your like wow every vendor has good reviews. WRONG. To make it easier for you, just take all of the 3 companies above and come up with a grand total. That total of all 3, is the key in you making another good decision on who has the most reviews that are 5 stars. Google makes this simple for you and so very easy when you Google that photographers name or company it is usually under reviews from the web. Mine is 221 as of today. Yes, that is huge and I am so very proud of having these lovely honest reviews.

I have poured my heart and soul for 18 years doing the best I can for every single wedding clients that I have had the honor & privilege of capturing their weddings. I have spent the entire week, many hours back and forth tweaking this for you all. I thank you for the privilege of your time to read this so informative information about how to hire the proper licensed insured wedding photographers In Charleston, SC. I want the very best for you because, in my eyes and heart, every wedding client is unique and different, this is after all one of the most celebrated happy events of your life. I want every one of you to be very educated and make the best decision. I leave you with this quote.

”Cameras & lenses are just worthless tools unless you have the perfect storyteller, a human who knows how to use that tool or tools a true artist, that can capture the beauty of the art, emotion, of any weddings & more importantly people.”

May you have the most amazing wedding and that it is in fact captured perfectly…!

 

My very best always,

Michel

Palmetto Dunes Heather & Sean Summer Wedding Hilton Head, SC

Palmetto Dunes, in Hilton Head, SC is the venue Heather & Sean chose. Like most of my wedding clients, what they love about this venue is that it is considered one of the only last wedding venues in Hilton Head, SC with an open deck and you are literally feet away from the beach. For all of my wedding couples, this is priceless and breathless. Yes while you may be thinking about this wedding venue and saying well if it rains what do we do? They do offer a rain backup plan. I will tell you that in my experience this is a super small percentage. However, the huge positive side is having your wedding on the beach and dining on the beach. That is a luxury to many wedding clients, who will search for and fly very far from and often times venues like this are so very hard to come by. I always hear from family and friends that come to celebrate any weddings at this lovely venue that because this is so unique in having a Lowcountry wedding venue like this that is one they will always remember. Yes, Palmetto Dunes, in Hilton Head, SC is truly a great place to celebrate a true southern wedding.

This leads me to Heather & Sean, living in Charlotte, NC and wanting to celebrate their nuptials with their family and friends at Palmetto Dunes, SC. With always the assistance of the lovely coordinators Courtney & Devon this couple quickly booked the venue and my wedding photography services almost immediately after signing the contract with the wedding venue. Most of my clients are proactive and know that you should book your wedding photographer for a minimum of a year.

Has I always we had a very nice phone conference and I designed the photography wedding timeline with them, always listening first and getting their vision to how and what I can do to capture their day the way they would like for me too. On their day, I arrived at Heather condo, early has always, where I met her lovely bridesmaids and mom and dad, truly amazing people, I captured everything from the pre photos to her father seeing her for the first time in her wedding dress this is truly a unique and heartfelt moment for me. I always say I have no idea how I document this moment? Yes, I share a few tears. Her mom and bridesmaids helping her with her jewelry and dress, the gorgeous landscape of Palmetto Dunes where I got these amazing photos for Heather and her parents and bridesmaids. Shortly after that, I met Sean and his very cool groomsmen totally very nice guys. The ceremony was priceless has many beach onlookers enjoyed this celebration with everyone. Next came family photos that are so very important all done perfectly, and bridal party and Heather and Shawn well captured. Family and friends enjoyed the most perfect reception under the stars and the beautiful sunset, that I was able to have incorporated into my wedding timeline, where I took the couple out for a few minutes and got amazing sunset photos that they will always truly cherish for many years to come. Everyone enjoyed dinner toast, the dance and cake cutting, then DJ Allen has he always does got everyone on their feet including Sean grandma a great moment for everyone. Once again so grateful to Heather & Sean and everyone for giving me this huge honor and privilege to capture one of the most important days of their lives.

Now in their own words from the Heather & Sean is how this day became one;

Sean and I met roughly 11 years ago. At the time, his best friend Cory (the best man) and my sister Whitney (maid of honor) knew each other. They introduced us and we started dating while we were in college. After our college days we both started work near our home towns back in NY. After a few years living at home, we decided to move to the Charlotte, NC area together.

Sean had been vacationing in Hilton Head Island since he was very young, for more than 20 years now. His grandmother used to own a condo on Folly Field road, not even a block away from the beach. We had vacationed with his family on the Island a few times while dating and the Island quickly became a special place for us. Once we started looking for wedding destinations, we realized that Hilton Head was the perfect place, with one of the most beautiful beaches to have as our venue. We visited and toured a few of the resorts on the Island to to find the best venue for us and our guests to enjoy throughout our wedding weekend. Ultimately that led us to Palmetto Dunes, where we could experience the luxuries of the beach ceremony, the Dunes House beach front reception, selections of golf courses and public beach access. It ended up being the perfect destination for us to share our wedding day with our closest friends and family.

Our Hilton Head Island, SC chosen wedding vendors are:

Wedding Venue; coordinators, Courtney Daley & Devon; Palmetto Dunes;

Photography by; Michel Berda; King Street Photo Weddings:

Hair & Makeup; Beauty by Kateryna

Dj: DJ Alan

Florist: The Flower Shop Bluffton;

Food Catering: Palmetto Dunes;

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Family Affair for Kelli and Chris Wedding at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa

It gives great pleasure & joy today to post this incredible family affair wedding that meant so very much to me. You see every wedding is about great family and friends, and this wedding was that much more special has it included their great teenager children becoming one family.

I had this great honor and opportunity when Kelli contact me from a referral by the lovely Dawn at the Hilton Head Resort Marriott & Spa. Upon our phone conference, her first words to me were about her vision of how she wanted her wedding captured. As the phone conversation continued she explained to me that the children photos were the most important reason why she wanted for me to capture this special day.

On this memorable day, Kelli & Chris welcomed their friends and family, we had beautiful weather, first came the cocktail hour that featured amazing appetizer and great drinks everyone laughing taking pictures, hugging,  the ceremony included their 4 incredible children sharing in on their individual vowed to the couple. All very touching and heartfelt. As you can see by me documenting this wedding day it reflects all of the joy and laughter everyone had. Being a father of two amazing great daughters, I am so very glad I had this amazing honor. Thank you, Kelli & Chris, once again for giving me the privilege of being a true storyteller on your special wedding day.

Here from the couple is how this day became:

What happens in Vegas may not always stay in Vegas. Chris and I met 7 years ago during March Madness at Margaritaville in Las Vegas. Reason for our 7-7 wedding date. Lucky 7

We were both visiting Las Vegas with friends and family. Chris and his brother were hanging out with mutual friends and next thing you know conversation, gambling and more conversations continued till 4am at Denny’s with friends. It was by far a fun night with many laughs and people watching.

Ironically Chris and I lived about 25 minutes from each other back in the Columbus, Ohio area.

From the beginning, I made it very clear how I love my town of Dublin, Ohio and that my kids and i have a huge support system and being a single mom of 2, it was important that I stay in this community because Chris felt the same about his town of Westerville and keeping his girls in their respectful school

We had both had conversations that neither one of us wanted to uproot kids prior to their graduation. So bringing us today, 7 years later , Chris’s youngest graduated in May which we then agree we would get married and consolidate, but with my kids younger we would reside in Dublin.

At times it definitely had been a challenge in our relationship, but Chris had to keep reminding me that we both had agreed about allowing kids to stay in their school system. Chris continuously said to have faith, believe and visualize and that it would be US.

Over the seven years took many trips alone and with kids to keep the relationship growing and adventurous. Each of our kids spoke during the wedding ceremony, Ryan the youngest summarized it best

“7 years ago when Chris and his family came into my life i didn’t know what to expect. Fast forward to Today where we are all now gathered here to celebrate 7 years of adventures, fun times, bad times, getting to know each other and now finally making us family. We have had our fair share of ups and downs but in the end we all still love each other. We have gone on a good amount of vacations together such as Atlantis, Hilton Head, Outer Banks, a cruise And New York City this year . Each one of those vacations have had a couple unforgettable moments that will stick with me for a long time. Also we learned a little bit more about each other each time. And now today marks the day where we can finally all call each other family. I’m looking forward to all the crazy adventures that we are going to have as a family and i am so happy for my mom that she has found the love of her life. “

Chris and I very fortunate that our kids all get along and want this family equally as much as the other. We have been blessed with beautiful kids who may not understand the sacrifice we made over the 7 years for them but they appreciate the sacrament of Marriage we took on 7-7 and were excited for us.

Photography by; Michel Berda; King Street Photo Weddings:

Hair & Makeup; Julia M. Lynch Crush Island Wedding & Makeup:

Entertainment; Sean Biggins Music:

Flowers; Lauri Leber, The Flower Shop Bluffton:

Bride Wedding Dress designer; Halston:

A Pre Mother’s Day Jewish Wedding For Holly & Scott At Palmetto Dunes Hilton Head, SC

May, and Mother’s day weekend always a very busy time for me. Mother’s Day is so special is so many ways family is what we all live for. I am so glad I take on such an important role in my client’s decision as an image maker. So many of my weddings are destination and so are my wonderful wedding clients.

As I blog today about this wedding, I will always remember this client back in February, trying to put this wedding together in just a few months. We Donovan & I happened to be available. The client wanted both wedding photography and Cinematography video for their wedding date on that Friday before Mother’s day. Holly is from North Carolina, and Scott from Scottsdale, Arizona and as you can imagine finding the perfect wedding vendors took lots of research. When they contacted me I also gave them my advice on the wedding venues I liked in Hilton Head, SC. When they decided on having their special Lowcountry celebration at Palmetto Dunes, by having a beach ceremony and then having the reception at The Dunes house deck that is perfect setting overlooking the ocean. They wanted their family and guest to experience that Lowcountry ambiance. I was very happy with that because I knew, I would be working with the lovely Courtney Daley and her associate. I also love this particular theme, because we would document this day perfectly.

Congratulation to you both Holly & Scott, thank you so very much for the honor by trusting Donovan, Justin & I to document your special wedding day.

Here from the couple is who this day became so very special:

A little bit about us – we officially met in March of 2017 after striking up an interest on Match.com. We unofficially started exchanging messages the year before, 2016, on Match.com as well but for various reasons never met up. Little did I realize a year later that I had already contacted her with previous emails. Holly was quick to point this out and to let me know that I had a different profile picture, name and information. With that being said, she obviously still caught my attention a second time with her amazing smile so I guess it was meant to be – ‘beshert’ – once we did actually meet up for a few cocktails, we had an instant attraction and ton in common. Our second date, a week later, was to a major country concert that I had previously purchased tickets to. I figured that Holly being from a small town out in the country would love country music so I asked her to see Eric Church with me…who incidentally grew up in the town next to her. Holly didn’t really know who he was or that she listened to country music but said she really wanted to go and at that point I realized that this had real potential.
After 9 months of dating we were engaged in Whistler,Canada on Jan 1, 2018. We took a helicopter to the top of a glacier where I proposed as a total surprise to her and my family. As you know, Holly is a nurse that works on the med/surgical floor caring for patients after the have surgery. She is one of the most genuinely caring and loving people around. She cares for her patients like they are her family! I’m a pediatric dentist who loves to work with kids. Together we enjoy hiking, attending sporting events, concert, exploring the outdoors and hanging out together. We are very excited to start our lives together and hopefully god willing, start a family soon. We plan to embrace both religions and share the best that have to offer to each other. It’s been fun teaching her about some of our crazy traditions and she has really embraced them…just don’t offer her any gefilte fish 🙂

Our Hilton Head Island, SC chosen wedding vendors are:

Wedding Venue; coordinators, Courtney Daley & Devon; Palmetto Dunes: https://www.palmettodunes.com/meetings-weddings/hilton-head-island-weddings

Photography & Cinematography video by; Michel Berda & Donovan Snype; King Street Photo Weddings: https://www.kingstreetphotoweddings.com/

Hair & Makeup; Julia M. Lynch: https://www.crushisland.com/weddingmakeup

Dj: Crush Entertainment: https://www.crushisland.com/weddings

Cakes; Brown Sugar custom Cakes: http://brownsugarcustomcakes.com/

Bride Wedding Dress designer; Demetrios: https://www.demetrios.com/

Bride Shoes; Betsey Johnson: https://www.betseyjohnson.com/thumbnail/SHOES/All-Shoes/pc/3902/3982.uts?mode=viewall

Groom Suit; Ted Baker: http://www.tedbaker.com/row/Mens/Clothing/Suits/c/category_mens_clothing_suits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southern Wedding at Legend Oaks Golf & Tennis Club for Jessica & Jennifer

Southern Wedding. I have lived in Charleston for over 26 years, I love this Holy City, even more so to being so very blessed as a storyteller a wedding photographer that documents and captures the best of times and the happiest times in any wedding for the last 18 years, I have had the great honor of capturing over 500 weddings at some  best and most amazing wedding venues.

Today I bring you a unique wedding, two women who fell for what we all want and need a partner in life and love. The wedding venue is called Legend Oaks Golf Club, located in Summerville, SC. As you drive into the property you see the avenue of oaks, filled with so many of them as old as 300 years, absolutely breathtaking, God and mother nature, nothing finer. The coordinator there Theresia E Ware who is very professional and so very nice is many ways, actually referred this client to me after a so-called wedding photographer canceled on them just two months prior to their wedding. I had captured a friend of her daughter wedding that she attended and told this client in her observation of how I captured that wedding she had never seen another wedding photographer quite like me.

The wedding day went perfect, as always with my perfect designed timeline, and the help of her talented brother Aaron, these two Jennifer & Jessica, had the best memorable wedding day, shared with their close friends and family.

Here is their love story written by Jessica;

Jen and I met by chance online. We talked for what seems like forever before we finally decided to meet. After a long nervous flight from South Carolina to Texas wondering if this was the craziest thing I have ever done, I saw her and our love story began. We spent months traveling back and forth visiting each other until we finally decided to be in one place together After being together for three years Jen took me to the beach for a picnic where she seemed to forget everything, but come to find out, she was so nervous because that is where she proposed to me.

Our Charleston, SC chosen wedding vendors are:

Venue, Theresia E. Ware: Legend Oaks Country Club- Summerville SC

Photographer: Michel Berda: King Street Photo Weddings

Flowers, Karen Powell: O.K. Florist- Summerville SC

Rentals: Simply Elegant- Summerville SC

DJ/Photobooth: Complete Weddings and Events- Charleston SC

Catering/Bar: Legend Oaks Country Club- Summerville SC

Dresses: David’s Bridal

Invitations: Shutterfly

 

Amanda & Kyle A Military Wedding The Pavilion At Pepper Plantation

Pavilion Pepper Plantation wedding is a great way to start this wedding year of 2018, I photographed for Amanda & Kyle. I was introduced to this military couple by the lovely great Rachel Cole, from Smooth Sailing Event Coordinating & Consulting Services. Rachel was very familiar with my wedding photography and the impeccable service I provide all of my clients. She knew I would be a perfect fit and once the contract and deposit were completed, I worked diligently with Amanda lovely mom in planning her daughter destination wedding.

The wedding took place at The Pavilion At Pepper Plantation, a very well know wedding venue here in Charleston, SC for having a very rustic theme with a barn, and beautiful landscape, a new modern twist, that features a waterfront gazebo, and gorgeous red roof, a wooden interior that is fresh and spectacular. If you are having your ceremony at this beautiful venue, you will be overlooking the pond with many pine trees for a truly chic wedding southern affair.

On the day of the wedding, the weatherman called for afternoon showers. As always with Rachel & Amanda mom we had created a great wedding timeline. I arrive at the cottage and was greeted by them and the bridesmaids, we then proceeded with the ceremony and as soon has it was over the rain came down, luckily for the couple, I always come with major back up equipment, another reason why my 18 years of true wedding photography comes into place. In this situation, the only option and free space was the porch area. I had to create this gorgeous light for family photos because there was not much there. By having the right lighting equipment, I was able to provide my clients with the quality of family photos they were looking for. I also managed in less than 10 minutes with my lighting technique in creating a spectacular light for the couples photos.

Once again, I always tell any future wedding clients that practically everyone is a wedding photographer today, and most can create wedding images in (Ambient Light, the camera actually does that), however if your wedding photographer has 5 years or less of photography experience like most, they have no idea how to create the right light with strobes or most other lighting equipment, if you want to see what I am talking about look and browse most of the Charleston blogs and you will see that very clearly. Again” not all wedding photographers are created equal” Experience matters a lot when there is only one day, one time to create these type of images you the client deserve that.

After the wedding was completed and I provided the couple with their wedding images, Amanda mom wrote me the most sincere and heartfelt Knot review. Truly an amazing family. Amanda & Kyle, thank you so very much for this huge honor and privilege you have given me.

The Couple Choice Charleston, SC Wedding Vendors Are:

Venue:  Rachel Kuhl Pepper Plantation

Photographer: Michel Berda –King Street Photo Weddings:

Wedding Coordinator: Rachel Cole- Smooth Sailing Event Coordinating:

Flowers: On A Limb Floral Design

Officiant: Rev. Kevin M. Roberts-VOW:

Rentals: Simply Elegant

DJ: Wendell Nolan

Catering: Food/Bar: Country club catering

Dress:

Shoes:

Invitations:

 

The Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa Multicultural Wedding : Benita +Ryan

Benita & Ryan Google Review

 

 

Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa. As I start on this beautiful Thursday, on this wedding blog post that is so very special to me, for these very nice clients Benita & Ryan, who went from having their wedding canceled in Puerto Rico, from the devastation of hurricane Maria, and then by having to move and plan their wedding in Beautiful Hilton Head Island, at The Hilton Head Marriott Resort in less than 3 weeks. It was not easy for them, and when I received the wedding photography request through my website, King Street Photo Weddings, from Benita, I was so shocked at to the date requested that claimed only 3 weeks in advance. I then by reply asked this bride if she did not mean the year 2018? She replied no and explained this very unfortunate situation.

Multicultural The Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa

Upon our phone conference, I was already excited and thrilled to have this honor to capture their wedding. Benita explained that Ryan and her were creating a multicultural wedding that included the traditional Indian theme such has the Hana and that their family and guest were traveling from all over the US and some from abroad. Many brides do have some favorite wedding photos and they try to imitate them on their wedding day. The point is that every bride and every venue is different and therefore the photos should be unique and spontaneous too! Consider the color of the dress (some of the most popular examples can be found here on the Your Go-To Color Palette for 2018), the amount of light, the background colors and shapes, the proportion of the people and landscape, and all of those details that makes the photo unique and special.

The Wedding Day at The Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa

Always organized and having a well designed thorough wedding day timeline and assisted with Design Studio South and the wonderful Alysse Sweeney, we managed to keep the clients very happy about their special day. This lovely couple decided to have a first look that was priceless and well directed, Ryan very similar to me very emotional and yes, it is true good guys cry from their heart, throughout this wedding day the couple and family shared the same emotions that also included excitement, & laughter. The reception at the ballroom directed by Dawn Farrell, head coordinator for The Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa was decorated to the nines and was spectacular. The company band got everyone on their feet and having the best time.

Benita & Ryan thank you for giving me such a huge honor to capture this special day, I know my wedding images that I created for you will let you reminisce this day for many generations. I once again thank you so very much and wish you both the best life together you are to me truly a great couple and blend perfect for each other. Enjoy this blog and my amazing art and incredible images for the passion I have for wedding photography that is captured from my heart.

Our Story Written By The Clients

Ryan and I met in September of 2013, just a few days after Ryan’s 29th birthday. I had just moved to North Carolina for graduate school. We were both out with some friends when the people we were out with decided got to know each other and thought that Ryan and I would be a good match. They introduced us to each other, and at first, it didn’t go so well. I cancelled our first date! Thanks to some convincing by my best friend, I decided to give him a chance and we re-scheduled the date. The rest was history. Ryan told me he loved me 13 days after we met (it took me a little bit longer – but not by much), and on the same night we planned our first vacation together in Seattle and Vancouver. Since then we have been living together, we got a second dog, we have gone on yearly vacations together, we got engaged 2 years after we met, and have planned (and had to re-plan) our wedding. Our initial plans were to get married at a resort in Puerto Rico, but after the disastrous hurricane Maria hit the island (which came through 3 weeks before our wedding date), we had to reschedule. After shedding a few tears, we realized that perspective is key and the people in Puerto Rico had it a lot worse than us. After making sure all our vendors and their families in Puerto Rico were okay, we set out to plan an entire wedding in Hilton Head, South Carolina in less than 3 weeks! We so lucky with our vendors and venue, and the day came and went without a hiccup!Our Hilton Head, SC Wedding Vendors

Our Hilton Head, SC Wedding Vendors

Wedding Venue: Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa. Dawn Farrell – dawn.farrell@marriottsales.com: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/hhhgr-hilton-head-marriott-resort-and-spa/

Wedding Coordinator: Design Studio South: Teresa Walker & Alysse Sweeney- alysse@designstudiosouth.com: http://www.designstudiosouth.com

Florist: Kato Floral Designs. Maria Kato -katofloraldesigns@gmail.com: http://katoweddings.com

Bakery: Brown Sugar Custom Cakes. Courtney Glover – info@brownsugarcustomakes.com: http://brownsugarcustomcakes.com

Band: The Company Band. Hanoch Hickman – muzicwiz@hotmail.com: http://www.thecompanybandlive.com

Photographer: King Street Photo Weddings.Michel Berda – kingstphoto1@bellsouth.net :www.kingstreetphotoweddings.com

Hair & Make Up: Style It Salon. Joy Ross (hair) & Denise (make up)– styleitsalon@gmail.com: https://styleitsalon.com

Additional Rentals: EventWorks:Megan Mahoney – saveinfo@eventworksrentals.com: http://www.eventworksrentals.com

Dress: Morilee by Madeline Gardner. Style number 6784 Dress Alterations: Olga’s Bridal and Formal Couture :https://www.weddingwire.com/biz/olgas-bridal-and-formal-couture-raleigh/d6da92aca71e2633.html#reviews

Shoes: JC Penney A New Approach: https://www.jcpenney.com/p/ana-zita-womens-pumps/ppr5007218386?COLOR=White&badge=onlyatjcp&catId=cat100240063&deptId=dept20000018&pTmplType=regular&urlState=%2Fg%2Fana-all-womens-shoes%2FN-bwo42D1nohq7Z3v

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas: https://www.shutterfly.com/wedding-paper-divas/