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 –

Wedding Coordinator: Design Studio South: Teresa Walker & Alysse Sweeney-

Florist: Kato Floral Designs. Maria Kato

Bakery: Brown Sugar Custom Cakes. Courtney Glover –

Band: The Company Band. Hanoch Hickman –

Photographer: King Street Photo Weddings.Michel Berda –

Hair & Make Up: Style It Salon. Joy Ross (hair) & Denise (make up)–

Additional Rentals: EventWorks:Megan Mahoney –

Dress: Morilee by Madeline Gardner. Style number 6784 Dress Alterations: Olga’s Bridal and Formal Couture :

Shoes: JC Penney A New Approach:

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas:




Folly Beach Wedding For Beth & Devin Private Beach House 917 West Ashley

On this Wedding Wednesday, I am once again posting an incredible wedding for my clients Beth & Devin who gave me this huge honor that I captured at a private beautiful beach house located at 917 West Ashley Ave Folly Beach, SC.

Wedding Folly Beach, SC

I have been photographing weddings for 17 years, and I have been blessed to have been to many venues that includes plantations, vineyards, islands, stables, boats and many homes.

When Beth, contacted me to give me a great idea for her upcoming wedding and the theme, she was very excited about the home that they had rented. As she explained to me this place was simply elegant new and huge, she was speaking about the private residence on Folly beach known as 917 West Ashley. She was not kidding this place is gorgeous with 5 bedrooms home that sleeps 15 plus with 4 floors, Four (4) master suites, each with private bathrooms and all with an ocean view personal ‘Romeo & Juliet balcony’ Top floor features a billiard/game room with a tiki hut. I mean what more can you ask for? The lawn is huge and you are only a few steps from the beach.

The Wedding Day at 917 West Ashley, Folly Beach, SC

The wedding was beautiful as you can see by my wedding photography, the couple decided to have a first look that was priceless, family and friends enjoyed the wedding then the reception at this amazing home. DJ Rehab – Chris McCoy got the reception going while everyone enjoyed a spectacular meal prepared by Queen Street Catering, some of the best-tasting barbeque I have ever tasted and it was done on the property.

Thank you, Beth & Devin, I enjoyed meeting your family and friends and I am so glad you all chose me and that you will love my passion for the art in creating very artistic and amazing wedding photos.

Beth and Devin Love Story

Beth went to meet her new roommate for drinks a couple years ago in downtown Charleston. Little did she know, her life was about to change forever! She met Devin that day, ended up on the back of his Harley, and the rest is history! They love to go to Folly Beach, and Devin proposed on the beach (actually very close to the house where we got married!) so we knew it would be the perfect place for our special day.

Our Charleston, SC  Selected Wedding Vendors:

Photographer: King Street Photo Weddings. Michel Berda

Food: Queen Street Catering

Lighting/chairs/rentals: Queen Street Catering

Florist: charleston Flower Market

Bakery: So Sweet! Cakes

DJ: DJ Rehab – Chris McCoy

Videographer: Aidan Medina

Hair: Tamsyn Rickards

Makeup: Micheala Murtagh

Dress: Jean’s of Mt. Pleasant

Suit: Berlins For Men



An Autumn Wedding at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa

The Westin Resort & Spa located in Hilton Head, SC. What more is there to say about this beautiful southern charm wedding venue, that has not already been said and described by me? A hotel so magical with a branding of excellent client service. When brides and groom search for a venue that can provide a magical wedding day like no other, this is by far in South Carolina the #1 choice. Trust me when I say this,  I have been photographing weddings for the last 17 years, and happy to say with now way over 500 weddings this venue stands out for so many reasons.

Autumn Hilton Head SC Wedding

I am blessed and honored to be a preferred wedding vendor on The Westin Resort & Spa Hilton Head, SC. Why one of the main reasons I capture so many weddings there. My new amazing clients Erin & Michael came to me all the way from Washington, DC. Again another destination wedding for this great couple. I remember Erin, who contacted me back in February, as she was in search of a wedding photographer for her October wedding at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa. We spoke for a while and the very next day booked me after our 45 minutes consultation the day before and after her researching other wedding photographers in Hilton Head, SC. I was so glad she and Michael decided to give me this huge honor to capture their day

The Wedding Day at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa

As always I arrived at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & SPA 2.5 hours early driving in to from Charleston, SC to another beautiful Lowcountry weather day filled with beautiful blue sky. As I set up my equipment at the new beautiful Grand Ocean Terrace, I am always greeted by the lovely Ashlee Doughty the sales catering manager and a great friend and also the banquet supervisor another great friend and very good at what he does Serkan Koc. As always we go through the details of the entire timeline and coordinate together for a seamless wedding for our clients. I got to the bridal suite early the bride Erin and her lovely mom, bridesmaids, aunt, and friends smiling and enjoying the beautiful day. Then to Michael room with his groomsmen and his very nice parents. The interfaith ceremony at the Oceanfront Deck always spectacular, with the beautiful palm trees and ocean in the background a true Lowcountry feel. Shortly once the ceremony was over the family and friends and the bridal party enjoyed the cocktails at the Grand Ocean Terrace, overlooking the sunset & ocean and beach, while I was capturing the beautiful couple. Shortly thereafter the reception festivities began to lead by the so very talented DJ Alan Palchack, and everyone enjoyed what they called one of the best weddings and venue they had ever been to.

Erin and Michael Love Story

Here from the bride and groom in their own words is how this special day became.

Michael and Erin met in college. Erin was a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh and Michael walked into her life on his way to meet someone else. A group of them, including Michael’s then date, when to an amusement park for fright night during Halloween. Erin was terrified of roller coasters, which, to this day, seriously confuses Michael. Her friends, both on dates with Michael and his friend, convinced Erin to face her fear and ride a roller coaster. Erin decided this would be the day and got all the way to the front of the line, panicked and backed out. Meanwhile, Michael had already completed a successful ride on the same roller coaster and Erin’s friends suggested she call Michael and wait with him while they went. One phone call later and Erin and Michael were standing alone face-to-face. The rest is history. It’s hearing “I love you” at Peter’s Pub at Pitt at 2am, it’s truly believing they were going to die because they had to spend a semester apart, it’s moving in together in D.C. and then quickly moving out because of black mold, it’s morning coffee with and without cream, dude ranches out West and an incredible December engagement.

Our Hilton Head, SC Wedding Vendors

Wedding Coordinator Venue: The Westin Hilton Head
Ashlee Fleming

Florist: Gardenias
Terry Simmons

DJ: Hilton Head Entertainment
Alan Palchak

Bakery: Publix/Aprons Event Planning
Kim Furr & Carolyn Buzhardt

Ceremony Strings: Hilton Head Entertainment
Catherine Klimoff

Photographer: King Street Photo Weddings. Michel Berda

Videographer: Salt Creek Productions
Taylor Horton

Cafe Lights: JLK Events
Liz Bodie

Welcome Bags: Hilton Head Brewing Co
Coryn Heird

Hair & Make Up: BrideSide
Jessica Shefsick – make up
Megan Evegan – hair

Dress: Lovely Bride
Katie May

Dress Alterations; Green And Blue Studio

Shoes: Nordstrom
Stuart Weitzman

Invitations: Designer: Wade McComas

Weddings The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa


The Grand Ocean Terrace Wedding The Westin Hilton Head Island Lindsay & Zach

The Grand Ocean Terrace at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa is the newest addition of luxury wedding venues added to their collection. This incredible southern chic 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 on 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 choose me on that same day. I was so happy and honored. 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 from 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 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: Jamie Bodie at JLK Events Flowers: Bella Fiore (my cousin Jason Savage) located in Morgantown West Virginia. Rings: Polly’s Fine Jewelry in Charleston SC 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  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 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; Reverend; Betsy Peterson.Betsy was amazing, accommodating and professional.  She wrote a very personable and beautiful ceremony.

Florist; 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; Signe’s Bakery Contact; Signe Gardo

DJ: 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: Gown Boutique of Charleston was the 10th place I looked for a dress and I fell in love with one. Bride wedding dress, Jessica: 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 Rachel Cole Rachel is a friend of the Bordiuks Rachel Cole: Wendell Nolan  is a friend of the Bordiuks who often DJs at the Summerville Country Club 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) 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) Minted had the best design for my Save the Dates and offers free address printing on the envelopes 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.

Ella Celebration They had a gold bottle opener favor shaped like a key that I liked. The Citadel Beach Club Joe is a Citadel Alumni Association member Michael Kreitman

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

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 Contact:Shannon Hutchings

Day of Coordinator:  by Tassia Davis

Bride dress by

Bride shoes by

Groom Tux; by

Hair/Makeup; by Mariah

Florist; by Keepsake Florist

Officiant; by Reverend: Judge Executive Steve Tribble

Bakery/Cake; by

Band: by

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 Contact:Theresa Anthony

Florist; Contact: Deborah Lamp

DJ: Contact Alan Palchek

Bakery/Cake Publix 11 Palmetto Bay Road Contact: Kaitlyn

Gold Chiavari Chairs; Purely Decor by Amanda Rose Weddings Contact Linda Smreczak

Officiant; Reverend Dan Hogan

Hair/Makeup; by Joy Ross makeup with assistant Denise Cardenas.Joy Ross;





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 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.