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:

Venue; Harbour Club, email:, website:

Hair & Makeup: Vanity Salon,

Bride’s shoes: Betsy Johnson;

Groom Tux: Bonobos;

Flowers; Micah Murphy

Harpist; Mallory with Low Country Pianist and Co., Holly Slice, email:, website:

Officiant; Barbara Pinker, email:, website:

Entertainment: DJ; Shane Griffin Entertainment, email:,

Games; Charleston Gamerooms, website: 843-573-9898

Lighting; Bunn Lighting, website:

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