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

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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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















A Hilton Head Island Wedding For Angela & Dan At The Beautiful Palmetto Dunes

As I post this blog today, I am reminded of how fortunate I am to have amazing clients, that let me photograph their magical day. This wedding was small but very special, both the bride Angela and groom Dan, were very easy to photograph, and had such a great chemistry for one another, that when you see these photos they will clearly reflect that.

I consider myself to be a pretty romantic person, but my hat goes off to Dan, who approached me after dinner and asked me, if I did not mind going back to the beach to photograph the first dance of him and Angela, I have to honestly say not only was that a unique and different way that I have ever photographed this, but with the Musician playing in the background, clearly gave me a once in a lifetime, or should I say photograph, that they will always remember. Absolutely amazing first dance full of emotion and great clients. Thank you so much, Angela & Dan.

Here from the bride is how this day became:

Dan and I first met back in March of 2012, when I was home from college for spring break. I was on a run and decided to take a break at the corner when I looked back up I saw him for the first time. He was sitting in his car looking at me and our eyes locked. A flurry of emotions overwhelmed me and I decided to ask him on a date. We went out for coffee three nights later and spent the whole night talking. It was hard to say goodbye, but I had to return to college the next morning. A week later, he drove up to my college, which was nearly 3 hours away, just to take me out to dinner. Falling in love was easy and felt natural, I knew instantly that he was a man that I would marry.

That summer, Dan and his family took me to Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront resort on Hilton Head Island, SC, for vacation. That week truly affirmed our thoughts of marriage and was a week that we will forever cherish. Although I knew his intentions of marrying me, I was clueless as to when he would propose to me. On Christmas Eve, he proposed and I said with the utmost certainty and joy, “yes.” We knew right away that we wanted to have the ceremony on Hilton Head Island, where we had our first trip together and the place where we first fell in love. Our ceremony turned out to be everything we wanted. Our color theme was Champagne, Silver, White, Lavender. Shoes from Express. Dress by Jasmine Couture It was beautiful. With a string duo playing in the background, the sound of waves coming onto the beach and a cool breeze, we recited our vows and became one.

My vendors did an extraordinary job and I am eternally thankful for making my special day all the more special.

Wedding vendors Are:
King Street Photo Weddings, Photographer, Michel Berda:
Palmetto Dunes Resort,Hilton Head, SC.Ceremony: Oceanfront Reception:Dunes House, Lindsay(venue coordinator)Venue:
Coastal Chamber Musicians, Charleston, SC.Austin Fitzhenry (Cellist):
A Wedding By The Sea, Hilton Head Island, SC.Charlie Schroeder (Officiant):
Just Desserts, Rockford, Il.Pam (Cake):
Rentals, Rockford, Il.Frank(Rentals):
Flowers,Hilton Head Island Sc. (Flowers):

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A Small Intimate Beach Wedding At Palmetto Dunes For Gretchen & Dan Trunk

Hilton Head South Carolina, always a special place to have a wedding, of course, I am there often, luckily for me, I had the honor of meeting and photographic Gretchen & Dan wedding.

Here in the bride’s words is how this became such an amazing day.

Our journey together began in the fall of 2010 at our apartment complex pool near Dayton, Ohio. Dan had just started a new career as a school psychologist in Dayton after spending a year in Alaska, and I was in my third year as a nurse in the oncology department at Kettering Hospital. After engaging in friendly conversation at the pool, we realized we had a close family friend in common. Over the next several months, we began spending more time together and soon realized our lives were better with one another. Our engagement became official in the winter of 2012, and we decided to tie the knot Spring of 2013.

As we both love the beach and the Carolina’s, Hilton Head was the perfect wedding destination. Dan’s family had vacationed in Hilton Head often in his childhood, but I had never been. The setting provided the perfect spring escape after a dreary Ohio winter!

We envision a small, intimate family wedding setting, and Palmetto Dunes turned out to be the perfect wedding venue! Carrie (Palmetto Dunes Wedding Coordinator) and the rest of the Palmetto Dunes staff were very friendly and exceptionally accommodating. The food was delicious and the setting was ideal for a small wedding. We would recommend Palmetto Dunes and the Dunes House to any couples looking for an intimate beach wedding.

Michel was highly recommended from Carrie, at Palmetto Dunes. We were more than impressed with his unique vision and artistry. The images were exactly what we were looking for and we couldn’t be happier! Michel was great to work with the day of the wedding.

Colors: Bright pink with aqua accents
Wedding Vendors:
King Street Photo Weddings, Photographer, Michel Berda:
Palmetto Dunes Resort, Event Coordinator, Carrie Felix (event coordinator)Venue:
Flowers-Lauri Leber at Old Bluffton Flower Shop, Florist:
Cake, Cake-Signe’s Heaven Bound Bakery, Cake:
Hair and Make up-Lush Salon, Hair and Make up:
Officiant, Rich Smreczak, Officiant:
Shoes-LuLu Townsend
Grooms Suit-Joseph A. Banks

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A Beach Wedding At Palmetto Dunes For Chelsea & Nick Enastrom

I love Hilton Head, even better photographing a wedding at the beautiful Palmetto Dunes Resort, for Chelsea & Nick.

Here in the brides’ words is how this became such an amazing day.

“A southern Carolina girl and a Detroiter in MI how could this ever work out? If it wasn’t for our best friends introducing us through a last minute trip to myrtle beach Nick and I wouldn’t be where we are at today, which is MARRIED! Four months after the beach trip Nick proposed to me and after I stuttered yes out of unbelief I packed up my bags and moved to Michigan. It was hard and still is being away from my life long friends and family but it is worth being here in Michigan to be with Nick.

Within two years of our engagement, I started looking for vendors (in the Carolinas of course) which were very stressful, considering I was planning my wedding 12 hours away from me. After a few weeks of searching for the perfect location to have a beach wedding I stumbled upon Palmetto Dunes Resort. I decided to email the event coordinator for some information and she emailed me back describing the Dune’s House which is exactly what I had pictured. The perfect spot for a casual beach wedding and a reception on a patio by the ocean. On the weekend I visited Hilton Head to check out the Dune’s House, I also went to a bridal expo in Hilton Head and stopped at Michel’s booth. His personality, professionalism, and samples of his work hooked me. I’m so glad I did because Michel helped me organize my wedding day so that it would be flawless and he also came back to us a little over a month after the wedding with all of our pictures! Everyone, including Nick and I, is thrilled with the results!

All of our catering was in house by Palmetto Dunes and was spectacular. The food was first class and the staff was the same caliber. Everyone is still talking about how great the food was (especially the shrimp jambalaya) and how beautiful the location was.”
The vendors are:
King Street Photo Weddings, Photographer, Michel Berda:
Palmetto Dunes Resort, Event Coordinator, Anne Graves Venue:
San Patrick Wedding Dress:
Colin Stuart Collection Shoes:
Flowers by Sue, Florist: