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

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: