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The Cottages on Charleston Harbor Wedding

Sarah + Matt were wed at The Cottages on Charleston Harbor in Mount Pleasant, SC.


Sarah and Matt are from Ohio, but Sarah dreamed of an destination wedding where they’d be surrounded by their closest friends and family. (And preferably on a beach!) When they stumbled upon The Cottages at Charleston Harbor, with it’s white sand and private harbor views – they knew they’d found their perfect venue! The Cottages at Charleston Harbor are nestled along the edge of Mt. Pleasant, directly across from downtown Charleston. It was the perfect intimate location for their wedding day!
After their vows, we whisked Sarah and Matt to Charleston’s Historic District and Rainbow Row for a few portraits. I absolutely love shooting in downtown Charleston! There are so many beautiful buildings and alleys, you can never go wrong – and they all lend a little extra romantic southern charm to wedding photos.
Once we were finished exploring downtown, we headed back to The Cottages at Charleston Harbor for the Sarah and Matt’s wedding reception! Sarah’s family had transformed the cottage’s backyard into the perfect beach-y chic reception space. Succulent filled mercury glass votives and white hydrangea bouquets adorned all of the tables, and their first dance took place underneath twinkling cafe lights strung between palm trees. It was a gorgeous wedding, and we couldn’t have been happier to celebrate these two!

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Charleston Wedding Vendors:
Wedding Venue: The Cottages on Charleston Harbor
Hair + Makeup: Paloosh Salon
Florist: Charleston Flower Market
Catering: Cru Catering




An intimate beach wedding | Ft. Fisher Beach NC Wedding Photographer

Jen + Jimmy were wed during an intimate beach ceremony at Ft. Fisher / Kure Beach in North Carolina. Their wedding ceremony was followed with a fun backyard reception…complete with cornhole and board games. Love!

romantic b&w photo of bride and groom kissing on beach


I can’t even begin to tell you how much I adored this wedding! These two are seriously the SWEETEST couple! They’re always smiling and laughing…and are just really fun to be around (which makes us a little sad they live all the way in New York.)
And Jen’s family? They couldn’t have been more welcoming to David + I from the moment we walked into their home! That’s always such a relief when photographing a wedding – we love when the couple’s parents are on board and excited to work with us as well. 🙂

A few (okay, a lot!) of our favorites from the day…

bridepink floral centerpiecesbackyard wedding tent and seating chartboard game wedding themering with scrabble board spelling lovepink bouquet and heirloom handkerchiefJennifer’s mom made this garter with lace from her own wedding dress & her grandmother’s brooch. (The handkerchief used in Jen’s bouquet was also passed down from her great-grandmother.) We thought those were such sweet details!vintage heirloom brooch pinned to garterblack and white bridal portraitbeach sandollar themed wedding invitation suite and ringbride and father first look is new southern traditionpink rose and sanddollar boutonniere
pink and white rose bridal bouquetbride and father laughing in limochic wooden beach wedding sign

What is your favorite memory from the day?
“Walking down the aisle and seeing the tears well up in [Jimmy’s] eyes.”

ceremony on beach under canopyIntimate Beach Wedding | Ft. Fisher Beach NC
bridal portrait and bouquet at golden hourpink roses and bridal party portraits

bride and groom kissing and pink bouquetromantic bride and groom kiss shot on beach
modern romantic wedding beach portrait
groom nervously fiddling ringwedding portrait on beachportrait of groom in black suit and pink boutonnierebride & groom kissing in roadcouple kissing beneath curvy treesJen and I were both obsessed with these crazy curvy trees at Ft. Fisher. So pretty!

wedding party posing along beach

pretty wedding portraits near beachpink rose and sand dollar boutonnieretwilight inspired wedding cake and reception

What were your favorite wedding details?
“Our custom wedding cake topper, which was inspired by the Gazebo in the first Twilight movie. That was the first movie we watched together, and the sequels all came out around our anniversaries.”

backyard reception tent with sparklersflowergirl dancing with momcream and pink wedding cakedrink station and cake cutting at reception

First Dance Song: You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ – The Righteous Brothers

twilight inspired wedding cake topperwedding rings used to spell i do in scrabble

Do you have any advice to those currently planning their weddings?
“Don’t expect things to go as planned, there will be things that go wrong!  In the end everything will be perfect (and a blur), just try not to let things that go wrong bother you and enjoy your day – your guests probably won’t notice that anything is even amiss. “

Is there anything you would do differently?
“Planning a wedding from out of state was the most difficult aspect of the wedding – hiring a coordinator to work with the many vendors might have made it easier!  And not forgetting to do the Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances!”

dress and tux cake pops sparkler wedding exit

Jen’s brother had a ridiculous amount of leftover fireworks, which he brought along. Pretty awesome, right?!
wedding fireworks portraitswedding portraits and fireworksWhere did you go on your honeymoon?
“The Smokey Mountains (Gatlinburg, TN)”

Have you seen Jen & Jimmy’s Downtown Wilmington NC Engagement Photos yet?

& a special thanks to the following
NC wedding vendors:

Ceremony: Ft. Fisher / Kure Beach
Officiant: Jude Bradley of Eventz & Co.
Hair + Makeup: Adrianne Lugo
Dress: Demitrios – Ilissa via Town Shop Bridal
Bridesmaid Dress: Dessy Collection
Florist: Jennifer Wilson of Lily Belles Floral & Event Design
Invitations: Jen!
Ceremony Arbor:  Sweetwater Bamboo Arbor Designs and Rentals
Rings: Hannoush Jewelers & Jimmy’s ring is a custom design by Jesse Danger
Reception Venue: Jen’s parents’ Wilmington home.
Reception Tent & Rentals: Etc Party Rentals
Transportation: Azalea Limousine Service
Catering: Thyme Savor Catering
Cake & Desserts: Jen’s super sweet mom, Heidi.