Bette + Blake // Kiawah Wedding

Charleston weddings will always have a special place in my heart. And Bette & Blake’s Kiawah Island wedding, near Charleston, is one that I’ll never forget. I also have to say, I am always incredibly honored when another photographer, and a talented one at that, asks me to shoot their wedding. It thrills me!

When I walked into Bette & Blake’s rehearsal dinner, I thought I was already at a wedding! Filled with great food, epic scenery, friendly faces, and the funniest, most unique toasts I have ever heard which included handing out make-believe trophies. Not to mention, probably the best live performance of Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah” I have ever heard. Pretty sure I got the chills and maybe even teared up a little bit. Maybe. After the rehearsal dinner, a dance party ensued and good times were had. I kept thinking, “how are they going to top this tomorrow?”

Man oh man, did they top that or what?

On the morning of the wedding, I watched Bette spend quiet time by the window in the spa writing a thoughtful note to Blake. You could tell she put heart into it. And in return she received an equally thoughtful gift from Blake; a gold bracelet inscribed with some of Bette’s favorite Mumford & Sons lyrics. (I heart you too, Mumford & Sons.) I watched as Bette shared tears with her bridesmaids, or as she preferred to call them the “house party”, and then walk down the aisle for Blake to see her for the very first time. The look of pure joy on his face was just priceless. I could almost see him as a little boy in that moment, without ever having known him as a child. Her father could barely hold it together either, and I am a sucker for a man who cries.

The way Bette & Blake held each other during their first dance was also endearing to see. You could see it in her fingers and knuckles how tightly she held on to him. Followed by this, I watched her father hold her face in his hands, while the “house party” cheered them on enthusiastically. The cake was cut & a champagne toast was had under a trellis covered in cascading florals. Then, the ultimate dance party ensued. A memorable weekend indeed.

I also personally want to thank Bryan Dale for coming out all the way from California to shoot this wedding with me. I’m honored to have had you by my side. I would also like to thank my husband Alin, for always lightening my load at weddings and being the best lighting guy around. And lastly, but definitely not least, my brother Ed of Zomei Film Stories. This guy. Hands down my favorite wedding cinematographer. And I’m not just saying that because he’s family. I am just so dang proud of him. You HAVE to see his video for Bette & Blake’s Wedding Day. I promise it will not disappoint.

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The Rehearsal Dinner & After Party
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The Wedding Day
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People Who Made this Day Magical
Second Photographer: Bryan Dale
Videographer: Zomei Film Stories
Event Designer/Coordinator: Ellen Robinson of WED
Makeup & Hair: Sasanqua Spa
Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier from Maddison Row
Bridal Veil: Mother’s veil restored by Maddison Row
Bride’s Engagement Ring: Kiawah Fine Jewelry
Bride’s Wedding Band: Croghan’s Jewel Box
Groom’s Wedding Band: Ann Ladson
Earrings: Filigree
Bracelet: Ann Ladson (gift from groom)
Bride’s Shoes: Tsubo
Matron of Honor Dress: Joanna August from Bella Bridesmaids
Bridemaids Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu & variety of eBay finds
Groom’s Suit: Banana Republic
Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds
Groomsmen’s Suits: A Variety of mixed suits
Wedding Cake/Dessert: Sugar Bakeshop
Stationery: Studio R Design
Caterer: The River Course
Wedding Flowers: Sara York Grimshaw
Officiant: Jimmy Morrow (Groom’s Best Friend)
Ceremony Musicians: The Loyales with Charleston Virtuosi
Rehearsal Dinner Band: Green Levels
Rehearsal After Party Band: The Rivertown Band
Wedding Reception Band: The Loyales
Wedding Reception Afterparty: Tony Mele a.k.a “DJ BirdFlu” & DJ JeffET
Transportation: Absolutely Charleston

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My Paris // Part Two // Film

I knew when I would go to Paris that I wanted to document our adventures without having to share anything online right away. I feared missing out on what could be incredible moments, if I spent that time posting to Facebook. I wrote a bit more on my magical experience there in Part One. Those images were all shot using my iPhone.

This set was all shot on my Beseler Topcon SuperD; a combat camera used from the 1960′s to 1980′s by the US Airforce and Navy. Alin and I were walking around Le Marais, a gorgeous, historic district in Paris, and an adorable older gentleman walked up to me and asked me if he could hold my camera. He proceeded to tell me how it’s been such a long time since he’s seen one one these and seemed surprised that it was in such good condition. He talked about how he used it during his photojournalism days in the 70′s and more interesting stories followed. I loved this moment.

I used to be the type of person that planned and typed out itineraries for trips. In the recent years, especially on this trip, I’ve learned to not plan out every minute. When you do that, you allow little to no room for the unexpected. The unexpected could lead you into beautiful, less-traveled places & conversations with strangers that could impact your life in the most brilliant way.

These film images represent the feeling I felt and still feel about Paris. Someday, I’d like to live there. A girl can dream, right?

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  1. Richard Israel -

    These photographs are absolutely fantastic, you totally caught the atmosphere, ambience and mood, out me right back there!

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    We went to Paris a few months ago. I wish I’d have got half of these awesome shots. Great job caroline these are beautiful

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    Caroline, I’ve been to Paris a couple times for street photography, and I absolutely LOVE what you’ve done here. Such original work. Gonna go back up for another look…

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Kiki + Cosmin // Day in the Life

I first met Cosmin at Dennis & Patricia’s wedding I shot around four years ago. I remember seeing a gorgeous painting inspired by one of my engagement photos and being speechless by its beauty. I later found out it was Cosmin’s and just had to shake his hand.

Fast forward four years. I was so honored that Kiki and Cosmin asked me to photograph them. I met up with them at his hip apartment near the city, and was greeted by the cutest French bulldog puppy I have ever seen. Cece likes to nibble on pretty much anything; including, but not limited to, pant cuffs, buttons, and paper towels. Kiki loves to laugh at Cosmin who apparently likes to laugh at his own jokes. She also loves doing laundry and walking around inside greenhouses. Cosmin spends most of his free time painting, playing video games, and taking care of his salt-water fish tank. Take a minute to see his work HERE. It’s pretty dang brilliant.

I will be posting photos from their summer Chicago wedding as well, but for now, enjoy this set of images from an ordinary day in their life.

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