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Real Wedding: Andrea & Chris’ Hilton Head Destination Wedding

July 31, 2019

Wedding Date: June 28th, 2019

It is always a great time when I can capture a couple’s big day out on the beautiful beaches of South Carolina. Andrea and Chris’ destination wedding was held at the Beach House Resort, Hilton Head Island where the panoramic beach views were breathtaking and shoes were optional. 

How They Met…

This couple was truly a delight to photograph.

Andrea and Chris met online, like many people in this day and age. 

“On a whim one Spring evening, I got inspired and put my hesitation behind me and created my profile. A couple of months in, I got a message from this guy named Chris. After viewing his profile, I wasn’t very interested, but something kept me from completely blowing him off. Going off my dating mantra of ‘keeping an open mind’, I decided to give him a chance and we soon set up our first date.”

They planned their first date to meet at a prohibition-style bar. 

“So… I have a confession,” says Chris to Andrea as he arrives to their first date. “As I was pulling into the parking lot I realized that I forgot my wallet on my kitchen counter. I swear, I never do this, and I can’t believe I forgot it.”

Turns out, despite the wallet mishap, this was Andrea’s best first date that she’d ever had. They ended up talking for hours. They knew there something was special happening and since Chris didn’t get to pick up the tab the first time, they had to have a do-over, securing the second date. 

After their second date, they were inseparable. They took every opportunity to experience something new and grow their interests together. 

One of their favorite dates was a trip to a Minnesota park called Interstate Park in Taylors Falls. They went on a boat cruise and a short hike. They found an intimate, picture-perfect spot next to the river where they spent some time taking their surroundings and each other in.

How He Proposed…

Some months passed and they began talking about their future together, started shopping for rings, talking about kids, and eventually made a full circle back to that special spot by the river. 

Andrea had a feeling this would be the spot that Chris would ask her to marry him, but what she didn’t know was that he planned a party at her parents’ house with all of their closest friends and family to celebrate their engagement. She says it was the most special end to the best and most magical day.

The Ceremony

Andrea and Chris decided to have a destination wedding and plan to have a larger reception once they get back home to Minnesota.

Their beach wedding was intimate and elegant. They did not have a bridal party and the guest list consisted of friends and family that could join them on Hilton Head Island. 

There were some special touches at this wedding that really elevated the experience for their guests. Every detail was inspired by the beach and worked beautifully with the backdrop of the ocean. 

  • Bride getting ready

They decided to do a first look before their ceremony. The first look is a relatively new tradition where some couples choose to get a private “sneak peek” at their future spouse. It’s a great way to chase away any jitters and get the inevitable tears out of the way. I love when a groom is overwhelmed by emotion when he sees his bride for the first time.

They decided to get a good number of their photos together out of the way before the ceremony.

Posed pictures are great, however my favorite moments to capture are the ones that come naturally. Andrea was drawn to these Adirondack chairs, which were perfectly beachy and fun.

With those initial pictures out of the way and the butterflies all but gone, it was time for their ceremony.

I always tell my couples to be prepared for onlookers and people having fun in the background at a beach wedding. Luckily, one of Andrea’s friends asked some people to move from the space behind where they’d take their vows. If you plan to have a beach wedding, it would be handy to have one of those friends as well. 

Time Alone

After the ceremony, they decided to take some time by themselves. I followed a few paces behind them with my zoom lens while they casually talked and laughed together. Looking back, Andrea and Chris both loved this time together alone because it allowed them to take in the moment together rather than have to get pulled away from each other by guests.

The Reception

Festivities were kicked off with a toast and a reception of Salmon, New York strip and chicken in the beach house and it was given rave reviews by their guests. 

Couples and guest photos have begun to be requested more and more by Brides and Grooms who want to not only document who was there, but also give them something to help them remember the special day. 

Thank you, Andrea and Chris for the opportunity and honor to photograph your day on Hilton Head Island. I wish you all the best in your new journey as husband and wife!
–  Rhett


Wedding Venue:  The Beach House Resort , Hilton Head

Wedding Planner: Keeli Smith

Dress Designer/Boutique: Our Shop Bridal

Hair/Makeup: Love My ‘Do (Amanda Mizen)

Rings/Jewelry: Shane Company

Tuxedos or Suits: Men’s Wearhouse

Invitations: Photo Affections

Florist: DIY, Sam’s Club Bulk Flower







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