July 31, 2019
Wedding Date: June 29, 2019
The love that Rachel and Ryan have for each other was evident on their wedding day. Every aspect of their downtown Charleston wedding was focused on their unwavering commitment to one another. Even though the bride had a rule about “no ugly crying”, there weren’t many dry eyes to be found!
Rachel and Ryan met at work in 2013 and their first date was at a restaurant during Charleston’s Restaurant Week. Although it wasn’t supposed to be a date- just a meal between friends, Ryan showed up with a dozen red roses. Rachel said she “was hooked.” They were engaged 5 years later at the same restaurant.
A Downtown Charleston Wedding
Their ceremony took place at St Luke’s Chapel located in Downtown Charleston’s historic district. With its soaring ceilings and beautiful stained glass inside, and arched doorways and mossy trees outside, it was the epitome of southern beauty.
The couple had traditional vows and added a reading “How Love is Like Owning a Dog”. They also did a traditional tying of the knot ceremony.
Rachel and Ryan chose to hold their reception at the Charleston Yacht Club. I love this location for its harbor views and a beautiful reception hall with exposed beams and polished hardwood floors.
The reception was a stunning celebration from beginning to end. Their naked cake was so elegantly adorned with fresh flowers and foliage. Their favors were thoughtful and practical as some clouds loomed in the distance.
Thankfully, I was still able to capture some beautiful purple and orange sunset shots as the sun fell behind the ships.
I loved watching everyone bust out their best dance moves and strike fun poses with the photo booth. The newlywed duo looked so full of joy. They truly had a blast with their guests and I thoroughly enjoyed capturing their day.
Rachel and Ryan,
Thank you for bringing me along on your wedding day as your photographer! You were an inspiring couple to work with and I wish you many years of happiness and love.
Ceremony Location: St. Lukes Chapel
Reception Location: Charleston Yacht Club
Dress Boutique: Bridals by Jodi
Hair – Lola
Makeup- Larissa Stewart
Suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Pappell
Florist: Flower Cottage
Cake Maker: Cake My Day
Photo Booth: Shutter Booth