As a wedding photographer I am always excited to see the final product of our couple’s wedding vision. No wedding is ever the same and often times I’m blown away by the extent of the details. As for Lindsay & Eric’s wedding, my anticipation was at an all time high and they did not disappoint! Lindsay & Eric are the type of couple that Josh & I dream about. Not only are they amazing people but they valued our photography over every other aspect of their wedding. In 2009 we had the pleasure of shooting their friends’ wedding, Lauren & Nic, at Peggy Notebaert’s Nature Museum. Lindsay & Eric were both in their bridal party and we’re so much fun to work with. They weren’t engaged at the time but I could definitely tell it was in the works. They were so cute together and their skill on the dance floor was impressive. We left Lauren & Nic’s wedding grinning ear-to-ear after photographing the most wildly fun reception we’d ever attended and thought to ourselves that we really wanted to be able to do this again.
Luckily for us, a few months later Lindsay & Eric contacted us to tell us they were engaged. They said they didn’t have a wedding date or a wedding venue… in fact they weren’t even sure what city would host their event but that they knew no matter what they decided that we had to be their photographers. This is the biggest compliment that anyone can give a photographer and we were thrilled!
As their wedding planning progressed, they chose the scenic southern town of Charleston, SC to host their grand affair. It was pretty awesome because I’m from Wilmington, NC so I was able to include a visit to my folks in our trip as well as ring in my brother and sister-in-law to assist us with our Fauxtobooth. Having only lived a few hours away from Charleston for most of my life, I had always wanted to explore the historic town but had never made it down. Charleston is absolutely gorgeous and the perfect setting for a full-blown southern wedding. L&E picked the most picturesque venue to celebrate their union. A stunning white plantation house named Lowndes Grove which is nestled off the Ashley River. I’m so excited to get to the pictures that I’m going to stop typing now, but we hope you enjoy this fabulous wedding! I’m swooning all over again.
Bride’s strapless taffeta wedding dress and cornflower blue shoes hang in the window of the bridal suite in the Mills House in historic Charleston, South Carolina.
Bride gives Leslie Moore a look of approval after completing her make-up application in the Mills House bridal suite. Leslie is a breast cancer survivor and reminds herself of her amazing defeat of the illness with her warrior tattoo.
As a gift to the bride and groom, Lindsay’s family had a local Charleston artist paint a picture of Lowndes Groove with them in front of the plantation. Josh quickly recognized this painting as the perfect backdrop for their creative wedding ring shot.
Lindsay’s mother and sister help the bride into her strapless taffeta wedding ball gown. Also, a few black & white portraits of our beautiful bride.
The bride & groom meet before the wedding ceremony for a private first look at the historic Washington Square Park in downtown Charleston, SC.
Bride & Groom embrace Charleston’s rich history in their unique portraits on Chalmers Street, the oldest cobblestone street in Charleston.
Bride wore cornflower blue shoes and the groom wore black flip-fops. It’s hot in Charleston in August so who could blame him?
The wedding ceremony took place outside on the front lawn of Lowndes Grove in front of the plantations grand entrance.
Lanterns hung in the big oak trees surrounding the property and coordinating yellow Adirondack chairs were placed on the beach for comfortable lounging in front the Ashley River.
The bouquets incorporated the wedding colors in the flowers of cornflower blue, yellow, and peach. The bridesmaids knee-length strapless dresses were cornflower blue.
Fun bridal party portraits on the lawns of Lowndes Grove in front of the big oak trees and guest quarters.
The reception was held under a grand white tent on the side of the house. The wedding decor included lounge furniture that planked the dance floor and open seating with cocktail tables and picnic style seating in and around the tent.
The reception was decorated with lots of candles and flower arrangements of blue hydrangeas and other coordinating blue & yellow flowers.
It’s not a southern wedding with out some sweet-tea lemonade served in a mason glass and wicker hand-held fans (which doubled as a ceremony programs) for the ladies to cool themselves.
Simply elegant four tier white butter cream wedding cake decorated with white & yellow roses and blue hydrangeas.
More bride & groom portraits on the marsh off of Charleston’s Ashley River.
The bride & groom take a quite moment alone after their wedding ceremony to gaze down at their wedding reception from the second balcony inside Lowndes Grove.
Stunning portrait of bride and groom embracing through Lowndes Grove’s signature spiral staircase.
Family is really important to Lindsay & Eric and their parents were instrumental in bringing their amazing wedding vision to a reality. We loved spending time with their families. Truly kind and loving people!
I wasn’t kidding about the dancing… these kids know how to have a good time. The dance floor was full the entire night and we were witness to family dance-offs, the Purdue fight song, and even a dancing rendition of Rhianna’s Umbrella. I can’t even describe how fun this reception was but I know their guests will remember it forever.
The night ended with the bride & groom’s grand escape under a sea of sparklers held by their wedding guests.
I know I’ve told you more than once but thank you Lindsay & Eric for including us in your exclusive wedding. We are so happy to have met you and your family and we wish you nothing but the best for your future! We’re here for you if you need anything!
All the Best,
DJ | Nate Lopes
Ceremony Musicians | Bob Williams Duo
Cake | Fish Catering for Patrick Properties Events
Caterer | Fish Catering for Patrick Properties Events
Coordination, Design & Florals | A Charleston Bride
Groom’s Clothing | Berlin’s
Hair | Tanesha Dupree
Lighting | Technical Event Company
Makeup | Leslie Moore
Printed Material | Studio-R Designs
Rentals | Snyder Equipment Rentals
Transportation | Absolutely Charleston