Maggie & Zeb: Summerall Chapel and The Citadel Beach House

This past Saturday, I had the honor and privilege of photographing the wedding of two very dear friends, Maggie & Zeb. We have all known each other since my family and I moved to Charleston when I was only 13 years old!!! Maggie and Zeb had an incredibly beautiful and fun wedding. I can’t say enough about how perfectly everything came together, so thank you to everyone who put so much hard work into making such a special day happen. 🙂

I had a hard time picking out “just” a few for this blog…so stay tuned for their album design to see all the rest!





I highly recommend the band Soul Fish, by the way! They were just amazing and everyone had SO much fun! They can really keep the party going!
(If you’ve never heard them play, you should…they play often at several different Wild Wings as well as Rooftop at Vendue and others!)


Also…Joyce and Chris attended Maggie’s wedding…aren’t they cute?
They’re getting married VERY soon and guess who will be their photographer? 🙂

And Mell got a cute one of the three of us at the very end!

Jesse and Liza’s Wedding at St. John’s Lutheran Church and Three Lions Pub

Click here to see the wedding album!

Jesse and Liza were married at St. John’s Lutheran Church–a historic beauty nestled in a hard-to-find alley in downtown Charleston.  The group had a great time and we had lots of opportunity for some creative portraiture.

Liza is a DELIGHT. The best man, Brian, captured it in his toast, that this bride is the happiest and kindest person he knows.  Jesse hit it big on this one.

Three Lions Club on Daniel Island is quite a find!  The venue provides several different adjoining rooms with posh furnishing where guests could gather and have conversation, but the flow and dancing happened very organically.  Good choice!

This wedding was a particular pleasure to be a part of, as Jesse and Liza and I went to High School together.  So it was great seeing some of my old friends and classmates.

In the MirrorIn the WindowJesse under the LanternLiza under the LanternIn the phone booth

The album is now posted!  Click below to see the entire wedding album!

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Vegas or Bust!

It is time for me (Valerie), Nathan, and Mell to say GOODBYE to Charleston for a week and say HELLO to Las Vegas for the annual WPPI conference!


WPPI  is the largest professional photographers’ event in the country, and it is held in Vegas every year.

After yeeeeeeears of attending WPPI being only a *sigh* “maybe one day” kind of dream….this year it will be REALITY! Words cannot express how excited I am (we all are!!!!)

So tonight, while we wish you all a very Happy Valentine’s Day….we are packing our bags and counting down the minutes.

Here are a three pics I took while touring Vegas about this time last year:

Southern Bridal Expo….



If you are going to be attending the wedding show tomorrow at the Charleston Convention Center….come by our booth and say hi!  We will all be there with bells on!

Nathan, Mell and I will be leaving directly from the show to the airport for Vegas. 🙂

And if you call or visit our studio this week, be sure to send all your extra kudos to Steve for holding down the fort for us!!!!

Emily & Eric = so in love!

As promised in the {sneak peak blog entry} here are the rest of Emily & Eric’s engagement pictures!

Their super fabulous engagement book design is hot off the press!
CLICK HERE (it will open in a new window)

(Take note of your favorite…and vote at the bottom of this post!)


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Rebekah and Korey’s Wedding Album Posted!

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Rebekah and Korey’s wedding, at Summerall Chapel and the Citadel Beach House is now posted on our site!

Rebekah and Korey at Summerall Chapel and the Citadel Beach House

We had the pleasure of photographing Rebekah and Korey’s military ceremony at Summerall Chapel.  This was a happy first for the studio in that, while Korey is a distinguished Marine, he is not an alumni of the Citadel — but Rebekah is attending Grad school there.  Summerall is of course one of our very favorite church settings in Charleston for photography, and the Citadel Beach House is one of the nicest (and well lit) venues that provide for both a beach reception and a large, in-door reception hall.

This classic couple was surrounded so many happy friends and family.  You could tell that their parents were so proud.  I love being around that sort of thing.

Stay tuned for the Full album to be posted later this week!


on the Citadel Yard.

Summerall Chapel has some of the most elaborate stained glass in all of Charleston.

Summerall Chapel has some of the most elaborate stained glass in all of Charleston.

I think Korey is most proud of this one.

I think Korey is most proud of this one.


Can I just say I love maternity sessions?!

Last week, Linsey came into the studio for a last minute maternity session! I (Valerie) say “last minute” because she is 36 weeks (now 37 weeks) and is expecting a baby girl!

There is such amazing beauty in expecting a child! It’s such an honor for me to be the one chosen to capture it with my camera.

Here are my top 3 favorites from Linsey’s shoot:




Also, this is a GREAT time to mention that our studio has decided to start doing FREE maternity sessions! 

*We will also do a free newborn shoot for your baby up to 6 weeks of age!*

So now all you mommies-to-be have no excuses! 🙂