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Charleston Mini Wedding at Magnolia Plantation

Aug 12, 2020

A pandemic … and a hurricane … couldn’t stop Caitlin and Josh from celebrating their Charleston wedding day.  They celebrated their mini-wedding ceremony under a beautiful canopy of oak trees at Charleston’s  Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.  With perfect blue skies, you would have never guessed that a hurricane rolled along the South Carolina the night before the celebration.  Everything about their day was just perfect and there were so many sweet, and emotional moments sprinkled throughout.  I met Caitlin in the Bridal Suite to photograph her getting ready details and then we walked over to the Veranda to photograph a few bridal portraits.  Her bouquet and gown were just so beautiful with the lace details and touch of a bohemian free-spirit.  After her portraits, we tucked her away and I walked Josh down to their first look location … a pathway overlooking a gorgeous low country marsh view!  Once Josh was set, Caitlin walked down, tapped him on the shoulder, and they shared the sweetest moment (without kids!) before their ceremony.  And of course, I loved being able to photograph this incredible moment that led perfectly into taking bride and groom portraits at a few of my favorite spots there at Magnolia, including the Flowerdale Garden!  Caitlin and Josh were SO much fun to photograph … and were so natural in front of the camera!  Once we wrapped those photos, we made our way over to the Pavilion for their ceremony.  And oh my heavens, Fresh Weddings and Events created the most dreamy floral installation along one of the Oak Trees that canopied over them, creating the most beautiful backdrop!  Their parents and children joined them as they not only said I do to each other, but their beautiful children, too.  Let’s just say, it was the hardest I’ve ever cried during a ceremony … happy tears of course … and even as I type, I’m tearing up again!  Christy Loftin officiated their ceremony, creating space for all the emotions, tears and laughter, as they committed forever as a family.  I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to capture all the beauty and tender moments that I know they will cherish forever.  It is with SOOO much joy that I am able to share a few of my favorite images from their wedding ceremony!


Ceremony Location: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC || Reception Dinner Location: 82 Queen, Charleston, SC || Officiant: Christy Loftin || Photographer: Jen Keys Photography || Flowers: Fresh Weddings + Events || Hair + MU: Gibson Hair + Makeup


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