Ceremony under the arches  - The Venue at White Oaks Farm

Spring wedding at The Venue at White Oaks Farm

This beautiful April 23rd wedding at The Venue at White Oaks Farm was a great start to the busiest part of my wedding season. Being a new venue, this is only my second wedding at this location. My last wedding there was in winter, so it’s nice to be back when the grass and trees are turning green. Christina, the bride, had chosen my all-day wedding package, so she had both my wife and myself for photography as well as my photo booth. I was also working with Shari of Coastal Charm Weddings, one of my favorite wedding planners. Pajama …

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Portrait in front of the venue - The Venue at White Oaks Farm

My first wedding at the Venue at White Oaks Farm near Myrtle Beach

It’s not often that I get to do photography at a completely new wedding venue. The Venue at White Oaks Farm started hosting wedding events this past summer, and they seem to be doing quite well. This venue is located north of Longs; it’s about 30 minutes inland from Myrtle Beach. It was actually a really easy drive. I was already on the White Oaks Farm vendor list because I had done some engagement photography at their other location, Inlet Point Plantation Stables. I very much appreciate being on the vendor list at wedding venues. A lot of my clients …

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Groom leaning back bride for a kiss by the lake - Kingston Plantation Myrtle Beach

Springtime wedding on the lawn at the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort

The Hilton Resort in Myrtle Beach is always a great place to photograph a wedding. It’s been a little over a year since my last wedding at the Hilton. That previous wedding was on the beach sand instead of the lawn so if you are interested in fun beach pictures at the Hilton check out last year’s wedding. The ceremony for this latest wedding was held on the lawn behind the Hilton Resort next to the gazebo. This is a very pretty area and there is always some nice shade from the hotel towers even a little earlier in the …

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I love that bokeh from the sunset through the trees - Mansfield Plantation, Georgetown

Sunset engagement pictures at Mansfield Plantation, Georgetown SC

My recent couple was looking for a plantation type setting for their engagement pictures with a lot of moss and old oak trees. They got a nice quick response from calling Mansfield Plantation in Georgetown. There was a reasonable $160 charge to do engagement pictures on the plantation grounds so they decided to do the session there. I’ve done many engagement sessions in downtown Georgetown, but I’ve never shot portraits at Mansfield Plantation. I’m always excited to try a new location so I was happy to go, even with the long drive from Myrtle Beach. The location is a bit difficult …

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Brides veil blowing in the wind - Pawleys Plantation

Fun wedding at Pawleys Plantation with a large bridal party, great band and lots of dancing!

This was the last of my three consecutive weddings in two weekends at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club. This was a really big wedding with a large bridal party, a reception in the main ballroom and a great live band. I sent my assistant over to take pictures with the groom and groomsmen as they got ready at Pawleys Plantation. I went over to Litchfield Plantation where the bride was getting ready. This was the same location where I did engagement pictures with the couple previously. Litchfield Plantation has a beautiful entrance roadway that is covered by old oak …

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Groom dipping bride in front of the sunset - Upper Mill Plantation

Beautiful wedding at Upper Mill Plantation

I had a lot of fun photographing another recent wedding at Upper Mill Plantation in Bucksville, SC. This wedding’s bride was also a bridesmaid in a wedding I photographed a few months back. The bride from that wedding was a bridesmaid in this one as well, you can view her bridal portraits in a post here. Hopefully they weren’t too sick of me after shooting both of them in two weddings and in bridal portraits! There are a lot of pretty spots at Upper Mill Plantation for wedding pictures. We started out doing portraits of the bridesmaids and groomsmen separately …

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Bride posing with her cheek beside the horse - Upper Mill Plantation

Bridal portraits at Upper Mill Plantation in Bucksville

I had a lot of fun shooting bridal portraits at Upper Mill Plantation this past spring. This bride and groom just got married at the plantation on Saturday, so I’m now able to post some of these pictures. Upper Mill Plantation has a lot of pretty photography spots. We started out walking to the pond near the entrance to the area. This marsh area has lots of moss covered oak trees growing from water. The combination of the sunset reflecting off the water and the light filtering through the trees is a really beautiful backdrop for a bridal portrait. Next …

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Groom dipping back bride in front of barn - Wildberry Farm

Springtime country wedding at Wildberry Farm with an outdoor ceremony – Marion, SC

This was my second time photographing a country wedding at Wildberry Farm near Marion, SC. Since this wedding was in late spring, the flowers in the garden were blooming and the grass and trees were all green. These were things I missed out on at my earlier winter wedding there.  Instead of having the ceremony inside the chapel, they set up the chairs and arbor on the lawn beside the lake. This was a really pretty spot for the ceremony with a lot of nice shade from the trees. I didn’t even know there was a lake behind the chapel the …

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Black and white of couple kissing with sunlight reflecting on the beach grass - Holden Beach

Beach house wedding at Holden Beach, one of my favorite beach locations.

This is the second time I’ve been to this particular beach house in Holden Beach, NC for a wedding.  Because of my earlier wedding there, I was told that I came highly recommended, so that is always nice. I’ve been to many different beach locations for weddings and this one is pretty unique. Almost anywhere you go around this area, the houses are built right up next to the ocean, in some spots at high tide there is hardly any beach even left. In this area the beach houses were built far back from the ocean. There is a long walk down to the beach through natural sand dunes and beach grass that feels a lot different from any locations in the Myrtle Beach area. There is even a large lake between the ocean and some of the beach houses, it is a really pretty area. Even though it’s a bit of a drive for me I enjoyed getting to go up to this area again.

On a different subject, you might have noticed a lot of changes to my website. Every once in a while, you really have to rebuild a website from scratch, to keep it modern and up to date. This new design is mobile first. This means that it looks great on a tablet or phone, but will scale to a full desktop as well. It’s the opposite of the way things used to be designed. The most important thing is how it looks on a mobile device. Instead of building everything from scratch, it’s build on the popular Bootstrap framework. It makes a responsive website design that scales from desktop to mobile a lot easier to do. I’m also using a Flat UI design that is a lot more modern looking now. The site will get better looking over time as I work on it, but everything is functioning well now.  If you see any bugs or mistakes please let me know.

I hope you enjoy some of the pictures below, please let me know in the comments if you do.

Fun brides shirt Bride getting on dress Groomsmen looking cool

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Leaning fiance back for a kiss at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach

Surprise engagement proposal at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach

This was another surprise engagement proposal I was asked to photograph, this time at the Ripley’s Aquarium in Broadway at the Beach. I was contacted by the young guy to hopefully get some surprise pictures of the proposal to his girlfriend, it’s usually hard for the girl not to know something is up by the time I spot them.  I’ve done a number of these type of surprise proposals recently, they are always really fun to shoot, and so far the girl has always said yes!  So maybe it’s a good idea to have me there :).

I’ve actually been to the Aquarium once for a wedding reception and one other time actually inside for engagement pictures.  For this young couple, they just wanted to do the pictures around the outside of the Aquarium on the lake and the walkways of Broadway at the Beach.  I believe he had told me they had first met, or possibly had their first date at Ripley’s Aquarium, so that is why he wanted to propose there.  Most of the year I would want to avoid that area for pictures, in the summer it’s just packed with people and it would be very difficult to do anything romantic. However, at the beginning of December, it’s a really off season time, and hardly anyone was around so we pretty much had the place to ourselves.  I thought the pictures turned out really nice, let me know in the comments below if you enjoy them.

Surprise engagement proposal - Broadway at the Beach Saying yes to the proposal Engagement pictures with Wonderworks in the background

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