When we first moved to Beaufort back in 2016, one of my biggest dreams was to photograph an elopement on Hunting Island. It was so beautiful with hundreds of skeleton trees on various parts of the beach and has the most incredible sunrise views, I could just envision it perfectly. Instead of waiting for someone to book this dream wedding I kept picturing every time we took a beach day, I decided to team up with some vendor friends to make it happen on our own.
The day before the styled shoot I was SO nervous because the weather was calling for torrential downpours, and with no way to reschedule so many of us, and a very expensive photography and event permit purchased for that time slot, we didn't have a weather plan and I was not about to ruin the beautiful clothing and rentals my vendor friends were kind enough to provide for us.
Fortunately, the morning of our wedding, we were surrounded by storms we could see over the water, but had absolutely no rain on our styled shoot area. Instead we got a beautiful, colorful sunrise and perfect soft lighting through the clouds. I won't say we were completely at ease though--at one point looking out over the water we were able to see five water spouts just a little too close for comfort.
Our vendor team worked incredibly hard to pull this off. Logan Gramling, formerly Zurcher, our hair and makeup artist, had terrible food poisoning the night before and day of the styled elopement and still worked tirelessly to make sure our models looked perfect all day. Our cake artist from Crave Cupcakes had emergency surgery on her ear four days before our shoot and still managed to create not only the most beautiful cake for the concept but also the most delicious one--my husband and I ate it for breakfast for at least three days. SO. GOOD.
Drew and I had a beautiful wedding, and I look back at our images fondly, but I always dreamed of a wedding exactly like this for myself, and while it's not the wedding I ended up planning, getting to bring the concept to life in this way and photograph it with full creative freedom was such an amazing experience. Planning the styling was more stressful than planning my own wedding, but the final product was so worth the blood, sweat and tears (literally, I cut myself creating the lace draping for the table, sweated like crazy setting everything up, and cried about ten times while trying to pull it off and find other vendors who shared my vision and were available on the same day).
This styled shoot exceeded my dreams, and has been published on Destination Wedding Details and Southern Celebrations Magazine, as well as now-defunct Borrowed and Blue. I'm so thankful for the fantastic vendors who helped bring this dream to life with me! I couldn't have made it half as gorgeous without them.
Photographer: Captured by Kaitlin Rose LLC//
Cinema and Video: Unfortunate IQ//
Equipment Rentals: Amazing LLC//
Calligrapher: Carousel Atelier//
Bakery: Crave CupCake Boutique//
Location:Hunting Island State Park //
Apparel: Lowcountry Bride and Gown //
Floral Designer:Make it Pretty Floral Design Studio//
Ring Designer: Modern Jewelers//
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: The Black Tux//
Hair & Makeup Artist: Logan Gramling
Models: Bryan Seel and Meghan Hutson