The I'On Club in Mount Pleasant is such a gorgeous waterfront wedding venue. I was so excited to photograph this September wedding there for Brad and Julia alongside my friend, Collette, from Collette Mruk Photography. Brad and Julia were one of the most fun couples I've ever worked with. Their families were beyond excited to celebrate their marriage. As if they weren't fun enough on their own, their engagement and wedding was even featured on The Ellen Show!! I mean, come on. I'm a MASSIVE Ellen fan so when I heard this, I almost died of excitement. I secretly hoped Ellen would show up as a wedding guest, but even though she wasn't present, it was still one of the most fun receptions I've ever shot.
We started the day getting ready at Wild Dunes on Isle of Palms with Brad and his groomsmen. They chose to all stay in a vacation house on the resort the days leading up to the wedding which made for a really enjoyable and relaxed day leading up to the wedding. Collette hung out with the girls in their rental while I spent the morning with the guys, and we had a great time laughing as they prepared for the big day and taking fun portraits before heading over to I'On Club for the ceremony. Brad was so thrilled to see his bride walking towards him down the aisle. They elected not to do a first look so we had quite a bit of time invested in making sure we kept bride and groom separated to preserve the magic of the first look happening during the ceremony.
After their officiant, Julia's brother, pronounced them husband and wife, and they finally got to kiss and come back down the aisle together, I don't know if I've ever seen two people more excited to have just been married. They celebrated the entire walk out of their ceremony all the way up to the end of their reception! We were able to take some gorgeous portraits on the dock in the marsh of the wedding venue, something I was dying to do as a new coastal resident. I just can't get over how cool it is to have waterfront weddings so often!
Once the reception began it was a nonstop party. Julia's dad danced harder than any father of the bride I've ever witnessed and had the night of his life through the wedding reception! It was clear he was overjoyed to welcome a new son into his family and was so happy his little girl had met a man who loved her so well. I always love spending this time with the newlywed couples, but watching their families get caught up in the joy is so special. It's contagious, and part of why the reception is my favorite part of the wedding day outside of couple's portraits!