You know how sometimes you see a wedding on Pinterest and you think those cannot be real people, that is so not real life? Well. Sometimes you’re wrong and it is real life. Jason and Kristen are two of the kindest and most genuine people on the planet and I am so honored to have second shot their Internet wedding goals REAL LIFE wedding with Christi Clark Photography.
We started the day at Wild Dunes Resort on Isle of Palms (you may rembember another set of groomsmen getting ready here from this post). Normally the groomsmen’s getting ready space is a bit chaotic and quite loud, but Jason and his friends were relaxing watching football when I arrived, and while most of the time my groomsmen take about thirty to forty minutes to be ready when I tell them to start getting dressed, these guys were done and ready to go within five minutes. I should’ve known better than to leave so much time for Citadel grads—they are always on point! It was fun for me to listen to their stories from their days at the Citadel, as I started college at College of Charleston and many of my friends there were Citadel students. It was a little like going back in time for me! They all just enjoyed each other, talked freely, and made it such a comfortable room to be in it honestly was like I wasn’t even there.
We then moved over to the croquet lawns at Wild Dunes for Jason to have his grooms portraits done (one of my favorite parts of a wedding day) and for Kristen to come in for their first look. Let me just tell you…do not become a wedding photographer if first looks make you want to cry every time. It is VERY hard to take a clear image when your eyes are all blurry from tearing up, but thankfully with years of practice I can hold them back while crying on the inside! Once Jason and Kristen had a few minutes together, we headed over to the Citadel Beach Club where we witnessed one of the most beautiful ceremonies I have ever seen.
Before their vows, Kristen and Jason had their pastor ask all of the guests, every last one, to come put their hands on the couple and pray for them and their new life together. I have no words for how special this was to witness or how hard it was not to put my cameras down and join in. These intimate moments and glimpses into the lives of the couples I spend time with are what really truly drives me in my work. Every moment from the start of the ceremony until the party really got going at the reception was absolutely giving clues on who exactly Jason and Kristen are together and as individuals, and I am so thankful to have seen their day.
Fun fact, I helped photograph the wedding of their live painter, Fallon Pepper Fine Art! She’s an incredible artist and as I saw her back and her beginning process on her canvas I thought, “That looks like Fallon’s painting method…and that looks like Fallon’s hair…Is that Fallon?” It was! So fun to see her and catch up a little over a year after her own wedding!
Keep scrolling to the end to see exactly what a joyful bride at her reception truly looks like!