Weddings on Kiawah Island

Weddings on Kiawah Island are romantic, relaxed and infused with nature. The proximity to the ocean and the spectacular landscapes are just a few of the reasons so many people choose to travel to Charleston for their special day. Below you’ll see tree weddings on Kiawah Island, photographed at the Sandcastle in Kiawash SC (April) and The Ocean Course.

At the Sandcastle

Landscape and Surroundings:

If you’re getting married on Kiawah, you’re most likely getting ready on Kiawah and that means that beautiful homes and beautiful nature will be at your disposal for photos.

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Ceremony:

Sandy toes, salty breeze and pretty sunshine make for unforgettable moments and when it happens to also be your wedding day, this means you get to share these special moments with all the people that matter most to you. As photographers, we have attended many of such special days and we have a few tips to share:

  • ask your bridal party to forgo the sunglasses for a few of the photos
  • consider a microphone for your ceremony- if there’s a sea breeze some of your guests may have a hard time hearing your vows
  • choose a ceremony time as close to sunset as possible as the light gets softer and more beautiful at that time
  • for those with longer hair we recommend a fairly pinned hair style that allows them to relax on a windy day as opposed to constantly be managing the hair/wing/lip-gloss struggle 🙂

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Special Moment Alert:

As I look back over some of the most extraordinary moments I have experienced as a wedding photographer I cannot help but mention Josh and Lia’s wedding at the The Sand Castle @ Kiawah Island. In the middle of their wedding ceremony vows a gigantic flock of birds flew by as to enhance their already heart felt words. All guests were in awe and gratitude for the good omen nature was granting them.

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Formal Photos:

Whether you like to stay formal or get goofy, group photos on the beach can be a lot of fun. We use a formal photo list that gets filled out before hand and streamlines the process to a max of half an hour. We usually start with the elderly or the really young, so they can return to the cocktail hour first.

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Romantic Portraits:

Weddings on Kiawah Island beaches are incredibly romantic, especially when it comes to wedding photos at sunset. Once the formal photos are completes, we invite all the guests to join the cocktail hour and we only keep the bride and groom for a few photos of just the two of them. This offers them the opportunity for really special moments captured on the day of their wedding.

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Sunset time makes for particularly dreamy images

Even at Night A Clear Sky will Provide for a Beautiful Starscape

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 At The Ocean Course

The ocean course on Kiawah is one of my favorite venues in Charleston. Imagine perfectly manicured lawns as far as your eyes can see, elevated ocean views and exceptional catering- yes, you get all that at this Kiawah wedding venue. And if you wish to dip your toes in salty water, it’s as close as a short walk.

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