Those of us that grew up in Charleston, South Carolina have a special place in our hearts for Folly Beach. When Alissa and Michael contacted A Charleston Event and said that they planned to take their vows barefoot on the sands of Folly, I jumped at the chance to work with them.
You could not have asked for a more beautiful couple. They truly are in love and wanted to make this day special for themselves and their families. Alissa and Michael included personal touches throughout the entire event that would later be incorporated into their lives together as a married couple - the monogrammed corn hold boards, live plants as centerpieces that would later be planted in their yard, handmade wooden crates that they could use within their home. It truly was a wedding built around them both.
I appreciated working with all of the vendors that came together to create this day.
Thanks again to The Knot for publishing this wedding and to the talented Annie Gannon Kaufman with Photo by Gannon for these beautiful images. We hope you enjoy the read.
A Charleston Event's TOP 5 Reasons to Unplug for the Wedding Ceremony (in the voice over that they use on David Letterman)
#5 The bride just tripped over your tripod!
#4 "I was hoping to see the live version but your phone is in the way. Oh well, at least you have a big enough screen."
#3 "Who am I supposed to smile at?" (says the wedding party while everyone is telling them to "look here - look here!"
#2 "Click, click, click, click, click, click, click...I can't hear the vows"
#1 reason...The wedding party wants to get to happy hour!
Let's face it, we ALL have cameras right at our fingertips. Nowadays, it seems that if it is portable well then it should have a camera in it. I think all of us have spent a pretty penny on a camera just hoping that we could be the next Ansel Adams (hasn't happened for me yet).
A wedding ceremony is a joyous occasion and of course you want to document the moment. But as an invited guest to the ceremony, the bride and groom want you to enjoy and relish in the occasion. So much time and preparation has gone in to choosing the right vendors...especially the photographer and I think it is time that we leave the "clicking" to them.
Take a look at some of the recent articles on the web on this issue. I hope you enjoy.
"You Might Want to Consider an Unplugged Wedding"
"Forever Hold Your Tweets"
"Unplugged Weddings: Why You Should Put Away Your Phone at Nuptials"
Those of you that know me from a personal side know that my grandparents meant the world to me growing up (and they still do). I have fantastic memories of swinging on the porch with my Grandpa Gose as we played bus stop (he drove a bus). Listening to my Grandma Gose play the piano and singing "Over the River and Through the Woods." Going shopping and doing inventory at my Nanaw's store - I think this is where I got my business side. And going to Dairy Queen with my Papaw and all of my cousins These are moments that make me smile and they are memories that only I can cherish.
I can only imagine what the bride in this video's memories are of her grandparents. They could only be as sweet as the ones I have of mine. It is so touching that she went to the hospital with her wedding party to surprise someone that obviously means so much to her.
Your wedding day is a celebration of life, love, and the future. Take the time on your wedding day to honor and include those that made you who you are.