Visiting Charleston for the first time last month was amazing and I have to say it was love at first sight. Jess Capozzola came with me and we spent Friday location scouting at Magnolia Plantation for the wedding the following day. People probably thought we were crazy because every corner we turned, we would ooh and ahh at the pretty golden light or how perfect the gardens were for portraits. The plantation is absolutely stunning.
After spending the morning at Magnolia we headed out to the iconic Pineapple fountain at the Waterfront Park to meet up with Suzy and Dave Matthews. Suzy and Dave are one of my first MRP couples and it was such a joy to see them again. When Suzy heard we were coming to Charleston, she asked if we would take her maternity pictures in one of her most favorite cities. While I don’t normally take maternity sessions, I do make an exception for past brides as a way to document their continued legacy and growth as a family. Since Suzy is familiar with the city, we let her be our guide as she took us around Rainbow Row, the French Quarter, and down near the Battery. After her session we went out to dinner with them at Poogan’s Porch. The food was absolutely delicious and was only topped by our dessert at Kaminsky’s. Both places are a must to visit when you are in Charleston.
Filled with peacocks and one of the oldest gardens in America, Magnolia is breathtaking with its sprawling gardens, bridges and is the perfect backdrop for a wedding. We loved capturing Natalie and Matt’s day there. When we made a stop there earlier on Friday, we got to meet Harold. Harold was strutting back and forth in front of the door of the gift shop and squawking at the ladies inside. She finally came out to feed him popcorn to which he was most indignant that it was not peanuts, his favorite. He ate a few of the offered treats and then marched off in search of someone else to feed him peanuts.
We headed back to the French Quarter on Sunday morning to meet up with Kate and Tyler for their engagement session. It was so much fun to explore the beautiful streets with them. I swear even the alley ways in Charleston are decorated with plants and window boxes. Afterwards we made one last food stop at the Bakehouse for breakfast before taking one last stroll through the Charleston Market. I have to say if you have a chance, their Honey Lavender Lattes are fantastic. Until next time Charleston!