Ali's Bridal Portraits at the South Carolina State House

Ali's Bridal Portraits at the South Carolina State House

When bride Ali was looking for an iconic spot for her Columbia bridal session, she decided that she couldn’t go more iconic than the South Carolina State House!

With wide, sweeping stairs, intricate architectural details, and a lush garden surrounding it, this political hot spot is a surprisingly perfect place for a bridal session.

Cameron's Bridal Portrait Session at Sunnyside Plantation

Cameron's Bridal Portrait Session at Sunnyside Plantation

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the Grand Strand is the idyllic Sunnyside Plantation in Murrells Inlet. This breath-taking location couldn't have been more perfect for bride Cameron and her show stopping bridal session. 

The intimate session at this historic venue was led by photographer Heidi Dickerson who worked with the bride and her mother to ensure that every photo was worthy of framing. 

Shayla's Bridal Session at the Lace House, Columbia, South Carolina

Shayla's Bridal Session at the Lace House, Columbia, South Carolina

One of the many stately properties in Columbia's Arsenal Hill neighborhood, the Lace House is a historic home located in the sprawling Governor's Mansion complex. 

Its detailed iron work, lush greenery, and hidden gardens provide the perfect spot for a bridal session, which is why Columbia native Shayla met up with photographer Rebecca Hicks in this stunning locale. 

Brittany's Surprise Bridal Brunch + Beach Bridal Portraits

Brittany's Surprise Bridal Brunch + Beach Bridal Portraits

Bride Brittany's friends set a new standard for bridesmaids (and friendship!) when they surprised her with a bit of stress relief during the week of her Myrtle Beach wedding. Headed up by maid of honor Rachael, Brittany's beach bridal portraits and surprise bridal brunch was just what this quartet needed among the lists and planning leading up to the wedding. 

Linh and Andy: Traditional Vietnamese Wedding Portraits

Linh and Andy: Traditional Vietnamese Wedding Portraits

Linh and Andy and their wedding party posed for their formal portraits in both the traditional Vietnamese Áo dài and their second changes of clothing, their American-style wedding dress, bridesmaids dresses, and suits. 

"The bold colors, gold details, and her red wedding dress were so beautiful and represented their Vietnamese culture," says photographer Christa. 

With dazzling colors in both sets of wedding attire, these wedding portraits pop against the serene garden background of Furman University

Corinn's Rustic Bridal Session at Lindsey Plantation, Taylors, South Carolina

Corinn's Rustic Bridal Session at Lindsey Plantation, Taylors, South Carolina

In the weeks leading up to Corinn's June 2018 wedding, she made sure to include time for rustic bridal session with photographer Rebecca Hicks. Remembers Rebecca of the experience, "The day was extremely sunny, and, Lindsey Plantation [in Taylors, South Carolina] just showed off with a gorgeous sunset!"

Jessica's Bridal Session at the Ryan Nicholas Inn

Jessica's Bridal Session at the Ryan Nicholas Inn

The importance of a bridal session lies in its simplicity: the bride and her photographer don't have to worry about guests waiting in the ceremony area or if the hairdresser is running an hour late. It's just a woman in love wearing the most beautiful dress of her life as she has those fleeting moments as a bride captured forever. 

Just a few months ago, photographer Rebecca Hicks met her client Jessica at the stunning Ryan Nicholas Inn in Simpsonville. The results are a beautiful start of Jessica's big day, which we'll be featuring next week on the blog (so come back to see even more!).

Bridal Session: Allison's Atalaya Castle Wedding Portraits

Bridal Session: Allison's Atalaya Castle Wedding Portraits

Recently, photographer Melissa Brewer took advantage of the beautiful surroundings to capture client Allison's Atalaya Castle wedding portraits: the result is a series of photos that perfectly combines the haunting quality of these Huntington Beach State Park ruins with the casual elegance of this bride-to-be.