Laura and Jack are one of the sweetest couples I have enjoyed photographing this year. They remind me of royalty with their manners and grace and I felt as if I were helping to document their family legacy by photographing their wedding.
Laura is a graduate of Converse College. I could tell in listening to the speeches at their rehearsal dinner that that experience and the friends she met there were very influential in Laura meeting Jack. One thing I know for sure, especially after listening to the rehearsal dinner speeches- Laura and Jack were surrounded by friends and family on their wedding day who supported them and believed whole-heartedly in their marriage. That’s a wonderful way to start!
On the wedding day, Laura and her bridesmaids got ready at the William Aiken House. Cacky’s Bride + Aid was on hand to steam all of the girls’ dresses and help Laura with the final touches. She is absolutely worth her weight in gold (perhaps platinum as she’s quite svelte) and I recommend her for every bride. My pal Allison Long of Bella Bridesmaid was also on hand, as a friend of the family, to help the ladies into their bridesmaid dresses, from where else but Bella Bridesmaid!
Together, Affair Hair by Tanesha worked Laura’s blond locks into an elegant updo and EQ Makeup applied her touches. Gerlyn Vereen of Shear Color Salon was also on hand for onsite hair and makeup services.
Laura makes for an incredibly stunning bride even without their help! A friend of the family, Don Nixon, did the flowers for their wedding. The bridesmaid bouquets were very Charleston and had sweet grass flowers along with monogrammed handkerchiefs for each girl.
Jack and his groomsmen also wore the Southern inspired boutonnieres, but they included cotton from Jack’s family’s farm in Stuckey, SC. How incredibly special is that? Mary Susan of Southern Protocol was the event coordinator and helped them put together an incredible day. Not even the potential for a tropical storm rolling in ruffled her feathers.
After the wedding at Mount Pleasant Presbyterian in the Old Village, the reception followed at the William Aiken House. It was full or warmth and hospitality and lots of family photos. Scroll for more inspiration and to see the beautiful setting.
Laura found her dress at Maddison Row here in Charleston.
The girls got ready in the carriage house. I love this shot!
Gorgeous x a gazillion!
… and a six pence in her shoe.
Every thing was all laid out and waiting for them in the red room upstairs at the William Aiken House. What a wonderful room to walk into!
I felt a little sneaky taking this shot, but it’s a modern classic with the cell phone and all!
There were some good looking gents too!
Welcome to the cermeony!
Such a special bond between these two!
I love this… the parents-in-law all hugged each other after the ceremony. So sweet.
Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Jack Murphy!
My second shooter, Jebb Graff took this photo. I love how the leaves frame Laura and Jack as they stand on the portico of the church.
You know you are in the South when…. You are gifted hand-stamped and monogrammed bags of grits to take home with you at the end of the night
I was so lucky to have Jennifer Hitchcock swing by and take some of the detail photos for me of the William Aiken House while we were off to photograph the ceremony in Mt. P! I love these monogrammed pillows and comfy outdoor seating.
Family photos… need I say more. Just think, your wedding photos may be displayed at your own great-granddaughter’s wedding one day.
Despite the potential for TS Alberto to show up, luckily we still had wonderful evening weather.
Everybody loves a custom koozie.
I love this photo of Jack playing with his wedding band, totally without realizing it.