Charleston Elopement Shoot by Jacqui Paterson
We head over the pond to Charleston, USA for an Elopement captured by Chic Photo, by Jacqui Paterson.
Do tell us about the couple
The couple met when they were both working in a resort in Grand Cayman. Debs is from Manchester, UK and Scott from Boston. They have both settled now in Charleston, SC.
Please tell us a little bit about the day and how it went
The day was very low-key, with only 12 guests flying in from all over the world. They had their ceremony/reception on a dock located in their residential area. The bride had made her own decorations, everyone helped decorate in the morning. Some family members made the food and drinks. It was due to be a stormy day but luckily the sun shone as the bride walked down the dock to be married. Laura, friend and bridesmaid, got ordained on the internet so she could marry the couple. The ceremony was very personal and emotional. Afterwards they served food and drinks as all the guests congratulated them. The whole day was very relaxed – in the afternoon, the flower girls were able to go for a swim in the pool and the couple had their first dance on the dock. We then headed to a few locations around Charleston for photos, including the beach. Everyone then gathering in the evening for dinner before the couple retired.
Do tell us a little bit about yourself
I have been photographing weddings for 8 years and have recently started doing destination photography.
How would you describe your photography style?
All my photos are very natural. I like to capture the couple based on how they interact with each other rather than me telling them what to do. I have an unobtrusive style so I just like to click moments as they happen.
What did you love about the day?
I loved how the wedding was so small and low-key. Their day was more about celebrating their love for each other and less on how the day would flow or worrying about how the guests would be.
What advice would you give to couples planning their wedding day?
Don’t focus too much on the little things like decorations and details – once your day is done guests probably won’t remember the favours you gave them etc. They will remember you as a couple and how happy you were on the day.