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Classic Southern Black Tie Wedding In South Carolina

traditional wedding portrait, groom in tuxedo, bride in ballgown wedding dress with long train and lace bolero, spanish oak tree backdrop. Classic Black Tie wedding in Georgetown, SC. Sarah Bradshaw Photography

Southern charm and tradition always have me anticipating my next trip South, especially when I have the opportunity to photograph a classic Southern wedding in South Carolina. Sterling and Katie B’s wedding day was full of elegant charm, personalized details, and all of the timeless allure that makes for a quintessential Southern wedding in the Palmetto State. From starting the wedding day with the wedding party in matching “something blue” pajamas to the historic 1800’s wedding chapel to a stunning at-home black tie wedding reception under a tent, every detail of this chic Southern wedding day was thoughtfully designed and carefully planned – and it was an honor to be there to photography every moment and detail!

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the amazing fashion and bridal style of our bride, Katie B. She changed up her bridal look three times throughout the day and my high-fashion bridal fashion heart was in love! For the wedding ceremony and portraits, she wore a timeless ball gown wedding dress. Her beautiful strapless bridal gown was styled with a chic lace three-quarters length sleeve bridal bolero jacket to provide coverage for the wedding ceremony. For the wedding reception, her lace bolero jacket was removed and she added a crystal-embellished bridal belt to her wedding dress to a completely unique look from earlier in the day. For the wedding exit, the bride had one more bridal outfit up her sleeve – a sparkle and fringe mini dress that was perfect for a dramatic exit with sparklers and fireworks!

After a traditional wedding ceremony at a historic South Carolina church, wedding guests traveled to a private residence for an outdoor cocktail hour and tented wedding reception complete with a black and white checkerboard dance floor. A dusty blue and white color palette with touches of gold set the tone for a classic black tie Southern tented wedding with a boat get-away under a fireworks display at the end of the night!

The following vendors made their South Carolina wedding a dream:

Ceremony Venue: Prince George Winyah Parish Church | Reception Venue: Private Residence | Planner: Erica Missel with Soeur Events | Photographer: Sarah Bradshaw | Videographer: Ruby Riot Creatives | Florist: Soirée Florals | Beauty: Meg Workman Beauty | Wedding Dress: Romona Kazeva | Bride’s Aid: Cacky’s Bride Aid | Bride’s Shoes: Seychelles Shoes | Signage: J Lily Design | Ceremony/Dinner entertainment: Kiral Artists | Band: TPG Band | Caterer: Cru Catering | Cake: Bonnie Brunt Cakes | Rentals: Snyder Events | Draping: The Social Spool | Fireworks: Sky Magic Fireworks

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How amazing of a wedding exit did Katie B and Sterling have?! Sparklers, fireworks, and a boat! Such a unique and memorable way to end your Southern wedding reception and a chance for some really fun and iconic wedding day photos they will cherish in their family for generations.

I love all the ways that this couple personalized their at-home tented wedding day while also showcasing their love story through the little, yet impactful, details.

Thank you for letting me photograph your dream South Carolina wedding!

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With nearly 20 years of experience behind the lens and a portfolio that spans four continents, Sarah brings a refined, story-driven approach to the events of a wedding. Her work has published in Brides, Martha Stewart Weddings, Southern Living, as well as print & digital outlets around the globe.

Sarah Bradshaw is an internationally recognized wedding & event photographer. Combining a background in international photojournalism, a love for classical art, and a genuine interest in people, Sarah creates images that are at once iconic and intimate, effortless and intentional, in the moment and intended for a lifetime.