Cedar Room Charleston Wedding | Charleston Wedding Photographer | Heath + Kate

 The Cedar Room Charleston Wedding

The word that most comes to mind when I see Heath and Kate together is joyful. I remembered from their engagement session that they couldn't stop laughing together, and their wedding day only heightened their happiness. Full of energy and excitement at what was to come, the two were all nerves before their first look because they just couldn't WAIT to see each other! The reaction was beautiful, and each interaction from then on was a reminder of the love they have built through their relationship and the beautiful marriage that is sure to follow.

As far as location, Heath and Kate could NOT have picked a more gorgeous place than his home, quaint Charleston, to get married. From a first look near the Charleston Battery right by the water to a gorgeous navy and gold reception at The Cedar Room in the heart of downtown, every detail screamed elegant, Southern charm. Wine colored anemones and lush cascading greenery made me fall in love with Kate's bouquet, and classy tuxes paired perfectly with the towering trees in the background of all their pictures.

One of my favorite details of the day was Kate's dressES. She always dreamed of wearing her mother's wedding gown, but a 27-year-old all-lace dress was simply too fragile for anything but the ceremony. Because of this, Kate chose a gorgeous fluffy tulle dress for her first look and reception but changed into her mother's dress right before the ceremony as a sweet surprise to Heath and a nod to her family tradition. She looked equally beautiful in each, and we even snuck up to the roof at The Cedar Room for a few sunset portraits in her heirloom gown.

Heath and Kate, I will never forget your day - and not just because we got to explore Charleston and take pretty pictures! What I will never forget is how much FUN everyone had. You are so clearly loved by friends and family, your reception was a BLAST until the very last minute, and you couldn't wipe the smiles off your faces. Take this joy, your commitment to the Lord, and your love for each other, and use it to make your marriage strong. I'm so happy for you two - the best is yet to come!

Invitations: Minted | Hair + Makeup: Paper Dolls | Wedding Planner: YOJ Events | Bride's Dress: Family Heirloom/Blush Bridal | Bridesmaids Dresses: Blush Bridal | Menswear: The Black Tux | Florals: Stephanie Gibbs Events | Ceremony: East Cooper Baptist Church | Reception: The Cedar Room | Rentals: Eventworks | Catering/Cake: Mercantile & Mash | Transportation: Charleston Style Limo | DJ: Other Brother Entertainment

 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Kate Spade Bridal Perfume
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Bridal Jewelry
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Bride's Dress
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Gold Wedding Rings
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Bride putting on perfume
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Bridal Portrait
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Chapel Wedding Veil
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Charleston Ring Shot
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Bride's Lace Dress
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Groom getting ready

Before we knew it Kate was leaving to see Heath...and her reaction to their first look was one of my favorites!

 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Bride and Groom First Look
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Bride and Groom Portraits
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Bride and Groom Portraits
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Bride and Groom Portraits
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Bride and Groom Portraits
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Classic groomsmen in tuxes
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Bride and Groom Portraits
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Navy and Wine Bridesmaid Portraits
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Bride and Groom Portraits
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Cascading Whine and White Bridal Bouquet
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Classic Navy Bridal Party
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Bridal Portrait
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Navy and Wine Bridal Party
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Navy, Wine, and White Bridal Bouquets
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Bride and Groom Portraits
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Classic Navy Bridal Portrait
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Classic Downtown Bridal Party Portraits
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Bride and Groom Portraits
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Classic Downtown Bridal Party Portraits

Oh and we can't forget about...the confetti cannon! We celebrated all. day. LONG!

 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Bridal Party Confetti Cannon

Note the dress change for the ceremony...I don't know which one I loved more.

 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Bride walking down aisle with dad
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Bride with chapel wedding veil
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Wedding ceremony in church
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Bride and groom first kiss

Can we talk about how gorgeous the reception was? The Cedar Room, combined with the talent of YOJ Events, was absolutely perfect. And before it all began, we made our way to the roof for a few gorgeous sunset portraits.

 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Navy, Gold, and Wine Wedding Reception
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Navy and Gold Wedding Reception
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | White and Pink Rose Centerpieces
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Bride and Groom rooftop sunset portraits
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Sunset Rooftop Portraits
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | White Rose and Blue Porcelain Wedding Centerpieces
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Gold Draped Wedding Reception
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | White and Wine Wedding Cake
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Bride and Groom Cake Cutting
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Wedding Reception Dancing
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Wedding Reception Dancing
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Wedding Reception Toasts
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Wedding Reception Dancing
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Wedding Reception Dancing
 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Wedding Reception Dancing

And just like that, it was time for them to leave, surrounded by family, friends, and lots of sparklers. Congratulations, Heath and Kate!

 Navy, Wine, and Gold Charleston Wedding | Wedding Sparkler Exit

Maria Grace Photography

My name is Maria, and I am a wedding and family photographer based out of Hampton Roads, Virginia, but I am always excited about traveling. I love families who truly enjoy spending time with each other and living life together. I love couples that are looking forward to their wedding day because they are so excited to finally be married to.