Melissa and Ryan’s wedding day was a little bit different schedule than what I’m used to but it worked out great for photo opportunities!  The couple’s home church, Our Lady of the Hills Catholic church off Bush River Road had openings for an early afternoon ceremony, since they have Saturday afternoon mass.  But the reception venue, the South Carolina State Museum allowed for a later evening reception since they had guests in the museum until 6pm, which meant we had about a 2-3 hour gap between the ceremony and the start of the reception.  Fortunately, Melissa had the great idea to take the bridal party to the SC State House for some photos in between!  We loved having the extra time for fun photos without worrying about rushing to the next place or keeping the guests waiting!  And the bridal party even had some time before the reception to go back to their hotel rooms and relax a little before introductions.

I started the wedding day with Melissa and her bridesmaids (and Ryan’s sweet dog) at her home.

Wedding dress and shoes
Girls getting ready

Melissa’s mom surprised the couple with a classic car to take them around town all day!

Classic car

Ryan’s family helped him get ready at the church.

Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church wedding
Catholic mass ceremony
Classic car bride and groom

It was a beautiful day for photos at the State House!

Wedding party in navy and grey
Groomsmen's socks
Wedding party at SC State House
Hydrangea flowers
Bridesmaids in navy summer dresses
State House wedding portraits
Outdoor wedding portraits
SC State Museum wedding portraits
SC State Museum bride and groom

We had fun running around the State Museum finding good portraits locations!

SC State Museum planetarium wedding portraits
SC State Museum set up for wedding

Melissa’s mom and various family members helped make cookies for the desert bar.  One guest who couldn’t make it to the wedding even sent cookies in the mail to add to the collection.


France’s catering provided the food for the wedding.

Fruit catering for wedding

Ryan & Melissa’s adorable dog was featured on the cake topper!

Dog wedding topper
SC State Museum reception
Wedding toasts

After some very heartfelt toasts, Melissa and Ryan cut the cake.  Melissa was determined to share a piece of that cake with Ryan’s face.  It took a few tries but it worked.  And they’re both still all smiles afterwards!

Wedding cake smash

Cocky made a surprise visit to the reception!

Cocky wedding reception
SC State Museum reception
SC State Museum reception
SC State Museum reception leave

Congratulations Melissa & Ryan!

Other Vendors-

Bridal gown/ Bridesmaid’s Dresses– David’s Bridal
TuxLionel Smith Limited, Aiken
Flowers/Cake– Publix
Entertainment/DJ- Sound Quest DJs
Caterer France’s Catering LLC
Globe LightingSomething Borrowed
PhotoboothSound Quest DJ
BartendingEd’s Bartending
AlterationsSew Unique Alterations

PALMETTO DUO FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHER– Katie Hart with assistants Kellison Ricard and Allen Deal

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