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.
Melissa’s mom surprised the couple with a classic car to take them around town all day!
Ryan’s family helped him get ready at the church.
It was a beautiful day for photos at the State House!
We had fun running around the State Museum finding good portraits locations!
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.
Ryan & Melissa’s adorable dog was featured on the cake topper!
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!
Cocky made a surprise visit to the reception!
Congratulations Melissa & Ryan!
Bridal gown/ Bridesmaid’s Dresses– David’s Bridal
Tux– Lionel Smith Limited, Aiken
Entertainment/DJ- Sound Quest DJs
Caterer– France’s Catering LLC
Globe Lighting– Something Borrowed
Photobooth– Sound Quest DJ
Bartending– Ed’s Bartending
Alterations– Sew Unique Alterations
PALMETTO DUO FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHER– Katie Hart with assistants Kellison Ricard and Allen Deal
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