James Island, Charleston

A Charleston Affair: Bridal Portraits & Family Fun

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The countdown to my little sister’s wedding is on: less than two months to go! Can you believe it’s been more than nine months since her Charleston engagement?

Charleston Bride

Speaking of Charleston, we all just returned from there late last night after five glorious days in the Holy City. Let’s be honest: Is there a more beautiful town in the US? I’m going to go with no.

Charleston Bride

Kari is a very lucky gal as she’s getting a second set of parents plus three new siblings, along with their three spouses, out of this whole marriage deal. Not to mention, four nephews who couldn’t be cuter and a pre-teen, Taylor Swift-loving niece, who obviously is my new best friend.

James Island, Charleston
James Island, Charleston
James Island, Charleston

Since he was already planning his own getaway to Charleston, Kari’s Nashville wedding photographer Joe Hendricks kindly offered to coordinate the timing of his trip with ours in order to shoot her bridal portraits on the family plantation. Obviously, I can’t share them with you now, but boy do I wish I could! That Joe, he’s a wizard with a camera. Tennessee brides, HIRE HIM.

James Island, Charleston

And seriously, could there be a more perfect spot for bridal portraits than this little slice of heaven?

Charleston plantation

All the girls, the kids and SVV came out for the fun—more than 15 in total—and it very much felt like being on the set of a major editorial shoot—even funnier since my sister hates being the center of attention.

James Island, Charleston

James Island, Charleston

Can’t you tell? The bridal shower on Saturday was a lot of fun; so many people showed up to celebrate Kari and I got to meet so much of Josh’s extended family. They also all reside on James Island along streets that look like this.

Charleston bride
Charleston bride

Dreamy, right? I’m sure I’d be just fine living there, cloaked in Spanish moss! After that was all said and done, we all got to go out on the boat and cruise the Charleston harbor.

Charleston harbor

Charleston harbor

And that night was a big ol’ family dinner with everyone (kids excluded) nearby at Fat Hen.

Charleston harbor

SVV and I also had plenty of time on our own to do what we do best: explore a city through its restaurant scene. We split our stays between a pair of stellar boutique hotels, the Vendue and Zero George, both of which were perfect bases for wandering.

Charleston harbor

Let’s just say, as far as vacations go, this one definitely ranked up there as one for the books. The weather was beautiful; save a brief thunderstorm, we had no rain in five days, and the temps were lower than usual, in the 80s mostly. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t 10,000 percent humidity, but still pleasant nonetheless.

James Island, Charleston
James Island, Charleston

I’ve got plenty of Charleston coverage to come in the next few weeks for those of you who might be planning a South Carolina getaway in the near future. But for now, I’m gearing up to be in (another) wedding, here in Nashville this weekend, then am jetting off to the Caribbean bright before dawn the following morning! (Eek!)

James Island, Charleston

Now, your turn. What have you all been up to this very steamy, humid July?

COMMENTS
  • July 21, 2015

    I’ve always wanted to visit Charleston. Those trees. What have I been doing in the humidity? Running, very slowly and very very early 🙂

    • July 21, 2015

      Oh man, it’s this time of year that I’m so glad I’m not a runner anymore (because I’m also NOT a morning person and being a runner in the Southern summers equates to getting up mere hours after I’ve gone to bed!).

  • July 21, 2015
    Briel K.

    Love Charleston! Sounds like a geat five days! We stayed at the Vendue Inn when I visited there. Do they still have cookies & milk at night and free bikes to ride around town?

    Scott’s shoes and pants bring to mind Dr. Seuss. 🙂

    • July 21, 2015

      Yes, they do! We didn’t actually get to use the bikes at the Vendue, but we made good use of them at the Zero George and biked all over town Saturday and Sunday!

      And yes, his clown feet totally = Dr. Seuss 😉

  • July 26, 2015

    OH Charleston !

    this place is Amazing, Just get lost in nature.
    thank you,
    Congratulations, I hope for them the happiness forever.

  • July 31, 2015

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  • August 1, 2015

    Weddings are such a delightful affair as is gaining a new family and siblings. Congratulations all over again. 🙂
    My brother and I married late so we’ve got a very long way to go before wedding bells are on the table. About 15 years at the minimum. Being that we live in Northern Europe, make that 20 years LOL!

    July was a great month for me. I was on German TV (twice). That was actually in June but who’s counting! In July, I went to the Berlin Music Video Awards, the Berlin Fashion Film Festival as well as Berlin Fashion Week. It was pretty brill!
    Right now I’m in Budapest with son in tow and then at the end of next week, we’ll be off to Prague too. Happy Days!

    • September 25, 2015

      Just seeing this—love that I have a famous friend! When I come visit you, can I be a guest of the guest of German TV? =)

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