During this weird time where we are all in our homes every day I’m tackling my #20for2020 list. This is my second year making a list of things to accomplish that make me happier. If you are interested in this topic, here is more information: https://gretchenrubin.com/2020/01/20-for-2020-list
#20 on my list is “Catch up on old blog posts” so here’s an engagement session that was never blogged about:
A few years ago I got to photograph a really cool engagement session on Morris Island! Morris Island is an uninhabited island in Charleston Harbor that is only accessible by boat – though I’ve heard during extremely low tides you can walk from the Lighthouse Inlet side of Folly Beach. The Morris Island Lighthouse used to be on Morris Island, but with barrier islands being in a constant state of flux and erosion, the lighthouse now stands in the water.
I met Kate and Ben at the dock where they keep their boat on the Folly River and we rode through the river and creeks for their unforgettable engagement session!
Kate + Ben’s relationship started at the beach. Kate was in grad school at MUSC and spent spent her weekends on Sullivan’s Island. One weekend, on a whim, she decided to drive 45 minutes out of her way to Folly Beach. She had never visited Folly and certainly didn’t expect to be making any life altering decisions that day. She picked a secluded spot just to the right of the pier and sat down to soak up the sun. Five minutes later a classmate texted and invited her to a cast party going on at Folly. Kate gladly accepted, hoping to get to meet some movie stars! It was at that party she met a tan, sandy-haired electrician that she would spend the rest of her life with. Ben and Kate were inseparable ever since.
On their first date they went to Morris Island on Ben’s boat to see the lighthouse, which has become a symbol of their relationship. Ben and Kate got married at the Cotton Dock at Boone Hall Plantation later that year.
Sarah Goldman is a photographer in Charleston, SC.