Old Santee Canal Park Engagement | Jenna + Garrett

It’s not often I get to go to a new place for a photography session.  Typically I’m running a circuit between downtown Charleston (Waterfront Park, the Battery), Hampton Park, Folly Beach and Isle of Palms.  All incredibly beautiful places, but I do get excited about a new location idea.  Jenna and Garrett live in Cordesville and they suggested Old Santee Canal Park.  And it is LOVELY!  The park has an interpretive center, grand trees, a dock, and a plantation house dating to 1840. There was no shortage of beautiful backdrops for Jenna and Garrett’s engagement photos!

 

 

Sarah Goldman is a photographer in Charleston, SC.

 

 

 

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Win a Free (mini) Engagement Session!

Win a Free Engagement Session is back for the 5th year running!  This is always a fun contest that I run during my slow month of January.  It’s so fun to meet a new couple who is recently engaged and hear their proposal story and wedding plans.

To enter the contest, go here: 

https://www.sarahgoldman.com/Win-a-Free-Engagement-Session

fill out the form and then wait to hear from me the end of this month. 

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Here’s the fine print:

The session must take place before March 30, 2019.

The session will be a “mini” engagement session – about 30 minutes.

Good luck!

 

Sarah Goldman is a photographer in Charleston, SC

White Point Gardens Proposal | Cody + Kelsie

Cody’s mom contacted me in November when she was tasked with finding the perfect proposal photographer for her son and his girlfriend while they were in Charleston.  As I looked at the weekend forecast – another wet one – Cody and I began planning how his secret proposal would go down.  He planned to take Kelsie on a bike ride Saturday morning from their hotel (The Vendue) to Waterfront Park and finally to White Point Gardens where I would be waiting.  The forecast looked worse and worse so we changed the date to Friday afternoon.  I think Cody was relieved to get it over with earlier in their trip so he could relax!

I contacted 2 trusted photographer friends and we hid behind live oaks and tried to blend in with tourists.  Right on cue, Cody and Kelsie rode up and strolled through the live oaks to the spot I had marked for him with 2 sticks.

Afterwards they toasted with champagne and we walked around South of Broad and took some engagement photos.

 

Congrats, Cody + Kelsie!

Special thanks to Rick Dean and Charles Merry for second shooting this happy moment!

 

 

Sarah Goldman is a photographer in Charleston, SC.

 

Hampton Park Engagement | Josie + Caison

Josie + Caison are engaged!  We incorporated some drone photography into their Hampton Park engagement session, and it was so COOL!  Thank you, Rivers Rudloff Photography for the awesome drone shots.

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Sarah Goldman is an engagement photographer in Charleston, SC

Erica + Logan | The Wedding Day

Followers of the blog will remember Erica and Logan.  We’ve been following their wedding journey for the past year!  There was their fun downtown engagement session.  And there was their interview with myself and Caleb White from WedTexts.  Well, they finally tied the knot in beautiful Asheville, NC at Castle Ladyhawke!

Erica told me all about the big day and even shared some photos by Ryan Baumgarner.

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SGP:  Tell us about the day!
EH: The “big day” was absolutely amazing! The weather was perfect, about 73 degrees in the mountains of Asheville. As you know, it was a very small ceremony with only our parents as guests. We drove separately to the castle, Logan dressed at the resort in his dad’s room and I in the castle. We didn’t see each other until I walked down the aisle, I’m glad we did this, we were both shocked at how great the other looked. We were able to be ourselves and only focus on each other, no stress at all! We wrote our own vows, Logan blew me away with his heartfelt and genuine words. We had a early ceremony, 11:00a.m., so we were able to go back to the resort and enjoy the rest of our first day as Mr. and Mrs. followed by an amazing dinner with our parents- it was perfect.
SGP: What was the castle like?
EH: The castle was breathtaking! A bit difficult to get to, the steep hill up the mountain was a bit frightening but completely worth the trek. We were able to tour the castle, separately as we didn’t want to see each other before the ceremony. It had a stunning view, several balconies, a tower with a rustic spiral staircase and the landscaping was incredible too! Truly something out of a fairy tale.
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SGP:  What was the highlight of the day?  What moment will you always remember?
EH: The highlight and one thing I’ll always remember would have to be the look on Logan’s face as he told me his vows. They literally made everyone cry, including him. He started them by saying that he had spent weeks trying to figure out what to write down, then he threw his vow book to his stepdad (I later found out this was rehearsed the night before) and said he didn’t need to write anything down and proceeded to proclaim his love like I’ve never heard before. I don’t even think I comprehended much of it, all I could think about was how lucky I am to be marrying this guy right now and tried to soak up every bit of that moment.
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Erica and Logan – thank you for sharing your wedding experience with us!  We’re glad WedTexts made life easier.  Enjoy living happily ever after.  🙂
Thanks to Ryan Baumgarner for sharing these photos with us!
Sarah Goldman is a photographer in Charleston, SC.

Wedding Anniversary | Downtown Charleston

Evan and Laura take a trip every other year for their anniversary.  They take turns planning it and it’s a surprise for the other person.  How fun is that?  This year it was Evan’s turn and he planned not only an amazing trip to Charleston, SC, but he scheduled a photo shoot for the two of them!

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Sarah Goldman is a photographer in Charleston, SC.

Top 5 locations for Engagement Photos in downtown Charleston

Live oaks draped in Spanish moss, colorful historic buildings, ornate iron gates,  and cobblestone streets:  Charleston has no shortage of beautiful locations for photo shoots.

I have been photographing engagement sessions and weddings in Charleston since 2009. When a bride-to-be asks me where we should go for their engagement photos I have a list of favorites in my back pocket.  Today I will share my top 5 locations for engagement photos in Charleston, South Carolina.

Still looking for the perfect photographer for your Charleston engagement session?  You can view my gallery of weddings and engagement photos here:  www.sarahgoldman.com

1.

 East Bay Street, Chalmers Street, and Waterfront Park

Highlights:  cobblestone streets, 2 fountains (including the pineapple fountain), gas lights, rainbow row, water views, swings, live oaks.

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2.

College of Charleston campus

Highlights:  Old Buildings, Live Oaks, brick walkways, iron gates, and azaleas

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3.

King Street

Highlights:  More of an “urban feel”, the American Theatre, alleys, old buildings and storefronts, and Marion Square

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4.

Unitarian Church Graveyard

Highlights:  Wild and overgrown, flowering trees and shrubs, winding walkways, and old buildings

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5.

Side streets South of Broad Street

Highlights:  Old buildings, carriage tours going by, hidden alleys, old walls with creeping fig, interesting doorways – unlimited possibilities!

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Sarah Goldman is a family, wedding, and engagement photographer in Charleston, SC.