34 West: a Proposal!

Steven and Hannah are regulars at 34 West shows so naturally Steven thought this would be the perfect place to propose!  I was thrilled when Tabitha from 34 West contacted me and we worked together with Steven to make the perfect plan.

I had Steven send me a photo of himself and Hannah so I would recognize them when they arrived.  It was so hard for all of us to play it cool and not stare at them as they found their seats, ordered drinks, and got ready for the show!  At one point Steven looked at me and winked, I nodded.  The plan was on. 🙂

During the show I pretended to take photos of the show as I normally do and I also took lots of photos of Steven and Hannah.  After the bow, Jeff invited Steven up on stage and he made an adorable speech and asked Hannah to marry him.  Not a dry eye in the house!

Congrats, Steven and Hannah!

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Sarah Goldman is a photographer in Charleston, SC.

Magnolia Plantation Proposal

Rebecca wanted to plan the perfect proposal for her girlfriend, Kelsie.  We planned for months leading up to December 7th. She picked the perfect location: the long bridge at Magnolia Plantation, and I set to work mapping out where they would walk to, where myself and my second shooters would hide, etc.

The day of the proposal, I met Laura and Charles at Magnolia and we made a plan.  But first we had to stop at the fabulous petting zoo.  🙂

Right on time, Rebecca and Kelsie walked into the middle of the bridge, took a selfie, and Rebecca got down on one knee.  It was a perfect Charleston proposal!

Afterwards we walked around the grounds of the plantation and did a mini engagement session.  Congrats, Rebecca + Kelsie!

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Sarah Goldman is a photographer in Charleston, SC

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: 


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.


She said yes! | A Charleston Proposal

Drew contacted me a few weeks ago because he planned to propose to his girlfriend while they were vacationing in Charleston.  We emailed and texted and hashed out a plan to meet at Hampton Park.  With my second shooters and I hiding behind trees we captured Drew’s sweet proposal to Liz on top of the bridge.  From there we did a mini engagement session in the park.

Hampton Park engagement session

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Sarah Goldman is a photographer in Charleston, SC.