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.





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


 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.

engaged couple on cobblestone street

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College of Charleston campus

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

couple dips at CofC gate


King Street

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

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Unitarian Church Graveyard

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

engaged couple at unitarian church


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.