With its cobblestone streets, pastel-colored houses, and rich history, Charleston is an enchanting city in which to say “I do”. Even couples who aren’t based in South Carolina opt to hold their wedding in its gorgeous surroundings, taking advantage of its antebellum residences and sweeping waterfront.
In this article, we’ll introduce 10 of the city’s best wedding photographers and why you should consider them for your special day.
Jolie Connor Photography
To date, Charleston-based photographer Jolie Connor has captured more than 200 weddings and has been awarded Wedding Wire's Couples Choice Award for the last five years, as well as winning the “Post & Courier Charleston’s” Choice award for “Best Photographer” in 2019. Her images are timeless and romantic, with a preference for natural light throughout her portfolio. As both a portrait and wedding photographer, she strives to blend photojournalism and fine art to create images that accurately reflect the events and emotions of your special day.
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Richard Bell Photography
Richard Bell established his first photography studio in the 1980s and his son, Nathan, took over in 2004. Nathan spent his childhood years changing films and setting up backdrops for his dad while learning all the ins and outs of photography. He now leads a talented team of wedding photographers that include Mell Bell and James Riley, who share the same values but all offer their own perspectives on the craft. The studio prides itself on treating people right and making friends along the way.
Nicholas Gore Weddings
Nicholas Gore Weddings is a husband and wife team that brings nearly 10 years of professional experience to the table. Based in Charleston, Nicholas first fell in love with photography at high school but it was only while he was trying to figure out what he wanted to do with his life that a friend asked him to shoot a wedding…and the rest is history! Since that day, he has photographed more than 300 weddings, with a style that can be described as colorful, elegant, and relaxed.
Catherine Ann Photography
Katie and Jay are the team behind Catherine Ann Photography, which was established in 2009 in sunny Charleston. Their motto? “Candid and fun wedding photography that feels like you!” And with over 500 couples booking them, they must be doing something right! When documenting a wedding, they use an 80/20 approach - 80% of the images will be candid moments and 20% will be directed portraits. Ultimately, they want their couples to come away with stunning photos that they will love while getting to spend as much time with their wedding guests as possible.
Aaron and Jillian Photography
Aaron and Jillian Photography is another husband and wife photography team that has been documenting around 40 weddings every year for the last eight years. Their love story began in 2009 while teaching English in South Korea and the couple has visited 19 countries and shot over 300 weddings together since. While Jill is originally from Orange County, California, Aaron was raised in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Their images are infused with romance and have a timeless quality that you will fall in love with.
King Street Photo Weddings
Michel Berda is the Charleston photographer behind King Street Photo Weddings and has had his images published in “Charleston Weddings”, “Destination & Honeymoon”, and “Grace Ormonde”, just to name a few. He’s one of the busiest wedding photographers in the city and has traveled throughout the United States and abroad to document couples saying “I do”. Aside from editing all of his own images, Michel can transform them into beautiful albums and stunning keepsakes.
Franzi Annika Photography LLC
Specializing in weddings and elopements, Franzi Annika Photography is a Charleston-based photographer “for the elegant and modern bride”. It comprises the team of Franzi (a former real estate manager) and her husband, Martin, who combine fine art, fashion, and photojournalism in all of their shoots. Their goal? To capture glamorous, creative, and clean photographs that highlight all of the moments and details from your special day. When not at work, this German couple loves exploring the United States together.
Valerie & Ed Photo
Valerie and Ed became friends while shooting weddings together and one day they decided that they not only wanted to join forces in business but in life too. They describe Charleston as “the most beautiful city to work in”, with colors, textures, and a rich history that is second to none. Aside from documenting weddings, Valerie & Ed Photo also specializes in family portraits, headshots, and engagement sessions. When not at work, they love traveling to see as much of the world as possible.
Holy City Wedding Photography
Keller James is the owner and operator of Holy City Wedding Photography, which is focused on capturing bold, unique, and timeless wedding imagery. Originally from Houston, Texas, Keller has been in the industry for over 15 years and relocated to Charleston a little over 10 years ago. After graduating from the College of Charleston with a focus on studio art and photography, he established his successful business to offer a high-end yet affordable option for local bridal couples.
Dana Cubbage Weddings
While based in Charleston, Dana Cubbage is available for travel throughout the United States and beyond to capture couples in love. She says that her work is inspired by the “colors, textures, location, and unique personal details of your wedding day”, which she draws on to create images that are vibrant, refined, and will be cherished for many years to come. As family is extremely important to Dana, she feels particularly honored that clients welcome her into their circle and she works as efficiently as possible to capture images while being discreet.