November 14, 2020

Intimate Hilton Head Backyard Wedding | Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Kelly & Jonathan | 11/14/20

I first met Kelly & Jonathan when taking their engagement pictures in June of 2020. I knew from talking to Kelly during the booking process that I was excited for their wedding, but after meeting them in person, I was completely ecstatic! The love & relationship that these two had, I just knew their wedding day would be something special, and it absolutely was.

Kelly & Jonathan are chiropractors & met each other at a conference. They were practically living across the country from each other at the time they met, but it was meant to be. After settling in Atlanta, Jonathan proposed at the beach in February, and of course Kelly said yes!

Now to talk about their wedding day, they chose to have an intimate wedding in the backyard of a beach house on Hilton Head Island. This wasn’t just any backyard though, it sat right on the north side of the island, canopied by beautiful oaks with Spanish moss draped everywhere, truly magical. The wedding had earthy tones with some orange, beautiful greenery, and a little pampas grass too.

Kelly & Jon got ready in the same house, hiding from one another all morning anticipating their first look with one another. Kelly’s wedding dress was just perfect for the beach. It had some lace detail, but was still very airy & flowy – the perfect twirling dress. Jon wore a cool patterned tie, a nice touch I thought. They both had little celebratory drinks while getting ready, and of course we got photos of it.

Now to my favorite part of the entire day – the first look. Y’all, this has to be HANDS DOWN one of the sweetest first looks that I’ve ever witnessed. Jon was speechless, and then he asked Kelly to do a little twirl so he could really see her dress…cue the tears. Of course, she obliged, but she also got him to do a twirl as well. After taking some portraits, she did a first look with her dad, also sweet, and then it was go time!

Their ceremony couldn’t have been more perfect. Their officiant, a close friend, did a unique thing during the ceremony that I’ve never heard before. Prior to their wedding, he had asked them both to write their versions of how they met & knew the other was “the one”. He read both of their letters during the ceremony…. then I cried. They also wrote letters to each other to keep in a box and open on their anniversary. I personally think this should be the norm during ceremonies because it was amazing to see them as they saw one another. After this, I took portraits of them frolicking on the beach all while watching a beautiful sunset, and then we went back to the house to party! It was truly a sweet day, I think that word describes everything perfectly.

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