I was secretly hoping to 1. Shoot Bride and Groom portraits with some low hanging spanish moss! This just screams Charleston and I was hoping that the Legare Waring House would have some moss options. OH did it have some moss options! Moss for DAYS! 2. I was praying for low humidity so that Katelyn and Mac wouldn’t be miserably hot during their photos. It was a perfect 85 degrees with low humidity. That is RARE in July! So thankful! And last but not least, 3. I hoped for a little bit of glowy light at sunset! It’s hard to get that glow mid-summer because of the haze that rises from humidity but we had a perfectly clear sunset and it was magical!!

Everything seemed to flow so perfectly for Mac and Katelyn on their wedding day. They deserved this. They have been through a lot these last few months and I’m so thankful that their wedding day was filled with so much joy and celebration.

I casually asked if their friends were “dancers” and they laughed and just said “Yes… there are quite a few dancers here” and they were right! The dance floor was full all night! Mac and Katelyn were surrounded by such amazing, loyal friends and family. It was a joy to be a part of this celebration and to capture this amazing new chapter in their life!

Mac and Katelyn, you two are amazing. We have loved getting to know you, your families and your friends throughout this process and because you’re fellow RVA’ers, we sure hope to run into you once you’re home! We can’t thank you enough for allowing us to be a part of your day!!! ENJOY reliving your day through your blog post!!!

The girls watching the first look!

haha! The bridesmaids loved stealing a peek of the first look!

Such naturals! Loved Katelyn’s bridesmaids!!!

I’m loving this one… I don’t know what it is about it!


Prepare yourself… you’re about to scroll through my FAVORITE part of the day! Glowy portraits!

What an insanely gorgeous cocktail area!

That LIGHT though!

I just couldn’t stop shooting! And now Mac and Katelyn have WAY too many portraits! :)

Loved this simple, one tier cake!

Yay! My favorite!! Love these two!

The Legare Waring House is just amazing!

Time to head to the Dominican Republic! Happy Honeymooning!

Ceremony | Legare Waring House

Reception | Legare Waring House

Florist | Pretty Petals of Charleston

Dress Designer | Alyne by Rita Vinieris

Dress Store | Bella Rosa Bridal

Wedding Coordinator | Fabulous Fete

Hair & Make Up | Lashes and Lace

DJ | Epic Charleston

Videographer | Reel Weddings

Catering | Hamby Catering

Bridesmaid Dresses | David’s Bridal

Groomsmen Attire | Jos A Bank

Invitations | Minted

Favors | Custom Ink

xoxo, Katelyn
19 Comments Weddings
  1. Megan Kelsey Marcus reply

    This is one of my favorite weddings of yours so far this year! So classically southern and sweet…!

  2. Katie reply

    Bridesmaids holding hands! The next big thing!!! Love every single thing about this wedding KK.. Makes me want to do our vow renewal I’m Charleston! ;)

  3. Shalese reply

    What a beautiful post!! Their portraits are gorgeous and that getting ready room was made for you! Charleston is so dreamy . . . except for that caution alligators sign . . . ah!!

  4. Stephanie Stewart reply

    Ohhhh, I just adore everything about this wedding, Katelyn! Swooning over every lovely detail, the emotion you captured, and, yes, that light though!!! I’m ready to move to Charleston too! Love the charm and all those gorgeous trees! Stunning work, as always!

  5. Deborah Zoe reply

    Oh, it would be a DREAM to shoot here!! And that moss!! Beautiful Katelyn!!

  6. Sarah Anne Hayes reply

    Just breathtaking, Katelyn! Can’t wait to see Charleston for myself!!

  7. Kim Blake reply

    Katelyn I had no doubt you would be a stunning bride! Congrats! Wishing you a lifetime of wedded bliss.

  8. Robyn reply

    Oh… and I don’t think there is such a thing as too many portraits! :)

  9. Alexandra {Heart Love Always} reply

    This is SO stunning!!!

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  11. Kate reply

    SWOONING over EVERY image!!!!! So gorgeous, Katelyn!! xo

  12. Rici reply

    Gosh! those trees are truly magical! Love them. And all this gorg many portraits you took! :)

  13. Rebekah Carter reply

    There are so many good ones. I couldn’t list out my favorites if I tried. I really love the bride’s dress here too.

  14. Harrison reply

    Loving the light in these! Gorgeous wedding.

  15. Classic Chic Wedding Inspiration reply

    […] Photography – KT Merry // Ring: Coordinator – Faboulous Fete, Photography – Katelyn James // Invitation: Ceci New York, Planner – Jordan Payne Events, Photographer – Thisbe […]

    • Kassidy reply

      Was this ring custom or is it available for purchase anywhere?? This is my dream ring and I would love to get one similar to it!

  16. Danielle reply

    ahhh!!! Just voted for one of the portraits in the contest!! I absolutely ADORE your work Katelyn and it’s my dream to attend one of your workshops!!!

  17. Kassidy reply

    Was this ring custom or is it available for purchase anywhere?? This is my dream ring and I would love to get one similar to it!

    • Katelyn James reply

      Kassidy, I’m not sure. That’s one part of the day that we don’t ask for vendor credits on from our couples! I would recommend taking an image of the ring to some jewelers to see if they have something similar or are able to order a custom ring similar to it! Hope this helps!

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