This past weekend I had the incredible privilege to capture a wedding I have been looking forward to for a long, long time. Almost as long as Mike and Siobhan themselves! I first got to know Mike and Siobhan when they first moved to Greenville and watched as they got closer, bought a house together, got a dog together, got engaged, got another dog together, and then started to plan their wedding at the Bald Head Island Shoals Club. You may also recognize Mike and Siobhan, as they were our “newly engaged couple” during our wedding photography workshops we held earlier this year.
We arrived at Bald Head Island a couple days early so we could celebrate with them during the pre-wedding festivities. Between hanging out with some of our best friends, meeting some new ones, enjoying plenty of great food and drinks, having late night bonfires on the beach, and enjoying the gorgeous sunrises and sunsets that come along with Bald Head Island living, it was an incredible way to kick off the wedding weekend. While the setting is definitely gorgeous, Bald Head Island isn’t just another pretty place to Mike and Siobhan, it’s a huge part of their history together. They originally met on the beach while on vacation there a little over 5 years ago, got engaged there last year, and have since spent many weekends vacationing there.
After years of anticipation, the wedding day was finally upon us. We showed up early to get some shots of Siobhan getting into her dress before heading over to the Bald Head Island Shoals Club to capture their first look. After venturing out onto the beach to grab a few bridal party shots, it was time for their ceremony. Plenty of tears, beautiful scenery, and hilarious moments gave way to a picturesque sunset just before their reception kicked off. Together with plenty of thoughtful details, the Shoals Club looked absolutely stunning and gave the perfect backdrop for guests to enjoy a beautiful indoor/outdoor reception overlooking the ocean. A few thoughtful speeches, some pretty intense Irish dancing (that was a first!), and plenty of great food and drinks lead us to their glow stick exit and golf-cart-roadster getaway. Enjoy the photos!
Mike & Siobhan – Thank you for not only having us there to document your wedding, but also being such incredible friends to us. After getting to meet your extended family and friends, it was only more apparent that you aren’t just both incredibly talented and successful, but also incredibly thoughtful and caring to everyone you come in contact with. We wish you all the best in your marriage and hope these images remind you of all the anticipation, excitement, and pure joy you felt at your wedding.
Ceremony & Reception: Bald Head Island Shoals Club
DJ: DJ Professionals
Fowers: Brunswick Town Florist
Cake: One Belle Bakery
Hair & Makeup: Watertown Hair
Officiant: Dr. Rev Garrett Albertson
Three different venues. Three different outfits. Two types of ceremonies. Two types of receptions. Only one word needed – Incredible.
Thomas and Prexa’s Indian wedding was not only a highlight of the year, but a highlight of my career as a wedding photographer. From the people, to the food, to the culture, to the downright kindness of everyone involved, it was a truly incredible wedding.
It all started off with everyone getting ready at the beautiful Hyatt Recency in the heart of downtown Greenville. With some stunning outfits and jewelry from all over the world Prexa and Thomas looked absolutely stunning. We left for the Old Cigar Warehouse here in Downtown Greenville where Thomas was greeted warmly by Prexa’s parents. After parading him into the ceremony site, the stage was set for their Hindu Wedding Ceremony to begin. Filled with food, water, a few tears, and some fire, it was unlike anything I have ever seen before. Even though I didn’t fully understand everything being said (my Hindi is a bit rough), the beautiful symbolism was inherent in the actions they were taking. Tying a knot. Giving away the bride. Eating their first meal. Seven blessings over the couple.
With the Hindu ceremony behind us, we headed next door to Zen for the cocktail hour in the bamboo garden. With lamb lollipops, chicken satay, and stuffed sweet fig rolls being passed around it was a great chance for the guests to mingle and discuss the day’s events so far. Meanwhile, the incredibly gorgeous reception setup was being finished up inside. Complete with hundreds of candles, custom made centerpieces, and a 40-foot-long orchid chandelier suspended over the estate table, I don’t think I’ve ever seen Zen look so good. Thomas and Prexa were announced in and a quick Christian Ceremony unfolded. Rings were exchanged, vows said, and marriage license was signed. A few thoughtful toasts later, everyone was ready for some food. With a local Greenville food station, a Thai station, and and Indian food station, absolutely no one left hungry. Next door in the lotus lounge, the party kicked off with DJ Ravi, who came down from Washignton DC. And what an awesome party it was, with plenty of lively dancing complimenting the festive colors worn by everyone. It was definitely a site to behold.
Thomas and Prexa – Thank you so much for trusting us to be your photographers. We truly enjoyed every aspect of your Indian wedding and were honored to be chosen to work alongside some of the best vendors in the country.
Getting Ready: Hyatt Recency
Ceremony Venue: Old Cigar Warehouse
Reception Venue: Zen Greenville
Details and Design: Weddings In Style
Coordination and Planning: Vimal Desai w/ HMV Events
Videography: Pacific Pictures
Catering: Good Life
Additional Catering: Bombay Spice-2
Ceremony Music: Entertainment Charleston
Rentals: Professional Party Rentals
Additional Dessert: Chocolate Moose
DJ: Dynasty Entertainment
Hair & Makeup: Cotton Rouge