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"Enjoy Every Second" of Shirlei & Jamie's Charleston Wedding!

The most commonly given advice to future brides is that you should relax and enjoy your day. :-) That’s the exact advice newlyweds Shirlei & Jamie wanted to give to others with the bride saying, “You should enjoy every second because it really does fly by so fast, you barely remember the day. It’s cliche, but so true!”

But what a wonderful whirlwind of a day they had. It was so beautiful & fun, from the personal touches & the charming details, to all the special moments. :-) The entire event was absolutely wonderful and you can read on to learn more about Shirlei & Jamie, how they relaxed and enjoyed their Big Day, and see a few of our favorite photos from their Charleston Wedding!

Shirlei and Jamie met on a fun night out through a group of friends at Wild Wings back in 2008. The bride said at one point they lost touch but started talking again and reconnected in 2015. The two were engaged by March of 2017 and planned their Charleston Summertime ceremony for 2018. 

The wedding took place in May at the newly renovated North Charleston Marriott. We just loved the location with its blend of modern elegance and infusion of southern charm! The day started with a few cocktails in their suit and at the Marriott’s HC Provisions bar while everyone was getting ready. The bride and groom then had their first look which was their top moment of the day! Shirlei went on to tell us,“Our favorite part of our wedding was our First Look. It was a private moment that we will never forget. It felt so special to spend that little bit of time together before the ceremony.”

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Soon after the wedding began and their ceremony was so gorgeous and heartwarming! For the service, it was important to the couple to include Jamie’s son Jordan. Bride Shirlei told us, “The most special moment was saying my vows to my step-son. I wanted him to feel like it was just as much his day as ours.” 

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After the ceremony, it was time for Wedding Party Portraits! We hit up some favorite downtown Charleston spots for portraits like White Point Garden. Everyone looked amazing and the group had a lot of fun. All the men were sharp in their tuxedos and the bridesmaids wore lovely light pink Bill Levkoff dresses. The bride was stunning in her blingin’ Badgley Mischka shoes Morilee Gown from Bridals by Jodi. Shirlei just ADORED her gown and always knew it was the one! She said, “I loved my dress as soon as I tried it on. No questions or doubts and the only thing I did was add a sash.”

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With portraits done, it was time to party at the reception! The couple and their guests enjoyed delicious food and wedding cake from Tristan Events, great music, & lots of dancing. Once the party was over the newlyweds left the reception with a sparkler exit and enjoyed a seven day fun & sun filled honeymoon in Dominican Republic! 

We're honored and thrilled to have been a part of their big day and send out a big THANK YOU to the newlyweds for making Valerie & Co. their Wedding Photographers! :-)

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