Today’s feature is BRIDES Magazine!  One of the editors recently got in touch and mentioned that she was looking for holiday inspired images for wedding days.  I was so excited that they chose two of my images for their post.  You can see it here!

I was intending to go “home” to visit family this weekend for a 4th of July party. My siblings are there as well as some of my extended family and my sister’s brand new puppy (I wanna squeeze him!) but I felt under the weather at the last minute. What can I say – my immune system has impeccable timing. Sigh. I didn’t realize how much I wanted to see all of them until I couldn’t.  Family and friends really are the most important thing in this short life.

One more separate but important thought.  As you all enjoy your time grilling out and watching fireworks today, be reminded of why you are able to do that. People fight on our behalf every day for this casual, even luxurious way of life and that should not be taken for granted. Let’s raise a glass to the military for giving a huge portion of their lives!

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Talented vendors include:

Masterfully Planned | Style Me Pretty | Flowers by Darlene | JLM Couture | The Great American Cake | Eastern Yacht Club | Mahi Cruises | Style Me Pretty Living | One Hope Charleston | Cocktail Bandits | West Elm Charleston | Mixson Bath & Racquet Club | Venita Aspen | Ibu Movement | Society Social | Coastal Crust | The Town Serif | Kickstand Events | Charleston Weekender

Smitten Magazine is geared toward the young, vibrant bride with fresh ideas and the courage to be different on her wedding day.  It is a gorgeous publication and I’ve been seeing it everywhere!  I was so excited when Chancey Charm‘s local Charleston event designer/planner Samantha Wiley approached me with a concept for a shoot for this exciting magazine a few months back, and I simply couldn’t refuse when I heard what she had planned.  I mean, it was perfect.  Flawless even…until we hit a little snag.  Our model cancelled on semi-short notice and put everyone in a frenzy, but the sweetest, prettiest girl (who coincidentally photographed my sister’s wedding) said she’d be happy to travel from out of state to model for us.  We hit the jackpot!  Then another little snag.  Ashley (the gorgeous girl in the feature) mentioned that she had psoriasis and asked if we wanted to reconsider using her because of it.  “You can always photoshop it out, but I thought you should know.”  My heart broke a little for her right then and there, but I knew I had to tell Samantha to get approval.  Samantha surprised me in the best way by saying “actually, I think we should definitely still use her and leave the psoriasis if she’s ok with it.”  The thought behind that was to show people how beautiful they could be and feel on their wedding day just as they are.

That concept was so refreshing, I almost cried thinking about it.  I cannot tell you how many times I’ve listened to stunningly beautiful brides worry about their arms, back fat, or even simply a blemish and ask me to photoshop it out of every photo in their wedding.  I understand.  I have body insecurities for sure.  But when people ask me to fix them in photoshop, I reply with a simple “you are not broken”.  You, brides-to-be who are reading this, are fearfully and wonderfully made.  You are beautiful and desirable.  Flawless even.  Just. As. You. Are.

It is an honor to be the photographer to show off the stunning Ashley Friend.  Thank you, Samantha, for trusting me with this. And a huge thank you to Smitten Magazine for being cool enough to publish our un-retouched images!

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Style Me Pretty featured a lookbook I recently photographed for Lovely Bride Charleston, a gorgeous new dress shop featuring fresh, young designs.  It was so fun to work with some new local contacts including the gorgeous model Christina Zapolski, Wedding Hair by Charlotte, Meg Workman, Annabella Florals, Tiger Lily Weddings, and Candy Shop Vintage as well as art director Siobhan Lee and local Lovely Bride owner, Emily Dantus.  I love the images that they chose for the feature, but I can’t wait to share the rest of them as well.  I’ll be photographing their grand opening party on June 17th, so please stop by and say hello if you’re in Charleston!  Kristin Newman Designs will be putting the shindig together, so of course it will be one for the books.Style Me Pretty

You may have already noticed that I’ve been quietly making changes to my blog and website, but if not you should definitely check it out.  Rachel Red Photography got a little face lift and is now filled with current photos, all new press features, customer reviews, and a brand new About page.  I loved my old site, but the new one reflects the direction I’d like to take my business and a bit more of my clean and sophisticated, yet casual branding style.  I absolutely could not have done this without my beautiful and talented sister, Joy, who took the lead on the design and implementation!  She learned how to do website design on the fly (so smart) and made it look 100x better than I ever thought possible.  Thank you, Joy, for letting me be so picky and bringing my vision to life!  Love you! xo  Also, Rachael Earl of Earl and Layne helped me so much with my blog configuration – thanks Rachael!Rachel Red Photography Website

Ruffled, a gorgeous wedding blog for stylish brides and creative couples, recently featured a collaboration that I’m so proud of with A.Caldwell Events and Wedding Paper Divas.  It was truly an honor to be included in this dream team of wedding professionals.  I honestly never dreamed that I’d be working on this level of work for at least another 5 years in Charleston, so seeing this kind of inspiration come to life is truly a dream come true for me!  Other incredible vendors that worked on this project include:

The Gadsden House, Tiger Lily Weddings, Modern Trousseau, Jimmy Choo, Calligraphy by Paige Tanenbaum, 428 Main, La Tavola, Eventworks, Paper Dolls, and Susie Saltzman

I am absolutely thrilled with the results and what Ruffled wrote.  And can you believe that dress?!  Ahh, there are so many beautiful things about this inspiration and I hope that future Rachel Red Photography brides see this and get even more excited for their wedding day.

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