Palmetto Bluff is a picturesque area near Hilton Head, SC. The area has a brief history but more recently a planned community was build in it place. They planned the small town to capture the look and feel of many old communities in the south. You almost feel like you are in a small village built around the time of Savannah or Charleston until you notice that everything is actually new. If you are interested below is the history of the area in the early 1,900′s. The new “history” did make a lovely backdrop for photography.
The actually brief history is (as stated at palmettobluff.com/wilson-era.aspx):
“In 1902, Palmetto Bluff was purchased by Richard T. Wilson, Jr., a wealthy New York banker, and an era of lavish entertaining began. Although Wilson intended to use the property as a hunting estate, his wife, Marion, loved the social scenes of New York and Newport. Sometime around 1910, the Wilsons began construction of a grand mansion appropriate to a hostess of Mrs. Wilson’s standing. The four-story home filled what is now the Village Square and included a ballroom and a library as well as servants’ quarters and numerous guest bedrooms. One visitor described a room as being entirely devoted to the dolls of the Wilson daughters. The palatial building overlooked the May River and was surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens.
The Palmetto Bluff estate was designed with guests in mind. Visitors arrived at the estate by way of a Savannah Line steamship, the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, or the Seaboard Airline train. The social pages of the New York Times listed the comings and goings of the New York elite with frequent mention of individuals “leaving today to visit Mr. and Mrs. R.T. Wilson of Palmetto Bluff, S.C.” Guests would stay for weeks, enjoying Mrs. Wilson’s lavish parties. Mrs. Wilson loved music and was an avid hostess. In New York, neighbors regularly complained that her parties there lasted well into the night.
Palmetto Bluff was Richard T. Wilson, Jr.’s idyllic retreat away from the city of New York until March 2, 1926, when the great mansion caught fire. A distraught Wilson had to twice be led away from the roaring flames, which eventually reduced the magnificent building to ashes. The loss of his beloved home devastated Wilson. Unable to face rebuilding, he returned to New York and sold the entire property to J.E. Varn a few months later. Wilson died in New York City in 1929.”
Savannah Architecture – A journey via Photography
There are many places through out the south where the old architecture is stunning. While we were walking through the old part of town we came across the Lucas Theater. The detail is stunning. The Lucas Theatre was built in 1921 by Arthur Lucas and architect C.K. Howell. It was used primarily for movies but has also held many live shows in its time. It was also interesting to learn that the theater was the first building in Savannah to install air conditioning in 1923. Since 1986 when it was rescued from demolition the theater has undergone a significant restoration. When we first visited the theater a few years ago it was partially complete and after visiting it this year it appears to be now complete.
Just a few shots from our Photography Gallery. Tomorrow some photography from around town.
The farm and nature reserve. How about farm wedding photography?
Looking at these I would love to have the opportunity to do wedding photography on a farm this season. If you are so inclined and farms or animals are part of you a farm can offer some really great wedding pictures. In the barns, tractors, with the horses or other animals. They all offer a really great background for wedding pictures. While we are down here in South Carolina we have spent a little time exploring the island. Below are a few pictures that show some of the diversity of the island. From the beach to the nature reserve to adventuring around sea pines.
It is great to be away. We are lucky enough this week to be done on Hilton Head Island with our kids. As we walk along the beach during the day and watch the beautiful sunsets in the evenings I am reminded at how beautiful the scenery is and the wonderful backgrounds available for a destination wedding. It is tempting to go away and celebrate this wonderful occasion on a beach or other romantic spot. The wedding pictures are spectacular when framed by an ocean, beach or other natural beauty. Having a wedding set within that natural beauty of the rocky mountains, the ocean, the beaches or even man made wonders in far off lands is a dream come true.
There are many practical advantages as well. Often the destination if you are in a resort will take care of many of the arrangements. This can reduce a lot of stress and headaches of the wedding planning. Depending on where you are going and where you live you should check to see if anything is needed to make your wedding official in the governments eyes.
There are also other things to consider. You will likely have a smaller guest list. Not everyone can afford, is that OK for you and your soon to be spouse? What if someone you really wish could be there can’t afford the time off or the cost? Will you pay for your wedding parties expenses?
From a wedding photographers perspective will you use someone local or bring someone you know? It is an opportunity to have a very memorable and distinct wedding and you want to make sure those moments are captured well. If you are using someone local for wedding photography really do your homework. Check them out on line. If possible get references from out of country. Does the hotel or resort have a recommendation?
If you are planning a destination wedding enjoy it. I am sure it will be spectacular.
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Unplugging your wedding?
In this day an age we live in an always connected world. We have phones, tablets, camera’s and all sorts of devices at every moment in our lives. Our kids will live in an world where images and connectivity are always present. So as you are planning your wedding have you considered asking your guests to disconnect before starting the day. No phones etc… during the ceremony or the reception (in between they can do as they like)?
We spend a lot of time seeing the world through our screens. It is kind of like watching live but on TV. Will your guests be much more encompassed by the moment if they truly participate and not just view your special day? It also reduces some issues and complications. Many weddings become more difficult for your wedding photographer and videographer when they have to compete with Aunt May to get that special picture. You have paid professionals to document the day and the last thing you want is to have an elbow from your high school friend get in the way.
It also reduces those “embarrassing” pictures of you taking a bite of dinner or that weird look when you were turning as the first memories that make it on Facebook for your family oversees. With digital images it is easy to share pictures of your special day afterwards with everyone so they can all keep those memories. If you do want some impromptu pictures there are services or apps that allow you to see the images captured for you instead of using personal phones. These can also be “released” at a certain time.
It isn’t for everyone but it might be something nice to consider … Is this one day a day to not view those special moments from an iphone screen.
We wanted to congratulate our friends at Creatively Beautiful Bridal / Salon Philosophies Hair and Makeup Studio for their recent work in wedluxe.
My very talented friend Caroline from Creatively Beautiful Bridal / Salon Philosophies Hair and Makeup Studio had one of her brides featured in Wedluxe! Congratulations! Well done! They were also recently seen in a recent issue of ‘Todays Bride magazine.
There are times in your live when you are bombarded by advice from friends and family. Some of this advice is good, some is not so helpful. These generally revolve around key milestones. Graduating school, pregnancy, having and raising children and of course getting married. Once you are engaged and announce your intention to get married the wedding advice from your mother, mother in law, best friend, people you knew in high school and haven’t seen in years, people your kind of know that your “friended” on Facebook will flow in at parties, as text messages, posts and over dinner.
Like many things in life take this wedding advice with a grain of salt. As we are passing our experiences onto you we will share both our personal wedding advice and good advice and tips that we find in our travels. Don’t worry we wont take offence like your mother in law if you don’t take our advice .
One such piece is from the wedding channel. In this article they cover some good points:
- “Truly think of who you WANT at your wedding. And don’t invite everyone under the sun ‘just because.” It is your special day treat it as such.
- ”Something will go wrong on your wedding day, but at the end of the day, you will be married to the love of your life and that’s all that matters. Relax and enjoy it.”
- “Don’t buy your wedding dress the minute you get engaged.”
- “Ask the groom what he wants to be a part of. Too often, brides assume that the groom doesn’t care when it comes to the wedding details. Don’t assume, just ask him.”
- “Make sure you have transportation planned out for the ENTIRE day — not just to and from the wedding venue.”
- “Do projects when you’re in the mood to do them, regardless of whether or not it’s the right time. If you come home from work one day eager to address your invitations — just go with it.”
- “Spend some one-on-one romantic time with your fiance every week.”
These have a theme as we go through the planning and the wedding day, enjoy the moments. Make choices that you will cherish the rest of your life and think of the goal …. a wonderful day celebrating a couple who will spend their lives together.
Valentines Wedding Proposal
Not sure how many people propose on Valentines Day but it is a natural time to pop the question and start your journey to your wedding day. We found a nice story / press release on some thoughts around wedding proposals for valentines day. The quick tips are:
- Assemble a photo album that chronicles your relationship from the beginning. Make sure the last page is your wedding proposal with “will you marry me”
- Go with a surprise, anything from a billboard, TV request from the local news station (sometimes they do it like birthday announcements or at an event
- Reenact your first date together and re-create it as faithfully as possible.
- Lead the bride-to-be on a treasure hunt, working through the clues together to find the hidden engagement ring treasure.
It really comes down to making it special and meaningful for both of you but also making it a story to tell and remember for your lives together.
To read the full article click here.
Wedding Photographer – 1,500 Fan Promotion
Blink Of An Eye Photography is excited to announce that they will be having a special promotion / contest for reaching 1,500 fans on Facebook. This promotion will be available on:
- Blink Of An Eye – Baby, Maternity and Family Photographer
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As well as our Blink Facebook page.
We wanted to thank all of our customers, fans and their friends and family for their significant support.
We will launch the full details shortly on all of the great sponsors that will be supplying prizes.