Brittany and David reached out to us about planning an engagement session before they traveled from the Lone Star state to Charleston for a mini vacation.

They got engaged in Charleston last November at Waterfront Park so of course we had to have part of their session there.

For those of you who haven’t ever been to Charleston, Waterfront Park is home to the epic Pineapple Fountain. It’s a beautiful area with lots of areas to stroll and admire the water and passing boats. But it can get pretty crowded in the evenings during sunset, so here’s a pro tip: we always plan our sessions there for sunrise!

Lauren met Brittany and David at the park at 6:45 a.m. Yup, it was an early morning wake up call, but trust us when we say the light at sunrise is so soft and beautiful, it’s so worth it. Not only do you get the golden light like at sunset, you also get the pretty pinks, blues and purples just before the sun hits the horizon.

It’s not everyday that you get to see that area of Charleston completely empty, but we had the whole park to ourselves, which made blasting our T-Swift playlist even more fun.

This was Brittany and David’s first time ever doing “formal” photos, and like a lot of the couples we work with, they are sometimes a little nervous or apprehensive with “posing” or how the session will go. No one ever wants to be in a “What do I do with my hands?” situation, am I right? But trust us when we say that none of our couples have ever actually had a moment like that and we always have some clutch prompts in our back pocket to keep things natural.

Brittany describes David as being the life of the party and David describes Brittany as happy and bubbly, which were both so true, so needless to say they were both completely natural being in front of the camera and just had a great time together.

We spent the first part of the session exploring all of the areas in Waterfront Park and then we made our way down to Chalmers Street, which is easily one of the most charming streets in all of downtown. The road is cobblestone, and it’s also home to the historic Pink House Gallery, which is the second oldest residence in Charleston.

We ended the session up on the roof of a parking garage that overlooks downtown and the water, just as the sun finally welcomed us for the day. They popped champagne and just took a minute to enjoy the moment. Wedding planning can be an overwhelming experience, so we always encourage our couples to take in every moment and just enjoy it as often as they can.

And this was definitely one of those moments.