Intimate Charleston Wedding | Danica + Nicholas

“Leigh is absolutely amazing, she is the best wedding photographer in Charleston, SC. She did an amazing job with all communication leading up to the wedding, was available and adaptable to our specific needs for the day, and was great at organizing and staging all of the photos. She has a quick turnaround time with photos and sent them in a beautifully designed format to view. If you are looking for the best in Charleston wedding photography, I can assure you that it is with Leigh Hayward!” – Nicholas Martin

Danica & Nicholas got married on March 20th, 2020 in the garden of a private residence. Read on for more sweet details of their love story and intimate Charleston wedding.

newlywed couple dipping in garden at their Intimate Charleston Wedding


Danica and Nicholas’ love story began when they first met while working on an ambulance in Washington, DC. This adventure loving couple initially became friends by rock climbing together. They officially began dating two years later. Now they love to push each other both physically and mentally to make each other better people.


Nicholas knew Danica was special on their first date! After just a month of dating, he was certain they would stay together forever! Danica also felt the same way as Nicholas made her feel so special and loved. 


Nicholas proposed to Danica at Great Falls National Park. This location was especially sentimental because it was where their friendship first blossomed while climbing together years earlier.

front door of private residence where intimate Charleston wedding took place and chalkboard for wedding reading let the adventure begin


Their wedding occurred right as the COVID-19 Virus got very serious in Charleston. The city banned gatherings larger than 10 people the morning of the wedding. As a result, sadly some very important guests were not able to attend their small wedding  celebration.

Even before the virus craziness started, Charleston elopements were becoming quite popular. These intimate weddings are typically more peaceful and stress free than big weddings. This allows couples to truly soak in their commitment to one another and enjoy their big day.

photos from Leigh Hayward Photography of groom portrait and close up of grey suit details

photos from Leigh Hayward Photography of bridal portrait in garden and close up of bouquet of anemone and roses


Danica & Nicholas’ intimate spring Charleston wedding was held in the garden of a private residence in downtown historic Charleston. A unique part of the wedding’s decor was a DIY chalkboard made by the aunt of the bride. This sign welcomed guests as they entered the side porch of the Charleston single house. Sterling silver serving dishes and stands filled with catered goodies from Sugar were displayed inside the house. Another highlight was the wedding cake hand crafted by the host.  It was adorned with the groom’s parent’s vintage cake topper.


Outside in the garden was a copper arbor decorated by Enchanted Wedding Florals and Beyond. It was bursting with cream, pink and orange sherbet colored roses along with green hydrangeas and blue thistle. There were also rich greens of Italian & Israeli Ruscus, curly willow, and trailing variegated ivy too. The aisle for the ceremony was uniquely marked with ivy. The chairs were beautified with wreaths of greenery, roses and navy blue ribbon. The bride’s show stopper bouquet had gorgeous white anemones with navy blue centers, roses, greenery, and a dreamy green rosette succulent.

floral wedding arbor with white and peach roses in garden at intimate Charleston wedding

photos from Leigh Hayward Photography of aisle chairs decorated for intimate wedding with green floral wreathsGARDEN CEREMONY

The ceremony was officiated by a close family friend while sequestered neighbors watched on their balconies. After Danica & Nicholas recited their vows, newlywed photos and family photos were then taken. Next champagne was popped to celebrate the union and the wedding cake cut.

photos from Leigh Hayward Photography of newlywed couple kissing at Charleston Micro Wedding

photo from Leigh Hayward Photography of bride kissing groom on cheek in a garden at Intimate Charleston Wedding

photos from Leigh Hayward Photography of a close up of a champagne bottle and glasses filled with champagne

photos from Leigh Hayward Photography of a vintage wedding cake topper and newlywed couple cutting into wedding cake

Congrats Danica & Nicholas!! Let your adventure begin!

photo from Leigh Hayward Photography of a bride and groom nuzzling on a porch swing in front of sign reading let the adventure begin

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Leigh Hayward

Leigh Hayward

Charleston Wedding & Engagement Photographer

Hi, I’m Leigh! I’m an engagement and wedding photographer based in Charleston, SC. I’ve been serving ALL love and couples since 2006. I adamantly believe everyone deserves their love story to be told beautifully! 

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