Wild Dunes Resort Wedding | Isle of Palms Beach | Katie + Kody

“Hiring Leigh to be our photographer was the absolute best decision we made for our wedding! Leigh is so meticulous and makes sure every shot is perfect and magical. She is an amazing and fun person to be around, and we could not have been more blessed to have her capture our memories on the most special day of our lives. We have gotten compliments from every single one of our guests about how our photographer was “the best they’ve ever seen at a wedding”. Hire Leigh to capture your wedding day, and I promise it will be the best decision you could ever make!” -Katie

I recently had the pleasure of photographing Katie & Kody’s Wild Dunes Resort beach wedding. These two cuties were set up through mutual friends in college. From their first date they became inseparable. They both agree it was love at first sight and the rest is history!

Surprise Beach Proposal

Kody’s proposal was an absolute surprise to Katie. They had planned a trip to St. Petersburg Beach, Florida for a mini vacation. Katie had decided it would be a great idea to have some pictures taken on the beach to frame for their apartment so she hired a photographer. Little did she know, Kody had called the photographer and told her of his plans ahead of time. On the beach, Kody proposed with an elegant princess cut diamond framed with a halo of smaller diamonds. It was beautiful, and they celebrated with dinner and drinks on the beach afterwards.

Shared Love of Travel

This couple loves to travel together! Exploring new places and trying new things is one of their favorite things to do. In fact during their 3.5 years together, they have visited Chicago, Pittsburgh, St. Petersburg Beach, Jamaica, Charleston, Nashville, Gatlinburg, Charlotte, and Cincinnati. So Charleston was an obvious choice for a romantic engagement session!


Charleston Engagement Photos on the Battery

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Wild Dunes Resort Beach Wedding

Katie & Kody’s beach wedding was held on the 4th of July at the Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston, SC on July 4, 2020. Because Kody proposed on the beach, the couple held their ceremony on the beach as well for sentimental reasons. A gorgoeus reception followed across the street at Palmetto Hall. It was decorated with tall lanterns and blush and burgundy flowers.

wedding invite to wedding at Wild Dunes Resort and wedding dress hanging on bride hanger


bridal party and bride posing in robes on bed before getting ready for wedding at Wild Dunes Resort Wedding

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close up of back of corset wedding dress and wedding bouquet

bridal portrait and close up at Wild Dunes Resort Wedding

groom smiling having mom put on boutineer at Wild Dunes Resort Wedding

groom cufflink and boutineer detail shot

portrait of groom standing at Wild Dunes Resort


first look groom's reaction to bride at Wild Dunes Wedding first look hug and kiss at Wild Dunes Resort Wedding

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bridal party in plum dresses laughing at at Wild Dunes Resort Wedding

close up of bridal party's bouquets dark red and blush roses at Wild Dunes Resort Wedding

groomsmen at wild dunes pose in front of palm trees with in navy blue suits and vests, burgundy ties

whole wedding party wild dunes resort, bridesmaids in plum dresses and groomsmen in navy blue suits


beach wedding ceremony wild dunes resort first kiss and recessing Isle of Palms beach wedding ceremony down aisle wedding cake and reception overview Palmetto Hall Wild Dunes Resort Wedding

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Cheers to plans to continue traveling together in the future!

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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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