Wild Dunes Resort Beach Wedding | Katie + Kody

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 Battery Engagement

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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 and wedding dress


bridal party posing in robes on bed

black and white image of bride in robe putting on earrings

close up of back of corset wedding dress and wedding bouquet

bridal portrait and close up

groom having mom put on boutineer

groom cufflink and boutineer detail shot

portrait of groom standing at Wild Dunes Resort


first look groom's reaction first look hug and kiss

newlyweds wild dunes resort

bridal party laughing wild dunes

close up of bridal party's bouquets

groomsmen at wild dunes

whole wedding party wild dunes resort


beach wedding ceremony wild dunes resort first kiss and recessing wedding ceremony down aisle wedding cake and reception overview Palmetto Hall

newlyweds first dance wild dunes resort

Cheers to plans to continue traveling together in the future!

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Leigh Hayward

Leigh Hayward

Charleston Wedding & Engagement Photographer

I’m Leigh, a wedding & engagement photographer in Charleston, SC. I’ve been photographing great love stories for the past 13 years, and I LOVE what I do! It’s true: I love love, and I love telling love stories through photos even more!

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