Best of 2015 Wedding Photography and Engagements

December 31, 2015

Well, here it is, the last day of 2015. This was a big year for me with Melissa Brewer Photography; I quit my part time job in May and began devoting all of my time to SC Wedding Photography.  It was a terrifying leap of faith, but God has blessed my business immensely, and 2016 is set to be the best year ever! I have been lucky enough to photograph weddings in Columbia, SC; Charleston, SC; Newberry, SC; and I am very excited for the coming year in Table Rock, SC; Asheville, NC; Greenville, SC; and more in Charleston and Columbia, of course.  I hope you all will indulge me a bit as I share just a few of my favorite photos from the past year!


I was so blessed to meet many new couples, and photograph some amazingly sweet moments during their engagement sessions!

engagement photos laughing and smiling, collage of engagement portrait photos
Every couple shares a laugh or smile in their own way, and I love being there to catch it!
collage of 3 engagement photos, engagement portraits during golden hour
We found lots of beautiful, golden sunlight, and never ran out of ways to show a couple together.
serious and intimate engagement portrait photos
While some moments were sillier, there were plenty of more stoic poses to enjoy as well. These tend to be some of my absolute favorites! I love when I can make a couple feel comfortable enough to relax, and not feel that they need to nervously smile in every image.
engagement portraits with ring close up and on a bride snuggling
Of course, kisses and ring close-ups are always a favorite! I can’t wait for this couple’s wedding at Twigs in Greenville, SC next fall!

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Engagement sessions are awesome, because this is when I really get to know a couple, and they get to know me. It makes for a perfect working relationship on the actual wedding day! After the time we have spent emailing, meeting in person, working together on engagement portraits and bridal portraits, by the wedding day, we feel like friends.


Speaking of wedding days, I have been lucky enough to not only shoot my own weddings, but also to be invited to shoot with other fabulous photographers at their weddings in 2015! In May, I was honored to work with Clay Austin at the Lace House for a wedding in Columbia, SC; and with Courtney Dox at Lowndes Grove Plantation for a wedding in Charleston, SC.

The Lace House in Columbia SC Wedding Photography
The Lace House is such a unique, New Orleans style venue in the middle of bustling Downtown Columbia, SC, surrounded by beautiful, lush gardens, gorgeous fountains, and elaborate wrought iron work.
Wedding Photography at the Fountain at the Lace House and Governor's Mansion Complex in Columbia, SC
See what I mean about the fountains? Who would expect this in the middle of Columbia, SC ?!
Lowndes Grove Plantation Southern Greek Revival Style antebellum home wedding party and bridal portraits
Lowndes Grove Plantation’s main house is the perfect Southern Greek Revival to host the most elegant of soirees.
Wedding Photography at Lowndes Grove Plantation in Charleston, SC at dusk.
This stunning Southern Greek Revival home is ideal as a Charleston, SC Wedding Venue
Wedding at Bethel United Methodist Church in Charleston, SC
Bethel United Methodist Church in Charleston, SC was the perfect ceremony venue for this sweet yet elegant wedding
Lowndes Grove Plantation Staircase
Lowndes Grove Plantation is known for their 3 story, spiral staircase. It’s the perfect place for another angle of any bride.

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SC Wedding Photography detail shots of lace and beaded gown and garters
I will never get enough of gorgeous wedding day lace and intricate beading!
Professional Photographers of SC Expo Convention styled shoot in Myrtle Beach with pink purple and gold sunset
A styled wedding shoot at Myrtle Beach was a great way to spend a weekend in September, learning with a group of other fabulous photographers during the PPSC Expo!
Shandon United Methodist Church and Bethel United Methodist Church in South Carolina
2015 was spent in some amazing ceremony venues
Lots of special moments and stolen kisses were to be had.
From groups celebrating together at a Christmas Tree Farm, to this joyous Preacher- Teacher wedding (shot with Jessica Roberts Photography), 2015 was an amazing year for weddings!

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I owe a HUGE “Thank you!!” to all of my clients, and to my fellow photographers with whom I was blessed to work. Let’s make 2016 the best year yet!!

Bride and groom leaving their wedding, kissing in an old Thunderbird, SC Wedding Photography
So long, 2015! Thanks for an amazing year!!



Beautiful post!

Thank you, Sarah!

Thank you!


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