Hilton Head Island Engagement Session – Nicole and Christopher

March 23, 2016

Nicole has been really on the ball with her wedding planning, and we had this Hilton Head engagement session planned for months! We both worried about the weather working out, but we got so lucky! It was a perfect springtime weekend in Hilton Head and Bluffton, and I loved the opportunity to travel from Columbia, SC down to the low country for Nicole and Christopher’s engagement photos.

macro engagement ring on top of a golf ball and tee at Sea Pines Golf Resort in Hilton Head, SC
We met early in the morning at Sea Pines Golf Resort near the Harbour Town Lighthouse for round one of Nicole and Christopher’s engagement session, since this location is very important to Christopher. I love the ring shots on the golf ball!
early morning engagement shoot and save the date on golf balls and tees at sea pines golf resort on hilton head island sc
The morning light did not disappoint. I LOVE when a couple is willing to get up bright and early for their session! Also, how cute is the wedding date on these golf balls?!
engagement session at sea pines golf resort on hilton head island, sc
I could definitely see why this location was meaningful to Nicole and Christopher. Who wouldn’t love a golf course right on the marsh?
harbour town light house at sea pines golf resort on hilton head island, sc
Oh, did I mention the beautiful light house? The Harbour Town Lighthouse is a beautiful, unique feature at Sea Pines Golf Resort on Hilton Head Island.
Seriously, I love this light house and the morning light!
macro ring shots on golf ball on tee at sea pines golf resort on hilton head island, sc
These macro ring shots were worth every single bite from the no-see-ums that were swarming. I’ll never again head to an engagement session without bug spray!
engagement photo in a golf cart at sea pines golf resort in hilton head, sc
I couldn’t let them finish up round one of engagement photos without a picture in a golf cart!
engagement photos at palmetto bluffs in bluffton, sc
Nicole and I had planned some photos at Palmetto Bluffs, which is about an hour away from the golf club. Since ideal light just doesn’t last that long, we scheduled round 2 of their photos for the end of the day near sunset.
Engagement photos at palmetto bluffs in bluffton, sc
We had a great time hamming it up during the evening engagement session!
engagement session on dock at palmetto bluffs in bluffton, sc
Maybe it’s springtime, or maybe it was being in the Lowcountry, but I just can’t get over the gorgeous light we had!
engagement session in hilton head
See what I mean with the gorgeous light?
macro engagement ring photo on spanish moss at palmetto bluffs in bluffton, sc
I adore Spanish Moss, and you can’t find it many places other than the Lowcountry region of South Carolina. This is now one of my favorite ring shots of all time!
macro ring shot and engagement portrait on ruins at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, SC
Gorgeous light + Spanish Moss = perfection!
engagement photos at Palmetto Bluffs in Bluffton, SC
There was no shortage of great photo ops at Palmetto Bluffs!
engagement photo framed by spanish moss and old oaks on a bridge at palmetto bluffs
Everything was beautiful, from the bridge to the tree…and of course the couple!
engagement photos in palmetto bluffs sc
When Nicole was born, her parents lived on Drayton Street in Newberry, so this Drayton St sign in Bluffton was a must-have photo for Nicole’s mom!
engagement photos at palmetto bluffs in sc
As we were leaving Palmetto Bluffs, I had Nicole and Christopher stop again for this photo op, and we saw some of the local wildlife; an alligator was hanging out in the pond below the road!

All in all, it was a wonderful trip to Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, and I’m so thankful that Nicole invited me and my assistant, Marlowe, down for hers and Christopher’s engagement session. I’m always willing to travel from Columbia for a chance to shoot in new, stunning locations!



I absolutely love the pictures and love the story with each picture!!!! Of course I’m a little partial to the couple , also. Great job Melissa and Marlowe and Nicole and Christopher!!!!

Beautiful pictures of a great couple! We are so happy for you.


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