Jewish Irish Destination Wedding

There’s always something special about a couple who have embraced and committed to each for years before their wedding ceremony.

After dreaming of their beach wedding, it was great to see the bride and groom interact and joke with their friends before the ceremony. You can see from their first look photos, how connected the bride and groom felt to each other.

engagement ring and wedding band rest onto of a piano for a macro shot

bride poses in hallway with her reflection in picture frame before her wedding ceremony

bride and groom share a first look before the wedding and bride kisses groom's cheek

bride and groom face each other smiling and holding hands before their wedding

We were worried that the weather was going to rain on our parade, but the Corey-O’Conner destination wedding ended up having a beautiful sunny day. Emotions were heartfelt throughout the ceremony as a blend of Jewish and Irish traditions framed their union. Having a little boy myself, I enjoyed watching their son and all of his poses. He had a mind of his own and brought energy and laughs in boatloads.

niece kisses bride as she gives her away during the wedding ceremony

bride smiles will cupping the groom's face during the wedding ceremony and a happy moment

Bride and groom smash a glass as a tribute to jewish wedding traditions

bride and groom laugh and smile while walking down the aisle as husband and wife

the couple's son jokes in the hotel lobby with thumbs up

I was impressed at their reception hall too. Deb and Steve seated their guests on the 16th floor of the Hilton. When you walked into the room, the ocean side was nothing but windows! Light poured in and the food smelled delicious as we all sat overlooking a blue sky and calm ocean.

the dessert table included a beach theme wedding cake, cake pops, and cupcakes

When Deb and Steve cut the cake, it was one of their cutest moments from the night. Deb fed Steve and, instead of cake smashing him, took a bite off the end of his piece and kissed him.

bride and groom share their wedding cake during the reception

the wedding couple pose cheek to cheek for portraits at the beach

The chair dance was a lot of fun too! Between Steve teasing Deb and all of their friends and family tearing up the dance floor, the day was none short of perfect.

bride and groom kiss at the end of the their first dance surrounded by the wedding party

groom dances with his son as their enjoy the band and reception party

the bride picks up her son and twirls him around as the groom looks at them lovingly.

bride and groom laugh and enjoy the jewish chair dance during the wedding reception

groom dances during a jewish tradition with family and friends

bride points up to the sky during the wedding reception

bride, groom, friends, and family jump in the air during the wedding party for a fun photo

Overall, I was impressed with them. Steve and Deb planned and coordinated a successful wedding by themselves. Congratulations to you both, I wish you many more years of happiness!

bride and groom pose on the beach for a wedding portrait


Ceremony/Reception: Hilton at Kingston Plantation

Florist: Callas Florist

Photography: Carl Kerridge Photography

Videography: Reuben Long

Cake and Desserts: Croissants Bistro & Bakery

Entertainment: Permanent Vacation

Myrtle Beach Just Cizlin’

Abu Doggie totally approves! We had a rainbow reception and the weather in Myrtle Beach was Just Cizlin’!

bride's dog poses for the camera before myrtle beach wedding

bride and groom pose under a rainbow at their myrtle beach wedding reception

Cass was stunning as she waited to put on, or should I say glue on, her wedding dress! Her momma beamed with pride when she turned towards her.

salon and spa 18 styles bride's hair before her myrtle beach wedding

hair stylist and bride are photographed in a candid mirror reflection

wedding rings sit on the rose bloom for myrtle beach wedding

bride smiles and giggles while sitting next to her wedding dress

bride bursts out laughing as her bridesmaids glue on her wedding dress

mother of the bride beams as she looks at her daughter getting ready for her myrtle beach wedding

Our bride and groom were wed at St. Michael’s Catholic Church first outside of Myrtle Beach. The Priest was energetic and purposeful as he reminded us, we choose to continue loving our partner everyday with a selection of “4” letter words. He revived our hope for the future’s lows and its beautiful highs.

Our couple rivals even the best romance novels. Cass and Mark are a real life love story. This dynamic duo were partners in crime long before Team Cizler was shouted in Myrtle Beach, but what brought them to the Grand Strand?

groom hugs mother of the bride as she gives away her daughter

bride and groom admire each other during their catholic wedding ceremony

bride places ring on grooms finger in front of the catholic priest

bride and groom put their hands in the air to celebrate being man and wife

groom jokes and makes a funny face as his wife signs the marriage licenses

bride and groom kiss in front of St. Michael's Catholic Church

Wedding party pose on Carolina Limo's trolly with Abu Doggie

Myrtle Beach is where Mark first said, “I love you,” to his Alabama Belle.

bride and groom cuddle for a couple's portrait on the trolly

Look how Mark sneaked one more kiss before their grand entrance and first dance performance. Perfect 10!

groom sneaks a kiss from his bride before they enter their myrtle beach reception

bride and groom perform an amazing first dance

I want you to feel all the emotion that wrapped around the couple for their wedding day. Friends and family flew and drove hours to attend their union. This wasn’t just another friend’s wedding in Myrtle Beach. The Cizlers’ wedding guests are a part of the roots that support them in everything they do. It was evident in every heartfelt speak, every invitation to dance, and every laugh they shared. Everyone is family.

bride and groom invite the flower girl to come dance on the floor with them

bride jumps in the air during the dance festivities at the reception

Groom and pals dance to make the bride laugh

bride laughs as two female friends act out the song lyrics

groom and mother of the groom dance off

bride tears up during the myrtle beach reception toasts

bridal party laugh during portraits on the beach

wedding party pose for styled candids in Myrtle Beach

bride looks into her grooms eyes as they share a moment during portraits

bride and groom walk down the beach with overcast skies

bride and groom dance in the middle of a circle of friends for the last song

My friends, I can’t wait to see you again. Your wedding moved me. You have everything you need in life, so I hope you prosper and explore the world. Oh, and let’s not forget…

bride and groom smile at each other under the wedding veil

“War Eagles and Go Cowboys!”

Hair and Makeup: Salon & Spa 18 – Wing Wong
Cake and cupcakes: Croissants Bistro and Bakery – Heather Cameron
Flowers and Draping:  Elegant and Classy Events – Sommer Sholtes
DJ: Myrtle Beach DJs – Chris James
Reception Venue & Catering: DoubleTree by Hilton
Photography: Carl Kerridge Photography

Proposal and Fairytale Wedding

I feel as if I’ve watched Jamesha grow up, so I was thrilled when I head of her proposal. I first met her when she danced in Horry County Dancing with the Stars, representing the Early High School Education Program. She and her partner performed a beautiful tango. The past few years, Jamesha as bloomed into a Myrtle Beach professional and dazzled the social scene.


Last year at a friend’s wedding, a little birdie rumored that a proposal would soon be in the works.



As the story goes, Kelly had a plan A, B, and C for the proposal. After sharing her birthday by going to the beach, enjoying herself, and dinner with her family, Jamesha would get her biggest birthday surprise when she returned to their house. Kelly called her out into the living room. As she walked out, he was down on one knee proposing in the perfect place – their home.









I enjoyed shooting their engagement portraits and watching them plan their special day. Kelly surprised Jamesha with priceless Diamonds for her wedding gift. Jamesha surprised her Beau equally, with a very authentic and timeless treasure. Our beautiful couple said “I do,” at Atalaya Castle with friends and family. He father was our jokester and her mother was as beautiful as she’s always been. Speaking of fun, who could forget the roast and toasts? The weather couldn’t have been more perfect as our couple photobombed each other, danced and cut up the entire night.








I can not think of anything but happiness in the future for this couple. I am very thankful to have been apart of this chapter in their lives and I consider them dear friends. 










Guys, congratulations! May every year increase with happiness and may all the days of your lives be full of adventures.






Planner/Florist: Willow Event Designs
Catering: Gourmet Cafe
Rentals: Event Works
Entertainment: DJ Bryant White
Lighting: RSG Events
Desserts: Flower Child

Professional Head Shots: How to prepare!

First lets define what a professional head shot is! It’s a close-up portrait of the head and shoulders that focuses attention on the face. People assume it to mean a 3/4 or full length shot that they are going to use for business marketing too. A lot of us need great head shots to make a statement about who we are and what we do. Consider an actor who wants to land a role in a movie, or a model that wishes to star in the next big fashion craze or the athlete that represents his team – Professionals need head shots to market their image and help sell their brand or business.  No business owner or professional wants to be portrayed in a negative manner because it will carry over into their reputation. The quality and style of your head shot conveys how you conduct business.


So, what is it that makes a great head shot?

A good headshot should:

  • – Be taken by a professional in a studio or on location in a controlled environment at the right time of the day

  • – Depict a relaxed, natural and comfortable you

  • – Communicate your style and personality

  • – Clearly define the purpose or need you have for the image

How do you prepare for a professional head shot?

In the week prior to your photo shoot, consider taking extra care of yourself. Think about the style of shoot you want and communicate that clearly with your photographer.


The largest and most visible organ you have needs to look its best. Make healthy choices. Avoid the sun so you don’t come in looking like a lobster after a day of going for “sun kissed”. Drink plenty of water, this will make your skin hydrated to fill in lines and give you a healthy glow. Eat healthy and most importantly, GET YOUR SLEEP!


Don’t cut or dye your hair right before the shoot. It can look too vibrant and unnatural on camera. Colored hair looks more natural after 1-2 weeks worth of shampooing. A new hair cut looks its best about a week after it’s cut.


If you want to whiten your teeth before your session, start as early as possible and use a safe whitening method. Also, you can have your teeth whitened with your dentist.


The best rule of thumb for facial hair is to commit to the look -it’s either a beard, mustache, or nothing at all. If  you’re going for clean shaven, treat yourself to a good shave that morning. If you have a beard or mustache, trim it neatly.


Treat yourself to a manicure or neatly trim your nails (yes fella’s this applies to you too!). If you choose to polish, a neutral/skin tone or clear coat won’t distract from your face. Many women enjoy french tips and designs, so……if you and your girlfriends had a spa day and you’re a rainbow girl, just be conscious of how it matches your wardrobe for the photo shoot.


This is a big one, and we definitely recommend it. If you hire a make up artist be sure to discuss exactly what you want and clearly define your style. I wouldn’t recommend going completely bomb shell if you rarely ever wear make up. This won’t be who your client sees everyday and it’s best to stay natural to you. If you are doing your make up yourself, don’t wear it heavy. A close head shot may show clumps of mascara or heavy foundation. Think of accentuating your features in a subtle manner.


Choose the exact clothing and accessories to wear the day before. Make sure they are clean and pressed ready for your shoot and that they fit you appropriately. I find it helpful when clients bring options, you don’t have to limit yourself to one item. Choose wisely as you don’t want to be able to tell what decade the photo came from. I typically recommend nothing with bold, distracting patterns or colors because it takes the emphasis away from you. Safe color choices include dark solids and lighter soft shades. Avoid white unless you have a great tan or it’s under something (such as a jacket, cardigan, or sweater). V-necks accentuate the neckline and are great for men and women (just watch that cleavage ladies, keep that classic beauty).


Rule of thumb, ties look best when their tone is between the suit and the shirt. Stay away from really reflective, shiny silk ties only because it can be a distraction in-camera. As far as jewelry goes, something small, classic and also not reflective. You don’t necessarily want a client viewing your head shot only to notice your jewelry before noticing your face.

Don’t Rush

We don’t want having your head shot to be “just one more thing” you have to do. Know or GPS the location of your shoot and allow yourself plenty of time to get there. Give yourself at least 10-15 minutes to spend at the studio before your shoot. A comfortable pace will help minimize stress and bring out your best.


You should feel that your photographer cares about you, so ask questions! We will take the time to answer and put you at ease. This is your shoot after all, we are here to support you. Look up and make eye contact with the camera. It eases camera shyness and promotes a genuine expression. As professional photographers we are good at detailing your vision. We’ll do our best to get the shots you want, but we can’t read your mind. Be honest. If you want something special or different, or if you were unhappy with a previous headshot experience, tell us. On that note, if we adjust your posture and ask you to move a certain way, we really are being that technical to give you the best image. The camera sees differently that the human eye, we’re moving you to make the camera see YOU in the most flattering way.

Lastly – stay up to date with your photos. In the digital age, things move fast and decisions are made sometimes within seconds. Make the best first impression possible!


Love, Time, and Sweet Moments

Love knows no time, it only knows how it feels, it relishes sweet moments while unfolding.

a wine bottle as a wedding gift to celebrate the love of the bride and groom

wedding rings balanced on a vintage chest board

That’s probably the most elegant way I can describe a union that waits patiently for the right time. Tessa and Andrew are a beautiful representation of what love looks like when everything has been carefully crafted. Unlike love, timing is everything. Time is a measurement that is as strict as it is graceful.

Tessa and Andrew picked a lovely date to be wed at the Members Club at Grande Dunes, incorporating their love of golf, elegance, and family into a single venue. Friends and family flocked all the way from England to see the cherished couple’s first kiss, first dance, and first moments as husband and wife.

friends and family pose for a group shot in from of the members club at grande dunes before the two love birds get married

the wedding party get ready to ride off on golf carts for photos at the members club at grande dunes

the bride looks at the camera and smiles during the wedding ceremony at the members club at grande dunes

There’s more, I don’t know if there’s a way to properly describe the immersion without seeing it for yourself. The couple set aside a special song for the bride’s niece. Her niece was recently wed, but didn’t get to have her own first dance. Before the night was over, the young couple were invited to the floor to share a loving moment in front of family and friends too.

This was impactful – The love and consideration my bride and groom could have for the rest of their family and friends. It’s the same love that withstands the test of time, it sets the example for all to see. The support of their union is incredible. Between both sets of parents, over 100 years of marriage and good fortune wove around the room.

the groom dances with his wife, smiling and looking at her with a lot of love

the grooms parents dance at the couple's reception

the brides parents dance at the couple's reception and look at each other admiringly

the bride and groom share their reception with another newly wed so that they can have their first dance too

The bride poses with her niece after inviting her to dance in her own newly wed dance

With an atmosphere of love and fun, the couple pose for a portrait in front of the big glass doors at the members club at grande dunes.

The icing on top would have to be where they went for their honeymoon – Disney World! Again, it is freshly renewing to think about this beautiful love, tempered with wisdom and patience, that still sings like the heart of a child.

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Calvert, may all your dreams come true!


The bride and groom look at each other with love as they pose for a portrait near a willow tree and pond at the members club at grande dunes.