The beauty of a good wedding reception lies not in the stage lighting, accent draperies, or open bar and drunken uncle. It lies in family that is overjoyed to be celebrating the union of their children. Chelsea and Steven not only have those families but also a horde of friends who are willing to walk through fire for them and it really shows. I rarely am able to witness such enthusiasm for a couple as I did at their reception. Make sure to check out their Preparations, Ceremony, Portraits, and Details as well!
To give a better sense of who a couple is and what they are about at a wedding, look no further than their decor and venue. Coastal elegance defines Chelsea and Steven’s wedding at The Arbors. They both are beach people through and through with smiles to match their last name, Smiley. They opted for the natural beauty of The Arbors and complimented it with whites, tan, peach, gold, and slate blue accents throughout their decor. Be sure to check out their Preparations, Ceremony, and Portraits as well!
As it usually is with weddings, the time that I have with the bride and groom is limited at best. Chelsea and Steven’s wedding however, we had ample time after the ceremony and during the reception to photograph them on the beautiful grounds of The Arbors. I cannot stress enough how having a beautiful and all inclusive venue can make your wedding day easier and give more time for those photos you worked so hard for in the months prior to your wedding. Steven and Chelsea were amazing to photograph, which I already knew due to the fact that I photographed them for the cover of Carolina Bride just a few months prior. They let me guide them around the grounds and they gave me such genuine moments to capture. Go check out their Wedding Preparations and Ceremony for more photos!