I first met Rachel and Daniel at a local coffeeshop in Lexington. Soon after I got the “We want you!” confirmation and jumped for joy because I have not yet photographed a Riverbanks Zoo gardens wedding! I knew the zoo botanical gardens were going to make amazing photos for a wedding and I was just so excited that not only did I get the chance to work in there, but it was with Rachel and Guster!

Rachel and Guster met in Greenville through mutual Clemson friends (their alma mater- and pretty sure the alma mater of ALL of their friends at the reception!). After dating for over four years, Daniel decided it was time to put a ring on it. He took Rachel on a vacation to Hilton Head Island where he proposed on the beach. Rachel said YES and they planned their gorgeous Riverbanks Botanical Garden wedding within a few months! This wedding had so many special pieces, between the sweets bar which was a family tradition on the groom’s side, the AMAZING naked cake by Sweet Carolina Cakes, Rachel’s flowers in her hair, her Cinderella-inspired dress, and the backdrop of their ceremony. It was a beautiful wedding day! Here are some of my favorites!

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Venue: Riverbanks Zoo Gardens
Coordination: Stephanie Niemeyer
Bride’s dress: Mori Lee, purchased at The Castle
Bride’s shoes: DSW
Bridesmaid’s dress: Amsale at Nordstrom
Hair and makeup: Sabrina at Studio B
Groom’s attire: Jos. A Bank
Catering: Riverbanks Zoo Gardens
Cake: Sweet Carolina Cakes
Florist: Think Floral
DJ: Tj Mckay
Ceremony musician: Chuck Dizinno
Rentals: Celebrations
Invitations and papers: Minted
Officiant: Reverend George Koon