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A Sunny, Spring Four-Day Weekend in Charleston, SC | Travel Guide | Pennsylvania and Tennessee Wedding Photographer

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Charleston, South Carolina - home of Rainbow Row, Spanish moss, US history, sailboats, incredible food, pink doorways and so much more! Earlier in March, Collins, Megan and myself took a road trip to Charleston! This was all our first time exploring all Charleston had to offer and let me say, it did not disappoint! I’m already figuring out when I can get back to the charming coastal city. The girls planned this trip to explore and shoot a bunch of fun Spring fashion content for their blogs! I always love when I have the opportunity to travel with them and shoot new, exciting, inspiring content for them. :)

We stayed in the cutest Airbnb in the sweetest neighborhood located in Mount Pleasant, just over the bridge from Charleston. Mount Pleasant and Charleston are so idyllic! Every single street, home and street corner is so picturesque. You feel like you’re walking on streets out of a storybook that are lined with darling historical pastel painted homes and palm trees.

Food:

Tradds is a newer restaurant in Charleston, but one you should definitely add to your list! Their style and atmosphere is so unique and fun. It was a great place to grab drinks and a delicious entrée with a group of friends!

Basic Kitchen was most definitely my favorite food stop! We enjoyed a really lovely lunch there. We got to sample several options on their menu (salads, fish, nachos, fried cauliflower, and my favorite - sweet potato fries!). Basic Kitchen grows much of their food and vegetables out in the back where they have several garden boxes and adorable deck seating! I highly recommend reserving a spot for lunch at Basic Kitchen!

Coastal Crust Pizza is located in the adorable suburbia of Charleston, Mount Pleasant. Their pizza is incredible! You can also order a glass or bottle of wine or beer to pair with your oven-baked pizza. They also serve a delicious homemade ice cream sandwiches, which I could not pass up! It was so good!

To Do:

We took a horse drawn carriage tour with Old South Carriage Tours. Our tour guide was fantastic and we learned so much fascinating history about Charleston, the architecture and all the crazy building codes they have! They take their homes and building/restoring regulations very seriously.

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (the movie) was filmed in Charleston! We had planned on taking the Notebook movie tour, but ran out of time. This came highly suggested to us by many, so I would love to take this tour next time I’m back!

We made a day trip down to Savannah, Georgia, which was a great decision! Savannah is about a two hour drive and totally worth it! I wish we would’ve had more time there! Savannah is just as darling and charming as Charleston, but in a small town kind of way! I could have easily spent a three-day weekend in Savannah (which will happen at some point). ;)

A few years ago, I was able to take a quick day trip to Savannah. I visited Wormsloe plantation and immediately fell in love with the mile long drive lined with majestic oak trees covered in Spanish Moss. I highly recommend visiting if you can! We had planned on visiting Boone Hall Plantation, but also ran out of time for that. Shooting fashion content can be more time consuming than people think! :)

When I visit a new place, I love to just take a day to walk around on the streets, explore, check out the shops, boutiques, coffee shops etc. One of my favorite things to do is to find a coffee shop and try their coffee, along with a delicious pastry. I always find a cute coffee shop!

I can’t wait to go back to Charleston and add a more extensive travel guide!

xoxo, MK

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South Carolina | Family Vacation

Hello my lovelies! 

How's everyone's Summer going? It's really hard to believe August is just around the corner and that Summer is winding down. How is that even possible? It is so true what they say, "the days are long but the years are short." 

This has been a wonderful, crazy Summer for me and my little family. I thought I'd share a little recap. My husband, Nick, has been away for several weeks playing guitar in a worship band traveling around the country. I've been here holding down the fort, working, shooting weddings, and running around with my toddler, Mark. 

Last weekend, Mark and I were invited for an impromptu trip to go visit Nick and the band for a long weekend in South Carolina. Ohhh, let me tell you, it was the best thing for my soul. The band has been playing at a summer camp at Hilton Head for the past two weeks. It was so wonderful to get out of town, see the beach (for the first time for me since 2012!), and visit Nick! While we were there, we visited beautiful Charleston - that place is simply DARLING and full of so much history. I'm pretty sure I walked around all day with major heart eyes. Charleston is filled with so many historical architectural buildings, cobble stone streets and alleys, gorgeous cathedrals with majestic steeples, pastel colored homes and palm trees - lots of palm trees. :) 

When plans had finalized for me to go to Hilton Head, I had decided I needed to try and make it to Savannah, Georgia, too! Savannah is so picturesque and only just shy of an hour from Hilton Head. Perfect! I also wanted to check out the famous, eery and beautiful Wormsloe Plantation, specifically the Oak-lined drive. It stretches a mile long, being the longest oak-lined drive in the world. The scenic drive from Hilton Head to Savannah is totally worth it, too. After checking out Wormsloe, which had me totally mesmerized, it started to downpour. It rained the hardest I've seen in a long time, so sadly, I didn't get the chance to walk around downtown Savannah like I had planned, but the drive was worth it just to see Wormsloe. 

Last weekend was the best, quickest long weekend ever and was exactly what I needed. Nick and I are already planning a trip to go back to South Carolina for some day. <3 

*Photos were taken with both a 5D Mark iii and iPhone*

Until the next post. 

XOXO, 

MK