Wedding at The Cliffs at Keowee Falls

Emily + Rob

Saluda, SC

The Cliffs at Keowee Falls wedding photos

Winter weddings are a fairly new thing for me.  Now, when I say Winter weddings, I’m not talking about heated, indoor weddings in November, or even early December which I do many of every year – I’m talking dead-of-the-Winter, outdoor weddings with ice on the ground and a Winter advisory in effect.  I think it helps that I’m in the South, which isn’t exactly known for it’s brutally cold climate, but I am seeing them more and more lately….and I love them.

First of all, it takes a unique, bold, adventurous couple to plan an outdoor wedding in the Winter, which means they’re usually down for some unique, bold, adventurous photos.  Also, the Winter aspect changes the mood of the photos and gives them a special feel with a different color palette than I’m used to seeing in Summer. The sunsets are more dramatic and happen earlier in the day.  And finally, I don’t sweat as much when I work.  I know what you’re thinking, but I work hard at weddings and have been known to pour sweat during the hot Summer months.  But let’s go back to the one before the last, and talk more about the sunsets.  Winter sunsets are very different from Summer sunsets, and they have their own distinct feel to them.  I am mentioning this specifically because it was an important part of the wedding – Emily and Rob timed their ceremony to coincide perfectly with the Sunset.  For a wedding photographer like me who is an absolute sucker for dramatic lighting, this was a dream come true.   And to be able to photograph a wedding at The Cliffs at Keowee Falls was even better, because it turned out to be the best possible wedding venue to take advantage of this gorgeous sunset.

More about that later, but let’s get started…

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As you can see above, Emily and her bridesmaids got ready for the wedding at a house within the Cliffs at Keowee Falls community.  It turned out to be a great choice in location!  Since Rob preferred solitude before the wedding, we just moved straight into their first look.  This took place at the community’s namesake waterfall.  That’s one reason I love this wedding venue – tons of outdoor space to explore, beautiful scenery, and an nice comfy indoor clubhouse for receptions.  win-win-win for weddings in my book.

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See what I meant when I was talking about those gorgeous Winter sunsets?  Emily and Rob managed to time their ceremony perfectly with the setting sun, which was great because they were worried about their short reception and not having enough photos to show the day.  But as weddings tend to do, it all came together perfectly in the end, and the happy couple had a truly wonderful day to look back on with fond memories.  Congratulations to you both!