Caitlin & Matthew at the Mills House Hotel | Charleston, SC

Setting: a rainy day in Charleston, South Carolina. The cobblestone streets wet, puddles hugging the sidewalks and sprinkles of rain drip from the sky. It’s said to be good luck to have rain on your wedding day, and I have no doubt that it was true for Caitlin and Matthew.

Having a first look was the perfect choice for this couple. I mean, just look at the view from the Mills House Hotel - you can see the historic St. Michaels church (a staple of Charleston) in the background. Celebrating together and with their loved ones was a priority for them, and they wanted to make sure they could spend as much of their day in the moments. Getting to spend time together relaxing before the ceremony (in the same room!) made a big difference for the experience of their day. We spent the moments before the ceremony laughing and with just a little bit of excited anticipation for the events to begin.

Caitlin and Matt started dating in 2004 - making their relationship 10 years old by the time they got engaged in 2014. Katie shared with me, “Matt and I meet in July 2004. I was just about to be 21! A mutual friend set us and we officially began dating on October 4, 2004.” In true romantic fashion, the weekend of their 10th anniversary marked their engagement - the perfect date to promise forever.

Over their years together, Katie and Matt were lucky enough to create some beautiful friendships from all over the country. When their wedding day came, so many beautiful people traveled to celebrate and encourage them into this next stage of their life. Her favorite moment? “Just looking around the room and realizing how lucky we are to have had people travel from all around the county to be with us,” she shared with me.

Beautiful day with beautiful people. Thank you, Caitlin and Matt, for letting us be a part of your together story at the Mills House Hotel!


venue: The Mills House
planner: Alicia with the Mills House
caterer: The Mills House
hmua: Lauren and Kara with Up Do’s For I Do’s
officiant: Melanie with My Weddings Your Way
dj: Matt with Pinnacle Celebrations
flowers: Fresh Wedding & Events