how the weekend felt.


Our experience photographing weddings in Charleston has introduced us to some of the region's most stunning venues, each offering a distinct character and allure. Montage Palmetto Bluff, with its enchanting waterways and pristine nature, provides an idyllic setting for couples seeking a turn-key destination celebration.
For those seeking a coastal retreat, Kiawah Island's pristine beaches and panoramic ocean views create an unforgettable backdrop for exchanging vows. The timeless beauty of Magnolia Plantation, with its lush gardens and romantic pathways, evokes an atmosphere of classic Southern charm, while the historic Boone Hall, with its Avenue of Oaks and captivating architecture, adds a touch of grandeur to any wedding day.

Middleton Place, with its meticulously landscaped gardens and centuries-old history, offers a breathtaking setting for couples looking to immerse themselves in Charleston's rich heritage. Finally, the stately Lowndes Grove, nestled along the banks of the Ashley River, offers a captivating blend of elegance and natural beauty that perfectly encapsulates the essence of Charleston.

At Elizabeth Lanier Photography, we delight in capturing our couples in these beautiful destinations, as they provide a beautiful backdrop for full wedding weekend activities. By immersing ourselves in the unique ambiance of each venue, we are able to create meaningful images that showcase the love surrounding our couples and the unparalleled beauty of Charleston's landscape. Charleston weddings on the South Carolina coast - is there anything better? We think not! 

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On your wedding day, we will document both the curated details, and most importantly, the beautiful moments that unfold naturally throughout the day. Along with the big expected moments, we find immense joy and beauty in the quiet in-between moments—the hidden squeeze your grandmother gives your mom when you walk down the aisle, the smile-through-tears as your father gives you away, the look in your groom’s eyes when he sees you for the first time as his bride.

Our photographs will always transport you right back to how you felt in these moments, no matter how many years have passed.

What we believe

Our portfolio is a testament to our team's extensive experience documenting multi-day Charleston wedding celebrations. We understand the complexities and nuances of capturing Charleston weddings, which is why we place special emphasis on tailoring the experience to suit the unique needs of each wedding and couple.  

We are intimately familiar with weddings in Charleston, SC having photographed weddings at Palmetto Bluff, Boone Hall, Kiawah Island, and various other locations. Our portfolio is a testament to our team's extensive experience shooting in Charleston. All of our Charleston wedding collections include:
- Full weekend coverage ( 2 days of events) 
- A second photographer
- Online gallery
- Printing rights to the images 

Our meticulous planning and location scouting ensure that we are well-prepared to photograph the most meaningful moments of your weekend. By working closely with you and your planning team to understand your vision, desires for photography, and the essence of your celebration, we create a personalized approach that highlights the beauty of Charleston and the authentic emotions shared between you and your loved ones. When commissioning Elizabeth Lanier Photography, you can trust that your destination wedding weekend will be captured with the perfect blend of artistry, expertise, and heartfelt attention to detail. 

We craft each offering to the specific weekend events and needs of our clients. Inquire below to share more about your Charleston, South Carolina wedding weekend. 


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kinley, a charleston Wedding Photography Client 

 If we could use one word to describe working with Elizabeth Lanier it would be effortless. They have a gift for capturing images that you can feel, almost like you are reliving that exact moment. 

Elizabeth Lanier exceeded all our expectations and then some.

"If we could use one word to describe working with Elizabeth Lanier it would be EFFORTLESS. They have a gift for capturing images that you can feel, almost like you are reliving that exact moment."


"The Elizabeth Lanier team seamlessly blends into the moment and is able to take the most incredible shots. They are thorough, personable and professional! Anyone would be lucky to work with them!"

Lindsey Boyce Planning & design


Yes, we offer engagement sessions in Charleston, allowing you to capture the beauty of the area and create lasting memories leading up to your big day. These sessions can be added to your wedding photography package for a complete experience.
By choosing us as your Charleston wedding photographer, you can trust that your most cherished moments will be captured with artistry, expertise, and a personalized touch. 

Do you offer charleston engagement sessions? 

Absolutely! We understand that each client's Charleston wedding needs are unique, and we are happy to provide a tailored proposal based on your weekend's specific requirements. 

Can you provide a TAILORED PROPOSAL for my Charleston wedding photography needs?

We take on 12 commissions each year and  recommend booking at least 6-12 months in advance for your Charleston wedding. This allows ample time for planning, location scouting, and any necessary travel arrangements.

How far in advance should I book a Charleston wedding photographer?

Our Charleston offerings are designed to provide comprehensive coverage of your weekend. Flexible coverage offerings allow clients to ensure all of their events are documented. Printing rights to the images are included in each commission. Charleston engagement sessions, luxury albums, and prints can be added to each collection. 

What is included in your CHARLESTON wedding photography collections?

We work closely with each Charleston wedding planning team and their clients to understand their vision, preferences, and expectations, ensuring that the images from the weekend authentically reflect the essence of their celebration and WHO the couple is together. 

How do you approach CHARLESTON wedding photography?

We have photographed weddings at several iconic Charleston venues, including Montage Palmetto Bluff, Magnolia Plantation, Boone Hall, Middleton Place, Kiawah Island, and Lowndes Grove. Our familiarity with these locations ensures that we can capture the unique beauty and atmosphere of each venue.

do you have experience shooting at our charleston venue?

With years of experience photographing weddings globally, we have developed a keen eye for capturing the authentic emotions, stunning backdrops, and intricate details that define destination weddings. Our commitment to tailored service and client satisfaction ensures that your love story is beautifully document and preserved for a lifetime.

What sets you apart as a charleston wedding photographer?

A Charleston wedding photographer specializes in capturing the unique atmosphere and beauty of your chosen location. Their experience in various environments enables them to adapt to different lighting conditions, location nuances, and logistical challenges, ensuring that your wedding photos reflect the true essence of your special day.

Why should I choose a charleston wedding photographer?

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Specializing in experiential Charleston wedding weekends with a photography style defined as honest, effortless, and enduring. They provide an all-encompassing story of the wedding weekend by blending documentary and editorial methods.

Their skill at documenting genuine moments inspires discerning couples worldwide to entrust their most meaningful memories to Elizabeth Lanier. 

Images that become more valuable with every passing day.



When not en route to their next wedding destination, 
Sarah and William can be found enjoying the outdoors and splitting time between their offices in Charleston, South Carolina and Big Sky, Montana

Sarah elizabeth
& William lanier

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Charleston Wedding Venues

Montage Palmetto Bluff Wedding Venue

Kiawah Island
Wedding Venues

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Recognizing that each celebration is unique, Elizabeth Lanier creates tailored service offerings based on the hours of weekend coverage needed and the desired ways to showcase the art in your home.

Our team will then work closely with the planning team to create a photography timeline that meets each client's specific goals. 

Tailored Offerings


The Elizabeth Lanier team has photographed hundreds of weddings and their skills, efficiency, and natural collaboration have earned them exclusively five star reviews from clients, clients’ parents, and top industry professionals.

The Elizabeth Lanier team creates an environment where everyone can relax and interact naturally resulting in beautiful photos that reflect exactly how the weekend FELT

An Effortless, Efficient Team


Elizabeth Lanier clients receive beautiful images with a level of service that is both professional and discrete. We understand that presentation and experience matter.

On a wedding day, we quickly become much more than photographers—we create a calming, encouraging, and uplifting atmosphere through our can-do attitude and a genuine care for our couples. No task is too insignificant to ensure our clients and their loved ones feel comfortable and cared for.

Professionalism & Positivity




Engagement sessions in Charleston, SC provide couples with an array of beautiful backdrops. Historic downtown Charleston is a perfect setting for a timeless engagement session, featuring the iconic spires of churches and cobblestone streets. For a more natural vibe, Middleton Place and Magnolia Plantation are lush gardens that provide the perfect opportunity for a romantic session, surrounded by greenery. And if you’re looking for something truly original, consider a sailboat cruise for your engagement session. The stunning view of Charleston Harbor and the surrounding scenery will make your engagement photos even more memorable. Whatever backdrop you choose, an engagement session in Charleston is sure to create an unforgettable experience with beautiful imagery. 

Charleston Engagement Photographer

Downtown Charleston Engagement Session

Palmetto Bluff Engagement Session

Historic Downtown Charleston Engagement Session

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Are you hosting your wedding weekend in a meaningful destination?  
We would love to talk with you! 


We love traveling and our business has been intentionally built around documenting destination events. We are truly dedicated to exploring, adventuring, and working all over the world, and would love to learn about your celebration, wherever it takes place.


iii. tropical

i. St. Lucia, Caribbean 
ii. Harbour Island, Bahamas 
iii. Turks & Caicos
iv. Eleuthera, Bahamas 
v. Nassau, Bahamas 
vi. San Juan, Puerto Rico 
vii. St. Kitts, West Indies
viii. Tulum, Mexico 

ii. europe

i. Tuscany, Italy
ii. Ravello, Italy
iii. Florence, Italy
iv. Venice, Italy
v.  Lake Como

i. Banff, Canada
ii. Jackson, Wyoming
iii. Aspen, Colorado
iv. New York City
v. Highlands & Cashiers, NC
vi. Miami, Florida
vii. Bluffton, South Carolina
viii. Big Sky, Montana
ix. Boca Grande, Florida 
x. Charlottesville, Virginia
xi. Sun Valley, Idaho
xii. Atlanta, Georgia
xiii. Nashville, Tennessee
xiv. Asheville, North Carolina
xv. Bedford, New York
xvi. Sedona, Arizona
xvii.Charleston, South Carolina 
xviii. West Palm Beach, Florida
xix. Napa, California
xx. Park City, Utah


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