Tre and Easton’s Charleston sailboat engagement photos were an instant favorite of the engagement photos season! These two Charleston residents wanted a unique backdrop for their engagement shoot that was comfortable and beautiful while being equally epic, and a vintage sailboat, furnished by the boat captain over at Sundog Sailing, created a striking setting for their love and relationship to be documented on film.
From the couple: “We met when Easton was with her cousin’s bachelorette party in Chicago, and our paths crossed by chance at a place called The Hangge Uppe. From that first night we met, there hasn’t been a single day pass in the almost three years we’ve been together where we haven’t spoken with one another.
“We’ve been living in Charleston for the past couple of years, and so it made the perfect place that means so much to us both for our engagement. Tre had told Easton that our local friends wanted to get together one night for a nice dinner out downtown. Little did Easton know that it was all a setup! Both of our parents and families were also sneakily in town, so on our way to ‘dinner’, Tre took Easton on a detour to walk through a historic area of Charleston near Church Street. Under lots of Spanish moss and golden evening light, and amongst our friends and family, Tre got on one knee and asked Easton if she had ever imagined walking theses streets as his fiancé.”
For their sunset Charleston engagement session, we started their time in front of the cameras on the docks at the harbor, using the late afternoon sunlight to showcase their love. For their sailboat engagement photos, the docks were filled with beautifully restored sailboats in a whole range of sizes and lengths, each held to the dock in a coil of rope. Tre and Easton’s first look channeled their inner JFK and Jackie-O; a subtly nautical color scheme of whites, navy, blue, and taupe, combined with classic Raybans, created a modern-yet-timeless look to their shoot.
Once on board the sailboat, named The Shenanigan by her captains, we took a relaxed approach to documenting the adorable couple for their engagement. As a wedding photographer, we used the spectacular backgrounds of the 50 ft. vintage sailboat and surrounding waters of Charleston’s harbor to frame the couple and their genuine moments. A sailboat offers so many creative nooks and crannies to work with as unique settings to lightly pose a couple – walking, sitting, cuddling, and standing throughout the vessel.
As true golden hour started, the couple changed into their second look – a classic white sundress for Easton, and a cream sweater and navy pants for Tre. The sun started to hit the horizon on the harbor, which was a fabulous way to end our time together. A bottle of Veuve champagne was popped and shared for these two as the last light touched the sailboat and surrounding harbor waters.
We are so glad we got to capture such a unique and beautiful engagement session for these two, and cannot wait for their autumn Charleston wedding day later this year as their Charleston wedding photographer!