Sep 9, 2018

Stunning Columbia, SC Same-Sex Wedding Ceremony
Christina & Jenna

Jenna and Christina are one of the sweetest and most genuinely in love couples I have ever had the pleasure of photographing. I am beyond honored to share their Columbia, SC same-sex wedding with you today.

The Story

Christina and Jenna met in pharmacy school and now enjoy working in the same field. They were married early in September on a pretty end-of-summer day at Shandon Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC. Fun fact: Jenna & Christina are actually the first same-sex couple to be married in this church! The members of the church voted to be LGBTQ+ friendly two years ago, and Christina and Jenna’s union will go down in that holy building’s history! I was so honored, on top of the normal “omg-this-amazing-couple-choose-me-honored” feeling, to be a part of this church’s history.

The Big Day

 Their wedding day was all about them, with each bride only having one attendant in the wedding party. Neither of the brides had seen each other’s gown before the big day, so we set up a First Look for them. Christina’s reaction to seeing Jenna in this STUNNING gown was priceless!

We finished up a few portraits and had their wedding ceremony inside the newly renovated Shandon Presbyterian Church. It was such a perfect and classic setting for these two brides to say their vows. After the ceremony, they headed to Glowout Studios for a fun reception surrounded by good food, friends, and family.

Jenna and Christina’s day was truly beautiful in every sense of the word, and I hope that you enjoy each of my favorite frames from this beautiful Columbia, SC same-sex wedding!

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Though they chose them separately, their wedding details photographed beautifully together. And I was LIVING for DOUBLE the pretty gowns!
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Thought these brides got their hair and makeup done together in the morning, they had not yet shown each other their gown choices! We set up a First Look for them before the ceremony, and their reactions are EVERYTHING! Christina was truly shocked to see her more causal counterpart in a gorgeous gown for the first time in their relationship!lesbian wedding first look LGBTQ wedding photographer

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We then headed to Glowout Salon for their reception, compete with great music, laughter, and flowing champagne.

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Shout to my sweet friends at Silver Spoon Bake Shop for this stunningly simple number! Erin and her team NEVER disappoint!
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Just LOOK at how happy and in love they are!!! LOOK!! Laughs and happiness like this make my heart soar! Glowout Salon columbia sc Glowout Salon gay wedding photographers lesbian wedding cakes lesbian wedding day

The Mrs. and Mrs. over their photo booth area was one of my favorite little details from their reception. Glowout Salon truly went ALL out for this deserving couple, and we ended the night with a few kisses under a shower of sparklers. lesbian wedding decorations lesbian wedding photos gay wedding photography sc

I wanted to leave you with this…

A quote from Jenna about her hopes for their future lives together — reading it for the first time moved my heart, and I hope it stirs something in yours too.

“My hope is that we always look at each other with the same twinkling eyes that we have from the beginning. I hope we always put the other first, and are not too proud to say ‘I’m sorry.’ I hope that we support each other in every way and encourage each other to chase our dreams.”

I hope you enjoyed these beautiful images as much as I do, and you better be sure to leave these two brides a sweet comment below if you loved their Columbia, SC same-sex wedding photos!

To Jenna and Christina,

You two are truly special. Your love, your relationship, and the little looks you two share have reminded me of WHY I do what I do. A love story like yours is meant to be told, and I am so honored that you chose me to tell a small piece of it. Never stop loving each other as much as you did on this day. I cannot wait to watch you two grow together. I hope to find a love like yours one day, ladies, I truly do. Thank you for trusting me with your memories; your day is one I won’t ever forget!



Venue: Shandon Presbyterian Church
Reception: Glowout Salon
Wedding Gowns: Evelyn’s Bridal and Formal WearNew York Bride and Groom
Bride’s Shoes: Antonio Melani; DSW
Bridesmaids Attire: Nordstrom Rack
Florist: American Floral
Wedding Cake Vendor: Silver Spoon Bake Shop
DJ for Reception:  Tim Walker
Officiant: David Jones
Makeup & Hair Stylist: Glowout Salon
Catering Company: Chef Richard Wolford
Furniture Rentals: Event Rentals
Macaroons: Crepes and Croissants



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  1. Ann Gambrell

    September 30th, 2017 at 2:05 am

    Hi Jessica!
    You did an amazing job! I don’t know anything about these two ladies but looking at your pictures made me feel like they are truly made for each other. They are perfect together and it shows in these pictures. Congratulations to the beautiful couple!

  2. Jess

    October 2nd, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Ann, thank you so much for your sweet words!!

  3. Audrey

    March 7th, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Beautiful pics, especially love the first look!!! Also, how awesome for them to be the first in the church’s history!! <3 Congrats to the happy couple!

  4. Tricia

    March 7th, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    They are an absolutely GORGEOUS couple! I love how you captured their perfect day! The images are gorgeous!

  5. Sharron

    March 7th, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    The brides are beautiful! I love their gowns and wedding details! They look so happy!

  6. Ella Saur

    March 7th, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Brides look perfectly happy. Good luck girls

  7. Lindsay Zilke

    March 7th, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    Now those are some gorgeous brides!!! That first look is the best!!!

  8. Ashton

    March 7th, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    What a gorgeous wedding! This couple is beautiful and so are their details!


  9. Vanessa Hicks

    March 7th, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    OH my goodness! This wedding was just jaw dropping stunning! The brides look so incredibly happy!! Beautiful!

  10. Hope

    March 7th, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    I love wedding details. For me that is always the highlight of my day 😁

  11. Amber Robinson

    March 7th, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    everything about this wedding looked amazing! that grassy wall… that leopard wall, the gowns, the rings, the church…. the macarons!!!! Great work!

  12. Raina

    March 7th, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Oh!! This wedding was EVERYTHING!! And that first look? Priceless!! They couldn’t possibly be more perfect if you tried! What an incredible wedding and beautiful couple.

  13. Rachel Graham

    March 7th, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    Wow! This wedding is incredible! I’m so jealous! The details, the location, the stunning brides!! AMAZING JOB!

  14. Lucy

    March 8th, 2018 at 12:02 am

    SUCH a beautiful wedding. Love the details..and those gowns are just WOW!

  15. Mandi Thommen

    March 8th, 2018 at 12:21 am

    Oh my gosh, their story is so special. And you did an amazing job of telling it through your words and your pictures!

  16. Natalie

    November 7th, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Jessica, you’ve done it again! I get all the feels looking at these images. There is nothing more I love than seeing people in LOVE! Congrats brides!

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