Great Places for Bridal Portraits in Columbia, SC

Bridal portraits are a wonderful Southern tradition. On the wedding day, we may only have a few minutes to do a nice bridal portrait of you. A bridal portrait session allows us an hour or two of relaxed time at at time of day and location of our choice, maximizing the beauty of the natural light and our chosen locale. It also serves as a dry run for the wedding day-you’ll get an idea of how long it will take to get your hair and makeup done and put on your dress and accessories, and see what you like and don’t like in terms of hair, makeup, etc. It also allows the bride and photographer to get to know each other, which is very valuable on the wedding day.

Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area offers several beautiful locations for gorgeous bridal portraits. Here are just a few. And remember to contact me when you are ready to schedule your bridal portrait session!

-Jeff Blake, 803-354-2128, Jeff@ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com, www.ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com

 

The Lace House and Gardens of the South Carolina Governor’s Mansion

One of the most popular venues in town, both for weddings and bridal portraits, the grounds and gardens around the South Carolina Governor’s Mansion feature nearly a dozen gardens, plenty of wrought iron gates, fences and porch railings, a large fountain, porch swings-everything you need to make a beautiful portrait. The Lace House is an historic house where the Governor often houses guests. It is free to photograph on the grounds Monday-Friday, 9-5, though there is an optional fee to photograph inside the Lace House. Photos by Jeff Blake, 803-354-2128, Jeff@ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com, www.ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com

Irmo Town Park

Located just outside downtown Irmo, Irmo Town Park is a wonderful option for bridal portraits. Featuring a pond, gazebo, bench swings and a small stream, the small park is a hidden jewel for beautiful photos. Photos by Jeff Blake, 803-354-2128, Jeff@ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com, www.ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com

The State House

In the heart of downtown Columbia, the State House offers gardens, walking paths, columns and beautiful architecture to add a gorgeous backdrop to your bridal portraits. Photos by Jeff Blake, 803-354-2128, Jeff@ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com, www.ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com

Bridal Portraits at the Palmetto Trail Alston Trailhead

The Palmetto Trail at the Alston Trailhead near Peak, SC, has several beautiful spots for bridal portraits. It features a railroad trestle converted into a walking trail, the grassy fields, dirt roads, and stone bridge pilings. The trail is a rustic locale for beautiful bridal portarits. Photos by Jeff Blake, 803-354-2128, Jeff@ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com, www.ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com

Bridal Portraits at The Horse Shoe on the Campus of the University of South Carolina

The Horse Shoe on the campus of the University of South Carolina offers many fine spots for bridal portraits, from the big grassy quad, to the hidden gardens to the large oak trees and brick paths. For Gamecocks alumni, a special place for a special moment. Photos by Jeff Blake, 803-354-2128, Jeff@ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com, www.ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com

 

 

 

Great Places for Engagement Portraits in Columbia, SC

Columbia, SC, offers numerous wonderful locations for beautiful engagement portraits. Here are just a few. And remember to contact me when you are ready to schedule your engagement portrait session!

-Jeff Blake, 803-354-2128, Jeff@ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com, www.ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com

 

Engagement Portraits at The South Carolina State House

The hub of the state government in the middle of downtown Columbia, the State House offers gardens, walking paths, columns and beautiful architecture to add a gorgeous backdrop to your engagement portraits. Photos by Jeff Blake, 803-354-2128, Jeff@ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com, www.ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com

 

 

Engagement Portraits at The Horse Shoe on the Campus of the University of South Carolina

The Horse Shoe on the campus of the University of South Carolina offers many great spots for engagement portraits, from the big grassy quad, to the hidden gardens to the large oak trees and brick paths. For Gamecocks alumni, a special place for special moments. Photos by Jeff Blake, 803-354-2128, Jeff@ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com, www.ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com

 

Engagement Portraits at Irmo Town Park

Nestled near downtown Irmo, Irmo Town Park offers a splendid option for engagement portraits. Featuring a pond, gazebo, bench swings and a small stream, the small park is a hidden jewel for pretty photos.

 

Engagement Portraits at the Palmetto Trail Alston Trailhead

Little known, the Palmetto Trail at the Alston Trailhead near Peak, SC, offers wonderful vistas for your engagement portrait session. From the railroad trestle turned walking trail, to the grassy fields and dirt roads, the trail offers a rustic spot for beautiful photos. Photos by Jeff Blake, 803-354-2128, Jeff@ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com, www.ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com

 

 

Engagement Portraits at the Riverwalk in West Columbia at the Gervais Street Bridge

Under the Gervais Street Bridge and across from the Vista and downtown Columbia, the Riverwalk in West Columbia offers numerous places to make beautiful engagement portraits, from the rocks to the boardwalk to the river itself. A Columbia icon. Photos by Jeff Blake, 803-354-2128, Jeff@ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com, www.ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com

 

Engagement Portraits at Williams-Brice Stadium

A must for any serious Gamecocks fan, engagement portraits at Williams-Brice stadium are a blast! Photos by Jeff Blake, 803-354-2128, Jeff@ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com, www.ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com

 

Engagement Portraits at Local Farms

Have a friend or family member with a farm? They make great locations for a beautiful engagement session! Photos by Jeff Blake, 803-354-2128, Jeff@ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com, www.ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com

 

Engagement Portraits at the Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park near downtown Columbia, SC

Near the heart of downtown, the Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park offers numerous locations overlooking the Columbia Canal and the Congaree River, and is famous for it’s red metal door at the rustic hydroelectric plant. Photos by Jeff Blake, 803-354-2128, Jeff@ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com, www.ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com

 

Engagement Portraits at the Riverbanks Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens are available for use for just the price of admission and offers loads of beautiful spots for a wonderful engagement portrait session! Photos by Jeff Blake, 803-354-2128, Jeff@ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com, www.ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com

 

And don’t forget Lake Murray!

Engagement portraits at Pine Island on Lake Murray in Columbia, SC

Engagement portraits at Pine Island on Lake Murray in Columbia, SC

 

The Wedding of Miranda & Marcus Lattimore

South Carolina Gamecocks football legend Marcus Lattimore recently married his high school sweetheart Miranda at the Lace House on the grounds of the South Carolina Governor’s Mansion in Columbia, SC. The photos were featured on the cover and inside of Carolina Bride Magazine!

View a slideshow of their photos, or view the photos individually below. Photos by Columbia, SC, wedding photographer Jeff Blake, www.ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com