I was born in Barboursville, Wv but my heart lives in Charleston, SC where the sea breeze refreshes my soul and the golden sunlight dances in the shades of the age old angel oaks. My husband and I are newlyweds with dreams of living near the ocean for YEARS! Earlier this spring, God opened a door that finally made that dream a reality!

Not only will I share weddings, engagements & tips here, I will also be sharing some of what life looks like as we transition to Charleston living!

I'm Kara

groom twirls bride around on lawn at Wide Awake Plantation

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Mackenzie & Travis  Elegant Wedding Day in Hollywood SC with Ivory Details Congratulations to Mackenzie and Travis! Their classic Old Wide Awake wedding day in Charleston SC was so dreamy and I can’t wait for you to see it. Every detail of this beautiful celebration was so carefully planned and executed so well, it was […]

Classic Old Wide Awake Wedding in Charleston SC 

How to Decide on a First Look for Your Charleston Wedding shared by destination wedding photographer Kara Blakeman Photography.

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To do a first look or not, that is the question! As a Charleston wedding photographer, one of the most common questions from couples planning their wedding day is if a couple should plan to do a first look. I definitely have an opinion on first looks as your photographer. But I’m also truly about […]

How to Decide on a First Look for Your Charleston Wedding

Intimate Planter's Inn wedding with courtyard ceremony and bright florals

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Katy & Chris  Romantic Elopement in Charleston SC A couple months ago, Katy called me after a Google search for a Charleston wedding photographer. Her bubbly personality had me nodding my head yes to being her wedding photographer within the first 7 seconds. Little did I know, the infectious energy & love of this couple […]

Intimate Planter’s Inn Wedding

Charleston wedding at the Cedar Room photographed by Charleston SC wedding photographer Kara Blakeman Photography

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Reagan & Brendan An elegant wedding at The Cedar Room in Charleston, SC Reagan and Brendan are married! They had a gorgeous classic Charleston wedding day at the Cedar Room. From the start, Reagan and Brendan knew they’d want an indoor ceremony and some place to accommodate all of their loved ones. Cedar Room turned […]

Romantic Cedar Room Wedding

Old Wide Awake microwedding in Charleston SC photographed by Kara Blakeman Photography

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Old Wide Awake microwedding in Charleston SC photographed by Kara Blakeman Photography with romantic outdoor ceremony on mossy steps.

Old Wide Awake Wedding

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3 perfect Wedding and Engagement portrait locations in Charleston, SC

Three Beautiful Engagement and Wedding Portrait Locations For The Charleston Bride

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Bride and Groom marry at Bride’s family’s wedding venue, Briar Patch Wedding Farm in Barboursville, WV.

Mr. + Mrs. Peck

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Valley Park – Hurricane, WV I met Willis and Tabitha through another photogapher friend of mine – and what a blessing it was! Willis is probably the most outgoing person I have ever met and I am pretty sure he knows every single person in the tri-state! We met for dinner two weeks before the […]

Mr. & Mrs. Johnson

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Anna & Caleb | The Venue At The Edge The weather this time of year in Ky is so unpredictable.. and most the time when it says it will rain, it means the sun will most likely come out at *some* point. But, on Saturday, the weather decided to stay true to the forecast, adding […]

Mr. & Mrs. Warnimont

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Leading up to Anthony & Nicole’s wedding day, there were quite a few hiccups but on the day of, not even 90% chance of downpours was going to rain on there perfect day!

Nicole + Anthony