Coming Soon – Shoot for Wedding Paper Divas

photography by kelly sauer | for Wedding Paper Divas

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
― Edith Warton

I can’t help wondering if maybe there is a way to be both…

The image above is from a shoot I did this week that was the culmination of months of planning that got scrapped and restarted and re-planned and unplanned and completely changed up at the very last minute with a location change because of a rainy day. Experiences like this shoot teach me that it is okay to breathe, that perfection doesn’t mean everything happens as you plan, that God is more in control of all the little things than we think He’d care to be.

I had forgotten that He uses the weak and the fool, that “extravagance” only comes by way of living a life – not by getting all the things you want. I had forgotten that grace means I don’t have to be in “the right place” to ask Him to be with me. I am learning that confidence and humility can go hand in hand, and that limitations merely offer a chance for rest in the busyness that would otherwise consume me.

I feel as though I am coming alive again, as though I am finally able to fuse my work with the voice of my heart instead of the “X would shoot this like that” or the “Y would want to see this” in my point of reference. I’m excited about the authenticity that is beginning to emerge, and I don’t feel as driven to compete as I used to feel, now that I am beginning to see my passion in my own work.

I waited years and years to make some of these images. I cannot wait to show you.


Photography & Creative Direction: Kelly Sauer
Art Direction & Styling: Type A Society
Location: River Oaks Charleston
Makeup & Fashion Styling: Dannon K Collard, Like the Yogurt
Models: Marissa R. & Micah, Millie Lewis Models & Talent
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones
Silk Ribbon, Scarves, & Candles: Silk & Willow
Ring Box: The Mrs. Box
Hatbox: Trousseau & Co.
Shoes: Ivanka Trump
Gown: Jill Jill Stuart via Rent the Runway
Floral Source: Whole Foods Market
Jewelry, Table Settings, & Linens: Anthropologie

Wedding Peek – Kevin & Katrina

exquisitrie by Kelly Sauer

It’s been a couple of years since I had a wedding as magical as Kevin and Katrina’s wedding. It was the kind of wedding that made me take back every thought I ever had of quitting my job, the kind where I felt respected and empowered to make the beauty I wanted to make with it, the kind of wedding where the love was so palpable, I couldn’t help leaving with it plastered all over me. I waited and waited and hoped and waited for a wedding like this one, and then it came, and it was better than I could have believed it would be, and it made all the dreams I’ve had about being a wedding photographer come true.

Now I can’t show you any of the details yet because it is a wedding meant for sharing, but this one image should cover my feelings about the whole thing. Y’all, it was simply wonderful…

Preview – Aisle Society for Plum Pretty Sugar

exquisitrie by kelly sauer | aisle society for plum pretty sugar

This week has been the most intense week of my photography life, shooting with Aisle Society for Plum Pretty Sugar.

If I had known beforehand how much work two full days of shooting would be, I might have turned down this opportunity, but discovering that in the middle of it all (as I do – ha!) meant that I found out wayyyy too late to be cautious, and I got to throw myself into the whole thing because there just wasn’t anything else to do. And oh my word, was it ever worth it to get to work with an amazing team of people behind me and incredible things to shoot in front of me. I am so happy that I just said YES to people who believed in me, no matter how much my feet hurt afterward!

Thank you, amazing people who were in and out of my world over the last two days. My several thousand words are still coming to tell the world how you all blew me away. I will never, ever forget this experience.

Event Design – Aisle Society
Event Planning – Easton Events
Venues – Legare Waring House, Cannon Green, Zero George
Florals – SYG Designs
Wedding Gown – Modern Trousseau
Suit – Berlin’s Clothing
Bridesmaids’ Dresses – PPS Couture
Designer Robes and Loungewear – Plum Pretty Sugar
Hair – Charlotte Belk
Makeup – Prime Time Pretty
Models – Taryn B, Venita A., Elizabeth C., Natalie H., Molly M., Greg K.
Jewelry – Susie Saltzman
Headpieces – Brides & Hairpins
Clutch & Shoes – Kate Spade NY

Photography: Exquisitrie by Kelly Sauer
Photography Assistant: Kim Graham Photo

And a SUPER thank you to our hosts and directors, Aisle Society members Ami of Elizabeth Anne Designs and Gillian of Charleston’s own A Coastal Bride.

we just have to have the courage


“Don’t settle down and sit in one place. Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon. You are still going to live a long time… and it would be a shame if you did not take the opportunity to revolutionize your life and move into an entirely new realm of experience.

“You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.

“My point is that you do not need me or anyone else around to bring this new kind of light in your life. It is simply waiting out there for you to grasp it, and all you have to do is reach for it. The only person you are fighting is yourself and your stubbornness to engage in new circumstances.”

― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild