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Wedding Packages

Before anything else, let me say congratulations on your engagement! This is a huge moment for both you and your fiancé and I want to let you know how much I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of your special day!

While we at Nicholas Gore Weddings can customize your experience to suit your exact needs, there are certain things that EVERY client receives.

Standard Features:

Two Photographers: Nicholas Gore Weddings has a group of trusted second shooters that will make sure that your wedding has the extensive coverage that you deserve. We’ve all been working together for years and we work as a cohesive team to make sure you the client walk away with gorgeous images of every part of your day. You will NEVER pay extra for this.

Pixieset Online Gallery: Most wedding photographers take 30 to 60 days to deliver their images,Nicholas Gore Weddings realizes that you’re excited to see your images which is why we promise to deliver your images on a beautiful Pixieset Web Gallery in 2-4 weeks! If you haven’t heard of Pixieset, check out a sample gallery HERE! It’s the fastest and easiest way for you to get your FULL RESOLUTION images, share them on Facebook and order prints!

Full Resolution Files and Print Rights: We provide you with all of your full resolution images from your wedding day, as well as a signed release allowing you to print through Pixieset or through their favorite online or local printer!

Options:

Customizable Hours: Coverage times start at 4 hours for most dates (see below) and coverage can be crafted to suit your individual needs. See our Prices section for more information.

Engagement or Bridal Sessions: I absolutely love my portrait sessions! They are one of my favorite aspects of shooting weddings because they really allow me to get to know my clients and create some truly memorable images!

The Photo Booth: If you’re looking to spice up your reception with a fun and engaging element, the Photo Booth will do just that! Instead of small printed copies of each photo which are quickly lost, the Photo Booth takes high resolution photos and simultaneously projects them on to the backdrop as well as sending them wirelessly to an iPad where your guests can view their photos and email them to themselves! These images are often the most fun shots of the night!

We know that there are a lot of choices when it comes to Charleston Wedding Photographers so we at Nicholas Gore Weddings really appreciate the opportunity to be a part of your Charleston, South Carolina wedding!


If you have any questions at all please feel free to Contact Us!

 

FAQ


We want our website to make things as easy as possible for you so we’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions for you to look over. If you have anything else you’d like to know please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be in touch within 24 hours.


What is your style?

This is probably out most frequently asked question, so we wrote an article that not only explains my style, but gives you a quick rundown of many of the popular wedding photography styles as well. Check is out HERE.

How long before my wedding should we book you?

This depends on your wedding date. If you’re getting married in the peak months of May or October we recommend getting in touch between 12 and 18 months and for spring and fall we recommend between 10 and 12 months. For all other dates we recommend getting in touch no later than 6 months out. Keep in mind though that there is no guarantee your date will be open no matter how early you get in touch.

Can you provide us with references?

Absolutely, get in touch and we will be happy to send over a list of past clients for you to speak with.

Who are your second photographers?

We have a number of photographers that we choose from based on availability. All photographers that we use have been personally trained by Nicholas Gore to make sure you get the best photos possible on your wedding day!

Do you work off of a shot list? Can we give you a shot list?

While we do not work off of a specific shot list, you’re welcome to let us know if there are any specific shots you’d like for us to take during the course of your day!

Do you deliver in Black and White or Color?

We deliver the majority of our images in color but we often use black and white if it enhances the photo.

What gear do you use?

We use top of the line Sony cameras along with Profoto lights. We also have backups of all of our gear.

How long have you been a wedding photographer?

I worked as an assistant for several years before I shot my first solo wedding in 2010.

How many weddings have you photographed?

Our team photographs between 60 and 80 weddings per year. As of 2019 we’ve photographed over 400 weddings.

Can you recommend any other vendors?

Absolutely, we have worked with some really amazing people over the last few years so we’d be happy to give you recommendations!

Do you have insurance?

Absolutely.

 Who will shoot my wedding if you are sick?

I would have to be in the hospital, physically restrained to back out of shooting a wedding. We take our commitment to being there for you on your wedding day extremely seriously, but if the unthinkable did happen I have a team of photographers who work with me and one would step in to shoot your wedding. It has never happened and hopefully it never will, but on the off chance that it does, we’re prepared for it.

How many other events will you do on my wedding day? That weekend?

We will only shoot one event on your wedding day. For your wedding day you are our primary focus! We do our best not to book more than 2 weddings in a row, but during peak seasons that can be extended to 3.

Will there be a contract?

Definitely! You can see a blank copy of my contract HERE.

How much editing/retouching do you do?

We edit every single image that we deliver for contract, exposure, saturation, white balance etc. and usually the portraits get a more intensive edit but we usually do not do any intensive beauty retouching. That said, I tell all of my brides that if they show up on their wedding date with a giant zit that we will of course remove it!

What happens if we need you for longer on the wedding day?

Despite everyone’s best intentions wedding days usually run behind schedule. Don’t stress though! If you need us to stay for an extra 15-20 minutes we’ll be happy to get whatever last minute shots you need. You’re welcome to add any number of hours during your wedding day, we just ask that you pay the balance before the end of the night.

What do you wear?

We tend to shy away from the black on black look and instead try to blend in more with the crowd. I generally wear dark slacks and a white or blue button down shirt on wedding days.

Do you have more work to show us? Can we see a full wedding?

Absolutely! If you’ve already gone through our portfolio and blog feel free to get in touch and we’ll send over a full wedding! Let us know where your wedding will be held and we will probably be able to show you a wedding from your chosen venue!

How soon do we receive our images?

We deliver wedding images in 6 to 8 weeks and albums in 1-2 once you’ve made your favorites list.

Are there any additional fees after the wedding?

Absolutely not. There are things that you CAN buy after the wedding but when you book a package with Nicholas Gore Weddings you’re buying the coverage on the wedding date and then access to the full resolution final images! There’s no need to spend a penny afterwards unless you want to.

Prices


First off, let me say congrats on your engagement! It’s definitely an exciting time for you and your fiance so we try and make everything as simple as possible so you can get back to celebrating!

All of our packages are a la carte so you can select everything you want and you aren’t forced to pay for extras that you may not need. All packages do include an engagement or bridal session,  two photographers, access to the full resolution final images  and full print rights.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!


Rates

Coverage:
Up to 6 Hours: $2450
Up to 8 Hours: $3000
Up to 10 Hours: $3600
All Day: $5250


Our all day, unlimited hour wedding package include an unlimited number of hours, an album, and a free engagement or bridal session!


Out of your budget? We have several Associate Photographers that can generally work with any budget so take a look at their work HERE and let us know if we can make something happen!

Engagement and Bridal Sessions:
Up to 2 Hours: $500
Rehearsal Coverage:
Up to 2 Hours: $800
Up to 4 Hours: $1500

Custom Albums:
Custom Photo Albums are available and range from $500 to $2000. Please inquire for a full price sheet.

Travel:
I live and work in Charleston, South Carolina but waive all travel costs between Myrtle Beach, SC, Columbia, SC and Savannah, GA. However I regularly travel to New Zealand and am available both nationally and internationally.


 

About Nicholas

I am a wedding photographer in Charleston, South Carolina. I have also been lucky enough to be selected as a contributor to one of the world’s largest photograph websites www.Fstoppers.com. It’s an amazing way for me to give back to the online communities that taught me so much when I was first starting.

I spent my high school and college years with a camera glued to my hip, but it never crossed my mind to actually try and be a photographer. In the middle of trying to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life however, a friend of mine called me in a bit of a panic asking if I was available to assist on a wedding in town the next day. I’d never shot a wedding before, but my friend seemed to think that I would be good at it, so I agreed.

I won’t say that my first wedding changed my life, but it gave me a completely new perspective on the job of a wedding photographer. Not only was the fast paced atmosphere exciting, and the ability to be there for some of the most important moments in a person’s life deeply moving, but it was also so much fun!

From that point on, I assisted and shot weddings as often as I could, and now nearly 10 years later, I’ve photographed over 300 weddings and worked with some truly amazing people! I can honestly say that if I won the lottery tomorrow, I wouldn’t change my job, I would probably have many, many more cameras and every lens ever made, but it wouldn’t change my love for doing what I do.

My goal is to pass the fun and enjoyment that I get out of capturing my clients’ happiest moments on to my clients. If my clients are having fun, and I’m having fun, there’s no way that can’t be expressed through my work!

My style is bold, colorful, elegant and relaxed.

My name is Nicholas Gore and I am a Charleston, South Carolina wedding photographer because it’s the best job on earth!

I look forward to the opportunity to create something beautiful for you and your family to cherish for years to come. Contact Nicholas Gore Weddings today!

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5 Real Reasons Why You Need A Wedding Planner

A wedding planner might seem like just another wedding expense, but in reality, your wedding planner can make you day so much better and really cut the amount of stress you deal with in both the planning process and on your big day.

Our friend Meagan over at Stella Jane Events just put together an awesome list of 5 real reasons why you need a wedding planner! Check them out below:

1.) Want To Talk Over Ideas? Your Planner Can Give You Informed Advice

A planner can be a sounding board for you. Wedding planning is not an easy task, especially for the bride. You have a lot of family and friends that want to be involved and let you know what they think and what you should do. I do think you should be polite and listen to what they have to say. But you can always tell them, “Well let me ask my planner what I should do.” I always tell my brides to call me if they need to vent about the planning process. Even when you have a planner doing most of the work you can still experience stress during your wedding. I like to think that I am there for my brides when they need to talk about things to a neutral party.

 

2.) Planners Can Help You Get The Most For Your Money

The wedding market is very competitive and so is the pricing. Weddings can get out of control when it comes to what you have to pay. I get asked a lot if I get a discount with certain vendors. I don’t but I do let my brides know that I sometimes can help get things that might have been overlooked. I have had a flower crisis where the glass centerpieces were blowing off the table since the wind had picked up that afternoon. Just goes to show that you never know what can happen at an outdoor wedding. Luckily having worked with the florist multiple times and having a good relationship with them I was able to have them bring me centerpiece vases that would work and we were able to change them out before anyone noticed.

 

3.) Planners Can Help You Narrow Down Your Ideas

Narrow in your vision and give you new ideas. Pinterest is a great tool for wedding ideas but it can also be overwhelming. You start to want to incorporate every idea you see. I am all about the details but I do think that you can start to have too many ideas and things can look jumbled. A planner can send you pins that fit your theme and budget. They can keep track of your original vision and let you know what details to focus on and that will be noticed by your guests. 

 

4.) Planners Can Help You Find Vendors You May Not Know About

Up and coming vendors. As a wedding planner I am always interested in new vendors, meeting them and getting their story. Without a planner you are limited to websites to find your vendors or by word of mouth. I am always trying to meet people that are good at what they do and are trying to make a name for themselves in the area.

 

5.) Planners Can Help Plan So Much More Than Just Your Wedding Day

Planners can help you plan more than the day. Weddings now have evolved into entire weekends and sometimes vacations for guests. As the hosting couple you want to let them know what there is to do when there are there. This is where a wedding website is very important. I love helping with the wedding website and adding the best spots in town to visit.  I am always there for my brides with recommends for them. Even if it is from the simplest thing like my favorite nail salon to where to have the rehearsal dinner.

5 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Hair And Makeup Trial

Hair and makeup is such an important part of your wedding! Your wedding day is the single most photographed day of your life and your hair and makeup is in all of those photos. We’ve teamed up with our friend Carrie from Paper Dolls Wedding Hair and Makeup to walk you through an underrated part of the hair and makeup process; the trial. Check out her tips below.

The Importance of a Hair and Makeup Trial

I recommend that all brides do a trial run. It gives you and your artist an opportunity to work together in a low stress environment to create the perfect wedding day look. I’ve put together a few tips to help you get the most out of your trial run experience.

1. Search For Inspiration, But There’s Always Room To Combine and Create Looks

Thanks to all the wedding blogs, online wedding magazines, Pinterest, Instagram and Google you have plenty of resources to find inspiration for your hair! Try to find models with hair color similar to yours for your hair inspiration. Try narrowing your searches by searching specific things. Instead of “low bun” try searching “brunette low bun”. Instead of “wedding hair” search “bridal half up style”.
Most hair pictures only show the style from the back or the side. Remember that you can choose elements from multiple pictures to create the perfect wedding day style! These photos only serve as a guide to get you and your stylist on the same page at your trial run.
I love when brides say “I like the look and shape of the bun on this photo but I like the placement of the bun better on this other photo and I love the texture and volume on this photo”. You don’t have to find one perfect photo of the look you want! If you plan on wearing a veil and/or hair piece you should bring it along to the trial run if possible.
Also, don’t eliminate styles you love because you assume your hair won’t do something or that you won’t have enough hair for it! Most talented artists can give you the hair of your dreams you may just need to get clip in extensions or filler hair for the style!

2. Learn To Read The Makeup In Photos

When searching for makeup inspiration try to find models with a similar skin tone to yours. For example if you are fair with freckles try searching specific hashtags and keywords like “natural makeup for fair skin”. Searching for makeup inspiration pictures can be tricky! You have to look past the pretty face in the picture and actually look at the makeup in the photo. Here is an example of how I usually break the photo down into sections when a bride shows it to me. For some reason I always start with the eyes!

Eyes:

  • What colors can I see on her eyes?  determine what colors I see on her eyes and make sure that my bride is on the same page as me
  • What color is her eyeliner? Is it winged? Is there a liner along the waterline (inside on the bottom) or not?
  • What about a shadow along the bottom lash line?
  • Are there false lashes?
Cheeks
  • Is the cheek peachy, pink or bronze?
  • What about a shimmer/highlight on the top of the cheek?
  • Is there contouring below the blush to chisel out the cheekbones?
Lips
  • Usually for this step we go with the brides preference and try to keep her in her comfort zone. Most brides have a color they wear every day and incorporating that can help you feel like yourself!
Skin
  • Is the finish on the skin dewey and glowing or is it more matte?
These are just a few things to consider when looking at a makeup inspiration photo! Try to imagine each element of the photo on your face. Talk through each of these steps with your artist prior to starting the makeup trial run. Don’t ever just show a photo and have the artist just start right up on you! Each face is different and the makeup needs to be customized to accentuate YOUR best features, not look like a carbon copy of a pinterest photo! Also, try to avoid photos that are super edited and filtered. Everyone has pores – even celebrities!

3. Think About The Timing Of Your Hair And Makeup Trial

Try to schedule your trial run on a day where the weather is similar to what it will be on the wedding day. This can be tricky when planning from out of town but it’s really important, as your hair may hold up beautifully in a down style at your trial run in January, but it may not stand a chance in the Charleston humidity in July. Also, try to wear your hair and makeup after the trial run for as long as possible to really test out the longevity of it – your wedding day is going to be long and you want to make sure that your hair and makeup will last. After all, that’s what a trial run is for!

4. Schedule Your Trial and Bridal Portraits Together

If you are planning on doing bridal portraits, try to schedule them the same day as your hair and makeup trial run. If you aren’t planning on doing bridal portraits you could always schedule your dress fitting for the same day – this way you’ll be able tovsee your entire look put together.

5. Let Your Artist Know What You’re Thinking

This is the most important tip I can give you! If you aren’t 100% sure about anything at all SPEAK UP! We are professionals and we won’t get our feelings hurt if you want to see a different style or change something about the hair and/or the makeup! We really, truly want our brides to love their hair and makeup on their wedding day and the whole point of the trial is to try different things so we get it right. Don’t ever walk out wishing you had asked to have something changed – a true professional won’t get upset.

Hope you enjoyed this article! Check out Paper Dolls Bridal Hair and Makeup for your wedding day  and of course, all photos were taken by Nicholas Gore Weddings. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

5 Tips To Find The Perfect Wedding Dress Without The Headache

Wedding Dress Shopping Can Be Overwhelming

Your wedding dress is one of the most important elements of your entire wedding day. It’s the thing that everyone is dying to see you in and for most people, it’s the outfit that you’ll be photographed in more than any other in your entire life! So obviously you want it to be perfect.

But the dress shopping experience can be a bit overwhelming so our friends over at Bridals by Jodi have put together an awesome guide to get the most out of your dress shopping experience, enjoy the experience more and most importantly, find the perfect dress!

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1. Make An Appointment and Plan Ahead

Yes, we will absolutely take a walk in appointment if we are available, but making an
appointment guarantees you a consultant and a fitting room. It also means we are ready to
receive you and give you the best possible experience! Several things go on behind the scenes in
the store and when you walk in you risk us being busy and not being able to give you the
attention you deserve.

Trying on wedding gowns is a VERY different experience than normal clothes shopping and you
do need a consultant to guide you through the process!

Know that is it is never too early to find your gown. 1 1⁄2 years to 8 months is the sweet spot for
dress shopping. The gowns take about 6 months to get in and then need 2-3 months for
alterations. We can work with a shorter timeline, but brides will be looking at additional rush
fees and having to purchase off the rack.

2. Know Your Purchase Power

Too often we have brides who come in and have not discussed their wedding gown budget/ and
or do not have the person with them who is ultimately paying for the dress. This makes wedding dress
shopping difficult for several reasons. Knowing your budget will help you and your consultant
pull dresses that are appropriate. Nothing hurts more than falling in love with a $3,000 dress
only to find out you can only spend $1000. Once you have put on the more expensive wedding dress and
fallen in love, sadly there is often no going back.

Having the person responsible for paying for the gown with you is also important. Many brides
will come in alone or without this person to “just look.” We have found that you never know
when you are going to put on the one and have that magic moment! You may also miss out on
any special discounts the store is running that day by having to come back. Or worse, the dress
may only be there for a special event or could be sold off the rack. Trying to recreate the magic
at a later appointment is difficult for you and your consultant and by not shopping with
Mom/Grandma or whomever you miss out on savings!

3. Leave your group at home/ Save your Bubbles for the Bridesmaids

Limit the group to 4 people max! Your aunt’s best friend does not need to be at your
appointment to help you find the most important dress you will ever wear! Only bring in the
people whose opinions matter to you the most! Too many people turns shopping into a
production and this is the only time we have brides call the next day with dress regret. The
group picked the wedding dress and the bride’s opinion was lost. It is also our feeling that the less people
that see your dress, the more fun and special it is on your wedding day!

Don’t feel guilty about excluding some of your maids from shopping day as well. You can always
book a bridesmaid appointment at a later date so your girls can see the gown. And then you sit
back with a glass of bubbly while they find their dress! Side note- Don’t pick bridesmaid dresses
hoping the girls will wear them again. They won’t. Pick a dress and color that you love- it is your
pictures and memories! You will one day return the favor for your girls and wear a dress and
color of their choice!

4. Limit the shops you go to

Do some research prior to wedding dress shopping to make sure you are going to a shop with styles and
prices that you are looking for! Also limit yourself to 2-3 gown shops. More than that can quickly
overwhelm you and take the fun out of shopping. Typically you narrow down your favorites to
one or two wedding dresses at each shop and then go from there. If you are shopping at 6 shops, you
then have to choose from 6 favorite dresses which leads to a very stressed out bride! If you go
to your first round of 2-3 shops and legitimately find nothing, absolutely keep shopping!
Normally, brides have found the “one” pretty quickly! (More often than not it is the first dress
they ever tried on!)

5. Keep an open mind and have fun!

So many brides come in with a set idea of what they want, but purchase something completely
different! It is good to look at Pinterest and designers websites for general ideas but be willing
to put on anything! You never know which dress could be the one and refusing to try on certain
styles really limits what may look best.

Enjoy the experience and don’t stress. This is the fun part of wedding planning!


Hope you enjoyed this article! Check out Bridals By Jodi for all your wedding dress needs and of course, all photos were taken by Nicholas Gore Weddings. Let us know what you think in the comments below.