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Falling in Love At Folly Beach South Carolina A Genuine Romance Story

Why Folly Beach SC |Style Choices | Planning Your Visit to Folly Beach, SC | Anniversary Trip Planning Tips | Andrea & Gustavo’s True Love Story 

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I had the great honor of documenting Andrea & Gustavo’s 15 year anniversary celebration at Folly Beach, SC. It was such a joy to document their beautiful love story and hear about the ups and downs they’ve been through and see how strong they are after so many years together. 

Their love is genuine, real and so much fun. These two know how to party even being parents of two boys they live life to the fullest. 

“What can I say? When our energy comes together, magic happens.” – Andrea

In a culture that celebrates the wedding day with the highest clout, I, Emmy with Celebrate Again am here to start celebrating relationships that have stood the test of time. Relationships that have years behind them, challenges, heartaches, but most importantly a strong love force that will not break though tested by every kind of trial. 

Andrea and Gustavo have been married now for over 15 years and I was so honored to document their love story on Folly Beach, SC.

Why Folly Beach SC?

Living in Charleston South Carolina and loving the beach and water themselves it made the most sense to find a romantic setting near Andrea & Gustavo’s home near the water. Folly Beach, South Carolina holds the gentle waves of the southern atlantic coast that attracts all types of romantics. 

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Gustavo and Andrea sitting on a dead tree near the coast on Folly Beach, SC

To match their carefree spirits we loved mixing being barefoot on Folly Beach with the class of their fashion backgrounds. It was a perfect mix of class and creation, rustic and stylish. 

We found a spot near the end of Folly Beach that was a bit more scheduled from the crowds but still near the natural grass and beach side trees that line Folly Beach. 

Style Choices

Andrea and Gustavo have a fierce kind of love. One that makes you want to crank up the music and dance alongside them. They’ll be the first ones to start the party and the last ones off the dance floor. So when it came time to document their love at Folly Beach SC, it was no surprise that they arrived in a vintage car, dressed to impress and outfitted by some wonderful vendors. 

On their wedding day they arrived in a vintage car, so incorporating a vintage car for the 15 year anniversary reconnection session with me was an absolute must. Andrea found a local vendor willing to let us borrow his vintage car for photos. It was such a perfect addition to their timeless romance. 

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Thank you again to Bruce with Cars on Kiawah for helping Andrea & Gustavo relieve a piece of their wedding day by bringing your car to Folly Beach, SC.

For all those curious Andrea was styled in two dressed by Dresses Bella Bridesmaids. Her beautiful jewelry was from Gold Creations. The lovely headpiece was designed by  Emma Katzka. How can we not mention these flowers made by We Are Petaloso!? Andrea’s hair was done at Drybar Charleston and her make up was done by Jonny Cosmetics.

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Andrea’s a stylist and you can find her work here as a blogger: and here as a stylist:

Gustavo is a sales manager for a locally owned company called Vapor Apparel. That helped outfit him for their photography:

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Are You Ready To Visit Folly Beach, SC?

What to do in Folly Beach?

It truly is a magical place! To find out the most romantic things to do in the Charleston, SC area don’t forget to check out this blog post co-authored by Andrea and Gustavo just for you all. In this blog post they share their favorite romantic things to do in the Charleston area! They also share some places to eat around Charleston. You don’t want to miss this!

10 of the Best Romantic Things To Do In Charleston SC

Where to Stay?

I’m a huge fan of Folly Beach, SC rental houses. You can get access to beautiful coastal condos that are a few blocks from the ocean front or literally at your fingertips. I love being in a neighborhood and really experiencing the culture as a local would. I love bumping into locals and finding hidden gems like the hidden walkway to get to the beach front the locals take to get to the fresh surf.

But here is a great comparison to decide if a hotel stay is best for you or a home stay like Airbnb or VRBO is better for you!

Hotel ProsHotel Cons
24/7 serviceLots of neighbors close by
Daily CleaningNot as homey
May have gym, pool, spa and other amenitiesMay be near busy beach areas
Staff on sight to help you with anything you may needStay feels more like a tourist stay
Less secluded
May not have your own kitchen
Home Stays Like VRBO ProsHome Stays Like VRBO Cons
A private place to yourself: if you select this
Weekly Cleaning
Supporting local homeownersHave to make your own bed
May have a very curated guidebook to the areaStaff isn’t usually on site
Usually has kitchenOwners may not be reachable 24/7
Feels more like home
More affordable for needing more than one room
More remote locations
Having a local stay feel


Need Help Planning your Anniversary trip? 

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Check out my FREE anniversary trip planning guide to get you set up for a romantic time away together.

Or need more ideas of where to go? Check out my favorite places across the whole United States to visit for your anniversary trip or romantic getaway. These places are some of my best kept secrets as a photographer who’s gotten to travel all over the United States!

The Folly Beach SC Love Story

I’ll let them tell it in their own words.


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  1. Beautiful images and Kuddos to the couple for documenting this special milestone in their lives. I think every couple needs to do an anniversary photo shoot.

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Hey, I’m Emmy, the main voice behind Celebrate Again. Here you’ll find ways to live the Celebrate Again lifestyle. I want to help you to embody the joy of life by learning to Celebrate Again in everything from the practice of intentional breath to taking on major life events. I believe your life should be full and be what you make it. Whether you’re joining me to plan your wedding, celebrate an anniversary, adventure around the USA, stay connected to your beloved, practice yoga or whip up a plant-based recipe, I’ve got you covered, friend.
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