Celebrating five wonderful years of marriage, Justin and Alena chose to make the milestone extra special with a sunrise photoshoot in the charming Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, South Carolina. Having fallen in love with the area during a previous visit, they were captivated by its stunning landscapes and Southern charm. Our adventure started at the Montage Hotel, where we soaked in the warm morning light and embraced the lush surroundings.

An anniversary session is the perfect way to celebrate your journey together and capture your love at this specific moment in time. Plus, an anniversary photoshoot makes for a thoughtful and meaningful gift to each other (hint, hint!) 

The Setting

Palmetto Bluff: A Perfect Backdrop for Memorable Moments

Nestled in Bluffton, South Carolina, Palmetto Bluff is a 20,000-acre luxury residential community showcasing Southern charm amid lush landscapes and waterfront views from the May, Cooper, and New Rivers. This haven for nature enthusiasts features maritime forests, salt marshes, and wildlife habitats. Home to the Montage Palmetto Bluff, a world-class resort, it offers elegant accommodations, a spa, fitness center, diverse dining options, and a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, all complemented by impeccable service.

Beyond its amenities, Palmetto Bluff stands out for its commitment to conservation through the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy. With its perfect blend of luxury, nature, and dedication to preservation, Palmetto Bluff is an ideal setting for high-end weddings, anniversary celebrations, and elevated couple’s sessions.

Montage Palmetto Bluff luxury resort and wedding venue in Bluffton, South Carolina.

Alena & Justin

A Sunrise Anniversary Palmetto Bluff Photoshoot

Justin and Alena have such a special connection that we got to explore through a relaxed, morning session. Sunrise sessions are ideal for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, the soft, warm light that comes with the sunrise creates a romantic setting, perfect for capturing intimate moments between couples. 

Secondly, sunrise sessions allow for a sense of privacy and exclusivity. Since most people are still asleep, popular locations are typically less crowded, providing a serene and uninterrupted setting for the photo shoot. This can be particularly beneficial for couples who may feel shy or uncomfortable being photographed in public.

Thirdly, starting a photo shoot at sunrise can set a relaxed and peaceful tone for the day. The early morning calm and quiet can help couples feel more at ease, enabling the capture of authentic and natural interactions.

Lastly, sunrise sessions can provide more flexibility in scheduling. Since they take place early in the day, there’s still plenty of time left for other activities or commitments. This can be especially useful for destination shoots, where couples may want to make the most of their time exploring the location! 

Montage Palmetto Bluff romantic couple photoshoot.
Palmetto Bluff charming couples photoshoot in Bluffton, South Carolina.
South Carolina couple walking in Palmetto Bluff.
Black and white captured of Justin and Alena walking across the Palmetto Bluff Bridge toward the Village.
Couple sitting on a wooden bench near a river marsh in Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, South Carolina.

Celebrate your love story at Palmetto Bluff—an exclusive, charming spot perfect for weddings, engagements, or special anniversaries. Cruise the gated neighborhood on a golf cart, capturing those special moments in the elegant backdrop of the Montage Hotel. 

Looking for more location ideas for your upcoming session? Check out this curated list of our top 5 picks of romantic engagement photo locations in Charleston, to help you narrow down your search.

  1. Mary says:

    Such a stunning setting! Absolutely beautiful!

  2. Katie says:

    This is such a great idea! I’ll have to share with my husband — our anniversary is coming up!

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