Today, at Once Wed – “Cherishing Your Engagement”



Check out the full post, published today at Once Wed.

And soon, I’m going to do a real photo post. (Or if you’re really wanting to see it now, the album is live at my wedding site…)

Credits: Photography & Creative Direction: Exquisitrie by Kelly Sauer | Artistic Direction & Styling: Type A Society | Venue: River Oaks Charleston | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones | Models: Marisa R. and Micah D. | Modeling Agency: Millie Lewis Charleston | Hair & Makeup: Dannon K. Collard | Ribbon, Runners, Scarves, Candles: Silk & Willow | Valise: Trousseau & Co. | Shoes: Ivanka Trump | Ringbox: The Mrs. Box | Gown: Jill Jill Stuart


PUBLISHED – Utterly Engaged, vol. 4

So this happened in December, a publication that was so long in coming, I’d almost forgotten how good the shoot was! Utterly Engaged treated this shoot so beautifully in Volume 4, pairing my images with a beautiful article on intimacy.

I’m so excited about this release, even though I’ve hardly had time to give it attention with everything else I have going on, and I cannot wait to show you more from this shoot!






Photography: Exquisitrie by Kelly Sauer
Styling: Lindsey Shanks, A Charleston Bride
Florals: Jillian Manger, SYG Designs
Model: Katherine S.
Gown: Heirloom
Makeup: Prime Time Pretty
Hair: I Du Pretty
Silk Ribbon: Silk & Willow


Mood Board – soft and clean





I woke up an hour earlier than usual after falling asleep by 8:45 last night, and I got through my wakeup routine in time to finish off a huge editorial shoot I have been processing and put together this pretty little combination of elements and style for this week’s mood board.

I’m trying to make sense out of how the clean lines speak with the soft for me as I’m identifying these elements within my style. It feels right, whether it makes sense or not, so I’m going to go with it, even if I can’t define it. This is a direction I think I’d like to grow this year.


1. Sasha Luss in Valentino, by Giacomo Cabrini
2. Unknown, via Pinterest
3. Unknown, via Pinterest
4. Eric Dufour

PUBLISHED: Saint Isabel Bridal, a little French cottage

saint isabel bridal | by kelly sauer

Now, even more than I had earlier when I’d first glimpsed it, I longed to be transported into that quiet little landscape, to walk up the path, to take a key from my pocket and open the cottage door, to sit down by the fireplace, to wrap my arms around myself, and to stay there forever and ever.

― Alan Bradley

saint isabel bridal | by kelly sauer

This one was worth waiting for. I did a four-set personal shoot at River Oaks Charleston last year with a beautiful girl, a beautiful gown, gorgeous lighting, and not very much obligation at all – I was purely playing. This is how I learned that I need to make space to purely play on photo shoots. I make better images that I really like to look at, and my creative direction comes together with my photography to draw out things that I didn’t even know I had in me.

This set at the “cottage” at River Oaks Charleston, featuring Saint Isabel Bridal’s “Ivy” gown is live at Elizabeth Anne Designs today, and I am so happy to get to finally share these pure Kelly-Sauer-Not-Like-Anybody-Else images.

(Now. My next lesson to learn is not to submit all my personal work for publication. After all, a girl’s gotta have some really good current work to put out publicly.)

saint isabel bridal | by kelly sauer
saint isabel bridal | by kelly sauer

saint isabel bridal | by kelly sauer

saint isabel bridal | by kelly sauer

saint isabel bridal | by kelly sauer
saint isabel bridal | by kelly sauer

saint isabel bridal | by kelly sauer


VENUE: River Oaks Charleston
GOWN: Saint Isabel Bridal
MODEL: Sophie Belhassen

mood board: when the rain won’t go away

mood board by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

“Do not be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards.” ― Vladimir Nabokov

Somewhere along the way, I think I have learned to like the rain, even though it sometimes means I can’t do all that I want to do. Discontentment with my circumstances pushes me to look for ways around it, just to prove that “yes, it can be done.” I’m ornery like that.

And ornery is good sometimes.

You shouldn’t be nice about things that are trying to shut you down. You might miss the exquisitry that is beauty born from pain.


1. Studded Hearts

2. Luisa Möhle

3. Never House

4. pinned via Otis and Frank