Meet Aaron and Jillian from Aaron & Jillian Photography:
Hey! We’re Aaron & Jillian Osteen, newlyweds, photographers, avid travelers and owners of Aaron and Jillian Photography in Charleston! We’re a husband + wife photography team who specialize in engagement sessions, bridal sessions and outdoor, elegant plantation style weddings in and outside of Charleston, SC! If your planning to have your wedding outside of Charleston, no worries! 30% of our weddings are actually out of state, or out of the country, so like we said, we LOVE to travel and our passports are always ready for another stamp!
We have quite the story in how we met! Jillian was born and raised in Orange County, California and Aaron is an Asheville, North Carolina native, but we met while teaching English in South Korea back in 2009! Yep, we met in Asia! Awesome, right?! We both left our hometowns, ON THE SAME DAY, to move across the world to teach, photograph and travel the world! Did the stars not perfectly align for us, or what?! So, the story goes like this; the schools where we were both teaching happened to be in the same area of Busan, South Korea, the city where we lived. Jillian’s school was in a poor area of town and couldn’t afford to hire cafeteria workers, so Aaron’s school cooked all of the traditional Korean cafeteria food for Jillian’s school. We would comment on each other’s Facebook pages about how crazy the octopus soup or blood sausage was that was served for lunch that day and those silly Facebook messages quickly turned into a close friendship and a plethora of photo outings around the city, later evolving into an adventurous dating relationship! Our fairy tale continued when Aaron proposed at sunset, in the ocean, 3 years later, on a teeny tiny island in the Philippines! We planned our entire wedding from across the globe and said our vows on July 28th, 2012 in the backyard of Aaron’s aunt and uncle’s amazing historic home in North Carolina!
We lived in Asia for 4 years, drove around on a cute lil’ vespa-style scooter, traveled to 13 different countries in 4 years, ate some of the strangest foods out there, lived in a 300 square foot studio apartment together above a Korean BBQ restaurant and a karaoke bar, taught over 6,000 English classes combined, took thousands of photos, honeymooned in Austria and Germany, flew on over 50 airplanes together, drove across the entire United States while living out of our 4runner for 3 months (BEST ROAD TRIP EVER by the way!), and have done it all while being each other’s best friends and biggest fans! We spent our first 4 summer months as “Charleston-ians” living 3 blocks from the beach on Folly Island, and recently settled into our charming 1930’s craftsman home in one of our favorite neighborhoods near downtown Charleston with our sweet 11 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback/Boxer mix, Cash, and our newest little addition, our sweet-as-can-be yellow Labrador puppy, Boone! We are truly blessed and can’t wait to hear your love story!
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