Jessie Smith
Owner / Lead Videographer
Palmetto Wedding Films

From a young age growing up in Boston, I always loved to film and document life. I first began creating home videos of my family with my dad’s camcorder in 3rd grade and loved making silly videos with my friends. I still have boxes full of High 8 and Mini DV tapes in my closet.

After earning degrees in Media Communications and Spanish at North Carolina State University in 2004, I began my career in video production working as an editor and camera operator on a cooking show in Raleigh, NC.

In 2005, I followed a group of college friends and moved to Charleston to be close to the beach. I fell in love with this city and knew this was where I would be for the rest of my life.

I began working at Litton Entertainment as a full-time editor and producer on multiple nationally televised docu-reality TV series, while also freelance editing weddings and other videos for various production companies around the Carolinas.

In 2011, I founded Palmetto Coast Media and began offering a wide range of videography services for weddings, events, TV series, businesses, nonprofits, and much more.

As the demand for wedding videography grew, I decided to create a second entity that focused solely on wedding videos, while continuing the commercial side of videography through Palmetto Coast Media. In the spring of 2020, I rebranded and launched Palmetto Wedding Films. Since filming our first wedding in 2011 (initially under the name Palmetto Coast Media), we have served over 140 couples in SC, NC, GA and beyond. It has been so much fun getting to know so many different couples, spending the day filming every precious moment, and creating beautiful videos so they can relive their wedding day over and over.

When I’m not preparing for, filming, or editing a video, I enjoy spending time with my husband David and our four dogs and cat (we have a zoo, I know), cruising around Folly Creek on our boat, kayaking, paddle boarding, going to the beach, traveling and enjoying all the delicious cuisines and cocktails Charleston has to offer.

I am SO excited to see what 2022 has in store and can’t wait to continue to serve more amazing couples so they can relive the most memorable day of their lives!

Photos provided by Kate Dye Photography, Sloan Photography, Cana Dunlap Photography and Jay Dee Photography