Saturday was literally the most perfect December day for Michelle and Will’s Charleston wedding at the The Creek Club at I’on. I was so glad they opted to do a first look and capitalize on the beautiful light we had since the sun sets so early this time of year, and I know it was one of their favorite decisions. Michelle stunned in her lace gown and Will’s reaction to seeing his bride for the first time was so genuine. Really there was just so much genuine happiness, especially from Michelle. You can see the excitement all over her face…it’s the cutest thing :)
I loved how cozy Michelle and Will made sure their guests stayed, with a fire pit, heaters, and shawls. Another fun detail that made my Maryland native heart happy was Will’s Redskins grooms cake. And the funniest and coolest coincidence is that last picture…we actually somehow caught up to Michelle and Will on the Cooper River Bridge on our way home and had to snap a photo of them in their getaway car as we passed by. That image is one of my favorites from the whole day…I just can’t get over how old and classic it looks and all that movement. Love! Enjoy some of my favorites!
Planning & Coordination: The Burlap Elephant | Venue: The Creek Club at I’on | Florals: Out of the Garden | Hair and Makeup: Paper Dolls | Bride’s Dress: Liancarlo purchased from Alexia’s Bridal | Bridesmaid Attire: Bill Levkoff purchased from Bella Bridesmaid | Ceremony Music: Classical Charleston | Reception Band: Mr. Potato Head | Catering: The Creek Club | Cakes: WildFlour | Invitations: Sincerely Yours | Rentals: Ooh! Events
Britt Croft is a Charleston wedding photographer available for weddings from Charleston to Georgetown, Wilmington, Savannah, St. Augustine, and destinations worldwide.
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Wedding albums are one of my greatest passions so I’m looking forward to sharing more of these beautiful books as they come in and out of the office on the way to their new homes. I love sharing just how special and beautiful albums are and my hope is always for each couple to have the most beautiful way to display their wedding. Recently I worked with my bride Kaitlen on she and her husband Joey’s wedding album from their April 2013 wedding I photographed in Savannah, Georgia.
I can’t get enough of these albums and how special they will be as Kaitlen & Joey’s family expands and they have little ones to share the story of their wedding day with. Kaitlen and I worked together to fine tune the layout of their album and she and Joey chose a gorgeous brown premium calf leather for the cover. I just love sending these stunning handmade books off to their forever home! Enjoy a few images and favorite spreads from Kaitlen and Joey’s album.
Britt Croft is a wedding photographer available for weddings throughout South Carolina, Georgia, and the surrounding areas including the Golden Isles, St. Augustine, Greenville, Atlanta, Charleston, and beyond.
Heyyyoo Friday Five! It’s been a minute. Somehow the summer managed to turn into January 2016 in the blink of an eye so my Friday Five wasn’t so much. But I’m excited to bring the series back hopefully more consistently in 2016 and I have plenty to share for January! Here are five things on my mind today on this last Friday in January, and a few of my favorite Instagrams from the month.
1. Insta-Hiatus: See those three pictures? Those are the only non-work insta’s I shared in January because I took four weeks (from Dec 24 on) entirely off Instagram. We’ve had a lot going on and I was really feeling the need to detox, so I just entirely removed it from my phone and it was SO refreshing. I am a big believer in social media free weekends and try to keep every weekend that way, but entirely being off around the holidays was awesome.
2. Slow Season Catch Up: This is “off season” for wedding photographers, but for the last few years the off season has seemed to pass oh-so quickly. I’m busy over here working on a huge web project, catching up on all things administrative, making plans for achieving my 2016 goals, and am revisiting, revising, and changing up plenty of workflow things. I do love this season to really work on the guts of my business :)
3. House Update: I can’t even remember where we were at with the house with my last Friday Five, but we’ve been moved in and are LOVING it! Next week I hope to share a “mini” house tour and plenty of before and after pictures from our epic years long renovation process.
4. Travel: We’ve been bitten by the travel bug lately. I think printing and framing some of our favorite travel pictures from the last few years has gotten me really itching to see somewhere new. We have some plans for the year but I always love building upon our list of “bucket list” places. What are some of the coolest, most awesome places you’ve been or want to go? Leave a comment…I’d love to know!
5. Goal Setting: I know I mentioned goals a bit…but seriously, I love a good goal. I love spending the last few weeks of the year looking over that years goals, seeing how I measured up to what I wanted to do, what worked, what didn’t, and then really figuring out what I want to change. From there, it’s all about dreaming for the new year, and I love that. I think goals really push you to do what it takes to make it happen and if you are someone like me who LOVES the feeling of crossing something off your list…well that’s plenty of motivation in and of itself ha. I also love reading other peoples goals! I just find it fascinating and love seeing what different people strive for in their lives.
Happy February (well, on Monday) guys! Hard to believe one month of 2016 is already behind us!
I’m so excited to finally be able to share images from a shoot back in September that is now out in the current issue of The Celebration Society. Meghan Bishop was the heartbeat behind this romantic and moody winter wedding inspiration and I love the way everything came together. Together the talented vendors involved wanted to inspire brides to think outside of the box…bringing in unexpected elements such as artichokes, pomegranates, and subtle patterns, all balanced by classic southern textures, such as lace and rich velvet. The stunning invitation suite offers a soft and organic touch on the traditional holiday red and green…and those florals! Stunning! If I was a winter bride looking for some rich, warm, and unique inspiration I’d be all over this! It says southern and classic but isn’t stuffy or over the top, which it can be easy to do in the winter months when you are trying to make up for lack of color in landscape and surroundings.
You can find the entire shoot published in the latest issue of The Celebration Society, available on newsstands throughout the Southeast.
Conceptualized, styled and planned by Meghan of Meghan C Bishop Weddings | Photography: Britt Croft Photography | Florals: Waiting on Wildflowers | Paper: Kris10Smith | Linens & Chairs: Ranco | Hair & Makeup: Salon Indigo, Katie Reagan | Menswear: Low Country Clothier | Bridal Gown: Allure from House of the Bride
Britt Croft is an Augusta Wedding Photography and offers wedding and portrait photography throughout the Southeast and Nationwide. She also photographs weddings in Charleston, Columbia, Savannah, Greenville, St. Augustine, and beyond.
Another year has come and gone and it’s so crazy to look back at all that took place and how things have changed. Each year I become more and more grateful for this business, the people that it brings into my life, the things I get to experience because of and through it, and how it blends so well into & shapes my personal life.
This year, instead of a strictly BCP year in review, I also wanted to weave some personal photos and milestones in as well. It was a big year for us personally, finally moving into the house we’ve been spending the last few years building. Boy am I overdue for a separate post on that! Looking back at these photos my heart feels SO full. The end of the year is always my favorite…it’s a time to review what worked & didn’t, and to make resolutions and goals to change what you didn’t like in the coming year. But the end of last year was hard and not at all my favorite…with August seemingly turning into the beginning of January in the blink of an eye, and a lot of struggles and shortcomings personally over those 5 months…mostly due to hustling to finish the house on time, moving in September, a busy fall season, and 2 major medical emergencies with 2 of our animals. Ending the year with stress, disorganization, and not much down time to really soak in the holidays had me in a funk, but finally having the time now to slow down, look back, and remember all of the amazingness that was 2015, all of the wonderful people I shared wedding days with, all of the big and small adventures we had as a family…it was all exactly as it should have been.
To check out past year in review posts, you can find 2014 here, and 2013 (the first year I did a year-end review post) here. Cheers to 2016! I am so excited for all that is in store personally and professionally!
January started with me fracturing my leg and partially tearing my MCL in a freak accident here at home. As I got some answer and started to get more mobility into February, we went on an overnight camping trip to the river with Landon and the dogs, and I went to the A Brian Photo workshop in Birmingham. Hobbling my way through everything that I could that had already been scheduled haha. The ABP workshop was phenomenal and I met so many wonderful people and really enjoyed Birmingham. As February turned to March, we did the flea market a few times, laughed a lot at our chickens, and spent a lot of time working on the house reno (no house reno photos were included since they could easily hijack this whole post…I promise I’ll do a separate post soon!).
Late February & March brought lots of portrait sessions and at the end of March I photographed Brittany & Josh’s Augusta wedding. In April I photographed Bolling & Moultrie’s Charleston wedding, and Jordan & Denny’s Savannah wedding. I decided to play with film a bit more (beyond what I use in my personal work) during sessions & weddings in the spring which was super fun. Below is one of my favorite images of Moultrie and his groomsmen chicken fighting pre-ceremony, shot with a Holga. We also planted our garden for the third year in a row and started to take advantage of the warmer temps and fish as often as we could!
In May I photographed Morgan & Pate’s Savannah wedding, then made the trip to Maryland for Rachel & Matt and Jessica & Justin’s weddings. While home, I took one of my all-time favorite photos EVER of my grandparents. I also met one of my best friend’s new baby girl…sweet little Kinslee babe. Around Memorial Day, we celebrated Dustin’s 30th birthday, took a day trip to the beach, and picked strawberries.
June and July brought lots and lots of quality time with my buddy Landon. We took day trips to the beach a few times, spent a few afternoons at the river, and did a lot of swimming in the pool. Anything we could do around the water together! June was also the month of Allie & Tom’s Savannah wedding and McCauley & Brad’s Charleston elopement. Over the summer, I also had a 2014 couple featured in The Knot: The Carolinas magazine as well as a 2013 couple featured in Southern Bride magazine!
Throughout the summer we took advantage of all of our favorite things. Picking peaches at the peach farm down the road from our house, spending time on the river, at the beach, fishing in the pond, and we spent quite a few nights at the roping pen.
In July I photographed Carly & AJ’s wedding, then in early August I photographed Nikki & Adam’s wedding, both in Charleston. Later that month we learned one of our horses was suffering from a severe case of founder and likely would need to be put down. We did everything we could to reverse her condition but her chances of making it were slim. Somehow she miraculously stabilized, and just in time for me leave her in Dustin’s care to scoot up to Maryland for my planned SoMd mini sessions, which we had amazing turnout for. I loved every second of reconnecting with past clients and meeting some new faces. Brittany & Josh’s wedding was also featured in the fall issue of The Celebration Society magazine which came out at the end of the summer so that was super exciting! At the end of August, Roxanne photographed Rachel & William’s Charleston wedding as an associate for BCP. Then just at the beginning of September we moved into the new house and celebrated Landon’s 9th birthday with a pirate themed pool party :)
In September I photographed a stunning winter styled shoot for Meghan Bishop (coming out in the newest issue of The Celebration Society magazine at the end of the month!), Casey & Jason’s Augusta wedding, and two absolutely memorable and intimate elopements…Brooke & Josh’s Charleston elopement (we share a wedding anniversary now!) and Megan & Jeff’s Rose Hill Plantation elopement in Bluffton. I also spent some time in Savannah shooting one of my all-time favorite engagement sessions ever, and Dustin and I took a day trip to Atlanta to watch the Braves play which was definitely a highlight of the whole fall.
I also can’t forget about Abbey & Kenny’s beachfront Charleston wedding I shot in early September…they were such a fun couple and I loved being a part of another small, intimate wedding. In October we enjoyed the most incredible windows & doors open weather and no humidity (little did we know we’d get the humidity in December instead…yuck). We first took Riley to the vet for the lump on his paw in October, but didn’t find out until November it was cancer. And we also had family portraits taken by the talented Still Co., and I photographed Whitney’s stunning bridal portraits at the new Gadsden House in Charleston!
October was also the month of Hurricane Joaquin! What a weekend! Adam & Tricia were total troopers for their waterfront Charleston wedding that got completely poured on, and same goes for Kristen & Ryan and their Aiken wedding plans that were moved around a bit due to the storm. Later that month we headed to Maryland for a quick weekend trip to watch our friends Kate & Garrett get married, and then returned for Megan & Ryan’s Charleston wedding. We also had family in for Thanksgiving, hosted our first holiday in the new house, and Landon and I ran a 5k together. In December, Dustin ran another with me (his first!) and he finished 3rd overall male!
December brought Christmas decorations, picking out our tree, Michelle & Will’s Charleston wedding, our first Christmas in the new house, ridiculously warm and grossly humid temperatures, our favorite dinner date of Takosushi, and more progress and treatment for Riley’s cancer. Just before New Years, we took the whole crew on the road (us, Landon, and the dogs) to spend time with family in Maryland and photograph Jenna & Denny’s NYE wedding. On New Years Day, we had friends over to my moms and released wish lanterns over the river, which has become such a new fun tradition we’ve done for the last 3 years.
Phew! What a year! So many special moments and I’m so, so grateful for cameras and the ability to remember even the simplest most minute little details that mean so much. I rarely take a step back and look at my year on both a personal & professional level together, but loved co-mingling the two for this years post and hope to do the same next year!
It’s hard to believe we are wrapping presents, gearing up to celebrate the holidays, and saying adios to another year. This holiday season we enjoying time away from the computer, with friends and family, appreciating the things that matter the most…relationships, quality time, and rest. Over the break I’ll be trying to form some thoughts on the amazingness that was 2015 and all of the incredible people I had come into my life through this business, but until then, enjoy the holiday season and we will see you all in 2016! :)
Hi! I’m Brittani, and I’m a South Carolina and Georgia wedding and portrait photographer. I’m also a wife, bonus mom, animal lover, and passionate about creating real, timeless, and romantic images that tell a story and are full of life. I’m inspired by light, love, the outdoors, and adventures with my family. Feel free to browse the blog to see more of my work, learn a bit about my life, and don’t hesitate to send me a note if you’d like to chat!