Since we were fortunate to spend more time than ever with Landon this summer, I had a huge list of things I wanted us to do together when it was just he and I. Unfortunately there were many things we didn’t have time for (he starts school already next week! 3rd grade, whoa!), but if there was ONE must-do, it was to take a day trip to one of our favorite spots…Edisto Beach. When Dustin and I first started dating, we came here several years in a row and Dustin’s mom also joined us for parts of each trip. They are really special memories, and Edisto is a really wonderful, low-key beach. So a few weeks ago, we packed our cooler, loaded up our beach chairs and toys, and headed for the coast. We had such a great day (even if I got more sunburnt than ever – that’s what happens when you let a 7 year old apply sunscreen on your back) and I brought along only my 35mm film camera. I love these images I just got back from Indie Film Lab last week :)
4th of July weekend was the first weekend in months that Dustin and I had together where we had literally zero plans. No wedding. No work. No pressing stuff around the farm. Just a relaxing holiday weekend to do whatever we wanted with. We talked about maybe going out to dinner, working on some random stuff around the farm…basically whatever we felt like doing. Instead I woke up Friday morning and he was grinning ear to ear…”I was going to wait until a little later to tell you, but I’m taking you to Bluffton this weekend, so pack your bag.”
I was so excited, and so appreciative that he made surprise plans for us. Our work keeps us apart so much of the time, so we love taking little getaways when we have the time, and it makes it even better when it’s a surprise. We packed our stuff, loaded up the dogs, and headed toward HHI. He’d already made hotel reservations but we got there before check-in, so we went to a park I’d shot a session at last year and let the dogs swim. Then we went back to the hotel, got ready, went to dinner at the Dispensary, and went out to the island for 4th of July festivities. I don’t think we’d ever watched a legit fireworks show in our 5 years together, so that was super fun, and HHI did not disappoint.
The rest of the weekend was spent completely leisurely. We walked downtown Bluffton with the dogs and even got to hang outside with them at the Old Town Dispensary and have happy hour drinks, we went to the beach, ate tons of good food including at our favorite spot, the Old Oyster Factory, we spent time with Dustin’s sister who lives on the island, we stayed up late, slept in, we explored, and we had literally the most amazing time and made some really great memories.
I only had my iPhone with me at times, and other times I brought along my 35mm film camera. The images below are a mix of the two, but you can probably tell which are my phone haha. I’m so happy we have these special memories to look back on…they make me so happy already, and I can only imagine how much more I will love them when we look back a few years down the road.
I’ve been so excited about this concept for several months, so you can imagine how wonderful it was to have the hard work pay off when this Farm to Table Rehearsal Dinner inspiration was published in Magnolia Rouge Lifestyle Issue 2. You can see my blog post on the feature here and read the actual magazine here.
Cote Designs and I teamed up earlier this year and this idea of a farm to table rehearsal dinner grew very organically. We wanted to do something other than the typical wedding day inspiration, and with Karin’s European roots and my desire to do something down-to-earth, the idea was born. We shot on my husband and I’s farm, under my all-time favorite place…our giant willow tree on the edge of the pond. Donna Jannik Catering spoiled us with the most beautiful spread, and my wonderful friends chipped in as the perfect models. Kimberlayne Design did the sweet and simple stationary suite. We were so proud of how our efforts came together and thought it offered some really new, exciting inspiration to couples looking for not only unique rehearsal dinner ideas, but also for the newly married couple who wants to entertain friends and family.
Photography: Britt Croft Photography | Design and Styling: Cote Designs | Catering: Donna Jannik Catering | Paper: Kimberlayne Design
I’ve only had sessions rained out a handful of times. So few times that I honestly can’t even remember them. Unfortunately our first attempt at Charlotte and Andy’s engagement session earlier this summer was one of them. They’d come from Charlotte for wedding planning stuff over the weekend and I was so excited to meet them, but unfortunately a terrible storm blew through Charleston as I was headed there so we decided to reschedule. Fortunately, it always works out that the reschedule is just as good, if not better. We had really nice, even light and got to explore parts of Charleston I hadn’t yet seen, like the College.
I loved getting to know Charlotte and Andy, and think it’s amazing that they’ve been together almost ten years. I’m so excited for their wedding just about a month away and know they will make the most dapper couple on their big day!
I could not have asked Kristyl and Curt’s day to be more perfect. They chose to get married at one of the most picturesque spots overlooking the Chesapeake Bay; Herrington Harbour. Despite the threat of afternoon storms, the weather was completely on point. It may have been a little bit warm, but the fact that we somehow were missed by the storms and given the most gorgeous, even light I’ve seen on a wedding day in a long time was nothing short of a miracle. These two have truly found the best fit in one another and I loved getting to document how deeply they love. Thank you Kristyl, Curt, and your families for including me in such a wonderful day in your lives!
The full gallery of images is available for viewing and ordering here.
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Herrington on the Bay | Ceremony & Reception Music: Crow Entertainment | Catering: Herrington on the Bay | Bride’s Dress: Justin Alexander purchased from Ellie’s Bridal Boutique | Bride & Bridesmaids Shoes: Allure | Bride’s Earrings: Maertens Jewelry | Veil: Elegance by Roya | Hair & Makeup: Chesapeake Bay Resort & Day Spa | Cake & Cupcakes: Blondie’s Baking Company | Bridesmaid’s Attire: Alfred Angelo | Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
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!