This past Saturday I made the trip to Fountain Inn, a cute little town just south of Greenville, South Carolina, for Irina and Mike’s wedding. I’d really been looking forward to their fun backyard wedding that Irina’s parents were hosting at their home, but as I got further north, I drove through more and more showers. Once I got to Fountain Inn, I realized it’d been raining pretty steady all morning so things were not looking good for their outdoor ceremony in the front yard. Despite spotty showers in the early afternoon, the rain held off at just the right times. We were able to do wedding party pictures outside, the sun actually came out RIGHT as Irina was coming down the aisle, and then following portraits downtown it sprinkled on and off again for the rest of the evening. The timing was just perfectly orchestrated, as I think everyone else would agree.
I quickly learned that Irina and Mike complement one another in the best of ways. While it’s obvious both are incredibly smart, talented, and driven, Irina maintained such a calm presence about her all morning, while Mike is clearly the goofball of the duo…he kept me on my toes and fired back to my jokes with hardly any effort. I love grooms that can let loose and laugh a lot :) I really enjoyed getting to spend the day with them and their families and hope that these images convey how incredible their wedding day was from beginning to end, and how beautiful of a couple they are together. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Phillips!
Even though this group shot is missing a few girls, it’s one of my favorites because of how happy everyone looks :)
And okay, I was OBSESSED with how amazing all of the different grey dresses looked, especially with those bright springy florals. So pretty!
The rain wasn’t going to stop us from getting some beautiful bridal portraits at Irina’s church in town. I love the red umbrella so much, and Irina is literally a radiant bride.
After grabbing a few shots at the house, we headed to downtown Fountain Inn for the rest of Irina and Mike’s portraits. Irina is all about including things that are sentimental and meaningful so I love that she had picked out some really special spots, especially since her family has such a long history in Fountain Inn (hence Gault’s Dry Cleaners!). So fun!
I love them and how genuinely happy they make one another. Such a perfect pair.
Irina and Mike are both doctors, so how cool is this guest book?
Mike has the best sense of humor…definitely my kind of groom!
Venue: Bride’s parent’s home | Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier purchased from The Bride Room | Bride’s Shoes: Lulu Townsend | Paper Goods: Reaves Engraving | Florals: Greg Foster | Hair & Makeup: Cotton Rouge | Cake: Kathy & Company | Catering: Good Life Catering | Reception Entertainment: FlashBack
At the end of April I was fortunate yet again to assist at another Paige Winn Photo wedding. Working with Paige is always a treat because her couples are always so fun and easy to be around. This was the third time since March that I’d been at the Rice Mill with her and yet again, the design team transformed it into such a different look than we’d seen before. I loved the simplicity of gray, white, and purple and how it fit the mood of the Rice Mill so well. Becca and Taylor’s day was relaxing and easy from start to finish, their ceremony was heartfelt and emotional, and then everyone had a great time getting down on the dance floor :) Enjoy some of my favorites!
This past Saturday I got to meet so many great new dogs available through the Lowcountry Lab Rescue :) I always love getting together with the dogs, fosters, and volunteers and we had a great turnout this time at the James Island County Dog Park. LLR is a wonderful organization and the volunteers work their tails off pulling dogs from shelters, rehabbing them, and finding forever homes. If you or anyone you know may be interested in one of these dogs, check out their Petfinder website and fill out an adoption application. They also keep their Facebook page updated with all of their available dogs so that’s another great way to keep in touch. And of course, share share share if you can! You never know who may be ready to open up their heart and home to a new pup :)
First up is Poppy. She was such a doll and those eyes just melted me.
This yellow guy above (right) and below is Phoenix. He was definitely a happy camper and very well behaved.
A puppy! This is Jackson. Don’t tell me he isn’t making your heart melt right now…
This sweet old lady is Mother Hubbard. It’s pretty obvious but she’s such a mellow, laid-back girl with an easy and kind demeanor.
Above (right) and below is Gypsy, a real sweet little lady. Look at those ears :)
This guy is Happy, and his name suits him perfectly. He got along with all of the other dogs, loves tennis balls, and just wants to play :)
Above (right) and below is Bear. He was just that…a big teddy bear and a real gentleman.
Next is Cash, another very handsome and laid-back guy.
And to the right we have a good looking chocolate guy named Fudge :)
St. Simon’s Island, a part of the Golden Isles of Georgia, is one of the most beautiful and charming places I’ve ever been in my life. I feel like it’s Georgia’s best kept secret, but probably just because I didn’t grow up around here and it’s new to me. I absolutely love any excuse to get down that way, so when Jessica emailed me about shooting her and Joe’s wedding there this fall, I was so excited. And then twice as excited when she decided to have their engagement session there, rather than Atlanta where they currently live. No offense to you Atlanta, because you’re fun too, but SSI is incredible!
Jessica and Joe were so fun to spend the evening with! Jessica was SO excited, and despite a couple of hiccups in her plans before and during the session, we just rolled along and had a good time :) She and Joe are so funny together…very goofy and themselves, which I love. Jessica wanted to start shooting right in the same area they will say their I Do’s at later this year, so we rocked out her cute little styled setup, and then took in the sunset along the water. Enjoy some of my favorites from their gorgeous evening on St. Simon’s Island!
They included their dog Brody, which of course I was all about! He is the cutest and we were definitely BFF’s from the very beginning.
This is where Jessica and Joe will be getting married in October, and also where they got engaged, so Jessica requested a few silly “re-enactment” photos, which I thought was fun :) Joe totally milked it haha.
Catherine and Bobby’s wedding was so special for so many reasons, but it was especially exciting for me because I’ve known Catherine since I was in middle school. We grew up living across the creek from one another and attended the same school for a while, so it was really, really awesome when Catherine got engaged and asked me to photograph she and her fiance’s big day. I was so excited to meet Bobby at their engagement session because I knew that this guy had made Catherine’s world light up. As I’m sure you can tell, Bobby is just as charismatic, genuine, and warm as Catherine. Their wedding day felt entirely like them from beginning to end, and I loved seeing how happy and at home they were celebrating that evening with all of their loved ones. The ceremony was held at a church in town, and the reception was hosted at the Cox family farm. Catherine’s mom said that they really wanted to focus on family, and I’d say they succeeded. Enjoy some of my favorites :)
Catherine’s parents were married at this same church and also had their formal photos under this same Dogwood tree, so of course that called for a photo on their daughter’s special day years later.
Catherine got dressed in the same church library that her late grandmother was a librarian at. So special :)
Catherine and Bobby poured sand from their respective farms into a unity jar. I love this idea because Dustin and I did the same thing at our wedding :)
Calvert Kettle Corn and Calvert County cookie favors! The Cox’s and Hamilton’s have been farming in Calvert County for generations so I thought it was so awesome that they tied the county into the wedding.
Catherine. Wow. Just wow.
These two don’t take themselves too seriously. They both smashed a bit of cake during the cutting, but then Bobby turned his back afterward and Catherine made sure she had the last word about the whole cake situation :)
What better way to end their post than with Bobby’s amazing take on Gangnam Style? I love it :)
Ceremony: Trinity United Methodist Church | Bride’s Dress: Bridals by Elena | Bride’s Shoes: Ariat | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridals by Elena | Hair & Makeup: Morgan Gerard Salon & Spa | Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Jos A. Bank | Reception: Private family farm | Florist: Bowen’s Florist & Gifts | Catering: Dream Weaver Events & Thompson’s Seafood | Cake: Walls Bakery | Invitations: Allison Barnhill Designs | Music: C&J Entertainment | Videographer: Hornick Studios | Rentals: Top Hat Rentals & Grand Rental Events
Although I have deep roots in Maryland where I grew up, I am absolutely in love with all things southern. I live on a farm in a small town in South Carolina with my handsome husband, my beautiful step-son, our two yellow lab fur-kids, and three spoiled horses. My blog is a journal of sorts. It’s where I can share all about the things I love so much: my family, our life together, and of course all of the amazing and wonderful people and pets whose story I get to tell.
I love collaborating with laid-back and down- to-earth couples who appreciate the value their wedding images will have for the rest of their lives, and I believe in unique weddings that are truly designed around two people and who they are together. I strive to create images that are emotional, organic, fresh, and genuine, but that will remain timeless twenty, thirty, or sixty years down the road. I believe in printed images, developing friendships with my clients, and having a completely relaxed and enjoyable wedding experience. Each and every story I get to tell is unique and I truly enjoy sharing all of the little pieces that together form this beautiful relationship.
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