What an honor it was to shoot alongside Paige of Paige Winn Photo during Dana and Brett’s wedding at the beautiful William Aiken House in Downtown Charleston back in January. They lucked out with gorgeous weather for an outdoor winter wedding, and the entire day came together flawlessly, ending in a fun encore on the dance floor and my favorite sparkler exit yet. Enjoy some of my favorites!
It’s Valentines Day! So to celebrate, I pulled together some of my favorite images from 2013 that included red and pink. I threw in a few random photos here and there just for fun, but for the most part, these are wedding pictures :) Enjoy!
The below images were all shot as a second shooter for Paige Winn Photo. Her couples were loving some soft pink this year :)
One of my favorite things about not being exclusively a wedding photographer or having two separate websites for my work, is that SO many couples who inquire about wedding photography mention that they loved seeing pets on my website. I always LOVE hearing that because if we have a love of animals in common, it’s no doubt we will get along really well :)
Being one of “those people” who included their pets at their wedding inspired me to write this post about the several different ways to include your four-legged kids in your wedding festivities. When I dreamt of my wedding day, it was really crazy for me to picture the day without Riley and Lexi, our two yellow labs. They are like children to my husband and I, and have played a huge role in our relationship and feeling of being a family even before we were married. I know that all venues have different rules about animals at their location, so of course always ensure you’re adhering to the policies you agreed to when you signed their contract. But if you’re interested in including your four-legged kids, here’s some tips and ideas of how to do so, as well as all of my awesome 2013 couples who included their pets in their wedding events.
1. Dustin and I personally included our dogs in our engagement session as well as at the actual wedding. We did not include them in the ceremony as we did not want to have to designate certain friends to walk them down the aisle, and we did not want them to be a distraction for us or our guests. So instead we were fortunate enough to keep them in a separate location on-site (where my bridesmaids and I got ready) so that they could be there while I got dressed, be in a handful of portraits after the First Look, and then could come to the reception for just a little while. We know that our dogs are great off leash and our wedding venue was tucked back in a private development, so we had no worries about them wandering off or being in danger. When I look back, it’s one of the decisions I was most happiest about my wedding and I’m so glad we went with our gut and included them. It’s also important to note that our venue had no rules about pets in the contract that we signed, and we also took great consideration in our dogs behavior when having them in an unfamiliar building alone for several hours. We knew it was something they would be okay with, but if for any reason your dog does not like this kind of thing, that’s probably one of the quickest ways to lose your security deposit…haha.
2. Going back to the engagement session – if including your dogs in your actual wedding is not logistically possible or is just simply unreasonable, by all means ask to include them in your engagement session! This is the time for more fun, relaxed portraits anyways, so why not? I always suggest either having a friend come to do doggy duty for half of the session (so you have portraits alone with no distractions), or allowing enough time to shoot at two locations, for example starting at your home with your pets, doing a quick outfit change, then heading to a second location. This is also a great idea because even if you can include your dogs at your wedding, often times the wedding day timeline is not going to allot a ton of time for hanging out with them alone or trying to get them to cooperate for pictures. I’m so glad Erin and Danny included their four dogs in their engagement session, because on the day of the wedding we had very little time for portraits and were able to snap just a handful of photos of them both together with two of their dogs who attended.
3. Similar to including your dogs in your engagement session is including them in your bridal session. I even shot a bridal session this year that included horses – I loved that!
4. A few of my couples this year included their dogs during the getting ready portion of the day. Three of my brides had their dogs with them as they got dressed, which worked perfectly for including them in some group pictures, portraits, and more candid images. This is great if you’re getting ready at home or at a rented residence for the weekend. And if possible, you could even have a friend sneak your pup out for just a few bride and groom portraits later in the evening as well.
5. As you’ll see – one of my couples even had their dog, Teddy, as a groomsman! He was even listed in the ceremony program – haha! He is the cute little chihuahua looking pup escorting the adorable little girl in purple. This bride and groom was married in her childhood church, so the church had no problem allowing the dog to walk down the aisle. This is probably not allowed at many churches, but it’s a fun option and I loved that Teddy even had an adorable outfit, too!
6. And finally, an easy and much simpler way to include your pets in your wedding festivities is by honoring them through decor. Some of the sweetest things I’ve seen is when a couple opts to donate to a rescue or shelter in lieu of favors for their guests, using their pets images as table numbers, or even having “mini” versions of them for the cake topper!
You may remember Liz and Cory from their Mount Victoria engagement session earlier this year. I loved getting to know them then and knew that their December wedding in Southern Maryland would be so much fun. Whenever I come back home for weddings, it’s always so nice to see so many familiar faces. At this wedding, I worked with the wonderful Mrs. Mary once again, who also married Daniele and Brendon, I saw some family, some family friends, some friends from middle school, and even met a friend from high school’s mom! It was so fun :)
Liz and Cory were blessed with gorgeous weather in the 50′s…how lucky for December in Maryland! Liz made the most radiant bride and Cory is forever looking at her like he’s the luckiest man in the world. Together they are sweet, funny, down-to-earth, and literally two of the easiest people to spend time with. Their classically designed wedding was elegant from start to finish. I loved Liz’s white, black, and silver touches and gosh…how beautiful of a bride was Liz, and how handsome did Cory (and all of his tuxedo clad groomsmen!) look? I loved how the wedding party looked so put together in their black attire :) From their touching ceremony to their fun reception…it was wonderful from start to finish. Enjoy some of my favorites from their day!
All images will be available for viewing and ordering at this link by January 15.
Ceremony and Reception: Olde Breton Inn | Florals: David’s Florist | Bride’s Dress: Enzoani purchased from Serendipity Bridal and Events | Bridesmaid Dresses: Serendipity Bridal and Events | Bride & Bridesmaid Jewelry: Jenna’s Gems | Hair: The Hair Company | Veil: Serendipity Bridal and Events | Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Officiant: Mary Ann Rahall | Invitations: Kathy Moeller | Cake: Charles Street Bakery | Music: Elite Beatz | Videography: Dave’s Videography | Catering: Bailey’s Catering
When Lauren contacted me in November about photographing her December 21st wedding, I was both excited and curious. Come to find out Lauren and Clay are both medical students who happened to get the same winter break and were going to take advantage of the time off to say their I Do’s in a small town in Georgia. Although we weren’t able to meet before the wedding day, after speaking with Lauren on the phone about her plans and she and Clay’s relationship, I was so grateful that she had stumbled across my work and asked me to photograph such a special day for them.
Lauren and Clay planned a really small, intimate wedding…which I loved. Everything took place within about a mile radius and it made the day easy and relaxed. Clay’s dad officiated their ceremony, and Lauren’s brother sang and played guitar. Their small wedding party made photos a breeze, and since they did a First Look, they had plenty of time to enjoy one another’s company. The reception was short and casual but allowed them the opportunity to spend quality time with their loved ones. I loved that the day was so no-fuss and allowed the two of them to take every second in together. Enjoy some of my favorites from their sweet winter Georgia wedding!
All images will be available for viewing and ordering at this link by January 10.
Ceremony: Franklin Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church | Florals: Tina’s Designs | Catering: Kellie’s Catering | Bride’s Dress: Allure purchased from Patina | Veil: Family heirloom | Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever 21 | Bridesmaid Necklaces: Charming Charlie | Bride’s Hair: Images Salon & Day Spa | Cake: Kellie’s Cakes
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!