Archive for October, 2011
Rachel and John are the sweetest couple ever. They drove up from the Savannah area for their engagement session and brought along their dogs, Wriggly and Tybee. These dogs are super loved, I can tell, and it was adorable how they wanted to include them in their session! Tybee had recently recovered from surgery but is a very strong pup and a real trooper! I worked with Rachel’s mom at the Savannah Morning News when I was a full time photojournalist and am thrilled that they thought of me when it came time for Rachel’s wedding. I already feel like I have known these two forever and can’t wait for their wedding in May!! It’s going to be so beautiful! Their love for one another shines bright as the sun and reminds me how lucky I am to be able to capture such beauty! Congratulations Rachel and John!!
Stephanie married JR on Saturday at beautiful Magnolia Plantation. I have already started going through their fun wedding images and can’t wait to show them soon! In the meantime, here are Stephanie’s bridal portraits that we took at Boone Hall Plantation. Isn’t she gorgeous!
Marissa married Robert and I am finally allowed to post some of her bridal portraits! I’m so excited to show this gorgeous bride to the world! RiverOaks provided incredible backdrops for our shoot. It was by chance that I met Marianne Caldwell, who owns this beautiful four acre waterfront location anchored on the banks of the Wando River – or perhaps it was divine intervention. We were side-by-side in the Apple Store getting our computers fixed. She overheard my desperate plea for a quick repair, as I had millions of wedding photos that needed editing! Little did I know, the perfect ears heard my plea. She politely mentioned that she had a wedding venue and generously offered for me to come check it out and shoot sometime. I was excited about the encounter and to learn of a new venue. That night, I took a quick look at her website and stored her information in my memory bank. Time passed, as time so quickly does, and it took me meeting her a second time to really take note. This time around, she was a guest at a wedding I was photographing. I did not ignore this second encounter and took it as a big old sign that I really was supposed to go check out her venue. Marissa and I had plans to have her bridal session at an entirely different location. I live in Charleston but was in NYC for a corporate shoot when I thought about trying out RiverOaks for Marissa’s bridals. Of course, this was the day before our session. On my flight back to Charleston, I emailed Marianne from the plane, thinking surely that my idea was not going to work…too last-minute. When I landed, I opened my phone back up and was shocked to see a message from Marianne saying she would leave the door unlocked with instructions on where to change! Then I REALLY couldn’t believe it when I drove up and saw the venue. Wow. It surpassed my expectations and I quickly realized the incredible humbleness of Marianne. RiverOaks is spectacular. I am very thankful that Marissa was up for the switch and that Marianne trusted her venue with me. This was the perfect location for Marissa and I feel like it brought out her special glow within. Life sure is wonderful when meeting someone in the Apple store turns into a wonderful shoot at a uniquely beautiful venue with a stunningly beautiful bride, followed by a scrumptious dinner shared with new friends. Now, keep an eye out for Marissa and Robert’s wedding! Soon to come on the blog!
Erin and Victor traveled from Malibu, California to Hilton Head, South Carolina for their wedding celebration and I am so happy they found me! It was such a pleasure getting to know these two and a real honor to capture all of their precious memories throughout the day. They had to move the ceremony one day forward to Monday (!) since guests traveling from the West Coast were having travel complications due to the threat of Hurricane Irene. Despite the challenges, Erin and Victor kept their composure and enjoyed a perfect day at a private beach house that goes by the name “Yellow Dog” shared with some of their closest friends and relatives. The weather could not have been more glorious. As the sun shone bright upon this beautiful couple, we all felt the warm Carolina sea breeze on our skin and breathed in the salty ocean air. The day was organized by the super talented and sweet Leah McCarthy of Weddings With Leah and catering was provided by Downtown Catering + Events. I have to say, they provided some of the most creative, colorful and beautiful dishes that I have seen yet at a wedding. Not your typical fare. Victor’s Uncle, Robert, put a lot of work into designing the menu and Erin’s mother, Connie, did all of the decor with her friends from Erin’s home town. Impressive! She selected and ordered ALL the flowers, handmade the table runners, placemats, “hooray” wands, did every single flower arrangement, including table arrangements and all the torches heading to the ceremony, found and purchased the big vases at the alter, did all of the sea-themed garland and E&V decor throughout the ceremony…EVERYTHING! She is crazy, crazy talented and has very loving girlfriends who helped her do the leg-work. I know Erin was truly thankful for her mother’s loving effort. Also, Victor’s grandmother, Cheri, hand painted their invitations and the artwork on their programs. I love that this event was truly personal and they had so much support from loved ones. Victor mentioned that the West Coast is not blessed with sea oats like we have here so I captured that difference in some of their portraits so they can always remember where they were on their special day. I secretly wish Erin and Victor lived on the East Coast. They are lovely people who I would enjoy spending more time with! Congratulations on finding each other and may your lives be full of joy and laughter! (Also special thanks to all of the wonderful vendors who made this day happen – Joy Ross of Style It Salon, Signes Cake, The Tent Factory, and Deas-Guyz band.)