Archive for 'Bridal'

September 08, 2014

Since the beginnings of time, people have celebrated both life and love beneath the flowering branches of the cherry tree.

Readers have watched Leah celebrate her Engagement Session at the South Carolina State Fair, and later, her Beautiful Wedding at the rustic Bitmore Church in Ashville  and we’ve come to know the adventurous spirit and romantic inclinations of both Leah and her husband Kyle.

With Autumn just around the corner, the cooler nights and falling leaves remind us that Summer is quickly becoming a fading memory. As we begin to prepare ourselves for yet another cold, dreary Winter, let’s take a memory of Spring with us. Back to the sound of the peepers, and the blossoming of the cherry trees . . .

“Blossoms are scattered by the wind and the wind care nothing, but the blossoms of the heart no wind can touch.” — Yoshida Kenko

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September 11, 2013

When one thinks of historic homes of the South, what usually comes to mind is the rambling plantation home with deep porches and avenues of Spanish Moss.  Often forgotten are the myriad of other historic venues which came to life in the Roaring Twenties – a time of ballroom dancing, Art Deco, flappers, and parties that lasted until dawn.

The Henry Hall Wilson House near Charlotte, NC, is one such place, and turned out to be the perfect location for Anna’s Bridal Session.

A true Southern Belle, Anna was a dream to photograph.  And in true Southern style, she was as comfortable in the lavish surroundings of the former Sikes Mansion as she is in the woods with her bow, or on the river with her fishing pole.

I once read that a true Southern Belle possesses both beauty, charm and style, while having a core of strength, intelligence and wit.  I can’t think of a more perfect description for this beautiful bride.

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April 23, 2013

When I first met with Brandy and Aaron for their Engagement Session, one of the things that stayed in my mind, was the couple’s respect of history and their reverence for the hand-sewn quilt handed down through Brandy’s family.
Their connection with the past generations is one all too familiar with true Southerners. As Tim Jacobson wrote in Heritage of the South, “It is a loyalty to a place where habits are strong and memories are long. If those memories could speak, they would tell stories of a region powerfully shaped by its history and determined to pass it on to future generations.”

As I traveled with Brandy’s family to the Beaufort – Yemassee areas of South Carolina for her Bridal Session, I was overwhelmed by the family’s love and ‘togetherness’ as we shared an adventure into the Old South.
One of the sites chosen for her Session was the Old Sheldon Church Ruins, formerly known as the Prince William Parish Church. The church was built in 1751, and at that time was regarded as the finest country church in south, with its neo-classic temple form now making it the oldest such building in America. What better venue could one expect for a family who cherishes the past and incorporates it into the present.
As I was shooting pictures from every angle, I couldn’t help but notice the plaque stating the church had first been burned by British troops during the American Revolution, and burned again during Sherman’s March to the Sea. The building was never restored following the Reconstruction, and the ruins remain today as a gentle reminder of how the present blends with the past.

We ended the Session at Hunting Island State Park, as the gentle waves of the low tide cast the backdrop when the sun disappeared below the horizon. I couldn’t help but think of all the generations of Brandy’s family looking down on her and being filled with pride, watching as a generation of the New South made their own entry into the history books.

Watch for a future blog as the couple travels to Saratoga Springs in Mount Pleasant, NC, for a plantation-style wedding.

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September 20, 2012

When you tell your bride that you know of an old, rustic stone wall about one mile down a trail that would photograph beautifully, and she doesn’t hesitate to take that hike in the dead of summer….you know you’re going to have a great time!

Our session was held at the very beautiful Landsford Canal State Park. Bridal Sessions truly have to be my favorite. I know I say that a lot, but I think the reason I always enjoy them so much is because I am lucky to have adventurous brides who are willing and eager to do just about anything to get that special picture! I know many people won’t notice it, but it rained during our session (add that to a satin and lace gown….) but that wasn’t enough to stop her! We continued on and if you look closely you will see rain drops on the leaves…a little artistic touch from God 🙂

Lindsey and Matt married on September 8th at the very beautiful Brakefield at Riverwalk in Rock Hill, SC. Their wedding was every bit as adventurous as her Bridal Session, as those tiny drops of rain we saw in the Session turned into a torrential downpour for the wedding. Despite umbrellas and a sermon a little more brief than usual, it certainly didn’t dampen the spirits of the wedding party.  I figure if they can weather that storm, marriage should be a piece of cake for them.

Many Congratulations Lindsey & Matt…it’s been an absolute pleasure working with you this year!



July 05, 2012

It’s not always that we can ‘come home’ again, but when the opportunity presented itself to photograph a former classmate in West Virginia, I jumped at the chance to travel the roads that I once called home.

The location…..ah, breathtaking. We shot on a private farm in Glenville, West Virginia. Thankfully, the bride agreed to travel almost two hours to get there, but the moment she arrived and witnessed the amazing beauty this place had to offer…she had no regrets! Rolling hills, gorgeous ponds, fields, fences, barns. I love photographing in locations like this because the natural beauty of the area and the subject complement beautifully. There are no distractions, and honestly, I think I could photograph every single session here! Add in the mixture of amazing lighting, a gorgeous bride and a stunning Maggie Sottero gown from Elizabeth Michael’s Boutique and I’ve got one of my favorite sessions to date!

Brittany was up for anything. She simply said “I trust you!” and we spent the next few hours shooting. In total, we probably walked well over a mile, got bitten by mosquitoes, and then she patiently waited while I tested out a new lighting system (see last image!) This girl never complains! And talk about patience being a virtue –  just wait until you read about her wedding day on the blog! To say she had to overcome some “difficulties” is a huge understatement, but yet again…she did it with patience, poise and class.

I’m so thankful that she and her amazing husband, Rodney, had me photograph their journey from engagement to marriage! Stay tuned for their wedding blog coming soon!

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April 23, 2012

…..and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.

Congratulations to Rachael and Andrew! They had a beautiful southern wedding on Saturday and I can’t wait to blog about their amazing and perfect day!

Rachael had her bridal session early April and I have been anxiously waiting to share this image in particular with you! First, I’m sure you’re wondering….is that all real? And yes, it sure is! This is actually the THIRD rainbow of the evening during our 1 1/2 hour session! (It’s very hard to see, but there was actually a double here!) At first the weather started out beautiful, but it quickly turned on us. Here we are standing in a large, open field and it starts raining. I assumed they’d want to call the session, but nope! We continue in the rain and minutes later the storm begins to clear. It was a truly amazing and beautiful scene. The sun appeared from behind the clouds (which is where Rachael’s facing) and the storm clouds as well as the rainbow appeared behind Rachael. The lighting situation was just perfect! For you photographers….this is 100% all natural light! Just a perfect scenario 🙂

I’ll be sharing more of Rachael’s bridal session and their wedding in the upcoming weeks! Be sure to check back!



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