Emily + Steve |Downtown Conway, SC Engagement Session

I knew as soon as I met Steve & Emily at a local coffee shop that I wanted to capture their  wedding. Small and intimate ceremonies with just the closest friends and family are my favorite because at the end of the day I feel like I’ve become one of the gang.

They both said they love the Downtown Conway area, and I mean what’s not to love. There is something very special about this little neck of the woods. The riverwalk is one of my most favorite places to be in the world. The downtown area has a southern charm that just can’t be found anywhere else. I know I live here so I am bias, but its why I live here.

Steve has twin boys, so we turned this into a family affair. Caleb & Cody are the sweetest and I can’t wait to challenge them to a hot cocoa drinking contest on the wedding. I think I can take them. LOL  As we strolled through Conway talking about the wedding and finding amazing light, this little family became some of my favorite people. Now I am even more excited about the wedding. Harrison Family -20Harrison Family -31Harrison Family -34Harrison Family -36Harrison Family -41Harrison Family -43Harrison Family -45Harrison Family -52Harrison Family -58Harrison Family -83Harrison Family -84Harrison Family -86Harrison Family -98Harrison Family -107Harrison Family -110Harrison Family -113Harrison Family -121Harrison Family -131Harrison Family -132Harrison Family -140Harrison Family -144Harrison Family -149Harrison Family -150Harrison Family -156

Chris & Mallory’s Tennessee Mountain Wedding

True, we love life, not because we are used to living, but because we are used to loving. There is always some madness in love, but there is also always some reason in madness. Petrarch

When I met Mallory about three years ago, she had never been to the ocean. That just blew my mind. Since we were literally a block away from it. We had to right this wrong. Just the sand on her feet made her so happy. Splashing water at the shoreline, she lit up like a kid at Christmas. Looking back at that night, I know why Chris married her. She makes you want to be happy when she’s around. Chris has the best sense of humor, that combo is a recipe for a long and happy life.

Tennessee was the halfway point for family and friends. The mountains are always a perfect backdrop for a wedding. The weekend was and cabin was full of family and best friends. (the way all weddings should be) Bonfire and a stunning sunset is also a perfect way to start your life together too.

Eat. Drink. And be Married ❤

Wedding-355Wedding-3Wedding-7Wedding-13Wedding-14Wedding-18Wedding-19Wedding-30Wedding-32Wedding-47Wedding-73Wedding-91Wedding-96Wedding-100Wedding-103Wedding-134Wedding-140Wedding-152Wedding-159Wedding-172Wedding-197Wedding-212Wedding-246Wedding-259Wedding-275Wedding-289Wedding-294Wedding-303Wedding-316Wedding-317Wedding-326

Cotton Fields in the South

“I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway… let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves.”
C. JoyBell C.

About once a year I can threaten (I’m kidding. Mostly) my children into pictures. And since they are getting bigger right before my very eyes, I’ll take it. My very sweet friend let us borrow her cotton fields to snag a few. I told them funny stories from when they were little to make them laugh and “forced” them to hug each other. ( You know, because they’re to cool to hug their little brother) It only took few minutes to make these memories that I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.

taylor-aj-1taylor-aj-4ajkids-canvastaylor-aj-2taylor-aj-3taylor-aj-6taylor-aj-7taylor-aj-8taylor-aj-9taylor-aj-11taylor-aj-12taylor-aj-13taylor-aj-15taylor-aj-14taylor-aj-16taylor-aj-17taylor-aj-5

Shabby Chic Outdoor Wedding

Do you ever wonder what a wedding photographer does in their down time?

We think about wedding details, yummy natural light, and how we can stretch ourselves to be a better photographer. I can’t speak for all of us, but I know that’s what I am doing. So that’s just what I did.

With the help of some truly amazing vendors I designed and pulled off a “wedding”. I wanted to do something that was completely my style, and shabby chic is just that. I adore colors, textures, but man made and found just laying around. There is beauty in almost everything. I made an arbor made by suspending books in the air. I loved it so much that I left it up for a few weeks.  The wedding stationary was designed by Brooke Holden Calligraphy. I could just stare it all day. It was almost like Kelly with Little Shop of Flowers could see into my dreams when she designed the bouquet and center piece. Hair and Make up were provided by Savannah Rae. She made me want to wear flowers in my hair all day.  The cake was “nude” and I made that. Liz & Greg were my amazing models for the day. I wanted to use a couple that was already married. The best part is they just celebrated 10 years together. So it was like an anniversary present/shoot. All I had to do was tell Greg to kiss your beautiful wife and she would giggle and just light up. What can I say, even after years of doing this I’m still a sucker for love and chasing the perfect light.

liz-greg-4liz-greg-12liz-greg-14blog3liz-greg-34liz-greg-17liz-greg-38liz-greg-43liz-greg-47liz-greg-49liz-greg-56liz-greg-81liz-greg-96liz-greg-128liz-greg-132liz-greg-134liz-greg-138liz-greg-140liz-greg-144liz-greg-147liz-greg-150liz-greg-162liz-greg-163liz-greg-172liz-greg-181liz-greg-201liz-greg-205liz-greg-209liz-greg-211liz-greg-225liz-greg-233liz-greg-235liz-greg-238liz-greg-245liz-greg-248liz-greg-252

Bridal Session at Caledonia Golf Club Pawleys Island, South Carolina

“I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you, not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me.” —Roy Croft

Caledonia Golf & Fish Club is a perfect backdrop for a southern bridal session. Tall live oaks line the road and the porch of the Pro Shop looks just like a old plantation house. It’s really all SWOON worthy.

When I met Ava and she said that her dress was pink, yes I said PINK. I knew that I just had to photograph her wedding. She is amazingly sweet and super fun. When we were planning her bridal session, she said that she wanted something fun. Vintage Chair, Balloons and her 2 year old daughter, is what we came up with. I am so excited to finally be able to share these.

ava-bridal-5ava-bridal-6ava-bridal-15ava-bridal-17ava-bridal-20ava-bridal-28ava-bridal-29ava-bridal-39ava-bridal-41ava-bridal-43ava-bridal-47ava-bridal-55ava-bridal-64ava-bridal-73ava-bridal-77ava-bridal-83ava-bridal-84ava-bridal-87ava-bridal-90ava-bridal-93ava-bridal-103ava-bridal-110ava-bridal-112ava-bridal-117

Justin (little prince session)

Boys do not grow up gradually. They move forward in spurts like the hands of clocks in railway stations.     

Cyril Connolly

Justin is 2 1/2 and a totally cutie. That red hair and big green eyes, I mean look at him. His grandma and aunt wanted to do something different and fun so that what we did. He became a little prince for the day complete with a stand in princess.(his aunt Nell) We made a throne and found a trusty steed. hahaha Sprinkled in a little magic and Poof!!!

Justin Final -2Justin Final -6Justin Final -9Justin Final -12Justin Final -14Justin Final -23Justin Final -25Justin Final -29Justin Final -30IMG_1389Justin Final -36Justin Final -39Justin Final -43Justin Final -45Justin Final -49Justin Final -50

Thompson Family Beach Session

“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” 
– Michael J. Fox

This family is just the cutest!  Elliott and Haley moved to Myrtle about a year ago and needed some new family pictures to prove that beach life is the best life. lol They have two boy that are silly faces and wiggles. Jude and Liam are all boy but they let me get their good sides before darting off. We had a great time and I cant wait for next year.

Thompson 2016-4Thompson 2016-6Thompson 2016-10Thompson 2016-14Thompson 2016-15Thompson 2016-20Thompson 2016-24Thompson 2016-25Thompson 2016-27Thompson 2016-29Thompson 2016-34Thompson 2016-35Thompson 2016-42Thompson 2016-53Thompson 2016-54Thompson 2016-57Thompson 2016-62Thompson 2016-64Thompson 2016-70Thompson 2016-73Thompson 2016-75Thompson 2016-79Thompson 2016-82Thompson 2016-84

Chadd Family Beach Vacation

You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” » Desmond Tutu

This family was a great change for me. Normally I get there and everyone is wearing white or blue something. These guys wanted just to wear their 2016 NBA Champion shirts. I love it!!!! We had some fun and made great memories. 🙂

Chadd Family 2016-5Chadd Family 2016-10Chadd Family 2016-11Chadd Family 2016-14Chadd Family 2016-18Chadd Family 2016-22Chadd Family 2016-24Chadd Family 2016-26Chadd Family 2016-28Chadd Family 2016-30Chadd Family 2016-33Chadd Family 2016-35Chadd Family 2016-44Chadd Family 2016-47Chadd Family 2016-50Chadd Family 2016-53Chadd Family 2016-60Chadd Family 2016-61Chadd Family 2016-62Chadd Family 2016-68Chadd Family 2016-75

Jake + Carl (Surprise Proposal!!!!!!)

“If a thing loves, it is infinite.”
William Blake
Usually when I meet a client, they are already engaged. I love to hear about the story of them and how the question was POPPED! But I am never there for it. Until now!
Jake contacted me and, boy was he a nervous wreck about what and how to do it. It just had to be perfect but unexpected.  I couldn’t contain my excitement and how much I wanted to help him pull this off.  They were in town on vacation with Jake’s family so we came up with the plan. He told Carl that they were doing family pictures on the beach. Sneaky Sneaky!!!!
I pulled together a romantic picnic complete with candles, strawberries and music playing. I was so nervous I was shaking lighting candles. Jake supplied the champagne and Tiffany & Co flutes. Did I mention the ring was also from Tiffany & Co??? Like in that perfect Tiffany blue box… So all we had to do was put this plan into motion.
They walked into the park and the rest was MAGIC!!  Of course Carl said YES!!!!!   Jake’s family came out of hiding to hug and congratulate the newly engaged couple.
They hung out while we got some engagement pictures. I am so honored and over the moon happy for this couple.

IMG_8754IMG_2307IMG_2358IMG_8760IMG_8772IMG_8783IMG_8785IMG_8795IMG_8801IMG_2320-EditIMG_2353IMG_2360IMG_8838IMG_8842IMG_8869IMG_8848IMG_2503IMG_2491IMG_2519IMG_2530IMG_2658IMG_2677