All photographers have their strengths, areas that they specialize in, that they’re particularly passionate about. For us, that passion is generally weddings! We love the glow of a bride in her wedding dress, the happy tears of family and friends, and the excitement of the groom when he sees his wife-to-be… There’s something about weddings, and the shoots that get to precede them (the romance of engagements and the beauty of bridals) that moves us, and so we consider ourselves to be wedding photographers.
On occasion, however, there comes along an opportunity that we just can’t pass up that is not a wedding! In the case of this particular post, sweet little Cambria turned 1 year old on October 16th, 2010! About a year ago, a few days after she was born, Lauren (Cambria’s mommy) contacted us about taking Cambria’s newborn portraits. We were just breaking into the business, and had never done any portraits of babies before, but the portraits came out adorable! A few months ago, Lauren asked us about photographing Cambria’s first birthday party, but close friends of ours were getting married on the day of Cambria’s party, and we didn’t think we’d be able to swing both events. When only a few weeks were left until sweet little Cambria’s birthday and Lauren still hadn’t found another photographer, we just had to jump at the opportunity to photograph Camrbia’s first year of life, full-circle! Sweet Cambria was such a big part of the start of our business, and we’re so glad it worked out that we were able to document her first birthday!
Not to mention that the party was freakin’ adorable! Lauren and Stephen threw one heck of a party 😉 The party was held at Fort Mill Preparatory School, where guests got to enjoy a bounce-house and a petting zoo, complete with a pony. A PONY. How many kids in America dream of having a pony at their birthday party? Like… EVERY SINGLE ONE! There were clowns who performed a magic show, and cupcake themed decorations everywhere. There were hamburger-cupcakes, and cupcake-themed birthday cake! Cambria rocked an adorable tu-tu, while all of her friends got fill their trick-or-treat Halloween buckets with candy from a cupcake piñata!
Great job, Lauren and Stephen- The party was absolutely incredible! Thanks for letting us have such a fun role in Cambria’s first year! 😀
Our shoot with Tate and Kelly yesterday was one of our most fun “work” days ever! Maybe it had something to do with the fact that we were in Charleston, and there’s not much that could make anything you do in Charleston feel like work… Or maybe it was the fact that the whole shoot felt more like a double date than anything else! From our very first time meeting them at our initial consult, we knew that we were really going to enjoy working with Kelly and Tate! They were so genuine with each other during the whole engagement shoot- we gave just a few posing suggestions along the way, but every smile and every way that they look at each other in each image is completely authentic. While we were shooting and adjusting camera settings, they were having quiet conversations and laughing with each other as if we weren’t even there. We absolutely can’t wait for their Charleston wedding in May!
What a whirlwind this week has been! Not only did Brian and I photograph the charmingly eclectic botanical-nursery wedding of Kelsey and Daniel, but I also spent the 5 days preceding the wedding with the bride, as I was one of her bridesmaids! Kelsey and I grew up together… our dads were even friends in high school in California (you can read all about how she and Daniel met in our blog post of their Engagement Portraits). One thing that was made very prevalent through the planning of their wedding: their primary goal was to honor Christ in though every detail. Their engagement was only 2 months long (I can’t believe they beat us- I thought 3 1/2 months was short!), which was something they had decided on early in their relationship. They wanted a short engagement to minimize the length of time where the imminence of marriage could lead to temptation. Their pastor preached on the reflection of the gospel within marriage for about 30 minutes during the ceremony. The song they danced to at their reception was about Christ’s love for his church, rather than a classic ballad.
Kelsey’s vintage dress was given to her by a family friend… how many family friends just happen to have a never-been-worn, vintage wedding dress that fits the theme of such an eclectic wedding perfectly, in a size 0? This dress was truly a blessing for my sweet friend! The wedding venue was a botanical nursery in Jeffersonville, Indiana called Hidden Hill, just a few miles across the river from Daniel and Kelsey’s current residences in Louisville, Kentucky. The owners of Hidden Hill had only ever hosted a few family weddings on the grounds before Daniel and Kelsey’s- they were so kind, and even used a lot of their own plants and flowers to decorate the ceremony and reception areas! The whole wedding came together beautifully, which just goes to show: there’s just no excuse for anyone who thinks they can’t plan a wedding in 60 days!
OCTOBER 1, 2010