When Catie initially emailed us about taking their engagement photos, we agreed to meet at a coffee shop near UNCC to get to know each other and talk about the session. For some reason (I cannot remember why), Brian and I had decided to bring Bear with us on all of our errands that day, and when we arrived at the coffee shop a half-hour early for our meeting with Catie and her fiancé Devin, we decided to sit outside in the beautiful March weather with our sweet doggy and let him enjoy meeting new people for a few minutes before the couple arrived. As the meeting-time drew near, I sent Catie a quick message from my iPhone, letting her know that we were at the meeting place and, in case they arrived early, that we had our dog with us but would try to put him in the car before they got there. About 30 seconds later, the couple who had been sitting at the table next to us for the last 15 minutes turned to us and said, “Hey, are you guys Brian and Melissa?” Hahaha! They had been just 5 feet away from us all along, and we knew we like them when they told us not to put Bear away and let him join our meeting ; )
Catie and Devin’s August wedding will take place in Asheville, NC, at bed and breakfast with an intimate restaurant reception with family. Their package at their ceremony venue already included a photographer for their wedding, which (I’m not gonna lie) we’re pretty bummed about, because we so enjoyed our engagement session with this couple! They were relaxed, easy to photograph, affectionate and fun. Catie couldn’t decide between a rustic, natural setting or a quaint, vintage-downtown backdrop for the session, so we suggested beginning in historic Downtown Fort Mill and ending at the Greenway to incorporate both. The images turned out great, and we couldn’t be happier for Catie and Devin and their wedding- we’re sure it’s going to be beautiful!
I think Joe and Maisie have one of the sweetest proposal stories! After dating since high school and all throughout college, Joe decided to propose on a snowy mountain-top, surrounding Maisie with lots of friends. On a snowboarding excursion, Joe had custom T-shirts made for all of their friends to wear, to aid in the proposal. He arranged with Maisie’s mother to call as they were about to get on the chair-lift, and make up a story about Maisie’s dog being sick in order for their friends to make it up the chair-lift far enough ahead of them to get themselves arranged. When Joe and Maisie finally made it up the lift to the top of the slope, Joe (who usually lends an arm to Maisie and helps her off the lift), sped away toward their group of friends, waiting off to the side of the lift. When Maisie, disoriented from having to get out of the lift and get situated on her own, finally looked up, she found her boyfriend on one knee, her friends having opened their snowboarding jackets to reveal that each of their T-shirts spelled out “Will You Marry Me,” and a crowd of on-lookers cheering! Of course, she ran over to Joe and said “Yes!” There is even a video of the proposal on youtube- Joe did a fantastic job!
We are super stoked for their upcoming September wedding to be held at the brand new Brakefield at Riverwalk venue. This venue just had its’ grand opening at the beginning of April, and Maisie and Joe’s will be the first wedding we get to shoot there! Their navy and pink event is certainly one we are looking forward to, as we had a really wonderful time getting to know them at their engagement session! Check out a few of Joe and Maisie’s engagement images below:
Aaron and Hanna’s wedding took place in Columbia, South Carolina. Their church was beautiful and new- they were the first couple to be married in the church’s new property! Their reception was held in the historic Seibels House, the feel of which flowed perfectly with their wedding colors and the classic air of their wedding day attire! We were particularly impressed with the guys’ wardrobe selection… gray slacks and v-neck sweaters over collared dress-shirts and ties… and the groom’s distinguishing element was a classy button-down sweater. So classic and timeless, re-wearable and different from the typical Men’s Warehouse tux!