You know what’s one of the BEST parts about our job? Working with AWESOME PEOPLE like Ashley and Matt! As soon as we met them and their sweet little girl at Starbucks for our very first consultation, we knew we would just love working with them and getting to know them. Both of them have such kind hearts and it’s abundantly evident how deeply they love each other and how important it is to them to keep their relationship and their family grounded in the Lord. For their engagement session, we headed out to a beautiful old home that’s been in Ashley’s family for several generations! Her family has kept the home’s historic architectural integrity and it was just the perfect setting for her engagement session with Matt! The couple incorporated some fun and sentimental props including scrabble letters (to represent their one of their favorite and apparently very competitive pastimes), a beautiful Bible that Matt had leafed with what will be Ashley’s new names once they’re married, and their Clemson vs. USC gear! Enjoy a few of our favorites from Matt and Ashley’s engagement session!
In the Charlotte, NC area, we usually only see snow about once or twice each year… and even then, it’s only a couple of inches. But every time the forecast calls for snow, we put out a casting-call on our Facebook page for a bride to get dressed up in her dress again for some snowy bridals for our portfolio. Every time we put it out there, we get a few raised-eyebrows and a few texts expressing vague interest, but no takers! It’s understandable… who wants to put on an expensive and most likely sleeveless gown and hang out in the freezing cold for longer than, like, 5 minutes? Well… this winter, Brian’s sister, Colleen, agreed to be on-call, ready and willing to dawn a wedding gown and let us snap some snowy bridal shots of her should we get a really good snow. And as most of you know, we got QUITE the snow this past week! And this time, we were prepared. We’d found a gorgeous long-sleeve vintage wedding dress at a thrift-store about a month ago and snatched it up! It serendipitously fit Colleen perfectly. Once we had the dress, we considered just going to the mountains for the shoot as the weeks droned on with no snow in sight. We began brainstorming how to style the session, and the style and structure of the down led us to a wintery “Snow White” theme… more like Snow White & the Huntsman than the Disney cartoon, of course! This inspired us to track down some jewelry that makes one think, “Mirror Mirror!” and a luxurious fur wrap. We meant to get more together and schedule a firm date to traipse up to the mountains (like some customized stationary and a bouquet), but once it began snowing gorgeously right here in our hometown, we decided to go just for it. I did Colleen’s hair and makeup, and we spent the longest 20-30 minutes of her life take gorgeous Snow-White-inspired bridal images in the middle of a gorgeous snow-flurry, lol! This girl was such a trooper, and we were able to get some breathtaking shots that captured our Snow White Bridal vision beautifully. Enjoy a few of our favorites from our session with Colleen!