We photographed Amanda’s gorgeous bridal portraits around the campus of Winthrop University: the place where she met her now-husband Adam, and also the place where she graduated first in her class with her Bachelors! Amanda is a dancer, so we made sure to take lots of shots in and around the visual and performing arts buildings, but really… there are not a whole lot of bad places to shoot on Winthrop’s campus! It’s so historic and beautiful, everywhere you turn there’s another gorgeous spot! We didn’t have to travel far to get some lovely shots, and of course Amanda made a beautiful bride which made our job all the more fun. Enjoy a few of our favorites from Amanda’s bridal portrait session at Winthrop University!
Oh boy… this blog-post has been an emotional one for us. You see, Kailagh is Brian’s darling sister. They are 2 of 6 children in their family (4 boys, 2 girls), and Kailagh was the fifth of the six kids to marry. And although this day was truly one of the loveliest that the Powell family will ever have to look back on, for Brian and I, it was somewhat difficult to work through on the post-production end and now blog. It was a day full of family and dancing and wedded bliss… a time before Brian and Kailagh’s brother, Steven passed away… a time before we knew their father, Joe, was sick. This was the last day our whole family will have ever been together. It is bitter-sweet to reflect upon. It stopped us dead in our little blogging-tracks for awhile, and since it didn’t feel at all right to skip, we’ve sort of been stalled on the blogging front for quite some time. But we decided finally that it’s beyond time to let the world in on one of the most happy days in our family history, so here we go!
Kailagh and Darko met at Erskine College, and dated for 2 years before getting engaged the summer before their senior year. Darko was an international student from Montenegro, on a basketball scholarship, and Kailagh would work all year long to save up enough to fly to Montenegro during the summers to visit Darko and his wonderful family. After Darko had popped the question during one of those romantic, European summers, the two decided they wanted to marry there in Montenegro, and our family planned for the wedding to take place there on June 28, 2014… UNTIL… Kailagh and Darko discovered just a few months prior to their wedding-date that if they got married in Montenegro before Darko became a legal U.S. citizen, he would not be allowed back into the country! Not wanting to postpone their marriage indefinitely and with only 3 months until their anticipated wedding date, Kailagh and Darko were sad to have to change plans and marry here in the U.S. but decided to make the most of it! Luckily, they had a pretty convenient resource for local wedding vendors (ahem… Kailagh’s brother and sister-in-law, a.k.a. US!)
They chose The Ivy Place as their dream-venue for their big day! This place is so ridiculously lovely, and was the perfect setting for Kailagh’s dreamy peach vision. They kept their guest-list small and intimate, only family (which, admittedly, is quite large on Kailagh’s side) and long-time family friends! They selected stunning decor from Ribald Farms and The Gracious Table for their elegant evening wedding. All of Kailagh’s siblings had a role in the wedding: the ceremony was officiated (hilariously) by the eldest Powell brother, Matt. Kevin hosted the rehearsal dinner at his home, and Steven and his wife Callie sang and performed all of the music for the ceremony. Colleen was the matron of honor and Kailagh’s only attendant (something I remember Kailagh always knowing she would want since she was in high school). And of course, Brian and I photographed the day as we had time in between being parents of a newborn and family-members of the bride! (Oh, and somehow I was also Kailagh’s hair-dresser. I am NOT a professional or even novice hair-stylist by any means, so no judging 😉 I have no idea why Kailagh has the faith in me that she does, but thankfully, by the grace of God, it turned out quite lovely.)
I cannot forget to thank Brittany of Discover Love Studios for second-shooting with us that day! She is a former Project:Life bride, a sweet friend, and a talented professional photographer. We do not know what we would’ve done without her that day, with so much more going on for us than on a normal wedding day 😉 She’s awesome! Thank you, Brittany!
Hope you all enjoy a few of our favorites from Kailagh and Darko’s beautiful wedding day!
Bella (above), the “honorary” flower girl and official trouble-maker 😉
Olivia (below), the god-daughter of the bride and the official flower-girl!
Steven & Callie were playing/ singing “Home” as the ceremony- exit song, but they were so good that none of the guests were leaving because they wanted to keep watching and listening. Steven stopped singing and politely recommended that everyone go to cocktail hour and everyone erupted with laughter. He certainly had a way about him 🙂
Blowing kisses to Darko’s family in Montenegro who could not attend.
Our last family photo
Kailagh wanted all of her sisters to wear peach, but we couldn’t all find the right color. Thankfully, when your sister-in-law is the photographer, you get one… ONE… retouched image that represents your vision for your “sisters in peach” photo exactly the way you pictured it in your head 😉
Kailagh had the DJ invite ALL fathers and daughters to the dance floor after the first chorus of “My Girl.” It was so sweet!
Of course Brian had to join the father-daughter dance with Avonlea. Look at that peanut! He was/ is so proud of her.
Oh Steven… There never was a man who enjoyed life more than you did.
Gown | purchased from New York Bride
Ceremony & Reception Venue | The Ivy Place
Event Designer & Planner | Paige King
Ceremony Officiate | Matthew Powell
Stationary | DIY
Rentals & Decor | Ribald Farms
China & Tableware | The Gracious Table
Flowers | DIY
Caterer | Culinary Concepts
Cake | Publix
DJ | MyCharlotteDJs – Thomas Hixson
Sarah and Stephen’s wedding was sort of a happy surprise for Project:Life to photograph 🙂 A few weeks before their wedding, we received word from a fellow photographer, who had a family emergency taking her out of town unexpectedly, and she would need to be gone on the date of Sarah and Stephen’s wedding. Of course we agreed to fill in, and I had the pleasure of meeting with Sarah before the wedding to go over details and to discover that we were a great fit!
Her wedding took place at a venue we will always look to with fondness… Whip-Poor-Will Hill! This lovely farm-house is where Brian’s brother, Steven Powell, married his wife back in 2010. I had no idea, when I stepped out of my car that day to photograph Stephen and Sarah’s wedding, that we would have 3 more months with my brother-in-law on this earth before Whip-Poor-Will Hill would become not just a place with happy memories, but a place that would hold moments, irreplaceable now that he’s gone.
Sarah and her Stephen kept their ceremony and reception casual and intimate. The told their guests to dress appropriately for the hot, June weather, and made sure everyone had a wonderful time celebrating! The ceremony was short and sweet, there was good food, plenty of dancing, and a gorgeous sunset to top it all off at the end of the reception. Enjoy a few of our favorites from Stephen and Sarah’s wedding!