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wisteria bridal portraits | kailagh

One of the many things I love about the south (vs. my SoCali upbringing): the seasons. They exist here! In full, glorious dimension!

The reds, yellows and oranges of fall are straight out of a Nicholas Sparks movie (movies I watched in high school and thought the settings were just “movie magic”). The brilliant white of snow in the winter visit my own front yard (I don’t have to drive deep into the Grapevine to go sledding). And spring…

Spring is a botanical rainbow!

The peach blossoms in late March (something we opted to miss this year with a new baby in our arms)… the azaleas of early April… the rose gardens of May… they are all stunning and make gorgeous backdrops for our summer brides’ portrait sessions.

But the wisteria! This was something we had yet to take advantage of. It’s so hard to plan around, because there aren’t exactly wisteria gardens or fields we could book. Wisteria grows on the sides of highways! It’s so hard to find a spot that will work well for a bride’s one and only bridal portrait session, before which she will invest heavily in professional hair and makeup, making sure her gown alterations are done, and taking time off of work. It’s a risky move!

So, we decided to find a spot we thought might work, and do a little “test shoot.” Brian’s sister, Kailagh, graciously agreed to be our model, and wear her wedding dress and full hair and makeup in the deserted corner of a Rock Hill parking lot so that we could snap these shots to show future brides what their own bridals might look like if they’re willing to do the same.

And they turned out: awesome.

We’re so excited to share these gorgeous photos of our gorgeous sister with the world. Enjoy Kailagh’s wisteria bridal session!

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peach blossom bridal portraits | sarah

Sarah has been a dear friend of mine since our silly little tanning-salon job in college! For years now, we’ve been dying to photograph a bridal portrait session in the abundant peach orchards when they begin blooming in early spring, however the blossoms always fade after such a short time, it’s hard for our brides to work out hair, makeup, and an afternoon off of work in order to make that happen. So last spring, we decided to get Sarah all dressed up to show you all just how worth it it could be to go the extra mile this coming spring and work things out so that your bridal portraits can take place in the midst of these stunning blooms 😉 Enjoy a few of our favorites from Sarah’s peach-orchard bridal session!

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woodland valentines’ styled shoot | geoffrey + desiree

We’re SO excited to share these images from our Woodland Valentines’ styled shoot today, in honor of the fast-approaching February 14th holiday this weekend! This shoot was such a blast to design and execute, from the pinterest-ing, to the DIY-ing, to the actual shooting, we really did have a lot of fun putting our hearts (pun) into these images.

Love is a lot of things: it can be fun, exciting, a rush… but it can also be scary! To set out to find one’s soul-mate is to learn that love’s journey is not always warm and safe. Sometime’s it is wild and unpredictable. Learning how to grow alongside and accept another person for their strengths and faults is an adventure. But it’s an adventure worth embarking on.

When we photographed Geoffrey and Desiree’s actual wedding day back in 2011, none of the four of us had any idea of the transformations that would take over either of our marriages and families. But if there was ever a couple who set an amazing example of what it looks like to embrace life’s challenges and changes with grace and godliness, and grow together beautifully in the midst of it all, it is these two! We’re so thankful to have them in our lives, and that they agrees to be our models for this shoot. Enjoy our favorites from our styled Woodland Valentines’ shoot, and see more info at the bottom of this post for vendor info and credits <3

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ProjectLifePhoto_Valentine_0002Per our usual tendencies, our genius idea for a styled Valentines’ themed shoot popped up only a little over 2.5 weeks before Valentines’ Day! It was definitely a labor of love, not only because of the choppy time-table, but also because just about all of the details were DIY-ed by yours-trulies Because we were pulling all of this together so soon before Valentines’ Day, we felt uncomfortable asking a florist to put together a bouquet, boutonnieres, a flower-crown and a centerpiece, or a baker to whip up desserts on such short-notice. So we’re not too embarrassed to claim responsibility for all of the florals on this shoot, because they did turn out decently. We also made and crudely-frosted a few cupcakes ourselves and dipped a few strawberries! We DO, however, hold to our original belief that wedding professionals should always be hired to handle the delicacies of someone’s one and only wedding day!!! Those floral details specifically were no joke to put together. It was super time-consuming and exhausting to make them look the way we wanted, and we’re more than confident that a professional could’ve produced a much higher quality product in much less time, and probably for much less money

We came across this wedding gown at a thrift store a month or so ago and knew we had to snag it! For $14, the simple lines and intricate illusion neckline were absolutely beautiful, making this dress a steal! We just knew we could use it somehow. We were so blessed to have sweet Linsey, one of our very favorite past brides, offer to lend us her beautiful three-tiered cathedral veil! Groom’s attire and all accessories came from all over the place- most of it from our stock-pile of wardrobe, set aside specifically for photo-shoots. The bow-ties, however, we must mention are from The Cordial Churchman, our very favorite haberdashery, right here near us in our very own downtown Rock Hill!

All of the vintage china and table-scape accessories were provided by The Gracious Table! It is truly amazing how much elegance can be added to your wedding-day decor by utilizing real china. The colors and patters can compliment just about any color-scheme… and gosh darn it, it’s just so fancy and pretty!

Gown | thrift-store find

Cathedral Veil | Treasures Formal & Bridal (Atlanta, GA)

Hair & Makeup | Desiree Bernard

Cameo Necklace | Forever 21

Blush Pashmina | Etsy

Pink & Purple Pashmina | Target

Men’s Pink Checkered Button-Down | Target

Men’s Cardigan | Forever 21

Men’s Wool Jacket | thrift-store find

Tweed & Plum Bow Ties | The Cordial Churchman

Bouquet & Flower Crown | D.I.Y. (not recommended)

Boutonnieres | D.I.Y.

China & Linens | The Gracious Table

Tree-Stump Cake-Stand | The Gracious Table

Gold-Rimmed Martini Glasses | Crate & Barrel Hungary

Desserts | D.I.Y. (not recommended)

Cupcake Holders | Valerie Bertinelli

Antlers | World Market

Cupcake Banner | D.I.Y.