Sweet Leslie. We’re at a loss for words to describe you… This girl is just one of the sweetest ever! Not only does she have such a sweet spirit, but she has a darling personality. Leslie is one of the most petite little ladies you will ever meet, but she did not let that stop her from dressing like the grown-up that she is for her wedding look. She rocked a full ball-gown, custom heels and a vintage head-dress! She was a show-stopper for sure. We photographed her bridal portraits at The Lace House at the Governor’s Mansion in Columbia, SC. It was such a lovely venue- definitely on our list from now on of favorite bridal portrait locations! The extraordinary Katie Cotton of Cotton Rouge dolled Leslie up for both her bridal portraits AND her wedding day, and she did a fabulous job, as you can tell. Even though we had a blast capturing these portraits of Leslie, our favorite part was the email we received from her after she’d had a chance to view them for the first time: “I was so stunned with my portraits, I am absolutely in love with all of them! I showed all the girls in my bridal party to help me pick which one…..it was such an experience looking at all of these! I had no idea I could look like that!” We love you, Leslie! Emails like that are what keeps us going in this business when the inevitable, occasional bridezilla pops up 😉 Enjoy a few of our favorites from Leslie’s bridal portrait session!
A few months ago, Brian and I were talking with my mom and she mentioned a cute young-married couple who’d been coming to her church community group. She was told us an abbreviated story of their wedding day, which made us immediately want to meet them and take their picture 😉 Walt and Kimberly’s wedding in May of 2013 took place in Oklahoma on the day devastating tornados touched down, ravaging the area and destroying homes and lives. Many of their friends and family were quite simply unable to get to the wedding due to the chaos ensuing around them, and their wedding photographer was forced to cancel on them the morning of the wedding due to the dangerous storms. Walt and Kimberly decided not to let this ruin their big day- they waited until their pastor was able to come, after the tornadoes had done their worst, and they were married at 10:30pm that night. The were unable to have the lovely vintage-inspired reception they had planned, unable share the moment with many of the family and friends they’d hoped to share their special day with, and unable to walk away from their day with any professional photos.
We just knew that we had to meet them and do what we could to give them some beautiful images that captured the vision they had held for their wedding day! The ceremony was supposed to have taken place in a beautiful garden, so we arranged a session at McGill Rose Garden. We reached out to our wonderful former-bride, Molly, of River Kiss Weddings who provided us with an adorable vintage table-scape from her extensive collection of vintage rentals! We also asked hair and makeup extraordinaire Rebekah McCann (Hair and Makeup by Rebekah) to give Kimberly the wedding-day look she had dreamed of for her big day! Brian and I finagled a bouquet, boutonniere and centerpiece inspired by Kimberly’s original wedding-day designs (so give the florals some grace, okay? lol… the shoot was the week of Mother’s Day, so we knew all of our florist-friends would be insanely busy)! Everything came together so sweetly, and we are so honored to have had the opportunity to get to know these two better as we captured these images of them! Enjoy a bunch of our favorites of Walt and Kimberly!
Gown | David’s Bridal
Bow-tie & Suspenders | H&M
Hair & Makeup | Rebekah McCann
Venue | McGill Rose Garden
Vintage Rentals | River Kiss Weddings
We are so incredibly honored to have been published on the cover of Charlotte Wedding Magazine‘s April-June 2014 issue! CWM’s art director arranged for our lovely cover-bride, Caitlin, to come out from California and dawn her grandmother’s wedding dress again at the Ballantyne Country Club for a special cover-shoot! They had mock-ups of possible cover lay-outs and specific parameters for the shoot, so it was very different from the typical bridal session where variety is important to keep in mind. We spent a lot of time trying to capture Caitlin dappled in glowy sunset light, but at the end of the shoot we grabbed a shot in front of some beautiful greenery that set of the vintage details of her gown so beautifully. Also, I was 8 1/2 months pregnant with Avonlea the day we photographed this session! It was a little unnerving for everyone involved, scheduling this very important shoot just 10 days prior to my due-date 😉 The lovely Diane Personett of as well as Kisha Whitney were both on stand-by, just in case my water broke before or during the shoot. We’re so thankful for sweet friends who would be willing to do that! It was still super-fun, and wonderful to see Caitlin, her family, and the ever-so-talented Erin of Erin Ashley Makeup again!