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
Per 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.
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 absolutely loved getting to reconnect with Evin and Marissa, one of our favorite wedding clients from 2012! Their beautiful Charleston got a little rained out, so on their wedding day we weren’t able to get too many shots of them outdoors. In celebration of their first anniversary, we got together at the Greenway in Fort Mill underneath the gorgeous autumn colors and captured some gorgeous and snuggly sunset images of them. Enjoy a bunch of our favorites from Evin and Marissa’s anniversary session!