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CYSTAL COVE WEDDING IN ORANGE COUNTY, CA | ADAM + LAURA

I can’t even begin to tell you all what a surreal experience it was to capture this wedding. We’ve photographed weddings for friends before… We’ve even photographed weddings that one of us was IN before… but this one was truly special. Laura and I have been friends since before we were even born! Our parents have been dear friends for decades, and were in each others’ weddings back when Laura and I were just twinkles in their eyes. We’ve grown up together since birth, and have been through it all together: childhood, the awkward teen years, my family’s move to South Carolina… When Laura chose Duke for grad-school, I was there to help her move into her Durham apartment and even picked her up from her last final exam! Laura was one of the first people I called when Brian proposed, and when I found out I was pregnant. When I went into labor with Avonlea, she was on a plane to Charlotte to be there for me no matter what happened. To stand by her side as a bridesmaid on her wedding day (as she did for me) was of course an honor, but to photograph that day as well was a privilege. And on top of that, she gave me the sweet gift of seeing my Avie-girl be a flower-girl in the wedding (her title in the program was affectionately: Darling Flower Princess), and though she of course did not throw a single petal or even stay awake for the ceremony, I loved that Avonlea got to be a part of Laura’s most special day. The wedding took place in the most beautiful spot: Crystal Cove in Orange County, California! It’s a park atop a cliff that overlooks the Pacific ocean. They kept the guest-list intimate and it was an absolute blast to reunite with so many dear souls at the reception, people who played huge parts in my own life growing up. It was hectic being a bridesmaid, a mommy and a photographer, but I honestly can’t imagine having done that day any other way. Of course Brian was there to make sure nothing was missed! It was perfect day and we couldn’t be prouder of the images to show from it. Enjoy some of our favorites from Laura and Adam’s wedding day!

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Gown | Allure Bridal

Hair & Makeup | Hey Saylor Salon

Ceremony & Reception Venue | Crystal Cove State Beach

Flowers & Decor | DIY

Caterer | Stonefire Grill

Tea Cakes | Martino’s Bakery

WEDDING AT THE IVY PLACE | DARKO + KAILAGH

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!

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Bella (above), the “honorary” flower girl and official trouble-maker 😉

Olivia (below), the god-daughter of the bride and the official flower-girl!

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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 🙂

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Blowing kisses to Darko’s family in Montenegro who could not attend.

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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 😉

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Kailagh had the DJ invite ALL fathers and daughters to the dance floor after the first chorus of “My Girl.” It was so sweet!

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Of course Brian had to join the father-daughter dance with Avonlea. Look at that peanut! He was/ is so proud of her.

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Oh Steven… There never was a man who enjoyed life more than you did.ProjectLifePhoto_KankarasBLOG0092ProjectLifePhoto_KankarasBLOG0093ProjectLifePhoto_KankarasBLOG0094ProjectLifePhoto_KankarasBLOG0095ProjectLifePhoto_KankarasBLOG0096

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