SNOWY ANNIVERSARY PORTRAITS | TIM + HEATHER

10 years ago today, two very cool things happened: 1) Tim and Heather said “I Do,” and stepped forward into a future they couldn’t have possibly predicted that day! Fast forward 1 decade, 4 pregnancies, 1 miscarriage, 3 biological children, 2 adopted children and 1 knock-down battle with Lyme’s disease later, Tim and Heather have built a beautiful life and family together that stands as a testament to Christ and his love. 2) Theirs wedding was the first wedding Brian was ever hired to photograph! It was before I came into the picture, but Tim and Heather were the catalyst that launched a passion in Brian that would turn out to support our family for the first of our marriage. It only made sense that, when last we had a good snow here in Rock Hill, we met up with Heather and Tim for a itty bitty anniversary session to celebrate the commitment they made 10 years ago to one another. And I just feel like I need to put this out there: Heather had just had a baby, mere months before these photos were taken! And she got her wedding gown on herself. And looked amazing. If that doesn’t deserve a medal, I don’t know what does! Enjoy a few of our favorites from Tim and Heather’s 10th Anniversary portrait session!

DESIGN CENTER ATRIUM WEDDING | REILLY + CAROLINE

Reilly and Caroline’s lovely wedding was planned around a perfect blend of tradition and fun! Their ceremony was held at Myer’s Park United Methodist Church, a church where Caroline’s family has deep roots, and where she was baptized as a baby. The opted to forego a first look and waited to see each other until their ceremony, and planned accordingly for plenty of time for photos afterwards 😉 But they also booked the Design Center Atrium in South End for their reception: an eclectic space where they carefully arranged seating and food to encourage their guests to stay on their feet dancing, eating and mingling all night long! As much as they valued tradition for their ceremony, they wanted their reception to be fun, free-flowing and the farthest thing from “stuffy!” And I’d say they nailed it. Brian and I had such a blast with them, their bridal party and their families on this day… Caroline truly studied and took to heart the education provided in the Client Wedding Guide (she was one of my first brides to receive one), and the result was a beautiful event and an even more beautiful day full of fun, family, friends and wholehearted celebration. Enjoy a few of our favorites from Reilly and Caroline’s wedding day!

OUR THANKSGIVING TABLE | THAT’S THE POWELL LIFE

This year, Brian and I had the privilege of hosting Thanksgiving for the Powell family! This was something I had wanted to be able to do for a long time, but we’ve never really had the kitchen space to accommodate all the cooks. This year, the family decided to keep things minimal as Brian’s mother continues with chemotherapy, and as just about every household was in the midst of busy seasons of life. So it finally worked out that our home was the place to host Thanksgiving!

Even though we were keeping food dishes simple, I knew I wanted to set a lovely table for everyone. If you don’t know, table settings are a bit of a big deal in my family (the Reynolds family), and my mom even owns her own business renting out vintage china for events! My mother graciously let me borrow some mix-and-match white plates and napkins from her “bridal” collection. I used simple, cheap, gold chargers from Hobby Lobby instead of place-mats, and our existing silverware. And for the centerpiece, I just used an assortment of different-sized square and rectangular vases with floating candles along with these funky, mod gold teal-light holders from, of all places, Wal Mart!

And of course, I had to throw in a little eucalyptus garland for a pop of color, also from Hobby Lobby. I love the look of eucalyptus, but unfortunately, we cannot have real eucalyptus in the house as it can be a trigger for Avonlea’s seizures! Crazy, right?

Lastly, our house has a sweet, arched opening from the living room into the dining room, which we adorned with a lush greenery garland (from, you guessed it, Hobby Lobby). I loved looking in at the dining room table through that archway!

Of course a lot of things went awry, as they tend to do on major family holidays. The napkins never got pressed before they were folded, we forgot to get out the wine-glasses until after we were already loading our plates up with food, and I completely conked out and fell asleep about 17 minutes after dinner was over, because I’d stayed up so late the night before, cleaning! Lesson learned from my first time hosting Thanksgiving: clean earlier in the week to spare my energy to enjoy more time with family on the actual holiday 😉 Start placing your bets now as to whether or not I’ll actually do it!

Enjoy a few of our favorite photos of our Thanksgiving table!