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DAIRY BARN WEDDING | BRANDON + LORING

Brandon and Loring’s church wedding and Dairy Barn reception was the perfect event to end our 2017 wedding season with! Loring paid immaculate attention to her Client Wedding Guide as she planned their big day, so the flow of the day was smooth sailing! The church were their ceremony took place did not allow photography during the service, but the gorgeous architecture made for a beautiful backdrop for the first look and portraits. The Dairy Barn was all lit up for the Holidays, the perfect atmosphere for the fun-filled reception Brandon and Loring wanted! Everything went spectacularly and the whole day was filled with such joy, it was the most perfect wedding to wrap up the year with. Enjoy a few of our favorites from Brandon & Loring’s wedding!

FOREVER VALENTINES | JOHN + ALEXANDRA

I was there when they vowed “In sickness and in health… ’til death do us part.”

One lovely October day in 2012, as Brian and I were photographing a wedding reception, we noticed a super cute couple having an absolute blast on the dance-floor. By the way they were looking at each other, we could tell they were both head over heels for one another. She caught the bouquet. He caught the garter. He walked up to me to show me pictures of his girlfriend on his phone, because he couldn’t believe how beautiful she was. When he introduced her to us, we discovered she had attended the same university as Brian and I, that her last name was Powell as well, and that she was from Pennsylvania just like Brian. About a year later, we got a phone-call from John Craig, asking if Brian could photograph his proposal to Alexandra from inside of a shark tank at the Atlanta Aquarium, lol! The Aquarium wasn’t super thrilled about that idea, but we DID get to photograph their maternity photos when they found out they were expecting their son Johnny, and their wedding a year later! Over the last 4 years, we’ve traded having each other over for dinner too many times to count, and have stayed up way too late on just as many occasions talking around dining room tables. Their son Johnny prays for Avonlea to stay healthy, and Violet thinks Johnny is just the greatest. We don’t clean our houses when we know we’re getting together. We have been known to shop together for the ingredients we will use while cooking and eating together later that evening.

These are friends who truly do life with us, and naturally we were terrified when they called us 3 weeks ago to tell us that John had found a lump under his tongue, and that doctors were concerned. In the past 3 weeks, the mass has more than doubled in size, even with John water-fasting to try and slow the growth of the tumor. One CT scan, two biopsies, an exploratory surgery, two mis-diagnoses and a PET scan later, John and Alexandra finally have an answer.

John has cancer: an NUT Midline Carcinoma, to be exact.

I shed quite a few tears as I watched them receive the diagnosis LIVE on Facebook, on their page The Candid Craigs! The doctor explained to them, on the video, that the specifics of John’s case is one of only about 100 cases in recorded medical history. The statistics for survival are extremely low, and the average survival rate is about 9 months.

A week ago, we got them all dressed up, knowing that surgery, reconstructions and aggressive drugs were likely in their near future, and met up at Landsford Canal for a “My Forever Valentine” emergency mini session! Alexandra and I had been planning a surprise shoot for John for Valentines Day for several weeks before the tumor appeared. But when the word “cancer” began being spoken aloud, we put the pedal to the metal and bumped up their session date. It was emotional session, and the right side of John’s face and jaw were extremely enlarged from the tumor. We posed them purposefully, to hide the swelling in some shots, but highlight the area in others. A few tears may have been shed, but there is so much beauty in the vulnerability these two are so brave enough to share with the world through these images.

And that vulnerability does not stop here. PLEASE go Like and Follow their Facebook page, The Candid Craigs! Watch their story all the way from the beginning. You can also support them financially by donating to their crowd-funding HERE. John and Alexandra own their own business, and will need to take weeks or maybe even months away from work to focus on the aggressive treatment approach doctors are recommending. They have spent the last several weeks evaluating ALL potential treatment options: Cancer Centers of America, holistic facilities in Mexico such as CHIPSA and Oasis of Hope, and have decided that the cancer is just progressing too quickly to waste any more time. John has been admitted to CMC Main for the time being to begin chemo and to allow surgeons there to begin planning a major surgery to remove part of his jaw and rebuild it.

Please support our clients-turned-dear-friends, John and Alexandra (and their 3-year-old son Johnny), by following and sharing their journey on social media, and donating if you can! And lastly, enjoy a few of our favorite images of John and Alexandra.

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!