This shoot was quite a feat of accomplishment! I began planning this styled shoot in January of 2016, and planned to shoot it in February of 2016. I lined up models (former wedding clients, Joel + Kayla Bowen), and vendors and began collecting details for a late Feb. shoot at Fenland Christmas Tree Farm when our daughter, Avonlea, had to be rushed to Levine Children’s Hospital the week before we planned to shoot! She ended up staying at Levine for over a week, so we postponed the shoot and it was a good thing too, because I ended up going into labor 4 weeks early with our little Violet just 3 days after Avonlea came home from Levine! Finding an alternative date proved difficult, and the shoot kept getting pushed back and back until September! By the time the date was finalized, a couple of the vendors who had been willing to participate originally were unavailable. New Creations Flowers stepped in at the very last minute the week of the final shoot-date with gorgeous flowers! Velo Creative overnighted stationary, and final pieces of wardrobe and decor were pieced together just days before the shoot. But it all came together beautifully! We couldn’t have asked for a better outcome and we were absolutely thrilled when the shoot was published on Borrowed & Blue, a national wedding style blog, as well as Bustl’d, a wedding blog local to the Charlotte area!
One of the many things I love about the south (vs. my SoCali upbringing): the seasons. They exist here! In full, glorious dimension!
The reds, yellows and oranges of fall are straight out of a Nicholas Sparks movie (movies I watched in high school and thought the settings were just “movie magic”). The brilliant white of snow in the winter visit my own front yard (I don’t have to drive deep into the Grapevine to go sledding). And spring…
Spring is a botanical rainbow!
The peach blossoms in late March (something we opted to miss this year with a new baby in our arms)… the azaleas of early April… the rose gardens of May… they are all stunning and make gorgeous backdrops for our summer brides’ portrait sessions.
But the wisteria! This was something we had yet to take advantage of. It’s so hard to plan around, because there aren’t exactly wisteria gardens or fields we could book. Wisteria grows on the sides of highways! It’s so hard to find a spot that will work well for a bride’s one and only bridal portrait session, before which she will invest heavily in professional hair and makeup, making sure her gown alterations are done, and taking time off of work. It’s a risky move!
So, we decided to find a spot we thought might work, and do a little “test shoot.” Brian’s sister, Kailagh, graciously agreed to be our model, and wear her wedding dress and full hair and makeup in the deserted corner of a Rock Hill parking lot so that we could snap these shots to show future brides what their own bridals might look like if they’re willing to do the same.
And they turned out: awesome.
We’re so excited to share these gorgeous photos of our gorgeous sister with the world. Enjoy Kailagh’s wisteria bridal session!
So… funny story. Last fall, I got a random email from Corey Potter, a wedding photographer who shoots with his wife, Ashley, in Columbia and owner of Corey Potter- Photographer. In his email he said, “I’ve heard great things about you and after looking at your website, I feel like our styles are somewhat similar. We would love to hang out sometime to get to know you.” And thus began our friendship with the Potters, haha! We had dinner with them a few weeks after Corey contacted us, and we’ve enjoyed getting to know them ever since! Back in December we met up with Corey and Ashley to take some photos of them for some re-vamping of there website. With all of the weddings we had to work on at the time, we had not a moment to pick some to put up on the blog… until now! Enjoy these fun shots of our styled couples’ shoot with the Potters : )