Sarah and Stephen’s wedding was sort of a happy surprise for Project:Life to photograph 🙂 A few weeks before their wedding, we received word from a fellow photographer, who had a family emergency taking her out of town unexpectedly, and she would need to be gone on the date of Sarah and Stephen’s wedding. Of course we agreed to fill in, and I had the pleasure of meeting with Sarah before the wedding to go over details and to discover that we were a great fit!
Her wedding took place at a venue we will always look to with fondness… Whip-Poor-Will Hill! This lovely farm-house is where Brian’s brother, Steven Powell, married his wife back in 2010. I had no idea, when I stepped out of my car that day to photograph Stephen and Sarah’s wedding, that we would have 3 more months with my brother-in-law on this earth before Whip-Poor-Will Hill would become not just a place with happy memories, but a place that would hold moments, irreplaceable now that he’s gone.
Sarah and her Stephen kept their ceremony and reception casual and intimate. The told their guests to dress appropriately for the hot, June weather, and made sure everyone had a wonderful time celebrating! The ceremony was short and sweet, there was good food, plenty of dancing, and a gorgeous sunset to top it all off at the end of the reception. Enjoy a few of our favorites from Stephen and Sarah’s wedding!
When Ashley first contacted us about photographing her and Ben’s wedding, her email somehow ended up in my spam folder! UGH! When I found it, a week after it was sent, I was mortified. Thankfully, when I contacted Ashley back, she was so excited to hear from us and completely understanding of the email snafu. Ever since we met her at our initial consultation, we’ve just adored her! Our one complaint is that she and Ben have been living in Chapel Hill while Ashley finished up her master’s degree in library science, and with the distance we couldn’t spend as much time with them as we would have wanted 😉 This couple is just so much fun! And their Whip-Poor-Will-Hill wedding was very fun to shoot! They incorporated a lot of unique, personal touches and a lot of detail… every aspect of the wedding felt special and it was evident that all of the guests were very touched!
Ashley glued pennies in her shoes for good luck!
Something blue (bracelet above)
(pendant below) Something borrowed
Ben and Ashley both studied English in college. They actually met at Clemson in grad school pursuing masters degrees in English.
It was only fitting that they incorporate a unique literary reading into their ceremony- a passage from the Velveteen Rabbit!
(about “becoming real” once you are loved… sniff :_) So cute!)
Hahaha this next shot was per special request of the bride and groom. Ben has an alter-ego, Prof. Shealy,
who wears glasses and stares studiously at things. (Ashley has a whole facebook album entitled “The Adventures of Prof. Shealy)
This shot is titled, “Prof. Shealy takes a wife.” Enjoy, newlyweds!
Cutest cake I’ve seen to date! Ben and Ashley, enjoy being the “best cake” award-winners while you can,
because I’m sure LOTS of couples are going to steal this idea once they see these photos : )
Ben, you’re the only person whose ever proposed a toast to “former lovers” before- Haha!
Those were some pretty sick Michael Jackson moves (below). This guy danced the whole song “Billie Jean” in perfect rhythm, and with much enthusiasm!
Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Shealy!
Now that you’re moving down to our area, we’re very excited to get to know you better 🙂