Vanna & Bryan - Wedding

After an incredible Christmas week in Charleston spending time with family and the amazing friends that may as well be family too I was left feeling loved and full (in more ways than one... Mmm Neana's cooking always gets me).  I wanted to continue feeling that fullness and love while blogging this wedding. One of the most frequent things I find myself saying to potential clients in some way or another is "I want to meet you!" and I promise you, I mean it. This is not something I say because I think you like for me to say it, because I promise the introvert in me still gets huge butterflies before every consultation. But no amount of nervousness will ever trump my desire to connect with my couples. 

Vanna and Bryan are a couple that I had such an amazing time getting to know. From the first emails to the day I hung out with them at their engagement session and the time I spent with Vanna for her boudoir shoot we completely clicked. Walking into their wedding day I truly felt like I was part of a wedding for my old friends. All day I was continually moved by the moments that these two shared. These two were such a complete blessing to my first year in business. The way the Lord has connected them is truly inspiring! I didn't want the day to stop!  Making a wonderful connection with these guys really led to such a wonderful experience, for me and for them! It is really an incredible thing when vendors and couples connect, I can't emphasize the importance of that enough. Magic is created when couples and clients work well together and trust each other. 

Venue: The Sonnet House
Florals: CD Florals @ The Sonnet House
Dress: Ivory & White
Planner: Handley Breaux Designs

Marilyn & Michael - Engagement

Something I get asked about a lot is wardrobe for engagement sessions. I am pretty sure everyone has a different take on what you should wear/how you should look but here are some of my thoughts on the subject. 

First: Coordinate, don't match. We are so past the days of jeans and a white tee on the beach! You wouldn't go out to dinner in matching outfits, why take photos in them?

Second: Be comfortable! Marilyn and Michael both dress fairly nice in their everyday lives so wearing heels and a dress for her and a sport coat for him worked. But if you aren't usually one to sport the 4 inch heels and he feels stiff in a tie, I'd say skip the "fancy" look and go with something that you feel yourself in. Your man can look just as nice in great jeans and a polo as he would in a full suit. 

Third: Pattern and texture are great!! When choosing a pattern remember that the tiny polkadot dress may not show up as well in photographs as a larger print would, but also don't go too crazy when mixing your patterns as a couple. Marilyn's bold floral print popped and Michael's striped shirt was a great subtle accent. 
If you are choosing to wear solids, think about texture of your fabrics. Marilyn's navy lace dress looked amazing in photos and the fabric of Michael's jacket was just enough to accent! You can also layer solid colors to create a good texture, throw on a sweater or a scarf over your top. If you get tired of it or want to change the look it's an easy change! 

Lastly: Dress for your season but stay classic. Remember that engagement photos are a great time to get photos of you and your fiancé being yourselves that you can have forever. Just because it is winter doesn't mean you need to be in huge puffy coats, earmuffs, scarves, furry boots and the whole shebang holding coffee mugs in a pile of fake snow. There is no need to be in costume to have your photo taken! Remember, be yourselves and be comfortable! 

Kaitlin & Ben - Wedding

Adorable details, excellent planning and plenty of time were the recipe that made this wedding so beautiful and fun for me! 

Kaitlin chose to show her and Ben's personalities through fun details spread out throughout the day. Custom monogrammed dress hangers, an adorable velvet Mrs box, lace garter set with "tag you're it" embroidered on it were just a few details to greet me upon my arrival. The day continued with the help of the incredible American Village staff and strategic planning expertise of the girls of M. Elizabeth. I was given a ton of time to explore the American Village grounds with Kaitlin and Ben in order to get all of the amazing portraits they were wanting, followed by plenty of fun moments with the bridal party groups  (I'm talking 2 hours for portraits!). More beautiful details popped up for the ceremony as a stunning string quartet played and an amazing Dorothy McDaniel floral centerpiece set the backdrop for the couple to exchange vows. After the ceremony I was given MORE TIME with the couple to take sunset photos! Oh I couldn't contain the joy! After that it was on to the reception where, I'll let you guess, there were MORE amazing details! Custom cornhole, adorable pillows with southern sayings, pretty signage and the most adorable pie table set the stage for fun and dancing. 

Now I am not typing all of this out to say that every wedding needs a ton of details, this wedding really had a normal amount of details. What was so wonderful was how well everything was spread out throughout the day. Ample time, the right amount of planning and coordinating, and carefully chosen details spread throughout the wedding day created such a beautifully well rounded and memorable experience! 

Venue: American Village
Florals: Dorothy McDaniel
Planning: Something Blue by M. Elizabeth
Makeup: Makeup by Mel
Second Shooter: Deanna Leras

Katherine & Will - Wedding

There is nothing more classically southern than a beautiful church ceremony that shows off the bride's impeccable taste and style followed by an incredible reception filled with great music and killer dance moves! Katherine & Will's wedding day was filled to the brim with love, joy, style and personality. I adored Katherine's shoes and the amazing bright and colorful florals that she chose! In a summer full of muted tones and shades of cream and pink, the bright colors not only reflected Katherine's personality, they were a refreshing pop of happy! Ladies, never be afraid to show off your amazing personalities! Don't let the all the same old pinterest ideas that pop up on your feed sway your style, BE BOLD AND BE YOU!  Katherine, you have always been the queen of being yourself and that is what I love so much about you! 

Oh and did I mention, my sweet Spike has been friends with Katherine since childhood (and friends with Will since college)!  What an amazing honor it was to share this day with these friends in such a special way!