Kelsey & Danny {Trump Winery Wedding}04.07.15

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For my last wedding of 2014, I headed north to Charlottesville, VA for a winter soiree at Trump Winery.  I first fell in love with Charlottesville when I attended the photographer festival LOOK3 and have actively been looking for excuses to return.  Fortunately, I had 3 weddings in the area last year and am looking forward to capturing more love stories in this enchanting town.

In the couple of days I got to know Kelsey and Danny, I realized how they bring a peaceful balance to the other.  Kelsey is an artistic, free-spirit and Danny is always cool and collected.  One attribute they share is heart – these two have an immeasurable love for their friends and family.  Even during their rehearsal and wedding day, their attentiveness towards their loved ones never ceased.  And that sense of all inclusive love was seen in tears and laughter throughout the day – from people breaking out in laughter mid-ceremony, to joyful tears from their moms, to the emotional poignant pause in her father’s toast – it was a day cherish and celebrated by everyone there.

A perfect representation of this couple is their engagement story.  Kelsey shared it with me early on:

I will probably cry as I write this…it was just the sweetest moment I could ever have imagined! Danny and I had decided to have our Christmas together on December 19th. We always have ours early so it can be just the two of us. So nothing seemed out of the ordinary. I came home from work and he made me close my eyes so I wouldn’t see that he had decorated the entire kitchen and dining room with flowers and candles. After I got ready, we sat down and ate the most amazing dinner – beef tenderloin, veggies, and even homemade dessert! He even had a playlist of all of our songs playing through the whole thing. Of course, I cried half my makeup off at that point, but I had no idea what was going on! After dinner, we exchanged gifts. When he handed me mine, I honestly thought it was a cookbook, which we laugh about now. It ended up being the sweetest, most romantic book about our life together, with tons of pictures from our first date until now. I STILL had no idea what was going on, but I had cried the other half of my makeup off by this point. Then I got to the last page, which had the words: ‘WILL YOU MARRY ME?’ He got down on one knee and put the ring on my finger!”

After a storybook engagement, they planned a stunning wedding.  Inspired by 1920s vintage style, they wanted to incorporate Gatsby-esque glitz and glam with sequins and textures, but maintain a classic palette of neutrals with accents of gold and silver.  For the seated dinner they wanted a family style table that extended almost the entire length of the Trump Winery barn.  After dining everyone danced under neon lights in the pavilion until late into the night. Congratulations Kelsey and Danny!

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Danielle & James {Charleston Wedding Guide}03.09.15

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Danielle and James intimate destination wedding at Middleton Place is featured on Charleston Wedding Guide’s blog. Surrounded by family, they exchanged vows in the butterfly garden overlooking the Ashley River followed by dinner. The bride’s vintage-style included a chic gown and flowers in her hair. The touches of pink in the Danielle’s bouquet and hairpiece offered a pop of color and hint of spring, which is perfect for this early March wedding.

 

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Jessica & Josh {Love Toast Blog}03.09.15

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Now that it’s March, everyone in Charleston is having spring thoughts. This March wedding from last year reminds me why a soft, warm wedding color palette is lovely. Jessica and Josh wanted a classic Southern affair for their Savannah wedding. Peach hues and sweetgrass roses paired well with gold glitter and twine wrapped wine bottle centerpieces. I’m elated their wedding is featured by Love Toast Blog. Jessica had great DIY wedding decor elements. In fact, an image of her centerpieces is one of my most popular pins on Pinterest. Congratulations to Jessica and Josh who will be celebrating their one year anniversary this month!

 

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Kim & Manish {The Knot The Carolinas Magazine}02.24.15

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Last May I was elated to photograph a multi-cultural wedding at Harborside East that included two ceremonies – a Hindu ceremony and a Unitarian ceremony. The Hindu ceremony was filled with vibrance and fun while the Unitarian ceremony was intimate and sweet. This fusion of traditions and rituals was one of the most unique weddings I’ve been a part of, but what made it amazing was the couple and their families. Kim and Manish wanted an elegant wedding but with a rock star edge. Both love music and were inspired by the idea of a concert. Eclectic music selections and an encore dance party with glow sticks concluded a magical night.

At the end of 2014 their wedding was published in the Winter issue of The Knot The Carolinas magazine. The publication is on stands until spring so go snag a copy while you can!

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Edree & Mike {White Point Gardens Wedding}02.23.15

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This intimate fall wedding features a blush and neutrals color palette with glamourous touches of sequins and feathers reminiscent of the 1920s. The gents donned traditional black tuxedos, including Edree and Mike’s son – Tyler. The couple were wed in front of close friends and family in the gazebo at White Point Gardens. Guests used SCOOP to taxi to Magnolias restaurant for an elegant seated dinner.

The couple met in November 2007 at a flag football game. Shortly after their 5 year anniversary, they learned Tyler would be coming along to make them a family. A few months later Edree and Mike were in Charleston visiting relatives. Mike planned a special day to pamper Edree with some clothes shopping and an elegant night out. They dined at Hank’s Seafood restaurant. Edree details Mike’s proposal, “We were halfway through dinner, and Mike starts asking me how I am feeling, and if I am excited about the stuff going on in our life, and our baby on the way, and I say of course and go on and on. He then starts to stand up, pulls the ring out and says, “Are you going to be excited about this?” and puts the ring on the table! And starts to walk around the table towards me. While he is walking towards me, I start shrieking and shaking and excitedly laughing. I start asking a whole bunch of excited questions really fast like ‘Oh my god!!!…. Is this for real?!!!’ Mike then gets down on one knee and, says ‘Edree I love you very much, will you marry me?!’ Of course I said yes and was shaking and hug and kissed him!” Those in the restaurant started clapping and the waiter brought them complimentary champagne toast and dessert. With November being a significant month for the couple already, they decided to make it their wedding month as well and wanted to exchange vows in the beautiful city they got engaged. Congratulations to Edree & Mike and their family!

Wedding Team: Ceremony Venue – White Point Gardens, Reception Venue – Magnolias Restaurant, Wedding Cake – DeClare Cakes, Floral Design – Pretty Petals of Charleston, Bridal Hair & MUA – Lashes & Lace Bridal Hair & Makeup, Officiant – Two Guys and a Wedding, Videography – Dock House Digital, Transportation – Charleston Style Limo and SCOOP

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