Amanda & Andrew: Cotton Dock at Boone Hall Plantation {Charleston Wedding Photographer}10.16.14

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Amanda and Andrew have been on of my favorite couples. Flashback to spring 2013 when they won a Pinterest contest I held in conjunction with A Lowcountry Wedding. After getting to know them and learning more about their love story, I had no doubt I was meant to be a part of their special day. The couple met in high school and had their first date at Elmo’s Diner in Durham. Things just clicked and the pair have been together ever since. Andrew has a photojournalist background and Amanda is a pharmacist. Together his artistic free-spirited nature and her fun-loving, detailed oriented ways create a wonderfully balance relationship.

For their wedding they envisioned a romantic and vintage day. The soft warm palette with grey accents complimented the rustic Cotton Dock well. Unique features included family style dining with long tables and a custom made joggling board served as a take home keepsake that guests could pen their well-wishes. After a sit-down Southern dinner and live music from Ultimate Sound Band, Amanda and Andrew had a boat sendoff on the back of the dock. Congratulations Amanda and Andrew!

Wedding Team: Day of Coordinator – Lauren Miller of Cafe Catering, Wedding Invitations – Reaves Engraving, Officiant – Sally Queen, Hair & Makeup – Lashes & Lace, Floral Designer – Kathy Woody, Caterer – Cafe Catering, Wedding Cake – DeClare Cakes, Band – Ultimate Sound Band of East Coast Entertainment, Transportation – Mt Pleasant Shuttle, China – Polished!, Rentals – Event Haus & Snyder Events, Linens- Connie Duglin, Wedding Gown Designer – Amy Kuschel, Wedding Boutique – Gown Boutique of Charleston, Veil – Borrowed from Amanda’s sister, Bride’s cowboy boots – Frye, Bridesmaids Dresses – BHLDN, Groom & Groomsmen Suits – Jos. A Bank

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Amanda: Boone Hall Plantation Bridal Portraits {Charleston Wedding Photographer}10.02.14

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Boone Hall Plantation Bridal Portrait

This past August I photographed Amanda’s bridal portraits at Boone Hall Plantation. The heat index undoubtedly neared 100 degrees. When temperatures reach unfriendly conditions my first priority is the comfort and safety of my client. For most of the session, I kept Amanda in shade and overexposed the image. My assistant discovered a secondary use for a reflector by using it to fan Amanda between setting up shots. Her mother also brought a handheld fan and we tried to drive to the locations rather than walking the entire grounds. Adapting for the weather paid off because her bridal portraits are stunning.

Boone Hall Plantation Bridal Portrait

Boone Hall Plantation Bridal Portrait

Boone Hall Plantation Bridal Portrait

Boone Hall Plantation bridal portrait

Boone Hall Plantation Bridal Portrait

Boone Hall Plantation bridal portrait

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Casey & Ryan: Farmhouse at Veritas {Charlottesville Wedding Photographer}09.29.14

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Casey and Ryan found their dream wedding venue at the Farmhouse at Veritas. The historic country mansion dates back to 1839. It rests at the bottom of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is surrounded by vines growing from the neighboring Veritas Vineyards. Ashlee, of Ashlee Virginia Events, worked with bride Casey to create an elegant, organic design that would compliment the natural beauty of the surrounding  landscape. The bride’s design inspiration came from her favorite designer – Kate Spade. The color palette of neutrals, mauve, and soft pinks complimented with metallic and glitter accents embody the designer’s contemporary chic style with whimsical twists. Casey’s wedding gown possessed all these design elements with her non-traditional choice of Hayley Paige’s Dori – a sheer, halter neck high crystal bodice that flows into a flounce skirt of alabaster tulle, full horse hair, and chapel train. Her bridesmaids were simply regal in BHLDN’s ivory Annabelle dress designed by Jenny Yoo, which they adorned with lattice crystal belts. Floral designs included Cafe au Lait dahlias, blush roses, pink & white ranunculus, and fresh herbs like sage flowers.

Guests arrived for a late afternoon outdoor ceremony. The couple opted for a circular seating design. Casey and Ryan exchanged vows on top of scattered rose petals in the center of the circle. During the ceremony, their wedding bands were passed around so that guests could transfer their well wishes for the couple into them. After being married, festivities took place beneath beautiful Sperry Tents. Cocktail hour served up garden games and the signature drink “Orange Crush” accompanied with live music from a 4 piece bluegrass band. Custom cornhole boards feature a lovable mascot creation inspired by the couple’s chocolate lab, Hines. This paw and dog silhouette motif is also featured in the table numbers and guests’ favors. Appetizer treats included fried green tomatoes topped with pimento cheese, bacon jam dolloped on crisp mini baguettes, brie cubes with jelly, and meatballs paired with guacamole. As guests transitioned to the reception, they were handed gold glitter rimmed flutes with pink champagne. After a four course meal and a late night snack of mini fried chicken sandwiches, everyone continued the celebration on the dance floor into late into the night.
Wedding Team: Event Designer & Coordinator – Ashlee Virginia Events, Venue – The Farmhouse at Veritas, Floral Designer – Whimsical Floral, Wedding Invitation – Designed by the bride and ordered through Paper Source, Transportation – A Goff Limousine, Wedding Cake – Albemarle Bakery, Caterer – The Farmhouse at Veritas, Ceremony Musicians & Cocktail Hour Band – Bluegrass with Matty, DJ – Brennan S. of Bialek’s Music, Wedding Designer – Hayley Paige, Wedding Boutique – Nordstrom, Bridesmaids Dresses – BHLDN, Bridal Accessories – BHLDN, Groom & Groomsmen Attire – Jos A. Banks, Bridal Hair & MUA – Jennifer Saunders, Linen Rentals – La Tavola, Tent Rentals – Skyline Tent Company, Videography – Shaking Hands Productions
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Ashley & Will: Montfair {Charlottesville Wedding Photographer}09.27.14

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Montfair Wedding Portrait on Vintage Truck

I’m excited to share my first Virginia wedding! Every week the couple go hiking; so, having their wedding in the midst of nature with trails, a lake, and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance made perfect sense. This all inclusive spot known as Montfair Resort Farm is located just outside of Charlottesville.     The couple first met at University of Virginia’s inaugural Entrepreneurship Cup 2009 in the finals. However, it wasn’t until a few months later when they ran into each other again at an Entrepreneurship Society dinner that a romantic spark was kindled. Ashley’s now infamous yell across the room, “Hey, weren’t you the guy who presented something on ketchup?” somehow encouraged Will to connect with her via email a couple of days later. Will is a self-described southern, libertarian, Catholic scientist who enjoys being outdoors when not running his medical device start-up or being a research professor. Ashley shares Will’s love for the outdoors, which pairs well with her travel-enthusiast nature. When she’s not working her day job in marketing, she is focused on her side bakery business that specializes in fudge.

For their late summer wedding, they chose a color palette mixed with warm earthy tones and bright accents. A motif of banner flags was used on the program and pie toppers. Floral design included Juliet roses, craspedia, gyp, and coral & maroon dahlias. Other sweet touches included the buttons on Ashley’s gown belonged to her grandmother and Will’s father officiated the vow renewal. After an outdoor ceremony overlooking the mountains, guests celebrated with the couple in a cabin-esque pavilion on the lake. Congratulations Ashley and Will!

Wedding Team: Wedding Coordinator – Angela’s Elegant Events, Venue – Montfair Resort Farm, Caterer – Anderson’s Carriage Food House, DJ – Brandon Hamilton, Florals – Blue Heron Farm, Dress Boutique – Church Street Bridal,  Dress Designer – The Gilded Thimble, Bridal Hair – Bristles Salon,

Montfair Charlottesville Wedding Landscape

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Montfair Wedding Couple Portrait on the Lake

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Brittany & Mark: William Aiken House {Charleston Wedding Photographer}09.04.14

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William Aiken House wedding couple kissing portrait

This romance began during a night out with friends and may have entailed lighting their hands on fire. – to clarify, the couple took a Statue of Liberty shot. Brittany’s and Mark’s fiery beginning led to an even hotter wedding. Their August nuptials were held on one of the hottest days of summer with the heat index reaching 106. But scorching weather didn’t stop the celebration. After a ceremony at the First Baptist Church of Charleston, Brittany and Mark headed to the William Aiken House to dine on cuisine by FISH and rock out to The Mighty Kicks. After a whirlwind weekend having a destination wedding in Charleston, they boarded a plane to Paris to start their next adventure as wife and husband. Congratulations to Brittany and Mark!

Wedding Team: Wedding Coordinator – Ooh! Events, Reception Venue – William Aiken House, Ceremony Venue – First Baptist Church of Charleston, Pre-Ceremony – The Restoration on King, Bridal Hair & MUA – Wedding Hair by Charlotte, Floral Design – Wedding Flowers by Lisa Ferguson, Catering & Cake – FISH, Band – The Mighty Kicks, Ceremony Musician – Micah Gangwer, Dinnerware – Polished, Videographer – My Memories Film, Transportation – Absolutely Charleston, Getaway Transportation – Tri County Transportation

William Aiken House Wedding engagement ring

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William Aiken House wedding bridal gown

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