Christina & Josh | Wedding | Greenville, SC

Christina & Josh’s December wedding was the perfect end to my 2011 season.  The weekend before Christmas in South Carolina is generally pretty cold but this December Saturday was warm and perfect for outside photographs.  Christina & Josh were married at Daniel Chapel on the Furman University Campus which has plenty of outside beauty that served as the perfect backdrop.  I’m not afraid to say that this couple was one of my favorite couples of the year.  I love each of my Bride & Grooms but some couples you just “click” with and share an immediate connection from the start.  I loved Christina’s honesty and raw sweetness from our first meeting at a local coffee shop and learned during the engagement session that Josh was her perfect other half.  I simply adore these two and am honored to have photographed their wedding.  And now enough gushing about them….it’s time for some pictures.

Love this moment between Christina and her Maid of Honor.

Sunset fell right in the middle of the ceremony so Christina and Josh opted for a first look to allow time for all of the portraits before the ceremony so we could take advantage of some yummy light.  I love this set from their first time seeing each other.How adorable are these two?Thanks to Jessica Horton for being my 2nd shooter and for always providing a different perspective.  My image is on the left, hers on the right.I had a few minutes with Christina before the ceremony and I could have photographed her until the sun went down.  So gorgeous!  It is weird to say how much I love her beautifully creamy skin?  Because I do. Love all these Grandmas waiting for the ceremony to start!I am so in love with these next two sets.  Christina and Josh walked down the aisle and straight outside.   It was perfect timing for taking advantage of the beautiful blue sky after the sunset!The reception took place at the beautiful Westin Poinsett in Downtown Greenville.  I loved the beautiful bokeh compliments of the huuuuuge Christmas tree!We went up to the roof for a few shots during cocktail hour.  Being on the roof and without heat from the sun, it was freezing and the wind was blowing like crazy but Christina and Josh still looked great!One of my favorite first dance shots from 2011!Delicious cake from Buttercream Bakehouse!  Seriously, the frosting was aaaaamazing.

Ceremony Site: Daniel Chapel, Furman University

Reception Venue and Caterer: Westin Poinsett Greenville

Florist: Twigs

Baker: Buttercream Bakehouse

Dress: Jenny Yoo

DJ: DJJB Music

Hair and Makeup: Aveda Ivy Salon

Lisa King - Beautiful! Can’t wait to see all of your shots!

Katie & John | Maternity Session | Greer, SC

Katie and John’s lives have been interwoven in mine and Jason’s relationship from pretty much the beginning. Jason and John met through mutual friends in College at some point…I try not to ask too many questions when it comes to these guy’s days at Clemson so I’m not sure on the exact details and timing. John and Katie started dating during those college days too and they all graduated around the time I started college. I’m the baby of the group. Jason and I started dating at the end of my Freshman year only a few months before he graduated and moved back to his hometown in Upstate New York. We dated from Georgia to New York for about a year until Jason started looking for a job down south to be closer to me while I finished the 2 years I had left of school. Jason got in touch with his old Clemson buddy John to see if his company had any openings and sure enough they did. He came down a few weeks later for an interview and another few weeks later moved to Greenville to start his new job that John had recommended him for. Jason didn’t have a place to live on such short notice but luckily John introduced Jason to some friends of his that needed a roommate. A year or two later John and Katie got married on Fripp Island, SC. Jason and I had never been there and to this day that is the most fun weekend we have had at a wedding as guests. It was so much fun that Jason and I got married on the exact same island in 2009. A few months before our wedding we were trying to find a unique place to honeymoon. As luck would have it John and Katie recommended an amazing private bungalow on the side of a cliff in Culebra, Puerto Rico where they had honeymooned. We honeymooned in that exact bungalow. Most recently, Jason came home after work one day and told me that John and Katie were expecting their first baby. Their due date was 12 days before ours. I immediately emailed Katie to congratulate her on the news and to share the coincidence of our very close due dates.

Katie and I have exchanged many emails and spent several meals together in the last 6 or so months sharing our ups and downs of pregnancy and our excitement over becoming mothers. It’s been so fun to have a friend that is going through the exact same thing as me and such a blessing to share this experience with her. I can’t wait for our babies to be born and for us to be able to continue to grow in our friendship through our children. We’ve already decided that our children will be best friends and will someday get married….probably on Fripp Island and afterwards honeymoon in Culebra. Perhaps our children won’t agree with the marriage we’ve arranged for them but either way we are going to have a blast sharing this thing called motherhood.

John & Katie, I can’t wait to meet your little man! I look forward to many play dates in our future!

Love this one.Doesn’t she have the prettiest smile?We took advantage of some random Harley Davidson parked in Downtown Greer. I thought it was appropriate seeing as how they are having a boy.I love this set of Katie.

Had to get at least one shot of our bellies together!!

Katie & Alex | Wedding | Toccoa, GA

Katie & Alex were high school sweethearts.  They grew up together and grew up with each other’s families.  Their wedding day was a reflection of how much they have grown to care for each other over the years and it was so beautiful to see how many people support them as individuals and as a couple.

Katie started out the day by getting ready at the Simmons-Bond Inn in Downtown Toccoa.

Crystal Genes was my awesome 2nd shooter and got some great shots throughout the day including this one.
Katie was so excited to see Alex for the first time.I love Alex’s reaction!Love this shot of Katie and her Grandmother.  The women in this family are just so loving…it’s adorable!The reception was held at the Cornelia Community House in Cornelia, GA.Katie and Alex (with lots of help from their family and friends) decorated the entire reception with antiques and thrift store finds.

Delicious cakes by Just Desserts.

Congrats Katie & Alex!  I can’t wait to see where life takes you as Man and Wife!

Katie Pink - that was AWESOOOME! :) :)

Maternity Series | Outtake

I haven’t abandoned my maternity series…I promise.  The proof is in the outtakes….from week 25:

Weeks 22-27 to be posted soon!

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