Dillon & Marina Doko Manor, Blythewood, South Carolina

Dillon & Marina Doko Manor, Blythewood, South Carolina

Oh my how beautiful and fun this wedding was!!  I met with Dillon and Marina earlier this year in a fabulous desert restaurant in downtown Columbia called Kaminski's and knew right then that we would be such a great match to work together!  

Not only are they such an amazing looking couple but they are genuinely so sweet.  Their love radiates and fills the whole room when they walk in.  Please enjoy just a few of my favorite photos from their wedding!

P.S. Go and check out Marina's bridal portraits at 701 Whaley a little further down on the blog...

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Patrick & Kate Engagement Session, Columbia, South Carolina

Patrick & Kate Engagement Session, Columbia, South Carolina

I met such an adorable couple on Sunday evening.  Patrick and Kate were amazing to work with and I barely had to pose them, they were such naturals.  I love a good adventure, so I talked them in to getting in the river with me further down where the current is more rapid and they of course nailed it! 

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Charlotte's One Year Cake Smash, Columbia, South Carolina

Charlotte's One Year Cake Smash, Columbia, South Carolina

I have to say that cake smashes are my second favorite shoots....  second to only family sessions with dogs.  I got to help Charlotte celebrate her first birthday with her dad David and mom Breanne.  

At first, Charlotte was a little apprehensive of the cake but after awhile she dove right in and the results were adorable!!

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Marina's Bridal Portraits, 701 Whaley, Columbia, South Carolina

Marina's Bridal Portraits, 701 Whaley, Columbia, South Carolina

Marina was such a beautiful bride!  She chose 701 Whaley for her bridal portraits and then totally rocked it!  The pealing paint made for a beautiful contrast with Marina's super sexy and modern fitted dress.  We then went outside next to the building where there are huge wooden doors that added another great architectural feature to her modern dress! 

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Tyler, Lauren & Evie, Gilbert, South Carolina

Tyler, Lauren & Evie, Gilbert, South Carolina

I just love early morning sessions.  That sunlight makes everything so beautiful!  I had the pleasure of meeting Tyler, Lauren and Evie early on a chilly Sunday morning for a family session in Gilbert on a soy bean field.  

Lauren was hoping for a session in a pumpkin patch but unfortunately we couldn't make that happen so we did the next best thing.... Tyler and Lauren brought with them 6 pumpkins.... It was fantastic!!

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Lily's Senior Session, Aiken, South Carolina

Lily's Senior Session, Aiken, South Carolina

I absolutely loved this session!!  I got to go down to Aiken,  meet Lily, her mom and her light brown pony Nora.  Also there was Champagne and Ghost who were more than eager to get in front of the camera.  It was such a fun and magical morning I didn't want to leave!!

But what was even better, was getting to ride Nora back to the barn!!

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Jonah & Leticia Folly Beach Wedding, South Carolina

Jonah & Leticia Folly Beach Wedding, South Carolina

This was such an amazing afternoon on Folly Beach in Charleston.  Jonah and Leticia were so adorable you could feel the love radiating from them both.  When Jonah reached out to me about  being their photographer for their small beach ceremony, there was no threat of bad weather at all.  However, as their wedding date approached, there was a category 5 hurricane heading towards Florida, and coming up through Georgia and into South Carolina.

Jonah was not bothered at all by the threat of Mother Nature, and the ceremony commenced and I'm so happy that the ceremony was not cancelled!!

These photos are right before Hurricane Irma swept up the east coast.  Just by looking at them, you would never know of all the destruction and devastation that hurricane had caused.

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Kaysten & Kayleigh LDS Temple Columbia, South Carolina

Kaysten & Kayleigh LDS Temple Columbia, South Carolina

My first Groom's Dinner!  This is a traditional Mormon celebration and I was not allowed inside of the temple as they were performing the sacred ceremony, only a select few were.  The bride and groom wear traditional garb and afterwards change into what we know as the wedding gown and suit.

Afterwards they take photos and then go to dinner which is traditionally everyone else's rehearsal dinner.  I really enjoyed doing Kaysten and Kayleigh's portraits, they are genuinely nice people who are so in love it's adorable!  Their family and friends were so nice and I greatly appreciated the Mormon 101 lesson!!

Here's a few of my favorites from that day......

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Kenny & Jennifer Pet Portraits, Grovetown, Georgia

Kenny & Jennifer Pet Portraits, Grovetown, Georgia

If you know me then you know how much I love dogs!! So meeting five of them was so much fun! This is Konan, Lady, Rolly Polly, Vernan and Milk Dud.  Oh and their owners, Jennifer and Kenny!

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Nick & Alyssa Falls Park on the Reedy River, Greenville, South Carolina

Nick & Alyssa Falls Park on the Reedy River, Greenville, South Carolina

I met with Nick and Alyssa on Thursday in Greenville and it was great!  We first went to the Rock Quarry about five minutes down the road from downtown Greenville.  It was such a quiet and tranquil park and we were the only ones there on such a hot but beautiful day.  We finished up there which took all but 20 minutes and drove less than 5 minutes to downtown Greenville.  

I really take Greenville for granted!  What a beautiful city it is with so much architecture and culture and the river flowing right through the middle.  And the birds... so many different kinds of birds it was amazing!!  Nick and Alyssa were such a wonderful and cute couple.

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Ryan & Abbie The Carolina Girl, Charleston, South Carolina

Ryan & Abbie The Carolina Girl, Charleston, South Carolina

I had the pleasure of second shooting for the very talented Leslie Perkins of Leslie Perkins Photography in Charleston on the Carolina Girl where I met Ryan and Abbie Blackledge.  Ryan and Abbie had already gotten married the year before in front of the court house, because they got there when it closed.  They were able to find a fellow officer to officiate and notarize their marriage.  

You see, Ryan is in the Navy and was about to be deployed and wanted to make things official with Abbie!  A year later, they decided to have a real wedding and do a vow renewal and it was just wonderful!!

Here's a lot of my favorites!!  (I know I usually say just a few but I couldn't help it!!!)

Amelia Joy newborn session Lexington, South Carolina

Amelia Joy newborn session Lexington, South Carolina

It was such a pleasure meeting this little ray of sunshine!!  She was wide awake the whole session and watched me the entire time.  We had a little mishap while doing the "naked baby shots" she decided to use her daddy as a diaper and pooped and peed on him!  Of course dad was a great sport about it.

Here's a couple of my favorites from that session.... without the little mishap!

John & Brooke Lake Murray Columbia, South Carolina

John & Brooke Lake Murray Columbia, South Carolina

It was such an honor and privilege to have been apart of such a sweet ceremony.  I met with Brooke of Brooke Amelia Photography at Starbucks and she is just the sweetest person!  Her and John have already been married and each has kids so they didn't want to do anything big to tie the knot.

Their first date was actually a blind date for coffee at the exact Starbucks that we had met for our consultation.  They ended up hitting it off and talked for hours until Brooke had to leave to go to Toys R Us for her son.  Well John decided that he needed to go as well and that was their first date!  They haven't been together a year before deciding that they were meant for each other.

The ceremony took place on a Wednesday evening on John's family's property on Lake Murray.  It was in his dad's backyard in a garden that his mother had started before she passed away.  Her parents and his dad gathered around and the officiant was his uncle and the notary his aunt.  On her side was her son Thompson and on his side was his sons Jacob and Thomas.  It was one of the most beautiful and sweet ceremonies I've ever done or had the pleasure of witnessing!!  

Here are a few of my favorites!!

Andrew & Kate 1208 Washington Place, Columbia, South Carolina

Andrew & Kate 1208 Washington Place, Columbia, South Carolina

What a beautiful day for a wedding!  This was my first Catholic ceremony and it was amazing.  The church was pretty with a high vaulted ceiling and a beautiful nave and stained glass windows.  Kate came down the aisle beaming and Andrew mirrored her happiness while waiting at the end of the aisle for her.

I met Andrew and Kate a little over a year ago at a Starbucks in town and we talked for over an hour.  They are just the most genuinely nice and charming people you will ever meet.  We went to my beloved peach orchards for their engagement shoot and they did such an amazing job that I couldn't wait for their wedding!

And it finally happened after over a year of waiting and these photos are only a slight few of my favorites!!  

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Chris, Candace and Hampton Rhoden, Lexington, South Carolina

Chris, Candace and Hampton Rhoden, Lexington, South Carolina

Chris and Candace are the nicest people that I have had the pleasure of knowing.  I just wanted to do a family/maternity session for them because they struggled for so long for God to give them Hampton and now by the Grace of God, they are naturally having a little girl named Whaley! 

Here's just a few of my favorites!

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