The long white linens of the Gassaway Mansion blew gently in the cool spring breeze as Michele and Bobby were finally married. With the sun setting behind them, the stress melted away into pure marital bliss.
Tucked away just off East North Street in downtown Greenville is a beautiful mansion filled with loads of character and history. Known as the Gassaway Mansion, it was actually one of the very first venues I shot at when I first moved to South Carolina about 6 years ago. It was incredible to be back, and even more incredible to look at the place through a totally new set of eyes. Not that 6 years ago was forever ago, we’ve just learned a few things in the 100+ weddings we have captured since then, and it turned my experience shooting at the Gassaway Mansion from being slightly stressful into a time where I could really dissect the light, and know exactly how I could use it to create some stunning images for Michele and Bobby.
Everything started on the front steps of the Gassaway Mansion, as guest gathered at the base of the 6 massive pillars that adorn the front of the house. Afterwards a beautifully brisk ceremony everyone headed to a stunningly beautiful reception just to the side of the mansion. Complete with an impeccably detailed cake, crystal chandeliers, and enough fresh flowers to make it smell like spring for miles around, it was a beautiful day filled with plenty of joy and laughter for Michele, Bobby and their guests.
Thanks again for having us guys!
Venue: Gassaway Mansion
Cake: Kathy & Co.
Catering: Gassaway Mansion
Flowers: Gassaway Mansion
Photography: J. Jones Photography
DJ: S&D Entertainment
I’m not sure what was going through my head when I decided to climb that tree. It was just a few minutes after their ceremony and we were walking around Gaffney trying to find the perfect place to capture some shots of Sarah and Sam. With the spring flowers being in bloom in the distance it thought it might be the perfect spot… except when we walked over there, there wasn’t really a good way to get a clean shot without the powerlines and street signs in the background. My solution? Climb up a 30 foot flowering bradford pear tree and shoot down through it. Great idea! … The shot looked great and Sarah and Sam loved it. Only one problem. My head was now bleeding from the branch that took a scratch at me on the way up. Debra (being the excellent wife and creative assistant she is at weddings) kept pressure on my bleeding forehead as we kept shooting, which made for quite a scene and got some awesome reactions from Sarah, Sam, and just about anyone else who saw the craziness. Anything for the shot!
After my battle wound stopped bleeding, we headed over to the beautiful Piedmont Club in Spartanburg, SC. It was decked out with lots of beautiful flowers (seriously, these guys had multiple florists!), a stunning ice sculpture, crystal chandeliers, and even an airplane themed grooms cake. Why an airplane? If you have followed my blog for awhile you may remember Sarah and Sam’s airport engagement session, which was quite befitting of a couple of pilots. Everyone danced the night away at the Piedmont Club to the sounds of The Entertainer’s and everything wrapped up with a flower peddle laced exit. A perfect ending to a beautiful spring wedding (minus the “souvenir” on my head).
Hope you guys are enjoying St. Lucia! I’m totally jealous!
Ceremony: Gaffney First Baptist Church
Reception: Piedmont Club
Florist: Mill Street Florist
Additional Florist: Daniel’s Den Florist
Cake: Kathy and Co.
Band: The Entertainer’s
Videography: Brian Erkens
Dress: Poinsett Bride