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
One of my favorite parts of the wedding day is getting to capture the speeches and toasts. Outside of getting to capture some great candid reaction shots, it’s a great way to learn some of the stories behind the couple I’ve been capturing all day. The hilarious stories, kind words, and the occasional mention of embarrassing memories just make the whole day a bunch more personal. Ashley and Nate took this to a level I haven’t seen before: They toasted each other. What, you ask? Yes, it’s usually the best man, maid of honor, and occasionally some friends and family who toast the bride and groom but at Ashley and Nate’s wedding, after the standard toasts, Nate toasted Ashley, and Ashley toasted Nate. How awesome is that? Nate talked about everything he loved about Ashley (and did an incredible job) and then Ashley tried her best to top it. What an incredible way to start off a marriage!
Ashley and Nate were married at Allen Temple AME Church in downtown Greenville with a stunning reception at the Poinsett Club afterwards. Plenty of great details, beautiful weather, and emotional moments filled the day. It was the perfect way to kick off our 2015 wedding season.
Thanks again for having us guys! Hope you enjoy Bora Bora!!
The Excellent Vendors:
Getting Ready: Hyatt Regency
Ceremony: Allen Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church
Reception: Poinsett Club
Florist: Gregg Foster
Invites: Timeless Designs
Makeup: Keena Queen
Dress: Dimitra Designs
Calligrapher: Cathy Sale
Band: East Coast Entertainment
Planning: Sarah Johnson
Limo: Elite Transportation
Dress: Dimitra Designs
What do you do when you have to plan a wedding from a few thousand miles away? Do as much research as humanly possible and then try to cram everything into the few precious moments you will be in town before the big day. Never have I been more impressed than when I met with Kelsey and Nick a couple weeks ago. They pretty much crammed every wedding planning detail into the one day they were in town from California. On the agenda: Meet with makeup artist and get makeup done, meet with us at our home studio, shoot their engagement session, meet with the florist, planner and venue, meet with the caterer, rehearsal dinner venue, and taste some cake… all before dinner.
So there we were, running all around the beautiful lobby of the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Greenville capturing their engagement photos on a timeline that reminded me of a tightly planned wedding. We had to make every shot count, and still have time to head down to Falls Park to get some outdoor pictures as well. Thanks to a very in-love and down to earth couple, I’m happy to report that we ended right on time, and with some pretty incredible photos to boot. Check it out:
Can’t wait for the wedding guys! We had a blast!!