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The first wedding of the season started off in Mount Pleasant, SC. It’s a little town in between the bustling southern city of Charleston, and the beach paradise of Isle of Palms. I had never ventured this way and was very excited to see what it was like. Aimee the bride, is a friend of mine who works in Charleston in the film industry. She moved to the area for work and grew up in Wilmington, with mutual friends of ours. One of those friends being my husband Robbie. It’s so neat that they all still know one another. Spring was also peeking its way through already so lucky for us we had a very warm day ahead of us. Aimee and Ty had rented two beach homes that were next to one another to have their families and friends close during their celebration weekend.
Ty, Aimee’s fiancee, and his boys were on the opposite end of the beach home they had rented for the weekend. Mostly all of Ty’s family and friends were coming from the Pittsburgh area, so as you can imagine it was a long overdue reunion. When I walked into the house, it felt like a party. I should have known from that point all the pranks that I was about to witness 🙂 A cigar and Pit Viper sunglasses were nicely wrapped in vintage cigar boxes for his groomsmen. Aimee had gifted the boys a little bit of fun in a bottle for their ride to the ceremony as well.
When we arrived Ty was getting ready and got ready and unwrapped a special note from Aimee along with a watch that she had gotten him for the big day. His mom was right by his side and was gifted a set of pearls for her to wear. You can tell how proud Ty’s mom was to be next to her son that day.
After her gift was given Ty was reunited with his groomsmen who were all dressed. These guys and their jokes were killing me! They have this young, fun, and joking friendship. I personally did not grow up with brothers, but I can only imagine this is what it is to have brothers. They definitely made my time with them enjoyable and extremely memorable before they headed off to the ceremony.
The details of this wedding were so pretty. Aimee does costume/decor work in the film industry and her attention to detail is impeccable. She had an old vintage style to the wedding and all her pieces were extremely traditional and gave you the feel of that era. I lucked out also with having such great place to shoot at. There was a room in the beach home that was very regal and traditional. And we decided to shoot some portraits of Aimee in this room. I have to say this is probably one of my most favorite places, I got to do bridal portraits. I could have spent all day with Aimee in this room.
Aimee was finishing up her makeup and the girls were just about to get out of the robes that Aimee had given them for the day. They all gathered together in the tub in the master room and did a silly picture before Aimee got into her dress. Aimee’s wedding dress was a vanilla color that had gorgeous beading on the top and had a nice high low hemline that lined the front of the dress. It definitely added a bit of fun to the dress. She, of course, looked like a princess and was gorgeous in her gown. Throughout her getting ready, Aimee was nothing but smiles. Kelly her maid of honor helped her into her gown. She added some more feminine touches with her earrings and her pink Banana Republic pumps. And finished her look with a little bit of “Tiffanys”.
The girls were welcomed to the house with welcome kits and also were given wax sealed boxes on the day off.
Each one was personalized and also Aimee’s mom gift was a set of pearls. There was also one more special gift for Aimee’s sisters and mom. Aimee had reached out to her favorite actor Tom Hanks. He, of course, couldn’t make the wedding but made sure to still be present on the day of. He wrote a personalized note to Aimee and her family.
This gift was extra special because of Aimee’s dad passing and his resemblance to Tom Hanks. Needless to say, there was some tears for the remembrance of their dad, and also the excitement of such a kind gesture. She also had a special photo of her grandmother to honor her that day.
The girls and I headed outside for some quick portraits before the limo returned. Her girls wore burgundy gowns that could be altered depending on how they were tied. Each girls dress was tied to their personality and they all looked stunning in this color.
Aimee has two sisters and both are just as special as she is. Their bond as sisters is truly unbreakable, and even though the other girls aren’t her immediate sisters, this sisterhood that Aimee has created is just as strong. You can tell the importance of the day in each and every one of their eyes. Their love for this girl is irreplaceable and eternal.
(And I can’t forget Aimee’s mom, she is as adorable as can be, and such a sweet person. She was so happy for her daughter, and the bond between daughter and mom is always just so special to document).
Aimee and Ty’s love languages are stares and giggles. It’s really wonderful to see true love. It’s something that is intimate, beautiful, and also contagious. Aimee is a full spirited girl. She is the life of the party, she’s got a smile that you can’t turn away from, a laugh that is so contagious, and she just has something about her that makes you feel all your worth in just one look. She’s caring and kind, and she is one of the most genuinely nice people I have ever met. I can definitely see why Ty and Aimee are perfect for one another. He is just as sweet and thoughtful. And you can just see how he like her, wants everyone around him to feel important.
Their families and friends gathered at the Pepper Plantation’s lawn for the start of the ceremony. And it was the perfect start to a new chapter for these two.
(It was extremely bright that day, so it was a fun coincidence they had already planned to rock their Viper sunglasses during the ceremony.)
Such a sweet moment in between the exchange of rings, You just can’t help but get caught up in the moment and get emotional 🙂
I definitely had a few moments where I had to pull the camera from my eyes, in between the first dance, mom, and son dance (that was truly special), and the toast that included but not limited to the sister toast, I definitely had a lot of favorites for the night. As I can imagine both Ty & Aimee did. Here are few my favorites of their wedding day.
-Aimee and Ty, thank you for allowing me to share in your special & epic day. I wish you guys an eternity of happiness, growth, and love. Thank you for your hospitality and friendship, lots of hugs to you both <3
Lauren and Daniel’s wedding was the last stop of my wedding season. The wedding started off in Oak Island and was to commence in Southport, NC at the Southport Community Center.
We met Lauren and Daniel at a beach home they had rented out for family and themselves to get ready into. It was a gorgeous setting to the start of a gorgeous day. Lauren and Daniel are incredibly sweet people and we were really lucky to get to close out the season with them.
Lauren was already getting her hair and makeup set for the day, and Daniel was getting a fresh haircut on his end. Lauren’s dress was accompanied by the cutest KEDs. They were a sparkly pink color that definitely fit the femininity of the dress and also of Lauren. She’s that cute, giggly, really sweet down to earth kinda girl. When I very first met her at our engagement shoot, she embraced me with a huge hug. And I am a hugger! So, Lauren totally won me over 🙂 So, seeing her getting dress for the day, was awesome because she’s a really special girl.
(One special detail was the ring case that they had. If it wasn’t for the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Lauren and Daniel’s love story might have not happened, I loved the meaning behind their ring case and how it all kinda pulled everything together).
Everyone that was involved in the wedding was from out of town. So it was really awesome to see how much these two people mattered for their friends and families to travel from all over the country to spend the day with them. Lauren’s bridesmaids were awesome! They were sweet and so cute in their blue navy robes that Lauren had gifted them.
I got a few shots of Lauren alone on the deck and it was kinda like the last moments leading to her being a married women.
What I loved about this was on the other side of the house, Daniel had arrived and he started getting ready with his groomsmen. He wore a navy suit, with a blush shirt, and a striped navy pink tie. He looked really sharp, and stylish in suit. I don’t know a lot of men that could pull of that color, but he did it justice. Perhaps its because he’s from the Virgin Islands, and they can pull off those pretty coastal colors? Nonetheless, Robbie and I really loved our time getting to know these two. Daniel even on the day of was still tending to wedding things, such as seat changes, and truly had everything in order for his bride.
His groomsmen were also super awesome! They helped each other get ready and did an honorary toast for their buddy getting married. Daniel had gifted them really cool shot glasses that had their last name initial on it. I really enjoyed their brotherhood and how they are just not friends, but how they are all like brothers.
As the boys toasted, Lauren’s mom helped her into her gown. And she was incredibly gorgeous! She looked like a princess. The lace on the train was so pretty and definitely fit Lauren like a glove.
She finished off her final pieces by slipping into her sparkly shoes and the girls helped with her veil. They had one more group pic and shared some happy tears with one another. Lauren was just about ready to have her first look with Daniel.
(And of course we had to take a photo with Lauren’s best friend Morgan’s baby, she was the cutest flower girl). Lauren and Daniel exchanged their vows during their first look. What I loved the most about this moment was the fact that we did it in a space where they were alone, and were able to just really live in the moment. They told each other how much they loved one another, and when they held hands they both exhaled at the same time. I LOVED this, because it was a genuine moment between two people who are truly are two peas in a pod.
(Lauren patiently waiting for Daniel to arrive by Robbie having him close his eyes going down the stairs.. We decided to have Lauren face the other way so Daniel had less of a chance of falling down the stairs, this was definitely a fun moment to create). (even when their back to back, Daniel still made Lauren laugh).
They made each other laugh and giggle for one more time as a single pair, and Daniel left Lauren and headed back to get his final details finished by his mom. Along with the celebration of the actual day finally being here, there was another reason to celebrate. It was the fact that Daniel’s mom who lives in the Virgin Islands was able to get to North Carolina for the big day. Unfortunately with all the storms that passed through the Island, her traveling to NC was a really long journey. But after being awake for more than 24 hours and going through several cities airports, she made it to be with him on the big day. It was definitely a miracle and such a wonderful moment between a mom and her son:)
We all were finally ready to head off to start the festivities of the day. Lauren was going to be walked by her dad, and we knew it was going to be an emotional day for him. So, we opted for them to see each other before the actual walk, and it was a good idea. Her dad was incredibly sweet as he saw her. It was a really sweet moment between a dad and his little girl.
The day was finally ready to begin!
The ceremony started off with two very furry guest to sit up at the front row. Zola and Luke are pretty much Lauren and Daniels kids! It was a really cute moment watching them walk down the aisle with their friends, and wait for their mommy to walk down the aisle too. Daniel’s face when he saw Lauren was nothing but impressive. I love the way two people have a way of just finding one another in a crowded room and the spotlight just in on them. Their love for one another is definitely contagious and I think all their guest could see how beautiful their relationship is. The two opted to have Daniel’s best man Robbie be their officiant and he was fantastic. He made everyone laugh and also did a really awesome job telling the story of Daniel and Lauren and marrying them off.
( Lauren is from Massachusetts and Daniel from the Virgin islands and the sand they both emptied to unite into the glass was from both their home areas, how cool, right?!)
There ceremony ended, and we did a few images of the wedding party and couple. Here are a few of my faves from that, and also the from the reception. Their was harvest styled pies! Emotional parent dances, fun toast, lots of dancing, and of course you cake forget cake!
Thank you both for having me share on your big day! And thank you to your families and friends. Robbie and I could have not asked for a better group to photograph and be around with for the day. Your friends are truly one of a kind and amazing, and made us feel friend envy 🙂 Truly a special group of people and your parents were nothing but the same. You two are truly blessed and so glad we can go from clients to friends. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness like the one you experience on your wedding day! 🙂
The day started off by going through a few windy roads and finally ending up in what felt like a secret location. The weather was nothing but impressive. Temperatures were forecasted in the 90s and some predictions were calling for 100 degree weather. But, when true love is at stake, who cares about sweating right? ( hmmm.. well that’s what we told ourselves, at least).
Jen and her ladies got ready at the barn’s main home. The girls got into their dresses while Jen touched up her makeup downstairs and started to get into her dress. Jen was gorgeous and radiant in her beautiful wedding dress. Her mom and best friend helped her put on the final touches.
The girls finally joined her and we were able to spend some time with Jennifer’s two main girls, Abby and Lola.
Jen and her dad share a really special kind of relationship, and she opted to do a first look not only with Josh, but with her dad. We joked all day about the showers that we were going to witness, and his reaction was priceless.
I loved this first look because of the execution. Jen initially wanted to go towards the main door that would be used for the ceremony, but because guest were already there we opted to go a different route. Usually on a wedding day, what you have planned usually doesn’t necessarily happen that way. And you know it’s okay. We roll with it, and make our own visions, and make our own moments shine. There is seriously nothing better than a candid moment. And, to me, even though these two didn’t look at one another, the emotions and feels were definitely candid. Josh’s love for Jen is so contagious and so adoring. Jen held onto Josh’s hand and comforted him as they were back to back.
As I was watching it all play out, all I wanted to do was give both of them a hug, and it was so hard not to get in the moment along with my couple. Their love is gentle, kind, innocent, and everlasting.
After the first look, Jen retreated back to the main home, and Josh to the barn side. It was literally 15minutes till the ceremony would start.
I left the girls and headed to see our groom. He was patiently waiting for his own time with his girls, as well as his original ladies in his life.
Josh’s mom helped him put on his boutineer, and his sister Jade also assisted in showing off his handkerchief that was part of his grandpa’s jersey.
Josh and his groomsmen got their final touches on, and celebrated with an honorary shot that included fireballs, and a non alcholic shot for his youngest groomsmen.
The ceremony site was held outside near a pond and they had their aisle decorated with petals. The entrance was a barn door that was made out of reclaimed wood and they had old luggage cases with wild flowers that complimented the vintage theme.
Jen arrived by a vintage truck and her entrance again was very emotional and out of a movie. She was graceful as she clinched onto her dad’s hand. The cutest thing was how close Josh is already to Jen’s parents. When Jen and her dad reached Josh, he grabbed his hand and held it tightly. It was a really sweet moment to see, not only was he giving away his daughter, but already had gained a son who he was supporting as well.
The ceremony had a nice little change on who was going to do their vows first. Jen and Josh decided to do rock, paper, scissors to see who was going to read their vows first. It was really cute! You can tell how playful their relationship is and their is nothing better than being able to be goofy with your best friend.
Once the I do’s were done, all that was left was the kiss! And this was epic, epicly executed with confetti that filled the air.
It was a fairytale moment that even included Abby their Labrador enjoying the fun!
After the ceremony, we headed over and did a few portraits and than it was off to the reception. We definitely got some really pretty images. Jen and Josh are perfection!
The bride and groom were greeted by all their guest at the barn. This was definitely a fun group, and they kicked it off right away! Jen and Josh entered right into a dance, that was followed by Jen’s dad thanking everyone for their participation on such a momentous occasion. The barn was decorated in blush and white linens. The tables were lined with eucalyptus and roses. It was a very delicate, and feminine touch to what is usually a rustic location.
There was cake, and their was toasting, their was dancing, and some more dancing, and a little bit of more dancing.. I think this group could have partied till sunrise. They definitely entertained!
Congrats to the beautiful couple! Here are a little more images of the wedding night to finish off the story. Thank you for having me and letting me in on your special kind of relationship. It was a true pleasure getting to know you guys and I am so grateful for getting to document your big day!!