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Jen & Toby | Southern Lexington South Carolina Destination Wedding

It was such an honor to photography my sister in law’s nuptials to her long time fiancé’ Toby this June.  Natalie was to be the flower girl.  We decided to make a vacation out of the trip to Lexington, SC and we stopped over the course of a week before the wedding in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  I had never been to this part of the country – which is gorgeous, and the kids hadn’t either.  It just so happened that we left Arkansas on Natalie’s fourth birthday, and we spent Hunter’s in Lexington.  Two birthdays, vacation, and a wedding in ten days!  Whew!

Here are a few of my favorite images from our vacation.  But first it’s important to know that my father in law surprised my kids a few days before we left.  They hadn’t seen Grandpa in well over a year:)  For Natalie’s birthday we took the kids to a petting zoo in Tennessee, rented a boat and jet ski and paddled around Lake Dillon for a day, and spent a good amount of time at the ocean in Myrtle Beach.  One night they had fireworks, and there was a fair conveniently across the street from our hotel.  Score, funnel cake!

 

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Coming from Colorado, where prairie dogs are considered more of a nuisance than an abundance, we thought this was incredibly awesome to hand feed one!  After the petting zoo, we waited for Natalie’s pony ride.  Her first encounter with a horse couldn’t have been cuter!

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Afterwards, we ended up at Lake Dillon in Tennessee.  This lake was incredible!  Set in the Great Smokey Mountains it was just breathtaking.  The next images are a little out of place.  The fireworks were taken on the balcony from our hotel in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  Not bad for hand held!  After Myrtle, we made the short 3-hour trip to Lexington, South Carolina.  My sister in law and Craig’s Aunt and Uncle live here.  Craig and I have been married 11 years this August!  This was the first time I had ever met his Aunt and Uncle on his mom’s side of the family.  They are amazing.  We’re trying really hard to make our next PCS to Charleston, SC to be closer to finally be closer to family.  Those 2 images of Natalie were from the not so successful wedding rehearsal.  LOL  She had us convinced that there would be NO WALKING of the flower girl down the isle, as there was clearly no interest at all.:)

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The following day, was the wedding!  We of course started with getting ready at the salon and dressing in the hotel room.

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The venue was packed full of Southern charm.  This City Girl turned Southern Girl LOVES the South and everything that comes with it.  The vintage architecture is everywhere, and this old school house was simply no exception.  The details of the wedding were quaint and simple.  Bright greens and pinks accented the chairs, tables and doors. 

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To simplify the ceremony timeline, we chose to do all the traditional and bride/groom images before the ceremony.  This is a non-traditional practice that really eases the stress of us!  It’s simply so much less stress for everyone to go from the ceremony directly into the reception with very little picture taking.  It’s also important to be able to spend as much time with guests as possible.  Because we agreed to do this, we needed to capture the groom’s first glance of his bride to be.  With Jen’s closest friends around, she gracefully walked up the hill to her groom.

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And so we start.

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Directly after the ceremony we went inside (air conditioning!) for the cake!

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Now this part, is incredibly important.  Toby starts his thank you for coming speech.  Watch his mom on the right….. as they announce to the whole family and friends, that they are expecting their first child (a girl!) this December!

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Hehe!  <3  After cake we all dance.  It was a glorious time and such a beautiful wedding.  I was honored to capture it for my new sister and brother in law, and their soon to be little bean. :)  Thanks for looking!

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Denver, Colorado Wedding | Destination Wedding Photography

Justin and Craig, my husband, met in the police academy and developed a really fun, and quite interesting friendship. Over the course of time, we spent many evenings laughing, partying, and watching several UFC fights. Stefanie and I had the opportunity to shoot his sister, Lindsey and now husband Dan’s wedding several years ago, and we were thrilled to be learn that Justin would soon be tying the knot as well.

The wedding was planned for May. In Arkansas, it was already climbing into the high 90s by late morning, and having lived in Denver for ten years I figured that the temperatures would be well into the 80s. I had missed my friends TERRIBLY and wanted to spend as much time with Stef as I possibly could, along with breakfast with Catie and Catherine, then an evening with my very close childhood friends, so I booked a VERY early flight from Little Rock and a late evening return.

I flew out from Little Rock at 8am and touched ground at 9.30 in DIA. Direct flights from now on… seriously worth the extra cash. It was 82 degrees when I left…. and 35 degrees when I arrived! For a weekend wedding that’s planned to be outdoors… that’s no bueno especially for this now Southern Girl. I always have this surreal feeling when I return to Denver. It’s my home. It will always be my home, but particularly because our physical home is there and I can’t go into the house I desperately love and miss, it’s just a weird feeling. Cumbersome.

Anyway, it’s cold. I’m shivering. A very nice lady offers me her BLANKET and finally, with bags in tow, we’re inside. Car rented.. Met up with my bestie, and we’re at Kristijana’s by 10 – next door to the home I love.

Aside from the weather… it was a very nice stay and a BEAUTIFUL wedding that we were thrilled to be a part of.  Hope you all enjoy their wedding images as much as we had taking them!

Special thanks to all the vendors who made Justin and Natacha’s wedding day memorable:

Cakes: The Makery
Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Franciscan Event Center
DJ: DJ Guy

We started the afternoon out separated, I went with the guys and Stef with the ladies.  We were SO excited to know that there would be some traditional Indian inspired dress and traditions.  The ladies had their feet and hands painted with henna.  Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

The gents were getting ready in a hotel room not far from the ceremony location.  Lighting was so bad, but I was able to get quite a few great shots of them.

DETAILS!  They were fantastic.  Stef and I love to see the creativity of our brides and grooms thru the planning of their weddings.  The cake was simply elegant, hand in hand, Justin’s grooms cake was all about him.  Bright, summer colors cascaded thru the dining hall with the candy boxes for guest gifts with the little ‘Dawson’ license plates were the perfect finishing touch – and SUPER Colorado!

As I mentioned earlier, the weather was less then cooperative.  It was cold and rainy.  But that old wives tale of having good luck for your wedding and long life together when it rains on your wedding day must have paid off because the sun came out just as the guests were arriving and stuck around long enough to get thru the traditional, formal wedding portraits!  YAY!

After the ceremony we hoped on the party bus and drove to our location for the wedding party and bridal images.  This is time that we spend with just the bride and groom and their party, to get those super awesome and fun images that you see thru our portfolio and this blog.  We usually recommend scheduling at least an hour for these images.

We returned back to the event center for dinner and a really fun evening of dancing.  Justin and Tacha have an AMAZING family with really great friends.  The toasts were so heartfelt and we soon learned that Tacha and her sister have such a close bond – naturally, but watching them react with each others emotions really made me miss my own sister.  I always tear up quite a bit during the father daughter dance, and this time was no exception.  Just an over all great evening!

see how much I LOVE wedding cake.  :D

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Little Rock Wedding Photographer – In Just 5 Days….

This lovely Miss, will be a Missus! Isn’t she amazingly beautiful?! I cannot wait for their wedding. This royal couple are professional ballroom dancers, and it definitely shines through every aspect of their lives. Glamour, glamour, glamour.
We began our session during Magic Hour, of course, at LaVada’s in North Little Rock. LaVada’s is an event center with quite a historical background. Aside from aesthetic southern charm, it’s just a gorgeous structure, right in the heart of Central Arkansas. A sweet, quaint courtyard, with rumbling fountain and tall historic trees… Sigh… Romance at it’s best.
After leaving LaVada’s we took off for a few shots at one of my favorite secret areas. Proof there are beaches, very few, in Arkansas.:)

Little Rock Weddings

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we HEART <3

We have been very neglectful to our blog in the last few months. It’s time to get back at it and let you guys know what we have been up to. Tonee recently moved to Arkansas – but don’t worry, we are still shooting together! I had my baby break late 2010 – 2011, but the little man is almost a year old and I am getting back to shoot our favorite subjects – lovers, engagements and the Shindig! I miss shooting weddings, but the nursing baby had to come first. Tonee has been quite busy in Arkansas, literally taking over there and photographing a lot of beautiful weddings. For 2012 it’s ON baby – we are back together and can’t wait to get started. We won’t always shoot together, but that just means that the tattered veil is growing and we are spreading out and taking over the country (next – world?!) HAHA a girl can dream. It’s not always easy, especially since we are both moms to 6 awesome kids (3 each) and we each have our other photography business going… so that keeps us quite busy, never boring.

The Holidays are just around the corner, and many you guys are planning to go down on one knee and pop the big question. Or maybe you already did this summer and most definitely she said YES! We have been interviewed by a lot of excited brides and I thought I’d put together a little list of the latest Etsy awesomeness to make planning a little bit easier for you. Or maybe it will give you an amazing idea that you could include in your own wedding. So here we go! We HEART:

1. How amazing are these personalized hangers! I found them on Etsy the other day, while browsing for a bridal hanger that was not made of wire. I am thinking about ordering one that says “Bride” or “I do”. It would make a pretty cool prop while taking dress pictures

2. We both have daughters, therefore we love flower girls and (being girls) we share the excitement of dressing up and feeling like a princess. Why not go all out for your flower girl, this is a pretty big day for her after all (I always have to think of  Princess Kate’s flower girls and how they must have been on cloud NINE ). I love big tutu dresses and fairy wings on flower girls!

3. I keep seeing these paper umbrellas and I am very much in love with them. I’ve seen people use them for outdoor weddings, having one laying on each chair for during the ceremony. And I have seen them hang upside down over the reception tables (with lights shining through – magical!)

4. Uhm, can I have one of these button bouquets please? I wish I would have thought of that when I got married. I tried to preserve my bouquet, but honestly, it looks pretty sad these days. I don’t have my grandma’s skills when it comes to preserving flowers, so this awesome button bouquet has stolen my heart (plus, it’s cheaper than real flowers)!

5. How about these cake pops instead of cupcakes? It would make a cute favor too. And it would be pretty nice if I could eat some right now.

6. I love cake and I love (creative) cake toppers. This example is super cute and deserves a home on the fire place mantle, next to your button bouquet

7. Speaking of cake… why don’t you have that first bite from these beautiful vintage forks! So cute.

8. Uhh, this is pretty awesome! Something blue, hiding under your shoe :p

9. We know you boys are going to have a drink while you wait for the girls to get ready. So why not with a personalized flask? That would make a cool grooms man gift!

10. And last but not least I have to add a dress to the mix. If you are a vintage loving girl like me, then you will love Etsy! You might find your dream dress for under $200!

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Destination: Nashville | Wedding Photographers | David & Stephanie

I am currently in Tennessee, where I got to photograph my cousin-in-law’s GORGEOUS wedding. I am so happy that I got to join family and at the same time photograph Stephanie’s most beautiful day. The wedding was held at Spring Creek Estate. This was a photographers, no, MY dream come true! The estate was absolutely dreamy, wonderful vintage goodness and eyecandy around every corner. I was in love. With a house. With the decorations. With Steph’s dress. With the horses, the dogs, the cats, heck… even the chicken! Hay never smelled so good! I wanted to jump into it and make a big hay angel on the floor. Sigh… too bad this was actually someone’s house and not an antique store. I was just too tempted to look at things (with my hands and not my eyes, like a good 4 year old girl would do!).

But back to the wedding… Steph got to marry the man of her dreams, David. The two of them are so cute and in love, real and true love. Vomit inducing love and cuteness;)And I took more pictures that usual. We didn’t have to drive far to get to the most wonderful background of trees that formed a tunnel. Old barns on every corner. We love to live dangerous and this was extreme wedding! Horseback riding in the dark and climbing into a barn that looked like it would fall apart any moment.

Enjoy the pictures, I am very much in love with them. You know you did good when you look at your own work and you think “man, I rock!” HAHA

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