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!
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!
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.
The following day, was the wedding! We of course started with getting ready at the salon and dressing in the hotel room.
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.
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.
And so we start.
Directly after the ceremony we went inside (air conditioning!) for the cake!
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!
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!