I let Angela take her time on choosing the best spot for her bridals. She wanted something in the Greenville area, but still beautiful for her portraits. She texted me one day saying that she wanted the Rock Quarry Garden. Why I haven’t shot here before is BEYOND me, this is just a cute hidden gem! I literally passed it up on the way there, lol. If you don’t know it’s off on the side of the road by some houses, but it’s technically a Greenville, SC park. Lots of people have small wedding ceremonies there, many people go to have family portraits made, and even bridals. It’s actually quite beautiful.
If you haven’t already seen them, Adam & Angela’s engagement session was a DOOZY, lol. We battled the rain many times and struggled to get their session booked because it literally rained every single time we tried to schedule a day. You can view their engagement post HERE. And since Adam & Angela are FINALLY married, I can post these beauties!
We started scheduling for Angela’s bridals. The day was beautiful, the weather was warm/humid, but we were in the shade so it wasn’t that bad. As with all of my bridals, we were scheduled for two full hours of shooting, but that came to a close after one hour because Angela got too hot and started to feel like she was going to faint. This woman is a TROOPER though. She finished up a few photos at the last bit of that hour and you couldn’t even tell that she was struggling to stand. She’s amazing. 🙂
Here are just a handful of my faves from Angela’s bridal session!
Thank you Angela for allowing me to be the photographer for all of these moments! Can’t wait to post up the wedding blog post here soon 🙂
I met Blake & Alyssa in early Fall 2017. Just our back and forth emails talking about their wedding made me giddy as I felt like we were a wonderful fit for each other. We met up over coffee discussed all of the details of their big day. This gorgeous venue, bridal party, their vision on how they wanted things to look and feel. Blake & Alyssa just felt like long lost friends to me, even in that initial meeting. We scheduled their engagement session that day and off we went on this wondrous journey. You can view their fall engagement photos HERE.
Then we get to the wedding day. It was a gorgeous, sunny (but dang was it hot!) May afternoon. There was a slight breeze every now and then that I think we ALL enjoyed whenever it grazed through. Forevermore Farms is a gorgeous venue with not one, but TWO options for your wedding. They have the Barn and the Stables. Blake & Alyssa chose the Stables. Alyssa and her bridal party got ready in this little area outside of the stables, away from Blake’s vision. His area was in the stables right off of the dance floor. I arrived just as Alyssa was gathering things together for their reception. Everyone was all dolled up with hair and makeup all ready, just needed to get dressed. Everyone finishes up and we move onto the first look with Alyssa’s dad, and move onto the ceremony and the rest of the day is history.
So, finally to show off these gorgeous wedding images in the JMP blog. I tried to keep it simple, but that was impossible. This is a fair warning, this post is photo heavy, haha. But without any time to waste, here are what I feel shows off the love and fun filled day celebrating the marriage of Blake & Alyssa 🙂
OH! Before I forget! This was a total surprise to almost everyone at the wedding (I’m not sure if anyone else besides the three of us knew about it), but Alyssa and her dad planned a shake up to your usual father-daughter dance. They started it off with Journey’s “Lights” and somewhere in the middle you hear this scratch and Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” starts playing. Y’ALL they coordinated this dance together and it was perfect! So glad that I was there to capture this greatness.
These people were having the time of their lives and to be honest, I felt like getting out there myself, haha! When I left, they were still partying it up! I’m so thankful that Blake & Alyssa chose me to document this wonderful time in their lives and I get to share it again and again! I wish you both the absolute best in your lives and marriage together 🙂
Since we’ve celebrated Bryson & Jessica’s big day, (You can view their wedding blog HERE and their engagements HERE) I can finally share Jessica’s bridal portraits. Granted, I could’ve shared them five months ago, but I digress, haha. We wanted to do Jessica’s bridals at Furman University, but the weather wasn’t kind to us that day and ended up POURING the rain the entire time. I made arrangements to have Taylors Mill ready for us just in case it did rain, so thank goodness for that! Not only was it raining, but it was SO hot and humid. But Jess did amazing! Taylors Mill is a perfect location for bridals and I’m glad that we were able to do hers there 🙂
Jessica’s dress was a classic white dress with a lace topper on the torso and sleeves. It was a perfect length to just twirl around in and enough to say she had a train. It was beautiful! Without further ado, here are my favorites from Jess’s gorgeous bridal portrait session 🙂
I love shooting bridal photos and it was a pleasure getting to shoot Jessica’s! We did end up cutting our time short because, lord have mercy, it was so hot, lol. Even so, we got some amazing photos and I can’t wait to work with you and Bryson again in the near future! 😉
Meeting Ben & Karina was fun. It decided to rain on us outside of the Starbucks that we met at, haha. We discussed many details of their big day (venue, style, what they were looking for, etc.) and spoke of how they met. I think they told me that they met a music festival. Karina, don’t kill me if I’m wrong, lol. It HAS been a year since we talked about it, haha. Just working with them on their wedding day was enough to tell me that they are more than perfect for each other. I never got the chance to work with them prior to the big day, and that’s totally okay. We got along so well and were able to communicate better than most couples that I’ve worked with.
The wedding day came and I somehow managed to show up matching the bridesmaids dresses without even realizing it, haha! Made me blend right in 😉 I arrived to the girls getting their hair and makeup done…Karina was getting her hair started (makeup was already done by the amazing Alores Norris of House of Flawless. Ladies were gathering together in a room in Ben & Karina’s ADORABLE home, dresses were hung in front of the closet just waiting to be worn. Or photographed…..whichever you prefer, haha. Ben was getting ready somewhere else so I was gonna see him when we arrived at The Dutch Barn for the ceremony 🙂
Their day was beautiful and perfect. We ALMOST got rained out! It was trying to rain on us the whole time as their ceremony was outdoors and while we were getting all formal photos. Thankfully we just had a sprinkling of rain and the day went amazing! I’m so thankful I was chosen to photograph their wedding and am happy to be sharing these with you! Here are just a few of my favorites from Ben & Karina’s wedding 🙂
Just another note….their wedding cake, WAS AMAZING. It was so simplistic, one layer was peanut butter cake with peanut butter icing and the other was chocolate cake with peanut butter icing. Before I left, Karina was so nice and cut me a slice to take home. Y’ALL! I got home completely exhausted but 100% wanted to devour that cake, lol.
Ben & Karina, thank you so much for including me on the most special of days. It was truly a joy getting to know you both and photographing your wedding. You are such a wonderfully beautiful couple and I wish you the absolute best in your marriage and lives together 🙂