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 🙂
Meeting Josh & Jenny was a whirlwind because of their distance apart. Josh was in Michigan working and trying to find a job in the Greenville area, so I only meeting Jenny at first. I was initially contacted by Josh because, as Jenny told me, he likes planning things out, so she just let him do it, lol. Which was a great change for me. I like speaking with both the bride and groom in the planning process, and there’s been times when I won’t meet the groom until the day of the wedding. But they were both part of every process every step of the way. It was just refreshing. Also? Josh & Jenny are just the kindest and sweet couple anywayyy, so they made me feel like I had the easiest job in the world. I also photographed their engagement photos, you can see those HERE.
I arrived at their gorgeous venue, which was Calvary Baptist Church in Simpsonville. I don’t typically enjoy photographing in churches due to the lighting, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that there were lots of windows in the front foyer and plenty of lighting showcasing them during the ceremony. It was a lovely day.
Josh & Jenny opted for a first look, which I always recommend, for that extra intimate moment together before the big moment. But theirs was just as wonderful as any other. I try not to intrude on their moment, so I keep a little bit of distance away if I can.
Without going on forever and ever, here are some favorites from Josh & Jenny’s wedding 🙂
I want to thank you, Josh & Jenny, for asking me to be a part of your wedding. It was truly a pleasure meeting and working with you and also meeting your wonderful families! I wish you both the absolute best in your lives together and marriage 🙂
I met Steve and Tricia at a Starbucks for a quick meeting before their date night. I’m pretty sure they were going to watch Wonder Woman and wanted to meet up with me for their wedding in September. They are such a laid back and fun couple and it was so easy talking to them. Steve was telling me how he proposed to Tricia and just listening to the way he talked about her just warmed my heart. Like…this woman was the love of his life and he was so ecstatic to FINALLY be marrying this woman.
Steve & Tricia were married on September 16th, 2017 at The Duncan Estate in Spartanburg, SC. Having an outdoor wedding is always so iffy because you never know about the weather, but it was SUCH a beautiful day. Tricia started her day with getting her hair and makeup done before getting to Duncan Estate and shared mimosas with her daughter and Steve’s daughter. MAYYYYBE a little more champagne than orange juice, but ehhh, who cares, right? 😉 I spoke to Steve downstairs while he was getting dressed and all he could ask was, “How does she look? She looks better than me, doesn’t she?”. He was just looking out and watching the people show up and sit down waiting for the wedding to start. He was SO excited and ready to marry Tricia. Tricia was feeling just the same. She got her dress on and watched their guests show up from upstairs.
Watching Steve and Tricia marry one another, like any couple, made my heart smile. His eyes just lit up the moment he saw her coming down the aisle and that light never left for the rest of the evening. These photos don’t tell the whole story of Steve & Tricia, but we know that I can’t post them all, lol. Here are my favorites and the best way I can show you their big day 🙂
Steve & Tricia’s wedding day was SO much fun, surprises, and love that I’m so happy that they chose me to be their wedding photographer. You guys are so beautiful together and I wish you the absolute best in your marriage and lives together. It was a pleasure getting to know you both!