For Hannah & Bradley’s engagement session, we explored some of their favorite spots around Columbia. We started the rainy morning at the Riverfront park, where they like to go for relaxing Saturdays. Then we headed to Five Points for the mural, the fountain, and Publico. The Publico people were so welcoming and fun! They helped us celebrate with two hollowed out pineapples filled with their house margaritas! What a way to end a session!
Megan & Will tied the knot at Senate's End in Columbia, SC on a rainy January evening. This amazing couple braved the rain for their first look and pictures, and oh man did it pay off! These two encapsulate one of the best things about marriage: your plans don't always work out but you have your partner to help you make the best of it, adapt, and remind you that the only part of the plan that really matters is that you're together. Gold, succulents, and so many wonderful personal details certainly warmed up this winter wedding. Megan & Will, thank you for inviting me in and being total badass adventurers every step of the way!
Will proposed to Megan by having her do a scavenger hunt through downtown Columbia, hitting many of their favorite date spots. What better location for their engagement photos? We wandered down Main St. exploring, getting to know each other, and stopping wherever we saw something interesting. I love these types of shoots where I get to ask a lot of questions, listen to their story, and help couples relax and enjoy this sweet time.
They ran around, played, explored, and just had fun. Just silly let-loose fun. They had the kind of fun that's infectious, the kind that gets everyone to be themselves a little more, the kind that gets everyone laughing for seemingly no reason, the kind that shows off "We're best friends, and we're so excited for the future together."
Every person in the bridal party gave a speech at the reception, and when it was the bride and groom's turn to give thank-you speeches, they were met with bursting responses mid-speech of "We love you!" from several guests. Speaking of their wonderful friends, this group knew how to party! It didn't matter how hot it was, it didn't matter how long they had been there, these guests filled the dance floor all night with glow sticks and so much joy.
She took off running to land wrapped in his arms. Kaitlyn summed it up on her Instagram like this, "Every tear, every night spent wishing you were wrapped in their arms, every holiday that doesn't feel quite right because they're gone, every struggle, it's all washed away in that moment when you know he's home...He's really, finally home."
Casey's bridals were an absolute fairytale. We spent a very warm evening exploring the Woodburn house where she would say "I do" a few short weeks later. Woodburn house is a historic house in upstate South Carolina that operates as a museum during the week. The architecture, the preserved details inside, the wild woods outside all were open to us for some truly gorgeous portraits.