Hannah + Lukas Wedding / Greenville, SC

Whew, 2016 was a year. Graduated college, got a job, quit that job and went full-time photography. My first year of photographing weddings full time. Yikes and yay? Guys, I'm not going to lie there were moments where it was hard and I wanted to quit but for every one of those moments, there were 10 more moments where I loved every second of it. Like this wedding. Hannah + Lukas wedding in November was one of my favorite weddings from 2016. For starters, Hannah beautiful long sleeve dress was designed and handmade by Lukas's mom. Need I say more? Oh but I will! For all you girls who stress about having 3 bridesmaids or 20, just stop right there. Hannah had 14 bridesmaids and I've never seen a group of girls truly celebrate their friend more at a wedding than they did Hannah. It was a joyous day filled with Jesus, family and friends, a lot of laughter and a whole lot of dancing. It was such a blessing to be a part of this day and I am really (I say this a lot but it's really true) so excited to share it with you!

Photography: Sophie Brendle Photography

Hair & Makeup: Julie Jackson

Venue: The Hollows at Paris Mountain

Florals: Statice Floral

Hope + Michael / Charlotte, NC

Two of my favorite people in one of my favorite homes. Hope and Michael did one of the cutest renovations to their house and to say it is stunning would be an understatement. When Hope asked me to come take some photos of her and Michael living in their home, I could barely contain my excitement. This fall a few of these photos were featured on Southern Wedding's Newlywed home tours and today i'm sharing a few of my favorites from their session. What an honor it was to not only see these photos published but to also call these two friends. There's truly nothing like being welcomed into someone's first home that they share together. I'll forever be thankful for this opportunity.

To view more of Hope and Michael's home and their renovations click here.

Rachel + Thomas / Clemson, SC

This past summer I received a text from a girl who I really didn't know. This girl, who I had maybe spoken to once in my life, began to encourage me in my business, engagement and spiritual growth. Can we just say wow! The Lord is good! Oh how I needed this. At the time I had just gotten engaged, graduated college, and I was considering taking this whole photography thing full time. The future seemed a bit unfamiliar and I just need a little encouragement and there it was in a text message from someone who didn't even know it. 

The girl you ask? Well that was Rachel Awtrey. Yep, I knew I wanted to be her friend. So I played it cool and asked her to coffee. Just kidding, I flat out told her I wanted to be her friend and for some reason she didn't find it creepy. Praise Jesus she didn't because her friendship has been the sweetest blessing.  

After a few more coffee and just friendship dates, she welcomed me into her cute little house to take some in-home photos of her and her hubby. I'm certain that these type of sessions will always be some of my favorites. I've included some of my favorite photos below for you to check out <3

So grateful for you, Rach and how much of the Lord's faithfulness I have seen through you and our friendship! She's also an insanely talented at everything she touches and you'd be missing something great if you didn't click here.

The Beaver Family / Greenville, SC

When you spend your work day playing around the cutest house two adorable babies, you just praise Jesus for the job He's given you. I love the realness that comes along with a family with babies. You can't control the images. It just is what it is and there's truly nothing like it. Today, i'm sharing a few favorite's from my time with the Beaver family earlier this fall.

Also, Eileen Beaver, is the cutest mom/blogger and you should check her work out here.

The Ozmints / Greenville, SC

A few weekends ago I was so graciously welcomed into the most beautiful loft apartment. It's hard to believe that it has almost been a year since I was photographing Ansley and Jon David's wedding, but what better way to celebrate than by taking some more photos. I'm so grateful to call these two friends and so humbled that they have allowed me to capture each new season that have entered into. Photography is always fun for me, but when photography involves hanging out with some of your closest friends, I sometimes have to pinch myself to make sure this is really my job. Also, in home sessions, I'm all about them. What better way to capture real and intimate moments than in the home you share.

Thanks for being so trusting Ans and JD, and letting me squeal way too much about you guys and your loft. I'm so excited to share these, because you two, well you just simply are a dream!

Jana & Brandon // Hendersonville, NC

These two. What gems! Last weekend I met up with Jana and Brandon at the Cabin Ridge in Hendersonville, NC. I had only talked with Jana over email prior to the engagement session. However, I knew simply from email, that this session was going to be one of my favorites. 

Oh how I was right! Jana and Brandon giggled through their entire session which just made my time with them that much sweeter. Not to mention we had the most beautiful weather! After making our way around the beautiful property we ended the session with a group hug. Yep, these are my kind of people! I'm so thankful that my time with these two didn't stop then and that I get to spend more time with them on their wedding day later this year! Until then, here's a preview from their session.

Mr. & Mrs. Taylor // Conway, SC

The first time I met Mckenzie and Ryne was at their engagement session earlier this year. I immediately knew I had been given a gift when I was asked to photograph their day. This day could not have been any more of a testament of the Lord and His goodness. The joy never ceased! I say I'm not going to cry every wedding day but I found myself fighting back the tears as I heard the prayers of the bridesmaids and Mckenzie's mom as they poured blessings over Mckenzie and Ryne just moments before they said "I do". It was such a great day to say the least and I am so excited to share it with you!

(Thanks Hallie Jacobs for tagging along with me. You have a talent with the camera and with always making me laugh! )

Mckenzie & Greg // Engagement Session

If there ever was a couple who brought me a whole lot of joy during a session, it would be these two. McKenzie and Greg are one of the kindest and most intentional couples i've ever photographed. It was such a blessing to hear their story and hear how the Lord brought them together. Oh what a couple and what a gift it was to spend an evening with them! I absolutely cannot wait to photograph their wedding this summer! But until then, here's a preview of their engagement session!

Inspired Garland

If you know me, you know my long time love for Anthropologie. It all started freshman year where I can specifically remember sitting in FA 200 (A Fine Arts classes at AU) seeing photos of visual displays at various Anthropologie stores around the country. Being completely in awe, I knew that someday I wanted to do just that. Consequently, I spent the next three years managing to turn every opportunity given to me in Design school into an Anthro project or a project that had something to do with the fashion industry. Fast forward to the end of those three years, after being supported by teachers, classmates, friends, and family and I find myself applying for the 2016 Anthropolgie Visual Display internship. What a dream just in its self. In order to complete the interview process I was given a sample project with these guidelines, "create a spring time inspired garland utilizing book paper as your core material that embodies the Anthropologie aesthetic." I cannot tell you how fun it was for me to create this garland.

But before I get carried away with the details of the project I want to share with you something that was so much more special to me during it all. I saw just how much the Lord has blessed me by who He has surrounded me with. People who supported me and believed in me from the beginning. I would not be here without teachers who pushed me, friends and family who encouraged me, and classmates who challenged me. To be given this opportunity was not of my own doing. I saw this the most to be true in the days I waited to hear back after submitting the photos. To be honest with you, as soon as I sent these photos in, I felt anxiety hit me and hit me hard. "What would they think? I'm not qualified for this position." Insecurities hit me from left and right. We seem to do this don't we? To be approved by man. I wanted nothing more than to be accepted and told that I had done a job well done. I let myself believe the lie that my worth was found in a 4 feet garland. Silly to say now, but as silly as it was the Lord used this garland to remind me that my acceptance does not come from man but from Him alone. No amount of instagram likes, or "jobs well done" will completely satisfy my soul.

Friend, the only satisfaction you will find is in Jesus and His word. After hearing the Lord whisper this to my soul I found myself saying, "Lord, you cause all things to work together for my good and to receive this internship or not to is in your hands and for my good."  His ways are much higher than our ways and His plans better than ours. After I spoke with a friend about what the Lord was showing me, a few hours after I had let go of what I was trying to plan, I received a phone call. I had gotten the internship. Glory be to God. As I approach this internship my prayer is Colossians 3:17 "Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." 

So here's some photos of the garland, which would not be possible without the help of my gracious friend Jessi Nichols and her cute house (Yes, it's as dreamy as it looks). 




Tori & Jake - Pretty Place Proposal

This day. Man was it a good one. The first time I met Jake and Tori was moments after they were engaged and if there is ever a perfect time to meet someone, it is then. II'm telling you, my job gives me the greatest outlet to meeting some of the best people. 

I had been to Pretty Place before but never when snow covered the mountains. Let me just say, I still cannot get over how beautiful it was. I'm so grateful that I got to witness this engagement and this view. These will forever be some of my favorite moments and i'm so excited to share them with you!


Mr. & Mrs. Wilkins

The first time I met Madeline was at her bridal session. We had emailed a few times before hand and I just knew through a few exchanged words that Madeline was one of a kind. Without a doubt, she is one of the most joyful and giving brides that I have ever met. I knew that Jay had to be one special man to have won her heart and that's just what he was the first time I met him on their wedding day. This couple could not have been any more humbling to capture. I felt my heart explode as soon as Jay turned around and looked at his bride during their first look and praised Jesus for letting me be the one to witness these two become one. These are the very moments that make me love photography. I am so blessed to have been given the opportunity to turn such sweet and intimate moments into something tangible. Glory be to God who placed the camera in my hand!

 

(Also, thank you Hallie Jacobs for tagging along with me to capture this day! Could not have done it without you!)

Mr. & Mrs. Ozmint

There's so much I could say about Ansley and Jon David. They are kind, genuine, and both have hearts after Jesus. It was such an honor to be able to capture their day. To see them come together as one left me nothing but giddy. I also owe a huge thank you to Lauren Williams of Lauren Williams Photography for being my second shooter. I could not have done it without her! 

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Ansley Farmer // Bridals

There is so much I could say about Ansley. Our mom's were roommates in college and for some reason I can distinctly remember playing barbies on the front porch with her when we were in elementary school. Needless to say, she has been the sweetest of life long friends to me. It's been so fun to grow up along side you, Ans! You are such a joy to be around and take pictures of :) Not only are you stunning on the outside but you truly have a heart of gold. I love you and JD both so dearly!

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My favorite part about this day was when we had to transfer Ans around. We didn't want her dress to get dirty and her mom insisted that her car was dirty so we put down a blanket and Ans laid across it. We giggled the whole time. You are such a joy to be around Ansley! 

The Grissom Family

The Grissom Family is so special to me! They are genuine and kind and they have always lovingly welcomed me into their home. A couple of weeks ago they asked me to take a few family pictures and some pictures to celebrate their sweet Sophie Grace turning one. I couldn't say yes fast enough! Spending the morning with them was so fun! Here are a few of my favorites from their session!

Mr. & Mrs. Young

After their engagement pictures I immediately started day dreaming of this day. Hali and BY had a backyard intimate wedding and it could not have been any sweeter. What a great honor it was to photograph it! The day could not have gone any smoother and could not have been any more joyful! Hali and BY you are both wonderful and I could not be any more excited for this next exciting season of marriage for you both! Thank you for letting me share the day with you! 

Also a huge thank you to Anna Duncan for being a great second shooter and capturing some truly beautiful images. It is so fun to be surrounded by talented people! Look her up at annafainduncan.com 

Check out the  preview of the special day below!