Can you really say you photographed during a Southern Summer unless there are rhododendrons in the images? Luckily- we had an abundance of them during Adrianne & Zach’s engagement session at the Clemson Botanical Gardens. These two told me about their wedding plans as we walked the pathways and were kind of enough to hop in a garden of Iris of ‘just the right photo.’ They ended up using it at their wedding, so safe to say they were happy with it. Stay tuned for their wedding.
Sarah & Brecken met me in downtown Greenville for their fun, early fall engagement shoot. This was my first time meeting Brecken, but Sarah is my cousin! So, I've known her my entire life! It's always so much sweeter shooting family and it made it even more sweeter because they will be married -today- at Larkins on the River. I know this is going to be an amazing party with some wonderful people and I cannot wait to meet all of their friends and get it started. Happy to have you in the family, Brecken! And happy to see my sweet cousin growing into this wonderful woman. Happiest for you both!
Lauren & Rob are two lovely friends that I've had the pleasure of getting to know the past two years. Lauren and I have shot many weddings together and Rob has been in attendance at several of those fun weddings. They are in a transition period in their life and moving away from the amazing Blue Ridge Mountains and I wanted to gift them some photographs as a memory to this place they called home for several years. We met out at Lake Jocasse for some laughs and exploring at dusk and came out with some beautiful images thanks to the summer storm we had just missed. Lauren & Rob, I hope you look at these images fondly and they remind you of the mountains of South Carolina that you called home for a few years in your 20's. I'm so thankful for the friendship we established, the weddings we shot together, and the memories we made. I can't wait to see where life takes the two of you.
Pam & Libre were married at Spartanburg's Music Camp this past summer. I had worked with them previous and was so happy when they called to ask me to shoot their big day. The Music Camp is an amazing venue for any outdoors lover. It is acres and acres of land, a beautiful river cuts through it and your guest can camp on site if they like. They had friends coming from not only across the country, but across the globe for this special wedding. The ceremony was electric with happiness and the party that followed was the same. It began to rain during the reception, but that didn't damper the mood of the day one bit. Pam & Libre were such an amazing couple to work with! I highly recommend The Music Camp for any couple looking for a great setting of the South Carolina forest. Thank you to my second shooter, Lauren Curry! Some of her images are below.
Taylor & Aaron met me on a warmer than normal fall day at Lake Jocassee for their engagement session last fall. This was their first time being there, but I've spent many days kayaking and enjoying the water and amazing views the park has. We had a wonderful afternoon climbing rocks and exploring the landscape. Aaron was a jovial presence and I can see perfectly why he and Taylor are so happy with one another. I'll be blogging their 2018 wedding soon!
Samantha & Grant got married in the beginnings of spring at Easley Presbyterian Church and had their ceremony across the street at Easley's new reception center, South & West. This wedding was FUN for so many reasons! I was honored to second shoot Samantha's younger sister's wedding two years prior with Hannah Woodard Photo and was able to shoot Samantha's older sister's baby photos! (Twice!) The Lake family has been a favorite for a while. They throw the -best- parties and this wedding was no exception. Grant and his friends were a blast to hang out with and Samantha's girls treated us like friends. I ADORE her bridesmaid's dresses and the touches of significant throughout the day. Samantha's bouquet was adorned with the pins of her sorority sisters and her veil has been worn by her two sisters and her mother at her own wedding. Not to mention-this is the same church where her parents and two sisters got married. I'm so pleased to have been able to shoot this fun day and almost a year later still enjoy looking back at these photos. Thank you Sam & Grant! (And thank you, Sophie Hopkins, for helping me shoot this beautiful wedding!)
Shooting one of your best friend's bridals adds an entire extra level of emotion to the entire day of shooting and the next day of editing. Even better than just shooting Miranda's bridals, I also got to make her bouquet and that made me SO HAPPY! I love playing with flowers and making arrangements and was delighted she trusted me to take not only her bridals, but also make her bouquet. My mom and I went foragaing in Piedmont, South Carolina a few days before and I made the bouquet with those flowers, plus a few from Miranda's own garden. We drove up to Craggy Gardens and danced around in the rhododendrons for a bit, shot some fun photos, and ate a delicious vegan lunch in Asheville to finish of the day. (I say that, but we really finished off the day by going back to Miranda's and taking a nap. Ha!) Miranda, I had the best time and love these images. Thank you so much for the perfect day of shooting and fun.
Jessie and Zeke were married in a tiny cabin with a view of Table Rock in February of 2017. For them this was a destination wedding, but for me it was the backyard mountains I grew up in. Jessie found me on Instagram and I'm so happy she did. We clicked instantly through emails and I loved meeting up with her and her mom at The Village Grind in Greenville. This wedding was unusual for me because it was on a Monday! Something new, right?! New and fun! The wedding was made up of so many sweet touches-from dinosaurs in Jessie's bouquet-all of which her mom made, the many very cute cakes (Jessie made them HERSELF), the sign's around the venue her son's wrote, their personal vows, and on. I loved shooting this beautiful wedding and am so happy for Jessie and Zeke. It's been fun keeping in touch with them and seeing their first year of marriage together.
Lauren and Rony were married on the coldest day in December at a Catholic Church off Augusta and then hightailed it to the Gassaway Mansion for one of the best parties I've been to. Their wedding was an intimate gathering of about forty people who ate a spread at the Mansion, danced late into the night, and wished the couple a farewell into the cold. I loved shooting this wedding for how beautifully intimate it was, how much love surrounded the couple, how much fun the guests had on the dance floor, and for the fun I had shooting all of it. Thank you, Lauren and Rony! This day was sweet.
Kayla's bridals were done at the Clemson Botanical Gardens a few weeks before her August wedding and I had the best time meeting her family when we did them! Kayla is so sweet and so willing to walk and stand and pose and try all the things we did during her session. I miss working with you already, Kayla! So happy for you and Josh.
If you wanted to meet the sweetest couple in the upstate of South Carolina-then here they are! Kayla and Josh contacted me about photographing their wedding (which is TODAY!) back in march and I knew right away we would get along so well. We met up at Spill the Beans in Greenville and had the best time laughing and talking about the wedding. Kayla is extra giggly and Josh always knows how to bring her back to what we were originally supposed to be talking about. Hanging with these two is a great time and I couldn't be happier for them. Can't wait for the wedding, Kayla and Josh!!
I've known Melissa since I was in middle school, so getting her email inquiring about my availability on her wedding date had me so excited! I met her and Luke over coffee and we began planning out their vision for the big day. They spend a lot of time in the outdoors and they was a big part of their wedding day. The ceremony was behind the Table Rock Lodge overlooking the mountain with the reception and dancing inside. I always think of Melissa and Luke as being a mix of free spirits and old souls. They listen to older music, they like a good bit of tie dye, and you can find them hiking most every other weekend. Their wedding day was made more personal by bringing in a lot of those details and things they love. Have a look below at their big day! Below you can find a link to their engagement photos done at the Pink Beds on the Pisgah Ridge.
To view their wedding photos - https://giniaworrellphotography.squarespace.com/blog/2016/11/8/melissa-luke-fall-engagement-session-in-the-pisgah-national-forest
I met Erin & Lucas over coffee at Due South Coffee at the Taylor's Mill last summer to discuss their big wedding day. They told me from the start they were doing things a little different and I was all for it. We began the day with a tearful first look and ended it with amores over a fire pit. They were married in Moore along a river surrounding the most beautiful property and their closest friends and family and then the party began with a crock pot meal of chili and LOTS of dancing to follow. Erin & Lucas, thank you for having me at your wedding! Brett and I had a BLAST shooting with the day for you.
Thank you to my second shooter, Brett Willbanks. Some of his images are below!
Venue: Gatherings by the River, Moore, SC
Florals: Coggins Flowers
Erin is the kind of bride who will climb in the tree you're looking at before you can even begin to mention it. Erin & her mom picked me up outside of their gallery in Spartanburg and we made our way up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. (My heart!) We talked about how she and Lucas didn't have honeymoon plans yet and what kind of dogs we each had. As we got there I was even more sure Erin and I were meant to work together as she trusted me completely. She climbed rocks in blue suede shoes, stood behind a bathroom because 'it's pretty' and didn't mind that it looked like the sky might open and pour buckets at any moment. Erin, you're a dream and a friend of mine! Your bubbly spirit and giggles were icing on the cake during our session and it couldn't have gone better! Thank you for letting me shoot these for you. (P.s. I had to include a photo of Erin and her Mama at the bottom!!!)
Megan & Michael eloped on a sunny, early fall day in the Falls Park of downtown Greenville, South Carolina with only myself and their officiant there to witness it. We met the week before in Travelers Rest to discuss the plans and I found out Megan and I have a ton in common! From bloodlines in Upstate New York to a love of kayaking and having quiet, low-key personalities. Plus, her freckles are lovely.
Megan and Michael compliment each other in so many ways and it was very evident how in love they are as they said yes to forever together. From the tiny, smile Megan had walking to meet Michael and the smile he never dropped once she met him to their giggles and dancing beside the creek as we took photos. To my new friends, I loved this evening so much and I am so pleased you asked me to capture it for you! Here's to many more beautiful days and months and years together. ( Excited for our next game night! ;) )
When I met Daniel during my time in the Visual Arts Program at Greenville Technical College I had no idea he would design my logo or that I would be photographing his wedding the next year, but here we are! Daniel and Alyssa have the coolest style and I knew we would be fast friends when our meeting for coffee lasted over three hours. Plus, Alyssa does roller derby and basically held my hand while giving my bangs. I owe a lot to this awesome lady.
Daniel & Alyssa got married on a semi-over cast day last October at the The Barn at Forevermore Farm in Moore, South Carolina. The rustic white barn was a great counter to their edgy vibes and the banana pudding inspired cake still makes my mouth water. Their family embraced Brett and I with hugs and their laid back wedding party had us laughing all day. These two are some of my forever friends now and I couldn't be happier for them and I'm so happy they seem to like me as much as I like them! ;) Thanks to my second, Brett Wilbanks, for shooting with me! Some of his images are below.