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.
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.
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
In the very early beginning of fall Melissa & Luke took me up, up, up, to a spot that resides deep in their hearts-the Pisgah National Forest. This area of the forest, The Pink Beds, is where they first camped together and we decided it would be the perfect area for their engagement photos. It was a very chilly morning that quickly warmed up with our exploration of the trails and streams. I was trying so hard to urge them to just go ahead and elope in the middle of this gorgeous spot, but they weren't having it. ;) We ended the morning with a ride down the Blue Ridge Parkway and lunch at the coolest Jamaican restaurant in Asheville. I CANNOT wait for your wedding, Melissa & Luke!!! Thank you for taking me to such a special spot and for having some fun with these photos!
I've known Courtney for more years than I can even remember! We go way back into our teen years and maybe even before then since we grew up just two streets away from each other. She was someone on year book staff in High School that I looked up to and I have photos of us exploring Table Rock and from fun nights when she was a student at Clemson University. It's amazing how life can come full circle sometimes. In 2012 Courtney and I both attended a wedding for a very dear friend of ours at the Madren Center on Clemson University's campus. This is the same wedding where Courtney finally introduced me to her boyfriend, Tommy! Fast-forward four years and Courtney & Tommy are having their wedding reception at the Madren Center of Clemson University. When Courtney introduced me to Tommy four years ago I never would have envisioned I would be fortunate enough to be documenting their big day in that very same location!!
The entire day was a dream. The flowers were stunning, the dress was a classic, the food Southern, and Courtney & Tommy were both glowing with excitement and love. We began shooting in Easley at the Easley Presbyterian Church before moving to Clemson University for a few shots and then off to the Madren Center for the party of all parties. If you want to throw a good party, just invite a large group of Clemson alumni, the Clemson mascot, and you're good. The reception was amazing! The Madren Center has lake side views with nice gardens, so the guests were able to enjoy some garden games along with dancing and dining before a bubble send off for the bride and groom.
Courtney & Tommy, I cannot thank you enough for the honor it was to photograph your wedding. My heart was so full and continues to be full from the memories I have of your big day. I felt so included by each family member and guest and you both will forever be in my heart.
Thank you, Sophie Hopkins, for assisting me this day!
It's not every wedding where you meet such a free spirit like Jess who says upfront "Let's just do it!" when you throw ideas at her for the photos. I mentioned I knew a place with a river and some mountains and she said, let's go and we did! This girl is an adventurer and my time with her had my heart singing. She climbed into a river bed and lugged a chair up a giant hill with me (in her wedding dress)!! You're amazing, Jess! I cannot say enough wonderful things about the time and adventures we had together!
When Emily approached me about shooting her wedding I about scream/cried because I'd been waiting for this moment for YEARS! She and I were stand partners in our high school's orchestra class and have been long friends ever since. Emily and David are the sweetest and we had a BLAST shooting this 'Up!' inspired engagement shoot on David's family's land in Easley. There's nothing like hopping on the back of a mule with all of your equipment and a dozen balloons and having an enormous amount of land to choose from to shoot! Best part was I wasn't trespassing, or going to have to explain why I was standing in someone's yard shooting photos! Ha! Emily & David, I had such a wonderful time and every day we pass is a day closer to your beautiful wedding! I cannot wait for October!
If you're into a forest-bohemian styled wedding, then this is it for you! I met Jess a very interesting way back in the winter but knew instantly it was a blessing in disguise. From that first initial meeting to a playdate with her baby goats and driving to North Carolina for bridals, all the way to the gorgeous wedding day, it has been the most incredible adventure and I am so happy I was asked to be there to document it all. Jess & Jordan had a love-filled wedding day and I left feeling, not only happy and excited but so full of love and thankfulness to see such a wonderful group of people that came together to celebrate this couple. The entire day was filled with such amazing details from the hand-made tambourines (HAND-MADE BY THE BRIDE, Y'ALL!), to the flowers in the guests' hair, to the hand-made dream catchers as favors, and let's not forget the brick oven pizza cooked on site! This wedding was over a month ago and I am still giddy over it! Thank you again, Jess & Jordan! These images are truly some of my favorites, and I'm so blessed have been a part of it.
I met Shelley and Matthew at a small coffee shop in Easley over a year ago. We had some good coffee and laughs over remembering some yearbook staff days at EHS and got to business talking about their upcoming spring wedding. When Matthew began explaining their wedding venue I was very curious and excited at the thought of shooting their day at a boy's summer camp up in the mountains behind Pickens. The wedding day was everything I had pictured it to be! Quaint little chapel on the top of a mountain; filled to the brim with friends and family supporting Shelley and Matthew as they took this big jump into the future. They finished the night dancing in the mess hall and with a fun sparkler send off. Thank you so much for having me be with you on your big day, Mr & Mrs Trotter! It was a delight! Thank you, Sophie Hopkins, for being my second on this wedding! Some of her photos are below!
Born and raised in South Carolina-this land is my home. My family is spread across the East Coast-from New York down to Florida, but I've never found a more comforting or better place than the hills of South Carolina.
I'm 25 years old and am working on completing a BFA with an emphasis in photography. I've been shooting weddings full time for the past two years, but have been doing photography for the majority of my life. I was handed a pink Barbie film camera on Christmas day when I was 7 and haven't been able to stop since. I began to document my family's life (and mainly my cat) in the 90's and here in 2016, this is what I'm still doing.
While I reside in the Upstate of South Carolina, I frequent North Carolina as much as possible. I love weekends full of taking drives through the mountains and pulling over randomly explore, stopping by some family land in Highlands, and hitting up Asheville to get some food and see some music.
Along with enjoying fine art film photography and weddings, I'm an avid reader, gardener, tattoo-getter, and vinyl collector. I drink 3-4 cups of coffee a day and am usually toting my cat around the house while Sufjan Stevens or the late David Bowie play in the background. I'm currently trying to teach myself to weave and continuing to try my hand at print making.
This is where you'll see a display of my work and my passion and hear about what I'm doing in-between.
(Photographs below by Laci Frazier)