rustic roots

We anxiously await for that time of year to roll around when we can say goodbye to spring fever and say hello to summer lovin’ and easy livin’.  Watermelon seed spitting, the smell of hot asphalt after an afternoon shower with a hint of freshly cut grass, windows down accompanied by playlists blaring, cut off jean shorts, tank tops, aviators, bare feet, and long summer days.  Those things just never get old {however, the heat & humidity…that gets old. fast.}

For some…summertime goes a bit deeper. into the woods. and down the river. and consists of canoes, canteens, cabins and campfires.  I don’t know about y’all, but most of my childhood summers were spent away at camp.  Not quite your Wet Hot American Summer, Heavyweights, or even Earnest Goes to Camp experiences. But rather…my days began with trumpets sounding at the crack of dawn and rolling out of a bunk bed, meals in the mess hall, horse back riding, wood whittling, hiking, archery, canoes, kumbayas, and s’mores.  Next week, I venture out into the wild to channel my childhood camping excursions for 3 days of hiking and camping in Colorado.  I’m not quite sure where this continued shock from so many keeps coming from when I bring this up…but I’ll have y’all know, despite what you may all think, I have no problem roughing it in the wilderness.  This woman is prepared and fully stocked with all the essentials. A tent, sleeping bag, backpack, flashlights, lighters, batteries, bluetooth speakers, a polaroid camera, and Cards Against Humanity.  Don’t doubt for one second that there won’t be campfire dance parties going down. I’m so committed to this….that I even caved and purchased a pair of chacos {which mind you, I sore on all things good and fashionable, that I would never cave on such unfortunate looking footwear. Kate Spade would disown me if she knew.} Ugly shoes aside,  I fully expect to return home as a more enlightened, self actualizing, and empowered little lady!  Myself and two other gals are clearly ready y’all. Have no fear. We will survive.  However….just incase, I’ll be sure to tweet the campsite coordinates just to be safe should no one hear from us after 3 days!!

While some have to go away to summer camp or travel to have such experiences, Lindsey had most of it right in her backyard!!!  Showing up for Lindsey and Justin’s wedding on their family farm and vineyard with ponds, docks, row boats, horses, and stables was like a childhood dream.  Who am I kidding…it’s a dream no matter how old you are.The day was perfect and perfectly fit for these two.  With the family barn completely transformed with candle light, hanging lanterns, draping, and a custom barrel bar….rustic roots met elegant charm at it’s finest and was immersed in meaningful family heirlooms.  The night was only complete with hay stacks, a bonfire, s’mores, and being serenaded in a bridal party rendition of Call Me Maybe.

 

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sweet signtings

It’s Monday and it’s officially summer y’all. And after an entire weekend off for the first time since February {I wish that was just a joke}, I’m ready to take hold of this week with smiles, sunshine, and serious productivity.  If I’m going to start this week off right, it’s got to be done with a new post full of gratitude and exciting sweet sightings!  Many of these are {as in common dear wesleyann fashion} long over due!  From print publications, blog features, and even making a photo of the day, all the love has fueled my heart with immense thankfulness!!!  A huge {x10000} thank you to Kentucky Bride Magazine, 30A Street Style E-Zine, Weddings Illustrated Magazine, Elizabeth Anne Designs, Wedding Chicks, Bridal Guide, Every Last Detail, Wedding Row Waterside, and Way Out Wedding for putting a smile on this girl’s face and heart, as well as these sweet couples!!

With the next two months finally slowing down…there are many more submissions being sent out and new weddings about to hit the stands along with a few exciting {big} blogs!!!  Stay tuned…

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pass to bubbles

Most have found themselves in this situation before.  Your boarding pass reads B52 and you instantly know you’re bound to the back of the line. You bored your Southwest flight with bags in tow, scanning the seats praying there, just by chance, might be a window seat open {or should you have bad knees from one too many snowboarding mishaps like me….you hope through divine intervention that an aisle seat is open.}  But with a B52 pass…your chances of being stuck between an open mouth snorer and an arm rest hogger who wants to talk about their cat for 2 hours in the back by the bathrooms is the best luck you’ll most likely have.  Because let’s just be honest…if it wasn’t for bad luck, you’d have no luck at all.  And God forbid you get stuck sitting next to a creeper!!  However, somehow you must have prayed extra hard the night before…because in the middle of the plane are two open seats next to a girl with a sweet smile.  PRAYERS ANSWERED.

A year ago, I found myself in this situation.  After settling in my seat, Angelina and I soon found ourselves chatting away our 2 hour flight. As we departed the plane, she mentioned her best friend had recently got engaged.  So I smiled and handed her my business card….never expecting to hear anything.

A few months later a sweet inquiry popped up in my inbox from a bubbly girl named Megan who heard about me from her best friend…who just so happened to sit next to me on a plane!  Who would’ve ever thought that that one day on a Vegas bound flight, sitting next to a girl named Angelina, would eventually bring us to today!!  That boarding pass was a straight pass to bubbles.  Today Megan and Blake tie the knot and I honestly feel like I’m about to walk out the door to capture a sweet friend’s wedding!!!  After a first failed frigid January attempt at a bridal session, April brought better luck as Megan, her mom, close friend Bonnie and I tromped around Alys Beach!  Megan’s beauty radiated and her smile accompanied by her infectious laughter has had me anxiously awaiting this day…her wedding day!!

After double tapping all of Megan, Angelina and Bonnie’s instagram images this morning…I’m wishing I was popping bottles of bubbly on the beach with these girls from the start of the day!!  Because clearly we’re now all friends…it’s just what happens when you’re instagram followers!  Alas….it’s now almost go time.  And I’ve been ready!!!!  And thank goodness, because I’ve been anxiously awaiting to post these images since the second the shutter released!!!

At 5:30PM CST, these two officially became MR. & MRS HARRIS…so at 5:31PM….it’s now ok to post these!!!

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Beaufort Bride -

These are BEAUTIFUL!

Megan Harris -

OMG just got to read this… im soooo in love with these images and you! you are amazing!!!

Resa Lankford Evans -

Well you made me cry again! This was absolutely like a fairytale looking at these pictures. They are so beautiful. You definitely had the wedding you always dreamed of Megan and I am so thrilled that I got to be a part of it!

Betty Smith -

Beautiful pictures.

wind & whirls

It’s this year’s reoccurring theme. “Where did the time go???”  I’ve been on an exciting, wild & crazy tilt-a-whirl ride of sorts the last six months that’s slowly coming to an end, but still has my head spinning as I regain traction!!  Despite my size 10 feet and giant strides, I’m still left feeling as though I’m barely catching up…but have no fear, I’m getting there!!  It’s now June and big new changes are just over the horizon!!!!

June has hit in all it’s hot and humid glory and today is the day that Katie and Ross exchange their “I do’s” in Watercolor! I couldn’t be more excited for these two!!  And truth be told…even a bit happy for the clouds, wind and overcast!  After a blazing hot morning engagement session last year, I’m sure they’re a little thankful as well!  Let the festivities and double header wedding weekend begin!!!!

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model behavior

March has come and gone….and now April too, is quickly coming to an end.  When you pack work and life into 8 different cities in just 7 weeks…it takes a few extra hours of sleep, 2 extra cups of coffee in the morning, far too many loads of laundry, and 10 extra hours needed in a day, to somewhat get back on track.  After the last 7 weeks….I’m on the verge of making my own “I survived and lived to tell” t-shirt!!

Along with all the thousands of images, incredible experiences, and exciting memories I came home with….I also came home with a little something new!!  And the best part….it’s not for me….but a party photobooth for y’all!!  So I may or may not have found a few extra minutes in my day over the weekend to give it a test run for fun….and well….it’s far too much fun!

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So to celebrate, I’ve decided it’s time for a giveaway…a photobooth giveaway!!  Enter each day for a chance to win the photobooth {or up to 3 hours} for your wedding or event!  Contest ends Friday {11:59CST} and the winner will be announced on Facebook on Monday {4.28}

While I’m an absolute sucker for photobooths due to them being overly enjoyable…I also find myself weak in the knees over pretty things and sweet couples who love wholeheartedly.  Talking and light hearted laughter comes naturally to me…in every day life and while shooting.  Being in front of a camera doesn’t come naturally for most and silence tends to create a sense of insecurity…so my random rambles come in handy.  Put a beautiful couple who needs no direction, laughs freely, and can be themselves completely with each other all in front of the camera….well…I quickly find myself short of words.  Walking around Watercolor and Seaside with Abbey and Josh was like a walk in the park with friends! Literally.  While they went on with their giggles, kisses, cuddles, and model behavior…I sat quiet, captivated, and clicked away.  If the next couples of months fly by as quickly as the last few, my heart will be content in knowing that Abbey and Josh’s October Alys Beach wedding will be here in no time!!!

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Abbey Ferrell -

These could not have turned out more perfect!! Cannot wait for October!!! :D

Beverly Keller Percival -

I hope and pray your life together is as beautiful as these pictures. GOD bless!

Beverly Keller Percival -

I hope and pray your life together is as beautiful as these pictures. GOD bless!