Ashley+Victor // Elopement // Charleston

I always find myself on both ends of how weddings can unfold; I love the couples who care about every single detail, putting so much thought into each element of the day. And yet, I also love the duo who let vendors do "them," knowing that the only goal is to marry their best friend. I love a wedding day timeline that is so loose and flexible giving me freedom at my fingertips; and yet, I resonate with a down-to-the-minute timeline that puts my Type-A mind at ease. I dance along with big, loud, vivacious weddings and yet I'm so honored when I'm chosen to document small, easy elopements.

Ashley and Victor were the latter. Ashley, Victor, eloping with only the officiant and myself by their sides.

We worked together on every detail of the day-they trusted me fully on timing the light of the rising sun, the locations downtown and even talking through details of Victor's attire and Ashley's flower crown.

Here's to you two, Ashley and Victor: May the two of you daily find this same joy that you found on a chilly March morning as the sun rose at your back.

Tricia+Taylor // Married // Charleston

What can I say about this day, these two?

I always tell couples that the more they let me into their lives, into their story, I'm able to do a better job of telling their story. Tricia and Taylor were no exception to this request. There were so many significant, emotional and legacy-creating moments this day that I can't not stories alongside their pictures.

-Tricia's brother, Jay, passed away a few months before the wedding and although his presence was so missed, he was clearly present during the day. The morning of the wedding, Jay's fiancé gave Tricia a bracelet with some of his ashes inside that no doubt, will be an heirloom. Sprinkled all throughout the day are bluejay feathers, in his honor.

-Both of their rings, and a beautiful gift box that Taylor gifted his bride, were engraved with Olive Juice. Say it slow.

-Building up to the wedding, Tricia and Taylor worked on a painting together that's now hanging in their home, but that also was used as the envelope liner in their invitation (and as a backdrop for when I shot their details!).

-After being introduced into the reception and having a few dances with their parents, Tricia and Taylor entered into the most EPIC (second) first dance which involved ties getting loosened, drinks being stolen/chugged and a flip (all while Tricia was wearing these badass heels below). I've never seen anything like it!

-Toward the end of the reception, Tricia's cousin took the mic and while choking back tears, said that even though Jay is gone, he wanted Tricia, her sister and her mom to know that there are always guys that will have their back. Over the course of the next song, at least 15 guys stepped forward to take turns dancing with the Barton girls.

-The biggest shoutout to my girl Sara for tag-teaming this wedding with me. We joke that we're the dreamteam to shoot together but then get serious and realize we truly ARE a dream team. Fist bump!

Thank you, you two for letting me have this honor...and for living in Charleston so we can still hang out and drink cheap beer together.

As always.

Julia+Will // Married // Charleston

After Julia and Will's engagement session, the wedding seemed so far away. But as it always does, December came before we knew it and I got to spend the entire day with these two and their crew. A Hayley Paige gown, golden hour overlooking the marsh, a stunning floral arbor and a first look with portraits at our own pace...perfection.

"I thank you God for this most amazing day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes"

-ee cummings

As always

Welles+Jeremy // Married //Asheville

As creatives, creating can be exhausting. It's our job to create, to make something out of nothing all. the. time.

But sometimes we need a break.

Okay, often, we need a break.

We, as creatives, as artists, as photographers, need the opportunity to create for ourselves. Not for a client, not for a blog or for the industry but purely for the sake of creating. And these times are so, so essential that later on, when we're ready, we can produce the best work we can for our clients.

So when I was up in Asheville for a wedding recently, I was connected with Welles and Jeremy who were trustworthy enough to meet up with a stranger to take some photos.

We hiked up Max Patch together, in the strong wind and I got to hear stories about marriage, kids, moves in career and homes, stopping here and there to take portraits.

And the portraits the three of us made...I love them. So. Much.

Photographing someone for the sake of photographing was needed. And worth it.

These are some of my favorite photos I've ever made.

Welles and Jeremy, thank you for reigniting that spark within me.

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