Married! | Melissa + Thomas Say I Do on Lake Keowee, SC

Melissa and Thomas both dedicate their lives to helping other people, when it came to planning their wedding, they were still in the habit of putting others first, especially family, and not following all of the standard timelines and checklists you find online. Some would gasp and say but the RULES say you need to book a venue a year in advance and a photography 9 months in advance and the DJ 8 months in advance and the "rules" go on. But for Melissa and Thomas, they both finally let others step in and help them create the most beautiful, homegrown wedding on Thomas's aunt and uncle's property on Lake Keowee, in just a few months. With a loving family on both sides they spent the week before the wedding prepping and visiting family and when I arrived on Saturday afternoon I was blown away. I had already been to the property and met their Aunt Grace who was so kind to let me walk around and scout things out, the property itself is gorgeous but when all of the details came together I was amazed, and so were Melissa and Thomas. The got married under a home made arbor of fall foliage and surrounded by fresh fall flowers. The said their vows in front of family who traveled near and far and their own family Anthony and Ella, the two sweetest kids ever! The family and friends then walked down a sweeping stone staircase towards the water where they set up a beautiful tent for a fantastic meal from Reeves Catering (they catered MY wedding reception, and their shrimp and grits are the best in Greenville!!) and some extremely energetic dancing. One of my favorite parts before the end was something I was warned about, but I had no idea the intensity of this family tradition until I saw a group of men carrying Thomas to the lake for his family "baptism" where they throw him in without any spare clothes in site. (To keep this PG-13 we left those pictures for Bride and Groom only ) This tradition, I was told, has been one that has stuck in the family since the 70s! They obviously have it down pat because they are even nice enough to remove watches, iPhones and other electronics, but I feel like that was a lesson learned, I don't know ;-)

When we left we almost felt like kids who had to go home and rest for the SATs, we wanted so badly to stay and dance some more with this completely magnetic family. But I think I convinced them to adopt me as a South Carolina family so i'll be seeing them Christmas morning ;-)

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To Melissa and Thomas, congrats, being a member of your family for a day was spectacular! Best wishes!

Caterer: Reeves Cake: Walnut Street Bakery DJ: The Wedding DJ Flowers: Flowers by the Lake

Married! | Kristen + Erik Say I Do at The Westin Pointsett Hotel Downtown Greenville, SC

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It all started with a glass of wine and wedding planning when I met Kristen and Erik last year. They came to us from one of our lovliest set of people Amanda + Jack and we are so glad that they included us in their wedding day. From the start, Kristen and Erik both had a strong focus on the people included on their wedding day. On their wedding day it was more than apparent how grateful they wanted everyone to know they were for how each and every one of them have touched their lives. Let me give you an example... Normally the walk down the aisle is accompanied to a very slow paced song and the bride is racing against the beat to get to her soon-to-be hubby while still trying to see everyone. Kristen looked down every single row, at every single person as she walked down the aisle, giving everyone a silent 'thank you for being here' as Erik patiently waited and watched his bride come towards him. The whole timeline of the day was arranged so that they people around them would have the most amount of time to be with them, and enjoy themselves and each other. I think the day, although it flew by, was everything they imagined and they took advantage of every last minute with all of the people they love! We truly felt like part of the family all day, thank you so much Kristen + Erik for being so wonderful, we wish you years and years of happiness!

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Married! | Shea + Justin Say I Do at the Ryan Nicholas Inn, Simpsonville, SC

Some times the world just has a way of surprising you with the most wonderful people. Shea and I met last year over some of the most delicious tea chai lattes (that are now our staple), we talked about marriage, family, weddings and who knows what else. This girl was just simply electric, I loved her right away! Over the past few months we have been getting together to get all the final details of her wedding day together, Shea was clearly very close with her friends and family and wanted everyone to feel included in her and Justin's big day. A few weeks before the wedding I went to her house and we sorted through an entire dining room table of childhood photos of her and Justin growing up and finally meetings, going to college, getting engaged and then BOOM all of a sudden her wedding day was HERE! The Ryan Nicholas Inn was the perfect backdrop for the day Shea and Justin wanted. It was grand, and elegant with lots of space for family and friends to gather and socialize. The girls arrived bright and early for Shea's mom's "Bridal Bootcamp" where she had all the ladies burning some last minute calories before the beautification and princess pampering began! While all of her girls waited anxiously outside, Shea took a quiet moment with one of her very best friends, her mom, to put on her wedding dress, it was so amazing to see all of Shea's details come to life (and wow she looked so amazing in that dress!!). We met Justin outside for a first look that was so touching and awaited the arrival of the pre-ceremony guest of honor, Ollie, their adorable pup! Guests started to arrive and Shea went into her hiding spot to patiently waiting to marry her one and only. The ceremony was so sweet, listening to letters they wrote to each other and the well wishes from Danielle Baker as she pronounced them Husband and Wife!!

The night continued on with with a lot of dancing and laughter, including a VERY well done choreographed first dance (Justin your moves were impressive). We ended with a beautiful sparkler exit between the inn's beautiful nightscape .... I can't believe the day has come and gone, but Ed and I are so thankful to now call you guys FRIENDS and we were honored to capture your wedding day! XOXO

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FLORIST Dahlia

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MAKE-UP: Amanda from Cotton Rouge

Engaged | Dom + Lindsay | Downtown Greenville SC

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One of the most exciting things after planning your own wedding is when your best friends get to plan theirs!! Dom and Lindsay are two of our most dear friends and we were SO honored when they asked us to take their engagement photos! We had such a blast chasing the sunset all over Downtown Greenville and even surprised them with some celebration champagne.After delivering all of the photos and working on some Save the Date designs over dinner and wine, Dom and Lindsay popped the question to US and asked us to stand up for them on their wedding day. We couldn't be more honored or excited to accept. As if it couldn't get any better, our very own wedding photographer Alexandra will be there to capture it all! Congratulations Dom + Lindsay!