Posted on February 27, 2012

Patty and Grant got married on 11/11/11, which was a Friday.

There was something extra festive about shooting a wedding on a weekday.  It felt like playing hookey or something.

Add an adorable puppy, a gang of lively nephews, and fun, very  sweet friends who rocked the portraits and the dance floor, and it was the perfect way to kick off not only a weekend but Patty and Grant’s  lovely life together.

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Grant’s father is a florist. He shipped all the flowers for the wedding in and did the arrangements himself. One hard thing about weddings is watching all the food and flowers get tossedat the end of the night.

Someday I’d love to arrange some sort of 11 pm posse that would head downtown every Saturday night at 11 pm and round up all the gorgeous flowers and deliver them to…somewhere. Maybe retirement homes?

My husband, who assisted me with this wedding, and I ended up taking home the majority of the lillies. (With their blessing and at their urging, of course!) The next day we divided them among several neighbors and they stayed fresh and beautiful for days.

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I love this. So cute.

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Posted on February 20, 2012

Good afternoon!

First things first, I am so pleased to announce that Karmen and Nazar’s wonderful wedding was featured on The Wedding Row Friday!

Here’s the link:

I loved their wedding so much. Not only because they were really fun and awesome, and got married at the Wentworth Mansion, which is one of my favorite venues, but because Karmen was a DIY bride who really personalized her wedding and a lot of the details. I feel like her wedding had such an individual flair.

And secondly, it was my son’s birthday yesterday! He’s 9.

This kid is so funny and articulate and smart and quirky and BIG! He was born 9 weeks early, and we thought he might be small, but no. He’s tall. Long. Lanky. Solid. We can wear the same shoes. Last summer we bought him a new pair of Rainbow flip flops and I co-opted them.

He likes that messy, skater-y, floppity, Lowcountry hair. Me, I’m more a fan of tidy, preppy, suburban hair. But I try to meet him in the middle.

C.R. has overcome several health issues over his 9 years, and I really admire his ability to own who he is and keep on keepin’ on.

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Posted on February 8, 2012

Jessie and Sean’s wedding was such a laid-back blast.

Every wedding I’ve ever photographed or attended has had some sort of issue or  mini-crisis. Someone’s stuck in traffic, someone doesn’t get along, or the singer belts out the first sentence of the wrong song (ahem-that may have been my own wedding), or a member of the wedding party started drinking straight Scotch at 8:47 am…


These little things are expected, and once a little time has passed, often become some of the most charming and retold memories of the big day.

Jessie and Sean, though, will have to settle for telling their grandchildren that their wedding was Easy Like Sunday Morning.

Because as far as I know, it was.

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Staff snuck into the back of the first look images. :)

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The dance floor was especially rockin’. The DJ told me it was the first time he’d played “Moves Like Jagger” at a wedding, to see how it went over. Like every other song, it got an enthusiastic response.

It *was* pretty chilly, but a smart girl always makes do in a pinch.

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And then they were off, and their beloved guests threw rice. No, I’m totally kidding. Of course they threw sunflower seeds!

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