I have wanted to photograph a Wavering Place wedding since I moved to the Columbia area in 2015. Susie & Ryan were my first! Wavering Place is so special, it’s like a little walk back in time right outside of the city. I thoroughly enjoyed taking my time photographing the grounds, the beautiful structures, and of course… the details of Ryan & Susie’s day! They wanted a wedding that was truly southern, and I think they pulled it off beautifully. From the cotton to the magnolias, to the shrimp and grits bar! Here are some highlights from their spring Wavering Place wedding.
Venue: Wavering Place
Planner and florist: Overflow
Photographer: Jessica Roberts
Videographer: Cinematic Technologi
Bride’s dress: Tre Bella Bridal
Hair and makeup: Ellen Smith Beauty
Caterer: Southern Way
Band: Two 3 Ways
Rentals: Party Reflections
I first met Olivia & Hudson at a Panera bread because meeting over food is my favorite…. because food is my favorite. In addition to hearing about their plans for their Brookgreen Gardens wedding in Pawleys Island, SC, lots of unrelated wedding things occurred (Discussions of macaroni and cheese, Hudson talked me into getting the Chase Sapphire card). One thing I knew when I left that dinner was that I really hoped they booked me because we just connected so easily and that’s always a dream! Fast forward, (they did obviously!) to their engagement session at Brookgreen Gardens. This place was BEAUTIFUL and we got to walk around the venue and talk about wedding day plans. I could not wait for their wedding to be here!
Brookgreen Gardens is a five minute drive to the beach!
Now that the wedding day has come and gone, and Olivia and I have spent months sending each other ridiculous wedding images involving Star Wars and dinosaurs, it’s time for the world to see a little snippet of their beautiful day! Here are some of my favorites from Hudson & Olivia’s Brookgreen Gardens wedding. Shoutout to Hayley Paige for this custom dress and to Olivia for going the route of a PINK VEIL!
Olivia’s extra level is 100. She is aware and proud. These rings have some beautiful meaning too!
You can find Olivia’s Wedding Day Vibes Hayley Paige dress here if you want it as your getting ready dress!
Here’s the custom Hayley Paige! Look at those color pops in the skirt! Ahh!
Be prepared for lots of beautiful portraits and lots of silly..
I always tell my clients I’m taking test shots and they don’t have to smile, and both of these guys do this face during that time. They are meant to be.
Check out this ceremony backdrop that Gigi Noelle Events created!
Olivia’s standard test shot face
It was such a beautiful day, and such a fun night!
Just SO SAD this is over but so happy to be a part of these guys’ special day. Congratulations to Hudson & Olivia!!
Venue: Brookgreen Gardens wedding Pawley’s Island, SC
Planner and florist: Kelly Catron with Gigi Noelle Events
Photographer: Jessica Roberts Photography
Videographer: Feagin Films
Bride’s getting ready dress: Wedding Day Vibes by Hayley Paige
Bridesmaid’s getting ready robes: Pretty Plum Sugar
Bride’s wedding dress: Custom design by Hayley Paige
Dress store for wedding dress and bridesmaid’s dresses: J Andrew’s Bridal
Bride’s Shoes – Badgley Mischka
Bride’s Headpiece – Bel Aire Bridal
Bride’s Earrings and Veil – Sara Gabriel
Bride’s Garter – La Gartier
Bridemsaid’s dresses: Watters and WTOO by Watters
Wedding bands: Sylvan’s Jewelers
Groom’s attire: Calvin Klein
Groom’s store: Men’s Warehouse
Caterer: Austin’s Ocean One
DJ: DJ Peter Jackson
Bride’s hair and makeup team: Beautiful Salon & Spa
Cake and desserts: Croissants Bistro and Bakery
Officiant: Tim Stumpff
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Shuttle bus: Lowcountry Valet
Photo booth: Lil White Box
Daniel and Lauren were engaged at Disney World (my favorite place on the planet), and together with the help of their planner Alisha Millwood with Amazing Moment Weddings, these two had a BEAUTIFUL wedding day at the Orangeburg Country Club in Orangeburg, SC. The temperature was perfect, the sun was shining, and Lauren RADIATED joy as she walked up to her groom for their first look. We shot portraits by the spanish moss of them snuggling, dancing, laughing and just being wonderful! Guests came from as far as France to attend this gorgeous event, and it went off without a hitch. I wish you guys the best, and thank you for trusting me to capture your special day!
Venue: Orangeburg Country Club Wedding
Planning and design: Alisha Millwood, Amazing Moment Wedding Flowers & More
Dress: Allure purchased at Bridals by Jodi
Videographer: Siegel Films
DJ: TJ McKay
Florist: Alisha Millwood, Amazing Moment Wedding Flowers & More and The Flower Gallery
Hair: Lauren Rice
Makeup: Merit Sander
Cake: Bonnie Brunt
Brian & Rosemary’s 701 Whaley Wedding in Columbia, SC was a wedding that I have been looking forward to this season! 701 Whaley weddings are something special- that interior with all of it’s modern style, fun walls, and ALL of that light is just a dream for me. We got to enjoy the air conditioning and do all of our photos inside until post ceremony! One of the ONLY venues I can make this happen in! Take a peek at Brian and Rosemary’s 701 Whaley Wedding photos (just some of my faves!)
Wanna see their Horseshoe engagement session? Click here!
Spring 2017 has been a huge checker off of my wedding bucket list. In March I got to photograph a wedding in Washington DC (it’s here!), tomorrow I’m heading to Eastover for a Wavering Place wedding, and two Saturdays ago I photographed a wedding at Robert Mills House and Gardens! I have been anxiously (and impatiently) awaiting to book a bride who was planning a Robert Mills House and Gardens Wedding in Columbia, SC, so when Laura reached out from meeting me at a past wedding (Hi Ashley!) I was thrilled!!
Meet Kevin and Laura; a love story that shows that good things can come out of physical injuries! Laura is a physical therapist, Kevin was healing after a foot surgery, and here we are today! Laura and Kevin’s Robert Mills wedding day went off without a hitch (largely in part to her planner team, Overflow Events. Can’t say enough about brides who have a planner or at least a day of coordinator to make sure everything is running smoothly!). The weather was perfect! We started our day off at a local hotel, and I got to bring one of my closest Columbia friends along to be my second shooter! Melissa and I haven’t shot together in two YEARS because our schedules never work out, so having her was just so fun (and you’ll see a lot of shots of us in this post too!).
Without further ado, some of my favorite highlights from Kevin & Laura’s Robert Mills wedding!
When your last name is Rose, you HAVE to incorporate rose petals everywhere! Fun behind the scenes fact- Courtney with Overflow let me take home a ton of flowers after the wedding and I got to do things like this at home! It was so awesome because normally I can’t ever mess up flowers like this on the day of!
A bride after my own heart, Laura has her own Mrs. box with her initial monogrammed on it. This is such a perfect gift!
Here’s a shot of me taking the shot you just saw!
Using pretty Melissa as my light test..
Off to the venue!! But first… let me *TRY* to take a selfie.
The bridesmaids dresses were to DIE for. I was obsessed with the backs! You’ll see why soon!
Ohhhh Laura you are the most beautiful bride!!
Kevin got her a key, Laura’s maiden name is Keys! Laura, I’ll keep Kevin’s photo reveals private for you since your gift was you know, private haha. Just know you will smile!! Here’s the man of the hour!
Rose cufflinks. I see what you did there!
Is the Robert Mills House not gorgeous?? I’m in love with it. And the decor that Overflow Events set up! The cigar and bourbon bar was for Laura’s dad, and it was a hit! But enough about decor, let’s see Kevin and Laura get married!
I think he’s happy!!
So before this next set comes up, I want to mention why it was a keeper for me. I’m a big believer in God always showing up in His perfect timing, and I’m also a big believer in loved ones who have passed away being able to show us they are watching over us during important moments in our life. This ray of sun shone on Kevin and Laura like a spotlight. I don’t know if they noticed, I don’t know if anyone really did. But it was during Laura’s vows to Kevin, almost as if it were an approval of her promises, and of who he chose to be his partner. It was amazing, and I’m so glad I was able to grab it before it went away.
And to now stop being sappy, let’s get back into the celebration!
Round one of confetti: fail
Round two: success!
Laura’s dad hopped on stage with the band and KILLED the harmonica! It was amazing to watch!
Kevin & Laura: Thank you guys for having me. It has been such a fun time being a part of your planning process, and I hope it’s not the last time I see you guys!
Special thanks to:
Venue: Robert Mills
Planner and florist: Overflow Events
Bride’s dress: Stella York
Dress store: Wedding Inspirations
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Hayley Paige Occassions
Bridesmaid’s dress store: Bella Bridesmaids
Catering: Hudson’s Classic Catering
Cookies: Collage Cookies
Cake: Maid of honor, Beth Penick
Photographer: Jessica Roberts
Band: Travis Allison Band
Hair: Stacy Mitchell
Makeup: Kimberly Asiia Hall
Rings: Moseley Diamond Showcase
Rentals: Party Reflections
Under an archway that was built from the columns of his late grandmother’s home, in the presence of probably the largest crowd I’ve ever seen, Ben married his bride Rachael. It was a warm sunny day in March in the small town of Harlem, Georgia just outside of Augusta. Rachael was called “the nicest person you’ll ever meet” by a friend and I couldn’t agree more that she is the sweetest and easiest bride! Ben calmed her pre-wedding jitters, and these guys had a GORGEOUS day full of family, friends and love!
You can see their engagement session HERE!
Rachael was a KNOCKOUT for her Lace House bridal portraits! That shoulder detail on that Justin Alexander gown killed me!
But now onto the big day! Here are some favorites from Ben & Rachael’s March 25th Georgia wedding at Whitaker Farm.
I’m standing on top of someones truck here! Not in the bed, ON THE TOP!
THANK YOU guys for being so wonderful! Pretty bummed to have this wedding done but I’m coming back to Georgia for another soon!
Special thanks to:
Venue: Whitaker Farm Vows & Venue
Dress: Justin Alexander at Elegant Bridals
Bridesmaids dresses and accessories: Davids Bridal
Rings: Windsor Jewelers
DJ: DJ Our Wedding
Photographer: South Carolina Wedding photographer Jessica Roberts
This Washington DC wedding was definitely a career highlight for me! Meet Hunter and Kay. Two lovebirds that live in Charlotte that took a chance on me and hired me to photograph their Washington DC wedding! Their wedding date was actually my BIRTHDAY! I had no expectation of anyone taking a moment to acknowledge it, but when my Uber dropped me off at the girl’s getting ready location, I walked into a Happy Birthday song from all of the bridesmaids and a card that everyone had signed! It made me feel SO loved and appreciated! What a good start to my day! Oh and the breakfast at the house I got to snack on didn’t hurt either!
Airbnb for the win!! This house was BEAUTIFUL!
After the girls were ready, we called an Uber and headed to our first stop, the Jefferson Memorial! If you haven’t seen the session I did there the day before the wedding, you can check it out here! This is the spot where Hunter and Kay will read letters to each other, and see each other for the first time!!
Hunter caught me and came in with the prom pose, haha!
Bring in the wedding party!
Hey random stranger, you get your picture too!
Now it’s off to the Capitol building! Wedding photos at the US Capitol have been something I’ve always wanted to have, and we DID it! Fun fact, we got in the wrong Uber. Woops!
Cherry Blossom season in DC was interrupted by a snow earlier in the week, but we found a few blooms here and there! It’s still awesome to have a Washington DC wedding, even without them 🙂
Now it’s off to get married! On the Uber ride to the venue, Hunter mentioned that he never had the opportunity to introduce Kay to anyone new as his fiance. He introduced her to the Uber driver as his fiance the hour before he married her!, it was his last chance I swear these guys are so sweet.
Is the Loft at 600 F GORGEOUS or what? Hunter and Kay actually MADE all of these candles out of wine bottles! They were a gift to each guest!
It’s time to get married!
After some family photos outside, the party began.
Thank you guys for such a magical day and for bringing me up from good ol South Carolina to document it, it was SUCH an honor and will forever be a career highlight for me! Thank you for remembering my birthday, for taking portraits for so long and for getting in so many Ubers hahaha. You guys are the best. Special thanks to the vendors:
Venue: The Loft at 600 F, Washington DC
Hair and makeup: Eye Do Beauty On Location
Dress: Ava Laurenne
Bridesmaids dresses: J Crew
Catering: Spilled Milk Catering
Music: Kelton Higgins
Photographer: Jessica Roberts
Officiant: Randy Orndorff