Tiny stone churches, singing, dancing, action figures, beer, pie, lightsabers--AKA how Melody and Wes nailed their wedding day. So glad to have been a part of this charming celebration in Spartanburg, SC. Congrats to Wes and Melody.
This wedding meant getting to experience the newness of 2016 right by that South Carolina tide. The ocean at sunset, this couple's marriage at its very beginning--it was all a joy to see up close. Congratulations to Lindsey and Mark. Now look at these happy photographs, people.
Perfect country wedding. Rain just before the ceremony to keep us all alert; big, giant, beautiful sun just in time for dusk. Congrats to Austin and Alice. Check out some of my favorite shots.
Nothing's better than working a wedding full of friends. Enjoy!
So I have been taking pictures since high school. It all started with a cute little starter DSLR and a few cute little high school friends taking cute little pictures together. Before I would even really call myself a photographer, one of those cute little friends would always swear to me, "Maggie, one day you will be shooting my wedding." This didn't even have to be true, I was just so ecstatic to be affirmed in something I had been dreaming about. That same angel friend, Miss Lauren, did not let up on that promise, and I could have cried the day I found out she was engaged and she still wanted me to take her pictures after all the years.
So this wedding was a special one, in a selfish way. I was reminded of my humble-high-contrast-lightroom-preset beginnings and the friend that believed in my work. I was reminded of high school in general, of the awkwardness, the lack of cynicism. All great things to be reminded of.
Lauren, I am still so in awe of your sweetness and how you have managed to encourage me in my photos. I am also in awe of how one of the most mature girls in high school managed to grow into an even more mature and graceful woman, now wife. How cool. You and Zach threw a great party and you were truly a princess. Guys. I have to stop talking now and let these pictures speak for themselves because, boy, did this wedding SPEAK. Best wishes to the truly inspired and powerful couple (Stay tuned for equally delicious wedding video!!!).
So I'm in the middle of editing this wedding where I'm so anxious to get the photos done and shared because of how beautiful they are. But I also realized that I've had a little preview of all the goodness on my computer for months in the form of Miss Lauren's bridal portraits. Ah! What a practice in self control this wedding has been. But now Zach has seen the beauty which means you get to see it, too. Hopefully this will tide you over until the main course comes out. Congrats, Lauren and Zach! Pictures and video (!) coming soon.
Sara Katherine, Skate, has been a second mother, sister, mentor, and friend to me since I was small and on the edge of some of my first self-discoveries. This lady has taught me so much about art, life, and how to bring truth and sweetness into every relationship. Come any where close to her and you will see so much grace, bravery, creativity, and youth in this little lady's life. So obviously, this shoot was a wee bit closer to me heart than most.
I can't describe how honored I was to finally meet Skate's best friend and fiancé, John Thad. Not only that, I had the pleasure of photographing this power couple. Skate is one of the most unique birds I know, so, it was sigh-inducing to see how well John Thad complemented her spirit. They're the best.
They were also troopers! After the first location was a bust due to prom night 2k14, we managed to find sweet solitude in a more romantic, perfectly lit location (sans sequin-clad teenagers). So please, gawk with me: