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With the wedding just around the corner, Hannah didn’t have time to reschedule her bridal portrait session for a sunnier day in Charleston, SC.  We had watched the forecast all week, and at the last minute (literally!) we waited out the tail end of a total downpour at her salon downtown.  We had a quick break in the storm, so we thought, so we were on a mission.

As it happens sometimes, the sun totally came through for us.  Not only did we have clear skies for more than the fifteen minutes we were expecting (how about 2.5 hours!), we had this amazing cool breeze and dark blue clouds for a backdrop.  Matched with the class and southern charm of sweet Charleston, this bridal session was one of our favorites.

It was a perfect day for a girl that’s even more beautiful on the inside.  And the outside had people stopping to make pictures with their phones.  (Really.)

Here are just a few of our favorites from Hannah’s bridal session in Charleston, SC.  Wedding photos to follow soon!PINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGE

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We met up with John and Jillian in Blacksburg, VA for their engagement session since Virginia Tech is their alma mater and holds such value to each of them.  They also met here and dated here.  So much of their story is wrapped up around this special place, and going around campus, we heard stories about their meeting, re-meeting, and their time together dating there.  Getting them in their element, they had home field advantage.  They felt at home here, and it seemed to set up more of a date than a photo session.  Because, you know, Virginia is for lovers.

Not only was the setting sentimental and romantic, these two genuinely kept us laughing the whole time we were with them.  They keep each other on their toes–playing, flirting, dancing, tickling, poking fun–and it was up to us just to keep up and capture all this happiness.  At the intersection of romance and laughter, these two set up a picnic complete with champagne, and we caught one of the funniest sequences we’ve ever seen.  It’s enough to make us want to get in the flip book business.

We asked John and Jillian to share a little about each other, and their responses were spot on.

John says about Jillian:

I love her unwavering loyalty. Every day she is an ambitious, active individual who plans and coordinates to get things done. When I am feeling down or lazy, she is always there to be a source of encouragement and motivation. Even when I am being grumpy (and usually uncooperative), she never hesitates to reach out to me to make sure I don’t lose sight of what’s coming next. She is also exceptionally dependable and patient. I can always count on Jillian to be there for me on both my greatest and worst days.

…and Jillian on John:

John is my rock. He is my source of calm and peace in the world. He reminds me to live life to the fullest and he always allows me to look at the glass half full. Besides being extremely handsome, John has an amazing sense of humor that can captivate an audience. Although brilliant and technical (and okay sometimes nerdy), John can still hold a conversation with anyone at anytime. The guy just makes me happy every day and we look forward to years and years of more happiness!

John and Jillian, we couldn’t be more excited and honored to be with you on the road to May!

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Carter and Kyle’s Wedding at Cloud 9 Farm in Fletcher, NC, just outside Asheville, NC was such a dream.  From the time we started talking with them, we knew they wanted something really special and unique.  They had a really sweet, easy-going spirit to everything they planned, and they achieved a very romantic, whimsical feel and look to the whole day.  (Go ahead and drool over those flowers….we did.)

What they couldn’t have expected was the sweet reactions during the ceremony.  Everybody feels every emotion possible during a wedding, and we were lucky enough to capture these moments for this sweet couple and their families.  Every click of our shutter, we felt like the luckiest photographers in the world.

Congratulations, Carter and Kyle!

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What’s better than meeting a couple for engagement pictures before the wedding?  Meeting the couple the DAY BEFORE the wedding, and spending the whole weekend with them!  Carter and Kyle wanted engagement photos at Cloud 9 Farms in Fletcher, NC and at “the cut”–an incredible overlook off of the highway with a  view of downtown Asheville.  We were all about it!

What’s better than their sweet and breath-taking engagement photos?  The photos of the day after….A preview of their wedding will follow soon!Cloud 9 Farms Engagement PhotosPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEDowntown Asheville Engagement SessionPINIMAGEDowntown Asheville EngagementsPINIMAGEAsheville Engagement SessionPINIMAGEDowntown AshevillePINIMAGE

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Shane and Hannah’s wedding at Dennis Vineyards in Albermarle, NC was even sweeter, prettier, and more personal than we had envisioned.  Getting to know these two over the past few months, we had high expectations.  They are two of the sweetest, most genuine people we’ve worked with, and any session we’ve had with them left our hearts full.  For starters, they decided to see each other before the ceremony.  They talked, prayed, laughed together, easing any nerves (if there were any to begin with, we’re not sure), and their time together and interactions seemed to put everybody else at ease too.  The vows they wrote to each other and read during the ceremony were absolutely perfect.  Spot on, captured each of their personalities, with just enough light-heartedness and sincerity to give us all the feels.  The cherry on top?  The first dance included some Sam Cooke.

Shane and Hannah, we love you guys!  Congratulations!PINIMAGE

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