This past weekend I road-tripped hard. Not far, but hard. Starting in Cary, I tripped down to Charlotte, across to Greenville, skipped over to Clemson, then landed in Boiling Springs. I headed back through Charlotte the following day to get back home to Raleigh. The weekend's premise was video work for a wedding, where I happened to take a few shots of the beautiful bride and some other details. It was a beautiful, emotional day, and I know I'll probably cry when I edit all the footage this week. It really was a very full weekend. I'm sad that I didn't take more pictures as it was the last time I was able to see several friends. Nonetheless, here's a little peak into the weekend.



These two are getting married very shortly. I took these portraits for them a couple years ago, when they first got engaged, and really. This was a fun shoot. The sun was perfect, the locations were all ideal, and they were so comfortable and in love that it was hard not to grin behind the camera the entire evening. Brent and Megan are the definition of a power couple.


Winter weddings are my favorite. Forgive my sappiness: the cozy quality of the love shared between two people contrasted with the cold of the season is striking in so many ways. Misti & Jase's wedding was no exception. The two had a small wedding in Columbia, a reception themed after their home states–Louisiana and South Carolina, and afterward an intimate time shared at Sesquicentennial State Park, a gorgeous area just a few minutes from the church where they wed.

One of my favorite things about shooting small weddings is that more likely than not I know several of the guests. Since I've known Misti since I was a freshman in college, there were loads of friends at the wedding, including a few friends I know will be getting married soon! The ceremony was early in the day, so the reception was a combination of breakfast and brunch-type foods from LA and SC, including a cereal bar, a king cake and pralines galore.

Jase and Misti's charming exit to bubbles led spectacularly into their time at Sesqui. The sun was high, but the shade that the trees gave was just right and the cool winter colors did nothing but wonders for these two. I'd liken Misti to a Snow White of sorts in these photos. I've been skeptical as of late when shooting weddings, stressed to the brim on timing and all that, but Jase and Misti's wedding was a refreshing delight. And I'm still in shock it's been almost a year. Here's to the Ellises.