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Framily | Friends Who Are Family

Living in Belgium just after college is a huge piece of my story.  I knew without a doubt that God was calling me there and even now, almost 14 years later, He’s still using things from those 5 short months in my life.  A lot of what Nell says below is true.  I learned quickly what “framily” was… I have an extra little brother and a little sister (who was one of my bridesmaids) that I didn’t know would be a part of the deal ;-)  And my girls have “cousins” and extra sets of aunts and uncles that aren’t blood related because of that experience.

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But I think the biggest thing from that time is the part it has played in my marriage.  Ben was a missionary kid in Paraguay for his first 18 years of life and since I’m so close with Butch and Nell and their kids, I had a better understanding of what Ben’s life was like growing up and what his relationships with his own “framily” was like.

So… enjoy this guest post from Nell.  And check out Threads by Nomad when you’ve finished reading!

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We have used the word “framily” a lot this holiday season.  Because our work had us living all over the world, friends and colleagues in the places where we lived became our family. We celebrated holidays together. We marked our birthdays with special gatherings. We helped take care of each other when needs arrived. We became family. My children have more aunts and uncles than you can imagine. Aunts and uncles that they keep up with and love just as though they were blood related. Even though we only have two children, Sis and B have big brothers and big sisters. Over the years, young men and women came and worked with us for a period of time. They too quickly learned what it meant to be “framily”. They have participated in weddings, call their children “cousins” and leaned on their big brothers and sisters when times are hard. They have many memories of “family night” sitting around a bowl of popcorn, playing spoons, or a crazy card game “Rage”. And there are memories of meeting the future spouses of these young people who came into our lives. Sometimes it seemed they were as nervous as if we were the future in-laws!

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One member of our “framily” is Sabrina Fields. When we first knew Sabrina she was not a professional photographer. She came to work with us in Brussels, Belgium and began taking pictures of the beauty around her and quickly found a love. Her talent was obvious. When the time came, there was no question that Sabrina would be the photographer for both of our children’s weddings. My favorite photos from those days show the dresses I made for each of the girls. Sis’s flows in the breeze, light and airy, just like she wanted for her beach wedding (which you can see HERE). Celeste’s twirled just like she wanted for her garden wedding (which you can see HERE). Sabrina also did a couple of fun shoots with us at our home in South Carolina and of Butch and myself once when we visited her in Greenville. And as appropriate for “framily” she captured our grandchildren not long after each of them were born.

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We have a “gallery” in our upstairs hallway of our favorite photos Sabrina has captured. Perhaps my favorite is the canvas of our family at Sis’s wedding. Ms. Lydia, the children’s grandmother, passed away not many months later.  It was our last extended time with her.

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Although… I do love the one of us and our granddaughter Ava!  Of the most recent pictures though, I told Butch that we should get a canvas of the one with B and Jack with their tongues out.  It is so very typical of B’s fun nature.  Like father, like son!

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The shoot was supposed to include our daughter, Sis, and her husband, David but unfortunately illness kept them away that day. Aside from a time we when can have the WHOLE family together for pictures, my next desire is for some photos of just Sis and me. We are very close and people say we look alike, but I would also love to share them on Threads by Nomad.

Sabrina, we love you. We love the precious family God has given you. (Ben was one of the nervous boyfriends who had to meet us and be questioned heavily about his intentions!) And we love your talent.  Thank you for being “framily”.

Kristen + Adam | AC Hotel + Indigo Hall Wedding

She said several times that it didn’t feel real.  And I remember that feeling so well too!  Your wedding day is something you look forward to for a long time and even with his proposal, all the planning, the romancing and the excitement, it’s one of the most surreal feelings when your wedding day finally arrives.

Not only was Kristen super excited about the day and ready to see her man, but she had two of the most wonderful girls by her side the entire day.  I had the most amazing pleasure of photographing her sister’s wedding several years ago so having Erica stand by her sister was so much fun for all of us!  Plus, I always love photographing siblings’ weddings because I get to see old friends all over again!

Kristen and Adam, thank you for letting me capture your GORGEOUS wedding day for you!  The weather was perfect, the details were beautiful, and y’all nailed your portraits.  Just seeing your excitement in your photos brought lots of smiles to my face all over again!  I hope you have an incredible time on your two week honeymoon.  What an amazing way to celebrate your first Christmas together!

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Kristen and her bridesmaids stayed at the brand new AC Hotel in Spartanburg the night before the wedding and got ready there the next day.  It was such a beautiful space and it was the perfect spot to start the day!

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As much as I love spring and summer weddings and all the beautiful flowers, winter weddings have a beautiful vibe all their own.
How classy are those gold pinecones in her bouquet??

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Tiny TOMS get me every time I see them… I may have spent 20 minutes on their website after the wedding looking for some for my kids :-)

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Kristen is one of the most organized people I have ever met.  She planned her sister’s wedding and did an amazing job with her own!

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Mercy… having two girls of my own made me tear up when Erica hugged Kristen like this!

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My second shooter, Christy, caught this one of Adam seeing Kristen and I LOVE it!!

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You guys!!!

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The navy and gold are so gorgeous!!  And seriously… what a fun wedding party!

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This is one of my favorite spots in downtown Spartanburg.  Especially with these two and that lovely winter afternoon light!

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They wanted to dance under the lights before being introduced as husband and wife…

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So much gratitude to the incredible vendors who made Kristen and Adam’s wedding day so wonderful:

Ceremony & Reception | Indigo Hall
Getting Ready Location | AC Hotel Spartanburg
Wedding Day Coordinator | Julie Denesha
Wedding Dress | Dimitra Designs, Allure Romance Collection
Bridesmaids dresses |  Amazon
Groomsmen’s Suits | Menguin
Hair Artist |  Tabatha Dearybury of Cotton Rouge
Makeup Artist | Allie Moon of Cotton Rouge
Officient | Rev. DJ Horton
Florals | Russ Gaffney Florist
DJ | Complete Weddings and Events
Invitations | Basic Invite
Wedding Cake & Groom’s Cake | Couture Cakes 
Catering | Carolina Culinary Creations

To view more weddings, be sure to click HERE.

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2017 Favorites | Behind the Scenes

I really wanted to post this blog last week, but I had ONE more wedding this past weekend and wanted to wait and see if any gems came from it.  And you won’t be disappointed!

This is seriously one of my favorite posts of the year.  I love going back and seeing how ridiculous we look when we work!  But it’s also fun to go back and remember everything that happened, all the fun couples I was able to work with and my second shooters (who sometimes save my life on wedding days!).

So enjoy a look back… as well as some of my commentary :-)

It’s so crazy to think that when I shot Katie and Adam’s wedding that we were a week and a day away from meeting Isa
(granted we thought we had 3 weeks and 2 days at this point!).

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And thanks to my intern from 2016, I didn’t have to bend over and help Katie with her dress that day :-)

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It’s scary when I’m the one that has to step in to fix hair…

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My sweet second shooters are always the best light testers!

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Sometimes I get in the way of what would have been a gorgeous shot… #facepalm

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This was the only wedding Ben and I had together this year, but we loved it!!

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Sometimes we like to completely encroach on our couple’s sweet moments… ha!  I promise we also give them space too!

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One thing you never realize you don’t know how to do until your wedding day is how to cut the cake.  But don’t worry… I’ve got you covered!

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I don’t know why I look so angry about fluffing Becklin’s veil… I loved her veil!

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I totally didn’t get any of my second shooter at this wedding, but Nichole was such a gem for getting several of Ben and me!

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Siobhan… please don’t kill me for posting these next two!

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I love getting to work with my friends… donuts are just an added bonus!

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SO thankful for this huge umbrella!  And for Leigh Allison for holding it that day :-)

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You have no idea how much my abs were hurting after this!

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It’s photos like these that make me wish I had audio… I promise I wasn’t angry!

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This one might be my favorite from the year :-)  I really have SO much fun at weddings!

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See?  I’m totally there for you when it’s time to cut the cake!

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And these last ones are from this past weekend…

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It’s been a while since I had a photo of each of us taking a photo of us taking a photo!

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Christy, you are the best!

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It’s true.  Sometimes I look like a creeper in the trees, but it’s always worth it for the shot!

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More posts from my 2017 favorites are coming next week!  Click HERE to see favorites from last  year.

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I enjoyed Sabrina seeing you at work! and work that you love! It’s so true about not knowing how to cut the cake. We didn’t either. Thank you for posting so we can get a look at your world of photography. Love you, Mommy

The Groom

One of my goals this year was to be more intentional with photos of the groom.  Yes, most of my time is spent communicating with the bride and I do spend most of my day with her on the wedding day.  However, it’s the groom’s day too!  And I know that from our wedding, I love the photos we have of JUST Ben.  And I know that my brides appreciate photos of their men, especially all dressed up and anticipating the adventure they’re about to embark on.

There are lots of favorites from this past year and those blog posts will be coming before the end of the month!

But I had to share these of Will and Jill from our styled shoot we did several months ago.  I’m hoping to get the entire shoot featured on another blog but I wanted to share some of the film scans from that day.  These were taken with your basic Kodak 800 speed film with my 35mm Nikon N50… in other words, nothing fancy.  I wouldn’t be able to use that film or the camera on a wedding day because the quality isn’t what I would want or need it to be, but it was still so much fun to pull out that trusty little camera that has been around the world with me over the past 20 years.  It had been too long since it had been used and it was so much fun to hear the film rolling with each click of the shutter.

Even though these two have been married for several years and they’re expecting their first baby in the spring, I loved having them in front of my camera dressed as a bride and groom for the day.  Besides, Will NAILED this portrait on the right.

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Coordinator | Christina Alsip of Lovely Ever Afters
Hair & makeup | Katie Cotton of Cotton Rouge
Florals | Laurel Creek Florals
Invitation | Kait Fowler
Engagement Ring | Ponthieux’s Jewelry Design Studio

Monday Musings | 2017 Snow Day

In South Carolina, we rarely see any snow before January.  So getting snow just a couple of weeks before Christmas was such a treat!  Plus, since it came on a Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, it meant that Ben was able to be “snowed in” with us (even though the roads were totally fine and we weren’t actually stuck at home if we didn’t want to be).

Also, this is the second time this year we’ve had snow.  We began the year with some and now ending it with some too… and seeing Catherine in the same coat, hat and gloves (but with rain boots instead of ziplock bags!) reminds us just how much she’s grown this year.

Also, the last time we had snow, Isabella was still inside my huge belly!  It’s amazing what a difference 11 months can make.

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As you can tell by the photos, she was MUCH more excited about the snow this time around!
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Not super close to standing on her own, but gosh, she looks so grown up in these photos!

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