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Katie + Adam | A Mauldin UMC and The Loom Wedding

It seems like ages ago when Katie and I were walking to and from Starbucks in between services at church and talking about life.  She was in the season when many of her friends were getting married and while she wanted that too (so much!), she was mostly worried because she didn’t know HOW to be single and to do it well while she waited on God to bring the right man into her life.  And boy did I know exactly where she was.  I remember that season of life so vividly because I wanted no one other than the man God wanted for me, but I also wanted to share life with someone instead of continually coming home to an empty house.

But any girl who has waited (no matter how difficult that wait has been) will tell you that it is WORTH WAITING for the right guy.  Even Katie’s bridesmaids were talking about looking back at the guys they dated or had been interested in and how clearly they could now see that each of those guys weren’t the right ones for them.  I know… it’s so much easier to look back and see that than it is to be in the midst of the wrong relationship or singleness and fully understand that.  However, tuning your ears to hear what God is saying to you or through those that love you is priceless.

Katie and Adam are such an example of all of this too.  You can read more of their story on their engagement post HERE :-)  And all of this was reflected on their wedding day this past weekend.  Every time I asked Katie how she was doing, her smile got bigger (because she was smiling ALL day long!) and said she was doing great!  It didn’t matter what was going on – or if we were outside in the freezing cold – she was happy and content and exactly where God wanted her to be.  And Adam?  Well, he was as cool as any groom I’ve ever seen and he was thrilled that it was finally time to make Katie his wife!

Friends and family celebrated with them all day long and I’m so excited to share some of my favorite images from the day!  Katie and Adam, I am beyond thrilled for you guys and this adventure you’re starting together.  I can’t wait to see how the Lord continues to use you!

Katie lived with her grandparents for a little while so they invited all the girls over there to get ready before the day began.

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The ring on the right?  I about died when Katie told me about it… it’s actually two rings that join together to “hold hands” and while her Pop was in Vietnam, he wore the band with the hand on the right around his neck and her Nana wore the band with the hand on the right.  After her Pop passed away about a week before the wedding, Katie knew she wanted to somehow carry a piece of him with her that day.  So what better way than to wear this band that belonged to her grandparents?  A ring that signifies two becoming one.

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And in case you haven’t had time to read their engagement blog post, her diamond ring actually belonged to her Pop’s great-grandmother!

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Katie is my second bride to wear Kate Spade Keds in the past year.  And I must say, I’m loving this trend!

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Y’all know how much I love First Looks :-)

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And their excitement proved yet again why they’re so worth it!

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I kind of wish I had counted the number of times Katie told me she was so glad they saw each other before the ceremony…
surely she mentioned it at least a dozen times ;-)

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Look how beautiful these ladies are!!

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And how dapper the gents are :-)  The grey suits and blue dresses looked SO good together!

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I just love it!

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The First Look was wonderful… but look how many portraits we were able to get of these two before the ceremony!!
And then we were able to get even more afterwards too.

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These girls were having so much fun in their twirly dresses, I just had to share!

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Oh my goodness, they’re married!!

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Katie couldn’t hold back her excitement either :-)

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After the ceremony and family photos, we headed over to The Loom to celebrate… and it was gorgeous!

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Katie asked her students for a photo of the wedding and some marriage advice… let me just say, this was SO adorable!
She’s going to treasure it for years and years!

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This might be my favorite cake table of all time.  It’s so pretty.  And so yummy!

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The best part was Katie’s dad letting his hair down!!  Awesome dance, you two!

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And really, this was one of the sweetest mother-son dances ever.

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In case you’ve forgotten, Clemson is the 2016 National Championship team.  So Tiger Rag was a must before the reception ended!

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One million thanks to the talented team of vendors who made Katie & Adam’s wedding so wonderful!

Ceremony | Mauldin UMC
Reception | The Loom at Cotton Mill Place
Wedding Dress | David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid’s Dresses | David’s Bridal

Invitations | Tates at Sea (designer), IG Graphice (printing)
Groomsman Suits | Belk
Makeup | Cindy McGrath
Hair Artist | Katie Glascow at Wisteria Salon
Florist | Paige McCarty
Videographer | Ben Weeks
DJ | The Party Machine, Jeff Hayes

Catering | Holmes Catering
Cake Artist | friends & family

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So perfect. I don’t who took these pictures but they are the best. Everything is so wonderful a wedding to remenber.

Monday Musings | Strength

The first birth I ever photographed was the night before I photographed a wedding.  I just knew that was the weekend I was going to start drinking coffee because the caffeine was going to be a must!  Well, that didn’t happen, it still hasn’t!

But what has happened is that I’ve learned more and more that my strength to do anything, much less at 36 weeks pregnant, is all because of prayers from friends and completely from God.  I knew for sure that after shooting a 9+ hour wedding day on Saturday that my body was going to be so sore and I would barely be able to walk.  And that was NOT the case at all.  The day seemed to fly by and I couldn’t believe it when I was pulling up to the reception.  Yes, I was tired, but my body was not exhausted like it usually is by that time on any given day of the week.

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And all the while, I was keeping in touch with one of my former brides whose water had broken and was waiting to deliver her first baby in Atlanta!  At first we didn’t think I would be able to make it down for the birth because of the wedding, but like I told her, God knew before she had even told me she was pregnant that I would be just as pregnant, that I would have a wedding the same day she went into labor, and that there were all kinds of little details to be worked out in order for me to be there.

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So, I trusted.  I trusted that God knew far better that He was doing than I did.  I trusted that whether I was able to photograph the birth or the day after that this baby boy would arrive safely and his parents would be gracious with me and how everything worked out.  I trusted that when he wasn’t born on Saturday, 5.5 hours of sleep Saturday night would be enough to carry me through another long day of shooting on Sunday.

I knew that the word TRUST was my focus for the year, but I didn’t realize I would have to lean into it so much so early in 2017!  But when you realize everything is out of your control, trusting what God is doing takes an incredible weight off of your shoulders and allows Him to fill you with His strength.

So thankful for my brides… and for my brides turned mamas :-)  Today may be a “bring me all the caffeine I can have while pregnant” kind of day, but even the exhaustion is completely worth all I was able to experience and capture this weekend!

Isabella’s Nursery

Well, if there’s one thing we like to do it’s take our time with projects!  We have less than a month until my scheduled c-section to meet Isabella but her room?  Well… it looks like this:

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Not everything currently in there is staying and once we get the room painted (someone is scheduled to come soon!), we’ll unpack her furniture, get it into place and start washing Catherine’s old baby clothes.  I just can’t start washing until I have somewhere to put them.

Plus, we still have a good bit going on for the rest of January and mentally, I need to get those things finished and wrapped up before I can spend time working on Isa’s room.

A few disclaimers:

  • Yes, I know a “scheduled c-section” doesn’t mean I won’t go into labor before then.  However, my official due date isn’t until February 27, Isabella is still riding high, and while I know every baby is different, there’s still a pretty good chance she’ll do what Catherine did or something similar (my water broke the day before her due date and after 20+ hours of labor, she still was nice and snug and not making her way into the world on her own!  Which is why we’re having a repeat c-section).  You can read Catherine’s birth story HERE.
  • Lots of people have told me that it’s ok if her nursery isn’t finished before she comes because she won’t sleep in there for a while anyway!  Well, with Catherine, we chose to put her in her crib from day 1 when we came home from the hospital and it worked great for us.  My main reason is that Ben will still be going to work and will need more sleep during the night than I will.  So I’m ok getting up and going to her instead of having her right beside our bed :-)  So, in that sense, yes, we at least need to have her crib set up!
  • I’m pretty confident we’ll have her room exactly where it needs to be when she arrives.  I didn’t fully finish Catherine’s nursery until she was 13 months old… and don’t even get me started on how our own room isn’t “finished!” ha!

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So that’s where her room is!  It’s actually in a really similar state to where Catherine’s was at this stage in the game… we realized we even bought their furniture on the same weekend two years apart (New Year’s weekend!).  I’m so excited about her furniture that we finally found here in Greenville and I can’t wait to get it set up and ready for her!  I promise to post photos when that happens :-)

Happy Thursday!

A Parisian Calendar

When I first went to France in 2009 for photography reasons (even though I never thought that would actually happen!), I came home with SO many photos.  My grandparents had funded that trip for me as part of my 30th birthday gift so when I was back home and had sorted through all the images, I asked my grandma if she’d like a large print of her favorite image.  I thought it would be a perfect gift to have hanging on her wall.  But instead, she asked me for a calendar to enjoy the images throughout the whole year :-)

Before Ben and I went to Paris last fall, my mom had asked us to get her a calendar or two while we were there.  She wanted one of impressionists paintings and one of Paris… the only thing was that I couldn’t find one that wasn’t your typical “tourist kind of photos” calendar.  So, I decided to make her a calendar of my own photos after we returned home.  Easy solution!  Especially since it turned into one of her Christmas gifts!

Artifact Uprising is one of my favorite companies.  The quality of their products is top notch and their customer service is wonderful.  Two things everyone should look for with ANY kind of business and that every business should strive for.  So yes, you should check them out :-)

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Here’s the calendar I landed on for my mom for Christmas.  Each page/month is made of 120lb Mohawk Superfine Eggshell cardstock.  It’s just… lovely!  It actually comes with a clipboard that you can attach to your fridge (or other metallic object).  Each month is 5×7 inches so it’s small for a calendar, but it’s the perfect beautiful accessory to personalize your space. (Believe it or not, I’m not getting paid to say any of this… I just really like this company!)

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And so that you can see all the images I decided to use for the calendar, I thought I’d include them in this post.  Plus, it gets me another step closer to sharing the photos we took on our trip in the fall!

January

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February (since Isabella is due next month!)

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March

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April

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May

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June

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July

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August

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September

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October

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November

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December (Notre Dame at night just looks kind of Christmas-y, doesn’t it??)

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Clemsongang Beach Trip 2017

This year at the beach was even more special than usual because this year?  This year we were celebrating Clemson becoming NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!!!  It’s still surreal to be able to say that!  The last time Clemson won the National Championship game for the 1981 season and I had just turned 2 years old.  Which, now that I think about it, is about the same age Catherine is now!  I had just turned 2 when that game was played and she’s about to turn 2 just after this game was played :-)

But I digress.  Except for the fact that I cannot get the song “We are the Champions” out of my head!  It’s just THAT exciting!

Ben and I actually spent Saturday morning/early afternoon in downtown Charleston for our yearly planning meeting so we missed watching the National Championship parade with the group but we were able to take a look back at what 2016 looked like and what we hope 2017 will look like as our little family grows :-)  We also stopped by Christophe’s (as always!) and took some bump pictures where I took some when I was pregnant with Catherine.

But first… brunch.

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Left: 26 weeks with Catherine (Nov 2014)
Right: 33 weeks with Isabella (Jan 2017)

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The two main things I buy each time I stop in at Christophe’s is a pain au chocolat (because it’s the closest I’ve found in South Carolina to what I can get in Paris!) and macarons.  Because… macarons!  And I love this shot Ben got of them too :-)

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Back at the beach house that evening, I know it looks like the guys are being lazy, but I promise we all took turns with helping out and being lazy :-)

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It’s become a tradition to go to the Kiawah Island Golf Resort for lunch on Sunday and then take our group photo outside.

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I can’t believe I’m posting this, but it cracks me up!  I’d set the self-timer for 20 seconds (which apparently is a really long time!) and it wasn’t going off so I went to check on it and yes, this happened.

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So here’s the real group photo.  Everyone was there this year (yay!) including the ones that missed last year because BABIES!

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Such wonderful dads :-)

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They caught each other taking selfies in their own selfies so we restaged it so I could get a photo too!

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Y’all, these kids did so good the entire weekend!  And don’t worry, that look on Logan’s face (the one not smiling) is totally normal… he’s the serious one of the bunch :-)

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I think it was at this point I told them it was easier to pose a group of 13 bridesmaids than it was to pose them!

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Sadly, it just kept getting worse and Megan and I were forced to practice our middle-school-dance.

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But finally, we got our photo.  And I love it!
So thankful for a patient husband who takes all of these each year!
Oh and did I mention that we’re NATIONAL CHAMPIONS?!?! :-)

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I have no idea, but they were cracking me up and I could NOT stop laughing!

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A group usually rides bikes around the island each year but I missed getting a photo of everyone the day before…
so I’m glad to at least have this one!

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We actually rent two houses for all of us (17 adults!), but they are side by side and this is them from the parking lot.  They have been perfect for our group and we love going back to the same place each year.

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Besides, who would want to give up this view??

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Our last night…

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And the “real us”!  Sorry, you guys… but you take photos like these and you run the risk of them getting posted online :-)

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And then these wonderfully amazing friends of mine threw me a sweet little shower!  It was the perfect way to end a perfect (albeit too short) weekend with some of my favorite people on the planet.  So hard to believe that Isabella will be there with us next year!

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