Lindsay and Chris Bartholomew – 11/12/16

Duncan Estate – Spartanburg, SC

With 2016 coming to a close I’m doing a lot of reflecting on the past year (isn’t everyone?), but when I look back, there’s a reason I saved this one for last.  There are so many things that I loved about this wedding.

I love this venue.  Watching others say I Do in the exact place where you said I Do is beautiful and I’ll never get over it.

I love this photographer.  I’ve known her since middle school and have always known that she’s incredibly talented, but wow!  Looking at these photos takes my breath away.

I loved this day.  We planned and planned and everything came together seamlessly.

But most of all, I LOVED this bride!  Lindsay is the type of client that everyone wants, and I couldn’t be happier that I, of all people, got to work with her this year.  But I really, really love the way she looks at Chris, and I know you will too once you take a look at these stunning photos.

Photography Credit: The uber-talented Maggie Calton Photography



Sarah and Grey Pittman – 10/01/16

Duncan Estate – Spartanburg, SC

It was difficult to pick the few of these that could be added to this album.  The emotion in all of these photos is nothing compared to the feelings that were shown on Sarah and Grey’s wedding day.  Their families were so connected and they were so completely wrapped up in each other that it made everyone’s job (especially the photographer) that much easier.  I’m so happy to have been a part of their day and that I was able to share in the details.  This Fall wedding couldn’t have been more beautiful 🙂 And congratulations to the beautiful couple!

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Photography credits: Southern Jewel Photography

Kayla and Dillon Barber – 06/04/2016

Duncan Estate – Spartanburg, SC

Rain on a wedding day means “Good Luck,” right?  It certainly did for Kayla and Dillon, whose wedding was absolutely gorgeous despite the small rain shower before the ceremony.  The wedding was filled with sweet, sentimental details like the bride and groom showing a love of service by washing each other’s feet.  There were also moments of pure joy and hilarity when the wedding party and guests choreographed their own special dances.  I was happy to be a part of their special day and I hope that their marriage is just as happy and loving as their special day was.

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Photography  – Southern Jewel Photography

Amandela and Osric Harris – 04/22/2016

Nothing, including the rain and weather, could stop these two from thoroughly enjoying their wedding day! Amandela and Osric were joys to work with and were a great example of unconditional love shared between two people 🙂 Congratulations on becoming the Harris’s!

Here are a few of my favorite shots from their April wedding at the Duncan Estate in Spartanburg, SC.

Photography Credits: Southern Jewel Photography


Monet-Inspired Shoot

I want to start this post off by telling you what I’m thankful for.

I’m thankful for friends from high school that still follow your social media feeds.  I’m thankful that said friends believe in what you can do.  I’m thankful that people realize their talents and create lifestyles around them.  I’m thankful for ideas that make you scared and excited at the same time.  I’m thankful for people that are willing to help with those scary/exciting ideas and that they don’t act like their are scary.  I’m thankful that there are painting that inspire us.  I’m thankful for perspective that allows us to see things in new ways.  I’m thankful that all these things had a hand in making this shoot happen and made it turn out so wonderfully! See for yourself below.

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Maggie Calton ( is the friend from high school that I mentioned, and without her belief and suggestion, this might still have been just a thought in the back of my mind.  So I’m thankful that she loves cameras and people and sunrise and Claude Monet as much as I do.  Once we got the ball rolling, everything fell into place beautifully.  When I tell you it was cold that morning, I mean it was FREEZING, so I’m thankful that Jessica Effler (the gorgeous redhead you see in the photos) stood the cold for us and looked as stunning as she did.  I’m thankful for Katie Lancaster, a cousin who loves hair and makeup enough to wake up well before sunrise to come to the rescue.  I’m thankful that friends like Mallory Drew Duncan were gifted with talent and vision so as to design exactly what we wanted.  You know of my love and thankfulness for Danielle Hansen at the Duncan Estate (as if I haven’t said it enough times already lol) for letting us traipse around her yard before it was even light enough to see.  And finally I’m so so very thankful that the PERFECT people from The Dress Theory trusted us enough to let us borrow a dress, especially one that magical.