New Year’s Eve Rustic-Glamorous Elopement | Greenville SC Wedding Photographer

New Year’s Eve–a day to reflect, a day of sparkles and glamour, and for Angela and JB, it was a day to begin their life together as husband and wife. Angela and JB were married in a private elopement at their picture-perfect rustic family farm in Greenville SC, and I was so lucky to be their photographer! Their sweet, intimate wedding reminded of several things:

1) the size of the wedding ceremony isn’t nearly as important as the amount of love in the ceremony

2) a country-boy-at-heart can get along just fine with a gal who likes some sparkle

3) family, friends, love and home–and a phenomenal pair of shoes–what more do you need?

4) I love–I mean really, really love–photographing intimate, outdoor, personal weddings and elopements.

Introducing Angela + JB…Just Married!

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Angela and JB live on his family’s farm, which is a beautiful 100+ acre oasis hidden in the middle of the city. So much Southern history is built on our people’s land, and it was special to watch these two begin their own family history on this special piece of property. For the ceremony, it was just the two of them, their dearest friends who performed as officiant and official bouquet-getter/chauffeur/comic relief, and me. It was a precious time, and I was honored to capture it for Angela and JB.

 

Angela’s late Grandmother’s Bible held their beautiful rings

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I went crazy over this woodpile when I visited their home for the first time, and I couldn’t wait to incorporate it into some photos! One of JB’s favorite things to do around the property is to chop wood; little did he know how it would inspire me. 🙂

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Angela’s gown from The Poinsett Bride was beautiful!

 

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JB proposed during a walk on the beach, searching for shells. He presented Angela’s diamond on this Lettered Olive shell–the state seashell of South Carolina!

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And Angela’s amazing blue velvet shoes?? LOVE!!

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Angela’s bouquet was the perfect blend of traditional Southern sweetness with a bit of rustic evergreens. Bouquet designed by The Embassy Flowers in Greenville.

 

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JB’s face was priceless when Angela made the walk from their house to the barn! He kept saying things like “stunning!” and “gorgeous!” 😉

 

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One of my all-time favorite ceremony photos. I love everything about this moment in their history…

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Angela’s precious friend Frances was their officiant, and it was such a meaningful part of their wedding day. Frances is beautiful inside and out, and she is fighting stage 4 breast cancer. This tough lady had chemo the day before the wedding, but she was completely perky and enthusiastic and shared her heartfelt prayers for her friends during the ceremony.

 

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So aside from how personal an elopement ceremony is, my next favorite part is that I have time to photograph a complete portrait session with the bride and groom!! Normally, we’re scrambling for time after a wedding, so it was a dream come true (well, maybe not JB’s dream 😉 ) to ramble around the property for “Couple Portraits.” Woohoo!

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One of my favorites!!!

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So even though JB is a country boy at heart, he’s quite the professional. My mom saw their Sneak Peek on facebook and said “He looks like a banker.” (Yep!)

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Sassiness!!

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Told y’all I loved this woodpile and shed!!

 

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So, Frances’ husband was chauffeuring Angela around in the gator, and we were joking about the painting “American Gothic.” JB pipes up and said , “Well I’ve got a pitch fork right over there!” Here’s their rendition…

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Another of my favorites!! Angela is a consultant for Stella & Dot, and her necklace is gorgeous!! I can connect you with her if you’d like to see the collection or host a party!

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I always love seeing how couples look at one another. <3

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Finally done with portraits, Angela gives the “parade wave” as we headed back to the house! 😉

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Once we got to the house, JB and Angela’s family/paparazzi were waiting to congratulate them!

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Their cakes were made by Angela’s friend’s mom as a gift, and their yummy food was catered by Mary Frances Brock of Key West Connection. I am obsessed with the old black & white family photos of JB’s family. I want to do a similar wall in our house!!

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The rings! It all feels real now!

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Sweet, sweet moment between JB and Angela’s mom. It’s a wonderful thing to love your in-laws!

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These two just started slow-dancing in the living room. Love love it!

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And finally, a couple of my favorite wedding portraits of the bride and groom! After wandering throughout the property, JB was about done with pictures, but we convinced him to go to just oooooooone more spot. I knew that the gorgeous pine trees would make a beautiful backdrop. JB–thank you for indulging us!!! Totally paid off!

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Angela and JB, I cannot thank you enough for allowing me into your love story. Your wedding–my final wedding of 2013–was absolutely perfect, and I wish you a lifetime of love and laughter!

Friends, if you know someone having a small, personalized wedding or someone who is eloping at home or afar, please put them in touch with me!

As always, it’s great to know you’ve stopped by! Please leave a comment below to show us some love, scroll over an image to “Pin It” to Pinterest, or click “Like” below to link to your facebook page!

–Amy

 

Snow Day Family Portraits! | Greenville SC Family Photographer

We don’t see much snow here in Greenville South Carolina, so everyone is making the most of our Snow Day and “Snowpocalypse 2014!” Our neighbors asked me to photograph some family portraits for them during the snow “event”–yay! It made my camera happy to shoot them in this gorgeous snow storm, and it made my heart happy because these are their FIRST family portraits ever. I love being able to document the love and fun between family members, and knowing that this is the first time that’s been captured for a family makes it even more special. Frank, Leigh, and Gracie are such great neighbors. Tony and I may not live in the fanciest house in the most exclusive neighborhood, but our little street sure does look out for one another, and that’s pretty awesome these days!

**Y’all, I loved this session so much that I’m offering mini-sessions for as long as the snow sticks around! Please contact me for this special rate–a rate that I have never offered before!! I will shoot whenever it is safe for you to get to my house and for as long as the snow is pretty. Don’t miss this special opportunity! 🙂 amy@amycliftonkeely.com **

Introducing: The McCalls in the Snow, 2014

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No doubt, this shot of them just loving on each other is one of my favorites of the day!!

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Sweet Daddy’s Girl!

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Another favorite! Gracie is so much fun, and I love this little crooked grin. 🙂

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And her lashes??

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This right here is Miss Gracie all the way…always putting on a show!

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So sweet!

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Love this one too!

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Love, love these next two moments!

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And my favorite of Frank and Leigh. SO good of you guys!!

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Another sweet little family moment…

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Friends, don’t wait until the snow is all gone! Schedule your Snowpocalypse 2014 Session now!! As always, you can hit “like” below for this post to show up in your facebook newsfeed, you can hover over a photo to “Pin It” to Pinterest, and you can leave a comment below to show us some love! Stay warm, y’all and enjoy this beautiful snow!

–Amy

The Assembly Debutant Ball | Spartanburg SC Event Photography

The Assembly Ball 2013 in Spartanburg SC was a night filled with family, friendship, and beautiful Southern traditions. It was an honor to photograph this event, and I hope that the debutants, friends, and family will enjoy the gallery of images from this spectacular evening!

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions about ordering or viewing images. Here are a few helpful links:

Full Photo Gallery: CLICK HERE  Please email me for the password if you do not have it. amy@amycliftonkeely.com

Basic print pricing is listed on the gallery, but complete pricing (canvases, albums, Print Bundles, etc.) is located HERE. Please contact me directly to order any of these items.

Thank you so much,

Amy Clifton Keely

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Nina + Nick, Down on the Farm | Greenville SC Fall Engagement Portraits

Let me tell you how much I loved photographing Nina and Nick’s low-key yet magical engagement portraits on their farm near Greenville SC this fall!! There was a field….there were fall leaves….there was a cute little rustic red barn…there were HORSES…there was gorgeous light and magical sunflare. (Did I mention that there were horses???) But none of those things compared to photographing Nina and Nick themselves. These two love with a quiet, calm, sweetness…they care for one another and their animals with such honesty and tenderness….they are quick to laugh together, they are genuine and giving, they love nature and peacefulness. They just make you feel at home when you are with them, and they are the kind of people who love their simple country life, but you know that they are truly “at home” wherever they are together. I cannot wait to photograph their wedding next spring, on this very same property. I know it will be filled with love and magic as well!

Introducing: Nina + Nick, Engaged!

Have I mentioned how excited I was that THEY HAVE HORSES???? This whole series is so gorgeous, I can hardly even stand it. Nina and Nick–y’all are the best!!

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Um, and then, their horses nuzzled each other!! Loooove.

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Gorgeous, magical sunflare love!

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Really, Nick + Nina, you two are completely adorable together!!

 

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Nina’s beautiful engagement ring

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Now that I’ve gotten embarrassingly excited over photos of beautiful people with HORSES, let’s just see how completely sweet these two are together…

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So incredibly sweet, this couple!

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Moving on to the adorable little barn, AKA “The Zombie Shed.” 😉

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One word that Nina used when describing her goals for this engagement session was “magical.” I think we nailed it…

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And finally, two of my very favorites from the whole session.

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Nina and Nick, I just can’t say enough how much of a treat it is to know you two and to have the pleasure of photographing your love.  What you have is truly special.

–Amy

To view Nina + Nick’s entire Proof Gallery, CLICK HERE. Password is Nina’s last name. And as always–we love it when you click “Comments” below to leave us some love!

The Szabo Family | Greenville SC Poinsett Bridge Family Photographer

The Szabos are a beautiful family, inside and out. We met at Greenville’s Poinsett Bridge for their family photos, and it quickly became obvious what a loving little family they are. Dawson is such a sweet young man–a cutie pie who is easy-going and so loving to his mommy, daddy, and baby brother. This session was special to me, because Tony came with me to help carry gear AND to practice his photography skills. I was so impressed when I saw his photos!!

Fall is definitely in the air in Greenville SC…presenting the Szabo Family

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Sweet little moment between Dawson and Daddy

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Really, y’all are beautfiul!

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Sweet brothers!

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One of my “tricks” when I’m photographing kids of ANY age by themselves is to have them look at their mama and say “I love you mom!” Whether it’s a teenager or a 5 year old, the resulting expression is priceless. This photo on the right is Dawson’s “I love you mom” face. 😉

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This awesome shot of Dawson is one of Tony’s! Lovin’ my 2nd-shooting-hubby’s portrait!

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Another sweet moment that Tony captured…

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…and mine of mama and Dawson.

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Daddy and sweet Drake…

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SWEET baby boy!!

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This face?? So stinkin’ cute! (Another of Tony’s images.)

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Hellooooo! 🙂 As always, I try to make sure to get some photos of mom and dad by themselves…after all, this is where their loving, lovely family begins.

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To view the Szabos entire Proof Gallery, CLICK HERE. Password is dad’s name. As always, it makes us feel warm and fuzzy when you click “comments” below to let us know you’ve stopped by! Thanks so much…..Amy