Wedding Festivals, and Heather & Grant’s “Outdoor Elegance” Wedding

First of all, if you are visiting my site from the Wedding Festivals, WELCOME! Thank you so much for stopping by my booth (yep, I’m the girl with the chandeliers in her booth!) and for taking the time to visit my website and check out more of my work. I know that the Festival can be a little overwhelming…lots to look at, lots of decisions, and lots of people vying for your attention. Your wedding photography is one of the most important decisions–and certainly the most lasting–that you will make regarding your wedding day, and I would love the opportunity to sit down and chat over a coffee or glass of wine…without all the craziness of the crowd! Please call or email if you’d like to get together! (864) 907-4959 or amy@amycliftonphotography.com.

In the meantime, I hope you will enjoy viewing my work! Since the winter slows down a bit for weddings, you’ll notice that most of my recent blog post are family portraits. I’ll be catching up with some wedding photos that didn’t make it to the blog back in the summer, and you can also go to the “Click Here” tab on the top right of my blog, where you’ll find a drop-down box with categories. Click on any of those wedding-related categories to see engagement sessions, bridal portraits, and weddings.

Alrighty, on to Heather and Grant’s “Outdoor Elegance” wedding! 🙂 I didn’t actually meet Heather or Grant until their wedding day, so all of our “getting-to-know-you” conversations took place over email and the phone. Heather described her and Grant as “living and loving the country life,” which I think is awesome. And then she told me that their wedding was going to take place on a hunting lodge in rural Fort Lawn, SC, and it would have an elegant 1940s vibe. Hmmmmm. I wasn’t so sure what to expect! Glamour out in the woods? Deer heads and damask? Homemade jam and monograms?

I was in for such.a.treat. This wedding was full of DIY, glamourous, picture perfect details. Heather was an absolute beauty, and Grant channeled James Bond. I was in love as soon as I pulled up to the lodge and saw the wispy fabrics and chandelier. See for yourself…

Again, Wedding Festivals brides (and grooms), thank you for visiting! I’m excited to get to know you and to provide you with wedding photography that captures the “real moments, true emotions, and important details of your life.”

As always, please leave a comment below to “show me some love” and let me know you’ve stopped by!
–Amy

Meg & Alex: Picnic in the Park Wedding, Part I

There are 5 Things you should know about Meg and Alex:

1) They are adorably, fully in love.
2) They are both incredibly creative.
3) Photography was one of the top priorities for their wedding. (Yay!!)
4) They planned their entire wedding in 34 days
5) …but not for the reason you are thinking!! Ha!

Meg and Alex’s theme was “A Picnic in the Park,” and lots of it was DIY. I admire anyone who takes on the details of decorations and flowers themselves, and Meg gets bonus points for doing this in barely a month’s time! Meg’s dress was perfect for their outdoor, fun, and festive celebration.

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I *heart* Meg’s blue ballet flats!! She searched every single shoe store in Greenville SC for these, and finally found them online. Yay!

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Speaking of DIY, Meg made this cute ring box…

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Meg’s “something old” and “something borrowed” was her Grandmother’s gold and pearl necklace…which Miss Creative wore as a bracelet!

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Beautiful and beaming! (and maybe a little giddy!)

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I die over birdcage veils. So elegantly retro.

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Realizing that she’s really, truly A Bride…

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Meg and Alex chose to do a “First Look” before their ceremony. I looooooooooooove this decision! My couples who choose to see each other before the ceremony get to have a few moments alone to sink in the emotions of the day without everyone surrounding them, and it makes for some beautifully intimate and emotion images. (We also get to wrap up all of the posed group shots before the ceremony, so you can head straight from the ceremony to the reception!) I know this is a very personal decision for a bride and groom, but from the photography and scheduling standpoint, it is an awesome decision! OK, stepping off of my soapbox to show you the images. 😉

Meg waiting for her hubs-to-be to come…a little excitement, a little emotion, and a little nervousness…

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OMGoodness too cute!

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And this, my friends, is the kind of tenderness you get with a First Look. I absolutely love this one…

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The sassy wedding party! (Meg was her own florist, too!)

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Meg and her sweet dad…

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…and Alex and his sweet (and PROUD!) mom. She is absolutely beaming at her baby boy!! (Alex, will you forgive me for calling you her baby boy on the internet? Sorry.)

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Hehe, this makes me smile.

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Stay tuned for Part II: the ceremony, “couple pictures,” and the oh-so-cute gingham and sunflower filled reception. As always, I hope you will leave a comment to “show me (and the newlyweds!) some love.”

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Meg & Alex’s Sneak Peek….and Happiness Contest Winners!

Meg and Alex are one of the sweetest, most creative, and just flat-out in love couples I know. I have soooooooooo much to say about these two and their DIY “Picnic in the Park” wedding today, but for now I just want to post a few quick sneak peek pics of these lovebirds.

Happy Wedding Day, Alex & Meg!

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Meg, you are beautiful!!

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Woohoo, look at you, Alex. 🙂 (By the way, Alex created all of the awesome videos on my website–I lurve them! Go dig around and watch them if you haven’t already!)

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“Um, yeah. We’re married.”

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Meg & Alex, I wish you more happiness than you can even imagine! Congratulations!

As always folks, it’s such a great feeling when you leave a comment and “show me some love.” Thanks!

CONTEST WINNERS!! I am sooooo far behind on blogging, but I wanted to be sure to announce my contest winners from the “happiness” post! I loved reading all of your entries, and they all made me cry happy tears. (Scroll down to read them if you haven’t already…you may shed a tear or two yourself.) There were two stories, however, that I really seriously loved. Carrie spoke of the simple pleasures of rainy afternoons on the front porch with her husband and kids, and Chrissy wrote beautiful words about the “comfy denim, soft-place-to-land” feelings of fitting in that she has with her love. I think Carrie and Chrissy both perfectly described what we all truly long for…just feeling at home with the ones you love during those little moments that make up life. Congrats ladies–you are both winners! Please email me and let me know if you’d like an iTunes giftcard or a print credit with ACP. amy@amycliftonphotography.com

Kristin and Mark: Cashiers, NC Wedding Photography

Kristin and Mark were married last month in a very personal outdoor ceremony at High Hampton Inn. They are such kind and gracious people…very caring, relaxed, and simply elegant. Here’s a sampling of some of my favorite images from their day…

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Kristin and Mark hand-made the origami cranes for their wedding invitation, and one of Mark’s relatives painted their ring box. Personal touches are the best!

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A tender moment between mother and daughter…

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Here he is again….the World’s Cutest Ring Bearer! I dare you to find a cuter one. 😉

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Kristin’s sweet niece made a special book to celebrate the wedding day…I think this is completely precious!

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Not only was there a cute ringer bearer and a lovely (and creative) flower girl, but Kristin and Mark also had the most handsome ushers ever! (These young men rocked the dance floor, too.)

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Love all the color in the bridesmaids’ bouquets from Fiddlehead Designs in Cashiers.

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Kristin, you are beautiful!

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Mark, you’re pretty handsome yourself!

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There was some question as to whether the spring mountain rains would hold off for the outdoor wedding, but the weather ended up being just perfect. Kristin and Mark walked back up the aisle to the Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun.” Made me cry!

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*Giggle.* Mark is tall.

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I can’t decide between color and b&w…what do y’all think?

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Kristin and Mark, I hope you enjoy your sneak peek! You two are truly special. 🙂

Don’t forget to leave your comments to “show us some love!”

AsheLee & Anthony’s Sneak Peek: Charleston SC Wedding Photographer

I’ll be brief because I promised this post would be up before the end of the weekend, and I’m dangerously close to missing that deadline! 😉 AsheLee was one of my best childhood friends, and after many years apart we found each other on facebook. I traveled to Charleston, SC last month to photograph her and Anthony’s elegant outdoor wedding at The Planter’s Inn, and it was so special to see her and her family after 20+ years and to share in this absolutely perfect day.

I was dying over the light in AsheLee’s bridal suite! Beautiful bride…

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AsheLee’s “something borrowed” were these pearls, which her dad gave to her mom on their wedding day. *Melt.*

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Attention engaged couples: if you aren’t sure whether you should do a “First Look,” these next 3 images are the reason why you soooo should…

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AsheLee’s flowers were beautiful and very Southern.

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AsheLee and her sweet daddy

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Mr. and Mrs….love their excitement!!

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AsheLee and Anthony went on a carriage ride through downtown Charleston immediately after their ceremony, and I got to tag along for photos. This was such a perfect way for them to have a few minutes to let the “we’re married!!” feeling sink in.

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Last one for now…I’m loving AsheLee’s expression in this image!

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Make sure you “show me (and AsheLee & Anthony) some love” by leaving a comment below!
–Amy