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the don’t give up couple

Mondays usually suck. The weekend was great and you don’t want to get on with the hustle and bustle of life and the busyness oh the busyness….but this Monday, today, totally did not suck!

We entered a contest called, the don’t give up couple contest. Steven and I have such a long story when I started writing I felt like I was writing a novel. Then I thought for sure they would be like “this couple is whack!” ha. This past weekend I posted all over our social media accounts asking you all to vote, since we found out we were a finalist in the top 3! What an honor! I felt almost naked though. I had never really told our story to people I wasn’t really close to, it was a big step.

Well, today we found out we WON the contest! Thanks to all of you who voted, we are so very grateful! Steven and I won a trip to Colorado Springs for a photography workshop from The Parson’s July 21-23. We are beyond ecstatic!!!

So, we (a) wanted to say thank you so very much for voting and supporting us in all we do and (b) open up and share our whole story that we submitted. Yes, it is long but its our story and we want to be real and honest in showing you that just because we look like “a perfect” couple that works together, it isn’t always like that. Marriage is HARD WORK! Anyone who says it is easy is lying or in complete denial.

If you click on the picture below you can see the blog post from the Parsons announcing the winners:)But below, you will see the entire novel I submitted! ha

lucy and steven

 

If you know me, you know not to underestimate any will power that I may verbally declare or physically showcase. From the moment I was born- severely premature with one lung and a not-so-hopeful diagnosis- I have been determined, tenacious, a rebel with a cause… some have even gone so far as to call me stubborn.

So, when I laid eyes upon an attractive blonde man in my college architecture club and announced to my best friend that I “am absolutely going to marry that hottie,” it shouldn’t come as no surprise that it’s exactly what I did. In most cases, when one exclaims to her best friend that she’s going to marry a man that she just laid eyes on for the first time- and has yet to utter a single word- it’s almost always said in jest; it’s not to be taken seriously. It’s declared because of an immediate physical attraction but it rarely pans out. We’ve all learned once or twice that reality rarely coincides with the picture we dream up in our heads. When I laid eyes on Steven, I wasn’t declaring some empty wish to my best friend that I was going to marry him in my dreams later that evening.

We began dating shortly after my initial exclamation of promised matrimony. Like most great love stories, we had our struggles. We weren’t perfect- still aren’t- and it took us a while to get where we are now. Like most parents would attest, our real journey began when we got pregnant with our first daughter, Lilly. We were still just dating and having a rough go of it. A curve ball like a pregnancy can make or break a couple. In our case it broke us. As in, it broke us up, if only for a little while. Going through a pregnancy and birth alone was emotionally defeating. We were still such young kids and neither one of us knew how to navigate parenthood alone, let alone as a couple. We both enjoyed being parents very much- we were each quite good at our parental roles. I don’t want to say that Steven begged for me back- well, okay, he begged for me back- but I wasn’t convinced. It took almost an entire year for me to convince myself to apply my determination to our relationship. But once I did, things happened very quickly. Shortly after we made up, Steven asked me to marry him. YES was an easy answer; we were already a family and we had worked hard to come together. Making it official seemed like an easy next step.

We both graduated college two weeks before Lilly was born. For two years, we had both been working at separate firms. We both enjoyed our jobs, loved our daughter, and after December 2, 2006, we became newlyweds.

On April 1st, we discovered that we were expecting. What should’ve been a high was tainted by the housing market crash- I lost my job and Steven’s was in jeopardy because of lack of demand. Yet another pregnancy made extremely stressful by events outside of our control. We did what we could to make ends meet and tried to keep our marriage alive despite the immeasurable stress we were facing.

On November 30th, our sweet Ellie was born. Almost immediately after our daughter was born, I suffered an amniotic embolism. It’s very rare and occurs when your amniotic fluid leaks into your blood stream. Long story short, you aren’t supposed to survive it. Steven was standing next to me, holding our minutes old daughter when I told him that I felt like I was going to pass out. Seconds later, I was gone. Steven was shoved out of the way with Ellie still in his arms. A Code Blue was called and a team came rushing into our room with a crash cart. When they brought me back, I couldn’t see anything. I lost my vision for well over thirty-six hours. I was placed in the Cardiac ICU for recovery. It was, by far, the scariest thing I’ve ever experienced. It’s safe to assume that it was for Steven, too. I repeated to my mother and to Steven, “I cant’ die. I just had a baby and what about Lilly? I can’t die.” And, obviously, I didn’t. But my dreams of having any more children did.

Fast forward several years, I had formed a small company making clothes for my kids and selling to various local boutiques. While selling the various items, the boutiques would ask for pictures of the items. So, with a shoestring budget, I bought a camera and began taking picture of my kids in the items. At the time, photography was a means to an end, the end being this side business of handmade goods. I had no idea that it would quickly turn into the main event.

About a year after (2009) I picked up my first camera, I got a call from a girl whom I attended church with. In the ninth inning, her photographer backed out of her wedding. She asked me if I could and would shoot it for her. Ummm… I can try? I charged her five hundred dollars and shot her wedding. I made myself so sick with anxiety that I literally threw up three times throughout the day and I gave myself a migraine. Luckily, my first professional experience went great! But more than that, the wedding bug had bitten me hard. I wanted more…

In 2010, I shot a few more weddings. Fifteen to be exact. It was thrilling- my business was growing faster than I could keep up with it. This particular situation is where some would refer to my tenacity and inability to half-ass anything. Personally, I believe that your passion and career are two things that should never been given half of your capable effort. So, I gave it everything. And, unfortunately, this had consequences, as does everything in life. Steven and I should’ve known better, but why break precedent of making things more difficult before they fell together?

While my business was growing at an amazing and quite unbelievable speed, Steven was still working sixty to seventy hours a week at the same architecture firm. He worked long days and came home to me working longer hours into the evening. I stayed up until dawn editing pictures while he slept beside me. It became our routine and that kind of a routine is bound to backfire. Our kids never saw us and we never saw each other, yet, neither of us was willing to work less at our jobs. We both decided that we couldn’t do it any longer. We had priorities that were no longer lining up and we figured that if we could parent together once before- before any of life got in the way- we could do it again as more mature, settled adults. So, we separated.

After six months of separation, our church had a marriage retreat. Steven says this is where my determination became stubbornness. I had made peace with the fact that we were done. I had accepted that we weren’t meant to do life together. I only agreed to go in the hope that it would prove to Steven that it was over between us.

Well, the joke was on me. That retreat taught me that it wasn’t him who needed to change. Or me, for that matter. It was US. As a family. As a couple. That change came with a rebrand into what is now our husband and wife run business.

Steven walked away from his job that he had held for ten years and came to work with me. We rebranded our company so that spending more time together as a family would be easy. We took control of our lives- and issues- and solved them. Obviously, this could’ve turned out to be the most epic of mistakes. I’ve always been warned to keep a separation between work and marriage but we had tried that. This was our last shot.

Luckily, it panned out quite well for both us. Smitten & Hooked debuted in January of 2012. I am thrilled to say that it’s become incredibly successful, professionally and personally. We now have the flexibility to attend functions for our kids. We are able to go on bike rides in the middle of the day when our eyes have grown sore from editing. We bounce ideas- and responsibilities- off on each other. We come close to killing each other, sure, but only once a month or so…

Joining forces was the best thing we ever did for our marriage and for our family. Maybe my stubbornness- or determination, will power, or whatever-you-wanna-call-it- has rubbed off on Steven a bit. Maybe he knew that we were in it for a reason, that we just needed to find the path that worked best for us. After finding that path, I can attest that God has blessed us so much in our marriage and in our work.

Maybe being stubborn isn’t such a bad thing when it’s all in the name of the ones and the work you love…

xo,

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Amber Kiser - Beautiful story!! Gives me hope

Tracy Burke - Amazed!

Vickie Rogers - That is a very inspiring story! It should give many couples a hope that they may not have thought possible. I hope your story reaches everyone God had you write it for. It took courage! It’s very powerful and real! Life is tough. Marriage is tougher! You have to work at what ever you want in life! Thanks Lucy

Dare Beam Dellinger - Great story! Congrats!

Jacqulyn 'Alongi' Zacharias - Love it!

CJ Christiansen - Great story Lucy!!! I have known you for many years, and never knew any of those things about you…(Wayne, Travis and Jody’s Mama) Love you and congratulations!! You’ve come a long way from working at Travis’ Gym… (Y)

LauraBeth Tommy Piper - Beautiful and inspirational!!! So proud of y’all! I do think Nana would be too…. Love, love, love

Jessica Walker Ballard - What an awesome story. Not surprised you won.

katrina & steven {charlotte, nc wedding}

This day was so fun. Full of laughs and tears. Their little boy Matthew was the ringbearer and I loved how funny and involved he was! He is our daughters age so we know exactly how to handle him:)He even showed me his blisters that his fancy shoes rubbed off on his feet that night. I get it buddy, nice shoes are pretty darn uncomfortable if I say so myself! Katrina & Steven are great together and we were super excited to capture their beautiful day!

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 Happy Wedding Day Katrina & Steven! We loved being a part of your big day!!!

{vendor love} ceremony & reception venue | The Big Chill hair & makeup | Kymm McLean of Who’s The Fairest transportation | Uptown Limousine rentals | Upstate Events flowers | Lily’s Greenthumbs cake | Abigail’s – A Cake  Affair planner | Lauren of Southern Savvy Events | officiant | Rebecca Nagy

xo,

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Marty Curry - What a great time I had at your wedding, congrats to the happy couple. The photos bring back the wonderful memories of your special day!!

Carol Curry - Congratulations! You two make such a handsome couple. The pictures are beautiful and truly capture the day.

Holly - So beautiful!

Michael - Great pics! Had so much fun at the wedding. Congratulations to you both!

Jenny DeSilva - What a wonderful set of pics…..super jealous. They really captured the meaning of this special day!

Brandi - Beautiful. Congrats!

Sarah Brown - Great pictures!

Robbie - Congratulations Katrina and Stephen! What great pictures!

Joan Mattice - Absolutely AWESOME!!! The whole weekend was amazing.
Congratulations Katrina, Steven and Matthew. Best wishes
for a very happy life together. God Bless You.

Michelle - Beautiful pictures, looks like everyone had a wonderful time!!

Chris - Great pics!

Jodi Miller - What beautiful pics! Katrina and Steven, may God richly bless your life together! Put Him first and everything else will fall in place! Congratulations! :-)

Linda - Beautiful couple, beautiful pictures, beautiful day….. Congratulations!

Becky - Great pictures!!

Conor - Congratulations Katrina and Stephen!

Jeanine - What a beautiful couple you two are! So happy you had a great day!

Jeanette - The pictures are beautiful!! I can’t wait to see them all! You captured some tender, loving moments and a lot of the details from the special day to treasure forever.

Great Job Lucy and Steven!! Thanks for being so much fun and so upbeat while you were working the wedding. You helped make the memories that much sweeter.

Bill Koss - Wish I was there. ..wonderful pictures!

Michele Becker - Katrina & Steven – you both look so vibrant and happy! Your pictures are fabulous and we really appreciate you sharing them so quickly. Sorry we missed your special day. We look forward to getting the link to your website. Love, Michele & George

Keith Woznek - Great pictures!

Uncle Bill and Pam - Beautiful!

Elaine Woznek - Beautiful wedding and beautiful pictures. Glad I was able to share in your dY.

Beth Lindenmuth - Katrina what amazing pictures, i wish we could have been there live. You looked gorgeous, congratulations. Love, Beth, Todd and Jack

Jen Rulison - WOW! These pictures are fantastic! Katrina looks SO beautiful, and Steven very handsome! You two did a great job at capturing every part of the wedding.

Philip Nevels - Wow that is a beautiful wedding and a great album.

Vickie Taunton - Congrats you two! Love the pictures!

John - Great pictures guys!

Erin Palmer - Beautiful pictures!!! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your special day!!! You are perfect for each other!!!

Rusty Carter - Great pics. Loved the wedding.

Justin Allen - Awesome wedding! So happy for you guys. Ready for some lake time together!!

Patience Priest - Wonderful photos! I love the one at sunset. We had such a great time!

Jenny Morrow - You guys look great!! Absolutely stunning pictures of you both!

Chris Tyndell - Very nice guys, so sorry we missed it, but it looks like it was a beautiful and tasteful ceremony !!! Congratulations to you both, hope to see you soon !!!!

Bridget Kelly Mckinney - AAA photography, beautiful.

Holli Clausen Zehring - I love these! You were a stunning bride!

Gillian - The pictures look amazing!!!!! Kyle and I had such a great time!!!

Tricia Mattice - Fab, FAB, Fabulous pictures!!!! What a fun day and I am so happy and honored I got to be part of your special day! Love you guys!!!

Michelle Blankenship - Excellent photography of a beautiful day!!

Ebonese Walker - Nice pictures.. You two look beautiful

Kelley McCoy - Such great memories of a magical day!

Steven Reese - Love the pics!

Brad - Congrats guys!! Nice pics!

Michelle - Beautiful job capturing how magical of a day it was on Steven & Katrina’s wedding day.

Bill - Awesome!

Steven - Wow!

laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding

Beautiful, sweet, funny, smart, witty, talented….these are just some of the adjectives I would use to describe both Laura and Parker. Both doctors, both driven and both as sweet and humble as they come. This day was such an honor to document for them. So many fun moments. Parker has two gorgeous kids that were in the wedding and a big part of the day and to see them come together as a family was really cool. I also loved Laura’s sweet little niece. I am positive that is her officially mini me! The entire day was chill and laid back, it couldn’t have been better….

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Some of the rustic and beautiful simple details…laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0053laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0054laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0055laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0056laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0057laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0058laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0059laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0060laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0061laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0062laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0063laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0064laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0065laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0066laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0067laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0068laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0069laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0070laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0072laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0073Their vows were written so beautifully, we were all laughing then crying the very next minute.laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0074laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0075laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0076laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0077laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0078laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0079laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0080laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0081MARRIED!!!!laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0082laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0083laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0084laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0085laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0086laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0087laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0088laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0089laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0090laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0093laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0094laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0095laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0096laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0097laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0098laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0099laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0100laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0101This was the moment Parker COMPLETELY surprised Laura by writing and singing her a song at their reception! YES! It was so completely impressive! He had such an awesome voice and told their sweet story….laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0102laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0103laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0104laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0105laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0106laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0108laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0109laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0110laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0111laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0112laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0113laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0114laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0115laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0116laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0117laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0118laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0119laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0120laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0121laura & parker | charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0122What an amazing day! I loved everything about it and celebrating with these two amazing people! Thank you SO much Laura and Parker for having us there to photograph it all!

(vendor love)
planner | Carla of Style Perfect Events
m
akeup |  Layne of Blush Beauty and Makeup
h
air | Stephanie Whitley
venue | Carrigan Farms
b
aker | La Patisserie
o
fficiant | Rev. Tod Coles
b
and | The Emerald Empire Band

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Jane Hays - These pictures are absolutely fantastic! Of course, you did have some incredible material and subjects to work with! Parker and Laura, we are so happy for you! What a joyful, memorable, beautiful day it was! xxxoooo Jane and Dave

Rachel Henneman Beaupré - Amazing photos of an incredible day! You two make a great couple! It’s so great to see these and relive all the love that was shared on May 17th! Congrats again!

Carla Eustache - Lucy and Steven you beautifully captured the love of Laura and Parker! Such an amazing couple! Pictures are awesome!

Julie Jackson McDonald - Congratulations! Absolutely beautiful!

Robert Eddy - Thought I’d try to identify my favorite and started to think it was impossible; until I got to the black and white of Laura dancing with her Dad. Made me well-up. Tied for first place is the pic. of Laura with her niece. So typical of Laura. They are all a wonderful “snapshot” of a wonderful wedding and what I’m sure will be a wonderful marriage! Heartfelt blessings to you both as you travel through life together.

Suzanne Dumaine Deschenes - Wow beautiful. ….

Peter D Martelly - Excellent! Can’t wait to show Mom!

Laura Martelly - Love them! Thank you so much! Brought back so many emotions looking through the photos. You are both amazingly talented. Thank you for capturing us in so many unforgettable moments.

Brian Bunn - Boo… I didn’t make the cut for vendor love lol. Love these photos! Such a great day! Loved working with you guys! :)))

oshri & garrett | charleston, sc wedding part 2

YAY, you’re back! Lets dive into some amazing details!

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I tested it out….perfection!oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0100oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0101oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0102oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0103oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0104oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0105oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0106oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0107oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0108oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0109oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0110oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0111oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0112oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0113oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0114oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0115oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0116oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0117oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0118oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0119oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0120oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0122oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0123oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0124oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0125oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0126oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0127oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0129oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0128oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0130oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0131We don’t ever pass up a good photobooth!oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0132oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0133oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0134oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0135oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0136oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0137oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0138oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0139To cap the night off they sent off these lanterns. I love these lanterns and the romantic feel of this send off!oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0140oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0141oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0142oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0143oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0145oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0146

It was amazing right?!? Um yes! So happy and excited for these two! They are not just clients but have become friends and thats the best kind! What an honor to do what we do and document people’s lives! Thank you Oshri & Garrett for sharing your fairy tale with us!

{vendor love}
venue | The House at Lake Bulow
coordinator | Pretty Petals of Charleston Janice
band | The Masker Band
bride’s dress | Inbal Dror
cake | Bakehouse
caterer | The Quiet Pint
officiant | Carla Pack
florist |  Janice Clayton from Pretty Petals
lighting design | Snyders Rentals
makeup | MAC Makeup Artist Ari Segura
hair | Studio Six Salon Elizabeth Robinson & Alex Greene

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oshri & garrett | charleston, sc wedding part 1

Life has been so busy with wedding season in full swing! We have so many amazing things we can’t wait to share with you so soon so we are going to start right this very second with Oshri & Garrett’s gorgeous Charleston wedding!

I mean WOW. This day truly was perfect. Oshri looked incredible in her Inbal Dror gown (from Israel) it was phenomenal, absolutely one of my favorites ever! Our day didn’t start at the venue for getting ready shots, instead they opted to meet at a different location for their first look! They wanted the classic “Charleston” look with the trees and surroundings. So, lets start there!

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charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0073oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0074oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0075oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0076oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0077oshri & garrett charleston, sc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0078Come back tomorrow for all their AMAZING details and some dancing craziness!

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Kimberly Storti - The photography is just simply beautiful… The Bride is simply breathtaking and the Groom so handsome!! Congratulations Oshri and Garrett!

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