The Big Fake Wedding | Charleston, SC Wedding

As some of you social media followers may know, I participated in an event a month ago called The Big Fake Wedding in Charleston, SC. Confused about the fact that it’s a fake wedding? Don’t worry, I got lots of questions about that. The event is essentially a bridal show that takes place at a wedding venue and each vendor participates in the actual wedding - meaning the florists supplied flowers, the photographers photographed the event, the wedding coordinator coordinated the ceremony, the getaway car company WAS the getaway car after the exit. OH and the wedding itself was actually a vow renewal for a couple.

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Kayla USC Horseshoe Columbia, SC Senior Session

I mentioned this on Instagram earlier this week but senior sessions are truly like a blind date at the USC Horseshoe. There are SO many other seniors there waiting to meet their photographer that it feels like they think you’re theirs or vice versa. Always cracks me up but I am SO incredibly happy that I got to meet Kayla last week for her senior session. She is so insanely kind and funny! She is also gorgeous. OH and she did her own make up for her pictures which was flawless!

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3 Ways to Create a Fun & Interactive Wedding Website

I know, I know! This may be the last thing you want to add to your to-do list as a bride however a good website can really help weddings guests with the below…

A) RSVP for your wedding or provide interactive submission forms
B) Find your wedding location/accommodations easily
C) Locate your registry online without having to print out those crazy long lists at the store

So before you toss this item in the trash, consider this. Think about your own behavior whenever you want to find the answer to something easily. If you’re anything like me, you probably google it. We are all pretty much attached to our phones 24/7. It's often the first place we all go to to find answers now. I’m not really pulling out my phone book anymore. Also I’m not sure about you, but often times whenever I’m trying to remember registry info or invitation details, I’m away from home. Having a website allows for wedding guests to easily locate all the details of your big day right from their smartphone.

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Mickie & Austyn Clemson, SC Fall Engagement Session

SO SO SO excited to share these images from my engagement session with Mickie & Austyn. Believe it or not, these two made a USC grad fall in love with Clemson, SC. I haven’t been to Clemson a ton and never on a non-game day so my past experience with Clemson was nothing like this day. The campus was quiet (almost deserted that early in the morning the day after a home football game) and there was no one walking around yet. Not to mention it was just a fun day getting to hang out with these two. So relaxed and laid back, just chatting and walking around campus.

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Mr & Mrs Klauck Columbia, SC Wedding

Finally sharing Whitney and Caelum’s Fall wedding on the blog! I loved so much about their special day - from their amazing families, to the champagne saber, to Whitney & Caelum’s dancing skills…the list goes on. For having not known either Whitney and Caelum prior to this, I truly think the world of this couple now. These are two truly incredible people and I’m so excited to watch their life together unfold.

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6 Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding: Holiday Edition

The title of this article is once something that would have given me nightmares whenever I used to work in Paid Search Marketing. We would begin talking about Holiday with clients in usually July or August and it was always a crazy busy time to be in that industry. It took a while for the words “Black Friday” to not give me a headache.

Despite the headaches, I look back on the time I spent in SEM as an experience I would never trade for anything. I gained a lot of knowledge from people far smarter than myself, acquiring skills from them that I still use today. I learned a tremendous amount about Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the holidays in general. I also learned a ton about the shoppers' experience and how that translates to brands ROI in the end. It was all very fascinating and something I still can find myself paying attention to during this time of year.

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Bekah & Nick Columbia, SC Engagement Session

I just delivered this gallery to Bekah and Nick today and can you tell I’m too excited to share these? This has to be the fastest gallery delivery to blog post in ALP history. For Bekah and Nick’s engagement session, we met at the Sandhills Research Center in Columbia, SC and the weather was the first cool day of the “Fall” season (aka perfection). Whenever I imagine engagement sessions, theirs was honestly exactly what I think of. Not just because of the weather, but because of how they interacted together.

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Mr & Mrs Liller Suprise Greenville, SC Wedding

If there was an award show, just for weddings, Mike and Melissa would win best surprise - hands down. They pulled off one big surprise wedding in their backyard in Greenville, SC this Summer. They convinced family and friends that they were having a housewarming party and once everyone was there - they let everyone know that “you’re actually here for our wedding”.

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Mr & Mrs Cutter Manning, SC Wedding

So excited to share another wedding that I helped Carla Talley with this summer - this time in Manning, SC with English + King - aka Kinglish. Their day was filled with so many great memories and you can tell that family means so much to both of them. I always love to see how each couple incorporates sentiment into their big day and this seemed to be such a common theme for English and King.

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Mr & Mrs Green Pawley's Island, SC Wedding

Once again, so excited to share a few of my personal images from another wedding with Carla Talley. This time in Pawley's Island and we couldn't have asked for a more perfect day. Montgomery + Ecton, I could go on for days about your wedding. Everything was so incredibly beautiful - from the quaint chapel for the ceremony, to the Packard, to the florals, to the sunset.

On top of all of this perfection, the day was filled with so much sentiment. Montgomery got ready at her family's beach house on the island - filled with years of memories. She also gifted Ecton with a ticket from the night they met in Nashville at an event called Beers & Hymns. Montgomery also requested to take pictures on their dock prior to the ceremony, dressed in her beautiful gown with her aunt's veil.

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Jessica & Austin New York City, New York Engagement Session

There are few people in the world as funny, genuine and loving as Jessica Cavett. We have been friends since high school and I've always loved the time I've spent with her. She has always kept me laughing - no matter how much time has passed. Whenever Austin proposed, I was beyond thrilled that they asked me to take their engagement pictures. Even more so whenever they wanted them to be in NYC - where she and Austin lived for many years. 

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Tessa Hopeland Gardens Aiken, SC Bridal Session

A few days prior to this session with Tessa, the forecast started to look a little scary. There was rain forecasted all day with a particularly high percentage around the time of her session in Aiken. Fortunately, she prayed ALL day for great weather and her prayers were answered! The second we pulled up to Hopeland Gardens the rain stopped. In fact, it held off until the second we got back in my car to leave after the session was over.

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#TalleyTurnUp Invitation Suite

So a few days ago, I launched a November booking offer for wedding packages. Basically in the month of November, if you book a wedding package, you receive 2 additional hours of coverage for free + 50% off custom wedding invitation design. The graphic designer providing the design for the invitation just so happens to be the same designer Matt and I used for our wedding invitations (plus lots of other things) + the designer of my ALP logo + AMAZING (if you watched my insta story) + designer at 8th State

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Evelyn Newborn Sumter, SC Session

If there were an award for the friendliest family on the planet, the Hray's would win it - year after year. Peyton and Jane used to live in our neighborhood before moving to Sumter. At the time, they only had Grady. You could see them walking around the neighborhood often, which is how we got to know them so well. They'd always stop to brighten our day - either with a funny joke, woodworking speak with Matt or Grady showing us something new that he learned. This was always such a great part of our day. SO thankfully, earlier this year, the world gained yet another Hray - Evelyn.

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Brent & Hannah Columbia, SC Engagement Session

All of y'all know that I'm a sucker for a good romantic comedy, right? I mean I named one of our golden retrievers after a golden in a 90s Tom Hanks rom-com so I feel like it's a little obvious? But the best part to me, other than the few scenes with golden retrievers, is the intro. How do these two people, in a world of millions of people, end up meeting each other? What moments lead to this in the movie? This is part of the reason that I'm obsessed with the story of how Brent and Hannah met. 

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Baby Reames Gender Reveal Party Aiken, SC

Y'ALL MY BEST FRIEND IS HAVING A GIRL! Yesterday was such a fun day and Lauren and Brooks chose a unique way to share this news with their friends and family. The party theme was Tutus & Tees so they hit a golf ball filled with either pink or blue dust to reveal it to everyone. It was absolutely perfect and Matt and I couldn't be more thrilled for these sweet friends of ours. Which PS - this baby is going to be one pretty baby. I mean look at her parents?!

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Mr & Mrs Richey Sumter, SC Wedding

This past July, I was the second shooter for my mother-in-law, Carla Talley, for another wedding in Sumter, SC. It was so much fun to shoot alongside my mother-in-law again, especially with such a fun group. The day was filled with lots of excitement from beginning to end. It started with a bridal brunch and mimosas and ended with the band playing "When the Saints Go Marching In" on the trumpet as everyone marched towards the sparkler exit for Mary Margaret and Eric. 

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Hannah Riverfront Park Columbia, SC Maternity Session

If you've read my blog in the past, chances are you recognize the Tills. They are one of the best families to spend time with and I always know I'm in for some laughs whenever I see them. They are so laid back and such a breath of fresh air. If you know them, then you know what I mean. They are just outstanding human beings. You wonder why there can't be more people like them in the world.

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