When a couple decides to marry, the bride’s life often turns itself upside down. From the purchase of the first bridal magazine to the hundreds of ideas that pour forth in the coming months, the lists are endless, the planning precise, the details exact. 

My career as a wedding photographer has taken me on many adventures. I’ve seen both the good and the bad, the planned and the impromptu. The ‘what ifs’ can be endless: what if it rains? what if humidity melts the cake? what if the flowers droop? what if the announcements are misspelled? what if? what if?

For some of the truly spectacular weddings, and the most happy and carefree brides, there is usually a team behind the scenes that pull together a flawless performance — taking care of all those ‘what ifs’ and simply allowing a bride to be radiant and confident on her special day.

Last year I photographed Katie and Nick’s engagement session located in the carefree wilds of the remote barrier islands of South Carolina and recently photographed their wedding at the Southside Baptist Church in Columbia, SC and incredible reception at 701 Whaley,

Wedding planner Melanie Murphy (By Invitation Only) did an incredible job ensuring each detail was perfect for Katie & Nick’s celebration and left nothing to chance. Any of the ‘what ifs’ had already been eliminated under Melanie’s watchful guidance.
And when it came to florals that stretched from the ceiling (yes, ceiling!) to the cake, Fern Studio  did a truly breathtaking job that astonished the imagination and was the perfect compliment to the stunning four-tiered cake designed by the infamous Nonnah’s.
Katie & Nick have so many beautiful and memorable moments throughout their wedding day, but the one that I hold closest in memory is the instant they were greeted by hundreds of family and friends as they exited the church under a shower of rose petals. It was there I witnessed a radiant and confident couple, to whom I wish a lifetime of happiness. 


Wedding Planner: Melanie Murphy (By Invitation Only)

Photography: Julia Laible Photography

Ceremony: Southside Baptist 

Reception: 701 Whaley 

Florals: Fern Studio

Cake: Nonnah’s

Videography: Carlisle Videography 

Hair / Makeup: Glowout