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    We are a team of professional wedding photographers solely devoted to "happily ever afters". Our commercial studio is based in Charlotte, NC and we capture weddings in the Carolinas and beyond. We believe in family, love and the power of storytelling through our photography. The ladies of Old South would love to capture your big day!

Caroline with Mint To Be Weddings and Sarah with Sweet Scene Cakes reached out to me back in January about a creative project.   They wanted to produce an all white inspiration shoot and I loved the concept.  Yes, Emily Post and her good manners/etiquette handbook would roll over in her grave seeing bridesmaids wearing white, but the “new” Old South bride makes her own style rules- before AND after Easter.

John and Stephanie have modeled for me before and yes, they are actually that attractive AND married in real life too 😉 I can’t thank all of our models enough for making this day such an upbeat, fun shoot.  Laura, Courtney, Joy, Jonah, Sean, Eric and Joshua, I think we all laughed as much as we shot and the outtakes are certainly worthy of their own post!  Little flower girl, Maddie, just about stole the whole show with that precious grin too.  Alyssa, Lindsey and I enjoyed capturing every second of this busy day back in January.

Enjoy our lovely shoot at The Dairy Barn in SC and we hope you will draw inspiration for your big day ahead.  Stylish acrylic menus, a stunning geode cake, all green florals, just a touch of sparkle and so much more…everything came together beautifully.

Special thanks to contributing vendor partners:

Photography: Old South Studios | Coordinator: Mint To Be Weddings | Cake: Sweet Scene Cakes |Rentals: Creative Solutions | Florist: Jimmy Blooms Floral Design  | Gown: Paige and Elliot Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse Rock Hill | Hair: Up & Do’s | Makeup: Makeup by Norelle B | Stationery: Elle Dee Designs | Jewelry: The Bead Lady in Concord | Game Rentals: Pinnacle Amusements | Bride’s Broach Bouquet: Natalie Klestov Designs

Wow.  Year 4 of our annual brunch and I still get choked up every time. It’s always a culmination of the busy year before and makes me so sentimental.

I began this tradition after the 2012 wedding season. That was the year we began pulling away from all other photography (family/children/high school seniors) to begin solely capturing weddings.  We had 12 amazing brides that year and I realized how much more fulfilling those relationships were to me.  I got to spend a full calendar year getting to know and guide these women leading up to the most amazing day of their lives.  I knew their parents’ names, who their closest friends were, why they fell in love with their gown, how he popped the question, where they were planning to settle down and so much more.  Those ladies become more than clients to me.  We connected on every level and after the wedding day…..well….I missed them.

So, I had this idea to invite them all back together in one room and tell them how much I loved being their chosen photographer.  We did a slideshow review of their amazing weddings, told funny stories about their wedding days and got to say a proper goodbye at the end of journey together.  The night they ran away hand-in-hand with their new husband under a canopy of sparklers post-wedding just didn’t feel finished.  Getting to hug them, thank them and remember their journey with Old South felt much more personal and authentic.

Now, this event has grown and has truly become our favorite day of the year.  Our Old South team of photographers grows every year too (we just hired our 9th lady!!) and now they also look forward to seeing their brides again at the annual brunch.  There were lots of hugs, smiles and a few tears as we relieved some of the magic of their wedding days.

I would not have a job without these ladies. I fully recognize they could have chosen other photographers in the Carolinas, but they chose Old South.  Something about the way we see life and love through our lenses spoke straight to their hearts.  They are my people.

I can’t thank Abby with 13 Cedar Events enough for pulling together our beautiful brunch this March.  The 30 women who attended felt so special and cared for.  She made sure every detail was just right.  We can always count on our friends at Lily Greenthumbs for flawless florals and we are so grateful! As always, thank you to our venue partner, The Duke Mansion, for their hospitality and mutual love of all things Old South! That cake by Lisa with Cake Expressions by Lisa was as delicious as it was lovely. The super talented Patnodes with Whitewash Films also came to create a new video for us that really speaks to the heart of why we do what we do (coming soon!)

Take a peek at the beautiful images Krista captured for us at the brunch.  There is no group of ladies I’d rather eat shrimp and grits with and laugh/cry over memories we have shared.  Old South continues to bloom because of YOU!

We were blessed to shoot over 50 weddings in 2016 and so many of those brides joined us for brunch.  We are storytellers and they gave us the most beautiful moments to illustrate.  Whether we captured a 40 person wedding in a tented backyard in Charlotte, a black tie wedding for 150 at the Duke Mansion or a beach/destination wedding in Mexico for 100, we loved every beautiful second.  I am thankful for each and every one of these women.

Everyone left with a succulent to take home.  (my favorite because you can’t kill them!) I hope these small gifts will sit on a windowsill in their homes.  Then, when life gets tough during that first year of marriage, they too will always remember to look for the light. There is ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS something to be grateful for.

Our team of talented Old South photographers (left to right) Dana, Allison, Alisha, Julie, Autumn, Aleta, Alyssa and Lindsey.  Offering work/life balance to these female photographers gives me such job satisfactions.  We represent 70 years of professional photography experience, 6 marriages and 13 children among us all. We share the workload which helps to keep our passion for photography alive.  It takes a village, y’all, and I sure do love mine!

We are already counting down the days until next year’s brunch with our 2017 brides.  Onward and upward!

Old South is different.

I (Julie/owner) began this company in 2010 as a solopreneur.  I wore ALL the hats…shooting, editing, marketing, client meetings, print production, album design, bookkeeping, sales, networking….until 2013.  That’s the year everything changed.  I moved out of my home studio into a large, commercial studio and decided to do it all differently.

I began looking for fabulous female photographers to help share the load.  Women with the same shooting style and love for photography who could help me  grow a bigger photography company- a studio that stood for traditional values, the love of family, leaving a legacy of love AND attracting our “just right” bride.

Who is she? She is Kloi.

She is kind.

She loves her family FIERCELY.

She is proud to be a strong, southern woman.

She is ambitious and driven.

She has friendships that run deep.

She never met a dance floor she didn’t like.

She is a believer that marriage is a lifelong commitment and she weeded through quite a few frogs to find her prince!!

Alisha was the perfect photographer for Kloi and Buddy.  They formed a fast friendship and that connection shines through in the images from their engagement session.

Y’all this is exactly what true love should feel like.  We can’t wait for their November wedding at Carolina Country Weddings & Events in Mt. Pleasant, NC.


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