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!