One of the greatest aspects of being wedding photographers is that we get to meet so many different people from different places. It’s so much fun to find little things we have in common with each of the couples we photograph. Because John and Laura live in Maryland and we weren’t able to meet them until a couple days before their wedding, we scheduled a meeting with them to go over some last minute details and check out some possible photo locations.

In our brief time together, we got to know them a little bit and discovered so many things we have in common. First of all Laura and I (David) went to the same high school, J.L. Mann. Also, both John and Laura used to live in Columbia, SC; so did Kristina and I. They met at Salty Nut Café, one of my favorite hangouts in college. Of course, we all agreed the tater tots at Salty Nut are amazing! And, it just so happens that they live in a town in Maryland near some of mine and Kristina’s family members. Such a small world!

Hospitality: The Westin Poinsett Hotel
Makeup and Hair: Cotton Rouge
Ceremony Location: Trinity Lutheran Church
Reception Venue: The Upcountry History Museum
Reception Coordinator: Kimberly Adams
Floral: Suzie Lombardo, Statice Couture Florals and Event Design
Catering: Peter Collins, Chef 360 Catering
Cake Artist: Couture Cakes of Greenville
DJ: Joe Tetzel, Uptown Entertainment
Charicature Artist: Brian Vasilik
Photography: David & Kristina Photography

Anyway, back to the wedding stuff. The bride and groom and whole wedding party were staying at The Westin Poinsett hotel which was a great spot for some photos before the wedding. Amanda and Ashley from Cotton Rouge did makeup and hair for all the girls.

bridesmaids getting ready before wedding at Westin Poinsett hotel hair and makeup for wedding by Cotton Rouge wedding dress hanging in Westin Poinsett Hotel Badgley Mischka designer wedding shoes Laura putting on wedding dress Laura getting wedding dress on Laura putting on wedding jewelry John putting on tuxedo in Westin Poinsett hotel

John had such a great idea for groomsmen gifts: he gave each a framed map of their home state.

framed state maps for groomsmen gifts

Since most of the guests were from out of town, they even had a map and itinerary printed to help everyone find their way around.

wedding day itinerary and map

John and Laura left a few minutes in their wedding day schedule to see each other during a first look. This enabled them to spend more time together on the wedding and get some photos before the sun went down.

Laura going down elevator to see John first look before wedding Westin Poinsett wedding photos bride and groom at fountain at The Westin Poinsett John and groomsmen at Poinsett Plaza

There was still a little bit of fall color on the trees near the church, and we were able to get lots of photos in front of Trinity Lutheran. The church building itself is very beautiful and gave us great backgrounds and a perfect place to photograph the entire bridal party. Suzie Lombardo and her team at Statice Flowers made beautiful bouquets and arrangements for Laura and her bridesmaids.

flowers by Statice Florals

I can’t take credit for the bridesmaid’s “selfie” shot below, but how cool! One of the bridesmaids (I think it was Brittany?) suggested we use the wide angle lens on my camera to make it look like the girls were doing a selfie. Brittany held her arm up to make it look like she was holding the camera.

bridesmaids at Trinity Lutheran wedding party photos on steps of Trinity Lutheran Church Trinity Lutheran Church Greenville SC wedding party John and Laura at Trinity Lutheran bride and groom under wedding veil bride and groom on Main Street greenville John and Laura romantic wedding photo

Fortunately we made it through the whole day with almost no rain. There were a few sprinkles for about 5 minutes, so we pulled out the umbrella for a few shots on the sidewalk just before dark.

bride and groom in the rain with umbrella family photos

Getting all the kids to look at the camera at once proved to be impossible, but I think this is even better…so realistic!
photos with ring bearers

They were married at the beautiful stone church, Trinity Lutheran Church on N. Main Street here in Greenville. It’s a beautiful sanctuary!

something blue and wedding rings Laura before the wedding Laura waiting to walk down the aisle John watches as Laura's dad walks her down the aisle wedding at Trinity Lutheran wedding ceremony at Trinity Lutheran church Trinity Lutheran wedding photos from balcony kneeling during wedding ceremony first kiss John and Laura married walk up the aisle the moments just after the wedding bride and groom at altar of Trinity Lutheran

The Upcountry History Museum reception provided guests with tons of interesting exhibits, plus, it’s a really cool place to have a party.

Upcountry History Museum wedding reception characiture artist at wedding reception

Thanks to Suzie and her team at Statice Couture Florals and Event Design for adding some pizzaz to the tables.

table arrangements by Statice Florals

The delicious food prepared by Chef Peter Collins at Chef 360 Catering was second to none in both taste and presentation.

catering by Chef 360 dining during wedding reception at Upcountry History Museum first dance John spinning Laura

The cake created by Susan at Couture Cakes of Greenville was yummy and beautiful…there was even a “doggy door” on the side of the cake (this will make sense when you see the picture.)

wedding cake with dog by Couture Cakes of Greenville toasting glasses and cake knife and server cake cutting toast by father of the bride wedding toasts father daughter dance at Upcountry History Museum Mother son dance

Joe from Uptown Entertainment kept the party going on the dance floor.

Joe Tetzel from Uptown Entertainment Uptown Entertainment at Upcountry History Museum dancing wedding entertainment by Uptown Entertainment Uptown Entertainment wedding DJ bouquet toss

There are so many things about this photo…the girl shrugging in disappointment, the other girl so surprised that she caught the bouquet, the little boy looking at the pig statue…

catching bouquet toss wedding reception dancing John and Laura at their wedding reception at the Upcountry History Museum Upcountry History Museum wedding reception dancing John and Laura leaving museum

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