I’m just giddy to be able to share this four part post with you! From the engagement session, to the rehearsal dinner and Wedding (part one and part two). I’ve had to keep these images under wraps for a little while now while waiting for Martha Stewart Weddings to publish them. Now that they have been released, I can share them here with all of you! Hooray!
I first visited Blackberry Farm on a surprise trip for my best friend and studio manager, Amanda, years ago. We loved every minute of our first visit so when I spoke with Sally over the phone and she told me she was getting married on Blackberry Farm, I was elated. I’m pretty convinced there isn’t a much better place on earth to visit or to photograph, especially for a wedding! The day started out in the most perfect homes where both Sally and Christian got ready. Amazing collections of Le Cruset cookware keeping the shelves cozy, delectable appetizer spreads, and champagne for everyone. Perhaps one of my favorite moments of the day was when I finished photographing Sally and the girls at the farm house. As they were leaving, I turned back around for one last look at the garden just in time to see the chefs browsing the garden in their white coats, selecting only the finest ingredients for the reception that evening. From farm to table is indeed how they do things at Blackberry Farm. I stood in awe most of the day at their impeccable timing and service to this couple, from the plate presented to the couple and signed by Farmer John post ceremony to the servers perfectly timed plate placement in unison at the reception.
A gracious family, a gorgeous day, I’m in love with everything about this wedding, the entire weekend! Part two coming soon and you will not want to miss the reception which took place in the most beautiful barn I’ve ever seen!
Thanks to the fabulous crew that pulled together to make sure Sally & Christian’s day was the best it could be!
Photography: Millie Holloman
Location, Event Coordination, and Catering: Blackberry Farm
Flowers: Cachepot; Linda Proffitt Designs
Stationery: The Happy Envelope
Calligraphy: Heather Belle Ink
Cake: Magpies Bakery
Music: Jason Liebman; Matt Kanelos; Mr. Potato Head; Jeremy Jones from Entertainment Solutions
Bride’s Gown: Rembo Styling from Kleinfeld Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Dolce Vita
Bride’s Earrings: Lovely Bride
Groom’s Attire: J Crew
Groom’s Boots: Cole Haan
Flower Girl Dress: Fox n Lily
Bridemaids Dresses: Amsale
Hair and Makeup: Farmhouse Spa
It’s the kind of Rehearsal Dinner every girl dreams of. Friends and family gathered around a lake house, rocking chairs occupied, a campfire roaring, and a stream trickling right on by. Lawn games including hula-hoops and a giant jenga, a boat full of ice cold coca cola, plenty of hugs to give, laughter abounds, horses grazing in the field, geese flying through the air… I could go on and on. Not a single detail imperfect, just everything that makes life sweeter and the people you love the most in life all in one place celebrating together. That was this night! You can see more from this event on Martha Stewart Real Weddings website.
This engagement session didn’t even feel like real life, this entire weekend didn’t in fact. It’s as if we stepped into a fairy tale with fog rising off the waters, friendly neighing horses, beautiful barns, and the most amazing location on earth. Blackberry Farm is one of the most fabulous places on earth and if my words are not enough to convince you of that, then perhaps these photos will. We rose with the sun for these images the day before their wedding and were greeted by the most amazing cloud of fog moving slowly over the still waters, it really was like nothing I’ve ever seen!
After their session concluded I spent a little time out in the fields with Farmer John while he tended to the food which would be served on their wedding table the following day. I also enjoyed photographing a gentleman fly fishing in the stream nearby which I later found out was Christian’s father.
As a photographer, there are some families you fall in love with instantly. For us at MHP, one of those families is the Highsmith’s. I have photographed 60th anniversary parties, a wedding, newborn photos, and birthdays, marking some pretty amazing milestones in their lives. These people are full of warmth, love and community just like these images depict.
I joined them the day after Thanksgiving as they all gathered at the family cabin to enjoy a BBQ pig on the grill. A few of the things I remember most are golf cart rides through the woods with giggly kids, snuggling babies by the fire, clay pigeons flying through the air and gunshots ringing in my ears. But it took one another’s company to remind them of all the things they are truly grateful for… family, faith, health and their many blessings were all some of the words chosen by them and permanently penned to napkins. Perhaps one of my favorite moments was photographing Mr. Highsmith while he penned his blessings, faith and family being firsts. These napkins will no doubt be used for many years to come as a visual to the strong foundation of their family. It was the perfect afternoon, I already want to go back. It’s not very many sessions that I get to shoot and be surrounded by such warm and inviting people paired with the perfect location and a delicious thanksgiving spread with key lime pie to wrap it up, yum all around!
Tiffany and Brian’s wedding day was better than a dream. Flawless couple, perfect southern weather, and the strongest, sweetest bond of family, friendship, and love that was tangible in every moment. We started the day at a gorgeous home in downtown Wilmington. The house was alive with the busy buzz of chatter, little girls running up and down the large staircase, mimosas, laughter, and the perfect final touches being made to hair and makeup…
Brian’s mother created her own gown for the wedding day, and it was perfection.
Brian had the largest groomsmen party I have EVER seen, and every single one of them seemed to have a close connection to Brian- more than friendship, they were all like brothers. I got to hang out with the guys for awhile and watch Brian anxiously await the ceremony to begin. I’ll never forget Brian starting to dance when they told him it was almost time to get married, and all of the guys immediately circling around him, beat boxing and laughing and dancing with him.
Another powerful moment of the day was the incredible vows Tiffany and Brian wrote and promised to each other. They were some of the most sincere, genuine words I have ever heard.
As if the ceremony wasn’t emotional enough, the speeches that were given and stories shared by Tiffany and Brian’s friends were a true testament to the love this couple has for one another, and how loved they are by the people in their lives.
Truly a wedding for the books. Tiffany and Brian, you had more than just a fairytale wedding day – you have the real deal, happily-ever-after kind of love that is rare and special. Wishing you two the very best!
Ceremony Venue: The Atrium by Ligon Flynn
Reception Venue and Catering: 128 South
Decors & Florals: Salt Harbor Designs
Wedding Coordinator: Jill White
Videography: Life Stage Films
DJ: Active Entertainment, Jay Tatum
Cake: Imaginary Cakes
Rentals: Party Suppliers
Lighting: High Performance Lighting