Shannon and Carlos chose to celebrate with a spring wedding at Wintergreen Woods in Lexington, SC. For these two, the choice was easy! Can you say, all-inclusive wedding venue? And I was beyond excited when she asked me to be her wedding day photographer.
You see, Shannon and I have been friends since middle school, going back to our hometown of Camden and Lugoff. We lost touch later in life when the college years and beginning of our life careers rolled around, but we both ended up in the Columbia SC area. Of course, Facebook helped! Now, if you don't know Shannon, she's a "get-it-done" type of girl. She knows what she wants. So as you might imagine, she was the same as a bride-to-be. Although I must say, a very calm bride. Shannon and Carlos knew they wanted to make things easy with a "one-stop-shop" wedding venue in the Columbia - Lexington area. Wintergreen Woods had everything she wanted and needed, especially for this 'once in a lifetime' day. From the fully decorated reception hall, choice of wedding chapels, catering, bar facility with setup, DJ, cake, and staffing for set up and clean up to a day of wedding coordinator...Dixie can handle it all. What more could one ask for!
Once the wedding date was set in stone, we met to start planning everything she wanted captured in photographs. Carlos is a big fan of classic cars and trucks, so we had to incorporate something along those lines in their engagement photos. And what did we find? A gorgeous bright red "classic Dodge truck". (And that basically sums up my knowledge of classics. Or cars at all for that matter.) We ended our afternoon with a few sunset pictures.
Once Shannon had her final gown fitting, we scheduled her bridal session at a private club in Camden, SC known as Springdale Hall. In between the rain drops, we succeeded in capturing beautiful photographs of Shannon for her to choose from for a bridal portrait to display at the reception and later in her home.
Shannon's wedding day started with Kristi and DeLisa surprising her with a Limo ride to Salon Bella in Lugoff, SC for hair and makeup. Talk about having those two as best friends! After a pit stop at chick-fil-a (yes, in the limo), we made our way back to Shannon and Carlos' home. Once in her dress, it was back in the limo and off to Wintergreen Woods. The countdown was on. Carlos drove in from Charleston, SC and the final wedding hour was near. With guest seated, Carlos and Sawyer made their way to the decorated gazebo where he awaited the first site of his beautiful bride. Shannon's uncle walked her down an isle filled with pink petals the little flower girl scattered about on her way down. Stunning as ever, Shannon made her way to the one man she vowed to spend the rest of her life with. With her moms blessing, Shannon and Carlos exchanged vows, rings, and sealed it with a kiss. Some of my favorite images are of the couples son, Sawyer, during the ceremony. Talk about Mr. Personality! 100% squeezable!
The reception was filled with family and friends who came to celebrate this day with them. After the traditional cake cutting, we celebrated Sawyer's 2nd year with a cake just for him to the lyrics of "Happy Birthday". After an evening filled with toasts, bouquet and garter toss, lots of laughs, hugs, and dancing...Shannon and Carlos made their way through a multitude of bubbles and cheers to a First Class Limo awaiting to whisk them off to their honeymoon in Turks & Caicos! Yes, I am still jealous!
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Shout-Out to all the wonderful wedding vendors I work with each weekend...
All-inclusive wedding venue: Wintergreen Woods in Lexington, SC
DJ: PartyTime DJ's
Flowers: Lexington Florist
Wedding gown: David's Bridal
Limo: First Class Limo Service and Facebook
Lead Photographer: Kelly W Lucas Photography, Columbia SC weddings, bridals, and engagements
2nd photographer: Stephanie Davis