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Charleston Getaway

A little over a month ago our little family took a trip to my beloved city, Charleston. I love when Jonathan and Eleanora get to tag along with me on work trips. Little E did so well while we were out and about. Unless she was hungry, she was an angel! (Besides the tail end of the car rides and sleeping in her travel crib!) Of course I was shooting a good bit of the time, but we were able to explore a bit as well. It was quite rainy and overcast but that is to be expected for the Winter! It is still one of my favorite places I’ve ever visited. The charm is simply unparalleled. Every street holds something beautiful to find. One of my favorite things this trip was one of the walking tours that went over Charleston’s history. It’s fascinating. Oh, and I can’t forget the food! If you have the chance to visit, be sure to go to Poogan’s Porch for delicious southern cooking, Magnolias for fine dining, Kaminsky’s for coffee and dessert and Brasserie Gigi for succulent French cuisine. There are so many other places we tried, but those have been my favorites. I will be sharing more from the stunning New Year’s Eve wedding I shot while in Charleston, but for now, here are some of my favorite nooks from our explorations.

Abby & Trey | Oak Grove Engagement

This engagement session had it all – blue and green hues, a guitar, mandolin, killer light, gorgeous floral and this amazing couple. It felt like Springtime the day we shot it too. I’ve been longing for warm weather, so this session was good for my soul. Abby & Trey are such a phenomenal couple. I love that they incorporated things that are authentic to their lives. Trey is the worship leader at his church and Abby leads with him as well. They are so joyous together. I’m looking forward to their Summer wedding. I know it will be such a fun affair!

Katelin - These are all so beautiful! So much talent!

Amanda & Jacob | Metalic-Inspired St. Augustine Wedding at The Lightner Museum

This wedding quite honestly has it all – dreamy romance, the sweetest and most stunning couple, unique and personal details, gorgeous venues, style for days and the list goes on and on. A quote used during Amanda & Jacob’s ceremony sums this day up perfectly. “We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness – and call it love – true love.” (Robert Fulghum) Now, I wouldn’t call either Amanda or Jacob weird….perhaps more original, fashion-forward and distinguished. However one thing is for certain, they are definitely one of the most compatible couples I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. They are ideally suited for each other. If there is such a thing as a perfect match, they are the quintessential definition. Together, they created a celebration truly unique to them. If you remember anything about their glamorous engagement session, you knew this was going to be a wedding for the books. It did not disappoint. They were inspired by metallic and glittering tones and found so many extraordinarily distinctive pieces to flesh out their overarching design and feel. Their style was perfection, from Amanda’s glimmering beaded gown, to Jacobs metallic leather shoes. There were far to many unique moments to describe, but one of my favorites was the first look. She sang the most beautifully, soulful song to Jacob after he walked over to the piano where she was playing. His face once he saw her was sheer adoration. The whole day was completely breathtaking. Here is just a tiny glimpse into the magnificence and splendor that was Amanda & Jacob’s wedding day.

Venue 1 – Casa Monica | Venue 2 – The Lightner Museum | Photography – Jennifer Blair Photography
Hair stylist – Randi Fischer | Styling consultant – Yara Mahfouz | Bride’s Gown – Basix Black Label
Bride’s 2nd Gown – Bagley Mischca | Bridal Headpiece – Jenny Packham | Bride’s Shoes – Jimmy Choo
Glitter Infused Italian Python Clutch - Zelli | Bridesmaids Dresses – BHLDN | Bride’s Ring – GUCCI
Bridesmaids Shoes – BCGB | Groom’s Suit – John Varvatos | Groom’s Tie – Brockley Ties
Groom’s Lapel Brooch – Vintage Etsy find | Groom’s Ring – Art Master Jewelry, Inc
Groom’s Shoes – Amali | Groomsmen Ties & Pocket Squares – Kristine Bridal  | Catering – A1A Ale Works

Beauty & the Soul

Beauty has such a profound affect on the soul. So much of what we find beautiful is closely tied to our identity, such as certain colors, music or visual design – things influenced by our personal taste. And yet, there are things known to be universally beautiful, most of which are found in nature, like a fading sunset, grandiose snow-capped mountains or the vastness of the ocean’s swell. Somehow the human soul craves beauty, some perhaps more than others, but we all need it in some form nonetheless. We are all curators of what we find beautiful. We surround ourselves with it. We long for it, desire more and yearn to be swept up in it. We want to posses beauty in a myriad of forms; to be beautiful ourselves, to create beauty, to own beautiful things and to behold beauty in our surroundings, just to name a few.

It is almost certain that most of us would fall into a deep depression if we were deprived of beauty. No music. No art. No nature. No words. No people. If I think back the times I felt most sad, it was because my soul’s vision of beauty was somehow hindered or blocked. Whatever it may have been was the opposite of beautiful. And the cure? Finding beauty again. A trip to the seaside. Listening to a song. Reading a few uplifting  words. Time with another soul we find soothing. Creating something lovely. Beauty. It’s essential to to any sort of glad existence.

I think God designed us that way on purpose. He is the ultimate Beauty and it’s essence. All other beauty is derived from Him. We are all wired uniquely to see different things as beautiful, but all long for Perfect Beauty. What we see, taste and experience here is good but not entirely fulfilling. It leaves us wanting more.

Thus, I surround myself with beauty, create beauty and look for it in my daily life because I know how deeply my soul needs it. The more I am swept up into Perfect Beauty, the more the soul widens to see beauty around me. Gazing upon The Most Beautiful enables me to see more beauty. Beauty and joy go hand in hand for me. The more beauty I can see or create, the more joy fills my life. Goethe once stated,  ”A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful implanted in the human soul.” I agree entirely. My life’s goal is to attempt to create as much beauty as my soul can muster, not merely for the sake of beauty alone, but for what it means and how it affects the heart that find it. I am a seeker of the beautiful because I have tasted of a Beauty that I cannot fully comprehend or describe, and finding imperfect representations of Him scattered throughout the world helps me see His true and perfect beauty a little more clearly. It reminds me that one day, I will know Beauty in fullness and be wholly consumed by it’s perfection forever.

 

Grace - Glorious words.

Suzanne & Luke | Elegant Pastel Tent Wedding

I can barely start to describe this sweetest of sweet wedding day. Suzanne and Luke are by far the most in-love couple I’ve ever met. It is abundantly evident that they cherish their love and are so grateful to have found one another. Ordinarily I am not an emotional person, but even my eyes well up when I look back through these memories. Their first look was especially tender. I loved so many of their meaningful details, starting with having their first look and reception on Suzanne’s family land. Backyard receptions are often the perfect blend of elegance and intimate sentimentality. I loved that Luke wore his grandfather’s rings, the old family bible used instead of a ring pillow, Luke’s bow tie that was a nod to his family’s Cattle business and so many other things. Suzanne’s dad completed the little gazebo where they had their first look just in time for the wedding as well. It was the sweetest day you could imagine. I feel so honored to have been a part of it.

Amy M. - Your talent is so remarkable Jennifer. I love all the details you capture. Such a beautiful wedding!
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Peggy Clark - You captured the pure essence of Luke and Suzanne’s love for each other. Beautiful pictures!