Myrtle Beach Wedding Photography

Pine Lakes Country Club Wedding Photographer | Myrtle Beach, SC | Sarah + Colby

Sarah and Colby met freshmen year of college, on a camping trip in the Berkshires. Sarah is an extreme girly girl and was definitely out of her element. Colby a Portland, ME native, was overly prepared. Who knew they would be the perfect match. The couple bonded over Sarah's weird choices in sports teams. After 3 days in the Berkshires and lots of bug bites later, Colby took Sarah on a date. The rest is history they have been together ever since. After college the couple decided to move South and begin their life together down where it does not snow, well most of the time. Soon after moving down to North Carolina Colby took Sarah to Asheville, NC and proposed in the wilderness in front of a waterfall. Miles away and years later they began their life together in the great outdoors once again. This time it was a promise to each other forever.

These two along with Gigi Noelle Events planned the perfect outdoor wedding at Pine Lakes Country Club in Myrtle Beach, SC. However mother nature decided to change it up a little.  With rain coming down hard, the ceremony was moved inside.  Sarah and Colby didn't let that dampen their spirits nor their beautiful wedding decorated with amazing floral by Little Shop of Flowers.  With tears of joy and smiles everywhere, these two said their vows, celebrated with family and friends, and danced the night away as DJ Scott and Company supplied the outstanding music. Congrats to you, Sarah and Colby!!

Thanks to the amazing vendors that made this day happen.

Venue: Pine Lakes Country Club | Wedding Coordinator: Gigi Noelle Events | Floral: Little Shop of Flowers | Cake: Janet Adams | Music: DJ Scott & Company | Hair: Salon & Spa 18 | Make Up: Make Up Artistry On Location | Catering: Pine Lakes Country Club | Dress: Susan Deborah Bridal | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff

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Hi Future #brides and #grooms!! It's been a while since I posted something for Throwback/Tips Wedding Saturday. I've been working my tail off at weddings, engagement sessions and some styled shoots. Also when I wasn't behind the camera I was in front of the computer or on a plane. So it's been a little hectic lately; however, in a great way! So for #tbws I know some of you brides and grooms are getting married today or next Saturday or in the not so distant future, and you are strolling thru Instagram right now looking inspiration or trying to keep your mind occupied. You may have some nervous tension going on or even some doubts. I know, it's a huge step you are about to make in your life. My tip to you is to simply take a deep breath and remember why you love the person that you agreed to marry or proposed to. Take a stroll down memory lane. Take yourself back to that first time you saw each other, now to that first kiss. You remember that joy you felt. Now go back to that first "I'm in love smile". That smile is what causes the butterflies and the heart palpitations. That smile causes you to see that she or he is looking at you in a way that you have never noticed before. And that smile is filling your heart up with so much love. You are not only seeing it, you are feeling it too. That's what I want you to remember. That's the same "I'm in love smile" that you saw back then, you will see during your first look or the first time seeing each other as he or she is coming down the aisle, and that same smile will show itself again during that intimate first dance when there are ton of people watching you, but all you will see is the your love of your life in front of you. So don't have any doubts, you love them and they love you. That love is all in that smile.

Pawleys Island Community Church Wedding | Deava & Issac

What made this wedding so special is that Deava and Issac's love sustained a long distance relationship. Over half of the 3 years that they dated was long distance because Issac was serving our country in Afghanistan. They both credit their faith in God which gave them the strength to love each other so much and so strong during Deava's time in nursing school and Isaac being overseas all while trying to build on a new relationship. 

Deava and Issac did it, as some would say, the old fashioned Godly way. They relied on their Faith to keep them true to each other. They both have old souls and strong faith in Christ, that they wanted that part of them to show on their wedding day. So Issac requested to have their wedding in an all wood church. Pawleys Island Community Church Chapel was the perfect venue for them. With all the wood and rustic charm, PICC was idea for these two old souls. 

Deava even kept the vintage theme going with her dress with the Queen Anne neckline along with her late grandmother's diamond and gold necklace. She even made her birdcage veil for a little more touch of nostalgia. However, along with the vintage look she wanted to make sure her and Issac's faith was represented in the wedding as well. The groom and groomsmen's boutonnieres were crucifixes made from masonry nails and gold wire. The bridesmaids bouquets were made with flowers and family bibles.  

This ceremony was special because you simply could feel the love they had for each other but most importantly feel the love they had for GOD and their faith that sustained them during their relationship. So in closing I wish Deava and Issac the very best that life has to offer. They have certainly started this marriage on the right path.

Happy Socks a Groom's second best friend

There is always that desire to be different and stylish at the same time for the groom and his boys at a wedding.  Some just dont want to be traditional and the trend over the last few years has been "rock the socks".  So let me introduce you to a company that I love. 

I was introduced to the sock company Happy Socks a few years back by my sister, believe it or not. She purchased a pair of red, white and blue polka dot socks and I feel in love with them. I've always was an argyle fan, but I wanted to step my sock game up to the next level and that is where Happy Socks came in. I now wear my funky, bright, eye popping colored socks to every wedding Blu Moose Photography photographs. You would be amazed at how many compliments I get on my socks. So soon-to-be-husbands if you want your sock game on point. You have to visit Happy Socks. They have all types of designs, color palettes, and funky eye catching styles. However Happy Socks is not just for the guys and they just don't sell socks. They have crazy socks for women as well as kids. So ladies if you want to spice it up and go against the grain, go ahead and get some crazy socks for you and your bridesmaids... and take a look at Happy Socks too. They are now in the underwear business. So you can actually match your undies to your feet.  

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So this is a good way for the groom and/or bride to make their wedding a bright and unique wedding day and at the same time it can be wonderful wedding party gifts as well. Also you wedding photographer will love you for it!!! 

Until next time, Stay Happy....and Keep Smiling!! 

Chelsea + Ben Beach Church Wedding

Who says that coffee isn't good for you? Well don't tell Chelsea and Ben that. It was Starbucks where this gymnast and soldier first met and then it was love ever since. These two managed a long distance relationship when most would have just ended it, but they were determined to make sure that they kept the lines of communication open at all times to make it work. Ben's family took Chelsea in as one their own after she moved to the beach from NC. The one thing that kept them together during their times of long distance dating and still keeps this lovely couple grounded and happy is their absolute love for GOD. They are truly proud to say that He was the centerpiece of everything for them. We want to say congratulations to Chelsea and Ben and may God bless you two with many many years of love and marriage.

Until next time...Stay happy...Love life...and Keep smiling!

 

What I do, and why I do it...

I really don't write blogs about me personally. However I felt I needed to share my thoughts with you today about me and photography. This is pretty long but please take the time to read. 

Over the last couple of months I have been asked a few times "what made you decide to get in to photography?" Also, Ive been asked many many times "why do you want to be a wedding photographer? Isn't that a hectic job?" Before I give you the answer, let me say this...it wasn't a decision to get into photography, it was a want, a desire, an absolute yearning. I feel when you decide or make a decision there is always another option. For me I felt there wasn't another option. Well let me put it this way...I wanted no other options, nothing else distracting me for what I felt was a true passion to photography. Some may describe it as a calling. I call it LOVE!! So if you or someone else asks me again "What made you decide to get in to photography?" My answer to you or them is simply LOVE.

I have always loved photography as a kid but was steered to another profession that my heart wasn't in to. I went to college for it, studied hard as I could and got a degree...and believe me that degree never panned out. However it is a nice feature piece in my office. :) Even throughout all the years in my life, photography was still always burning and yearning to be in the forefront. The love of this creative art finally just overwhelmed me one day and I made the leap.  Was it easy? NO! Was it tough? Absolutely! Is it still tough and hard to break into the business? YES! Do I regret my love for it? NEVER!!

I LOVE photography and it is as simple as that. Do I like getting paid for the images I create? Absolutely I do.  I still need to keep a roof over my family's head and provide the necessities for my family. However, that LOVE for being behind that camera is something special. My LOVE for photography and especially wedding photography is just like love for a person. My second paragraph sort of describes that LOVE, just substitute some things and switch around some words and you may get something like this....

...It's like that girl or guy back in the day that you felt that connection to or spark for but never did anything about it. You felt in down in your gut that that person was the one for you, but you allow others or other reasons steer you in another direction.  You go off to college and/or continue on with your life dating other people or simply living life...but that person is always in your thoughts. Then one day you are out there around town, in another city, at a party or whatever or somewhere and you see that person again. At that moment all those feelings you had for that person comes back tenfold and just floods your body, mind and soul and you make that leap.  You make that leap because you know this isn't a decision, you make that leap because you know there is no one else for you and you feel you need to do this and you two are meant to be. And you do it! Dry mouth, nervousness, sweaty palm and all, you take that leap to tell them how you really feel and felt all this time. They reciprocate the feeling and things move and it all works out. You are with the person of you knew was meant to be with and the person you LOVE. Will that relationship has it tough times? Probably. Will you two always see eye to eye on everything? No you will not. Will there be a time where you will have to fight hard for your relationship? Maybe. If all those things happened that I just described would you regret it or do it all over again? If you LOVE that person like I LOVE photography, you wouldn't regret it a bit and would do it all over again in a heartbeat. I'm not saying this is how everyone falls in love with someone or something. I understand that. This is simply how I feel.  If I didn't take that leap how would I feel today? I would be always questioning this and that. Or asking myself what could have happened if I wouldn't have at least tried? The two words you don't ever want to say is "WHAT IF?".

I fell in LOVE like this before 3 times in my life and I will tell you in exact order.  I use to think that I fell in LOVE with my wife that way first but she was actually second. First I fell in LOVE with GOD that way. He gave me the LOVE that I knew as a kid and manifested it into a LOVE that I now have and cherish as an adult which brings me to #2. Second I truly fell in LOVE with my wife after GOD taught me how to LOVE the right way. This all happened after we were married. I always knew I loved her but this was a different kind of LOVE that GOD gave and allowed me to understand that I can't really put a finger on, but when you feel it you know it. We have not had the storybook and fairytale marriages that are portrayed sometimes on TV, but I THANK GOD for allowing me a second chance to meet her again after she went away a while after college.  This woman has supported me through so much in my life. Through both GOD and my wife's LOVE I fell in LOVE a third time and that was with photography. I know this maybe cheesy to some of you but to me this is what happened to me.

So this is why I cherish wedding and engagement photography, as well as couples photography. The idea of a two individuals taking that leap to marry each other and to love each other is so amazing to me. Having a photographer photograph them and freeze that moment in time is breathtaking and being a wedding and engagement photographer is not a job or work for me...it is an absolute HONOR. As a wedding and engagement photographer you are allowed into a couple's intimate and private space. To me I love being a part of that. I love to capture those moments between two people where they basically forget about you (the photographer) being there and it is just them in that moment. Those are the images that made me fall in LOVE with wedding and engagement photography. When I capture an image and you hold the print in your hand or see that image in your album and it makes you instantly remember what he or she said to you in your ear to make you look at the them with endearment, or laughter or a glowing smile and make you realize why you fell in love with them the first place, I know I've done what I was suppose to do. That's my goal in the images that I capture. I LOVE what I do because I have a passion, a yearning, a calling so-to-speak to capture LOVE and freeze it in time. Why I do it is because, I want you to feel the same LOVE for your husband or wife when you look at the image of each other and know that just like my leap, your leap was well worth it.

Until we meet...Stay happy...Love life...and Keep smiling!!

Indiana Engagement Photographer | Chesterton, IN | Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve | Engagement Session | Jessica & Chuck

So let me tell you about this session. This engagement session took me to nice little town in Chesterton Indiana, just outside of Valparaiso, IN. If you don't know where Valpo is located, it's about an hour southeast of the Windy City Chicago. This was one of the best sessions I've had to date.  Jess and Chuck were amazing, fun loving and so laid back. It was an honor to photograph their engagement session and I can't wait to document their wedding!

Jess and Chuck decided to have their session at the Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve in Chesterton Indiana.  All I can say is that they pick an absolute gem of a location.  As you walk around, you are literally one with nature.  The beauty of this place is breathtaking.  Everything was so right about this location...except for the mosquitos.  They were basically trying to carry us away during the session; however, it made for a very fun and interesting time and some hilarious pics.

I can't say enough about Jess and Chuck but I have to keep this short. I will tell you this...you can see the love they have for each other, the respect they have for each other and how they simply adore one another through out the images.  It's amazing to see the big fun they have in their little moments throughout this e-session. Jess really wanted me to capture "them" and not the posey posey type of things.  They allowed me to put them in situations and then I just let them be Jess and Chuck. It was amazing to see the interaction. So enough telling you about it, let the images show you.

From the funny faces, to fighting mosquitos and through the intimate times throughout your session, you guys were AMAZING and I truly want to THANK YOU for allowing me to be a part of something so special.  Until next time...

...Stay Happy and Keep Smiling!!

Devon & Austin Myrtle Beach Train Depot Wedding

Wedding photography is one of those professions that makes you realize how special life can be. Wedding photography allows a wedding photographer to capture images that a couple can love and look back on for years and years to come. It allows you to freeze in time two individuals love and dedication to each other... and a simple & unconditional love at that.  

This wedding provided that same feeling that was just described above.  Devon and Austin's love for each other manifested into something beautiful on their wedding day. Even though they kept their wedding simple and to the point, their love for each absolutely glowed throughout the day and the Myrtle Beach Train Depot provided the perfect background. We would like to say congratulations and also say thank you for letting us be a part of your special day!

The Bells Hidden Acres Wedding

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 The Bells are a couple that I was blessed to have the honor and opportunity to photograph from the beginning to end.  Sometimes as a wedding photographer you photograph a wedding without ever meeting the bride and groom until the wedding day.  But with Angelica and Brian I was able to photograph their engagement session, Angelica's bridal session and their wedding day.  This allowed me to really connect with them throughout one of the most important times in their lives.  I will have to say that Angelica and Brian made this so easy for me.  The love they had for each other is absolutely amazing and it is displayed in the images your are about to see. So enjoy the images from the engagement, bridal and as well as the wedding.

 

The engagement session was taken at the Conway Riverwalk in the quiet rivertown of Conway, SC.  The rustic backdrop for this engagement session was absolutely amazing for a sunrise e-session!

Angelica seems to be born to be in front of a camera.  Her amazing bridal session was photograph at Atalaya Castle at Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, SC. We planned for a sunset bridal session and this made for an outstanding session.

Now the big day was here and the weather wasn't cooperating with the wedding. Luckily God decided to blessed the Bells wedding by stopping the rain just before the ceremony began and bring out the sunshine.  The Bells selected a great venue to start their new lives together. The wedding ceremony and reception was located at Hidden Acres in Marion, SC. It's beautiful rustic venue "hidden" inside of Marion County.

Bells, it was an absolute pleasure to document all of this for you. Congrats to you both on your marriage. May you be blessed with years of happiness.

Until next time...Stay Happy and Keep Smiling!!

Charleston Shem Creek Wedding

This wedding was a beautiful, simple and elegant event and this couple didn't let the weather conditions damper their spirits.  The ceremony was located on the dock underneath a tent just outside of the Shem Creek Inn just outside of Charleston, SC.  With winds gusting to around 25-35 mph and temperatures around 40 degrees with a wind chill of 32 degrees and with rain. As a wedding photographer, you know not expect everything to go your way. The weather tried to ruin the wedding, but the wedding went on. We capture great moments and despite the weather conditions everyone at the wedding had a huge smile on their face. Love warms the soul and this wedding didn't disappoint. Believe they all warmed up when it came to the reception.  Congrats to this lovely couple...and 'til next...Stay Happy and Keep Smiling!!

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