Carolina Wedding Photographer: Outdoor Spring 2020 Wedding

Laney and Phil are married! It felt SO good to be able to capture a wedding again. I missed the process, but mostly, I missed the people. The last wedding I photographed before the world shut down for Covid-19 was March 14th. After that, cancellations, reschedules, and postponements took place. It was so odd to not be shooting a wedding from March to mid June. Since we’re in the south, spring is our busy season as most couples want to get married outside before it gets too hot here. I am so happy that Laney and Phil were able to keep their wedding date. They did, however, have to make some adjustments. From their happiness throughout the day (and the GORGEOUS weather they had), I believe they were happy with their decision.

The first thing they had to do was change their venue. They had originally planned to get married inside a church in Columbia. When we started our communications about what was going to change due to the pandemic, this was the first to go. They were fortunate to find a church outside the city with an outdoor pavilion that could accommodate the social distancing needed for the reduced number of guests who would be attending. The flower arrangements, done by a family friend, were gorgeous and really beautified the space!

Due to the changes that needed to take place for their wedding to continue, Laney and Phil chose to use one photographer instead of two and had the hours shortened. I was happy to be able to make this work for them and still grab some detail shots before the ceremony. Afterwards, we moved to their family land nearby to capture some gorgeous portraits. When a couple builds a bridge to a little island in their pond for photographs, magic happens! Enjoy the rest of the sneak peek into their big day!

This was the sweetest thing to witness! Phil prayed softly into Laney’s ear as the guests sang. The couple then joined them in song, and Laney had the biggest grin on her face.
This was a first seeing guests wear masks. I expect that this will become more common.
Laney’s brother could not make it to the wedding, so they face-timed him after the ceremony. The couple also had personalized puzzles with images of them for the guests to do during the reception. Neat idea!
I love this balloon send off! Great idea!
Laney’s dress is stunning and absolutely perfect for her personality!
The bridal party was fun! The groomsmen had each been given a tiny dinosaur – one to represent their personalities.

Congratulations Laney and Phil! May God bless your journey together as husband and wife!

I know that engaged couples are facing difficult decisions during this time – I’m actually in that same boat as I am supposed to get married this year. Do you cancel? Reschedule? I’ve even seen couples getting married on social media platforms via live stream. I am so happy that I was able to work with Laney and Phil to adjust to what they wanted. That is definitely my #1 goal: to help my couples in any way that I am able. If you find yourself in a difficult situation due to the current state of events, please do not hesitate to reach out to me to see if I can help. We are all in this together.

Big thanks to the following vendors who helped make this wedding beautiful:

Caterer: Fancy That! Bistro & Catering (their staff was SO nice!)
Venue: Blythewood Presbyterian Church
Photographer: Lola Dee Photography
Cake: Publix
Piano Rental: Adair Piano