When Jessica and Brian first contacted me about their wedding at the Upcountry History Museum in Greenville, SC my first thought was to run away. Now I know that sounds crazy, but hear me out. Back in 2014 I shot my very first wedding after owning a “professional” DSLR camera for about 6 months. That wedding was a favor for a friend and it was at the Upcountry History Museum. Needless to say the photos I took in 2014 weren’t up to par with what I offer now and it is my sincerest hope that they never see the light of day again, I still have horror flashbacks of that day. So yeah, I had some things to work through.
Thankfully, over my years as a wedding photographer in Greenville I’ve worked my fair share of tough lighting situations and that allowed me to be confident shooting this beautiful wedding.
I started out the day with Jessica at the Embassy Suites Riverplace getting ready with her bridesmaids. Jessica was super calm but I could tell she was excited while she had her hair and makeup done. She had a few private minutes with her mother as she got into her dress and then did a quick first look with her bridesmaids. Her beautiful yellow gown, blue Manolo Blahnik shoes, and jewelry by Swarovski pulled together stunningly and had all the girls oohing and awing!
I then went over to the Upcountry History Museum to meet up with Brian and the guys. After a morning of relaxing with his friends, Brian was more than ready to see his bride! He and his groomsmen were a perfect fit to do some ~mafioso~ (*read wiseguy) style photos. Before we knew it, the time had come to get everyone in their places for the ceremony!
I double checked my lighting in this very beautiful but very dark venue (seriously I can’t reiterate enough how badly you need a photographer that knows how to use off camera flash at this venue) and we were ready to go! Jessica looked amazing walking down the aisle and her eyes lit up when she saw Brian waiting for her. The ceremony, like the rest of the day, was filled with laughs and affection for one another.
The dinner catered by PPE Catering was beautifully plated and delicious and even though the elevator from the kitchen to the main floor shut down midway through delivering plates, the team toughed it out and ran each plate up the stairs. After dinner the rest of the night was filled with music from one of the best cover bands in the Upstate, Randomonium. Everyone danced the night away with a drink in one hand and a loved one holding the other! The perfect ending to the perfect day.