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As Seen In Grace Ormonde’s Wedding Style magazine

If you could have seen me on the other side of the computer when the email hit my inbox, you would have seen and heard me squeal like a little girl.  It was an email that I had been waiting for for a loooooooooong time. I mean.  Long. Time.  Precisely since 2005 when I discovered a beautifully stunning wedding magazine called Grace Ormonde Wedding Style.

At the time when I first saw the magazine, I was shooting weddings as a videographer, and the photographers I was working with on one wedding mentioned the magazine and how established, elite and luxurious it was.  Only the best of the best photographers were featured in that magazine with their high standards.  I then went to the magazine racks to look for it to be inspired, and once I picked it up and held it in my hands, I knew it was definitely in a class all its own.  Kind of like that store you walk in and are afraid to touch anything as each item sits on its own throne.  Every page dripped in luxury and diamonds and designer dresses and cakes that were shipped from who knows where just to be showcased for one grand night.  At the time, I was a girl with a dream of leaving video behind and switching to photography.  My heart longed to see my photography published in magazines.  My heart longed to capture a moment and freeze it to be displayed on walls and passed down through generations.  But could I do it?  Could I really believe in myself enough to move forward with this crazy dream of becoming a professional photographer?

Once I finally made the decision to pursue my interest in photography, I held the magazine in my hand and set a personal goal:

“One day…. I have no clue how it will happen, but I’ll see my name in Grace Ormonde Wedding Style.”

Yet…. as that girl with a dream in 2005, it felt like that IM-POSS-IBLE goal.  As I was starting out, I didn’t know how I would ever get to “that” level to even earn a glance from their editors, let alone get the kind of high end weddings that would qualify. But, 7 years later, that once impossible goal has now has become…. possible.

(SIDE NOTE: Mind you, before you get all “grass is greener on the other side” on me, let me emphasize, 7 years of HARD work.  Late nights.  Bustin my butt.  Sacrificing almost everything.  Ignoring critics.  Realizing it’s running a business more than fun photography stuff.  Being exhausted by traveling.  Stressing when equipment breaks.  Taxes dues.  Bookkeeping.  Customer service.  Editing editing editing.  Album design and more editing.  And the list goes on….)

Stephen and I have been blessed over the years to be able to book some amazing weddings with event designers who put a lot of thought into every detail of the decor.  When Stephen and I shot Jobria & Josh’s wedding at The Breakers in Palm Beach, FL, we just knew the details of the decor would be a great fit for Wedding Style.  Then to get word that they were interested in publishing our cake shot from their wedding in their next issue, it just made my whole career!

I just want to share my squeal with you to remind you, all things ARE possible.  Dream big!  Whatever your dreams are, keep moving toward them and working hard.  You just never know which dream will turn into reality.

The cover above and spread below we are featured on inside.  Our cake photo is the top right cake.

Brooke CraigSeptember 17, 2012 - 8:13 pm

OMG I’m so excited!!! Congrats!!!

Jacksonville Children’s Photographer

Most kids are shy in front of the camera.  But Kylie was NOT shy.  At all.  We first got our camera on her when she was an adorable flower girl in Adrienne & George’s wedding.  As Adrienne got ready, she came up to me and asked me to take a few photos of her, then as every kid loves to do, asked to see them on the back of my camera so she could see herself.

Her parents then booked her her own portrait session, and once we brought out our cameras at the shoot, Kylie was ready to go again working it for the camera.  My favorite line of the day was when she blurted out, hand in the air, wrist back,”I’m freaking fabulous!”  Or maybe it was when she put her hand on her hip and said, “Look, I’m posing like a fashionista.”  Though only 7, her mom told us that she is already obsessed with playing with make up and painting her nails, so we brought a little bit of that girly glam into the style of her shoot.  She also loves the beach, so we had a fun time finishing up with some splashing in the water as she ran around.

Here’s some of our favorites from the day of the fabulous Kylie!  Though we are mainly wedding photographers, we love from time to time to also take on these fun portrait sessions!  Let us know if your family or child would like to book a playdate with our camera before they go back to school!

scarlettAugust 22, 2012 - 9:43 pm

@Julianne- FYI, that was my hat I threw on her, so I have it on file for future reference. :-)

JulianneAugust 22, 2012 - 7:53 pm

Oh I just love all the girly details. But I’m obsessing over the hat! Going to pin it to show you later for Miss Priss.

scarlettJuly 25, 2012 - 6:13 pm

@Lindsey- Ha… I honestly was thinking the whole time, “What would Lindsey Mills do?” ha ha

Lindsey MillsJuly 25, 2012 - 6:03 pm

These are so great!

Ponte Vedra Wedding Published on Weddings Illustrated

Last year we shot a gorgeous wedding for Jillian & Matthew at Nocatee’s Crosswater Hall in Ponte Vedra.  The soft pink, gray and sparkly details were breathtakingly designed by Dan Hathcock of Unforgettable Events, and it truly was an unforgettable event.  One of our favorite wedding magazines, Weddings Illustrated, has showcased their wedding on their blog.  Click here to scroll through their slideshow and see more!

Life lessons I’ve learned.

When you walk into our home, one thing you’ll notice, I love inspirational quotes.  They are everywhere.  On our fridge, framed on the counter, hanging in our guest bathroom, in our office.  I.  Need.  These.  Words.  To.  Keep.  Going.  Even back in college when I first started reading the Bible for the first time, it felt so overwhelming and “where do I start?” but I discovered the book of Proverbs and loved it for the very reason that it’s mostly a lot of great quotes.  These days, I love using my Instagram (username: scarlettlillian) to post inspirational quotes I run across to share.  I know we are all fighting our own battle, whatever it may be, and a few great words of encouragement can be the thing that makes us or breaks us.

This morning as I ate breakfast, I kept thinking of the random things my collections of quotes have taught me over the years, as well as my own life lessons that have gone along with them.

{10 Life Lessons I’ve Learned Along The Way}

1.  Not everyone will get you, or understand the real you.  Don’t let it stop you from being the real you.

2.  If I never win Yard of The Month, I will not be disappointed.  There are far more important things to be competitive about, no matter what my retired neighbor gardner with extra time on his hands may say.

3.  Life is too short not to eat dessert.  I would rather be a few extra pounds than neglect the things I really love.

4.  The perfect job doesn’t exist, you must create it for yourself.  That doesn’t mean it won’t be easy and consume your every thought and hour along the way.

5.  You don’t realize the value of a photo until that’s all you have left of someone you loss.  Don’t trust a harddrive of digital photos that might fail.  Back it up.  Three times.  And print out the photos so the generations that follow will have something to hold in their hands after your harddrive crashes or your disc scratches.

6.  I would rather look back on life saying “Wow, I actually did that and failed miserably” than ask “What if?”

7.  Facebook comments/messages/emails/likes are not the best way to communicate with those you truly love.  Send them a real text message or email, or even better yet, a phone call or handwritten letter.

8. Surround yourself with people who love you and bring you higher, not those who constantly tear you down.  Just walk away and refuse to play into their power trip games.

9.  Dream big.  You never know what impossible thing you just might actually accomplish.  We all need carrots in front of our noses to push us harder.

10.  The first step is the hardest.  But take another.  And one more.  And another step.  Keep going.  You’ll cross the victory line before you know it. (I had this on repeat in my head as I set out to finish a marathon I never thought in a million years I would finish.)


11.  Coco Chanel said a woman should be classy and fabulous.  I say, a woman should be classy and fabulous and not apologize for it.  It’s your God given right to shine.

scarlettJuly 18, 2012 - 3:13 pm

@Kellene- So glad it could help you! :-)

Kellene MaynardJuly 18, 2012 - 3:07 pm

Love this post dear friend! Exactly what I needed to hear today!

scarlettJuly 17, 2012 - 2:12 pm

@Annie- Ha, no way, I don’t print out EVERY photo, but the important ones, yes. :-) Once upon a time, I did used to print out every personal photo, but then I became a photographer and my personal photos got put behind my clients, ha.

AnnieJuly 17, 2012 - 2:07 pm

You are such an inspiration! I enjoy every one of your instagram insprations! Can’t ever have too many!!!!

Now…let me ask…do you REALLY print every picture…maybe you could write about that…and also you other forms of back up. I have all mine stored on an external hard drive but considering more back up as well. Any help appreciated!


Lia & Morgan are married! // Greenville Wedding Photographer

Lia and Morgan’s families come from completely different backgrounds.  Lia, whose family comes from Columbia and is Jewish, and Morgan, whose family comes from the mountains of Colorado and is Christian, might have originated from different backgrounds, yet, when you see the way they laugh with each other, you realize there are no more two perfect people for each other.  Lia keeps Morgan on his toes and always brings joy to his day, and Morgan brings a sense of calmness and peace to any situation always leaving Lia feeling protected. Lia wanted to get married in Greenville because it’s where her mother now lives, and because she also loved the gorgeous Falls Park on the Reedy.  The waterfalls cascading through the park was a breathtaking backdrop as the rabbi united their love and they exchanged their rings on the sunny summer day.

Here’s some of our favorites from their beautiful day!

CEREMONY: Falls Park on the Reedy RECEPTION: High Cotton CAKE: Bakery Off Augusta DRESS:Dimitra Designs SHOES: Badgley Mischka HAIR: Urban Nirvana MAKEUP: Shantel The Make Up Artist DJ: Stan Nize

We feel so blessed when clients can become great friends in the process, so we had to include one last photo above of the 4 of us!  Thanks Lia & Morgan, we love you guys!
scarlettJuly 14, 2012 - 1:53 pm

@Loretta- Thank you so much for all your kind words! It was so awesome to get to meet you while in Greenville!

@Kellene- Thanks sweetie!

Kellene MaynardJuly 14, 2012 - 12:14 am

LOVE the last picture of the 4 of you! Great stuff as always!

Loretta DurhamJuly 13, 2012 - 10:20 pm

I’m Mike’s Mother. Meet you at Cathy and Mike’s while here in Greenville.
BOY! Your photos are WONDERFUL!!!!! I just love love love looking at them. I feel like I am at each wedding. What wonderful memories you are capturing for all of these lucky people to have the two of you photographing all of these happy times.
Thanks so much for sharing with everyone!!!
I just don’t have the words to express my joy you give me in sharing your love!