The Barn at Forevermore Farm Wedding: Veronika + Bradley

They met at a friend’s house in 2016 and only said a few words to one another. However, by the end of the night, Verokina had already made a proclamation, she was going to marry Bradley. Yes, she was. She found him on Facebook later that evening and sent him a friend request. Bradley found her on Instagram and sent her a friend request. The rest was history. Fast forward to November 2017, while Black Friday shopping, Veronika wanted to check out engagement rings. Coincidentally, she picked out the same exact ring Bradley and her mother had already picked out two days earlier. The proposal happened on December 2, 2017, in a beautiful small town called Pigeon Ford, TN. Surprisingly to Veronika, who thought both sides of their immediate family were going to see Christmas lights, Bradley proposed that night. The most important people in both of their lives were there to witness the memorable occasion. The day of the wedding, the feeling of intimacy, love, friendship, gratitude, and wholesome filled the room. It was a rustic theme. Veronika and Bradley’s mom cried throughout the ceremony. Veronika’s dad fought to hold back his tears during the first look. There she was, his little girl, dressed in a beautiful white dress. Her brothers were there to support their only sister. Bradley’s sister was happy to be gaining a sister. Bradley’s dad was his best man. This was probably his father’s greatest honor. Friends gathered in prayer, hugged, and wished the beautiful couple a happily ever after.

Photographer: Simply Claudia Portraits

Venue: The Barn at Forevermore Farm

DJ: After Dark Karaoke

Westbrook Family - New on the blog!

Meet the Westbrook family.  A young beautiful charming family of four who will make your heart melt.  Sarah is sooooo sweet and such a beautiful mom.  Her husband adores her.  By the way he holds her, kiss her, and hugs her, I can tell that he is deeply in love with her.  Her children are the cutest.  As you can tell by looking at these pictures, Sawyer stole the show.  As a photographer, getting families to relax for a lifestyle session can he a hard task.  However, as for the Westbrook family, if you told them to jump they jumped high.  If you told them to tickle, they became tickle monsters.  If you told them to run, they acted like they were running a marathon.  Were all singing, laughing, running, and jumping to keep the children in their comfort zone.  Photographing the Westbrook family was truly an honor.  Together, they are photographer's dream family.  If there is one advice I would like to remind the Westbrook family, it would be "family is like music, some high notes, some low notes, but always a beautiful song."  My hope is that they can cherish these pictures forever and it is a reminder of how little, charming, beautiful, and innocent her children were as they get older and blossom into young adults.

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Lauren & De'Rail

My husband and I met Lauren and De'Rail at a wedding we went to in July 2017.   A month later, I received a telephone call from Lauren asking me to take her engagement pictures.  We planned the location and date weeks in advance.  However, similar to the wedding we went to in July, the chosen day was forecasted to be a rainy day.  The morning of her session, I called every indoor location in Spartanburg and Greenville asking if I could use them as a back up location.  Nonetheless, no one had any availability due to "wedding season."  October 7, 2017 was a very popular day to unite as one before God.  I prayed and prayed.  I got a clear umbrella in case it rained.  I said to myself, "they will dance in the rain" if it starts raining during their session.  Luckily, it was the perfect day for pictures.  Not a single rain drop.  Sometimes we assume the worse and panic, but Lord knows, if we do what we do without panicking, we can accomplish great things.  So if it rains on their wedding day, my advice to Lauren and De'Rail will be, "maybe in your mind, rain on your wedding day is the worst thing that can happen. A sign, if you will, that you have really bad luck.  But, says Samuels, in some cultures, rain on your wedding day is considered good luck, symbolizing fertility and cleansing. And maybe ... just maybe ... you will see a rainbow."  During our session, Lauren and De'Rail danced to Ed Shereen "Think Outloud".  Watching her smile as he held her, twirled her, kissed her was breathtaking.  As Ed says in the song:

So, honey, now
Take me into your loving arms
Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars
Place your head on my beating heart
I'm thinking out loud
Maybe we found love right where we are

I believe Lauren and De'rail found love.  Good luck Lauren & De'Rail on your lovely fairytale. 

Soon to be Mr. and Mrs. Sims. 

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