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Stone River Columbia SC Wedding | Stacey and Shawn

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“Love isn’t judgmental. Love is patient. Love is weird, and sometimes gross. Love is elusive, and you found it. So treasure it”.  – Liz Lemon; 30 Rock

There are a very few people in the world that you just adore from the moment you meet them. They have a rare gift for being genuine and warm and approachable in a way that makes everyone they meet feel instantly at ease around them. Stacey and Shawn are those kind of people. From our very first Skype meeting, they had me laughing and cutting up with them like we’d known one another forever. After we finished their engagement session on the State House grounds in Columbia, I went home secretly kind of worried that I might have laughed so hard that nothing would be in focus. Fortunately, that all worked out. Whew. When their wedding day finally arrived, I was pretty excited to see them again. Meeting their families and friends was wonderful. Stacey’s parents are hilarious and warm hearted, and Shawn’s parents are the nicest, most loving people you will ever meet. After the ceremony, when we were making family photos with Stacey’s family, and I told them that I just needed to get one photo with everyone’s eyes open and if I didn’t get one, I’d just Photoshop zoo animals on anyone with their eyes closed, everyone’s immediate response was to close their eyes. Guess I’m gonna need to get a new schtick.

It’s easy and obvious to wax philosophical about love in a post about a wedding, and Stacey and Shawn clearly love one another very much. But Stacey and Shawn had a moment early in the day that made me think about the other important things we have to offer each other. Like comfort. They decided not to see each other before the ceremony, but after the usual stresses of getting ready for a wedding, Stacey realized she just needed a moment with Shawn to ground herself before the ceremony. So, with their eyes closed, they leaned in close together in the foyer of their venue and Stacey found comfort in the familiar smell of Shawn. That, internet friends, is why you marry someone.
Stone River Columbia South Carolina Wedding | Stacey and Shawn-3 Bride


Stacey and Shawn’s Creative Team

Catering: Signature Catering
DJ: Big Time Entertainment
Cake/deserts being made by friends of the family
Florist: Pampered Plants
Venue: Stone River
Macy Canady (Event Coordinator for Ceremony, but not reception)


Amanda Summerlin

Amanda Summerlin

Artist and Explorer at Amanda Summerlin Photography
Hello. My name is Amanda. I make neat pictures of nice people, drink coffee and whiskey (sometimes at the same time), and travel. I love traveling so much, I won't charge you any travel fees to photograph your wedding. Check out my travel info page for all the details. And see my blog for all the cool photos.
Amanda Summerlin

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  • Kathy Hentschel - Hi Amanda!
    Stacey’s sister, Erin, posted the link to your blog on FB this evening. I couldn’t go to sleep until I looked at each picture many times…and cried a little. The photos are so beautiful and capture Stacey and Shawn so perfectly! They are 2 1/2 weeks into this marriage and are still so giddy! (Well, John and I are working on 29 years and we are pretty giddy for each other too! Hmmm) Anyway, I just had to drop you a note to let you know how much I appreciate your kind words and your excellent photographic skills. YOU have SERIOUS SKILLS!!

    I also browsed your pics from the Ireland wedding. That must have been the BEST experience ever! We have pics of the Cliffs of Moher from our Ireland trip but certainly not like yours. Then I read your blog about all the shoots you had in September, I don’t know how you were able to put one foot in front of the other after all that travel.

    Once again, thank you for all your hard work. We can’t wait to see the many other photos of their ceremony and reception. We are so glad you were able to capture this wonderful day in our family’s life!

    God bless you!

    • Amanda Summerlin - Thank you so much Kathy. I’m so glad you all decided to have me be a part of your amazing day. The thing that keeps me moving is knowing that I get to help incredible people like Stacey and Shawn write the first page of their new family history together (well, at least provide the photos.. haha). And just wait ’til you hear about what happened next. 😉ReplyCancel

  • Emily - Gorgeous wedding, Amanda!! Love the creativity and variety of photos!ReplyCancel

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