Where did they meet?
Stephanie and Jeff met at Wooden Robot in July of 2015. They were both dating other people at the time. The second time was the most memorable. One random Friday night in July of 2015, Jeff was hanging out with his buddies on the deck of Tavern on the Tracks in Southend. The Bud Light girls were out, interviewing bar goers for the current marketing campaign "Would you be up for Whatever." Jeff volunteered for the interview and accepted a prop; a captain hat. Steph passed by and acknowledged Jeff's presence by saying..."Captain" and kept walking. We crossed paths a handful of times throughout the following year and in passing always discussed playing golf together.On Friday, July 1st 2016, Jeff and Steph met again at Tavern on the Tracks and this time they were both single. Jeff asked Steph if she had plans for July 4th and she said no. The First date was playing golf at Ballantyne Hotel on July 4th 2016. After the round, Jeff gave Steph directions to the nearest fireworks store in Ft Mill. They parted ways and later in the day, Jeff sent Steph a text asking if she wanted to watch fireworks later but Steph "played hard to get" by not answering immediately or actually just had plans. We played golf the following Friday and have been dating ever since.
Jeff thought Steph was attractive but never gave it much thought as she had a bf at the time when they first met. Jeff was impressed that Steph played golf and that her last name was Ballantyne (no relation to the Bissell family).Steph thought Jeff seemed like a fun guy at the bar but really didn't give it much thought until he asked her out. Then she paid attention excited for the chance to get to know a good looking guy a bit better....even if it was only one date she would at least get the opportunity to get in a round of golf.
How the proposal went down
Jeff had a plan to propose to Steph in Minnesota at her parents lake house while they set off fireworks with her family. While Steph LOVES fireworks, the ring was burning a hole in Jeff's pocket. Steph and Jeff played golf on Friday May 26th and came home that night to watch a movie. Jeff couldn't wait any longer, so he went upstairs, got the ring and came down. Steph thought something was wrong as Jeff never abruptly gets up and doesn't say anything. Jeff was shaking, got down on one knee and asked Steph to marry him. We celebrated that night, just the two of us.
Stephanie, Jeff and I hit off from the get-go. I love to meet my clients for a beer or a glass of wine either at the studio or someplace convenient so we can really just chat about the event. I want to know what makes them tick. I want to hear their vision about wedding photography. I want to know what they like and dislike and what really makes them a couple. From the get-go, I was touched by their energy for each other. It's funny how some couples just have that unspoken word. A glance, a smile, a raised eye brow, something that just connects them. I could tell from the beginning that we were the perfect match. We strolled around Uptown Charlotte for their engagement photography, stopping here and there for photographic moments that truly revealed more of their personalities. I love how adoring Jeff is with Stephanie - and how easy they just play with each other. That speaks volumes for relationships - when two people can truly just be themselves.
The wedding was no different. Their wedding photography took place at the beautiful destination of Charleston South Carolina. easily one of my favorite American cities to photograph a wedding. The wedding ceremony and the wedding reception took place at the Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle of Palms. A little fun fact about the island. Originally named Hunting Island and then Long Island, it's thought to be at least 25,000 years old, and first inhabited by the indigenous Seewee Indians. The Seewees were said to have greeted the first English settlers to the area by swimming to the ships and carrying the travelers to shore. Whatever contributions the English made to the Seewees reportedly inspired some of them to try and reach England in their canoes-all lost at sea in storms. Legend has it that the only other occupants of the island were the pirates who buried their treasures for safekeeping in the deserted dunes and woods, although none has been found so far.
I hope you enjoy these photographs as much as I enjoyed taking them. Lovely couple, lovely family and lovely wedding.
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