Aldwin and Anastacia's wedding was held at the Springdale House & Gardens in Columbia, South Carolina. This venue was stunning!
My day started at the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Columbia where I met with Anastacia and her lovely ladies. I was greeted with so many smiles and kisses from Anastacia's pup Violet. The ladies were so welcoming and fun to be around! After the girls finished their makeup & hair, we left for the venue.
The first time I saw Anastacia's dress my jaw dropped! It truly looked like a dress a princess would wear. The bridesmaids eagerly watched as Anastasia’s mother and future mother-in-law helped her into her gown. Every single one of them had a smile on their face (so precious)! Anastacia stood in front of a full length mirror and saw herself for the first time as a bride. It almost brought her to tears!
We arranged for Anastacia and her father to have a first look. When he saw her, his reaction was beyond priceless! He smiled and teared up at his beautiful princess. After they had a few tears, they began talking about the wedding details in the room. They told me about their annual family trips to Disney! I loved hearing how Disney inspired her wedding planning.
Anastacia returned back to her room and was getting nervous as she was practicing her vows. Her grandparents then came into the room and she immediately started smiling. Her grandmother was almost brought to tears when she saw her beautiful granddaughter in her wedding gown.
Across the hall, the fellas were hanging out and jamming to music while getting ready! Aldwin's mom came to see him after he was dressed and ready to go. She was so happy to see her handsome son. Aldwin was so excited to give out his gifts. He gave all of the groomsmen and Anastacia's dad personalized flasks with shot glasses! They looked amazing.
It was time for the ceremony, and you could feel the excitement in the air! As Aldwin waited at the end of the aisle for his gorgeous bride, he was asked to turn around with his back to the crowd. He listened to the music with anticipation. When Anastacia and her father got to the beginning of the aisle, Aldwin was told to turn around. His face melted when he saw his bride for the first time. Through my camera, I could see all the emotion hit him. I couldn't help but tear up myself! You could see and feel the love between them in that moment.
The reception was a huge celebration! The toasts were beautiful, the cupcakes were to die for, the DJ was on fire, and the guests were lovely! Watching the way these two families came together to celebrate Aldwin & Anastacia was just amazing!
In the middle of the reception, it started to rain. We decided to take advantage of it! Anastacia loved using my clear umbrellas for their bride and groom photos! She said she felt like Mary Poppins with her umbrella (a true Disney fan!)
As the night came to an end, Aldwin and Anastacia's family and friends sent them off to start their new life as husband and wife!