Bo & Kelly

DECEMBER 8, 2018

Bo and Kelly are also one of those couples have been dating since middle school, so even though they are in their early twenties they have already been dating for almost a decade. They, as individuals, are also very mature so I often forget their age entirely just based off their demeanor and that I think of them as the couple that has “always been together.” Going into their wedding I knew a decent amount about them just based off knowing them through our church, serving and them being local kids, but I realized that I did not fully express the nature of them and their families to my second shooter. This ended up being the best thing I could have accidentally forgotten.

At some point, I had gotten used to them as a couple and used to the ways of their families, so when I sent info to my second shooter I largely only sent her key relationships to capture and the bride and groom’s request of how they wanted to be portrayed. When she arrived, her expectations of them were completely dismantled (in the best way possible). Their love for each other was more established than what is expected of a 22-year-olds and while she could see why I mentioned certain relationships to highlight, all members of their families gushed over them with loving abandonment. Her awe of that day completely opened up my own eyes to see the enchantment of that day. Past the fact that they were friends of ours, past the fact that we knew members of their families, past the fact that they were clients of Duck & Dill, and straight into the beauty that loves found in middle school can change with you into adulthood and well root itself with expectations of hope and a future.

Bride and groom sharing their wedding gifts.
Bride and her bridesmaids at Sleepy Hollow in Clemson, South Carolina.
Groom and his groomsmen at Sleepy Hollow in Clemson, South Carolina.
Wedding ceremony at Sleepy Hollow in Clemson, South Carolina.
First dance at Sleepy Hollow in Clemson, South Carolina.
First dance at Sleepy Hollow in Clemson, South Carolina.

Austin & Savannah

NOVEMBER 10, 2018

When you are local to an area you often have a lot of small world moments. That happened to me with Savannah and Austin, because I first met Savannah at one of the wedding festivals we attended but she had known and been working with Palmer for almost four months by that time! I’m not sure that he knew she was engaged at the time, but when he began his job at the Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) post office she worked in the coffee shop right next to him. She made drinks for him often.

This wedding was a fun and an interesting mix of things because they got married on Southern Wesleyan’s campus, which also happens to be Palmer’s alma mater and where his parents work. Though I never attended Southern Wesleyan, I often feel so connected to the school and the campus just because so much of my family has strong memories and ties to the school. That being said, the few things that I did remember about the campus and the chapel, where the ceremony would be, were all different. An outdoor amphitheater had been built next to the chapel, the chapel had been updated to match the other campus buildings, and a nearby road that was always under construction had finally been finished. For all the knowledge I thought I had about the campus, I suddenly found myself having to realistically look at the campus in terms of angles and framing instead of viewing it through a lens of a past I never had. Luckily, SWU has a beautiful campus, but it was a bit of a weird awakening to realize that my ties to the school weren’t really with the school or the grounds but to the people who valued the school.

Dress highlight portrait of a bride and groom.
Smiling bride and groom after their wedding day ceremony.
Celebrating wedding party while the bride and groom kiss.

Alex & Elise

NOVEMBER 3, 2019

Alex and Elise’s wedding held so many unique moments for me. They found out about us through one of their relatives, who went on a mission trip to Kenya with me (4 years prior) and happened to see our post on facebook that we were creating our own photography business.

They were the first couple to nail down their wedding day with us after we officially announced our business and they probably had the least amount of knowledge about us as photographers. What they did know was that they had the referral of a trusted family member and for that, I am forever grateful (your words have power, people!)

The wedding itself was smaller than most but filled with so many friends and family members that clearly loved the bride and groom so much. In attendance were friends that the groom had had since KINDERGARTEN! A banker once called me a unicorn for still having friends from high school, so I recounted to her this wedding and said that some of us are unicorns and then some of us are just better at creating a family. I could shoot a million weddings like this…where you just get swept up into a fun loving and friendly environment filled with so much support.

Bride and groom having their first dance.
Close up of bride and groom having their first dance. Bride is smiling and laughing while groom kisses her cheek.
Bride and groom cutting their wedding cheesecake.
Bride and groom smiling after they have smashed a piece of their wedding cake in each others faces.
Booty dancing and laughing at the reception of a wedding.
Doing the electric slide at the wedding reception.
Group photo at the wedding reception.

The Eaton Family

About a mile from where we lived back in Pendleton, SC was a cute little wine bar in the town square. Palmer and I frequented this spot, but also he would sometimes play guitar and sing there on the weekends or on special events. It was at one of his performances there that we met the Eaton family and specifically little Adeline who, though she was quite shy, was always the first one to get up and dance.

Fast forward a few months and Jennifer Eaton (mom) and I joined the wine bar book club where we read some really great and some really bad books, all while sipping down some delicious wine. We were often the only two that showed up regularly to our club, so we quickly went from just book club friends to real friends. Now that we’ve moved I still miss those once a month meetups to chat books and life with chilled rose, but I’m glad I was able to take a snapshot of their lives on my last swing through Pendleton.

Family walking and laughing.
Close up of young daughter smiling while walking with her parents.
Family laughing and smiling.
Family cuddling in Pendleton, SC.
Mother and daughter laughing and smiling.
Father daughter picture with the Eatons.

Jason & Kelly

SEPTEMBER 29, 2018

Kelly initially found us at a wedding festival in Anderson, SC but wasn’t able to talk to us until our following wedding festival in Greenville, SC. I’m not sure what drew her to us at the first festival where she wasn’t able to speak to us, but I am so grateful that she made a point of finding us at the second and hired us to shoot their wedding.

As people, Jason and Kelly are laid back and they so easily welcomed us into many of their intimate moments on their wedding day. As photographers, there were so many fun moments and such freedom in their wedding preferences that it was such an easy wedding to shoot because every moment felt like we were joining our own friends on their wedding day. Cheers to having clients that make work feel like fun and love feel endless.

Bride and Groom about to kiss for the first time as a married couple.
Bride and groom walking away as an official married couple.
Bride and groom kissing in the middle of a muscadine vine.
Bride and groom eskimo kissing after their ceremony.
Bride looking at camera while groom hugs her and looks at his bride.

The Reif Family

Part family shoot, part maternity shoot, all Reif family. In the weird cycle of life, I actually met and created a relationship with the littlest Reif member first. I lead a class at church that was largely playtime because it was for kids that stayed for two services, and that is how I grew to know and love little Kami. Kami is one of those special little children that is super cuddly, plays well with others in a variety of games, and will offer to help you clean up someone else’s mess. I’m glad to have been a part of documenting an exciting time for such a kind family.

Expecting parents reading "I am a big sister" to their daughter.
Maternity shot of a husband and wife holding each other and smiling.
Expecting mom gazing at her husband lovingly.
Mother and father walking and swinging young daughter between them.
Mother showing off her baby bump while young daughter checks her own belly.
Young daughter hugging her mother's pregnant stomach.

Richmond & Peyton

We did two wedding festivals last year to kick off our first year as Duck & Dill Photography, one in Anderson, SC and one in Greenville, SC. At each of the wedding festivals, we decided to give away a free engagement session to one lucky winner regardless of whether or not they chose to book us as their wedding photographers. We ran into Richmond and Peyton at both festivals and luckily we chose them as the winners of our Greenville show. This shoot was as Poinsette Bridge in Traveler’s Rest, South Carolina.

Couple almost kissing on street in a wooded area.
Couple gazing at each other on street in a wooded area.
Couple looking at the camera.
Couple sitting on a bench in the woods gazing at each other.
Couple smiling at each other by Poinsett Bridge.
Couple smiling at each other by Poinsett Bridge.

Couple dancing on street in a wooded area.

Enrique & Erin

AUGUST 8, 2019

Close up shots of bride and groom's hands, highlighting their wedding bands.
Bride Smiling at camera.
Bride and groom smiling at each other after their wedding day.

When I first asked Enrique and Erin about how they met, they told me that they met online. I, like I’m sure many of you, also know plenty of people that have met online. I heard this answer, fully accepted it and went onto my next question. What I later found out, is that their online medium wasn’t Bumble, Match, or any of those mainstream matchmaking sites…it was online video gaming. They met through the game, created a friendship online, which led to a spark of a relationship online, and eventually met in person to stir up that spark into a full relationship. Oh, and did I mention that they didn’t live in the same city, state, or country? He was in Puerto Rico and she was South Carolina, and yet their friendship bloomed into a relationship that so lovingly shines through them and each of their parents. I always find myself mind blown by technology and the way it connects people, but I have never personally been witness to these stories so I found this whole wedding so unique and so wonderful.

Floral arrangement and table marker detail shot.

Close up shot of a piece of cake after the bride and groom have cut a slice.
Couple laughing and smiling after they've cut a piece of their wedding cake.

Connor & Emma

MAY 19, 2018

Bride and groom exiting the chapel after their wedding, smiling and laughing.
Beautiful Bride after her wedding ceremony.
Groom lifting up his bride while kissing her cheek .
Bride and groom in front of a bamboo forest, both smiling at the camera.
Groom staring lovingly at his bride while he hugs her.

The best part about shooting Connor and Emma’s wedding was getting to join in with their family to celebrate them. Connor, being a local, had generations of his family still in the area and Emma came from a large family of siblings. Their family, along with their friends, created this wonderfully diverse mix of all ages and backgrounds. Their wedding was also one of the last times their families would be so close together because Connor and Emma were moving to a new city soon after graduation. This sentiment made the entire rehearsal and wedding day feel particularly loving and sentimental as everyone was excited for the future of the Dixons.

Their families aside, Connor and Emma were and are some of the most loving and funny people around. We have so many moments of excitement and goofiness captured in this wedding and even now looking back at their photos to write this piece, I am reminded once again of Emma’s laugh and Connor’s ability to keep a straight face even in the silliest of actions. I’ll just leave these gems down below to give you a little taste of them as a couple.

Groom making a silly face while the wedding planner adjusts his boutonnière.
Excited bride smiling and laughing after first kiss.
Groom being goofy while walking to his next photo location.