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Old Cigar Warehouse Wedding in Greenville, SC | Sarah + Derek

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Old Cigar Warehouse Wedding in Greenville, SC | Sarah + Derek

Old Cigar Warehouse | Greenville, SC

For Sarah and Derek, simplicity in the essentials was all they needed to make their wedding day a treat. When Sarah reached out to me, she let me know that she loved the fact that I am an inclusive photographer who shoots all couples, no matter how they look or who they love. I instantly knew we'd be a great fit.

The wedding took place at popular, Old Cigar Warehouse in Downtown Greenville, SC. Sarah and Derek wasted no time in displaying their philosophy of love, by entering the ceremony TOGETHER, hand in hand.

The night was full of line dancing, plenty of cake eating, and a great time with close family, friends, and Furman University alumni.

Cheers to Sarah and Derek on their wedding day and many anniversaries to come!

Special shout out to the vendors for their wedding:

Planning/Coordination: Christina Alsip of Lovely Ever Afters

Venue: Old Cigar Warehouse

Gown: BHLDN

Enjoy these images from their wedding!

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Hotel Domestique Wedding in Traveler's Rest, SC | Alix & Ryan

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Hotel Domestique Wedding in Traveler's Rest, SC | Alix & Ryan

The Journey Southward | Greenville, SC

Alix & Ryan, both natives of New York State, grew up not too far from each other. But it wasn't until they met in Greenville, SC at Soby's Restaurant that they became friends and eventually partners.

Alix and Ryan married on a warm, South Carolina September afternoon at the beautiful Hotel Domestique in Traveler's Rest, SC.

Congratulations, Alix + Ryan! I am so honored to have been part of your wedding day celebration. I am proud to call you friends.

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Vendors

Venue: Hotel Domestique

Wedding Gown: David's Bridal

Florist: Laurel Creek Florals

Bridesmaids Dresses: Etsy

Men's Attire: Men's Warehouse

Wedding planner: Sarah Pannell, Hotel Domestique

Hair and makeup: Kelly Davenport

 

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Affirmations To Avoid Stress and Find Calm on Your Wedding Day

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Affirmations To Avoid Stress and Find Calm on Your Wedding Day

Stress is the #1 uninvited guest to a wedding day. After months of planning and gathering order, even the best of us might find nerves and stress creeping into our day of celebration. Through meditation with Black Mom's Guide to Calm, I've learned to acknowledge the distracting thoughts, let them go, then return focus to what matters most.

Try this practice when you find yourself becoming overwhelmed on your wedding day, whether you're dealing with overbearing family members, stressing over the timeline, or trying to keep your heart inside your chest from sheer nerves. I've compiled a list of positive affirmations to avoid stress and help you find calm on your wedding day.

Enjoy!

I only attract good vibrations on my special day.

The power of love will make my day perfect.

I trust my vendors will be at their best.

-- A Sunrise Media Group

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I inhale peace and exhale overwhelm.

I focus on the thoughts that bring me peace and joy.

I let my worries go so I can be here for the beauty that surrounds me now.

-- Black Mom's Guide to Calm

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All I need to do right now is breathe.

My need to feel calm is being fully met.

I discover peace in those around me and respond to them with peace.

-- Spirituality Health

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I am relaxed and full of energy and inner strength under all circumstances.

All unnecessary thoughts are leaving my mind now, letting me experience inner peace.

All worries and anxieties are leaving my mind, making space for calmness and peace.

-- Look Within You

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All is well. Right here. Right now.

I connect with the comforting silence of my Soul.

I radiate peace and love to others, helping them to be in a state of peace and love.

-- Spirit Voyage

Looking for an easy-going photographer who will help you keep your cool on your wedding day? Contact me today to check if your wedding date is available!

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{un}convention RVA: A Feminist Wedding Conference by Catalyst Wedding Co

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{un}convention RVA: A Feminist Wedding Conference by Catalyst Wedding Co

Finding {un}convention

Last August in 2016, I wrote a passionate article about why spaces dedicated to people of color only exist. It was a response to witnessing the policing of black voices in an online forum where the safest bet was to silence the complaints, rather than address the problem at hand. From that debacle, a black woman photographer took it upon herself to create another online group that invited creatives with values of intersectional feminism, diversity, inclusivity, and tolerance for people of all races, religions (or lack thereof), and creeds. As the conversations began in the new space, photographer Carly Romeo shared that there was an upcoming conference in Richmond, VA called {un}convention "for wedding space disrupters", sponsored by Catalyst Wedding Co.

About Catalyst Wedding Co

I hopped at the opportunity to attend the conference. Richmond was just a quick flight and never before had I been to a professional conference where values were the common theme that united its attendees. Catalyst Wedding Co provides a print magazine and online resources for "feminists, the LGBT community, and woke folk".

Catalyst's Mission: Our aspiration is to increase diverse representation in wedding media and to engage in critical dialogue about love, sex, marriage, and weddings. We seek to empower our community of readers and business owners to bring race, gender, sexuality, class, bodies, and more into the conversation.

Since attending the conference I have come to know, love, and respect the Catalyst team. Liz, Carly, and Jen are doing a phenomenal job in uplifting the voices of people of color on their platform and connecting us.

Catalyst featured me here on their Woke Wednesday series.

My own Woodlands Treehouse styled shoot was featured on Catalyst here.

{un}convention RVA 2016

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{un}convention was held in the beautiful Quirk Hotel. Even in my late evening arrival, I could see why-- it was beautiful. A designer's masterpiece, a photographer's dream. The conference kicked off with a panel from creatives and other wedding professionals that discussed the turning tides of inclusivity in the wedding industry and how we can assist in being catalysts of that change. Following the panel was a keynote pep talk by Kelley Raye. Our workshops in the afternoon included brand critiques, a DIY class to create our own essential oil blend, and headshots by Tiffany Josephs Photography. After a full day of connecting with the attendees, we were treated to a gorgeous styled shoot designed by Wood Grain and Lace. 

 

In fact, here's the entire creative team:

Design | Wood Grain & Lace

Florals | Amanda Burnette Flowers

Desserts | Sweet Fix

Paper Goods | Carly Reed Designs

Rentals & Signage | Paisley and Jade

Hair & Make Up | Vero V Judith

Jewelry | Nine Roses Jewelry

Venue | Quirk Hotel

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Save The Date

{un}convention is headed back to Richmond this fall. It will be held at the Quirk Hotel again on November 5. Click the link below to get updates on the speaker line-up and for news on when registration opens!

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Fall, Mountainside Wedding at Sugarboo Farms | Sasha & Maya

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Fall, Mountainside Wedding at Sugarboo Farms | Sasha & Maya

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"May y'all stay together as long as the ride here was."

This too is my wish for Sasha & Maya. Although the ride to Sugarboo Farms was only a winding, 3 hours,  it was undeniably worth it. It was only right that the outdoor lovers and avid travelers who got engaged over campfire sealed their union at one of their favorite places. What was unique about this wedding was that even upon arrival, all hands were on deck to prep for the big day. Both family and friends joined in to not only celebrate, but ensure that this day was everything Sasha & Maya could have dreamed it to be. I particularly loved the rustic details, the eggplant bridesmaids dresses, and monogrammed mason glasses. 

Married life also came with a little bit of fame as one of Maya & Sasha's wedding photos was featured in the Huffington Post. You can find it here (#16!).

Many thanks to the wonderful vendors, family members, and friends who made this day one to remember:

Wedding Planner: Sasha Wilson (one of the brides!)
Venue: Sugarboo Farms
Florist/Wedding Day Operations: Kelly & Co. Florist
Second Shooter: Precious T Photography
Videographer: The BAPartists
Caterers: Soloman Williams (Carolina Rib King) & Tamisha Martin
Officiant Rev. Dawn, Interfaith Minister, spiritual counselor, personal coach
Bartender: Kim Peckerel
DJ: DJ Kingpin - Villain of Vinyl

Sugarboo Farms - Blairsville, GA

Sugarboo Farms - Blairsville, GA

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Intimate, Woodlands Elopement Styled Shoot | Bolt Farm Treehouse, Walhalla, SC

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Intimate, Woodlands Elopement Styled Shoot | Bolt Farm Treehouse, Walhalla, SC

As a first year wedding photographer, the LDP couples captured this year have held ceremonies that have really inspired me to the core. Intimate backyard vow renewals, garden weddings, mountainside nuptials-- I've truly been fortunate to shoot what I LOVE. 

In saying so, I am happy to finally share these images from a beautiful styled shoot, gorgeously executed by the following team of vendors:

Photography: Latoya Dixon Photography

Second Shooter: Jean B Photography

Venue: Bolt Farm Luxury Retreat & Treehouse

Planner: Mollies Ruby

Florist: Urban Petals

Bridal Shop & Jewelry: Wildflower Bridal

Calligraphy & Paper Goods: Lauren Perry Studio

Models: Stacey Smith & Josh Royston

Hair & Make Up Artist: Latia Curtis of Cotton Rouge & Co

Flatware: Molly Fornadel Events

Skirt: Whimsy Luxxe

Desserts: GB&D

This shoot was also featured in Catalyst Wedding Co and Borrowed & Blue!

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Intimate Beach Wedding Styled Shoot | Folly Beach, SC

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Intimate Beach Wedding Styled Shoot | Folly Beach, SC

My group, The Queen PhotograpHERs of SC (QPSC), was treated back in March with an intimate beach wedding styled shoot and workshop planned by one of our members, Sirena White, of Aneris Photography, in Folly Beach, SC.  QPSC is comprised of women of color photographers across the state of SC whose aim is to provide a network and internal resource so that female photographers of color of any levels of expertise can share best practices, ask questions, plan meetups, network and most of all grow.  

Sirena volunteered to host us and after several weeks of hard work in planning, securing vendors and speakers for our workshops, #QPSCTakesCharleston was underway.

The first day was comprised of an intimate beach wedding styled shoot. Our trek to the Morris Island Lighthouse on Folly Beach was a bit windy, hence all of us ladies bundled up below. However, the sun was out, the model's make up was done, and we were ready to get down to business!

Introductions with the participants

Introductions with the participants

Styling by  MOD Events

Styling by MOD Events

Flowers by  Miele Events

Flowers by Miele Events

Tulle Skirt by  Whimsy Luxxe

Tulle Skirt by Whimsy Luxxe

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Sea Glass by  Lauren Perry Studio   Macarons courtesy of  Swank Desserts

Sea Glass by Lauren Perry Studio

Macarons courtesy of Swank Desserts

Invitations by  Lauren Perry Studio

Invitations by Lauren Perry Studio

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The camaraderie of all the ladies involved, including the vendors who showed up to secure the details made the shoot even better than I could imagine.  What truly made the difference was realizing how we each needed each other (even with 12 photographers), from lugging the desserts and rental pieces, to setting up the florals, from arranging the beach tablescape to tearing it all back down at the end of the day.  The new friendships we built to go along with the pretty photographs is priceless.

 

Thank you again to the following vendors:

Models - Steven & Ashley Bracey

Make-Up Artist - Addie J

Tulle Skirt - Whimsy Luxxe

Styling - Mod Events Charleston

Florals - Miele Events

Invitations & Sea Glass - Lauren Perry Studio

Macarons - Swank Desserts

 

 

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Renee & Brandon's Vow Renewal PART 2 | Columbia, SC Wedding Photographer

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Renee & Brandon's Vow Renewal PART 2 | Columbia, SC Wedding Photographer

The week before my 26th birthday, I was gifted a film camera by a work friend who had officially moved on to digital and no longer had an interest in film photography. How timely this gift was. The following images are shot that same camera, a Canon Elan 7 using consumer-grade film, Fujifilm Superia 400H. This was my first time shooting film for a client, but Brandon and Renee's intimate backyard vow renewal provided the best details to do it. 

Scans by The FIND Lab.

Love Brandon and Renee's vow renewal photos? Let them know in the comments below.

If you or a friend are in need of a photographer for your engagement, wedding, proposal, or vow renewal, feel free to share with me! Contact me at info@latoyadixon.com.

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Renee & Brandon's Vow Renewal | Columbia SC Wedding Photographer

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Renee & Brandon's Vow Renewal | Columbia SC Wedding Photographer

Renee and Brandon are celebrating 10 years of marriage. When I spoke with Renee months before the date they'd scheduled to have their relatives and closest friends join them, she made it very clear what the day was to consist of. She wasn't too concerned about micromanaging the day to be as perfect as it could be (a bridezilla, she was not).  Renee reiterated that she wanted to just celebrate and capture the essence of what her marriage with Brandon represented--true love, as described in 1 Corinthians 13 (And yes, we had our own little devotional together over the phone)!

In their 10 years of marriage, they've grown personally, spiritually, journeyed through business together, and best of all, created 3 beautiful children.  In fact, this was one request that Renee was adamant about--she definitely wanted a photo of her family, as a milestone of all the special moments they've shared together, whether ups or downs.

Renee & Brandon's vow renewal ceremony took place in Blythewood, SC, just north of Columbia, at their beautiful family home.  Brandon's mother took care of the decor, the front and back yards dressed perfectly for a beautiful spring day.  During the ceremony, Brandon and Renee exchanged the most heartfelt vows, partook in Communion together, and embraced each other in celebration of a decade of friendship, loyalty, and love.

Thank you Brandon & Renee for allowing me to join you on your day to do what I enjoy most. 

Special thank you to Quamecia Barr-Thomas of QBT Photography for joining me as my second shooter for this ceremony. 

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What I Said I Wouldn't Do | Latoya Dixon Photography

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What I Said I Wouldn't Do | Latoya Dixon Photography

I said I wouldn't do it.  But I did.  I didn't even have plans to even consider it. But I did.  I made a choice, even made a public declaration of what I said I wouldn't do.  But I did.

A few months ago, after seeing a Facebook post made by another photographer who'd run away from the wedding industry, I too dismissed the notion that I would ever even consider or entertain the fact of one day becoming a wedding photographer.  It's hard work. It's stressful.  You can run into Bridezillas.  Having to get clients to agree on what goes in their album afterwards can be a nightmare.   Yes, while all if that may be true, these statements, made with resistance, are nothing but excuses. You cannot be a failure at something you haven't tried enough times to fail at.

I have second shot at two (and a half) weddings, all entirely different experiences (and one may have been the reason I was deterred initially).  I was fortunate enough to accompany my friend and fellow photograpHER, Stacey Smith of Smitn Photography at a local wedding in Simpsonville, SC at the Events at Sapphire Creek.  Stacey thoroughly prepared me going into the day by providing an order of events, list of names of wedding party, a pictorial guide of suggested poses...I mean, she really set the expectations very clearly.  With her as my lead, the afternoon went as smooth as could possibly go with the typical delays of waiting for key people to arrive for group pictures.  After the wedding, I was convinced that TEAMWORK truly makes the dream work. Working with Stacey was great; she was confident, assertive, fun to work with, and never left me feeling lost at any point.

But I said I would never shoot a wedding. Tuh.

A few weeks later, one of my sorority sisters from college, who was also engaged, reached out to me and asked me the inevitable, "will you be our wedding photographer?"  As a professional, I proceeded to ask her the details of her day, how much coverage she'd be needing, her style, etc.  As a SISTER, I knew I couldn't say no anyway.  

I had a moment of reflection after we got off the call and had to laugh at myself. I believe in God  & know that He has a comedic way of letting me know that His plans supersede my own.   Going into 2016, my continuous improvement focus will be on wedding photography.  I plan to start small with elopements, vow renewals, and small, intimate weddings. My first one up is March of this year in Blythewood, SC and the next one following, in April in Summerville.  

My goal this upcoming year as I seek new clients for Latoya Dixon Photography is to incorporate my style of genuine and expressive portraiture to the brides and and grooms whose special day I'll capture, focusing on the candid joy and pride from their family members, and creating images that are not only memorable for the occasion, but show genuine expressions of love and happiness.

 

I have to thank SmitN Photography's, Stacey Smith, for allowing me to work with her during this wedding. It was a wonderful bonding experience, as well as a learning experience. I hope you enjoy these images.

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For vendor information, check out this wedding on Smitn Photography's blog.

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