Second Shooter Jackie Pursell and Assisted by Reilly Clinton
A few years ago, I was a second shooter at a Historic Stonebrook Wedding and since then, I have been dreaming of photographing a wedding there. I love everything about the venue…from its dreamy getting ready cottage, to its hallowed out silo, to its beautifully lit barn and breathtaking grounds. I was ecstatic when I learned that Kaylan and Robbie would be getting married at such a beautiful place. We planned all year for a warm and beautiful “Summer Night” vibe and on the morning of May 19th, we looked at the forecast of straight rain throughout the entire day. But the rain did not put a damper on this wedding at all. For one, the couple seemed set on photographing outside regardless, and Kaylan ran through the mud and rain in her gown for some breathtaking images. Take a look below to see some of the amazing details of her day…and don’t forget to read the quotes to get to know the couple and their beautiful relationship. For other examples from this Historic Stonebrook Farm Wedding Photographer, click here.
How would you describe your wedding in two sentences?
A day with many unexpected twists, that turned into great memories. Our wedding was so full of joy, love, and kindness- it was everything i hoped it would be.
How they met…
It’s hard for us to pinpoint when we met, we always knew of each other, or of each other’s families. Through our church we went to different conferences, and youth “retreats”, a few years ago he ended up messaging me after one of the times we saw each other, thinking he was overrated, and being not very interested – I swerved him. A few years later after seeing each other every summer, he took another shot. We started talking and I was so curious to see if there was more to him than “fun and games”. The more that I got to know him, the more that I loved him. I loved his attitude, his drive, his love for the Lord, how good he was with kids. And welp, here we are. (We’ve been together for almost 2 years, 19 months and 14 days to be exact)
Advice from the bride…
We have been talking about this a lot on the trip, and for the day of… I definitely regret letting so many people take photos with us on their phones. It was so tiring and took away from time being actually “present” on the wedding.
The “sweetest” of proposals…
I had a feeling that he was going to propose to me last summer, and I thought I knew where it would take place. But we woke up the day of our proposal, and he was not acting nervous at all, he was super calm and chill and fun. We started to drive to Grandfather Mountain, a place had we had hiked before. It was about to rain, but he was DETERMINED to get us to hike that mountain. It started raining so I was asking him for a sweatshirt the whole time (he kept saying he didn’t have one). We got to the top, and he somehow “found” his sweatshirt. He pulled out a bible from his sweatshirt, in 1 Corinthians 13 (the chapter about love) was a paper with all the descriptions of love, what he loved about me, and then at the end “Love is…” assuming he was going to propose, he just pulled out a ringpop. This ringpop is what I had fake proposed to him with, he saved it for this day. Feeling awkward, and not knowing if he was actually going to propose, I just said yes. But before I knew it, he was actually down on one knew “Kaylan Brielle, will you marry me.” It was a happy day, one of the best.
The color scheme…
I wanted my colors to be as nude as possible, with light shoes, white and green flowers, greenery down the table. I thought about having the guys wear the same color tie as our dresses, but ended up choosing navy because I loved how sleek it looked with their suits.
One incredibly beautiful personal touch…
The farmhouse table that my husband and I sat at was made by my Uncle Jim and will be moved to our new home in NC. I actually hadn’t seen it until that day, so that was pretty special.
Highlight of the day….
It was so special first stepping into the barn and seeing Robbie. It was a little hard, but very special to be able to take the bouquet for my cousin, and give it to her parents. She was supposed to be the maid of honor, and she is missed so dearly so it was necessary and so good to remember and honor her in that way! I loved hearing everyone’s speeches, and eating the donut with Robbie. It was so fun, but at the end of the day, I was exhausted. Ready to get out of my shoes, and it was VERY special being able to walk again!
The biggest surprise of the day…
How beautiful the wedding turned out and went even though it was different than I had planned. It was so lovely, and we made the best of it!
Amazing Video by Chloe Jane Photo/Film
Venue: The Historic Stonebrook Farm
Caterer: Seedling & Sage
Florist: Bloom Flower Co
Videographer: Chloe Jane Photo
Hair & Makeup: Brides by Joan