Many of you may remember Chad & Holly’s incredible wedding day story from October 2013. Chad was in a car accident the day of the wedding and fractured his L1 Vertebrae. But they were still able to say I Do that day. To read more of that story and view the wedding day images click here http://www.richbell.com/for-better-or-worse-in-sickness-and-in-health-chad-hollys-incredible-wedding-day-2/
Well it was about five months after the wedding, and we were able to go out to Boone Hall Plantation for their wedding photos! It was an absolutely gorgeous day. Holly wore her dress again (and WOW, Mell Bell and I remembered immediately why we loved it, she looks amazing). Chad was able to wear the suit that he was unable to wear at their wedding. Chad is doing great! His back is still healing and he has gone back to work. They both are so in love and it shows in every photo how grateful that are that Chad survived the crash ON HIS WEDDING DAY and that their love has great even more through this!
View their wedding album, http://charlestonwedding.com/index.html#/ryffel/
It may sound cliche, but every day is truly a gift!
This sweet couple with very sweet families celebrated their wedding day in a relaxed but traditional style. Fun times!
This wedding was an absolute joy to photograph! Jataura and Tyree have such a sweet story. They met in high school. They both went away to college and have established their careers, with Tyree living in Charlotte and Jataura living and working here in the Charleston area. Ten years have gone by and on this blessed day, they became husband and wife! Now Jataura has moved to Charlotte and I am sure she will be missed by everyone who knows her. There were many tears of joy shed on this day… many by this photographer! – Wanda
These guys were such a blast to hang out with! We had a great time in Philadelphia Alley and walking around the cobblestone streets of Charleston. Then we drove to Boone Hall Plantation, it was gorgeous, as always! I KNOW Adrienne and Richard’s wedding will be quite a party!
Jesalyn & Rich are getting married in a few weeks! So glad they wanted to do their engagement shoot at Boone Hall Plantation! The flower field at the front of the Plantation had just bloomed and looked absolutely gorgeous! Very excited to be a part of their wedding soon!
Leslie & Ed are such a sweet couple to spend time with. They LOVE each other. The way the talk about it each, look at each other, it truly shows. When then came in for their consult, Ed brought tears to my eyes talking about Leslie. I can not wait to see them say their vows, it will be a beautiful day!
Stephanie & Jeremy wanted their wedding to be a celebration of their new life together with their family and friends. It was an absolutely gorgeous day in Charleston. Summerall was beautifully illuminated in a shade of purple be the sun shining through the stained glass windows, which was amazing since the wedding colors included purple. I wonder if Stephanie planned it that way And OMG, CHECK OUT THEIR CAKE!
Michelle is absolutely adorable! Her and Justin have been together since high school. Since it has been a long time in coming they really just wanted their special day to be a time to spend with each other and their family members. They had personalized Jones Sodas, which were absolutely awesome! Love, love, love it!
Sierra and Brandon celebrated their wedding in style at one of my personal favorite Charleston area wedding venues. It was quite a cold and chilly March day, but that did not stop them from having a great time! Sierra worked very hard on all the details, with beautiful touches everywhere. When I went out to decide where to do their night shot, I ended up with 4 ideas, and even though it was very cold, they were game for all four of them! So thankful they said yes!
When I met with Chad and Holly about photographing their wedding, I would have never thought things would turn out the way they did! Their engagement session was lots of fun. Holly’s bridal portrait session was on Wednesday, just 2 days before the wedding. (View Holly’s Bridal Portraits: http://www.richbell.com/hollys-bridal-portraits/) We spoke about plans for the wedding, specifics about the timeline and other plans for the day. Then on Friday, I got a call from Holly’s mom, Neva. I knew immediately by the tone of her voice something very serious was wrong. She told me Chad was in a serious car accident early that morning, in which he flipped his car 4 times! He has a fractured his L1 vertabrae, so he couldn’t stand or even sit up. Somehow they convinced the hospital to transport Chad to the Francis Marion Hotel, so he and Holly could get married. The ceremony was Chad’s hotel suite surrounded by their parents, the wedding party, a videographer, Mell Bell and myself, with Melanie Epps Murray performing the ceremony. Chad and Holly then spend some time together, while the wedding party walked in to the processional. Guests sat waiting for the ceremony to start, some of them not knowing anything about the accident. The Officiant then told everyone the news and the video was played. There were many tears shed watching the video of Chad and Holly say their I Do’s just minutes before upstairs. Permanent Vacation played Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” as the wedding party and all Virginia Tech Grads ran with Holly (just like when the football team takes the field)! Holly was surrounded by family and friends showing their love and support, while others went upstairs to see Chad. Holly was so strong through the night. She was overwhelmed about cutting the cake without Chad. So her sister wiped her tears and the brides maids joined her to cut the cake and feed Holly her bite of cake. Everyone danced and had a fabulous time, watching Holly and her bridesmaids join the band onstage. What a night… Chad and Holly truly showed what it means when you say the vows, for better or worse, in sickness and in health… Congratulations Holly Ryffel and Chad Dennis, your love is beautiful!