So I always ask my couples how they met; Nicole + Tyshawn told me they met at a bowling party – after a funeral. And that particular funeral resulted in not only themselves becoming a couple, but two other couples eventually getting together, too! My fervent hope is that, should I go, people fall in love as a result 🙂

Furman Campus is always a great setting for a photography session, but to get tree blossoms in January was a bonus! I had so much fun with these two, watching them giggle together and exchange looks full of affection + joy. Can’t wait for their wedding in August!

You know that Maybelline commercial where they sign,”Maybe she’s born with it,”? I think this girl was definitely born with it. Brylie was so poised, so confident and lovely and self-possessed that I found it hard to believe she was only a graduating senior. We shot her senior photo session at the panoramic Evergreen Plantation on a mild fall day. There was a haze in the distance from the wildfires that have been burning in western North Carolina but we still had a gorgeous golden sunset. Add to that rolling pastures, a vintage pickup truck, and grand oak trees and you have a winner 🙂

Evergreen Plantation Senior Session

Evergreen Plantation Senior Session


Ahh, this wedding! I am a sucker for sentiment, + Caitlin pulled all my heart strings by wearing the wedding dress originally worn by her maternal grandmother, then her own mother, next her sister, then herself. And it was divinely gorgeous! The wedding day was perfect autumn weather, the venue ( Thornblade Country Club in Greer, SC ) was awesome, and the golf carts were charged up + ready to go! Enjoy the sneak peek 🙂


Our Vendor Chat today is with Justin Reid, owner of Uptown Entertainment, a Greenville, SC based custom boutique entertainment company. Let’s get to know a little more about Justin and his company;

How long have you been a DJ?

13 years

What would you say influenced you to choose this profession?

I fell into it honestly. That said, I LOVE working with couples to plan their wedding day soundtrack.
What do you enjoy most about what you do?

Creating a once in a lifetime entertainment experience for a couple on their wedding day is the ultimate. Taking music and ideas that they love and creating through collaboration and experience.
Is there a current wedding reception trend regarding DJing that you are currently really digging?

Hot & Ready Donuts, lol. Well, kinda kidding. We are currently trying to create unique and trendy options for our couples that you won’t find anywhere else.
What’s the biggest mistake you see brides making when it comes to their wedding DJ service?

Hiring a friend, hiring a nightclub only DJ, and hiring someone who does it as a hobby. We spend a lot of time and money on training, research, and tools so our couples have the best experience possible and we specialize in weddings.
What are some questions brides should ask when interviewing Djs?

You can Google a get a bunch of “canned” questions to ask a DJ, but in my opinion there is a bit of an education we provide to our couples when we speak or meet with them. When you hire a professional, not only are they equipped to handle the best, optimum circumstances, but they are also able to make your wedding day special under not so great random circumstances, whatever they may be, that can possibly arise on your wedding day.
What’s the most interesting thing you can remember happening to you on the job?

Any time the Clemson Tiger is in the booth it is sure to be a great time!

You get the last word! Take it away! 🙂

We take great pride in being different and we are changing the perception of what people think about wedding entertainment and wedding DJ’s. We are not typical, and our wide offering of services are anything but average. With our knowledge and talent we have changed the game – no cheese, no corny games, just extremely fun wedding celebrations. We are extremely passionate about what we do and the awesome people that we get to work with and we’re always looking to innovate new ways to make your event unforgettable and talked about long after the last dance. Packing dance floors with guests of all ages, orchestrating flawless events from beginning to end, and celebrating life’s biggest moments is what we are all about.

We are not your average entertainment, and we’re glad you are here to learn more about our variety of services.

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Greenville SC Wedding DJ

Vendor Chat is an arena for Greenville, SC and Upstate South Carolina wedding vendors to spotlight their company and themselves, to help couples get to know the person behind the business. The vendors featured here will always be ones I have worked with personally, whether they are established in the upstate area or fresh new faces.

Our Vendor Chat today is with Katie Shawger Cotton, owner of Greenville, SC’s premier make up and hair artistry company, Cotton Rouge & Company. Here’s what Katie had to say:

How long have you been a makeup artist ?

I’ve been a full time professional makeup artist since 2003 though i studied and practiced makeup artistry for years before that.
What would you say influenced you to choose this profession?

I grew up in a theatre family. My dad is a set designer while my mom is costume design. I both performed and did makeup artistry theatre ever since I was a little girl and I also studied a great deal of dance. But my favorite part was always getting ready for the show and helping others to do the same, so in the end, I decided that makeup was the true career choice. After being involved in production, I moved out to California where I worked in music videos and commercials and occasionally worked with bridal parties which I found I loved working with everyday people. After I moved from California to South Carolina I found I loved making brides feel like they were the superstar for the day!
What do you enjoy most about what you do?

Oops, i just answered this question! I love making the everyday woman feel absolutely remarkable about how she looks!
Is there a current wedding trend regarding hair or make-up that you are currently really digging?
I’m loving the softer romantic looks! I’ve always liked things to be clean and somewhat polished but the more recent elegantly undone looks are stunning!
What’s the biggest mistake you see brides making when it comes to their wedding?

Trying to do too much themselves! I see too many DIY brides! And while they may very well be capable and it may save some money, it adds a tremendous amount of stress and you just can’t put a price on your time (or sanity!)
What are some questions brides should ask when interviewing a makeup artist?

They should ask how many bridal parties they regularly work with. There are a lot of truly talented makeup and hair artists out there, but I do believe that working with a bridal party is a different ballgame. There is an entirely different set of challenges and obstacles that may or may not present itself and I feel like an artist well established within the wedding vendor community is going to be able to help with those challenges and certainly not be flustered when they arise.
What’s the most interesting thing you can remember happening to you on the job?
Oh I have all kinds of stories from the people I meet, conversations I’ve had and the wacky things that can happen before a wedding. I honestly can’t think of 1 that stands out more than the other that doesn’t possibly show a negative side for a bride though, so i’ll take those stories to my grave. 😉

You get the last word – take it away!

I truly love everything about what I do. I find it a blessing that I am able to do what I love as a profession and it’s something that also makes each client feel great. On top of that, I’ve been able to grow my business to something that enables me to provide job opportunities for other artists who also love what I love. Together we are able to make women all over the upstate feel amazing. My husband tells me I don’t know how to not work hard, that I don’t know how to take time off. And while I agree that sometimes you simply have to pause to take in your work around you and enjoy your family and life (something I do have to constantly remind myself of!), I love what I do so much that it isn’t a job I need a break from. It’s a passion and something that I truly feel like I could do forever.


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