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Magnolia Press and a trip to waco

I have been a huge fan of Joanna Gaines since Fixer Upper first started.  We were living in San Antonio Texas and the Silos weren’t really even a huge thing.  Fast forward a few years and I had the opportunity to visit Waco, Texas while teaching at a photography conference.  I knew immediately that I […]

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a tour of Lowndes Grove

Lowndes Grove Lowndes Grove estate, once called Rose’s Farm, was built at some point in 1786 on the Ashley River in charming Charleston, on the fourteen-acre property with an inviting historical home. There are bits of whimsy left by previous owners throughout, including the decorative lion on the front doorknob as well as the arched […]

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boudoir photography ideas for your session

When it comes to boudoir photography ideas, oftentimes less is more. I know this may sound odd but in reality, I find that the main reason is we as women add in too many extra things, is that we are trying to hide. We worry about having the right make-up, the right hairstyle, the right […]

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Wedding portraits in midday sun can feel stressful but it doesn’t have to be. It’s no secret that photographers dislike taking photos midday as these often result in squinting or raccoon eyes. Put those portraits on the beach and it ups the anxiety for many a new photographer, causing them to say things like: Let’s […]

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It was a perfect spring day for a St. Helena Wedding at Agapae Oaks. In the heart of the Low Country, you will find Agapae Oaks with its historic main house dating back to 1790 as it overlooks the marshland. The island which was discovered around 1520 is renowned for its Gullah culture. If you […]

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Couples portraits at Georgia Estate Wedding

This beautiful Georgia estate wedding has been a dream of Jameson’s, ever since she was a little girl. From having her reception in the back yard overlooking the lake to a table filled with hometown cakes, not even the rain could dampen this day. In April that dream came true as she said “I Do” […]

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Destination engagement sessions are something that can take your wedding planning experience to the next level. Most couples opt for a traditional engagement session with maybe two outfits. However, this can often feel boring and takes the fun and creativity out of an engagement session. Destination Engagement and Why You Need One. When you are […]

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There are many great locations throughout the southeast to plan a micro wedding but one of the best locations in the south is Savannah.  Even before the onset of the pandemic, micro weddings were on the rise. While the investment into the wedding day didn’t go down, the guest count did.  Savannah, with all its […]

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Should I book a boudoir photoshoot

From brides to momma’s I often get asked “should I do a boudoir photoshoot?” Ladies we have about a hundred different hats we wear daily wife, mom, daughter, sister, chef, maid, chauffeur, student, caregiver, or professional, and that list can go on and on. The one thing that always gets pushed to the end of the list is just […]

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Hiring a wedding stylist for your day is becoming increasingly popular with both couples and their wedding vendors. Recently, at a December wedding, we had the pleasure of adding in a wedding stylist to our team for the day and it was incredibly delightful for both the bride and us. If you have never heard […]

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Engagement Photo Location in Savannah

Do I Need Photos He got down on one knee and now after saying “yes”, you are wondering if you need engagement photos. Everything seems to be exploding on your to-do list and you may feel like an engagement session may just lead to more things to get done. The most important advice that I can give you […]

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One of the biggest questions we get from our clients is what to wear for their boudoir session.  The first and most important rule is that if you don’t love it, leave it at home.  If you are questioning wearing it, the likelihood of you liking your images is slim. So, what should you wear […]

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portraits at old tabby links golf course

In early November Katie and Ben held an intimate wedding on his families estate in Spring Island, SC. Amid one of the largest ancient trees, I have ever seen they said “I do”. First Look at Old Tabby Links Golf Course Earlier that morning Katie got ready at one of the Spring Island Cottages with […]

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Couples portraits at garden estate wedding

Madison and Josh were one of our sweet May couples that had to move their blush garden estate wedding to the fall due to Covid and I like to think that they were in a way rewarded with the most perfect weather and a glorious sunset for their troubles. First Looks Madison started her day […]

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One of the most common questions we get from couples is “How many hours of wedding photography do I need” …. well, the answer is, it depends. Each wedding is different and while on average there is a minimal number of hours we can suggest, it will fluctuate depending on your wedding day. Today we […]

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Jekyll Island Club Resort Portra 400 Film

Despite a torrential downpour an hour before the wedding, Catie was in great spirits as she got ready at the Jekyll Island Club on her wedding day. As one of the many brides affected by Covid this year, she had decided to alter her original wedding plans in favor of an intimate ceremony on the […]

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Film vs. Digital Photography

Over the last ten years we have seen an increase in clients asking us if we shoot film photography. We believe this question is heavily rooted how we shoot as well as how I got started in photography. So today I am going to explore the idea of film vs. digital photography. The Dark Room […]

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Custom drinks for weddings

Summertime calls for trips to the beach, bachelorette parties, and of course weddings. Often this also brings to mind a well-balanced custom cocktail to enjoy with friends and family. Today we are sharing our top summer cocktail recipes from our friends at Ghost Coast Distillery. A light and fruity drink for the summer, and one […]

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Beginning Photographer Gear List

Let’s face a cold hard truth, Wedding Photography Gear is EXPENSIVE. The cameras, lenses, flashes, bags, and accessories make it seem like you need another job just to buy your photography equipment. I am here to tell you that the amount of gear you actually need is far less than you think. After 10 years, […]

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Questions for Engagement Sessions

When it comes to engagement sessions there are often a lot of frequently asked questions around having your portraits done. The most often asked questions revolve around even doing an engagement session all the way out to what to wear and how to avoid feeling awkward in front of the camera. Today we are not […]

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Spring Forsyth Park Engagement Session

Forsyth park is perfect for engagement sessions in the spring. It was originally created on land given to the city in the 1840s. In the parks center sits the famous Forsyth fountain and was crafted in a similar fashion to one in Paris as well as Peru. The park itself is fashioned after the Parisian […]

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Heirloom Wedding Dress I think at some point every bride dreams of wearing her mother’s wedding dress. Even if they don’t actually wear it, there is a nostalgia in looking through your parents wedding album and dreaming of your own wedding day. Some of us were even lucky enough to play dress up once or […]

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Floral Jewelry

Wearable Flowers Weddings and flowers are like peas and carrots. They just go hand in hand but what about wearable flowers? What comes to mind when I say wearable flowers is probably a floral crown. These super boho style crowns are often seen on sweet flower girls, bridesmaids, and brides alike but wearing flowers on […]

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Heirloom Albums

Wedding Album We believe that every couple that walks through our studio deserves to have a wedding album. In an electronic age we have been trained to believe that most people want digitals. However, we believe you deserve more. We believe in first family heirlooms that last for generations to come. Why Digitals Are Not […]

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Wedding Trends for 2020 in Savannah Talking about wedding trends for the year is always interesting. With Covid-19 affecting weddings like nothing else before it, these 2020 wedding trends are even more interesting. We know that many of you have postponed the wedding planning process into the fall of 2020 so here is a roundup […]

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Velvet Editorial Wedding

Atlanta Wedding Venue I have dreamed of shooting a Swan House Atlanta wedding for ages. Years ago I fell in love with its architecture and vibrant blue doors. When we made the move back to Georgia it was on my top five list of venues to photograph at in the state. I was thrilled when […]

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Wedding Venue Selection can be hard

Picking the Right Venue Modern weddings can forgo plenty of the typical wedding details, such as cake, dress, and suit. But it’s hardly possible to ignore the wedding venue. In one way or another, wedding venues tend to have a memorable effect on your wedding day and picking the right wedding venue is so vital. […]

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Classic Bridal Portrait

New Years Eve Wedding When we first saw Maggie’s dress at her Nearly Wed Session, we knew her wedding was going to be breath taking with it’s Gatsby style vibes for New Years Eve. While she and Bruce had already had a first look back in May, they decided that they still wanted an additional […]

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Rain on a wedding day

Rainy Wedding A rainy wedding doesn’t always have to be gloomy. The ivy covered historic estate of Gabrella Manor sat against a backdrop of heavy rain and wind. While most brides would be bummed about the yucky weather, Laura was cheerful. The atmosphere in the bridal suite was upbeat. Laura’s bridesmaids helped to set up […]

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Bride and boquet

Pantone Color of the Year The 2020 Pantone color of the year is classic blue.  For the wedding industry that means that 2020 weddings are going to trend towards using blues in wedding and bridesmaids dresses as well as table decor in a wide variety of textures and shades of blue.  If you are more […]

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ice sculpture at sea pines country club

Sea Pines Country Club I first visited Sea Pines Country Club after meeting Beth Anderson at an event.  I was instantly impressed with the beautiful marsh views and how well the community knew each other.  The club dates back to the 1950’s when a group of business owners began to develop Hilton Head Island.  What […]

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Pre wedding shoot captured before the wedding day

New Wedding Trend One of the most exciting shoots of 2019 was a pre wedding shoot that we did for our New Years Eve wedding that we just shot.  This middle eastern trend is quickly becoming popular in the United States for many reasons but before I get into why we have fallen in love […]

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Crane Cottage Couples Portraits

Crane Cottage The weekend before Hallie and Cameron’s wedding I was at Crane Cottage capturing headshots for a fellow wedding planner. Immediately, I fell in love with the wedding venue. It’s charming Italianate architecture and beautiful fireplaces make one want to curl up with a good book and a cup of cocoa. Crane Cottage was […]

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Wormsloe Elopement in Savannah

Wormsloe Plantation Elopement The sunlight filtered like gold through the Live Oak Trees at Wormsloe Plantation on McKenzie and Chris’s wedding day. They fell in love with the stately drive and knew that they just had to get married with the oaks as a backdrop to their nuptials. Ceremony at Wormsloe McKenzie wore her favorite […]

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Photo Locations in Savannah Savannah is filled with beautiful locations for portrait sessions but how do you choose the best photo location for you?  First ask yourself what style of photos you want.  Do you want urban, quintessential southern, or just simply that golden romantic light that Savannah is famous for.  For the romantic at […]

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Best Lowcountry ceremony spots

Best Outdoor Wedding Locations You just got engaged and are dreaming of the perfect outdoor wedding in savannah but there are so many to choose from.  Today we are sharing the best outdoor wedding locations in Savannah and surrounding Low Country. HollyOaks Plantation The grand staircase at the front of HollyOaks on the Marsh is […]

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Crane Cottage Wedding

Headshots at Crane Cottage Crane Cottage is arguably one of my favorite outdoor wedding locations in coastal Georgia. With it’s Italianate architecture and beautiful landscaping, it’s easy to see why it’s the perfect wedding and portrait location. We spent the day with Anna of Rustic to Ritz Events as we did her headshot and branding […]

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Wilmington Plantation on Wilmington Island in Savannah

Wilmington Plantation Weddings Wilmington Plantation was originally built in 1927. Back then it was known as the Oglethorpe Hotel. In the early 2000s it was remodeled and converted to condos. Earlier this year the ballroom was opened as a wedding venue and for a history loving couple, this place does not disappoint! I loved getting […]

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heirloom engagement ring at wormhole plantation engagement session

Wormsloe Plantation Heather and David drove down from Fort Bragg for their romantic Wormsloe Plantation Engagement Session. When we first moved to Savannah, I instantly fell in love with the long driveway at Wormsloe. It has now become one of my favorite places to take our clients for portrait sessions. Heather and I met three […]

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2020 Dress trends

Bridal Dress Trends in 2020 Growing up, the only wedding dress examples I had were white gowns with giant sleeves and trains (think Princess Diana). 2020 bridal dress trends are still mostly white or ivory but there is the occasional deviation from that traditional color palette like with Vera Wang and Maggie Sottero. While the […]

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Dance during your portrait session

Branding Photography Session In the age of social media, branding photography is crucial to marketing and brand recognition but so often it is confused with headshots or simply a lifestyle portrait session when in reality it is the marrying of the two together. Recently, we did a branding photography session for Ashley of Magnolia Vine […]

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Historic Wedding Venue Holly Oaks on the salt-marsh in Savannah with southern green doors and a double staircase.

HollyOaks on the Marsh When you step out of your car onto the white gravel drive of HollyOaks on the Marsh, time seems to stand still. There is no rush and rumble of traffic or glimpses of chaotic city life. I visited this lovely family owned wedding venue last week in Savannah and immediately felt […]

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Savannah Carnaval Tropical Wedding Flowers

Savannah Carnaval Last month I had the honor of photographing not one but two events at The Clyde in conjunction with the first annual Savannah Carnaval. The first was an editorial shoot featuring some of the areas top wedding vendors. While most of our weddings tend to stay on the more pastel end of the […]

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First Look | Why You Need One A First Look is one of the most heavily debated topics in the industry and couples often are not sure why they need or would want a first look. While we know that first looks aren’t for everyone, there are really some strong and compelling reasons why we […]

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smoke bomb florals

Smoke Bomb Photography Last spring Mandy of Hothouse Designs invited us to take part in a smoke bomb photography styled shoot showcasing her beautiful designs in a more edgy fashion.  With a mood board including vibrant colors, classic cars, and urban wall art, I knew this shoot was going to be a fun creative stretch […]

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Top engagement session locations Savannah

5 Savannah Engagement Locations The Low Country’s historic architecture and romantic vibe attract many visitors every year. Savannah is not only a top location for weddings but engagements as well with some of the most instagrammable photo locations around. With beautiful squares, historic mansions, and food that will rival your mommas, what’s not to love. […]

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Monogrammed Groomsmen Gifts If you have followed us for any amount of time then you know that we are pretty serious about our whisky!  I mean nerd level serious about it.  So when we were asked to review a gift from Groovy Groomsmen, we knew we needed to check out their custom monogrammed decanter set.  […]

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Auburn University Sweethearts | Country Club Wedding

University Sweethearts Wedding Threats of rain couldn’t dampen the joy of these two Auburn University Sweethearts as they celebrated their wedding earlier this month. Margaret and Parker grew up together with their families living right down the road from each other. They have known each other since Kindergarten and continued to spend family vacations together […]

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Red velvet Fraternity Jacket worn during anniversary session for military couple

Destination Photoshoot Next to weddings, we love capturing iconic destination photoshoots. These anniversary sessions are a way to celebrate each fantastic year of marriage and also document it through printed images on your wall. We recently got to capture Meredith and Carlos’s destination photoshoot around Downton Birmingham when they were back in town visiting her […]

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Historic Villa Wedding with intimate details and blush florals in winter

Historic Villa Wedding We love tiny weddings especially when they are at a historic venue. Despite threats of snow and a marathon blocking off half of the city, Deanette and Josh had a beautiful intimate wedding at the Historic Avondale Villa. Josh may or may not have gotten a bit emotional as he saw Deanette […]

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Bridal Bouquet Trend Interview I recently sat down to interview Christy Griner Hulsey about the bridal bouquet trends of Savannah and it’s wedding scene as a whole. If you are not yet familiar with Christy and her work as the creative director of Colonial House of Flowers then you need to be. Her use of […]

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Southern Wedding You know it is going to be the perfect southern wedding when the maid of honor reenacts a scene from White Christmas during her toast as a nod to her sweet sister and their family tradition of watching it every year during the holidays. On a perfect spring morning we headed to the […]

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Wedding Design Session Design sessions are an integral part of your wedding experience with us. We believe that your memories don’t deserve to live on a computer. Because of that belief, we provide a design session for each of our brides after their wedding day. This is a time where you get to see your […]

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Glam Engagement Session It was the perfect spring day for a hike but this time, the hike was for a glam mountain engagement session. We headed for an overlook of the city to shoot an engagement session for Maggie and Bruce with lots of personalized details. Complete with a sparkly dress from Rent the Runway […]

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Couples posing for wedding day at garden spring wedding by Meredith Ryncarz

Aldridge Garden Wedding Aldridge Garden was in full spring bloom for Shannon and Kyle’s wedding day.  With a wedding ceremony overlooking the lake, Kyle saw her for the first time that day as she walked down the aisle.  Even the geese and ducks were excited about the wedding day festivities as they crowded around the […]

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This fun winter wedding had every type of weather. Through tornado warnings, torrential down pours, and even snow flurries, nothing was going to stop Brandi and Todd’s beautiful wedding from happening or savoring the moments of their wedding day. Both Brandi and Todd got ready at Shady Lane and opted to have a first look […]

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Empress Home monogrammed tea towel

Empress Home In the South we have a saying, “If it’s not moving, monogram it” and as a bride we know this also holds true for the wedding day. However, why should you be stuck only using your monogram for the wedding day. Instead, translate that custom heirloom monogram into decor for your new house. […]

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New brand and home for photography

Our New Home Today we launch the new home for Meredith Ryncarz Photography. Over the years we have made slight changes to our website home but never really felt like it shared what we believe and why. In November we made the leap after attending United to move to a Showit platform and I can […]

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Wedding gift ideas for bridesmaids

Bridesmaid Monogrammed Gift Your wedding date is set for the perfect summer wedding and now all that’s left to do is find the right bridesmaid gift for your friends. Here in the south we all know, if it moves, monogram it. What better way to say thank you to your bridesmaids for all their support […]

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Southern Catholic Wedding Montgomery

Montgomery Winter Wedding Kaitlyn and Danny’s historic Montgomery wedding was winter perfection that was family and faith centric. The day started with not a cloud in the sky and despite it being January, everyone was in great spirits. First Look Kaitlyn and Danny opted to read each other’s letters without a first look and it […]

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Bridal portrait session at Preserve Nature Center

Moss Rock Bridal Portrait I met Lindsay through Bella Couture Bridal Shop as we planned for her bridal portraits at Moss Rock in the fall.  She wanted bridal portraits not only as a sweet gift to her grandmother but also as a focal point for her wedding reception.  The day of her portraits it was […]

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