Sep 12

Christy & Michael . Magnolia Plantation . Charleston, SC

Christy and Michael’s wedding was absolute southern perfection! I was so excited when this amazing wedding was featured on the wedding row. You can view their full feature here. I love these two so much and their wedding was easily one of my favorites of the year. Michael was one of my brother-in-laws roommates, so I’ve known these two for a while but I was thrilled when they asked me to be a part of their big day! Their rustic wedding was full of fabulous details and amazing ambiance, I wish I could post all of their photos. This post is super long but I hope you enjoy a walk through their sweet wedding! You can also view Christy’s amazing bridal portraits here

I loved Christy’s dress. It fit her personality perfectly with those fun flirty ruffles!

Their ceremony space was breathtaking. The sun, the doors, the flowers, the view. I could swoon…

Christy and Michael tied the knot. Literally. Love this fun ceremony detail!

Seriously. They are so cute!

The cake cutting was epic. Michael was not happy, I’m sure he’s planning his payback.

Love the BBQ sauce favors and the Guitar Guestbook!
One of my favorite parts of the wedding was the cigar bar. It gave such an amazing ambiance to the evening.

Perfection.

I adore this image. 

 

Event Planner: By Invitation Only     Venue: Magnolia Plantation   Caterer: Hudson’s Smokehouse Catering 

Florist: American Floral    Dress: Traditions by Anna    Cake: Amelia Claire’s Sweets and Treats


 

 

 

Jul 31

Confession: I Miss Diet Coke

I decided I wanted to share more about my life through Confessions. Hopefully you can sympathize with me on some of these or they will at least help you get to know me a little bit better. I must start off by saying that I am stealing this concept from one of my best friends, Meagan Hostetler. You can view her midweek confessions on her blog, Night Owls and Early Birds.

I MISS DIET COKE. If you know me, you know that I drink a lot of diet coke. A lot. It’s my morning coffee, I don’t start my day without it. It’s my happy place. If I’m having a rough day, I just grab a diet coke and I’m good to go. I don’t even discriminate against what form it comes in, can, bottle, fountain, it can even be flat. Don’t get me wrong, there are some that are better than others, when you throw Zaxby’s or Sonic’s ice in the mix that’s a plus and there’s something about the fountain at McDonalds I do enjoy. I do wander to Diet Dr. Pepper every now and then (especially at Chick-Fil-A that caffeine free stuff just won’t work for me) I do, however, draw the line at Pepsi. I do not do Pepsi. Diet Coke is just one of my favorite things. I would say I am addicted… or I was. 

I was thrilled when I found out I was pregnant, but the hardest part has been giving up my dear friend. I still remember asking my doctor how many I can have, his response… ONE. One? Really? I knew I’d have to cut back, but yikes. For you coffee drinkers, imagine having only one cup. ONE. For those of you who drink diet coke, you’ve probably given it up a time or two and the caffeine withdraw can be horrible. I’ve been lucky, very lucky, to have such an amazing pregnancy so far. My first trimester was pretty great compared to most. I didn’t get the morning sickness or any of the other terrible first trimester symptoms, but I did get the fatigue and the up all night for the restroom. So let me just tell you how good of a mood I was in those first couple weeks. Up all night and no caffeine. Rough.

Ok, so what can I drink? Lemonade? nope, too much sugar. Sprite? nah, too much sugar. OJ? Fruit Punch? Juice box? Sugar again. What about all those diet caffeine free beverages, or even Caffeine free diet coke. Well thats just extra aspartame. (Now, I know diet coke has aspartame but I’m willing to over look it for the caffeine. Somehow it seems silly to me to drink aspartame without the added bonus of caffeine.) No matter what your looking at to drink there’s something that make you feel like you’re being a bad mom. I’m feeding my baby too much caffeine, aspartame, or sugar. So what’s left? Water. Water? What’s that? The most water I drank before I got pregnant was when I was brushing my teeth. I know that sounds horrible, but it was true. I feel like water was my enemy before and now it’s all I drink. I do have my one diet coke a day, and it’s my favorite part of the day. It’s sad how much I enjoy it. For those of you who had a terrible first trimester, I must sound like the most ungrateful person ever. As I sit here with my large bottle of water, I am grateful. So Grateful. But I still miss it.

We’ll be finding out what the gender of our little one soon and no matter what it is I will be celebrating with a SMALL diet coke.

 

 


 

 

 

Jul 23

Christy, Bridals | Charleston, SC

Christy’s bridal portraits was one of my favorites… ever! We had a bit of a dramatic day in Charleston. Fighting the traffic from three major events really tested my patience, I think we spent more time in the car than actually taking pictures. Somehow we managed to turn that frustration into an epic session. I was in love with Christy’s dress, it fit her personality perfectly, and how fun are those red shoes and cowboy boots! Christy really wanted to see if we could incorporate shrimp boats so we started downtown and then headed to Shem Creek to fulfill our shrimp boat fantasy. Thanks so much for the sweet shrimpers on Miss Paula for allowing us to play on this boat and to Christy for her insane bravery! I couldn’t be happier with the way these images turned out!!

Love those shoes!!


 

 

 

Jun 21

Welcome to the NEW Courtney Dox Photography!

Welcome to the new blog! I am so excited to share this new brand, blog, and website with you! I hope you are as excited as I that I finally have a blog!! I can not wait to show you tons of beautiful photos and share more about me, my life and my sweet new addition coming this December!! Bare with me through the typos, misspellings, and grammar mistakes as I figure blogging out!

To say this brand has been a long time coming would be an understatement. It has been years. Numerous failed attempts at branding with designers made me feel like no one was every going to understand me. Frustrated and ready to throw in the towel on branding and overwhelmed with business I signed up for the Making Things Happen intensive workshop. Along with the workshop they were offering two one on one branding consultations with Lara Casey & Emily Ley the fabulous faces behind Making Brands Happen . I don’t think I have ever clicked the purchase button so fast! After the life chanigng workshop, I sat filled with fear and excitement as I began to share my previous disappointing designs and my vision for my company with Emily and Lara. I think the meeting lasted all of five seconds. It was a whirlwind. They completely understood my vision, my photography, my client, my business, my personality, and ME! I felt like glitter was raining on me as I exited the building a new Making Brands Happen client. The joy of that day could only be matched by the day I got my branding board from Emily and my website concept from Cathy (www.love-inspired.com). Tears streamed down my face as I saw what they had created for me. Perfection. I am Thrilled to share the new Courtney Dox Photography with you! To say Thank you to Emily, Lara, and Cathy seems like nothing compared to the gratitude I hold for them in my heart. I am so grateful for this journey. The joy was definitely in the journey.

Joy

 

Thank you again!!

Making Brands Happen 

Emily Ley  (Check out her new shop! It is amazing!!)

Lara Casey 

Cathy Olson

Making Things Happen