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Gyrotonic Columbia

Happy New Year, friends and clients!

We hope you enjoyed a big helping (or three) of dressing this holiday season and maybe even one too many cups of hot cocoa.  I certainly did.  With that in mind, here’s a fair warning before you keep scrolling.  If you haven’t yet made any New Year’s resolutions, the images you are about to see will make them for you.  Don’t worry.  You’re not alone.  I’ll see you at the gym.  Or better yet…

Gyrotonic Columbia!

Gyrotonic Vista by Lumos Studio Photography

“What is Gyrotonic?” you might ask.  We’ll get to that, but first, meet Miriam and Rosey, instructors at this uniquely butt-kicking workout and conditioning studio in Columbia, SC.

Seriously, it is one of a kind.  Not only is it rare to find a Gyrotonic studio anywhere in SC, but this one is owned by Miriam Barbosa, one of Columbia, South Carolina’s treasures.  Let me fill you in…

In addition to being an Authorized Master Trainer of the Gyrotonic methodology, Miriam is an expert in the fields of dance and choreography.  She is a former member of the acclaimed Martha Graham Dance Company and founder of the South Carolina Contemporary Dance Company.  We’re talking “artiste” pronounced the way you learned it in French class (but with no pretensions).  Here is an interview with Miriam on ETV.

I had the privilege of being one of her students when she was Associate Artistic Director of the USC Dance Company and Assistant Professor with the USC Dance Program.  She.  Is.  Amazing. (more…)

Brian and Lynn: Johns Island Wedding

Before I show you photos of this beautiful and fun wedding I just have to get this off my chest: it really bothers me that there’s no apostrophe in Johns Island.

That said, Wendy and I were totally overwhelmed by all the fantastic elements of Lynn and Brian’s wedding. Where to begin? Oh yeah, how about with a custom-made cake topper in the likeness of the bride and groom?
Hand made wedding cake topper

Yeah, just go ahead and get your Pinterest button warmed up, because it’s that kind of wedding…

The wedding took place at the beautiful Island House on Johns Island (seriously, there should be an apostrophe in there).

The Island House on Johns Island, SC

Lynn works at the Island House, so if you’re looking for a beautiful place to have your wedding, if you go there, you’ll not only have a gorgeous location (and you haven’t seen the half of it yest) but you’ll have an absolutely delightful contact person as well. It’s pretty much a win all around.

I told you Lynn is delightful. Did I tell you she’s lovely as well? (Don’t worry, though, she won’t dress like this for your wedding.)

 A bride prepares for her wedding on Johns Island in SC

A bride prepares for her wedding on Johns Island in SC


A bridesmaid helps the bride get ready

Brian and Lynn exchanged cards and gifts before they saw each other. I love their faces as they read one another’s words on their wedding day.

Brian's card from Lynn

A bride smiles at a letter from her groom

Bride getting a little emotional

Brian and Lynn chose to have a first look–seeing each other before the ceremony and giving them some time together before the rush of the day fully sets in.

Here comes the bride

It’s wonderful to watch these two together–they constantly make each other laugh.

Bride and groom laugh as they walk down the aisle

So I showed you the front of the Island House…are there any photogenic locations around back? Hmmm…

Bride and groom in a field of pink flowers

Bride and groom backlit

Bride in front of sunset over the water

Bride and groom in front of a golden sunset

Gorgeous much?

Beautiful flowers from Local Roots Florist

The lovely flowers were provided by Local Roots Florist.

Pinwheel at a wedding

The reception tent at The Island House on Johns Island in SC

First Class Band kept the party going…

Can we rock? Yes. Yes we can.

…and Brian’s brother Greg even joined up with them for one song.

Groomsman plays guitar at wedding

That 1970 Cadillac Coupe de Ville behind the guys was provided by Shuttle Hogs.

Groom and groomsmen smoke cigars

Near the end of the night, Brian and Lynn lit up the sky with sky lanterns. (And nobody caught on fire!)

Sky lanterns at wedding

Groom releases a sky lantern at wedding

Brian and Lynn: thank you for having us be a part of your magical day!

Until next time…

Heather + Brett: A Folly Beach Wedding


Summer is drawing to a close, and for all the students out there who are disappointed by that, trust me that your sadness pales in comparison to that of your teachers. Still, it’s a great time to celebrate the end of summer, and how better to do that than with a beach wedding?

Heather and Brett wanted their wedding to be a really great party with their family and close friends and I think you’ll be able to tell they succeeded admirably!


BJ + Donna: A Columbia Wedding

Meet Donna and B.J.. Wendy and I first met this lovely couple last year at the wedding of Dave and Natalia, another wonderful couple who also happens to have adorable little girls…but more on them later.

Donna and B.J. had a wedding that fit them perfectly: beautiful, relaxed, and lots of fun. Before the wedding, though, Donna had a bridal session with us at 701 Whaley and the Horseshoe. That gave her a chance to wear her dress, figure out how to bustle it, and to learn our posing tips so that on the day of her wedding she was ready. Donna knows how to rock an s-curve!

Yeah, check out those eyes.

The wedding itself was at Seacoast Irmo, and although it was a touch warm (as Columbia in June is wont to be) it really could not have been a much more beautiful day.

The flowers were provided by Debby West of  Think Floral who is not only delightful, but who clearly knows more about flowers than I can ever hope to know.

Here’s B.J. ironing out some last-minute kinks. Note that he’s smiling. Donna and B.J. both stayed relaxed throughout the day and all the little things that keep weddings interesting.

The bride and her lovely bridesmaids!


Carolyn + Dustin: A Columbia Wedding

Today we’re taking a sneak peek at Carolyn and Dustin’s wedding. Carolyn (like my gorgeous wife, Wendy) is one of three sisters, all of whom are lovely and all of whom I’ve known for several years now.  I don’t know what is is about sets of three sisters (we photographed another set recently), but it seems like they’re consistently beautiful. There’s probably some genetic explanation for it, but I prefer to believe it has to do with fairy godparents.

In keeping with fairy-tale decorum, Carolyn found a prince and got married so that suitors are free to pursue her younger sisters. (That’s how it works, right?) Of course, to marry the princess, a suitable suitor must arise. This isn’t the dark ages, though; we’re not talking about a guy on a white horse looking to score a maiden who has huge tracts of land. No, Carolyn needed to find a man who could match the passion and conviction of her beliefs, and she found just such a suitor in Dustin.

Dustin had to come from the far-off land of Colorado to find Carolyn, but I’m sure he’d agree the journey was well worth it.

Now, every princess needs her attendants, and Carolyn is no different in this respect. Here is her sister preparing for the ball…er, wedding.

But princes get to have their comrades-in-arms, too.

Every princess needs pretty things.

A gift from the prince never hurts.

…especially when it’s shiny.