Emily and Luke’s Bright Backyard Wedding in Irmo, SC

Emily and Luke have dated for years (as you’ll see in some of the photos below), and when it came time to get married, only wanted to celebrate with their closest friends and family. Fortunately for them, Emily’s aunt owns the perfect yard and barn for entertaining guests! Her bright backyard in Irmo was transformed into a perfect, simple, yet elegant, wedding ceremony and reception venue for the day!

Emily knew that there would not be much time for her and Luke to have any private moments once they arrived at her aunt’s, so they opted to have a First Look at Irmo Town Park, in a shady nook where they could see each other for the first time without any interruption (except, of course, the occasional click of my shutter)!

wedding details in Irmo, SC Columbia SC wedding photography Melissa Brewer 2016-06-06_0002 2016-06-06_0003Luke was such a trooper for letting me grab this shot of Emily before he got to turn around and see her!

2016-06-06_0004 2016-06-06_0005I just LOVE an emotional First Look!

2016-06-06_0006 2016-06-06_0007 2016-06-06_0008After their First Look, all of the groomsmen and bridesmaids joined us at Irmo Park for their group photos. This is one of the best reasons to have a first look; you can get a lot of your group photos out of the way, which means you get to your reception faster!

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If you follow my work at all, you know how much I love to capture every detail from a wedding day. From the flowers, to the rings, to the other decor, Emily and Luke (with a lot of help from their mothers and aunt, of course) went all out and made sure that every little detail was beautiful. 2016-06-06_0013 2016-06-06_0014 2016-06-06_0015 2016-06-06_0016The candy table was a big hit! Even the labels on the orange creamsicle lollipops were customized for Emily and Luke!

2016-06-06_0017 2016-06-06_0018 2016-06-06_0019Of all the adorable handmade signs that adorned their wedding tents, this last one was my favorite! I’m sure I don’t need to explain why ;)

2016-06-06_0020 2016-06-06_0021 2016-06-06_0022First kiss as Mr. and Mrs. Luke Coty!

2016-06-06_0023 2016-06-06_0024 2016-06-06_0025When I saw how close Luke and Emily’s parents are with each other, I immediately knew that the two of them have an AMAZING support system to keep their marriage going strong forever. When moms-in-law are this tight, you’ve got a great future ahead of you!

2016-06-06_0026 2016-06-06_0027 2016-06-06_0028 2016-06-06_0029 2016-06-06_0030 2016-06-06_0031Have you EVER seen a First Dance kiss that is this authentic?!

2016-06-06_0032 2016-06-06_0033Guests and grandparents alike loved visiting and admiring the bride and groom’s new rings.

2016-06-06_0034 2016-06-06_0035The bride’s first dance with her father usually makes me a bit weepy, but following in the joyful mood of their wedding day, Emily and her dad had me cracking up behind the lens! What a great pair!


There are few things as sweet as seeing the groom’s mother looking up at him, as she dances and congratulates him on this new milestone in life. A delicious wedding cake is on that list, too, though!


One thing that Emily and Luke did at their reception, instead of a garter toss, was play the “Shoe Game”. I had never heard of it or seen it, but it was hilarious (as you can see from the expressions in the crowd), and it really kept this jovial gang entertained!2016-06-06_0038 2016-06-06_0039

Emily and Luke, thank you again for allowing me to capture this fun, laid back, and perfectly sweet wedding for you two! I wish you all of the happiness and success in the world!

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  1. These photos are a true blessing. We can’t thank you enough for your help and hard work.

    1. Thank you, Phyllis! The full gallery will be live for you, Emily, Luke, and the rest of the family before this weekend!


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