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Where Did the Time Go?

Oh man. I’ve fallen into a blogging black hole haven’t I? Where did 2017 go???

This past year was so incredibly busy and wonderfully successful for Beth Grant Photo. I stayed booked up almost all year, and met the best people in my clients! I cannot say enough about you guys! You have trusted me with creating your photos and capturing your life events – and you made 2017 the best year I’ve ever had in my now 10+ years of doing this.

Over the next few posts, I will be featuring your photos from this past year. I can’t wait to showcase our year together!

Much love to you guys – and cheers to a happy and healthy 2018!

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Strollin’ Up The Stream

Here is a fact about me: I don’t get pop culture references very often, if at all. I’m a bit like Captain America in that scene of the Avengers where he pipes in, “I understood that reference!”… ok, no I’m not – but at least I knew that reference. My lack of pop culture knowledge amuses my husband to no end really.

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So when the McMurrays pulled up to their photo session, rolled down the window and exclaimed, “Hi! We’re the Griswolds!!” I actually panicked a little. I thought, WAIT – I thought these were the McMurrays!!! Just smile and say Hello Beth.

It wasn’t until about 5 minutes later I got the joke.

Yep. I immediately liked this bunch.

 

As you can tell the McMurrays are an awesome family with a great sense of humor. Together we all hiked back into the woods a little ways to find this beautiful creek with a series of waterfalls and cascades… which made for some beautiful family portraits!

 

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Dani, Joey, & and an Oscar Blues REEB Ranch Wedding

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Never have I had the pleasure of working with a couple so perfectly in love with each other. Danielle and Joey’s happiness and love for each other absolutely shone through the entire day of their wedding. Oscar Blues REEB Ranch was filled with laughter, friends, tons of fun, and above all – love.

One of the many – many things I loved about Joey and Danielle’s wedding was the inclusion of everyone’s dogs! Tegan, the bride’s beautiful Black Lab was the “Dog of Honor” – and fulfilled her responsibilities flawlessly.

The reception was a fun filled and laid back environment, with the awesome live band, Fish Sticks and Brevard’s very talented Matt Gardner. Yard games were played, including “extra large” horse shoes (see photos) which had me in stitches with laughter.

This beautiful cake and delicious cake push pops were made by the talented Sugar Cloud Baking Company. Catering by Luella’s Bar-B-Que of South Asheville (to die for!).

You’ve probably noticed this by now, but these two are clearly meant to be together. Look at the way he looks at her. I love it.

The night was capped off with a surprise tandem bike ride by the bride and groom, and then everyone’s favorite, sparklers!

Joey and Danielle – thank you so much for letting me capture your beautiful day!

 

Surprise!

 

Remember that post a few months back about all the exciting things happening this year in celebration of 10 YEARS of business? Remember the part where I said I would be doing a giveaway or two??? OH YEAH!!

So – I’m announcing the details now!

I will be doing TWO giveaways this year.

The first will be for my portrait clients – a 16×20 CANVAS PRINT from your session!!!

SAAAAAYYY WHAAATT??? That is a $165 value! All family portrait sessions that I have from January 1st – November 1st 2017 will be entered into a drawing, which I will do live on my Facebook account. If you win, you get to pick out your favorite photo, and I do the rest!

The other giveaway I am doing this year is for my beautiful brides!

I’m giving away a one-of-a-kind GORGEOUS LOCKET,

Featuring your photos from your wedding, engagement, or bridal session! All weddings in-between the dates of January 1st – December 1st will be entered into a drawing which I will do live on my Facebook page. The locket features a photo on the front sealed in a permanent resin, a photo on the inside printed on archival paper, a 24″ matching chain, and a black velvet pouch.

Lockets by Chasing Lockets – an exclusive premier photography service.

How exciting is this?? I already can’t wait for November and December! Contact me today to set up your sessions so you can be entered into this contest too!

Christopher and Catherine’s Simply Sweet Special Day

Catherine and Christopher are my latest couple to tie the knot – and what a special day it was. Catherine is honestly one of the sweetest brides I have ever had the pleasure of working with, and it reflected throughout the entire ceremony and reception.

They exchanged vows from one of our most famous overlooks in the mountains, the Fred W. Symmes Chapel in Cleveland, SC. This place is affectionately called by locals “Pretty Place”… and trust me, it IS a very pretty place.

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See what I mean? You can’t go wrong with a view like that!

 

Following the ceremony, we all made our way to downtown Brevard, NC – where we walked along Main Street to Jaime’s Creole Brasserie. If you ever are looking for a fantastic place to eat that is above and beyond the normal small town dining experience, I highly recommend Jaime’s. They atmosphere was relaxed and festive, and the food – to die for!

 

 

The 2017 Rolex Kentucky 3 Day Event Equestrian Championships

My goodness that is a mouthful isn’t it?

I’ve been so busy these past two months with photo shoots, projects, and just life in general. I meant to post about the Rolex a little sooner, but I looked up and suddenly it was June! Craziness!

This year, I did something a little differently, I brought my bestest little friend in the whole wide world with me to Rolex… Skippy!

 

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I was a little nervous about how he would handle being around thousands of people, with hundreds of other dogs and of course – the world’s top eventing horses. He handled it like a champ. My biggest concern was cross country day, when the horses would run by us at full speed (engaging his ‘chase the moving thing’ mentality) – but he curled right up and went to sleep at my feet while I photographed everyone.

Experiencing Rolex with a dog this go-’round really made this the best Rolex for me yet. I’m not sure if it was because Skip calmed my stress of getting the perfect shot, or if it just was his attitude of “I’m happy to be wherever you are Mom”… but no matter the reason, Rolex was awesome.

Now for some photos!

 

Ok, now for the serious photos:

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April – the Best Month!

Hello again friend!

Here we find ourselves in April – enjoying Spring in it’s full glory. The grass growing, new flowers starting to emerge, those bright sunny days, and of course those wonderful Spring showers that pop up with no warning! I love it.

There is another reason that I love April so much – and that reason is in beautiful Kentucky. It is widely referred to as “the best weekend all year” – that’s right, I’m talking about the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event.

It is the one weekend every year that my Mother and I pack up all of our comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, raincoats, heavy jackets, and tank tops -because no matter what the weather – we are going. I also charge all my batteries, clean up my telephoto lenses, and make sure all my equipment is ready to rock and roll – because I also cover the Rolex for Sidelines Magazine every year. Starting out all those years ago, it was my dream to someday be published in a magazine; and then the ultimate goal – to be on the cover. Now every year my wildest dreams come true at the Rolex.

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I absolutely love everything about the Rolex – and this year I am adding a fun twist. For the first time I am bringing my Jack Russell, Skip. I’ve never had a dog at the Rolex before, but I’ve hated leaving Skip behind for 6 days as I have the time of my life in Kentucky.

I’ve been on private tours at Altech Lexington Brewing and Distillery with the owner, Pearce Lyons, OTTB (racehorse) adoption events at New Vocations, countless media dinners, and been behind the scenes in the media center. I’ve brushed elbows with the world’s top equestrians, I’m a pro at navigating the Trade Fair and Sponsor Row, but never have I brought my dog with me to the Rolex. I’m excited for this new adventure this year! A girl, JRT, and a camera – lookout y’all, here we come!

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Skip – He’s ready for the Rolex!