• This is of my favorite images created by Sposa Bella Photography, wedding photographer Greenville SC. Specializing in weddings allows us to concentrate on our brides and grooms and their needs to capture their day. This image was photographed during the first dance of Sarah and Bryce at the Certus Loft of the Huguenot Mill in Greenville, SC. I love the look on the bride's face, as she smiles and closes her eyes in a moment of pure joy. Bryce's hand, with newly acquired wedding ring, grips Sarah's hand tightly as he kisses her forehead. Sarah and Bryce began their winter day wedding with an evening ceremony at Furman University's Daniel Chapel. Followed by a rockin party at the Huguenot Loft with music by Rubberband, delicious cake by Kathy and Company, and scrumptious food from GoodLife Catering. Thanks to the wonderful decor and coordination from Upstate I Do and Willow Florals, the bokeh and lights in the foreground were wine glasses and candles on the table decorations. And I love how they are mimicked with the lights in the background window. The beautiful rim of light that frames the bride's face is from our off camera flash set up for the first dance. As most photographers would attest, lighting is everything when it comes to photography!
  • Sposa Bella Photography was honored to be awarded SC Wedding Photographer of the Year in both 2011 and 2013 by our peers from the South Carolina Association of Wedding Photographers. Our wedding photographer studio, based in Greenville, SC is frequently honored with many awards and accolades, regional and national publications. Wedding photographer and co-owner of Sposa Bella Photography, Craig Mahaffey won the prestigious award of Photographer of the Year in 2011. Wedding photographer and co-owner of Sposa Bella Photography, Lindsey Mahaffey won the prestigious award of Photographer of the Year in 2013.
  • Brookgreen gardens holds a special place in our hearts. The gardens are incredibly stunning, the grounds with three hundred year old oak trees in the Live Oak Allee make a wonderful backdrop for a bridal portrait session, engagement session, or wedding. Just outside of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, the 9100 acre gardens are a sight to behold. Although we are wedding photographers in Greenville SC, we traveled to the Lowcountry for Fran and David's nuptials, and a few days prior to the wedding we photographed her bridal portrait session in the same setting where she would later be married. The sun shined through the live oak trees draped with Spanish moss onto Fran, the bride, and the blooming daffodils. I just love her pose and the way she is playing with her veil. Her arm gently reaches down to her veil mimics the wind blowing the Spanish moss that above her head. The bride is a former ballet dancer, and it shows in the way she moves and carries herself. We rode on golf carts all around the property, but the Live Oak Allee was definitely our favorite location. Fran's wedding gown was a strapless Amsale ballgown with hand pleated silk taffeta on the dropped waist, and stunning flowers made from silk fabric on the skirt. It fit her like a glove, and you could tell that she felt like a princess wearing it!
  • I'm glad I'm not the only one who cries at weddings! I think it should be a requirement that wedding photographer camera's should be water proof. I absolutely adore Melanie and Todd, who traveled from Atlanta to Greenville SC for their ceremony and reception at the Wyche pavilion. And they are both such emotional people, as you can see as they wipe their noses with tissue during their wedding ceremony. Susie from Statice Floral created the stunning curtain backdrop swags that criss-cross over the brick backdrop. Despite the rain, the ceremony and reception went off without a hitch thanks to the fabulous coordination by Kristina, marketing director at Larkins on the River. The Japanese Maple tree in the background was incorporated into their wedding ceremony with a special tree planting ceremony. This has special meaning to the groom who is a horticulturist, and the couple in general who are nature lovers and avid hikers.
  • Review from wedding photography client - "I do not even begin to have the words and I find myself crying as I write this. What you did for us was amazing, there are no words to express how much you mean to us. I can never even begin to say thank you…" -Jennifer & Tony
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC was the venue for Kristin and Anthony's winter wedding. Luckily, in Greenville, SC our winters are mild, so winter weddings are popular. And wow, have you ever seen a more beautiful church! The dramatic uplighting of the brick walls, the stained glass, the arched vaulted ceiling, and the network of arched wood buttresses that meet at the top. I love the way the pendant lights form a line that leads you to the pipe organ and silhouetted bride and groom. It is a photographer's dream! The toning on this image is a warm black and white, with the stain glass in muted colors of blue. In comparison, you can see the vibrant colors of the church in a similar photo in full color here. This stunning wedding was coordinated by the always fabulous Allie from Upstate I Do, floral design by Urban Petals, transportation from East Side and The Trolley Company, catering by Good Life, wedding cake by Courture Cakes, entertainment by Sol Fusion, and videography by Jeff Bradt.
  • Weddings are such a joyous time. We are so lucky to be a part of the happiest day of people's lives, and this image captures that perfectly. This exquisite wedding party of bridesmaids in a smokey dark blue floor length dresses and groomsmen in grey suits with pick ties and really having fun. Everyone grabbed a handful of pink and white rose petals, courtesy of Sandy at Fiddlehead Designs--who also provided the stunning bouquets, and at the count of three they all threw fistfuls of petals into the air. The petals floated down like snow flakes around the group, showering them all. And my very favorite part of this image is the little flower girl, donning a baby's breath flower crown, is smiling and busting with so much excitement that she closes her eyes and clasps her hands tightly by her cheeks. And can you image a more picturesque setting for a wedding. Elizabeth and Rowdy were married at High Hampton Inn in Cashiers, NC. A resort nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, about an hour and a half drive west of Asheville. The rustic resort's main inn and private cabins are situated around a private lake edged by a rock faced mountain in the background. Shortly after this image was taken, we all walked to the reception across the property to the pavilion to dance the night away with Steel Toe Stilettos.
  • Review from wedding client - "I just wanted you both to know that your kindness and generosity was overwhelming to us all. Your pictures tell a story…you both are so gifted."   -Mary (Mother of the Bride)
  • Matt and Harriet, newly married, exit their wedding reception at the Poinsett Club in downtown Greenville. After dancing the night away at their New Year's eve wedding reception, Harriet held tightly to her Matt's arm for their exit. The couple navigated down the porch and through the path lined with guests holding sparklers. The bride, wearing a tiered, off-white, lace gown with lace veil was warmly wrapped in her ivory fur wrap.
  • This is one of my favorite photos of 2016, albeit simple, you cannot deny the love Ansley and Chip have for one another. I have not encountered many happier brides then Ansley was on her wedding day. In this simple moment of the bride and grooming embracing, their true personalities emerge. That is always something we are striving for in our wedding photography. This sepia tone photo highlights the emotion in the image. I prefer the warm look of sepia photographs and feel they fit the decor of most people's homes better than a cold black and white. The technical aspects of the photo that draw your eye to the couple is the backlighting from the sun that illuminates bride's veil and creates a rim of light around the snuggling couple. You can even see a glimmer of sparkle in her engagement ring on her hand as she pulls her groom closer to her. This image was taken at the battery in downtown Charleston, SC. The bride and groom were married at Stella Maris Catholic Church on Sullivans Island and held their reception in the Cedar Room at the Cigar Factory in downtown Charleston. The bride's stunning dress is by Essence of Australia, and a special thanks to coordinator Haley Kelly from a Charleston bride for pulling off this flawless day!
  • Review from bride and groom - “Even after almost 9 months, going back and looking at my pictures takes my breath away and brings tears to my eyes. It feels like it’s the day of my wedding all over again” -Kellie & Jarrett
  • This is my favorite image we created in 2009. I think that shows the enduring quality of our modern yet traditional style. This image has won numerous awards from Professional Photographers Association and the South Carolina Association of Wedding Photographers. The bride, Alicia, traveled from Alabama to have her bridal portrait session at Chattooga Belle Farm, a 38 acre working farm and event barn in Long Creek, SC. Chattooga Belle Farm is one of our very favorite wedding venues for an outdoor mountain view. Their open air barn with vaulted ceiling faces the most beautiful view in South Carolina I have ever seen. The farm is an hour and a half drive from downtown Greenville, but well worth the trip. From Chattooga Belle you are blown away by a 180 degree mountain view that includes Highlands NC, Cashiers NC, and Clayton, GA. The farm property is made up of vineyards and orchards dotted long the rolling hills, with the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains as your backdrop. In this image, the bride is walking through a hayfield and you can see the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background. She is being illuminated by the light from the setting sun to the left of the image. Her veil and her gown are trailing and billowing behind her as she grasps her white rose bouquet in her left hand. There was a chance of thunderstorms that day, and the gray storm clouds create a dramatic backdrop in the sky.
  • This was an incredibly fun group of bridesmaids and groomsmen to work with! And the entire wedding day was filled with moments like this. I love this image for the emotion and moment that it's capturing, I hope that it brings a Chip and Ansley joy for years and years to come. This image was photographed at Battery park in downtown Charleston. The bride and groom were married at Stella Maris Catholic Church on Sullivans Island and held their reception in the Cedar Room in Charleston, SC. The bride's dress is made by Essence of Australia, and a special thanks to coordinator Haley Kelly from A Charleston Bride. I absolutely adore the bridesmaids dresses, it's the first time in 13 years of business as a wedding photographer that I have ever seen a patterned dress instead of a solid color. It's definitely a dress the bridesmaids would wear again! The gorgeous flowers are provided by Greg Foster Florist of Spartanburg, SC. Although this wedding took place in the Lowcountry, the bride and groom were from upstate South Carolina and brought many of their wedding vendors down to the coast with them. We photographed the bride's brother's wedding several years ago, and that is how the couple found us. Most of our clients come from personal referrals and vendor/venue referrals...which is such a special way to find our clients. It instills a trust and comfort level when we work with them.
  • Review from newlyweds - “Oh, there are no words.....You captured our essence, our spirit, ourselves, and our friends and family SO perfectly!  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for giving us some amazing memories!” -Brittney & Kristen
  • We always strive to create at least one silhouette shot of the bride and groom on their wedding day. It is a timeless and simple photograph that they can appreciate for the artistry in addition to it being a personal and special moment. And a silhouette photograph is actually one of my favorite photos my parent's wedding photographer took on their wedding day. This image was created on Brock and Jared's wedding at Cross Creek Plantation in Seneca, SC--about a 45 minute drive from Greenville. The green lawn behind the country club overlooks the golf course and setting sun is a favorite location of ours for wedding photographs. The bride and groom are holding hands and leaning in for a kiss as the wind catches the brides lace lined veil. You can see the round orange glowing sun sinking over the horizon behind the trees. We got down low to the ground so that we could photograph the bride and groom in the orange and yellow twilight sky.
  • As a wedding photographer, you walk a fine line. I believe that it's important to give clients direction and assistance in photos so that they look at their absolute best. But at the same time we strive to be unobtrusive so that we can capture natural moments, and clients can be themselves and their personalities shine through in the moments captured. In the photograph above, I had gathered all of our equipment from the church and was hurrying to our car to go to the reception. But I caught a glimpse of the bride and groom walking to their awaiting chauffeur and Rolls-Royce and decided that I had to capture this completely candid moment. I love the way the groom is carrying the train of the bride's dress in his left hand, and you can see his new wedding ring that I'm sure he had not yet gotten used to wearing. The bride tilted her head slightly to the left and you can see her beautiful hairstyle and hairpin under her cathedral length veil. I am drawn through this image...from the newly married couple walking away to the chauffeur donning a black tux, who is watching the couple walk towards his car and anticipating their arrival by preparing to open the door. Although we are wedding photographers based in Greenville, South Carolina, we often photograph weddings all over the southeast. And this was one of those weddings that took us out of town. Emily and Cole were married in a springtime wedding ceremony in Montgomery, AL.
  • Review from wedding clients - “I have received more complements about you two than I can count…Having you around for the weekend was a natural fit, it felt like we had known you for years!” -Brody & Ann-Lamar
  • There is something special about veils, and I just love them. The wedding is the only day in a woman's she can wear one, and it's a universal symbol of a bride. Megan and Harrison are snuggling under her cathedral length veil, drenched in beautiful window light, as Harrison gives Meghan a kiss on the cheek. Her eyes close, and the smile on her face exudes happiness and contentment. As photographers, we prefer warm black and white toning to our images, like in the one above. I find true black and white to be too cold when printed and displayed in a home. Megan and Harrison hosted their family and friends for a day of celebration at the Westin Poinsett Hotel in downtown Greenville, SC. Their touching and emotional ceremony was held in the Poinsett Ballroom, while they danced the night away thanks to DJ Groove in their reception that evening in the Gold Ballroom. Special thanks to planner Amanda Cox, Eastside Transportation, and videography by Better Tie.
  • Review from mother of the bride - "The slideshow is a work of art. Each photo captured the beauty—inner and outer—of each and every person. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing gifts with our family." -Patti (Mother of the Groom)

Wedding Photographer Greenville SC

Twice named South Carolina wedding photographer of the year, Sposa Bella Photography captures romantic and timeless wedding images for the most discerning clients. Based in Greenville, SC, Craig and Lindsey Mahaffey, owners and principle photographers, have built Sposa Bella Photography to be one of the most recognized and highly sought after studios specializing in wedding photography. Realizing the importance for a bride and groom to hire the best wedding photographer, they pride themselves on their award winning images and stellar customer service. Always seeking to capturing the moments and emotion of a wedding day, and creating stunning wedding images that you will treasure for a lifetime.