Monthly Archives: June 2013

Ben & Sarah Get [Married]

Can I just say how much I love these two?  Ben and Sarah have been nothing but a fun and exciting couple to work with.  They have just exuded excitement over getting married, and have had nothing but complete trust in their vendors to make it happen.

Ben and Sarah met in college… well, they knew of each other in college, but didn’t start dating until 2010 when they ran into each other at a bar in Mooresville… and found out that they had both relocated to Lake Norman.

About a year later they were on a cruise in the Bahamas and went to St. Lucia on an excursion.  When they asked their driver to take them to all of the hot spots, he took them around to all of his friends trying to get them to buy stuff!  As a man about to propose you can imagine how frustrating it was to Ben!

Sarah says, “I knew I was going to marry Ben, but I wouldn’t have thought he would have brought the ring through all that security… and act so normal through the whole thing!”

Ben and Sarah’s wedding was amazing.  All of their unique touches really made my day, including: napkins embroidered with their initial by Sarah’s mom, the super detailed cake topper, the personally bought centerpieces, and handcrafted cakestand.  The more a couple can showcase their personalities, what’s important to them and details that explain where they came from the better.  Everywhere I turned there was another unique touch they had added.

Sarah’s dress was AH-MAZING… look at all those layers! If you missed her bridal session, check it out here.

Sarah… you are breathtaking…
We grabbed one of their napkins for a cute picture, but Ben wears glasses so we had to remove it for the real deal…
First Look Photos
First Look Photos
First Look Photos
This picture takes my breath away… every. time.
First Look Photos
First Look Photos
Waiting for the ceremony…
Orchard House NC Wedding Photos
Hey, Grandpa!
Orchard House NC Wedding Photos
Orchard House NC Wedding Photos
Orchard House NC Wedding Photos
Orchard House NC Wedding Photos
Orchard House NC Wedding Photos
Orchard House NC Wedding Photos
Orchard House NC Wedding Photos
Ok, how cute are these two??
Orchard House NC Wedding Photos, Tandem Bicycle Wedding Photos
Orchard House NC Wedding Photos, Tandem Bicycle wedding photos
Orchard House NC Wedding Photos
Orchard House Wedding Photos
I’m usually not one for cheesy shots like this, but c’mon!  They had a SIGN that said WEDDING!
Orchard House Wedding Photos
Look how detailed this cake topper is!  Ben’s mom had it specially ordered from England from Cheryl Locke.  Ben and Sarah opted to cut a cake topper, but opted to have different flavors of cheesecake for their guests, as they’re “not big cake people.”
Personalized Cake Toppers
A friend of the couple snapped Polaroids during the cocktail hour as their guest book…
Nancy, Salim and Kelley with I Do Wedding Consulting NAILED this wedding, this couple and their vision… loved working with this amazing planning team!
Orchard House Wedding Photos
The couple gave out personalized mason jars as favors for to their guests…
Orchard House Wedding Photos, Rustic Wedding Photos, Wedding Mason Jars
Orchard House Wedding Photos, Rustic Wedding Photos
Orchard House Wedding Photos
The couple asked for all of the father’s and daughter’s to join them on the dance floor during their dances… so sister/maid of honor jumped right in… LOVE this series.
And the sister’s decided to put on a dramatic act to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”… and fall out on the floor after attempting a Russian kazachok in a wedding dress!
And a guest decided to entertain the mom’s… priceless…
sparkler exit, orchard house wedding photos


Wedding Planner: I Do Wedding Consulting
Ceremony & Reception: The Orchard House
Cake: Matty’s Fatty’s
Flowers: Poppies Floral Design
Gown: Classic Bride & Formals
Maids: David’s Bridal
Suits: Nautica from Belk
DJ: Jukebox DJ
Second Shooter: Susan Kelly

Craig & Katie Get [Married] … and Featured!

I still couldn’t believe the email when it came through… My wedding had gotten picked up by who?  The Knot… really!? I don’t think an image release had been signed quicker in the history of mankind.  I’ve been scouring Harris Teeter for about a week now looking for the latest issue to appear with no luck, but thank God for the girls at The Knot… they are ON IT, and emailed me the tear sheets…

Craig and Katie’s wedding was the last wedding I photographed before Ian was born… 11 days later to be exact! So you can only imagine a 9 mo pregnant lady lugging equipment all over uptown! Thank God for my super second, Susan, and Haylie the wonder intern! Without their help I wouldn’t have made it.

Katie and Craig’s wedding was absolutely amazing.  The touches of copper, green and charcoal was such an amazing palette that I literally just had to stand at the Founder’s Hall entrance with my mouth hanging open.  Heather and Ashley with The Graceful Host had done an absolutely outstanding job.

Craig and Katie met at Bank of America on the very first day of their orientation/team building week.  Craig was running behind and when he eventually found his way to the group Katie jokingly asked if he was “too cool” to sit with the finance majors… and well, the rest is history.

He proposed at Latta Park, which until they moved to NYC, was their weekend walkabout.  They would grab bagels and coffee, and walk over the Latta to enjoy a nice quiet morning (and sometimes a game of croquet). That particular night they had decided to eat some leftovers on a blanket in their favorite spot in the park.  Craig started unpacking the picnic basket, and sandwiched between the plates and cups was her ring box… and some champagne for after she said yes.

Craig and Katie were married at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with their reception to follow at Founder’s Hall.

How amazing was her dress??

“Like a Wink and a Smile”
Their favors were unbelievable… A favor themed from the States that brought them together… Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.
Craig’s reacting at seeing his bride come down the aisle just melted me..
Ever the jokester…
With Founder’s Hall having no ceiling to bounce light off of is why off camera flash is essential in that facility…
And of course Craig’s brother had to get the escalator train going… lol.

Huge thanks to the amazing team of vendors!!

Wedding Planner: Ashley with The Graceful Host
Hair & Makeup: Elizabeth Tolley with Who’s the Fairest
Gown: Martina Liana from J Majors
Bridesmaids: Alfred Sung from J Majors
Suits: Men’s Warehouse
Flowers: New Creations Flower Company
Cake: Cake Lady Jill
Rings: Diamonds Direct
Invitations: Delphine Press
Hand Drawn Map: DesignsbyRobinLove
DJ: Split Second Sound
Second Shooter: Susan Kelly

Marty & Leigh Get [Married]

Yay for backyard weddings!!

Part of me loves doing things away from the norm… The number of smaller, backyard, at home weddings I’ve had the opportunity to photograph this season has been heartwarming.  I have so enjoyed being welcomed into my couple’s homes and seeing their everyday life… well… sort of their every day life!

Marty and Leigh were good friends for a while before they started dating, and unbeknownst to Leigh, Marty and her Dad were actually good friends!  So when Leigh came to her Dad to get his approval before they started dating, he willingly gave it and the two have been inseparable since.

Marty and Leigh have an absolutely beautiful home… and if you know these two, you know that Marty couldn’t have picked a better backdrop to propose.  They were sitting out on their deck (in their favorite spot), and Marty pulled the box out of his hoodie and popped the question.  Leigh said that the proposal fit “them” perfectly… and they couldn’t have picked any other place to have their closest friends and family join them for the most important day of their lives.

I love Leigh’s dress… the blue was from her mother’s wedding dress, and the cross stitching was done by her grandmother.  Heirloom’s like this just melt my heart, and speaks to the level of importance family holds in my own heart…

Leigh and Marty cleared out all of their living room furniture and stored it in their garage to make room for their guests…
Leigh had found and printed many of their families generations of wedding portraits to display, along with some of their engagement portraits as well…
Once the ceremony was over, the living room was converted into their reception/dinner space…
Even though Leigh HATES s’mores, she thought having them in her backyard would be fun…
I’m sorry… can we just stop and awe at the details in the backyard for a sec?
THIS is why I LOVE doing a first look… 
His wedding present to Leigh… her new monogram…
This is Leigh’s neice, Ansley, the “flower girl”… and only a few weeks younger than Ian! Totally stole the show…
Dinner with their families…
The living room was then converted to the dance floor…
Of course Leigh had to have purple shoes…

Ceremony/Reception: Leigh and Marty’s Home/Backyard in Hickory, NC
Flowers: Maureen Teague (friend of family)
Cake: Three Forks
Gown: Essence of Australia from Poffie Girls
Bridesmaids: Bill Levkoff from Poffie Girls
Veil: Borrowed from her sister
Rings: Tacori from Bisnar Co.
Hair: Deanna Holman from Chloe’s
Rentals: It’s My Party