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matt & sarah get [married]!

I love photographing weddings at the beach… I understand that it’s a 3+ hour drive from Charlotte… but I seriously love it.  there’s something so magical about having a couple by the water at sunset… truly nothing replaces it.

I actually met Sarah a few years ago… she was Ryan and I’s waitress on Valentine’s Day at Carrabbas (our second favorite local haunt).  we started talking about life, and she asked for my card… I never thought in a million years that she would actually call me after she and Matt were engaged. just goes to show… you never know.

Sarah and Matt were married on Bald Head Island at the Shoal’s Club.  It was an absolutely beautiful May day, and if you know anything about the island… it was perfectly serene.  I knew all the details were going to be awesome, as Sarah has her own planning company, and her nautical theme was gorgeous against the backdrop of the ocean.

I want to thank Jessica Keener for coming out to Bald Head to shoot with me, and Charlotte Wedding Magazine for featuring this amazing couple!

my favorite images are below… I just think the one on the right is reminiscent of the Pride and Prejudice scene were Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth meet in the field at dawn…

Venue:  The Shoals Club
Dress: Allure
Bridesmaids: David’s Bridal
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Cupcakes: Cakes by the Norwoods
Flowers: Verzaal’s Florist and Events

Sam & Danielle Get [Married]! … and Featured!

It’s weddings like Sam & Danielle’s that really make me grateful to have the job that I have, and absolutely LOVE what I do.  This wedding was so full of life, love and color that I seriously felt like I wasn’t up the the task of capturing all of the thoughtfulness and beauty that went into the day.

Danielle and I actually didn’t meet until the day of her and Sam’s engagement photos!  We clicked so well over the phone that we pretty much knew it was going to be a great fit for both of us right away.  Danielle and Sam met over the internet… as two avid gamers they got chatting in an online server, fell in love and the rest is history!

With these two it’s obvious that they are a perfect fit… and more importantly, that they are head over heels for each other.  To see the way they interacted, the lack of hysteria and laid back approach they had to their wedding day was so refreshing.  At one point Sam was in the hotel room while the girls were getting ready, and while other couple’s may have been concerned about seeing each other beforehand, these two just held hands and talked like it was any other day.  In my opinion that’s not just what makes a wedding day great… but makes a marriage strong.  The romantic dates and lavish gifts are one thing, but the ability to have coffee in the morning and just chat through your day without any pomp or circumstance… that’s real life.

“You knit both halves of my heart together,
See me through fair and foul weather.
When the wind blows, you are my tether.
When my soul is heavy, you lift me like a feather.
I’ll say it loud and I’ll say it proud —
with you, my love, my life is better.”

How cute are these matching scents?
I seriously can’t get over how gorgeous all the florals were…
See what I mean?  Just holding hands… no big deal, we’re just getting married today…
Yay!  Love doing a first look… the intimacy of the moment just makes my heart warm, every. single. time.
Sam decided to dress as Macklemore when they entered the reception to “Thrift Shop”… so hilarious.
Cake smash!
My camera didn’t quite focus in time for the shot of Danielle with her dad, but it was so sweet I couldn’t delete it from the final images.
“Don’t stop believing”
Huge thanks to the amazing vendors that made this day fabulous!

Wedding Planner: Ashley with The Graceful Host
Ceremony & Reception: Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens
Hair & Makeup: Elizabeth with Who’s the Fairest
Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander
Bridesmaids: Alfred Angelo
Groomsmen: Jos. A Banks
Rentals: Party Reflections
Catering: Best Impressions
Cake: Wow Factor Cakes
Videography: Brian Bunn Films
Flowers: New Creations Flower Co.

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.
I LOVE THIS SHOT!
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