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

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  • Kim Cygan - Beautiful pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Teresa Terri Brannon Floyd - Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Sherry Greene - Beautiful wedding, and couple!ReplyCancel

  • Audra Campbell Smith - Leigh this is so great! I loved being able to re-live your beautiful moments.ReplyCancel

  • Suzan Greene - This was an absolutely fabulous wedding. Perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Coffey - This is one of the most gorgeous and unique wedding's I have ever seen. What style. Many happy wishes to the couple. Beautifully done. And the photography was amazing.ReplyCancel