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Charlotte wedding photographers {Meredith bridal portraits with horse)

Meredith has been around horses her entire life. Her parents raised Friesan horses on their farm in Lake Wylie, SC, up until the past year.  We did a quick bridal portrait session at their farm with Meredith’s prized stallion, Quixote, before they sold the farm.

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Bride fashion editorial at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens is one of my very favorite local wedding venues. I adore photographing on the grounds there, and recently did a little wedding gown fashion editorial for my studio magazine.

Big thanks to Sissy Duncan (Simply Beautiful Artistry by Sissy Duncan) for the wonderful hair and makeup, and Poffie Girls and Ladies of Lineage allowing us to use their gorgeous wedding dresses!

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Destination wedding photographer {Point Reyes, California engagement session}

Last October, I headed out of town with my photographer friend Julia to take a photography workshop (Every Wedding is an Adventure). Julia had been in contact with a lovely couple from around San Francisco, and set up an engagement session with them at one of the coolest places I’ve seen-Point Reyes National Park.  The fog there added great atmosphere to the images.  I can’t wait to go back!

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Charlotte engagement portrait session {Meredith and William}

Meredith and William-I love these guys. Several years ago, I also photographed Meredith sisters’ wedding. It was a gorgeous, lakeside affair in her family’s backyard-casual and fun.  I know this family knows how to throw a party! ;)

Meredith loves horses, and has her own beautiful stallion (Quixote).  It was only natural for her to have her engagement portraits with William at another family property, a horse farm near Chester, SC.

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Vanlandingham wedding inspiration (peach and mint)

A while back, Marsha from The Event Host asked for help putting together a quick vintage inspiration shoot at Vanlandingham Estate in Charlotte.  In just a very short period of time, Marsha transformed the venue with a beautiful ceremony and reception setup.

Lighting: Scott Brown Media Group

Rentals: Party ReflectionsFloral Design: P. A. Reavis DesignsCake: WOW Factor Cakes – Amy Craparo

Props: The Event Host

Dresses: Kim Pixton Design: Kim Pixton

Formal Wear: The Tux Shop Lasiandras Murphy

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I shot this lovely styled bridal portrait session last year alongside my talented friend Julia Laible, and never got around to sharing it.  Now that it’s warming up  and the trees are starting to bud and flower; it reminded me of that gorgeous day, so I thought I’d finally share it.

The peach trees around Anne Springs Close Greenway and the Dairy Barn in Fort Mill, SC, are so incredibly beautiful when they’re in bloom.  I look forward to portraits there this year-the trees are starting to bloom now!

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Hayley Married Justin (Emerald Isle, NC wedding)

I had the immense pleasure of photographing Hayley and Justin’s Emerald Isle beach wedding earlier this month, and what a beautiful day it was!  The ocean breeze and lull of the waves made the perfect backdrop to one of the most relaxed wedding days I’ve ever been to.

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Hayley got ready in an awesome house on the beach in Emerald Isle… I’m pretty sure she was serious when she asked her dad could she have it as a wedding gift..and who could blame her?  The view was breathtaking.
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I love that she chose these adorable mint green Toms as her wedding shoes-perfect for a laid-back beach wedding!  (and so much more fun than plain white shoes!)

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How cute is their snaggle-toothed pup?  She’s a real sweetheart, and I’m so glad Hayley and Justin included her in the wedding day.
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First look- some people love them, some don’t.  If you do, it gives you an opportunity to get a lot of your formal or posed photos out of the way-which is especially important if you’re having a late fall or winter wedding, when the sun sets much earlier.  Sunset was at 5:30 this day, so the first look gave us plenty of time to get some images while it was still bright outside.

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How adorable is this whimsical bird cake topper?

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Hayley made a lot of really cute DIY wedding items. One of my favorites was the love story poster by the bar.  And, I think tequila has made most of us think we can dance at some point in time!

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Each table had DIY centerpieces, along with fake mustaches with notes that encouraged guests to ‘be their evil twin’ and let loose at the wedding reception!

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I’m a sucker for succulents in a bouquet.  They add such great texture…and you can keep them forever after your wedding–just take them out of the bouquet and root them in some soil!

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SC wedding photographer – Ivey’s bridal portraits

  Ivey and Randy had a gorgeous wedding at the Hammond-Preston House in Anderson, SC this weekend, so I can finally share her beautiful bridal portraits!  Ivey was a ridiculously lovely bride.  Congratulations to the newlyweds!

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After the Hammond Preston House, we headed over to Ivey’s parent’s home nearby to take advantage of the setting sun.

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Charlotte Wedding Magazine – Fall Bridal Gown Fashion Feature

   I was beyond thrilled when I heard from Charlotte Wedding magazine, asking if I’d like to shoot their fall fashion spread.  Me?  Photograph gorgeous wedding gowns and jewelry in the super cool McColl Center for Visual Art??? Hmmm…lemme think…YES! 

Our day began around 6 am with beautification of our already gorgeous bridal model, and me oohing and ahhing over the rack of gorgeous bridal gowns collected from the fantastic bridal salons in and around Charlotte.  (there may have been a little planning to talk my husband into marrying me again so I could get a new wedding gown going on too…)

We had such a fabulous team putting this together: Laurel Benedum from Charlotte Wedding styled each look, Jane Fields from Charlotte wedding produced the shoot, and the amazing Rebekah McCann did a fantastic job on all the hair and makeup for our beautiful model!

Our first shoot began with a gorgeous Anna Maier Monet gown from Hayden Olivia on the rooftop of the McColl Center.

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We headed out to ‘the ruins’ of the former church on the grounds to photograph this Nicole Miller stunner from J. Majors.  

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Artist Linda Luise Brown was kind enough to lend  us her studio to photograph this gorgeous Lillian West wedding gown from Poffie Girls.  

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The next gown is from one of my favorite designers, Justin Alexander.  New York Bride and Groom graciously loaned us this gorgeous wedding dress, and the fab veil came from one of my absolute favorite people in the wedding industry, Aubre from Aubre’s Bridal!

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This beautiful Lula Kate dress came from J. Majors!

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This fun skirt and top ensemble from J. Majors was photographed in artist Jason Watsons’ studio.

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One of my favorites from the day was this Blush by Jim Hjelm from Hayden Olivia.

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Erica and Jesse Wedding

Erica and Jesse met in Atlanta in their junior year of college, and have been inseparable ever since.  They celebrated their love for each other with a beautiful beach wedding at Shell Island Resort in lovely Wilmington, NC.

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Erica and Jesse opted to do a ‘first look’ and see each other across from the resort in the marsh before the wedding ceremony.  They loved having those minutes together to talk and relax before the wedding, and also opted to do their family portraits beforehand as well, so they could get to their reception shortly after!

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 I LOVE that they included their sweet dog Bella in the ceremony and portraits. 

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