I've had the fortune of knowing Summer and Alberto throughout their engagement. I'm so honored to have been their photographer for their Fall engagement and their Spring wedding.
Here are a few of my favorites from their big day!
Cool. Calm. Collected.
It was hot. It was humid. The scene was absolutely gorgeous. A lot of couples would have been disappointed in the heat but Miranda and Brian were the epitome of chill. Their focus was on each other, their own happiness, and the vows that they would exchange. With a charming first look and a quick romantic session pre ceremony we were able to knock out some killer images. The overcast weather only aided us in getting great shots during the ceremony. Their faces perfectly lit to capture expressions as the greenery behind them popped in color and worked as a perfect backdrop.
I absolutely adore this couple and love this venue.
Miranda and Brian---I wish you many decades of happiness!
Special thanks to the second shooters Stephanie Pulliam and Priscilla Green as well as the lovely vendors who worked so hard to put this together:
when I got the call we'd be doing a styled shoot with aerialist performers... I said obviously I will be there with cameras locked and loaded.
If you have a fun dress, play with it. If you have a second dress, wear it. If you love color, flaunt it. If you have exposed brick and a warehouse feel (Aerial CLT), compliment it with soft colors to give turn up the romance. Danielle Flynn from a Seamless Affair, really had a vision. I can't wait to see what this place turns into with a reception or event!
Special thanks to all the lovelies who were part of this project, make sure to look them up on instagram too!
- Videographer: Catey Labbon || West Mint Media || @westmintmedia
- Venue: Aerial Charlotte || @aerialclt
- Florals & decor: Barbara Pedwell-Dearborn || From This Day Forward Wedding & Special Event Design || @weddingswithbarbara
- Hair: Logan Havens || Bohemian Stylehouse || @logan-havens
- Makeup: Jennifer Yates || Jennifer Yates Cosmetic Artistry || @garbored13
- Bridal gown & accessories: Anjolique Bridal & Formal || @anjoliquebridalandformal
- Aerial performer: Satya Jvala || Satya Performance Arts || @satya_performance_arts
- Vintage china: Heather Pottier || The Whimsical Rose || @thewhimsicalrose
- Wedding stationary: Natasha Sean || Charming Chestnuts || @charmingchestnuts
- Linens: First Impressions Linen || @firstimpressionslinen
- Videographer: Catey Labbon || West Mint Media || @westmintmedia
Late one evening I checked my inbox as I always do... and I read an inquiry for a bridal portrait, though she had been married for 2 years already. She had never done a portrait session and she felt the wedding day went by so fast there was never enough time to sneak away with her photographer for a bit to focus on her and her dress.
I emotionally connect with a lot of stories, but this one definitely reached a little deeper. I sent her my information and when we met we clicked immediately. I knew that not only would we get stellar images, but the experience would be one to remember. Jessica and I together started turning our gears and before long we had a date, time, location and hair and make up artist set.
She had initially looked at booking Duke Mansion or DSBG, but I suggested giving a new venue a try. At a showcase I met a woman promoting her home/horse farm as a venue. She simply said her daughter was married on their property and it gave them the idea to rent it out to other brides. Due to their infancy as a business she offered free portrait sessions in exchange for images for the website. I went to check them out, sent Jessica a few videos from my phone and we chose to shoot here.
The selling points of Tirzah farm:
A GORGEOUS colonial farm house | a bamboo wall | beautiful landscaping | fields full of wispy grass | fun backgrounds, color and texture everywhere
What can I say about Jessica? She has a huge heart, is extremely beautiful and was very interested in the artistic aspects of what I do. She was open to suggestions and she was filled with so much excitement and joy we just had a spectacular time! Special thanks to her BFF Holly who flew up from New Orleans to assist with Jessica's hair and makeup. She did a fantastic job!
Enjoy these images and spread the word about Tirzah! They can be contacted at: 704-944-0555 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Ask for Jeannie!
As a photographer, I have to invest in advertising. There's no way around it. I need clients and I need weddings on the books! The best way to do that by far is to have amazing images... and stay engaging on social media and my blog. Hence my choosing to participate in the Big Fake Wedding: a showcase, a vow renewal and a styled shoot all rolled together in one package! Not only did I obtain an insane amount of images for my portfolio but I also got to know a ton of new local vendors as well... and the more I have become immersed in the Carolina wedding scene; the more I adore my counterparts in the industry. We truly work hard to better ourselves, our business, strengthen relationships and inspire each other and our clients. In the end; it's the CLIENT (the bride) who benefits. And when they're happy--we're happy!
Color inspiration was based on rich navy, muted plum, forest green and blush. I absolutely loved working with this amazing team of vendors. Special thanks to TBFW team for keeping us afloat!
Also seen on mywedding.com
Vintage Rentals (sweetheart table, chairs, lounge area, farm tables, benches) provided by "a bushel and a peck" offering Antique, Eclectic, Reclaimed, Rustic, Shabby Chic and Vintage Rentals, Styling and Decor in NC & beyond. Be sure to check them out here!
Venue & Catering: Aria at Founders Hall| Coordination: Kelly Renee Weddings | Florals & Design: Love & Honey, Springvine Design, Stunning & Brilliant Events| Invitations: Estudio Rojo| Cake: Sweet It Is! | Desserts: Amelie's French Bakery & Cafe | Wedding Dress: J. Major's Bridal Boutique | Bridal Accessories: Ragga Wedding | Jewelry: Fox & Beaux | Makeup: Lovely by Patrice | Spray Tanning: BronzedBerry by Christina | Wedding Vow Art: The Standard Canvas | Rentals: A Bushel & A Peck Vintage Rentals | Linens: I Do Linens | Tea Cups: The Whimsical Rose | Marquee Lighting: Marquee Market | Band: Emerald Empire Band | DJ: ATG Entertainment | Ceremony Musician:Jessica Borgnis Music | Photo Booth: Epic Moments Photo Booth | Hotel: Omni Charlotte | Bar: Hot Beer Sucks | Travel: Travel Planners Honeymoons | Sparkling Wine: Ferrari Sparkling Wine | Cake Preservation: Take the Cake | Favors: Moko & Co.
See the list of other awesome vendors here:
Special thanks to Misty, Jared and their friends for being awesome models!
of course, lighting can be tricky and natural light has always been my preference. here are a few examples of using natural light over the last few weeks.
The dream began when I sat and pondered how to really break some headway in the Charlotte wedding industry. How to stand out? Just be yourself... have some fun! Realize the dream. Pick vendors I adore and we'll build a set from scratch. It can't be that hard, right? Let's just run with it... let's be prepared... and leave some things open. Wake up with more creative energy then you have every had before, and watch the performance unfold before your eyes. Coordinate, organize, follow through, disorganize, make up your mind! Pick your colors. Pick your flowers. Find some cool people. Dress them up and ACTION. woah. I can't believe we pulled it off.
With some luck, and some connections, I happened upon an empty warehouse (formerly the Carolina Actors Studio Theater) to use for the shoot. I sketched out a set and with the help of the Amélie's design team (Brenda Ische and Bobbie Puckett), we put it all together. Special thanks as well to Heather Marie Pottier from The Whimsical Rose (vintage China rentals) for not only her beautiful china, but also for assisting throughout the day, Julie Ford from Jimmy Blooms Floral Design for the AMAZING floral arrangements, bouquets and boutonnières, Hollie Burgess from Beautiful Idiot Clothing (Kimonos and bowties), Patrice Shannon with Lovely by Patrice Make Up (and hair), Kyle from Olde York Station (stationary/calligraphy), Sunnie Boyd for her assistance as well as the lovely staff at Amélie's French Bakery.
I call myself an artist. Photography has become my craft. It has taken me a long time to build the confidence to call myself an artist. I know I am not the best.. but I strive to be. I know I am not very well connected.. but every day I am meeting new people who inspire me. I do not really call myself a dreamer (my dreams are pretty darn weird so no thank you), but I do call myself a doer. I am all about the journey at this point and man does that horizon look lovely.
Thank you for tuning in to these blog posts, your support means everything.
This styled shoot was born out of an idea and a pretty big one at that, one of much social and political importance. The idea that Charlotte brides these days do not look like the ones in the magazines of yesteryear. They are diverse, they have diverse friends. Bridesmaids are no longer the same. Girls have guy friends. Girls have girl friends that dress masculine and vice versa. In my dream world, they are all welcome. The theme, was a girl with a motley crew of friends. Johanna is our bride, and her friends David (@davidzcox), Heather (@heatherhimes from Dust & Ashes), Brianna K (@bee_kay89) and Sarah (@sweetsarahpastry) were the lovely bride's maids and men.
Instead of a bridal shoot or a staged wedding, we chose a different scene: the bride getting ready. To me, this is one of the moments during the big day where the Bride feels comfortable, she's among friends and some of the most beautiful moments are created. The groom, albeit an important component for the day was not needed to showcase these amazing vendors.