have your courthouse wedding and your photography too! Charlotte Wedding Photographer Stefanie Haviv 2018
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
Engagement sessions really shine when we (the photographer and the client) follow a few basic guidelines.
1. Be yourself.
2. Have fun.
3. Repeat 1 and 2.
When I meet with couples I always suggest two looks and at least two locations. The first look should be somewhat casual and the second should be a bit more formal. This isn't a requirement, it's just a starting point. Venessa, Colin, Caroline (from Mint To Be Weddings) and I met, brainstormed over some wine and came up with a few elements that we wanted in the images: their pup, a graffiti wall and if possible, a vintage car. Done, done and done. While shooting and moving from location to location, a few other fun ideas popped into our heads and together, we really produced a great shoot. Go team!
2016 has definitely been a year for some awesome engagement shoots. I love getting to sit down with my clients and come up with a gameplan for the day of the shoot. Sitting down with Chelsea and Brent was no different. At first they mentioned that they didn't want to be anything but themselves. So I asked them.. "what do you guys like to do together?"
Eat pizza. In Pajamas. On the couch.
"Okay! Let's do that!!"
They looked shocked.. and I said---seriously, we'll get a cute couch and put it in a field! It'll be great. Then I mentioned my parents had a goat farm (www.cardinalridgefarm.com) and so there you have it. Pizza, Goats & Pajamas.
For the formal half of their session we met uptown some delicious sunset lighting.
Chelsea and Brent, I have so much enjoyed getting to know both of you and I very much look forward to your wedding day at Ritchie Hill.
Morning session wrapped! We parted ways for a few hours and then reconvened uptown.
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!
Imagine meeting the ONE... when you are a baby. Your parents are friends and so the two of you meet. Maybe the memories are distant. Dinners together at the table... maybe you shared the toys in the living room... and once for certain.. you actually walked down the aisle together as flower girl and ring bearer.
But alas. Your parents are both in the military and you both move to different states. Many years pass and somehow you manage to reconnect. The spell had already been cast. The sparks had already flown. It took you two being in the same room together again to sense it. And so when you finally met again... your destiny was more clear than ever.
This is the story of Vanessa and José. A story like no other.
We met on a sunny morning in South Charlotte. Special thanks to all of the friends and family members that helped make this day possible. Your support, your smiles and your love for this couple mean so much.
See the full gallery here: http://stefaniehaviv.pass.us/vanessa-jose/
So thankful for a beautiful day, delightful guests and a beyond happy Bride and Groom. Congratulations to you Vanessa and José. I wish you and your family much happiness!
hotel: renaissance south park
Two years ago I started following maximilianphotography on instagram. He was an up and coming wedding photographer in Oslo Norway. He followed me back and the two of us have been admiring each other’s portfolios, watching each other grow and we’ve been inspiring each other along the way.
Overall I was struck by his fairy tale like scenery, rich deep colors and his keen eye for backgrounds and composition. I didn’t know it at the time; but I would eventually meet this mysterious instagrammer from afar.
Earlier this year I told Roey I’d like to look for a photography workshop in Europe in order to work on my portfolio and sharpen my skills. After a few days of research I was a bit discouraged of the options and the pricing… so it hit me… what if I messaged a photographer in another country and asked to second shoot a wedding with them? Max Foto immediately came to mind. I sent him an instagram message describing my ordeal. He was very open to the idea so after a conversation with one of his couples--they agreed and weeks later Roey and I had plane tickets to Oslo.
I found out @maximilianphotography’s real name was Jon. He was married with a young son and lived just outside Oslo. Roey and I arrived on a Wednesday, met Jon on a Thursday for lunch in downtown Oslo. We got along great! Of course for a minute there… Roey and Jon were talking so much about motorcycles I could barely get a word in.. ha!
On a crisp clean morning; Roey and I packed our little car and started the trek North towards Hemsedal--a ski resort community nested in the mountains. The drive was beautiful. Rolling hills, snow covered mountains and farms and lumber yards that covered the landscape. We arrived at our cabin in Lykkja, settled in, and then drove down the mountain towards Hemsedal to meet Jon and scout out the scene. After a cup of coffee we drove down past the venue in search of some beautiful backdrops. It didn’t take us long to find what we were looking for.
Overnight it snowed. A soft powder that covered the landscape. I woke up that day, peered outside; and felt like a kid on Christmas morning. Horses in their blankets were bouncing around in the snow just outside our window. It's a good thing I love snow as much as I do.. Oh and thankfully the car we got was AWD manual 5 speed.
Let's talk about Beautiful Cecilie and her betrothed Oscar. Jon and I met her and her bridesmaids at the local Salon. Happy moods & broad smiles were flowing as much as the champagne. It was a beautiful snowy morning, and Cecilie's fairy tale wedding was about to start.
I really enjoyed working with Jon Sandbu. His rich colors, textures and advocacy for film like images have always inspired me and continue to do so. I asked if I could share a few of his images in this blog post. You can see the difference in our style. I sincerely hope Cecilie and Oscar are pleased with the images from both of us! I thoroughly enjoyed this wedding and my trip overall. Norway---I hope to see you again soon.