Venue – Foundation For the Carolinas
Hair/Makeup – Lovely by Lindsey
Dress Designer – Watters
Dress Purchased From – La Reine Bridal
Groom/Groomsmen Attire – Combatant Gentlemen
Florals – Party Blooms, Inc.
Officiant – Rev. Tod Coles
Ceremony Music + DJ – Split Second Sound
Invitations – Minted
Catering – Best Impressions
Cake – The WOW Factor Cakes
Do y’all remember Lauren and Mike from their mountain top engagement session at Craggy Gardens earlier this year? Basically, we adore this couple and feel so fortunate and grateful to know them and have photographed their wedding day this past July at Grove Park Inn in Asheville. A few of my favorite parts of the day:
+ Lauren chose to bring her grandma’s rosary and mirror to be photographed with her bridal details. Y’all know I always love this. I think it’s such a special way to honor and feel connected to the important people in our lives.
+ This was such a fun and funny group, as evidenced by Mike and his groomsmen’s sparkler tunnel they chose to do together before Lauren and Mike met for their first look. Hilarious.
+ The bride is a graphic design and did her own invitations and paper goods…and she nailed it. They were so pretty (see below). :)
+ We may have been poured on by rain before and during their ceremony, but we had sunny skies for their first look and enough time to do many of their bridal party and family photographs with the mountain backdrop. On top of that, Lauren and Mike were up for going out into the drenched grounds for a few portraits of the two of them together before they headed into their ceremony.
Congratulations, Lauren and Mike! Love you guys!! Let us know when you decide to make the move to Charlotte! :))))
Planner – Tara Jordan of Weddings With Tara
Hair – Lola Salon
Makeup – Blush Asheville
Groom’s Suit – Ralph Lauren
Florals – Flora
Officiant – Tim Lolley
DJ – Mitch Fortune of Remix Weddings
Catering and Cake – Grove Park Inn
Rentals – PR Productions
Lighting – LimeLight FX
Photobooth – Smoochbooth
We have some fun news to share! Melissa and Aaron’s wedding at The Cliffs was featured in print in The Knot Carolinas magazine! With the ceremony at The Cliffs at Glassy Chapel and the reception at The Cliffs at Mountain Park, the setting was perfection for this November wedding.
This wedding was truly spectacular and just plain special.
Spectacular because Tara Jordan and the rest of the vendor team (all credits below!) completely knocked it out of the park with the decor and overall feel of the day. Y’all, it was unreal. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it. They completely transformed the golf cart storage barn into floor to ceiling magic.
Just plain special because of Melissa, Aaron and their sweet families. These are such warm, welcoming and kind people…we were so blessed by them and had the best day documenting their day of friends, family, love and joy.
Melissa and Aaron – congratulations on your recent first wedding anniversary and THANK YOU for inviting us into your lives for this special, special day. xoxo.
Planner – Tara Jordan of Weddings With Tara
Christmastime is HERE! Next to the fall season, it’s the BEST time of the year. Y’all, I’m in hog heaven. Through the years, our little family has developed many traditions that happen during the month of December. Last year for my December goals, I shared those traditions. If you’d like to see what we do together as a family, check them out here.
Additionally, we are starting to scheme up some new traditions…especially as the kids get a little older. I was listening to this podcast about making Christmas meaningful and simple and really loved this mom’s ideas for the ways her and her husband have implemented traditions that take the focus off of “what I’m going to get for Christmas” and “me” focused and toward the spirit and gift of giving and helping others and kindness. Yes. More, more, more of this please. Y’all need to listen or just go check out the blog post.
My goals for the month of December:
Personal Goals (besides all of our Christmas traditions!)
+ Get Boone and his buddy from his class together. I know this kind of seems like a silly goal, but Boone has been begging me for weeks. It’s important to him, so I’m going to be intentional in reaching out to a mom that I don’t know to coordinate a time for them to play.
+ Plan “after Christmas” date with Geoff to reflect on the year and begin making plans for our family for 2018.
+ Continue using editorial calendars to blog all client work and Planoly for Instagram. Y’all stay tuned, as I still have THREE weddings to share before the year is over!
+ Complete all editing. We are close….closer than we ever have been in December.
+ Send client holiday gifts.
+ Go into Christmas break with an empty inbox.
+ Do all of the “end of the year” things – write my 2017 Recap blog post, post vendors in action pics on Facebook, Host CSP Team Night, write 2017 “behind the scenes/in action” blog post.
Happy December, friends! Let your heart be light! xoxo
And that’s it! 2017 is a wrap! Katie and David’s Charleston, South Carolina wedding was the perfect one to close out another great wedding season….Erika and I were so grateful to photograph their day and celebrate with them. The ceremony took place at Grace Church Cathedral and was followed by a reception at the unique and beautiful Historic Rice Mill located right on the water. Here are just a few of my favorite things/parts of the day:
+ I loved so many things about their style. Her dress was classic, clean and stunning. He wore a blue and black tux, which I love! Her engagement ring was so unique and just gorgeous. And y’all….BLUSH VELVET SHOES. See all of these details below.
+ David wrote Katie the sweetest note that she opened prior to putting her gown on. Emotional moments like this one get me every time.
+ Shooting around Charleston always makes for the best day ever. If you’ve ever been there, you know that around every corner is a new nook with beautiful scenery. It never gets old and is always a dream to photograph.
+ The sunset. The only appropriate word for it is epic.
Congratulations, Katie and David! We are so happy for y’all and wish you the very best for you life together!
Ceremony Venue – Grace Cathedral Church
Reception Venue – Historic Rice Mill
Getting Ready Location – The Dewberry Hotel
Planner – Erica Peper
Hair/Mae Up – Slate Hair and Make Up
Dress Designer – Mikaella
Veil – Tia Mazza
Bridesmaid Dresses – Joanna August
Groom and Groomsmen Attire – Joseph Abboud
Florals – Flowershop
Transportation – ACW Limo
Invitations – Red Stone Press
Cake – Wildflour Pastry
Band – Travis Allison Band
Catering and Rentals – Good Food Catering
Today is a good day! Not only is today the day that I get to share Maggie and JR’s wedding day at The Ritz Charlotte, but it’s the day we get to see it featured on Carats and Cake! For the full feature, click here!
We had the best day with this sweet couple and have so enjoyed getting to know them. Here are just a few of my favorite moments/things about their day:
+ Preceding her first look with JR, Maggie decided to do a first look with both her brothers and her dad. It was so sweet and might have even flashed me forward to what it might be like on our daughter Crew’s wedding day with her brothers. :)
+ After all of their bridal party had made their way down the aisle for the processional, there was a quiet moment…a pause…maybe even an extended pause….before Maggie came through the door. You could see JR’s nerves melt away into relief the second he caught her glance. These small, seemingly insignificant moments are what make a wedding day so incredibly special for us to photograph!
+ Their first dance was amazing. Like, the most amazing first dance that I’ve ever seen…and I’ve seen a lot of them!
+ Their A+ vendor team! See below for this line-up!
Maggie and JR – the biggest congratulations to you both! We wish you so much happiness together. xoxo.
Venue – Ritz Carlton Charlotte
Wedding Planner – The Graceful Host
Hair/Makeup – Charisse Holliday of Be Pretty
Dress Designer – Hayley Paige
Dress Purchased From – Hayden Olivia
Florals – New Creations Flowers
Officiant – Rev. Rebecca Nagy
Ceremony Musician – Harp In Charlotte
Invitations – Pink Toast Ink
Calligraphy – The Graceful Host
DJ – Split Second Sound
Catering and Cake – Ritz Carlton Charlotte
Rentals – Party Reflections
Filmmaker – Shamus of Indigo Charlotte