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Landon & Amanda Are Married ~ {WEDDING}

May 24, 2016  •  1 Comment

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016, Landon and Amanda were married at Rolling Hill Farms in Monroe, North Carolina.  It was a beautiful, Carolina day for this couple to start their new lives together as one.  They were married by Landon's grandfather and the ceremony followed by friends and family joining in the celebration of their union.  Here is a recap of their wedding festivities...

Somebody didn't give her the memo that the bride is the only one who wears white on the wedding day!  ;)

Bling! Bling! Bling!

Love some pretty bokeh to be thrown in a few shots!

Time to get ready

Friends by her side

With her grandmothers

Amanda had bought a gift for both her mom and her soon-to-be Mother-in-law

Landon has arrived and is looking mighty sharp!

Here he is opening a gift from Amanda

Love this shot.  It reminded that Tim, Landon's dad, had just told me that it was just a few days shy of being 23 years since they brought him home from the hospital. 

Amanda coming out for her daddy to see her for the first time...

And this was just a candid moment before the ceremony.  Landon and all his 8 brothers!

Here comes the bride...

Love, love love this shot!

Marriage is so sacred and I always love to not only shoot the ceremony but to hear what is said.  Landon's grandfather read the most humbling words, "Christ is to be the head of the home, the unseen guest at every meal, the silent listener in every conversation..."  That has stuck with me since I heard it and I know that can be the most helpful piece of advise that could be given to a newly married couple.  In fact, it's a great reminder for marriages of all ages.   

Married!

Here are some of my favorites of their pictures together!  

I had to post this out take.  It was sunny almost the entire time during their pictures but at one point, there was this tiny little dark cloud that passed by.  It started raining and the old trusty reflector worked double duty that day...a make shift shelter!  Know my fellow photogs will appreciate this next picture.

This next shot might be one of my favorites.  These aren't Landon's groomsmen, they are his bothers...all 8 of them!

Reception time!

Look to the left of this next picture, that's Amanda's shoes she wore when she was a baby!

And a close up!

Candy bar!

 

Mr & Mrs. Huntley!

Photobooth!

Landon with his daddy and grandmother!

Seriously, look at her eyes!

The cake! 

Bouquet/Garter toss!

Congratulations Landon and Amanda, I wish many, many wonderful years together through the good times and bad.  Thank you so much for letting me spend the last few months with you!

 

 

 


Trent & Heather Become One {WEDDING}

May 21, 2016  •  6 Comments

I knew months ago when Heather first discussed some of her wedding details with me, this wedding would be special for many reasons.  May 14th, 2016 on the hillside of this Marshville, North Carolina farm, Heather & Trent were married at their family friend's home.  It was a southern, Christ centered ceremony that took place before their family and friends. Here's a recap of their first day as husband and wife.  Enjoy!

Love how the vantage lace from the curtains is almost an ombre' into her wedding dress...

This necklace was a Christmas gift from Trent this past year...

The most valuable attribute is a beautiful heart.  More on this sweet detail below...

 

Time to get ready...

 

Wedding dress details...

Love her mom's reaction to seeing her daughter getting in her dress...

 

Oh, how I LOVE this shot!

Meanwhile, my second shooter with Mallory McCall Photography, was working with Trent while he was preparing to meet his bride...

 

Love this shot that she got of Heather's brother helping her dad get ready.

The Handsome groom, awesome shot by Mallory McCall!

This was one of the details that I remember Heather talking to me about months ago.  She had a surprise for her grandfather during their "First look"...

 

Inside of her dress, she had a piece of her grandmother's shirt in the shape of a heart, sewn into the lining as her something old.  And what a special "something old" it was.  She also had the same heart sewn on a hankerchief as a gift from her to her grandfather.

 

Heather, you were a stunning bride! 

With her dad, just before walking down the isle...

Guest have arrived!

This is why a second shooter is so important.  Here, Mallory was able to focus on Heather and I was....

 

...I was able to focus on Trent.  He had his back turned to her until she arrived on the carriage.  Here is a play by play as he saw her for the first time...

Look at his dad, looking at his son!

Heather & Trent wanted to put Christ at the center of their marriage, right from the beginning.  So, part of their ceremony included taking communion together...

Again, these next two are from both of us photographers.  First up, my view...

And second shot is Mallory's view...

Another really special part of their wedding was that both Trent & Heather each one washed one another's feet to demonstrate the humility of the heart and character by kneeling before their new spouse. 

Mr. & Mrs. Yow!

Outtakes are the best sometimes, even if they are imperfect!

Wow, you two look amazing! 

I know, I'm repeating myself but again, this is why a second shooter is so important.  It's reception time and they have just been formally introduced.  Here's my capture of their reaction....

And here is Mallory's capture of their reaction! I love both!

The lights were gorgeous!

Cute candid moments holding part of the wedding party!

Bouquet toss...

Garter toss...

And I'll leave you with one of my favorites. Whoa, I love this next shot!  Thanks you so much, Heather & Trent, for letting me be a part of your wedding day.  I wish many years of happiness together!


Erin & Brock Are Married! { W E D D I N G}

May 11, 2016  •  1 Comment

On a beautiful, sunny day on May 7th, 2016, Erin and Brock were married on the lawn of Brock's parents home.  It was a simple ceremony with their closest family and friends.  The ceremony took place on the patio with an elegant reception following in the side yard.  The simplicity was refreshing for this southern wedding, here are some of my favorite from their day.

 

Guest starting to arrive....

Mom & her son...

Walking to meet Erin...

Here comes the bride...

During the ceremony, this little fella kept peeking around at me...

The new Mr. & Mrs.!

Erin, you are stunning!

And your groom, well, he's mighty handsome!

This sweet girl had her eyes on a couple of little fellas.  She kept peeking out around her momma's chair to see what they were up to.

...and here they are, doing what little boys do best!

These next two of these sweet brothers are very similar.  Couldn't decide which to post, so I'm posting both!  How precious are they!?

Congratulations Erin & Brock, it was a pleasure photographing your wedding.  I wish the two of you a lifetime of happiness together! 

 

 

 


Lauren & Sherwin's {W E D D I N G} at Rolling Hill Farms

May 05, 2016  •  1 Comment

Friday, April 29th, Lauren & Sherwin were married at Rolling Hill Farms in Monroe, NC.  They are such a fun couple, I knew from their engagement session that their wedding would be upbeat but yet relaxed with their easy-go personalities.  The two of them truly just enjoyed their day with friends and family as they started their new life together as one.  Here is a recap of their day...

 

The calm...

Love her ring shot against the chippy wood.

Wedding dress detail

A gift from Lauren's mom...

Lauren's grandmother

Love these next few shots.  When Lauren put on her dress, I assume it all started to sink in that the time was here...she's officially in her wedding dress getting ready to meet her groom at the alter.  Needless to say, the moment was a bit overwhelming.  This was so sweet, the groom's grandmother stepped in and just laid her hands on Lauren until her dress was on to offer a sense of stability and calming.  

Meanwhile, this handsome fella has arrived and is getting ready in the groom's room. 

Lauren and Sherwin requested this shot.  Just minutes before ceremony time they're so close but can't see each other...

Waiting for his bride...

Signed, sealed and delivered!

Linden's view...

Beautiful bride

Let me just say, these next three images is why I highly recommend a second shooter.  I was getting shot one and off to the side, Linden with Linden Claire Photography, my second shooter, was capturing shot two & three (pictured in both color and B&W).

 

Love the dreamy, soft light in these shots...

                                                                                ~  Reception Time  ~

Coffee bar

This beautiful cake was made by Lauren's new sister-in-law and the cake topper was atop Sherwin's grandmother's wedding cake almost 57 years ago!

And Linden's view of the cake cutting in these next few...

Bouquet toss

Garter toss

The two that caught the garter & bouquet...

Again, these next two images by my second shooter, Linden.  No doubt, I wouldn't have been able to capture the excitement of the crowd's faces without her help...I focused on the bride & groom while her focus was on the energy of the guest' faces. 

Thank you Lauren & Sherwin, for letting me and Linden be a part of your wedding.  I wish you both many years of happiness together!

 

 

 

 

 


A Golden Anniversary - Ben & Pat Celebrate 50 years together!

April 18, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Last weekend I had the honor of photographing a 50th wedding anniversary celebration for this beautiful couple, Ben & Pat. 

In my line of work, it's exciting to work with so many couples as they start their new lives as Mr. & Mrs.  On a wedding day, my job is to capture all of their planning they've put into their wedding over past few months, in all the beautiful details.  So much effort goes into making it special to insure every detail is perfect.  But I feel, true perfection is learning to live with the one who stole your heart all those years ago and realizing that in fact, life isn't prefect at all.  Building a marriage that last 50 years means learning to forgive all of their im"perfect"ions as Christ did for us.  When the rush of new love may fade a bit due to everyday demands of raising a family, paying bills, job changes, or even the loss of dear loved ones and etc that happens over the years.  As the marriage cultivates, I believe you'll cross both moments of joy and heartache over the years, the key is to stand strong together as life unfolds, whatever may come. There's no price that can be put on the security of that kind of love.  Reaching the 50 year mark is quite a milestone that makes it worthy of being called the "Golden year"...Congratulations Ben & Pat!

At Ben & Pat's anniversary party, I love how they bridged the past with the present with momentos from their own wedding as you'll see though out this post.  Here is a recap from their day. 

Their Church...

The bride and groom...50 years ago!

...and today!

Look what I see in the far left side of this picture...

Her dress!

Friends helping with her jewelry.

Guest starting to arrive...

The handsome groom!

Loved these beautiful cookies celebrating 50 years of marriage!

 

The grandbaby's sneaking a snack...

 

Original wedding invitation...

At one point through out their day, this popped up on their slideshow.  How fitting!

Their sons...

 

Guest of all ages...

Loved all of the details they put into their party. 

Pat and her daughter-in-law, Jamie...another talented photographer!

I love shots like this next one...

Handsome grandson!

Here, their whole family!

Their wedding album.

Thank you Ben & Pat for asking me to capture these for you.  I wish many more years of happiness together and thanks for being a positive example to others!