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Katie & Drew's Wedding Day!

November 09, 2015  •  1 Comment

So, this was a bit of a whirl wind wedding that was absolutely beautiful!  Many times, brides will plan their wedding for months or even more than a year at times!  But Katie & Drew pulled theirs off in just a few short weeks!  Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, they were married at Rolling Hills Farm in Monroe, NC.  Originally she had planned an outdoor wedding but due to the incredible amount of rain we've received over the last couple of weeks, she decided at last minute to bring the ceremony indoors. 

Here are some of my favorites from their day as a recap. 

Time to get ready....

Momma grabbing a hug...

Best friends since childhood...

This crew helped her get ready...

Meanwhile Drew has arrived...

Momma's boy

It's time to walk down the isle...

MARRIED!

She turned to give her dad a hug...

Then momma...

After family formals, now time for a few of the new bride and groom...

Now it's time to celebrate with family and friends...

I love this next shot so much.  My aunt Wanda had gotten a new phone and was trying to take pictures of Katie and her parents.  Obviously, she was being schooled on how to use it.  She got the shot and so did I.  See below...

The end result...

This little fella was so cute.  Stretching to reach the prize, almost have it....

Aha!  Got it!!!

Oh yeah, he's happy!!!

Bouquet/garter toss time...

And all the ones who caught the bouquet and garter. 

And I'll leave you with my favorite shot from their wedding.  Katie & Drew, I wish you many wonderful years together through the good times and bad!  Thank you so much for letting capture these for you.  I will be in contact soon when your wedding pictures are complete!


Brad & Jennifer's "Pink" Wedding! ~ {Marriage}

October 30, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

This past Saturday, Oct. 24th, 2016, Brad & Jennifer were married at Mill Creek Baptist Church in Monroe, NC.  It was one of the sweetest weddings that I've been to recently for so many different reasons.  One of the reasons, was these two (and Sheri, Jennifer's mom) have such welcoming personalities. Over the course an engagement, I've come to know my brides and their families pretty well...Sometimes you just click to the point that at the end of their wedding day, it's a bit bittersweet that I won't be working with them as closely; Otherwise, they feel like friends to me.  On the flip side of that, as tiring as weddings are, it's awesome to be able to capture all the details that make up "their day" and to witness some of the most profound and sentimental moments of their lives!  Jennifer and Brad had several moments throughout the events of this past Saturday, that made their wedding really special.  I'll try to "tell the story" through out these pictures.  Enjoy their beautiful wedding! 

When I first met with Jennifer and her mom back in January, I remember being super excited when they were talking about her colors for this wedding.  Of course, PINK is perfect!  ;)  Actually, when I see the colors of her wedding, immediately I see "Blush & Bashful" from the movie Steel Magnolias. 

 

THE    D R E S S!!!!!

Blingy detail...

Back view...

 

Her bouquet was made by her sister-in-law out of beautiful brooches...

Up close of one of the brooches..

This special pin is one of her deceased grandfather's pins..

Becoming Mrs. Batson requires a "B"   ;)

And THE  S H O E S  Oh, dear goodness!  Need I say more, I love them as much as the dress!  She had them custom made.  She was able to choose her own design, colors and crystals!

Side detail of the shoes..

And up close of the bow.  Not only do I love this bow shot for the beautiful shoes that they are but to all my photog loving friends...The Bokeh!

 

Her earrings...

This beautiful Bible has a story...You'll see below!

Grandma's hankie Jennifer carried...

The rings...

This Bible was part of how Brad proposed to Jennifer.  To me, that takes a real man to keep God at the center of their beginning...He highlighted this well known passage in Corinthians when he asked for her hand in marriage so it just felt fitting to include it with their rings.

The beautiful bride herself, starting to get ready...

Sweet mints lying on the bathroom counter...

Jennifer and her mom!

Sherry stepping in her beautiful gown...

Meanwhile, this handsome fella was waiting for moment to say "I DO"...

Just slipped into her dress...

Oh. my. word!  Jennifer, you were a gorgeous bride!

This next shot was a request by her mother.  Jennifer looking to our Saviour.

Their daddy/daughter first look was one of the sweetest ever.  Her dad obviously had not seen her in her dress, up until this point.  We brought him out with his eyes closed and back against her.  Jennifer walked toward her dad, tapped him on the shoulder and then they both cried the most humble, quiet tears.  But what made this so special to me was the respect that they seem to have for one another.  I remember distinctly what Jennifer said to her dad...She thanked him for all the years he had worked hard and the years he had put in at his currant place of employment.  To me, that showed a daughter who understands just what her dad has done for her. 

Ceremony time...

She's seeing Brad waiting for her at the alter...

And this shot, so raw and unplanned.  Her daddy their to wipe her happy tears...

Exchanging of rings...

Brad sealing the deal...

I think he's proud of his new bride...

 

Reception time  -  Monroe Country Club

But before the party started, we spent some quiet time capturing a few pictures of the new bride and groom...

 

This one = Giant size canvas!

This candid shot walking to the green is one of my favorites...

Inside the country club, the tables were beautifully adorned as a surprise to Jennifer and Brad by Jennifer's mother.  Sherry, you did a fabulous job!  Absolutely gorgeous!

"Mr. & Mrs. Brad Batson"

Daddy/daughter first dance

With momma look on...

Mother/Son first dance...

with dad watching from afar...

She opted to have a photo booth, they're always so much fun!

Dinner Time...

I just love this shot of Brad...

And guest throughout the night...

Time for the cake cutting...

Dancing followed...

Stole Jennifer away for a bit to catch this shot...I love!

A sparkler exit wrapped up their night but it was only the beginning of what I hope is many years of happiness for these two.  I've enjoyed so much being able to capture your wedding and even your engagement over the past few months!

Jennifer & Brad (and Sherry also), I want to thank you for being so wonderful to work with.  You truly have been a pleasure!  I wish the two of you the very happiest life together. Know you're enjoying your honeymoon in the Dominican Republic!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Danielle & Jake are Married!

October 15, 2015  •  2 Comments

At the Meadow Lakes clubhouse in Rock Hill, SC, Jake & Danielle committed their lives together on Saturday, October 10th, 2015.  Originally, the wedding was planned for an outdoor ceremony by the lake but due to the inclement weather, the ceremony was brought indoors to the most beautiful setting!  During the ceremony, guest were seated by the their tables where the reception continued after the wedding.  It couldn't have been more perfect...The richness of gold and blush adorned the tables along with the soft warmth from the candlelight and ambient lighting filling the room.  Someone referred to it as something you would see in a Southern Living magazine, I must agree.  It was beautiful!

 

 

Time to get ready!

As the time draws nearer, the anticipation grows...

I love this next shot for the candid moment that it was.  Danielle was getting her dress laced up as she's watching her grandmother have her corsage pinned by a friend.  The look on her face is priceless!

From Danielle's bridals. So gorgeous!

And just because I love this shot so much...

 

Her dad seeing her in her dress for the first time...

Their baby boy, Brighton. 

Here comes the bride...

Jake watching his bride walk down the isle...

It's official!

Another shot from Danielle's bridal session.

Their first dance...

The evening continued within these walls of fun, food, fellowship & dancing...

And even a few silverware wars with the littles...         (Thanks Alicia with Mona Alicia Photography for this next shot!)

And more dancing...

Love this of Jake showing off his moves...

Bouquet toss!  Oh, who shall catch it?

It's gone!

Dashing through their sparkler exit...

So much fun and such a great ending to their night but yet, only the beginning of their journey.  Danielle & Jake, thanks so much for letting me be a part of your day.  I wish the both of you many, many years together through the good times and bad! 

 

 

 

 


Mika & Eric's Wedding {Southern Class}

October 01, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

I know when most brides start planning their wedding day, it's just a given, they imagine blue skies and sunny.  You don't think of a rainy day, however, sometimes it happens.  Over the course of shooting weddings, I've learned that while yes, rain makes it a bit more challenging, it also makes for some beautiful pictures as you'll see below.  This past Saturday, Mika & Eric were married in a beautiful church in Monroe, NC. This wedding had all the southern touches that reminded me of years gone by. Not a detail was untouched.  To me, even the rain added a bit of character to their day.  Here is their story, in pictures!  Enjoy!

Mean while, this handsome groom is preparing also!

The garter!

Finally stepping into the dress!

Seeing his little girl for the first time in her dress.

Mika's as she's meeting her dad...

Just as he saw her...

Best reaction ever!

She had a special gift for her mom and dad...

One last picture with mom & dad before the ceremony...

Here comes the bride...

Eric seeing her for the first time...

Mr. & Mrs. Callahan!

Reception time...

First dance...

Love this next shot my second shooter, (Alicia) got.  Her focus, the bride's parents!  Love!

Daddy/daughter dance...

Alicia and I must have had a similar thought...During their dance, I caught the bride's mom video-ing her hubby and their daughter dancing.

Mother/son dance

Well, well, well, look who caught the garter and bouquet....

Thank you, Mika & Eric for letting me capture this day for you!  I wish you many, many happy years together!

 

 


Elizabeth & Tyler Become One! ~ {Wedding}

September 21, 2015  •  7 Comments

The setting was at Rolling Hill Farms in Monroe, NC, for Elizabeth & Tyler's beautiful September wedding.  Weddings are special days that many brides dream of their whole life...September 20th, 2015, couldn't have been a prettier day for these two to join their lives together!  Long ago when these two were children, before marriage or even dating was ever thought of, this couple went to the same vocational class together...they even rode the same carpool together!  Over the years, they went their separate ways but still maintained a mutual friendship, but it wasn't until 2012 that they started dating. These pictures tells us the rest is history...Meet Mr. & Mrs. McGee!

The handsome groom!

One last shot of momma and her boy before he's a married man.

Signing the dotted line...

These next two are almost just alike...I love them both so I'm including both of them!  That is the prettiest cross I've seen!

Oh, that light!  And a beautiful couple...

So elegant and classy!

Clint & Stephanie, you have a beautiful venue!  (Side note: Could that moon have been in any better place?  Love!)

Look at this cute lil' fella...

 

A dad and all his boys...

Congratulations Elizabeth & Tyler, I've enjoyed being a part of your engagement and wedding day.  I wish you many years of happiness together!