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A warm summer afternoon in Union County, NC, Brian & Jessica married in the yard of their best friend's home. The rain was threatening to make it's debut during their ceremony but decided to hold off until after their nuptials allowing this couple to have a beautiful ceremony in the presence of just their closest family members. Here are a few of my favorites to recap their day.
Jessica, you were a beautiful bride!
I love this next series, here's why. Today, in photography, a big trend that I often encourage brides to do is have a "first look" with their dad. You capture the dad's expression as he sees his daughter for the first time in her wedding dress. The emotions are always priceless as he sees his "little girl" just before he gives her away to another man. Well, this is basically the same thing except for this was not a planned moment...It was all candid and I didn't expect to capture this going into their wedding day but here, Jessica's mother-in-law is seeing her son's soon-to-be-wife prior to the ceremony for the first time. Their reaction is raw and priceless...what a "welcome into the family" this would be!
Love how happy they both are in this next shot!
Brian taking care of his last minute touches while getting ready...
A little wedding loves from his niece!
You did mighty well on that ring, Brian! ;)
Just before her dad gives her away...
Brian's reaction to seeing her for the first time...
Jessica & her dad!
Love a silhouette shot!
Thank you Brian & Jessica for letting me be a part of your day. I wish you many years of happiness together!
May 23rd, 2015 was such a beautiful day in more ways than one. You see, Ava and Kyle united their lives together before God and their family & friends in Kyle's home church in Marshville, NC. Their wedding was what I would classify as vintage, southern charm. A classic church wedding is a timeless setting that still offers such a feeling sacredness even in today's modern times. This ceremony was one of the sweetest to witness. As a photographer, I see many brides and their families and to witness these two families with their son and daughter as they became one, was especially touching as you will see in the pictures of their day. I think some of the warmest moments are spent in the company of truly, good hearted people who strive to make others feel comfortable...Ave & Kyle (as well as their families) are those people! Thank you to the two of you for letting me be a part of not only your wedding day, but also to be a part of your lives over the last year! I wish you both many years of happiness together!
Preparations have begun
Friends join in Ava's day
Such beautiful details, everything was thought out!
Such a cute surprise picture by her Made of Honor that made these cute signs!
What a beautiful group of women!
These next few might be my personal favorites from the day!
Ava and her mom...
This Daddy/daughter first look was one of the sweetest I've seen. Both Ava and her Dad were so overcome with such emotion...It was beautiful!
The Bridal party "wall".
Ava, you are just gorgeous!
Kyle, you aren't too bad either! ;)
I always love the quiet details like the one in this next picture.
Gift exchange/first touch! (No peeking) Kyle's expression is priceless!
The NINJA aka Ring Bearer!
"S" - Strawn
Guest starting to arrive
Classic music playing while the guest were seated
See what I mean about how sweet this wedding was? This is Kyle's mom as she walked in the church.
And now his Dad.
Here comes the bride...
I think he likes what he sees...
The bride dad...
Meet Mr. & Mrs. Strawn!
Kyle as he's watching his men having fun with Ava's pictures!
Monroe Country Club - Time to party!
First dance as Mr. & Mrs. Strawn!
Mother/son first dance
This bride and her dad had in their dance together but they had a surprise for us....
These two have moves!!! What a great show for all of us!
Surely looks like some eager faces ready to catch the garter to me!
These two caught the bouquet and garter!
They danced the night away!
There you have it, happy for both of you!
This past Saturday, I spent the day with a sweet couple who began their new life together in the quiet country side at Morrow Mountain State Park. An intimate ceremony with just their closest friends and and family, Chris & Kara committed their lives to each other through marriage. It was a warm, beautiful day with lots of laughter, good tears and well wishes. Here are some of my favorites to recap their day.
Time to get ready...
I always love this next shot, the calm just before the wedding.
Kara, you look so radiant in this next shot.
Here she comes...
Seeing her groom for the first time.
Always love the little ones at wedding, they're so honest!
This next shot, perfection!
Truly, such a sweet moment between father and son.
I LOVE this sisters shot!
Oh! You two...love this next one!
And I'll leave you with my favorite of the day!
Thanks again for letting me capture your wedding and spend the day with you. I wish the both of you many years of happiness together!
I'm excited about a tad bit of new information. MTH Photography and Lil' Twigs are teaming up to offer beautiful new props for you to customize your own shoots! For years I've worked with Monica over at Lil' Twigs in creating one of a kind props for many of my clients. She truly has such and art at creating unique but timeless addition with her handmade items. From crochet baby hats, blankets and diaper cover to her upcycled clothing props, Monica, does a wonderful job to help customize a look specifically for your little one. If you're preparing for an upcoming newborn shoot or even a childhood days shoot and want something to give your photos a little something extra, check out her etsy store in the link provided and feel free to shoot her an email. You can now access her store through a link on my home page. Check back often as her inventory changes frequently. Here is an example of some of her work.
So, about year ago when we started this little Click of the Wild project, our goal was to challenge ourselves in this photography group to see the beauty in what may not be so beautiful to the untrained eye. To me, this focus is a prime example of that. Here's a bit of a story that goes along with these images. Kinda lengthy though, so if you're bored to tears already, feel free to keep scrolling.
Saturday, I had a sunrise shoot downtown Charlotte. So when I finished, it was still early in the day and obviously coming home from work, I didn't have my kids with me. I decided to take advantage of this down time and try to capture "Abandonment" (this week's cotw challenge). I've always admired abandoned houses. To me, there is an untold story in the empty spaces of a vacant old home place. You know, what was once a vibrant home with kids, and laundry and suppers...otherwise, all the daily activities that make a house a home, now is only a reminder of what it once was with it's fragile shell. The 'remains' of this house I photographed is no exception.
For years, I've past by this house while driving back and forth to work and admired this old, falling down structure. Wondering what "life" must have looked like when there was truly "life" within the walls of that old home place. No doubt, this would be the perfect time to take a closer look and try to capture it through the lens of my camera for our "Abandonment" challenge. Recently, the property has been put up for sale and when I started to pull in the driveway, I noticed it was chained off with 'no trespassing' signs. After realizing this, I drove on to the next two neighboring houses, the first one, no one was home but the second I lucked out. (Yeah, I'm nerdy like that. lol) Greeted by an Old Timer in the driveway, I introduced myself, told him what I was wanting to do and asked if he knew who the owner of the property was. He seemed tickled so to speak, to tell me that it was his nieces property and that he and his 93 year old sister (who he was visiting at the the time), actually grew up in that old run down house! They invited me in to visit and while I was talking with them, I was taken aback a little when I recognized an old heirloom photograph of a couple that was obviously taken many, many years ago. After inquiring a little more, I learned that these two, the brother and sister pair, were actually related to many of my own family members! Ended up, this kind gentlemen rode with me over to the property and before I left, I asked if I could take a picture of him to include with this story/images. He concurred and we decided the perfect place...was no other than in front of his "home".