Elisa (aka Cathy or Pie) & Justin’s wedding – The Hawkesdene House
This happy couple started out as arch enemies when they were 9 years old!! They were both children of pastors and would often debate about bible issues among other things. Justin would come home from school and complain about how badly Elisa had treated him that day on the bus. I can’t remember exactly what his mother told him, but it ended with the statement that Justin would someday marry that girl. Now how did she know that? That is one wise mother! Because here they are, 22 years later, husband and wife! How cool is that? Eventually they ironed out their childhood squabbles and became dear friends and then the friendship turned into romance. I would venture to guess this couple will have few surprises after their wedding.
Elisa says: “Justin and I have known each other since we were 9, we’ve nurtured a friendship for over 20 years and started dating after we both graduated college. We’ve been through trials, triumphs, layoffs, law school, career changes, child birth, etc. Justin truly is my best friend, cliche I know. There’s something to be said when you can watch football, Four Weddings (that’s the only wedding show he will watch with me), and go out dancing with your fiance! I fell in love with him while helping him raise his son, Noah. Noah was born about 6 months after we started dating, so I consider him to be my child. Those two are my life! Finally, after 6 years of dating, Justin and I are blending our already blended families.”
The weather was not good leading up to their wedding and the forecast was for rain the entire week-end. So in preparation, they set up a tent and prayed for good weather. It was overcast earlier in the day, but the sun was fighting to shine it’s light through the spaces in between. By midday the sun was bright and glorious, however, the humidity was intense and overwhelming. As everyone felt the wetness and heat that was inescapable, they were probably thinking the same thing I was…thank God it’s not raining! I guess all those prayers for no rain were heard, because it didn’t start raining until the wedding was over. Like clockwork the skies opened and the rain burst down as if being held back, while accumulating it’s reserve. As I heard the pounding gushes of rain from inside our cabin, I was thankful for God’s timing.
Elisa & Justin you are a beautiful couple, now a beautiful family. It was clear to see you are blessed by the tremendous love and godly guidance of your family and loving friends. Your wedding was an amazing experience and so beautiful! It was a wonderful weekend that I will cherish. The fun, the music, the dancing talent that was displayed, the ambiance, the food…Oh My Goodness the food!! I’m still thinking about the berry pie and ice cream! I have so many images I can’t wait to share with you in your gallery. Until then, I hope you enjoy your sneak peak of your wedding!! Dee & I were honored to photograph your wedding and be in the presence of such a wonderful group of people!
God bless you!
The bridal suite was fabulous!
She had two wedding dresses, the one on the left was for the reception.
And of course two pair of shoes, DUH 😉
Elisa, you are so beautiful and photogenic!
I loved her flowers!
Dee always does an amazing job photographing the rings! Just one of her many talents!
The tablescapes were AMAZING!!
The First Look (I’m not sure why his wedding ring is on already?)
I love the way they are looking at each other, ahhhh so happy!
Justin had a special gift for her, his mother’s bracelet. It went perfectly with her dress!
You two look so beautiful together!
These feel magical…
Justin’s dad is the pastor, very special.
The Broom Jumping Ceremony!
And they walked off into the sunset to live happily ever after…
Looks like the groomsman found an invisible horse to sit on, LOL!
This dance got me teary eyed. It was “Mama”, by Boyz II Men.
This dance made everybody laugh. Her dad had some awesome dance moves to the song “It’s a man’s world”, by James Brown (I think).
I was so captivated by the dancing and the laughter. It was one of the best father daughter dances I’ve seen.
So many wonderful toasts filled with wisdom and bible scripture.
In a golf cart on our way to the top of the mountain for photos!
A quick stop in the creek. I took full advantage of the cool water and stood in the creek, it felt so refreshing! I wanted to lay in it.
Okay, I have a confession here. As soon as we got to the top of the mountain the sun went behind a low cloud and stayed there.
Sooooo, I cheated and put a sun back in. Yeah, that’s better (says my inner editor).
Photographer | Debrah “Tess” Woods
Assistant photographer | Dee Her
Venue | Hawkesdene House
Caterer | Hawkesdene House
Wedding Coordinator | Cherrelle Lawrence
DJ | Mike Williams
Cake | Alisha Silver
Invitations | Ras Martin Design, Minted.com (printing)
Wedding dress | Alfred Angelo – purchased at Concord Wedding Center
Bridesmaid dresses | Cynthia Steffe
Groom’s apparel | Hugo Boss