Katrina & Julius had their wedding on the rooftop of the Holiday Inn City Center, on 9-17-2016.
As so many times in the south, there was a threat of heavy rain for the wedding day. However, Katrina and I offered up fervent prayer and thankfully the forecast changed! The weather was PERFECT! Thank you Jesus!
The Lovely Alma, had her Bridal Session at Separk Mansion. With its historic charm and crystal chandeliers it’s the perfect place to feel & look beautiful!
You would not know it by these photos, but Alma could not stop laughing and giggling during her session. And who wouldn’t be giddy dressed in her wedding dress and knowing she’s only a few short weeks from marrying the man of her dreams! I met Alma when I photographed her best friend’s wedding. I can remember clearly her bubbly personality and infectious smile.
Her lovely low back dress complimented her beautiful figure. As I got to know her a little better during the session, it was evident that she is as sweet as she is elegant. Alma, Thank you for allowing me the pleasure of photographing you!
Brandi & Colton’s engagement session – Colonel Francis Beatty Park in Charlotte, North Carolina.
I met this cute couple when I photographed Brandi’s best friend’s wedding recently. You can view HERE. Brandi & Colton were both in the wedding. They were super fun and completely adorable! So I was super excited when I got an email from Brandi saying she wanted to schedule an engagement session with me at Colonel Francis Beatty Park.
I love when couples bring things to their session to make it unique & personalized. So I was thrilled that Colton would be bringing his Harley Davidson as a prop! Which I affectionately called his “Steel Horse”, as my mind wandered back in time to Bon Jovi’s song, “Wanted Dead or Alive”.
Some couples just look like book-ends perfectly paired from the beginning of time. That is Brandi & Colton. I could feel their deep love for each other, as well as I could feel the staggering humidity after the recent storm. I loved the way Colton looked at Brandi and the way she smiled and laughed so easily in response to his gaze.
Julius & Katrina’s engagement session at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
I met this lovely couple at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden for their engagement photos. The weather was hot and humid and very sunny! To avoid full sun shots, I scouted for good light in unique places that I hadn’t shot before. I love when a situation stretches my creativity and I have clients that are game for whatever I want to try!
Katrina and Julius did a great job with harmonious clothing that allowed THEM to be the focus of the portraits. Katrina’s make-up was flawless and perfectly brought out her pretty features. One of which is her incredible smile. They warmed up quickly to my instructions & were natural & comfortable as they got affectionate, playful & snuggly. Julius did a great job bringing out the joy in Katrina’s heart. She commented “yeah, I like him”. LOL!
She also commented, “fake eye lashes are the Devil”. I replied, “But they look so heavenly”! As we wandered the beautiful gardens Katrina limped along in her what I call, “sit & look pretty shoes”. Katrina however had a less affectionate term…TORTURE SHOES! Which she finally had enough of and swapped out for the comfy flats. I’m sure Julius was thinking how thankful he is to be a guy.
You guys were super fun! And in spite of the heat, torture shoes & devil eyelashes, you guys looked effortlessly happy & beautiful together. Thank you for trusting me to capture the essence of your love for each other. I can’t wait to photograph your wedding in September!
This Cotton Gin wedding in Monroe NC, was a charming laid back rustic style wedding in lilac & grey.
Wally & Lindsay met in high school and they have been together ever since. Now seven years later, they proclaimed their love for each other through handwritten vows . But this couple’s deep love for each other doesn’t need to be spoken. You can see it in every touch, & every content smile. Wally is the quiet type, but when he looks at Lindsay, his eyes speak volumes. You know when you watch them, that there is a deep connectedness and comfort in each others company. A trust built through the years. A love built on a solid foundation of respect & adoration.
A beautiful spring wedding at the Alexander Homestead Venue in Charlotte, NC.
This venue is perfect for an outdoor wedding. Lots of flowers & trees, a pond, a charming vintage home, an awesome rustic barn for your reception and more!
After years of growing in their faith, as well as their love for each other, they were finally reading their handwritten vows to each other in a beautiful garden, surrounded by the love of family & friends! Darion proposed in Brookgreen Gardens. He caught Sarah off guard and when she turned around and saw him on his knee, she laughed out loud! She thought it was a joke! After so many years together and thinking he was going to propose previously, while on a trip to Disneyland, he certainly surprised her.
I loved all the special stories told during the reception. Stories that brought both tears & laughter. I love hearing about how people met & fell in love. It was evident by all the sentiments that were expressed, that this couple is deeply loved by many. Both families seemed thrilled to be blended together!
Darion rocked some amazing dance moves, Grandma caught the bouquet, none of the guys wanted to catch the garter and the cupcakes were to die for! After a whirlwind day of beauty, love, laughter and fun, the bride and groom ended the celebration with a stroll through the streamers.
Congratulations Sarah & Darion, your wedding was perfect!! And you are perfect for each other! I know God has special plans for your life. May you enjoy each moment of every day together…
Sarah’s Bridal session – Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens
I have to say, I LOVE bridal sessions! And I LOVE gardens. So I was pretty much in Photography heaven doing Sarah’s Bridal Portraits. The weather was the perfect temperature, with a soft breeze blowing and soft sunlight filtered by hazy clouds.
Sarah’s fiance proposed in the GORGEOUS Brookgreen Gardens in Myrtle Beach, so another botanical garden was the perfect location for her bridals! She was a sweetheart to work with and I loved her enthusiasm and openness to get all posy after she warmed up to the camera.
Leslie & Jason’s engagement session at 1st Ward Park, uptown Charlotte.
It was a fabulously sunny & breezy day when I met Leslie & Jason for their engagement session at 1st Ward Park. This adorable couple let their fun and romance shine through in spite of being a bit camera shy.
I love the clothing choice Leslie decided on. The more dressed up feel went great with the city vibe and the colors were perfect for the water backdrop and variations of blue in the buildings. I love the color harmony.
This hardworking couple have been together 7 years! And Leslie remarked that she thinks they kissed more during their engagement session, than they have their entire relationship! my bad, LOL! See how fun an engagement session can be? Wink, Wink.
Leslie & Jason you guys did awesome! I can’t wait to photograph the wedding in October.
Inspiration & Design Photography wins Editor’s Choice Award 2016!
I was beyond surprised to open my inbox today & find out that I won the 2016 Editor’s Choice Award! The email said CONGRATULATIONS, pop the champagne! Since it’s still morning I will refrain from that, however, I may do a happy dance in my office 🙂
This is more than just winning an award, it’s about not giving up. It’s about trying new things. It’s about finding your way when you are feeling lost. For those of you who read my blog posts, you know that 2015 was the first year of submitting my work for publication. I had no idea what my efforts would bring, but I figured it didn’t hurt to try. And what a wonderful end to my first year of effort!
I was feeling like a guppy in a new area of the ocean filled with talented Beluga whales!! But in that large sea of talent, I knew that I needed to try to make a name for myself as a somewhat newbie to the Charlotte Market area. Since my business had ALWAYS grown via REFERRALS, it felt foreign to be in an area so saturated with talent and competing with many photographers who had been in the area for a long time gathering a ripple of referrals and vendor connections.
Entering my work has helped my google rankings, encouraged my little guppy heart and hopefully will help me swim with the Beluga whales once again!
The Editors’ Choice Awards honor Two Bright Lights members whose talent was continually recognized by top print magazines, blogs and websites. Your hard work and commitment to getting published places you among the top 5% featured, from a community made up of over 40,000 photographers and event professionals. Using Two Bright Lights, you and your colleagues were featured in media outlets that included POPSUGAR, The Knot, Green Wedding Shoes, Borrowed & Blue, Munaluchi Bride Magazine, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons and Southern Weddings Magazine.
Hi I'm Debrah Woods aka "Tess". I’m so glad you stopped by for a visit. I've been on a long photographic journey which has led me to specialize in Weddings & Women.
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Featured in the Knot Carolinas Magazine
Pope-Banks wedding, Fall Issue 2015
Upcoming feature in the next issue due out Dec 1st!
It will be their 5 year ANNIVERSARY issue. I can not wait!!
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featured on theKnot.com
Several weddings published on The Knot!
Featured on Borrowed & Blue
Several weddings featured!
FEATURED - Ceasarine & Anthony's Wedding at the Victorian Crow's Nest in Monroe, NC