Alexandra & Sam’s New Year’s Eve Wedding at Colonel Francis Beatty Park
Alexandra had always dreamed of getting married on New Year’s Eve. But finding the perfect venue was not easy. Until she saw Colonel Francis Beatty Park. As it turns out, Sam used to come to this very park and sit on a Park Bench and look at the lake, before he even knew Alexandra. He had tried searching for it on-line, but couldn’t remember the name. Luckily, as I was helping them find a location that fit their criteria, I sent her a link to this location. Low and behold, it was the park that Sam had been trying to find! Since their favorite spot to hang out is the mountains or park, it’s no wonder this woodsy lakeside venue was their dream come true!
I was surprised to open my door to a group of carolers last night, who were dressed in the style of early 1900’s clothing. I was delighted by their beautiful voices and the traditional music of the season. That was gift enough, but when they were done, I was handed a candy cane attached to a card and that’s when I learned something about the candy cane that I never knew. This is the Legend of the Candy Cane.
The outside of the card read, “The greatest gift of all came one night in a lowly manger…”
The inside read, “According to the legend, there was a candy maker who wanted to invent a candy that was a witness to Christ. The result was the candy cane. First of all he used a hard candy, because Christ is the Rock of all ages. This hard candy was shaped so that it would resemble either a J for Jesus or a shepherd’s staff.
Paulina & Travis held their colorful fall wedding at Magnolia Woods in Huntersville, NC, on a November 5th, 2016.
The first time I met Paulina & Travis, I remember thinking what nice people! We hit it off right away. Travis is such as sweet man and you could tell immediately how much he loved and adored Paulina. We met at Magnolia Woods, to go over ideas for layout and it was exciting chatting with other creatives about decorating ideas. They wanted a fall wedding and the trees cooperated with their beautiful display of color!
The weather was P-E-R-F-E-C-T! And look at these amazing colors! I’m in-love with this color scheme, WOW talk about POP! Good job guys, your wedding was executed beautifully! Paulina’s vintage finger curls hair style was such an elegant look!
I shoot a lot of weddings, and each one stands out for different reasons. For this wedding, the love that Paulina & Travis have for Jesus, is beautifully evident in their relationship with each other and the people around them. They always exude grace & kindness. It was an honor to work with them and photograph all that gorgeous color!
Photographing the romantics was the highlight of my day. The sun was finally perfect and I could use some of the beautiful surroundings as backdrops. Paulina and Travis are so adorable together. He was trying to steal as many kisses and neck nibbles as possible, while Paulina, in her modest way, giggled and smiled at his eagerness.
Thanks to all the amazing vendors that came together to make this day beautifully perfect for this lovely couple. Paulina & Travis, thank you for being a pleasure to work with in every way. I wish you a beautiful life together, with Jesus as your strength and foundation. God Bless you both!
City Wedding Uptown Charlotte. Leslie & Jason’s wedding was at Saint Mary’s Chapel & their fun & lively reception was at the elegant Bentlys on 27.
They started their sunny beautiful wedding day, getting ready at the Hilton in uptown Charlotte. Everyone was in a relaxed, fun mood. The girls got their make-up done while they watched out the window while a wedding was going on below.
The guys were equally relaxed and having fun as they got dressed. Laughter and joking filled the atmosphere. Jason’s best guy buddies kept up the horse play and fun during formal portraits. They weren’t at all shy about sharing their playful affection with each other and kept us laughing!
Leslie was so calm and all smiles. Although Leslie & Jason have been together 7 years, her excitement about marrying the man she loves was very evident; she had that “glowing bride” look. Her face looked gorgeous and that amazing dress! WOW, she looked like a dream!
After exchanging their vows in the charming Saint Mary’s Chapel, they headed to the chic Bentlys on 27. After an amazing dinner (have you ever eaten at Bentlys on 27? OMG!), the dance floor was full the entire night!
The night of fun ended with a send off of yummy cookies and glow sticks!! Congratulations Leslie & Jason! I wish you many years of smiles, laughter, success and endless love!!
Paulina & Travis engagement session uptown Charlotte. They both work uptown and love the urban vibe of our beautiful city!
Their story: It all began in December 2013, when I met Travis at our company’s Christmas party. As we were standing near each other, I recalled seeing him before, but thought I was mistaken. So, I decided to ask him if he attended VCC and he confirmed he’d been going there for several years and then began to talk about church music.
Over the next few weeks, Travis started to stop by my desk and we talked more about VCC, as I had been going there for most of the year. He asked if I wanted to “do lunch” and I didn’t realize he had an interest in me until he asked me out to a basketball during lunch. I politely made up an excuse on why I couldn’t go to the game.
Then one Sunday, as I was leaving church, Travis was waiting there in the lobby and as I was putting on my coat, he helped me to put it on. He asked for my number and I was intrigued by his persistent, yet gentle approach, so I gave him my number. I can’t believe we took the risk of dating given we worked in the same department and attended the same church. But we are happy and excited to be here now…we truly believe that love found us!
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!