Christine first contacted me over a year ago about photographing her wedding. Because she’s a planner…completely organized about the details and had everything neatly planned and in order. No last minute waiting around to hire her photographer…she was all over this!

But do not confuse being a planner with obsessing over the details and not being focused on the day. Because if ever there was a bride in love with her fiancé, it was Christine. She and Daniel have dated for a number of years and a more perfect couple could not be found. They are two of the sweetest, kindest and most respectful people of each other that I know…just a pleasure to work with and photograph. And…Christine is a Tarheel. So you KNOW I loved that and we instantly bonded. Plus, she is a graphic designer, so we double-bonded with our love of art and design. Her artistic talent is all over this wedding and I will be sure to point it out through out the post!

Christine & Daniel chose to be married in her home church, Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, where she grew up. I joined her at her home as she prepared for the day. Her dress, made by Mori Lee, was an ivory A-Line strapless lace-covered gown with a sweetheart neckline. If you haven’t seen her bridal portraits from the previous post, go see it now for a closer look at her dress! It’s a beautiful dress and Christine was stunning!

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I told you she was talented…Christine monogrammed the hangars for her bridesmaids dresses!
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And LOOK at that ring! Absolutely gorgeous! The rings were actually custom-designed by a friend of Christine & Daniel’s.
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Wrapped around her flowers, was a doily that her grandmother (who passed away last year) hand made. Christine chose to remember her grandmother on this special day in this lovely way.

Christine’s flowers were provided by Bo-Ty Florist in Winston-Salem, They were a beautiful arrangement of light pink peonies (personal fave!) and ivory hydrangeas. Such a beautiful accent to her light blue (did I say Carolina Blue???) dresses.
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Up-Do’s from Kernersville was on hand for hair and makeup. No small task with a bridal party of 9 girls to get ready! Fabulous job as always!
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Another of the sweet details that Christine saw to was to give each of her nieces, who were flower girls, a handkerchief with a sweet message on it.
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Love the shot below of Kathy, Christine’s mom, taking a first look at her daughter once the veil was in place. You can’t hide that overwhelming emotion. Especially since the veil had belonged to her!
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At the Marriott downtown, my friend, Katie Dickson, was meeting up with Daniel and his party of 11 guys. Wonder how many fit in that hotel suite? That’s a lot of fellas! But Katie was up for the job and I so appreciate her rising to the challenge!
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Beautiful portrait of Daniel!
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Just getting down the elevator was a chore!

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But they made it and looked rather dapper, if I do say so!
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Back at Christine’s home, Mr. Hellinger was getting his own first look at his beautiful daughter. I think it’s key to know that Christine is the youngest of the five Hellinger children…and the ONLY girl. Think she’s a little special???
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The girls were about to head out, and in high style…aboard a beautiful trolley!
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Look at this adorable group of flower girls and ring-bearers! And all sitting still for photographs! And the photographer let out a sigh when she knew she had the shot!

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After the wedding, the bridal party boarded the party trolley and set out for some group photographs. With Christine’s bridal portraits done a couple of months before, we did a few of her first and then focused on the group.

Warning…I’m going to digress for a moment. I love having bridal portraits done in advance. The biggest reason is that on a wedding day, time is of the essence and almost always the schedule gets a little tight. Doing the bridal portrait in advance means that you have an hour and half of my undivided attention, as well as that of an assistant. We can watch every single detail on that day. Where on the wedding day, life is just a little more hectic and often times (and I’m sure you can’t believe this!) emotions are running high! The other big bonus, is that it gives a bride the chance to test drive her hair, makeup, flowers, shoes and even the fit of her dress. It’s a HUGE peace of mind thing! Consider it. And with a studio, I am able to offer indoor bridal portraits, so that if the weather isn’t cooperating, we are still set! Even if I don’t photograph your wedding, I am happy to offer bridal portraits if your photographer doesn’t have a studio!
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What a fun group!
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And where, oh where, did they get those shades???
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FAVORITE GIRL SHOT TO DATE!
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Off to the Millennium Center. We’ve got a reception to attend! And some gorgeous bride and groom shots to share!
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It’s not often that I have a third shooter, but this day was super tight due to the travel time and receiving line at the church. So I am grateful that Lauren Clark stepped in to hit the Millennium Center for me before we arrived. She did a beautiful job with the details and candids of the cocktail hour!
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The cake was provided by Manfred Schmidt of Mrs. Pumpkin’s Bakery. Such a beautiful job! And of course, Christine hand made the “C” on the top as a perfect finish!
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As a little sideline entertainment, the couple had corn hole boards in the reception room. Of course, hand painted by the beautiful bride!
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And the wedding party has arrived!

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Mike Marshall, from Triad DJ, had the party hopping all night long. Tons of dancing and great times for everyone!
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If you haven’t been to a wedding where the couple played the shoe game, it’s quite amusing. Each of them is given a shoe of their own, and one of their spouse. With their back to one another, questions are asked to the couple and they have to raise the shoe of the person who best fits the answer. It’s always a hoot and we all laughed a ton. Of particular note was Christine’s apparent ability to lose her phone and Daniel’s perception that he made the first move! Lots of fun!

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And some times ring-bearers have just had enough!
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Time for the bouquet and garter toss! Gotta watch those chandeliers at the Millennium Center!
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And unbeknownst to Daniel, tied to Christine’s garter was a Smirnoff Ice! So he had to down that before throwing the garter!

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Once again, our crafty bride (and with tons of help from her mom) out did herself. They craved these beautiful wine bottles filled with white lights as a gift to their guests! Quite unique!
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Talk about a fairy tale ending…waiting outside was Camel City Carriage to whisk the beautiful bride and groom off!

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This day was one of those picture=perfect Winston-Salem spring days. Low humidity and full of spring color. You just can’t get much better than that! IT was a wonderful day for a most-deserving couple. I am tickled that I was able to document all of the beauty of their day and grateful that they entrusted me with the task. My very best to both of you Christine & Daniel!