Erin & Lee had a picture-perfect day to get married a few weeks ago. Erin is just one of those lovely souls…as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. And it was so evident that everyone she meets is touched by her sweet spirit. Both she and Lee are in the medical field and their compassion and kindness to others is such an integral part of each of their personalities.
We gathered first at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Winston-Salem, where Erin and her bridesmaids were putting on the finishing touches before heading to Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem. Before I arrived, Erin had her makeup and hair conveniently done by Olivia at the Glass Door Salon in the hotel. Great planning!
Could. Not. Get. Enough. Of. These. Shoes! Some of the prettiest shoes I’ve seen a bride wear! And something blue too!
Well, of course the ladies had to have some mimosas!
Off we went to Centenary to dress for the service. Such an grandiose and beautiful church!
LOVED Erin’s beautiful A-line gown. With its ivory toile, intricate beading and delicate lace straps, it was just a perfect selection for her.
Look at her blue eyes!! So lovely!
And just as we were about to start photographing the bridesmaids, Jennifer, from Green Bee Floral Designs arrived with the bouquets. Perfect timing! Erin’s eyes literally filled with tears when Jennifer presented her with her bouquet. The flowers were EXACTLY what she had envisioned and she was completely overwhelmed at their beauty. What a great feeling to know that your florist listened to your ideas and creatively executed exactly what you dreamed of! Great job, Jennifer!
My friend and second shooter, Katie Dickson, was tasked with corralling Lee and the guys and working with them as they got prepared for the day.
Love the two shots below. Super nice group of guys to work with and a groom that was very excited to see his beautiful bride!
After arriving at the church, Lee caught up with his mom for a moment so that she could pin on his boutonniere. Such a sweet and sentimental moment for a mother.
Guests were beginning to arrive and everything was now in place. The moment of the day had finally arrived.
Following the lighting of the candles on the altar, Lee, and his best man, Justin, entered the sanctuary. I mention this because typically the groom enters the sanctuary with the minister at the front of the church in a very subtle and unassuming way, instead of processing down the aisle. But Erin wanted Lee to have the entire experience of entering this breathtaking church, hearing the organ, as well as seeing all of the guests and the special touches that had been prepared for the day. What an example of love. On a day that is often centered around the bride, she wanted to share this moment with him more than anything. I think they have the makings of a wonderful marriage!
Next, we were off to the reception at the always glorious, Forsyth Country Club.
Again, Green Bee did a beautiful job with the florals on the club entrance as well as the reception tables. So so pretty!
Todd Anderson, whose event and planning firm was an integral part of coordinating the day and making sure every detail was attended to, served as the master of ceremonies. He introduced Erin & Lee as they entered the reception ballroom and announced their first dance as husband and wife.
Erin and Lee’s cake was created by Manfred at Mrs. Pumpkin’s Bakery. A beautifully decorated cake, that again, just seamlessly blended with the light, airy details that Erin wanted for her day.
Love the lego cake that was for Lee. His mom had given him this cake topper years back as a shout out to his love of Legos. She told him that one day he could use it at his wedding. He didn’t let her down!
After cutting the cake, it was time for a few toasts from those that knew Erin & Lee best. Lots of laughter and love abounded with the many stories that Justin & Ryan shared!
The traditional father/daughter dance and mother/son dances gave the bride and groom an opportunity to share a few quiet moments with their parents.
Now it was time for some serious dancing. Erin & Lee had arranged for Rubberband to entertain their guests for the evening. And entertain they did! I always love a live band and they got things hopping quickly.
Rubberband was also quick to grab Erin and get her up with the band to serenade Lee!
What fun to have the parents join in as well!
So the bouquet catching ended in a tie! So what do you do??? Split the bouquet and hug both recipients!
Sweet sweet moment between this amazing bride and groom as the night was coming to a close.
So grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Erin & Lee. It is always an honor to be part of a day that they will remember forever. Wishing you much happiness for years to come!