Meredith and Joe were married a few weeks ago at the beautiful and historic Augsburg Lutheran Church in downtown Winston-Salem. Meredith’s family have long been members of the church, so it was only natural that this be the site of her wedding.

I loved photographing their day for several reasons. First, Meredith and Joe are a couple that are absolutely and totally smitten with each other. They have so much adoration and also admiration for each other. Respect is such a key element in a successful relationship and I know their marriage will triumph because of the way they treat each other. I honestly think each of them thinks they are the LUCKIEST person in the world because they have found the other. So incredibly sweet and refreshing!

The other reason I thought their day was special is that so much thought went in to all of the details of the day. The significance of each detail was thought out before it was integrated into the day. Pinterest didn’t totally prevail! Instead, great thought was given and the day was so wonderfully warm and special.

Here is a look inside their day which began at the church.

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Amy Parrish at Pilot Mountain Flower Shop did an absolutely AMAZING job on the flowers for the day. Meredith wanted a bright and colorful burst of red and yellow color and boy, did she get that! Such pretty arrangements full of brilliant color and interesting flowers and greenery.

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Inside at the church, items were already in place on the altar for the ceremony.

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Meredith and her bridal party were finishing up some details when I arrived. Penny Scott Hair Productions did an beautiful job on the bridal party’s hair and Updo’s in Kernersville was on hand to get the makeup just perfect.

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Meredith is by far one of the most thoughtful ladies that I know of. She has so much genuine appreciation and love for her friends. She carefully planned out gifts for all of them as well as the flower girls. Her kind spirit just enveloped the entire day.

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The earrings and necklace below were gifts from Meredith’s parents for her to wear on her wedding day. Such a beautiful and meaningful gift that will always remind her of her wedding day.

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Meredith’s ivory lace dress, by Allure, was so perfectly made for her. The fitted, intricately embroidered bodice with Swarovski crystal beading accented her tee tiny figure and the dropped waist and full English net skirt and train were absolutely stunning.

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Meredith’s “something blue” was a sapphire ring that belonged to her grandmother. And of course, what Tarheel bride would be complete without a UNC garter??

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All the while, Joe was in a room on the other side of the church taking a few moments to write a note to Meredith to accompany her gift. Thanks to my friend and fellow photographer, Grant Blair, for working with Joe and his guys to make them feel comfortable and relaxed as he second shot this wedding with me.

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Joe’s gift to his groomsmen…some quite unique socks. Love them!
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Precious precious little flower girl and junior bridesmaids…all of them Joe’s nieces.

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Love these images of Meredith and her mom. As an only child, there is certainly a special bond between the two of them!

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Meredith was closing in on tears from the emotion of the day in the shot above. So what do her girlfriends do? They put on a little “Jump Around” on the iPod. This Tarheel girl knows EXACTLY what to do when that plays! Way to take her mind off the stress of the day ladies!

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Over on the guys side, Joe was just receiving his gift from Meredith, accompanied by a sweet note.

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Beautiful monogrammed silver cuff links.

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Meredith shared her gifts with her bridesmaids and flower girl.

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And one of Joe’s groomsmen made a special delivery just for Meredith from Joe.

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Love this! It’s a Pandora charm with Lovebirds on it!

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With all of the getting ready complete, it was time to move outdoors and photograph the bridal party. Joe is one of 4 boys, so that bridal party consisted of LOTS of family!

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Inside, the guests were beginning to arrive and the ceremony was about to begin.


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Love these two B&W shots below of the priest looking over his notes one last time and of Meredith’s grandparents holding hands at the back of the church before they were escorted in. So sweet.

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One of my all-time favorite kiss shots! Love love love that expression on the priest’s face. He looks so proud and delighted with what he’s just witnessed!
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Following family formal pictures in the sanctuary, the entire bridal party headed to Salem Glen Golf & Country Club for the reception.

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The cake was provided by Paula Fischer of Sweet As cakes in Clemmons. Quite yummy and incredibly beautiful.

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And as a special surprise to their guests, Meredith choreographed a fun entrance to “What does the Fox say?” And she even made the masks herself for the bridal party!

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Music for the evening was provided by Chuck Marsh Entertainment. Shout out to Chuck for keeping the dance floor filled all night long!

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Super sweet dance with Meredith and her father to Steven Curtis Chapman’s “Cinderella”. I am such a sop on that one!

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And an equally touching moment for Joe and his mother. Clearly there is a special connection between the two of them.

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Toasts were given courtesy of Meredith’s maid and matron of honor and the best man. These girls have played such a special part in Meredith’s life and their stories were so sweet and love-filled.
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I loved Heather’s story about Meredith informing her of her relationship with Joe. As Winston-Salem is NOT that big, Heather actually knew of Joe’s family when Meredith told her about their relationship. Her reaction…Oh! Joe is my favorite Harris! (remember, there are 4 Harris boys!)  Don’t think Joe didn’t LOVE hearing that!

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Let the party begin!

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After some dancing, the guests moved outside to release almost 100 lanterns to the sky in celebration of Meredith and Joe’s union. Breathtakingly beautiful!

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Followed by a sparkler departure!

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Perfect way to end a fabulous evening! Meredith and Joe, thank you for asking me to share your beautiful wedding day with you! What an honor and privilege! I wish for you many years of love and happiness together!