To say that I’m a little behind on blogging would be an understatement! It’s been a phenomenally busy fall with lots of family and senior sessions. And of course, we are still working to complete the last of the holiday orders as we wind up the year. But at the very end of September and first of October, I photographed three beautiful weddings and over the next few days, I will post some of my favorite images and tell the story of each of their special days.
On the last weekend of September, Stephanie (Steph, as she prefers) and Matt paddled their way into the church (really…I have never seen such a downpour as we had before the day started!) Even though it was a bit gray and gloomy outside, the mood inside was festive and you couldn’t wipe the smile off of either of their faces. This rainy Saturday was their day and in spite of the weather, they were thrilled!
I have known Matt and his family for over 15 years, so I have literally watched him grow up. And I have also watched Steph steal his heart. They are totally meant for each other and we couldn’t be more thrilled that they have found their way into each others hearts.
I joined Steph and her bridesmaids at Main Street United Methodist Church in Kernersville, NC where the ceremony was held. They have a beautiful “getting ready” room and that always makes me super happy!
Inside Steph’s dress was her something old and something blue…the blue heart was cut from one of her dad’s dress shirts (shhh…don’t tell him!) and the lace overlay came from her mom’s wedding dress. What a perfect way to keep both of them close to her as she walked down the aisle.
And oh my! Steph’s flowers were designed by Amy Dunlap of Amy Lynne Originals. Amy is not only one of the most creative florists I know, she is just genuinely nice. And folks, you just can’t get enough nice people in this world! Love her and love her work. And Steph was beyond thrilled when she saw her flowers arrive. They were exactly as she imagined. So much fun to watch a bride see her dreams unveiled in front of her!
Love these beautiful mother of the bride and mother of the groom bracelets that Amy designed. Perfect and out of the way!
Such a sweet moment between Steph and her mom below. One of my favorite shots.
My friend, and awesome photographer, Melissa Biggers, started her day at Matt’s home with Matt and his groomsmen. The pool room was a perfect backdrop for the guys!
He looks pretty relaxed to me!
Matt’s grandmother, Faye, passed away just after Matt and Steph got engaged last year. Matt’s aunt found some handkerchiefs in his grandmother’s things after her death and had them embroidered for each of the three children in her family. Here is the one she had made for Matt’s mother, Karen. Such a beautiful way to remember Karen’s mom and Matt’s grandmother.
Matt and Steph chose to do a first look…where the bride and groom get a few quiet moments together before the ceremony. It often calms the nerves and allows them to share their first glimpse of each other in private instead of in front of the congregation.
Oh the anticipation!
Wow! That is sheer joy, I would say. I just love it!
OK, it would be totally NOT acceptable to take portraits of these two without a shout out to their alma mater…NC State University. Love that they both broke into the Wolf simultaneously!
A special thank you to Lauren Clark, who came in to shoot details after I sprained my ankle a few days before the wedding. I was unsure how mobile I would be at the wedding and asked her to take on this responsibility so that we would be sure not to miss anything! She did an outstanding job of getting all of the beauty of the reception details!
Yum!! Deweys buttercream icing! It’s the best. And the cupcakes they provided were perfect for the occasion!
Sweet time watching Steph and her dad share a dance together as well as Matt and his mom. They are each, no doubt, the apple of their parents’ eyes.
Love the look on Matt and Steph’s faces as their best man and maid of honor toast them!
Party on girls! Mike Steffan, of High Impact Entertainment kept the dance floor absolutely packed all night long. Really…this was a serious party celebrating two folks that are genuinely adored!
What a great day these two had…celebrating and dancing with their friends and family. It was exactly what they wanted all along and I’m so happy that I could be there to share in their joy. Wishing them the very best for a long and happy life together!