A few months ago, Brian and I were talking with my mom and she mentioned a cute young-married couple who’d been coming to her church community group. She was told us an abbreviated story of their wedding day, which made us immediately want to meet them and take their picture 😉 Walt and Kimberly’s wedding in May of 2013 took place in Oklahoma on the day devastating tornados touched down, ravaging the area and destroying homes and lives. Many of their friends and family were quite simply unable to get to the wedding due to the chaos ensuing around them, and their wedding photographer was forced to cancel on them the morning of the wedding due to the dangerous storms. Walt and Kimberly decided not to let this ruin their big day- they waited until their pastor was able to come, after the tornadoes had done their worst, and they were married at 10:30pm that night. The were unable to have the lovely vintage-inspired reception they had planned, unable share the moment with many of the family and friends they’d hoped to share their special day with, and unable to walk away from their day with any professional photos.
We just knew that we had to meet them and do what we could to give them some beautiful images that captured the vision they had held for their wedding day! The ceremony was supposed to have taken place in a beautiful garden, so we arranged a session at McGill Rose Garden. We reached out to our wonderful former-bride, Molly, of River Kiss Weddings who provided us with an adorable vintage table-scape from her extensive collection of vintage rentals! We also asked hair and makeup extraordinaire Rebekah McCann (Hair and Makeup by Rebekah) to give Kimberly the wedding-day look she had dreamed of for her big day! Brian and I finagled a bouquet, boutonniere and centerpiece inspired by Kimberly’s original wedding-day designs (so give the florals some grace, okay? lol… the shoot was the week of Mother’s Day, so we knew all of our florist-friends would be insanely busy)! Everything came together so sweetly, and we are so honored to have had the opportunity to get to know these two better as we captured these images of them! Enjoy a bunch of our favorites of Walt and Kimberly!
Gown | David’s Bridal
Bow-tie & Suspenders | H&M
Hair & Makeup | Rebekah McCann
Venue | McGill Rose Garden
Vintage Rentals | River Kiss Weddings
We are so incredibly honored to have been published on the cover of Charlotte Wedding Magazine‘s April-June 2014 issue! CWM’s art director arranged for our lovely cover-bride, Caitlin, to come out from California and dawn her grandmother’s wedding dress again at the Ballantyne Country Club for a special cover-shoot! They had mock-ups of possible cover lay-outs and specific parameters for the shoot, so it was very different from the typical bridal session where variety is important to keep in mind. We spent a lot of time trying to capture Caitlin dappled in glowy sunset light, but at the end of the shoot we grabbed a shot in front of some beautiful greenery that set of the vintage details of her gown so beautifully. Also, I was 8 1/2 months pregnant with Avonlea the day we photographed this session! It was a little unnerving for everyone involved, scheduling this very important shoot just 10 days prior to my due-date 😉 The lovely Diane Personett of as well as Kisha Whitney were both on stand-by, just in case my water broke before or during the shoot. We’re so thankful for sweet friends who would be willing to do that! It was still super-fun, and wonderful to see Caitlin, her family, and the ever-so-talented Erin of Erin Ashley Makeup again!
This was our first time ever having the pleasure of shooting at Wing Haven Gardens in Charlotte. And who better to pose for our inaugural Wing Haven session than Brian’s lovely sister, Kailagh! Her wedding to her now-husband, Darko, was originally set for June of 2014 in Europe… until they discovered that immigration issues would prevent them from marrying internationally! Kailagh and Darko found out only 3 months prior to their wedding date that they’d be planning a wedding state-side, and with the rushed planning, we didn’t find time to photograph Kailagh’s bridal portraits until the week before their wedding! We weren’t able to shoot during the perfect time of day, and I actually did Kailagh’s hair for the session- and yet no sub-par circumstance on the planet can keep Kailagh from looking like the most perfect bride! She glowed in her dream gown, and we’re thrilled to be able to share her bridal portraits.