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
In the Charlotte, NC area, we usually only see snow about once or twice each year… and even then, it’s only a couple of inches. But every time the forecast calls for snow, we put out a casting-call on our Facebook page for a bride to get dressed up in her dress again for some snowy bridals for our portfolio. Every time we put it out there, we get a few raised-eyebrows and a few texts expressing vague interest, but no takers! It’s understandable… who wants to put on an expensive and most likely sleeveless gown and hang out in the freezing cold for longer than, like, 5 minutes? Well… this winter, Brian’s sister, Colleen, agreed to be on-call, ready and willing to dawn a wedding gown and let us snap some snowy bridal shots of her should we get a really good snow. And as most of you know, we got QUITE the snow this past week! And this time, we were prepared. We’d found a gorgeous long-sleeve vintage wedding dress at a thrift-store about a month ago and snatched it up! It serendipitously fit Colleen perfectly. Once we had the dress, we considered just going to the mountains for the shoot as the weeks droned on with no snow in sight. We began brainstorming how to style the session, and the style and structure of the down led us to a wintery “Snow White” theme… more like Snow White & the Huntsman than the Disney cartoon, of course! This inspired us to track down some jewelry that makes one think, “Mirror Mirror!” and a luxurious fur wrap. We meant to get more together and schedule a firm date to traipse up to the mountains (like some customized stationary and a bouquet), but once it began snowing gorgeously right here in our hometown, we decided to go just for it. I did Colleen’s hair and makeup, and we spent the longest 20-30 minutes of her life take gorgeous Snow-White-inspired bridal images in the middle of a gorgeous snow-flurry, lol! This girl was such a trooper, and we were able to get some breathtaking shots that captured our Snow White Bridal vision beautifully. Enjoy a few of our favorites from our session with Colleen!
Yay! Finally posting some images from a really fun shoot we did over the summer! We shot this session smack-dab in the middle of June wedding craziness, just based on the availability of everyone who participated, knowing that our wedding work-load would make it difficult to get these portfolio images edited and posted since they were mostly for our own artistic experimentation. We took Jamie’s bridal portraits (which you can view here) about 2 years ago for her October 2011 wedding. She was such a natural in front of the camera, that we asked her to model for this shoot. The incredibly talented Erin Chapman of Erin Ashley Makeup did an exquisite job doing artistic underwater makeup! We photographed this session at night so that we could experiment with some new lighting techniques. We chose a gown with lots of texture that would take on a lot of visual interest underwater. Check out our favorites from this fun night-time, underwater bridal-fashion shoot!