This shoot was quite a feat of accomplishment! I began planning this styled shoot in January of 2016, and planned to shoot it in February of 2016. I lined up models (former wedding clients, Joel + Kayla Bowen), and vendors and began collecting details for a late Feb. shoot at Fenland Christmas Tree Farm when our daughter, Avonlea, had to be rushed to Levine Children’s Hospital the week before we planned to shoot! She ended up staying at Levine for over a week, so we postponed the shoot and it was a good thing too, because I ended up going into labor 4 weeks early with our little Violet just 3 days after Avonlea came home from Levine! Finding an alternative date proved difficult, and the shoot kept getting pushed back and back until September! By the time the date was finalized, a couple of the vendors who had been willing to participate originally were unavailable. New Creations Flowers stepped in at the very last minute the week of the final shoot-date with gorgeous flowers! Velo Creative overnighted stationary, and final pieces of wardrobe and decor were pieced together just days before the shoot. But it all came together beautifully! We couldn’t have asked for a better outcome and we were absolutely thrilled when the shoot was published on Borrowed & Blue, a national wedding style blog, as well as Bustl’d, a wedding blog local to the Charlotte area!
Oh man. What an adventure! Brian and Karine’s destination wedding in NJ was 1 weekend, 24 combined driving hours (several of those in DC traffic lol), 1 flat tire, 1 second-shooter (my wonderful friend Julia of Amore Vita Photography), and ultimately 3 crazy but fun days of working with one of the sweetest couples on earth! Brian has been a friend of our family for many years. He moved to Louisville, KY to attend Southern Seminary, and met Karine when they were neighbors and both working in ministry. They spent many months getting to know each other as friends, unable to discuss the possibility of dating due to the obligations of Karine’s internship. But the minute her internship was over (literally, the minute), they had a relationship-defining talk and soon after, Brian proposed! We met Karine for the first time here in South Carolina, when Brian brought her to town after their engagement. A few months later, we got to take their rainy-day engagement photos while we were in Louisville 3 weeks before their wedding for Michael and Melissa’s wedding! And in July, I got to capture their sweet, backyard wedding in Karine’s hometown in New Jersey. It was blazing hot, but such a wonderful day regardless. It was beautiful to see how perfectly each of them fit in with the other’s friends and family. It was encouraging to see so many friendly faces in a brand new place. And it was an absolute blast to watch the Charleston Southern crew breaking it down HARD on the dance floor (as they do). We’re so thrilled for these two, and know they’re meant for great things. Enjoy some of our favorites from Brian and Karine’s wedding!
John and Chelsea’s wedding was an absolute dream… from the actual wedding to the couple themselves, I couldn’t have asked for a dreamier day! These two are not only some of the sweetest people on earth, but their approach to their wedding day made everything run so smoothly. They wanted to do a first look, and guys… I can’t stress this enough… first looks are the way to go, especially when your ceremony and reception are taking place at the same venue! This means that all of your photos can be taken before your ceremony, and your guests won’t be there during your photos, awkwardly trying to sneak in well-meaning hugs that end up distracting the guests of honor. John and Chelsea had a private, joyful first look, knocked out all of their family and bridal party shots quickly, and were able to walk up the aisle at the end of their ceremony with no pending portraits hanging over their heads. We snuck them into the vineyard nearby and snapped a few extra newlywed shots as the guests transitioned to cocktail hour, but other than that, the bride and groom were able to join their guests quickly (which was appreciated by everyone)! Not only did the day flow extremely well, but John and Chelsea and their families were just extremely happy all day long! Every face was beaming, and every heart was full! We love Love LOVE capturing these kinds of days… these kinds of weddings… these people. It refreshes our souls to be around so much genuine joy. Enjoy a few of our favorites from John & Chelsea’s wedding day at Vesuvius Vineyards!
Ceremony + Reception Venue | Vesuvius Vineyards
Gown | Paloma Blanca purchased at preownedweddingdresses.com
Hair | Hannah Welsh at Living Art Salon
Makeup | Layne Barter Makeup
Bridesmaids | Donna Morgan purchased at Bella Bridesmaids
Tuxedos | Calvin Klein purchased at Men’s Wearhouse
Flowers | What’s Up Buttercup
Programs | Zazzle
Officiant | Dr. Steve Morgan
Caterer | The Southern Gourmet
DJ | Joe Bunn DJ Company – Steve Stowe