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We are so thankful to have had the opportunity to work with Jason and Erin! Ever since we met with them, they’ve been a joy to work with- they were totally trusting of us with their engagement session and Erin’s bridal session, and were so much fun to get to know throughout the planning-process. Their inspiration for their wedding was gorgeous: vintage, art-deco nightclub! Their venue, colors, decor… everything came together to complete a 1940’s jazz-cub vibe, thanks to Carrie Ann from Serendipity Weddings & Events for carrying out Erin’s vision exquisitely. One of the lasting impressions we came away with after this wedding was just how genuinely happy each guest was for the newlyweds, and how much fun everyone had (Joey Verde of Split Second Sound did an amazing job keeping the party going)! Enjoy a bunch of our favorites from Jason and Erin’s wedding, and see a complete list of their vendors at the bottom of the post!

MARCH 9, 2013

Event Planner & Designer | Serendipity Weddings & Events

Stationary | emDOTzee Designs

Gown | Allure Purchased at BridalMart (Burlington, NC)

Reception Dress | Trina Turk from

Bridesmaids Dresses | Max & Cleo purchased at

Bridal Shoes | Nina purchased at  Macy’s

Bride’s Necklace| her Something Borrowed – heirloom from her mother

Bride’s Earrings | gift from her sisters, purchased in Portugal

Bridesmaids Custom Clutches | {AO3} Designs purchased at

Her Engagement Ring & His Band | Diamond’s Direct Charlotte

Her Wedding Band | estate piece purchased from Lang Antiques

Guys’ Attire | Jos. A Bank

Hair & Makeup | Swooz Salon

Florist | Serendipity Weddings & Events

Ceremony & Reception Venue | Founders Hall (Charlotte, NC)

Ceremony Coordinator | Serendipity Weddings & Events

Officiant | Rabbi Jonathan Freirich, assisted by Reverends Lee Hull Moses and Jim Ewin

Ketubah Artist | Ketubah-Arts – Ginny Reel

Processional | A Kiss to Build a Dream On by Ruby/Kalmar/Hammerstein

Song She Walked Down the Aisle to | La Vie En Rose by Guglielm/Monnot/Piaf

Recessional | Hello, Dolly by Herman

Ceremony Musicians | Gary Hastings, Paul Foster, and Wiley Porter

Reception Coordinator | Serendipity Weddings & Events

Rentals | Classic Party Rentals, Temple Beth El, and Aria

First Dance | Sparks by Coldplay

Father-Daughter and Mother-Son Dance | Goodnight My Love by Ella Fitzgerald

Caterer | Aria

Bakery | Maxie B’s and The King’s Bakery

Cake Topper | heirloom from Bride’s grandparents

DJ | Split Second Sound – Joey Verde

Getaway Transportation | R&R Pedicab Company

Accommodations | Omni Charlotte Hotel


It’s always fun photographing the wedding of two people you feel close to and adore. It’s a great honor to capture moments on a wedding day when you know not only what’s important to the bride and groom, but why. Aaron’s cousin, Josh, married sweet Linsey (a long-time friend of Brian’s family) on September 18th of last year. Aaron caught the garter at that wedding- we remember photographing it, and how Aaron wore the garter around his bicep for the rest of the evening… hehe! Indeed the tradition held true to its word, as Aaron soon-afterward proposed to Dena, and they planned their wedding for the very same weekend in 2011 as Josh and Linsey’s was in 2010! We truly fell in love with Aaron and Dena during their wedding-planning process, just as we had Josh and Linsey! They have a dog, Ruby, who is now pals with our puppy, Nahla after Brian and Aaron took them to the White Water Center for no other reason than to just hang out! We love getting to know our couples in these ways… we love feeling like we’re photographing the wedding of two of our good friends because they’ve become our good friends along the way : )

Dena’s family is Greek, and as such she planned a beautiful Greek Orthodox ceremony at Holy Trinity Greek Cathedral in Charlotte. The church was gorgeous: ornate, elaborate, and formal- the perfect backdrop for Dena’s lace, mermaid gown from Treasures Formal & Bridal. Their traditional Greek Orthodox ceremony was full of symbolism and meaning. The couple’s reception was held at Founder’s Hall in uptown Charlotte. The colors of the marble inside Founder’s was actually a really beautiful and obviously more contemporary compliment to the colors used to adorn the inside of the Cathedral. There were many traditional Greek dances (ohh yes, where everyone joins hands and dances in a circle- very fun!). Aaron and Dena also went to great effort to make sure that everything about their big day made their guests feel close to them and a part of their relationship. Their ceremony program was several pages long, outlining each part of the ceremony, its history and a summary of what each sacrament represented. Instead of table numbers, each table was named after a meaningful milestone in Aaron and Dena’s relationship, with explanations written on the table cards of why each word or phrase was signigicant. There was a table where guests could write “Happy Grams,” a tradition from the summer camp where Aaron and Dena met when they were in high school! Their cake-topper was a confederate soldier and a yankee bride, representing Aaron’s southern heritage and Dena’s northern/Bostonian roots.
It was so fun for us to know so much about this bride and groom going into the wedding day. We knew exactly what each part of the wedding, reception and decor meant and why it was important, because Aaron and Dena kept us updated and informed throughout their whole planning process! We felt like we were a part of the whole party, which gave us an invigorated inspiration while we were shooting : ) Enjoy this sneak-peak of Aaron and Dena’s wedding, y’all!

Gorgeous Dena lake-side at The Eagle’s Nest where she and her bridesmaids got ready

“Most Beautiful Church To-Date” award-winner!

No… I did not plan for them to be standing in this order. That just happened! (below)

In the Greek Orthodox marriage ceremony, crowns are placed in the bride and groom’s head, tied together with a ribbon symbolizing that their marriage will be honored in heaven. When one dies, the ribbon is cut and each partner’s is crown respectively is buried with them.

I’m getting better and better at these cross-walk shots ; )

Can you not get over this TREE-STUMP cake by The Charlotte Cake Man? It’s butter-cream frosting applied to look like tree-bark, complete with a heart carved with Aaron and Dena’s initials in it.

Both the father/daughter and mother/son dances were very heart-felt and emotional

Greek Dancing!

Check out this bride gettin’ down with the Wobble ; )

Awwwe : ) Me with TWO of my brides! (below) Dena Sept. 17, 2011 AND Linsey Sept. 18, 2010!



We have SO been looking forward to this wedding! When we initially booked with Mike and Elizabeth, their wedding planner, Carrie Ann Drinnen of Serendipity Weddings & Events was the one who had found us and referred us. Over the many months that followed, we got to know Carrie Ann very well, and got to hear a lot about what she, Michael and Elizabeth had planned for their June uptown wedding. Michael and Elizabeth had an urban, “big city” vision for their wedding, and everything about this wedding delivered! Their ceremony and reception were held at Founder’s Hall in uptown Charlotte, a glass-ceiling, marble, upscale shopping area with a Central Park feel. The trees and fountain inside the space give the venue an outdoor feel, and together with the lush and elegant décor and accessories designed by Carrie Ann, the whole event was truly breath-taking. Everything just… worked! And we got to work with a lot of our favorite vendors! Ribald Farms created some truly beautiful floristry, inspired by Elizabeth’s taste in flowers. Isabel’s Corner did the videography, and Split Second Sound kept the party going strong all night! It was so much fun to shoot. My favorite part of the day was after the ceremony, after the family session, and after the bridal party shots were taken…. Michael and Elizabeth were so at ease with each other, so over the moon to finally be with each other after having been apart all day, and willing to spend a good long time taking newlywed photos! I had a whole hour with them, and came away with a ton of really beautiful shots. The whole event in its’ entirety was so stunning, it was nearly impossible to choose which photos to post for the preview… we ended up picking them very randomly until we felt like we had a good set that really told the story of the whole day. Enjoy! And congrats to the new Mr. & Mrs. Hugger!