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mini sessions

I haven’t even shared all the awesome things that happened at our fall mini sessions! Every year we do mini sessions. 30 minute long photo sessions at a specific location we choose. This year we chose The Reel Barn. It is one of my favorite places to shoot. We set up a couple different looks for variety and have families come in over the course of 3 days. This past fall, the sessions sold out within an hour and we had over 35 sessions in those three days! It was busy but we had a BLAST! We love doing family sessions in the mix of all the wedding craziness!

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Tonya & Bryan {wedding | part 2)

Yay, thanks for coming back! I can’t wait any longer, so lets dive right into these details!

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xo,

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Tonya & Bryan {wedding | part 1)

I am excited to share Tonya & Bryan’s big wedding day with you! And when I mean big, I mean BIG! This was one of the largest weddings we have ever shot and it was thrilling!

The best part wasn’t all the details and fun people, although it was really fun…the best part was knowing and working with Tonya & Bryan! Getting to know these two made my heart happy. Two of the most sincere and genuine people I have ever met. If Tonya knows I am having a hard day, she sends me positive words and Bible verses. I couldn’t think of a sweeter soul.

When they planned this wedding, there wasn’t one detail that was overlooked. I love that they hired the best vendors in Charlotte to handle their day! Bryan is a very well known guy in our industry with promotional stuff (Paschal Promotions) so we really felt flattered and honored to have been chosen to shoot their epic wedding!

We are going to break it up in two parts because there is SO much to share!

Here is the list of the amazing vendors we worked with!

planner + designer | Carla Eustache of Style Perfect Events
designer | Helen Apple with Sterling Events
flowers | From This Day Forward
hair & makeup | Lindsey Regan Thorne of Be Pretty
videographer | Alan of Crown Alley Films
caterer | La Tea Da’s
rentals | Party Reflections
lighting | Eye Dialogue
cake | Cake Makin’ Sisters
band | Sol Fusion
graphic design + invites + paper | Olive Paper

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xo,

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Party Reflections, Inc - Love everything about this couple and this incredible wedding!

Surprise Engagement!

Several months ago we got a call from a guy named Clint. Clint was a groomsman in a wedding we shot in 2013. He was planning to propose to his beautiful girlfriend and wanted us to be there to photograph it all! Steven and I got to play secret agents and hide out. We had so much fun. What an awesome moment to document!!! Clint did such an amazing job coordinating it all!

They had dinner uptown at Fahrenheit. Not only is the food amazing but the view is too!
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xo,

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Valerie & Zac {ritz carlton, charlotte, nc | wedding photography}

When we are shooting in Charlotte, have you figured out that The Ritz is one of our favorites to shoot at? Valerie & Zac got married this past fall at The Ritz and we loved documenting every single moment. They both live in Indy but are both from Charlotte, so it was awesome for them to get married in their hometown surrounded with their friends and family!

Valerie is an avid runner. I am positive every conversation we had involved running to some degree. She went for a run the morning of their wedding and we even decided to go for a run (for pictures)  after their ceremony! They were a blast to work with and were up for anything!

{vendor love}

ceremony & reception venue | The Ritz Carlton, Charlotte
coordinator with the Ritz | Kyana Gerard
makeup | Nicole with The Lala Girl
hair | Laura of Halcyon Salon
dj | Jackson Martin
bridal gown | Poffey Girls
officiant | Reverend Canon Jerome E Kahler
ceremony musician | Winnie Simmons – Harp
videography | Carlisle Videography


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Such a perfect day. Thanks for sharing with us Val & Zac. We loved being a part of it!

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Jackson Martin - Awesome pictures and the wedding was so much fun

Ashton Malloch - Love these beautiful pictures!!!

Mary Beegle - These photos are stunning! Absolutely gorgeous wedding.

Mary - This wedding was a blast :) Absolutely gorgeous pictures too!!

Kristin Beam - Beautiful photos!! Glad we were there to celebrate with you guys! :)

Per & Neta Granstrom - Beautiful photos! LOVE is everywhere! Thanks for sharing.

Donna Gantt - Lovely photos of a lovely couple on their speical day.I love the outdoor black and white photos most. Very classy. I feel honored to have been apart of this beautiful moment in time. Best wishes to the happy couple!!!!!

Andrea Musey - These pictures are awesome! A very fun and classy record of Zac and Valerie’s wedding day=)

Brittany Nicole Wilson - Best wedding ever and beautiful photos to prove it:) love yall!!!

Marty Cisneroz - We look pretty damn amazing!

Lauren Spake - So beautiful Valerie!!

Janet Rhoades - Yours was a truly beautiful and happy day, Zac and Valerie! Thank you for the photo journey of all the day’s events. The smiles and loving gazes truly show a devoted and very fortunate couple! Hugs, Janet

Blair White - Love all of these!!!! So happy for you two!!! I can’t wait to watch Gods plan for your lives unfold!!!

Judy Gendron Kline - Beautiful! Congratulations❤️

Elizabeth Weaver Ruppe - It was such a beautiful wedding and I am so glad I was there to see it. Love you guys so much!

Christi DeRidder Jones - I love these pictures. They capture the day so perfectly!

Bare Hare Waxing - Gorgeous photos!! Valerie you looked absolutely stunning! I adore how many of these photos have you guys laughing!!!

Amy Gardner - Such a beautiful wedding! Can’t wait until May, love you guys!!!!

Nichole Lateano - What a fun blog!!!! And of course what amazing photos for the amazing couple!!!

Beth Kahler - You captured the celebration in a fabulous way. What a beautiful day.

Stephanie Taylor - Beautiful couple, beautiful day! Thank you for letting us be a part of the love story! We need some of these pics, they captured soo much!

Marie Clougherty Vrablik - Love you guys! These are beautifulpics

Libby Parton - A beautiful wedding and a beautiful couple. So glad I was able to share it with you. Wish you much happiness.

Love, Aunt Libby

Katie Ringley - Love you two and beyond happy for your new life together!! These pictures are gorgeous!

Gracie - Love these pics!!! These are AMAZING!!!

Samantha Redman - Val! This pictures are amazing!! You look so beautiful and I love how unique the pictures are!

Caryl Meyer Jones - I am certain the photography captured the real emotions of the moments in a unique way….. AMAZING for sure. I am so happy for both of you… feels like I was there for your “royal wedding celebration” as I enjoyed every photograph. May life be a fun and fabulous challenge every moment and may you keep the magical love in your hearts and in your families hearts… forever. Love to you all!

Brooke Galyan - Beautiful ❤️

Alex Martin - I love love love this couple and loved being apart of their bd day!

Whit Tedder - Great looking wedding

Tony Berry - Great photos beautiful bride I must say !!

Tayah Leigh Campbell - Beautiful couple! Love you guys !

Lexie Sparrold Prust - You guys are amazing!!!! You look so beautiful, Valerie! Zac, you look pretty awesome as well. Love you both!!!!

Linc Parton McDaniel - Beautiful moments captured for a beautiful couple!

Alesha Lane Hobbs - Beautiful couple and a beautiful wedding. Love these pictures

Blair Jaynes - Gorgeous! Love the one with Val and Mrs. Amy! And such a beautiful wedding!

Sam Vaughan - These pictures are great!

Rich Kahler - Such a joyous celebration! Such a handsome nephew! Such a beautiful bride! Such talented photography!

Jerome Kahler - Such a photogenic couple, enhanced by Smitten and Hooked who were fun to be with as well. Hard to pick a favorite, except the early color shot of Val and Amy is spectacular, and a shot out to the entrance B&W of brother Bob and Fran.

Kate Kahler-Rickman - Fabulous photos! What a wonderful way to remember a beautiful wedding and a lovely weekend. Love you!

Caryl Jones - I am certain the photography captured the real emotions of the moments in a unique way….. AMAZING for sure. I am so happy for both of you… feels like I was there for your “royal wedding celebration” as I enjoyed every photograph. May life be a fun and fabulous challenge every moment and may you keep the magical love in your hearts and in your families hearts… forever. Love to you all!

Anne Davis - Pictures are beautiful!! So happy for you both Valerie and Zac!

Sylvia Kothe - Thanks for sharing these photos. What a beautiful wedding. Really captured the emotions, the fun and the celebration.

Valerie Kahler - Lucy & Randall- you to are so talented & so much fun to work with! We couldn’t be happier with our wedding photos! Thank you both for capturing our favorite moments. Lucy, we need to go for a run ASAP when I’m back in town! Good luck with all your training! <3

Heidi Steeves - Zac and Valerie are such gorgeous people already, and their pictures were beautiful!!

Nicole - I am soooo excited to see these pics! I love the photographer’s style. I can’t wait to share. Thanks for letting me be apart of your special day!

Whit tedder - Great wedding, great shots

Steve Prust - Great photos and a great wedding! So much fun! You guys rock!

Ellie & Parker - Such a beautiful wedding for beautiful people . We are so glad we got to share it with yall ! Love yall !

Brittany Beam - Love all of the pictures…captures the love that these two share!!

Zac Kahler - Lucy, Randall, we had a blast working with you two. Awesome people.

Molly McKinney - Love these two and their love for each other!!!

Jada Henderson - love all the pictures, especially the ones capturing the city with the beautiful wedding party!!! Great shots!

Karen Snyder - Perfect pictures of a perfect couple!

Alexis Snyder - Oh my gosh these pictures are great! Thank you guys for the greatest night ever! Love you guys

Bob - Great photos of a wonderful day. Love Dad

Mel and Joyce Black - How fun it was to relive your special day! Thank you for sharing all of the exciting and happy events of the day. Perhaps Zac might want the “canvas” to be of his pensive expression regarding his huge decision?

Karen Wendland - Great pictures…Zac and Val make a really handsome couple. I especially loved the running ones! And got a kick out of the one of them collapsed in exhaustion on the floor. Karen Wendland Dix.

Deborah Sakalla - We loved your beautiful wedding and so glad we got to be there!!

Fran - What a gorgeous couple and fabulous photos. Of course I’m prejudiced being Zac’s mom and Val’s mother- in -law!

Donna Alexander Martin - Love looking at these.Such a perfect couple. Love you

Cindy Churchill - Loved the photos. Great job capturing the day.

Valerie Berry Kahler - Thank you both so much for capturing the best day of our lives. You two are so talented and fun to be around! =)

Amy - Great photos! Beautiful wedding and lots of fun! So much love filling hearts!

Emily Kahler - Beautiful photos for a beautiful wedding!

Heather - Beautiful photos. Glad I got to be a part of it all!

Hannah Kahler - What great photos! So much fun to look back on such a wonderful day!

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