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lauren and drew | wedding | charlotte, nc

Hello blog. I am Lucy. It has been a while so lets get reaquainted. Sorry, we disappeared. We had great plans to blog so many things because this time of year is generally our slow season but oh buddy….not this year! While I am completely overwhelmed and blessed it took us by surprise, so blogging and some other things got pushed aside just a little bit! We swear to get caught up now because we have so many incredible things to share with you and we can hardly wait any longer!

Speaking of awesome things….what about our first wedding of 2014?! what what! Yep, several weeks ago on a gorgeous day in February we had the honor of shooting sweet Lauren & Drew’s big day! I felt like we were bears coming out of hibernation and our creative juices were flowing and we literally couldn’t wait to get behind the lens again for a wedding! This day was so much fun and these two love birds were a blast! We are no stranger to the Ritz Carlton in Charlotte, we shoot there quite a bit and it is hands down one of our favorite locations in Charlotte for so many reasons! So, their day started out there getting ready and having fun with their friends and family. Across the street at Founders Hall was where their ceremony and reception was held! What an amazing space. It is huge with great architecture and so much space! Cortenay from Carolina Event Design was the planner and ya’ll she always knocks things out of the park! I knew we were in for a treat not only with the planning and organization of the day but the design details…she always give us the most beautiful things to photograph and of course this time didn’t disappoint! We loved the gold pallette they chose and the simplicity of it all, especially in a space that can be so large and overwhelming!

Even though Steven and I are paleo (no gluten, dairy or sugar) their dessert bar had me almost thinking otherwise. Seriously bacon on top of the cupcakes? what! Dear Lord! I didn’t give in to temptation, partly because everyone had already eaten the cupcakes by the time I had made my way back around 🙂 The band….yea AMAZING! They kept the party going all night and even had Momma Lynn on the stage with her girlfriends breaking it down, seriously it was awesome!

We snuck outside to grab some romantic portraits of Lauren and Drew for a couple minutes. We wanted to do something a little different yet still encompass the city of Charlotte. Charlotte is known for the big gold disc at the center of Trade and Tryon. Everyone and their mother shoots there so we  try to avoid it since we want to be original and awesome, duh. This time however, we decided to make it our own, and see that disc differently. We shot them on it with some cool off camera lighting and I am thrilled with how it came out! You will see below but I am stoked!

The night ended with a glowstick exit that rocked our world. Lauren & Drew we are pumped to see you start your life together and we were honored to be a little part of that!

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planner | Cortenay of Carolina Event Design
invitations and paper | Olive Paper
hair & makeup | Kymm of Who’s The Fairest
ceremony & reception venue | Founders Hall
getting ready hotel | The Ritz Carlton
rentals/chairs | Party Reflections
linen | Cloth Connection
floral | Wayne Freeman
ceremony musician | Tom Billotto
band | Right to Party
officiant | Dr. Jim Whitlow

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Margaret Watkins - Thoroughly enjoyed the pictures! What a beautiful wedding and even more beautiful bride! Best wishes for many happy years to Lauren and Drew!!!! Love Aunt Peg

judy - these photographs are amazing, just like Lauren and Drew!!!

Pam Watkins - Such a beautiful wedding and even more beautiful couple!! Awesome job on capturing such an incredible evening!

Jeff Theriault - What an incredible job!! You captured the best moments!!!

Tina Moore - What great pictures! They definitely capture the joy and the spirit of the evening. I especially love the photos taken with the disc…really beautiful.

Jocelin Poston Searles - Amazing!!! The pictures will be cherished forever!!

Alison Theriault Becker - An unbelievable evening… and the pictures to prove it!!! Wonderful job, Lucy & Steve!!!

Angela Van Every Johnston - Beautiful!!

Bill & Lori Becker - What a fabulous evening… so beautiful, so much fun, so awesome.

We could not be any prouder!

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