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tara and matt {i do | charlotte, nc}

Tara and Matt got married a couple weeks ago in a gorgeous ceremony at one of our favorite venues, The Urban Garden at The Ritz here in Charlotte. Tara and Matt met at work (they both work at Lowe’s) and only work a few cubicles apart. Tara and most of her bridesmaids were college buddies and went to Notre Dame, after the DJ announced they won the game that night they all went wild as they played the school’s spirit song! It was awesome!

nothing i love more than a first look!!one of Tara’s bridesmaids couldn’t make it to the wedding because of Hurricane Sandy so we had to incorporate her:)

i love the look of pure relief and joy when they turned around after being announced husband and wife!

{vendor love}
hair & makeup | Maria Theoharis with Volume Salon
venue & catering | Ritz-Carlton
coordinator/planner | Sarah Larkey with The Ritz Carlton
dj | johnny with split second sound
bride’s gown | Mecklenburg Bridal
cake | Ritz-Carlton
officiant | Rev. Jim Lytle
flowers | Carolyn Shepard Design Group
pipe & drape | Kristen Prestwood with Sterling by Design
second shooter | Hayley of Hayley Juliet Photography

Thanks for allowing us to share this super special day with you guys!!



Jen Rhoden Cleveland - Love, Love, Love!

jessica & chad {i do | lake lure, nc}

Lake Lure is such a gorgeous place, famous for filming the movie ‘Dirty Dancing’ there, of course a favorite movie of mine growing up! The Lake Lure Inn is an awesome historic hotel right in the heart of the little town. Most of the rooms are named after the famous movie. So, needless to say, we think Jessica and Chad picked an awesome place to get married!

i am so in love with their first look. i loved the stairs and how it all worked out. Jessica was so brave:)you can tell that i am a shoe fanatic but i loved this image with the leaves flying aroundtheir beautiful ceremony was held towards the gazebo in the center of the town on the lake with the mountains as the beautiful backdrop.this moment between Jessica and her grandmother was such a tear jerker!!! Such a beautiful moment.

i think this next picture sums up marriage:)well, at least our marriage!

loving their romantic details

there was a chocolate fountain and i think this little girl found it:)such a gorgeous nightsome beautiful ring shotsthe farewell!

We are so excited for Jessica and Chad’s happily ever after! It was such a perfect night of celebrating with you guys!!!

{vendor love}
venue & catering | Lake Lure Inn
coordinator | Patrick Bryant with the Lake Lure Inn
cake | Tiffany’s Baking Co.
hair | Ananda Hair Studio
makeup | Kim Mareno
dj | Jumping Jukebox
officiant | Victoria Hutchins
florist | Blossoms at Biltmore Place




Negin Gerami - I loved all your picture , i wish u the best xoxo.

Jessica - Absolutely amazing! I love you guys!

sera & danny {i do | charlotte, nc}

Sera & Danny were married!! A couple weeks ago at the beautiful Alexander Homested.Danny’s sister is the talented Emily Paige who did makeup and made everyone beautiful!we adore this sign hanging in the bridal suitewe were obsessed with the groomsmen ties!the sunset couldn’t have been more beautiful this night!!!!most of their details were DIY and I LOVED it!!! The candy apples, the simple tables capes, it screamed fall!the talented bride painted this tree painting herself for everyone to thumb print and sign in on, it was awesome:)such a beautiful venue…a beautiful memorial for sera’s late brother.

we adore you Sera & Danny!!

Congrats Mr & Mrs. Burkhart!! We couldn’t be happier for you two and we were so happy to be a part of your beautiful day!!

{vendor love}
 makeup | Emily Paige
hair | Jennifer Tritt
venue | Alexander Homested
cake | Nona’s Sweets
dress | New York Bride
dj | Remarkable Receptions Wedding DJ
officiant | Jay Hardwick; North Rock Hill Church
flowers | Gallery of Flowers
second shooter & booth | Hayley Brafford



tiffany & mike {e-session}

what’s the famous phrase? ‘better late than never!” there ya go, that one! we shot Tiffany & Mike’s awesome engagement session over the summer and now we stopped being selfish so we are sharing! We have so many other awesome shoots that we have up our sleeves that we are dying to share! We are excited about Tiffany & Mike’s wedding in March 2013! woot woot!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out Tiffany & Mike’s sweet e-session! Stay tuned, we even have a pretty awesome blog post ready for you tomorrow!


elif & david {i do | cornelius, nc}

Elif and David know how to throw a party that’s for sure! They had the time of their lives celebrating their nuptials a couple weeks ago on the lake at the Peninsula Yacht Club. There were so many cool elements to their wedding, it was hard to keep count! Elif is from Turkey and David’s mother is from Egypt so David actually surprised everyone at the reception by hiring belly dancers. It was so amazing and they put on a great show!  Everyone danced the night away to our all time favorite band, Black and Blue out of Greensboro, NC! They are unbelievable and a guaranteed dance party! We can’t say enough about how much we love working with the Peninsula Yacht Club! They are so professional and always on top of everything! It was the perfect location, especially with the amazing sunset we had that night!!

The decor was simple and elegant, just like Elif. She couldn’t have looked more gorgeous than she did on her wedding day. She has such an infectious laugh and smile. She makes you so happy just being in her presence! It was an honor shooting their amazing wedding day!

{vendor love}
planner | Carla Eustache of Style Perfect Events
venue & catering | Peninsula Yacht Club
cake | Amy of Wow Factor Cakes
florist | Carolyn Shepard
band | Black and Blue

i loved their first kiss as husband and wife!this groom’s cake was so AWESOMEepic sunsetthe surprise belly dancersthe band, black and blue is incredible!

this was the most adorable “uncle bob” ever, i wanted to adopt him as my grandpa!

we loved celebrating with you two elif & david!



Tayfun Batur - mutluluklar canım harika görünüyorsunuz biraz geç haberim oldu amasorun değil gülümsemeniz eksik olmasın.öptüm.

Amy Craparo - Gorgeous photos! Super talented you are!

Hayley Watson Brafford - This reception looked like so much freakin’ fun!

Orçun Erçora - Elif ablacim gercekten super gozukuyorsunuz… Tekrar tekrar mutluluklar dilerim

Elif Batur - Lucy and Steven–You rock! Love the pictures. Thank you for capturing so many memorable moments. XOXO. Elif & David.

Christie Dease - Fabulous wedding for a wonderful fabulous and fun bride. Best wishes Elif!!!

Kim Shaw - Who doesn’t love a reception that features a tranny & some bellydancers.

Kristen Helms - gorgeous pictures as always lucy!

Carolyn Shepard Design Group - LOVE IT!

Carolyn Shepard - Absolutely STUNNING! Beautiful people, setting, decor, and images!!! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of it!!! =D

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