This past summer we were asked to photograph a gorgeous fiesta inspired shoot for Charlotte Wedding Magazine. We were so excited about the opportunity! We photographed another editorial for them the year before and it landed the cover and we jumped at the chance once again.
But there was only one catch…..I would be having spine surgery a couple days after the shoot, so needless to say I was in a tremendous amount of pain! I have mentioned it briefly before but yes, I had to have a spinal fusion over the summer because of a car accident I was involved in. My lower spine collapsed so they went in and put rods and screws in there to build it back up. The process wasn’t pleasant, in fact it sucked bad! I am a busy body and ended up on bed rest for almost 3 months, talk about going insane! Luckily we had scheduled the summer off to enjoy time with our family….God’s timing was VERY intentional!
We were so honored to be shooting and every single detail was gorgeous but the main thing I remember was hurting so bad I had to go to the bathroom several times to cry because I could hardly walk or stand. I had this hot back brace on and was sweating like crazy in the 100 degree heat! Steven would look over and see it in my face and would take over when I needed him to without me even saying a word. Gosh, he is my rock I don’t even know what I would have done without him through all of this!
So why am I explaining all of this back stuff? Well, here is WHY.
This past week we attended the BOW awards for Charlotte Wedding Magazine (BOW = Best of Weddings). We won the award for best engagement photographers in Charlotte (yay)! Our city is FULL of talented people so what an honor to have won that award! They also voted on the best editorial spread in the magazine for 2013 and guess what?? WE WON! Yes, our fiesta inspired shoot won the award so that is 2 BOW awardsIt was such a pleasant surprise!
Thinking back about the shoot and the pain I went through to shoot it and how many times I said I wanted to give up and there is no way I can do it…..well I did it, I didn’t give up and that feels really good. To be recognized for something that happened during such a tremendous struggle in our life felt incredible. It felt as if all our hard work paid off. Not that an award means you have succeeded by any means but you know what I mean. I am so glad I fought and didn’t give up and didn’t let anyone tell me “you can’t” because by God, YOU CAN!!!
Here are some of our favorite images from the shoot below and the link to the magazine at the bottom.
P.S. NEVER GIVE UP
A HUGE thanks and congratulations to all the amazing vendors who participated with this shoot!! To see the magazine, click on this link: http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Charlotte-Wedding/July-2013/A-Romantic-Fiesta/
wedding design | Ashley Cash of The Graceful Host
hair | Lindsay Pizzuti of Mirror Bomb Studios
makeup | Casey Nelson of Dollface Skin & Makeup Lounge
location | Brakefield at Riverwalk
cakes | WOW Factor Cakes
flowers | Lily’s Greenthumbs
stationary | Three Little Birds
desserts |Suarez Bakery
food | Something Classic
furniture and rentals | Party Reflections