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charlotte wedding magazine inspiration shoot and the personal story behind it all…

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 awards:)It 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

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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

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laura & reed {wedding | the ritz, charlotte nc}

Our last wedding of 2013 and it went out with a BANG! What a year, so many amazing weddings and people we got to hang out with… This wedding was seriously spectacular. It was a winter wonderland{ish} with it being December but it was amazing and the decor was crazy awesome! We got to work with some of our very favorite vendors on this one….the perfect way to end our 2013 wedding season!

Laura is one of the most beautiful and genuine people. She is a kindergarten teacher and I can only imagine how sweet she is as a teacher, those kids are so lucky to have her! Reed is hilarious and super sweet as well! Between him and Steven, we had to keep those boys in line. haha. Here is a peek into their special day.

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wedding photographers_0071laura and reed | smitten & hooked | charlotte, nc wedding photographers_0072Now look at these details that Cortenay of Carolina Event Design rolled out for the reception….so gorgeous.laura and reed | smitten & hooked | charlotte, nc wedding photographers_0073These were the place cards on the pine cones, love this idea!laura and reed | smitten & hooked | charlotte, nc wedding photographers_0074laura and reed | smitten & hooked | charlotte, nc wedding photographers_0075laura and reed | smitten & hooked | charlotte, nc wedding photographers_0076laura and reed | smitten & hooked | charlotte, nc wedding photographers_0077laura and reed | smitten & hooked | charlotte, nc wedding photographers_0078laura and reed | smitten & hooked | charlotte, nc wedding photographers_0079laura and reed | smitten & hooked | charlotte, nc wedding photographers_0080laura and reed | smitten & hooked | charlotte, nc wedding photographers_0081Love this hand made guest book!laura and reed 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This was such a perfect day! We couldn’t be happier for you two, Laura & Reed!

{vendor love}
wedding planner | Cortenay Matters of Carolina Event Design
ceremony & reception venue | The Ritz Carlton – Urban Garden
rentals | Party Reflections
linens | Party Tables
floral | Jonathan at The Place for Flowers
ceremony musician | Tom Billotto
reception band | Hot Sauce
officiant | Rev Jim Lytle
hair & makeup | Sarah Katherine and Sabrina of Be Pretty
guys tux | Tuxedo Lady
lighting | Carolina Event Design
invitations & paper goods | Olive Paper

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Susan Pappas - Absolutely spectacular photos. It was a very beautiful enchanting evening!!

Judy Frame - You two did a fabulous job with the pictures. Bill and I are so happy that you captured every special moment of Laura and Reed’s Day.

Barbara Koch Pendrak - Was the most beautiful wedding I ever saw!! Congrats and much love and happiness to you both!

Ray Gonzales - Great Pics. Reed. You and your wife look Great!

Elena Smith - Great pics great time. We were happy to be a part of it!!!

Joy Crawley Burhans - Absolutely breathtaking ………so happy for you both…….

Barbara Pendrak - Love this! Gorgeous photos!!

Callie - Stunning!!!! As always with u two!! Those Christmas light photos are breathtaking!

the kasten family {lifestyle photography}

We get asked all the time if we still do family photography. Well, the answer is yes, yes we do. In fact, we LOVE IT! We photographed over 40 families between November and December. Did I mention how behind we are with blogging? Oh yea, that too. So today we are going to share one of those sweet families….The Kasten’s! They are some of my favorite people. I have known Kelly for what seems like forever and she is one of the most down to earth, easy going, awesomest people I have ever met. I feel so lucky to have a friend like her….and now to see her with a little family it just melts my heart! Her hubs is such a rockstar dad and little Harper well you will see for herself she is too cute! Her style alone needs a blog, its pretty amazing. I am envious of a 2 year olds wardrobe true story! ha.

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ashlee & tim {engagement session | charlotte, nc}

Happy Monday friends! We are excited to share with you this super rad couple! Ashlee and Tim are getting married this fall so we got to hang out a bit and shoot their engagement session! They are so fun and hilarious! They even brought their pup, Dexter to join in on the fun! We love dogs so incorporating them in a session is always great! They also brew their own beer! True story! They brought us some of their very own beer to the session and it was amazing and so sweet! In true fashion we had to go have a beer for their session….we went to an awesome new store off South Blvd. called Good Bottle Company. It was good stuff.

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What an amazing day with amazing people.

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stephanie & shelby {wedding | denver, co}

Oh goodness. It’s been a while. We are so excited to be blogging again! We took some much needed time off during the holidays which was amazing!

We are pumped to be back and share with you this insanely awesome wedding we shot a couple months ago in Denver, CO. Stephanie and Shelby are both super creative and artsy people. The minute we met we clicked; super laid back, fun people. The wedding totally reflected their personalities. They decided to do a Mad Hatter reception theme. Seriously. It was crazy cool! The centerpieces were wired hats with flowers…speaking of flowers they left us speechless. This was ridiculously fun to document!!

Check out this amazing day…

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Such an awesome day we were thrilled to be a part of!!!! We loved Colorado and spending time with Stephanie & Shelby!

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Emma Smith - Amazing photographs,Your photos are gorgeous! Absolutely stunning! I’m glad your photographer was able to capture so many great moments.The styling of this couple’s wedding is just beautiful as is the photography!I have never seen such a beauty decoration like this. Really beautiful!
Thanks
Emma Smith
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