Anna and Cody's story is a special one to me...Cody and I went to college together and he actually married Mike and I back in 2008 :) So when Cody asked me to photograph their wedding I was beyond excited and honored!!
Their beautiful wedding took place on July 16 in downtown Charlotte, NC with everyone getting ready at the historic Dunhill Hotel, the ceremony at historic St. Mary's Chapel and the reception following at RiRa's, which is such a fun bar and restaurant with a great atmosphere. The day started out cloudy and it looked almost as if it could rain, but it didn't and the sun peeped out just after the ceremony, which I think is good luck :)
Cody and Anna, thank you so much for allowing me to document your wedding day---it was beautiful and, just like you wanted, I'm pretty sure everyone had a great time :)
Anna's dress is gorgeous and she purchased it in Charlottesville, VA at West Main Bridal.
Nothing more gorgeous than a radiant bride on her wedding day! :)
I love the getting ready photographs, almost as much as any other part of the wedding day...there is so much excitement and anticipation and you can feel it in the air...
Cody doing his thing before the wedding...
I love capturing the groom's expression as his future wife walks down the aisle :)
Anna is an only child and you could tell her Dad was happy for her but was also a little hesitant to let his little girl go...
Actually, this might be my favorite part of the day...right after the bride and groom have exchanged vows and are pronounced husband and wife...!
Oh! Y'all! Are! Too! Stinking! Adorable!
Anna and Cody held their reception at RiRa's in downtown Charlotte and it was so much fun!
Delicious cake made by the chef at RiRa's...I'm talking rich, velvety dark chocolate with a rich, creamy, chocolate frosting with whip cream to boot! Are you hungry yet?? :)
Gotta wrap up the post with an awesome reception shot of Cody and all the guys singing "You've lost that lovin' feeling" to Anna :)
Lots of shooting and editing going on over here and I wanted to share a quick sneak peek of Cody and Anna's Charlotte St. Mary's Chapel wedding...more to follow soon! :)
Happy Valentine's Day to all. Some love it, some hate it, I say love the one you're with all year long :)
I just had to share this newly launched website today for my clients (in case they haven't seen it!)...gorgeous-makes-your-eyes-pop-out-beautiful wedding dresses, details and inspiration:
Happy Monday! :)
When Mike and I moved to Santa Barbara, we knew absolutely no one. I mean, absolutely no one. The only person I knew for the first two months of living in California was our mailman and I'm pretty sure he got tired of me loitering around the mailbox asking him how his day was going while I complained about unpacking and $5 gas prices.
Some of our friends who had recently experienced the same events in life: graduate college, get married, go on a blissful honeymoon, sadly return to the everyday norms of life (I don't know about you, but I'm pretty sure I could live in the Caribbean full time) and move thousands of miles away from all family and friends...all within a matter of a month, or two, told us, "Oh, it's so great for your relationship, to be alone and depend on each other."
Yes, yes, that was all fine and dandy but after a few months I started to go a little stir-crazy...I had to get out and meet people!
Enter the Greenside family. This super-sweet family has become like a second family to us...our California family, if you will. When those random little holidays pop up or it seems like everyone else is hanging out with their family and we're 2700 miles away from our family, they always invite us over :)
So I was pretty excited to do something, such as, return the favor (without all the home cooked meals and board games!) so Nicky and Cara accompanied me to Firestone Winery for a fun shoot...Nicky started his own business when he was, like, a teenager and Cara is a talented equestrian and instructor :)
Thanks guys!! Happy Tuesday :)
A few weeks ago I shared one of my recent sample wedding albums and today I want to share a cute little brag book...I love these things! I could seriously order one for each little trip or fun day that Mike and I have...they're so cute! I recently posted one on my family/child portrait website and wanted to share one this blog as well. They are 3x3 inches and are actually magnetic, so you can stick them to your fridge :)
These are images from Matt and Katie's wedding...
Happy Hump Day!