This Charlotte, North Carolina wedding took place at the uptown Ritz-Carlton. Ivy Robinson transformed the Ritz with swanky lounge furniture, an entire wall of flowers, and gorgeous chandeliers. Some of my favorite memories were the letters Stacey and Cary gave their mothers before the ceremony, a surprise visit from the Carolina Panther’s mascot, how Stacey’s brother’s speech had the crowd rolling with laughter, and the Party Crashers had the crowd jumping all night long! Such a fun time!
Planning, Designing, and Decor: Ivy Robinson Events
Ceremony, Reception, Catering, and Cake: The Ritz-Carlton
Photographer: Millie Holloman Photography
Videographer: Brad Cheshire with Artifice Films
Florals: John Lupton Events and Andrew Thomas
Ceremony Musician: Charlotte Strings
Lighting: Eric Wink
Reception Entertainment: Party Crashers
Rentals: Party Reflections, Snyder Events
Hair: Megan Clouse with Blushing
Makeup: Rebekah McCann
Stacey and Cary’s Rehearsal Dinner took place at a fun little pub, Ri Ra Irish Pub, in uptown Charlotte. One of my most favorite memories from this evening was seeing Cary serenade his bride-to-be with a surprise performance! After dinner, they enjoyed an evening with family and friends in a private suite at the Ritz-Carlton. Some guests graced them with both their presence and presents from as far as overseas. A fantastically fun night all around!
It was a picture perfect day in Charlotte, North Carolina. Outside, the sun was shining, there were blue skies above, and a light breeze to hold off the southern heat. Inside, the Ballantyne Hotel was buzzing with excitement as Shanna and Anwar’s wedding party rushed through the halls to prepare for the big event. Shanna asked how Anwar was and Anwar asked how Shanna looked when I visited them in their respective dressing rooms. Have you ever been involved in a day like this? Felt the excitement in the air? Been witness to the behind the scenes of a dream wedding?
Shanna and Anwar’s day was truly special. Their first sight followed by a prayer over the marriage led by Anwar brought tears to my eyes. The moment during the ceremony when the ring bearer decided it would be a perfect time to run down the golf course was hysterical. The toasts from the wedding party were heartfelt and personal. And Anwar couldn’t keep his eyes off his bride.
On this day, what I remember most is Anwar’s victory dance. Hands raised, proud of his first dance moment with Shanna.
I pulled into the Brays Island Plantation in Sheldon, South Carolina, and my heart stopped. It’s one of those magical places you see in movies with spanish moss growing on the trees, birds flying over the marsh, and a sweet little stable with perfectly groomed horses. After regaining composure, I started getting really excited for Haley’s bridal session. Their wedding was held on the grounds this past weekend as well! I can’t wait to show you those images.
Haley is a sweet, southern belle with a smile that can light up a room. It was a pleasure meeting her mother, Cindy, as well as her horse, Pippin, during our time together!
Haley, you are sweet as apple pie and I am so thankful you have chosen me as your photographer.
On this day, what I remember most was at the end of the session, Pippin got a little adventurous and took off. Haley didn’t miss a beat. She hiked up her wedding dress and ran after her horse, yelling “Pip!”. He didn’t go far (whew!) and we all laughed about it in the end.
Meet Courtney and Daniel, a young and vibrant couple who live here in Charlotte, North Carolina. When I asked what they would like to do for their engagement session, Courtney said “we just hope you can capture how in love we are in the photos”. Done! That response is one of the many reasons I am thankful for my job and for amazing clients like Courtney and Daniel.
We incorporated a few things in their engagement session that make them unique as a couple. Their first date was at a bowling alley in the area, so we thought we’d start there for a few photos. And the comic book idea came from Daniel’s love of superheroes and spending countless hours at the comic book store. Enjoy!
Three ways this sweet couple made my day sunnier:
1. Daniel looks at Courtney like she’s the only person in the room, even in a crowded place. Ahhh, love.
2. I learned about your vampire books obsession and knew we would get along. 🙂
3. Courtney walked through that beautiful field in high heels. Go girl!