I watched the weather report all week long. There was no way around it–it was going to rain on Leslie and Hugh’s wedding day. Luckily, I knew the church and reception venues by heart. I was sure that I could give Leslie and Hugh all the emotional, romantic and meaningful images they were hoping for AND keep her gorgeous dress in pristine condition for the reception. What I didn’t expect was that their wedding images would become some of my favorites, EVER. The credit goes to Leslie and Hugh on that count. They have known one another for most of their lives, having attended the same church and schools growing up, eventually dating once they were in college. Leslie and Hugh have such an easy chemistry. When they chose ME to document their wedding day, I just knew we were going to have some fun together. From their sunrise garden engagement session in Atlanta to their “perfect” wedding day, these two were a pleasure to point my camera at.
And thinking back about it now, their engagement session only became a sunrise session because the sunset session we had scheduled for the night before was rained out. These two and rain… So much good luck. Not only does rain signify a cleansing of the past and the promise of fertility, but, you know the way getting married is referred to as “tying the knot,” well, a wet knot is far more difficult to untie than a dry one. These two are set for life, with good luck to spare.
Surrounded by their friends and family, in that same church where they spent so much time together as children, they made it official. Afterwards, the party kicked into high gear at one of my all-time favorite venues in town, Charlotte Country Club. Sara, of Hall & Webb Event Design, and the incredible staff at the club pulled together one fabulous party. Thanks to the Crystal Clear Band, no one left the dance floor all night long.
Church: Christ Church of Charlotte
Reception Venue: Charlotte Country Club
Event Planner: Sarah Hall, Hall & Webb Event Design
Florist: The Blossom Shop
Caterer: Charlotte Country Club
Cake: Charlotte Country Club
Invitations, Calligraphy, Signage: Kathryn Christenbury of Fleur de Letters
Dress: Nitsa’s Apparel
Veil: Belonged to the bride’s mother
Bridesmaid’s, Flower girl’s, and Mother of the Bride’s jewelry: Hannah Leaf of A Drop of Grace
Suits: All the fellas wore their own tuxes
A HUGE thanks to my second shooter, Sarah Collier, for contributing her talent to Leslie and Hugh’s wedding day.
Click here to see images from Leslie and Hugh’s romantic sunrise engagement session in Atlanta
Attending the same church and middle school, Leslie and Hugh were a part of each other’s lives long before he asked her out their junior year at Myers Park High School. When Hugh arrived to take Leslie on that first dinner date, he gave her a single white rose. Leslie saved the flower. It was the first one a boy had ever given her. She never imagined it would be the first rose of many from her future husband. Although the relationship never took off in high school, they kept in touch while attending separate universities. Leslie and Hugh rekindled their romance during their junior year in college, taking turns visiting each other at school until they were both able to settle in Atlanta after graduation.
Hugh proposed in Leslie’s Atlanta apartment before taking her out to dinner at one of their favorite restaurants in town, the Horseradish Grill. In all the excitement, they were terribly late for dinner, arriving just as the restaurant was emptying out from a busy Friday night. They celebrated over a romantic dinner with the entire restaurant to themselves.
Since I attended graduate school in Atlanta, I am always looking for an excuse to visit. I suggested that we shoot the engagement session in Leslie and Hugh’s hometown. What better spot than at the restaurant where they celebrated their engagement? We tried for a Saturday evening sunset session, but the weather refused to cooperate. Plan B was to meet again for a sunrise session on Sunday morning. Similar to the night they got engaged, the normally bustling restaurant was closed at that time and we had the whole place to ourselves. The Horseradish Grill‘s expansive kitchen garden made a perfect backdrop for a quiet, romantic Sunday morning session.
Amber and Scott met the way so many couples do: they had friends in common and often found themselves at the same events. Conversation was effortless for these two. It was Scott’s easy-going openness that Amber first fell in love with; he fell hard for her legs. Can you blame him? I just want to borrow those things for a day. Seriously. Wowzers! Anyway…
Over 8 blissful years and 3 metabolically challenged cats later, Amber and Scott’s lives have woven together beautifully. They have decided to make it official in an intimate ceremony this June in Charleston, SC. One of the few requirements for this laid back pair on their wedding day: their toes in the sand. They will continue their relaxed celebration with a honeymoon in the Dominican Republic.