Archive for April, 2018

Childress Vineyard Engagement Photography, Deb & Brett

Like so many modern couples, Deb and Brett met online.  Both of them had recently gotten out of less-than-fantastic relationships, and were just trying to get themselves back out into the dating world.  They spent a month or two messaging back and forth before Brett asked Deb to meet up at Duckworth’s Sports Bar and Grill.  During that first date, they tossed all of their skeletons on the table and found out how much they had in common, and that they wanted many of the same things from life.  Most importantly, they felt an immediate ease with one another, and the conversation just flowed.

Deb says that she knew she loved Brett just a couple of months into their relationship.  Her car had broken down, and during the entire week it was in the shop, Brett drove her to and from work—both her home and work were well out of his way—and even brought flowers, wine, and cheese when he picked her up from work on that first day.  Brett quickly discovered that he was drawn to Deb’s openness and honesty.  He was particularly blown away by how willing she was to put herself out there on their first date and discuss some difficult topics.  Before long, he found himself falling in love with her genuine and honest nature.

As things between Deb and Brett got more serious and they realized they were probably in for the long haul, conversation turned (as conversation is wont to do) to two things: buying and house, and getting engaged.  Brett told Deb that, just to be reasonable, they should probably take those leaps one at a time.  Deb chose the house, and as far as she knew, that was that.  Little did she know, however, that Brett was still busy looking for a ring. 

Fast forward to summer, and the two head up to Michigan to Brett’s family lake house.  Just before heading out for dinner and fireworks one night, the whole family was sitting outside on a porch.  Brett had purchased Love You to the Moon and Back, one of those little books full one cute and loving sayings.  He gave it to Deb and Deb handed it to Brett’s sister, Haleigh, to read aloud.  At the end of the book was a handwritten message from Brett asking Deb: “Will you marry me?”  When Haleigh read it, Brett dropped to one knee and produced a green ring pop, then asked if Deb would marry him.  Deb, a little confused, said, “Are you serious?”  Brett agreed that green was the wrong color and then pulled out the real ring, a princess cut diamond on a diamond and white gold twisted band. 

For the shoot, we met up at Childress Vineyards in Lexington, NC.  I got there early and the proprietors gave me free range to look around; it didn’t take long to find a hundred beautiful spots to shoot.  When Deb and Brett arrived, the grabbed a few glasses and we headed to the cask room, then we finished off in the vineyard itself.  It was such an easy shoot.  Deb and Brett were charming and naturally affectionate, and I can’t wait to see what their wedding holds in store.  These two love their cheese, wine, and yummy cuisine, so I’m sure their guests will be in for quite the treat.   

Charlotte Wedding Photographer, Kaley & Blair

Kaley met Blair while she was working for the Susan G. Komen Foundation during the planning stages of the Race for the Cure.  It just so happened that Blair was a marketing producer for Komen’s media sponsor, WBTV.  When Blair came to pick up his team’s race t-shirts, he and Kaley immediately hit it off, but since both of them were a little too shy to ask for each others’ numbers, Blair had to keep finding reasons to stop back by in order to chat Kaley up.  Finally, he gave her his card, and they continued to find reasons to connect professionally leading up to the race.  It was Kaley who made the first move and asked Blair out for drinks.  They hit Sir Edmund Halley’s and spent three hours talking on the patio.  Only later did Blair find out how unusual it was for Kaley to stay out past 10 o’clock on a weeknight, so she must have been having a great time. 

As Kaley and Blair began to see more and more of one another, they quickly began to understand that they might have stumbled into something pretty fantastic.  And then, as couples do, they started to muse about their future together.  In thinking about a future engagement, one thing Kaley told Blair was that he couldn’t propose to her on Valentine’s Day.  This, of course, left Blair with no option but to propose to Kaley on the day BEFORE Valentine’s Day.  I should note here that I also confronted my own husband with the pre-conditions that he would not proposed to me on a holiday or in a restaurant, so he took the liberty of proposing to me a couple of days after Christmas and in a brewery.  What I’m saying, I guess, is that men just do this.  Maybe one day we’ll figure out why, and all of the mysteries of the universe will be solved…

For the proposal, Blair flew Kaley’s best friend in to accompany her on a scavenger hunt around the city.  Each place they visited was a location special to Kaley and Blair, and at each she found a separate group of friends or family and a gift.  The final stop was at the office of Susan G. Komen on Randolph Road, and it was there that Blair proposed to Kaley on the very same stairs where they’d met 14 months earlier.  They ended the day with a cocktail party in Charlotte, and the next day they drove down to Columbia to share the news and celebrate with Kaley’s extended family. 

When it came to the wedding, Kaley and Blair really wanted to make sure the big event showcased their personalities.  Blair, who has a Masters Degree in Art Direction, created the wedding logo, the Save the Dates, the table numbers for the rehearsal dinner, the rehearsal dinner decorations, and more.  But it was his toast at the rehearsal dinner that Blair would probably say he was most proud of; there was a projector screen and all, and by the end of the toast, everyone was laughing and crying. 

The wedding took place at Myers Park United Methodist Church, where both Kaley and Blair are members, and for the reception, they chose Charlotte Country Club.  Their first dance was to Ben E. King’s Stand By Me.  Before the big day, they took 8 dance lessons, but they were so caught in the moment when the dance actually arrived that all of it went out the window.

Kaley and Blair honeymooned in Playa Mujeres, Mexico and had an amazing time.  I’m so happy for these two as they celebrate their 1st anniversary, and I feel lucky to have had the chance to spend this incredible day with them.  

Ceremony Location: Myers Park United Methodist Church

Reception Location: Charlotte Country Club

Reception Coordinator: Kelli Taddonio of Charlotte Country Club

Videographer: Whitewash Films

Floral Design: In Bloom

Cake Artist: Charlotte Country Club

Hair & Make Up: Sabrina Simpson of Be Pretty

Band: Sol Fusion

Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids

Tuxes: Wearing their own or Men’s Wearhouse

Reception Lighting: Wink Lighting

Transportation: Sunway Charters

Charlotte Family Photographer, Rebecca, Evan & Xavier

Evan and Rebecca met in their hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio when he was taking classes at a local community college and she was finishing up high school.  But they were both working at the same pizza joint, and as it has since time out of mind, the pie worked its magic, and here we are.  It was Evan who made the first move.  The two had been flirting a little since Evan began work, but when he asked her to lunch in a cool part of town, things kicked up a notch.  Especially cute is the fact that he had to meet Rebecca’s parents since she was still in high school, and that he’d made a special country mix for the trip into town.  There’s a song from that mix that still takes them back whenever they hear it.  Their second date was just a couple of days later.

Rebecca fell in love with Evan’s brutal honesty, his ability to make her laugh, no matter the circumstances, his kind heart, and his constant support, no matter the cost to him.  Evan found himself falling in love with Rebecca’s sweetness, quirkiness, and compassion.  She was just fun to be with. 

Not too long into their relationship, Evan ended up moving out to Las Vegas to be near his mother, who had relocated out there.  After a stretch of doing the long distance thing, Rebecca took a summer semester in Vegas and loved her experience so much that she ended up transferring to finish up school.  Evan was also back in school, and since their schedules were so busy, the two started carving out dedicated time with each other to celebrate the end of every semester.  At the end of the summer semester of 2010, Evan had scheduled a nice dinner at the casino where he had started working.  On their way, he handed her a card (not unusual for these celebrations) but told her to wait until dinner to open it.  On their way up to the restaurant, Evan excused himself to go to the bathroom, so Rebecca took a seat to wait.  A moment later, she got a text from Evan instructing her to open the card.  It contained a loving message, and some instructions: head to the VIP area, get into the limo waiting for you, and then use the room key to the Bellagio that I’ve included.  Rebecca did all of that, and when she opened the door, she found Evan on bended knee with roses on the floor leading up to him.  He proposed, and of course she said yes. 

Rebecca and Evan got married on June 24th of 2011 at The Bell Event Center in Cincinnati.  There was dancing, great music, and fun, and they got to spend a ton of time with their family and friends in attendance.  Nowadays, Rebecca is a family medicine resident physician at Carolina’s Medical Center, and she falls more in love with the job each and every day.  She’s currently in her second year of residency and will finish her training in June of 2019.  Evan recently made a career change and has moved into a role as a staffing manager, not his dream job, but one whose challenges he enjoys.

When they aren’t working, their favorite things to do are taking walks to Central Coffee in Plaza Midwood, finding great new places to get brunch or breakfast, talking about life and dreams, or just snuggling up on the sofa to watch something funny on the tube.  They have a labradoodle named Xavier who is, essentially, their child, and get out with him as much as they can. 

I had a such great time with these two, and wish them all the happiness in the world.        

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