Archive for November, 2018

Charlotte Engagement Photography, UNCC Botanical Gardens, Sara Caitlyn & Andrew

Sara Caitlyn and Andrew met in the most organic of ways, through mutual friends.  After deciding that Sara Caitlyn might be someone he’d like to get to know, Andrew asked her out.  They spent their first date at Thomas Street Tavern, a spot my own husband and I know well from our dating days.  They had a great time and immediately planned a second date.

Relationships dynamics are funny things.  Some people are looking for a partner who will indulge their every whim.  And then there are people like Sara Caitlyn.  Part of what she liked so much about Andrew was that he had his own wants and desires; she understood that this was a relationship where she might not always get things her own way, and that actually drew her to Andrew.  Andrew found himself attracted to Sara Caitlyn’s unique laugh.  Every time he heard it, the sound put a smile on his face.

As their relationship matured, Sara Caitlyn and Andrew discovered a mutual love of traveling.  They took any chance to plan a quick weekend getaway to the beach or to the mountains.  Failing that, they indulged their mutual love for the Panthers, attending as many games as they could.

Andrew proposed on New Year’s Eve.  They had plans to go out that night, so they were spending a lazy day at home, just relaxing.  Andrew called Sarah Caitlyn into the kitchen, and when she arrived he dropped to one knee and popped the question.  It was simple and intimate, just what Sara Caitlyn had always hoped for.  The ring was one that Andrew had chosen entirely on his own.  They hadn’t really discussed rings before, so Andrew was flying purely on instruments.  That’s part of what I like so much about these two.  It’s a partnership of two people who are full and complete individuals, but who make the most wonderfully complimentary pair.

After Sara Caitlyn and Andrew reached out to me, I met Sara Caitlyn and her mom Kelly at Central Coffee for our initial meeting.  My home office was in the throes of a massive remodel, so the offsite meeting spot was a nice change.  I remember how smitten I was with Sara Caitlyn.  Her love for Andrew was so obvious, and I couldn’t wait to get them in front of my camera.

We made plans to do the engagement shoot at the UNCC Botanical Gardens.  The shoot took place in late March, so the flowers were just starting to bloom, and the whole place was green from all the Spring rain.  There were some lovely shots around the Japanese maples—I don’t know if there’s a prettier color than that initial red of a maple leaf.  Sara Caitlyn and Andrew were loving and adorable; I felt so happy to have the chance to spend the afternoon with them.

I can’t wait to see these two tie the knot in just a few hours.  I know it will be a day to remember.

Davidson College Wedding, Charlotte Country Club Reception, Krista & Drew

Krista and Drew met at a birthday party, danced their hearts out that night, and then went on a first date initiated by the line: “Do you like food?”  Not too long after, Drew was proposing with Krista’s grandmother’s ring in New York, and just a bit after that, I was meeting them over a Skype chat.  I thought they were adorable, and thankfully, they liked me too.

Before the wedding even got started, I was treated to the beautiful surroundings of Krista’s family home.  The house in Davidson, about two-and-a-half blocks from the church, and was built in 1901 as a dwelling for the clergy of the church.  The home is on the National Register of Historic Places, so you can imagine the flawlessness of its details.  It was such a magnificent place to shoot our getting-ready images, and it also provided the backdrop for Krista’s first looks with both her dad and Drew, which she did at the house back-to-back.

Once we got those shots, all of us—including the bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents, and flower girls—walked over to the church.  Along the way, we paused on the campus grounds for some romantics of Krista and Drew, and to take some of our pre-ceremony portraits or the wedding party.  The wedding took place at Davidson College Presbyterian Church.  I’ve photographed weddings there before, but it’s been an age, and I’d forgotten how lovely it was.

After the ceremony, the party headed down to Charlotte Country Club, one of my very favorite venues.  Not only is the club beautiful to look at, it’s also just so well run by one of the nicest crews anywhere in town.  Before the official beginning of the reception, everyone enjoyed a sunset cocktail hour on the event lawn, one of their newest spaces.  It was a perfect September evening, and the late day light was fantastic.  Toward the end of the hour, Krista and Drew descended the spiral staircase and spent some time with their guests.

There were so many great elements that made the reception a killer party.  One was the photo booth provided by Smile Laugh Share.  The guests had a ball with that.  Another was the fact that the band was Sol Fusion, arguably the best wedding band in town.  What I really loved the most was watching the bride and groom.  I hope it comes across in the pictures, but there was such a pureness to the love and respect Krista and Drew feel for one another.  I kept noticing how Krista’s eyes would just go soft every time she looked at Drew, like this man was everything she’d ever wanted.  These two are just so well matched.

When it came time for the exit, I was touched to see that there were little bags of cookies for guests to take home.  The previous Christmas Eve, I had sent Krista and Drew—and my other upcoming wedding couples—cookies from the Appalachia Cookie Company.  They liked the cookies so much that they ordered hundreds of them as wedding favors.  I love when things work out that way.  The exit itself was a shower of rose petals.  The guests lined up out in front of the club as Krista changed into her going away dress. Each guest grabbed a fistful of petals in one hand and a cookie in the other and then showered the couple as they made their escape into a new, wedded life.

I’m so happy for these two, and I can’t wait to see what life holds for them.

Wedding Coordinator: Libby Sarver of Details Wedding Planning

Ceremony Location: Davidson College Presbyterian Church

Reception Location: Charlotte Country Club

Officiant: Charlie Raynal

Floral Design: In Bloom

Hair: Katy Barbour

Makeup: Jenny Le

Band: Sol Fusion

Transportation: Rose

Catering and Cake: Charlotte Country Club

Photo Booth: Smile Laugh Share

Reception Lighting: Wink Lighting

Reception Favors: Appalachia Cookie Company

Thank you to my second photographer, Laura, for her beautiful images.

Click HERE to see images from Krista & Drew’s romantic engagement session at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on the campus of Duke University.

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