Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wedding Story: Holly and Michael

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You have already seen what a gorgeous bride Holly makes... now you get to see the whole thing! From the beginning I knew that David and I were going to have an awesome time telling Holly and Michael's story. We loved their fun attitude and unique style-- and man did they deliver those traits in creating a fabulous wedding day!

I am about to drop a bomb of gorgeousness on this blog so here we go...

Nothin' like a bunch of yummy bride details...


Holly's Dad bringing the girl's flowers by Holly's room :)

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A thumbs up from the groom is always important!

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Holly and Michael decided to see each other before the ceremony so we would have more time for pictures and they could get straight to the party after the ceremony.
The before images and the ceremony were all held at the Arboretum in Raleigh.

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Sometimes when I see my husband David's work I just want to make out with him.
It's my blog, I can say that!

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While the musicians began to play...

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... the girls (and Holly's Dad?) freshened up to head down the aisle!

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(straight out of the camera... these flowers were just yummy)

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Exchanging vows...

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I want to take a moment and say hey to Lauren and Adam! You might remember this post where David and I talked about participating in a wedding... it was for Lauren and Adam. Lauren did a fabulous job officiating this wedding, and Adam did an awesome job introducing us to Holly and Michael in the first place!

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Because Holly and Michael got their pictures done before the ceremony,
they were able to greet each guest as they left the ceremony site.

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Grabbed on the way to the reception at the delicious Cafe Luna...

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Michael and Holly had so many personal touches worked into their day...

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I am not a huge cake fan so I usually do not have wedding cake at all these weddings we shoot... HOWEVER I had to try one of their mini cupcakes from the Cupcake Shoppe.
OMG it was good!

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It is a tradition in Michael's family for meaningful people to make quilt squares for the newlyweds and then create a quilt... how beautiful.

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Checking the time to see when the party will be over? Sad!

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Holly and Michael: We were truly looking forward to working with you two on your wedding day and all it's fabulousness, and we were not disappointed at all! We had an awesome time and loved documenting all the well-planned details, the fun and all the love.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Bridal Story: Holly

I am going to come right out and say it--- bridal portraits are not my favorite. There. Whew. It's out there. There is all the being super careful with the dress, putting a sheet under it and stuff. You know that this is only a tradition in the south? I went to a photography seminar one time in Charlotte held by a guy from Chicago and a guy from California. Someone in the crowd asked a question about bridals- one of the guys just laughed and said that they have no concept of bridals, they are just a southern thing. I like the new movement to do bridals after the wedding day, so the bridal feels more comfortable being out in the world in her wedding dress.

Holly had just a great attitude at her bridals. We were careful with her dress, yet she still had so much fun with it-- and I think that variety shows! I can't wait to show you her and Michael's wedding in the next blog post :) Enjoy this peek into just how gorgeous Holly is!

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Wedding Story: Shelly and Christian

The past week has been wild and crazy kids-- David and I moved, I flew to Omaha to shoot four boudoirs, we had several shoots around town and at the fair. All the while the blog post list grew longer... sad story! I am so glad to be bringing some new stories to you this week!!

David and I had an awesome time hanging out with Shelly and Christian (and their fabulous people) for their rehearsal and their wedding day. They keep company with people you feel like you too went to college with, or grew up around. David and I felt like we had known them all for years as well by the time we left on Saturday night.

I can't help but start out with these ADORABLE shoes.
Also, you will find various shades of light blue throughout their wedding day-
let's just say these two are Tarheels :)


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Now seems to be a good time to send love to AshK (bridesmaid fixing Shelly's veil).
I have had this Ashley in my life since middle school and let me tell you, I hope she is always somehow in my life. Everyone needs an Ashley just like her!!
She referred Shelly and Christian to us and we were so glad she did!

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Christian hooked all his guys up with some stylin' aviators...

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Christian admiring a beautiful rosary that was gifted to him...

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David was on point with those reflection shots.

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There were a TON of teachers involved in this wedding day...
so it was appropriate that the girls were kept in a classroom.

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Shelly and her sisters doing what they call the "High School Musical" jump.

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Time to get married!

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Love a man's reaction to seeing his bride for the first time at the other end of the aisle.

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Stealing a sweet look at each other during the ceremony...

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If I remember correctly, a member of Christian's family made this beautiful prayer shawl for Christian and Shelly's wedding ceremony.

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PS- those were the hugest mums anyone had ever seen.

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Thanks to the wedding party, everyone was reminded of the bride and groom's school spirit :)

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The rain let up so we could stop by a park on our way to the reception with the newlyweds and their bridal party...

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Party Time!

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Even their cake brought back memories of UNC-CH for the couple= the Old Well.

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We seemed to have picked up a groupie, with his Dad's camera, for the evening...

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Closing out the night right- singing a few Tar Heel tunes :)

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And they're off!

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Check the Story Photographer's Facebook page for a few extra images that didn't quite make the final cut for the blog!

Shelly and Christian: Shelly, to answer your question, David and I will totally be your friends!! It was a joy to be around such a great people for two days. We hope the wedding day was everything you hoped for and more... and that the honeymoon was an awesome, relaxing vacation!!