Meet Hannah and Raja. They are both Lebanese, yet they grew up thousands of miles away from each other. Hannah grew up in Charlotte, NC and Raja was raised overseas in the country of Lebanon.

So how did they meet?? On somewhat of a whim, Hannah decided after graduating art school here in Charlotte to move to her family’s homeland of Lebanon and pursue art making there. She wasn’t able to find the right materials to advance her art career when she arrived but what she did find was a temporary English teaching job to sustain her while she was working on her art career.

Unbeknownst to Hannah, this job was the one God had intended for her to take all along. As luck would have it, one of the teachers Hannah befriended at the school just moved in with a roommate who, upon meeting Hannah, insisted that she meet a friend of hers because they shared the same faith, same sense of humor, and even American accent :)

His name was Raja.

In the words of Hannah she said they met first on a group outing, then went out only a couple times after that “and then decided hey, we’re probably going to get married!” (When you know, you know right?! So after 3 months they were tamamna (thank you Hannah for the Arabic lesson! .. It means they were officially seeing each other!). After Hannah’s time ended in Lebanon she moved back to the states and Raja moved here to be with her a year later. And here we are! Celebrating their marriage!

Hannah’s experienced artistic talent was all over their wedding day at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden just outside Charlotte, NC. Without wanting to feel ‘fallish’ or ‘christmas-y’ she chose the most graceful hues of deep mauves and burgundys and reds and highlighted them with elegant splashes of peach and lavender.

Her floral design? SHE DESIGNED IT. All of it. From her bouquets to the boutonnieres to the table and ceremony arrangements. She DIY’d every inch of it and I could not believe the talent for wedding design that lay within this chick! I think we should see Hannah Reslan Wedding Design going into business really soon and I want to photograph all her weddings.. I got dibs ;-)

This wedding was the final event on our 20 wedding calendar this year. It has been an incredible year full of amazingly gorgeous people, inside and out. We have documented so much love and laughter this 2016 and we can’t wait to do it all over again in 2017!

I must say that this wedding couldn’t have been a more perfect way to close out our wedding year. I’m also pretty stoked that these killer images will be the landing page for our blog all the way through the holidays ;-)

Happy marriage Mr. & Mrs. Reslan!!

 

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Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Wedding // Charlotte Wedding Photographers

Venue // Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Belmont NC

Videographer // Gerrod Rivers

Wedding Coordinator // Whitney Michael, Split Second Sound

Catering // Adam Smith, Best Impressions Caterers

DJ // Rasheed Owens, Split Second Sound

Floral Design // Hannah Shaban (Reslan!)

Cake Artist // Nothing Bundt Cakes

Hair and Makeup Artist // Lindsey Regan Thorne

Dress Shop // New York Bride and Groom

Rental Company // Best Impressions

 

 

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I had known Taylor through working with Jerry over the last couple years.  He was always a happy, silly, guy every time I’ve talked to him.  But I had never met his Lauren until last week when we got together for a shoot at the Newbold White House in Hertford, NC.  The happy Taylor that I knew before was magnified times a million around his gal!  They light each other up like the fourth of July.. well, more appropriate for this time of year, like a Christmas tree :)

We encourage silliness and laughter and giggling and flirting, a lot in our sessions.  This was a NO brainer for these two! They were on board with all of our silly posing games and lovey dovey cuddliness!  Pretty much exactly the kind of people I want to photograph every. single. day.  

Lauren + Taylor … You guys just rock as a team.  I’m so thankful we got to document this little sliver of your life together and I am SOOOOO excited about what your future holds! (Does anyone hear wedding bells!?) 

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We celebrated Thanksgiving over family, great food, some much needed R&R and reflecting over the many many graces God gave us this year. So many we can’t count.  So many we forget to count.  But one of the things that I regularly do remember to thank God for are the fabulous, vibrant and completely in love couples that he graces our lives with.  In 2016 we had the honor of enjoying 28 stunning couples in front of our cameras.  20 couples on their wedding day and another 8 for their engagement or couples sessions.  It was a year full of laughter and joy and playfulness!  …And we are grateful.  Grateful to God for bringing each of them into our lives and grateful to them for trusting us with documenting such an intimate and special time for them.

One of the most recent set of lovebirds that we got to photograph is Chelsea and Collin.  They will be getting married next September at The Ivy Place outside of Charlotte, NC. Their wedding day reception has a beautiful, relaxed atmosphere which completely reflects the love between them :)  Their happiness shown easily and their laughter proves it in the photos below!

Jerry and I are thankful that we had the chance to get to know Chelsea and Collin this fall and to begin the exciting countdown to next September!

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I am catching up on blogging 3 beautiful brides who have married their honeys in the last couple months and whos gorgeous bridal photos sadly didn’t make it to the blog because busy fall season had me all consumed with shooting, editing and delivering weddings. Now that I am all caught up and have only wedding left to go before wedding season 2016 is over, I am getting these beauties published!

Yesterday I shared Mrs. Danielle Hill’s lovely photos take at The Robin’s nest in Grimesland, NC and today I am sharing the newest and most beautiful Mrs. Maegen Mahoney!

We photographed Maegen + Mark’s wedding as part two of a fabulous double header weekend. We started our weekend with Danielle + Butch in Grimesland on September 24th and ended the next day with Maegen and Mark at The Boathouse in Beaufort NC.

A couple months before their wedding, I met Maegen here in Edenton NC to photograph her in her classic dress and gorgeous smile.  I’m here’s to the beautiful Mrs. Mahoney!

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Fall arrived with a quickness earlier this year and it was kicked off with a fantastic double header weekend for Jerry and I.  We photographed Danielle + Butch’s wedding day on Saturday September 24th at The Robins Nest in Grimesland NC and on the day following, Maegen + Mark in Morehead City.  It was a jam packed weekend full of some really great moments.

But with the fun fall season comes a monstrosity of editing and delivering and there is not much room for anything else.  So there are 3 sessions that never hit the blog this fall while I was busy delivering weddings to our couples.  Now that I am caught up with edits until our very last wedding of the year this Friday, I had a little extra time to get these puppies published! Well, they aren’t puppies, obviously, but they are gorgeous brides who are now happily wed to their loves!

First up is the newest Danielle Hill :-) She and Butch are finally married after 12 years of being together and I must say it’s about time!  We photographed her bridals in the same location that they celebrated their wedding day – at The Robin’s Nest in Grimesland, NC. After visiting this venue it is one of my absolute favorite venues of all time! I can’t wait to photograph there again!

I’m happy to finally share a peak into Mrs. Hill’s lovely bridal photos :)

You’ll be seeing Mrs. Mahoney next!

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Sometimes the light that God gives us to photograph just knocks my socks off.

And sometimes the couples that God gives us to photograph also knock my socks off.

I think it’s clear to see that my socks were doubly knocked off the day we photographed Amber + Dylan.  Amber and Dylan met back in High School (which may or may not include a romantic first meeting place at McDonalds!) and chose instead of planning a large, local wedding, to have a small private  vow exchange and then whisk away to celebrate with a fabulous honeymoon!  We think their plan is fantastic and we are so honored that they asked us to document their engagement session for them.

We had a fun, relaxed afternoon which included walks through the beautiful property of Newbold White House, playing with their sweet pup, and maybe a few jokes about double cheeseburgers and romantic McDonalds matchmaking :-)

I can’t wait to see the joy unfold for Amber + Dylan next year as they say Forever!

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When I photographed Kala and Jonathan’s, silly in love faces last fall for their engagement session in Hertford, I knew we were a match.  Their easy-going love felt like it just leapt into my camera lens and documenting their joy together was effortless.

Fast forward to a whole year later as their October 2016 wedding arrived and nothing had changed.  There was no stress, no anxiety (that they allowed us to see!) only excitement to finally make this love official!  They celebrated their wedding day at the fabulous Sanctuary Vineyards in Currituck, NC. The fall color was vibrant in the grapevines that adorn the property and their stunning floral decor by Yeopim Flowers was just the right accent to such an elegant affair! Variations of plums and reds and greens filled pumpkins and silver compotes which celebrated in the most perfect way, the peak of this fall season.

Jerry and I had the best time documenting this incredible moment in life for Kala and Jonathan.  We feel like their family and friends took us in as one of their own and as we shared hugs with everyone there as we left that night – many whom we had just met 8 hours earlier – we knew that God had perfectly planned for us to be there on that day.. it was just that good.

We are so excited to finally introduce to you – Mr. & Mrs. DeLucia!!  Congrats, Loves and we wish you the most joyful future together!

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Venue // Sanctuary Vineyards

Wedding Coordinator // Sondra, An Outer Banks Affair

Floral Design // Sybil, Yeopim Flowers

Catering // Black Pelican Catering

Cake Artist // Freda Nelson

DJ // Bruce Jones, “I Do” Entertainment

Makeup Artist // Lauren Padmore, All Eyes on the Bride

Hair Artist // Sierra Jones

Dress Shop // Davids Bridal

Men’s Attire // Men’s Wearhouse

Photo Booth // 10 Fish Photo Booth

 

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If there was ever a real life fairytale (in addition to our fairy tale of course!) it would be this one. Zoe and Glen are a for-real-no-joke Prince and Princess… at Disney World, that is! Zoe plays Jasmine and Belle and Glen plays Gaston. They make dreams come true for people every single day doing what they do and you can imagine our delight when this beautiful couple asked US to play a role in documenting their very own fairytale dream come true!

Jerry and I haven’t been able to stop talking about how this love that they share is seriously unlike any other. They have grown closer to Christ together as a couple and have kept God at the center of their relationship and in every moment of solidifying their marriage together with him.

They planned their wedding in Canton OH, near where Zoe grew up. The fall color was at it’s peak vibrancy all through the rolling hills of Canton and especially, it seemed, at Gervasi Vineyard. Even through the cold raindrops that paid us a visit on their day, the landscape proved to be almost as beautiful as Zoe herself :)

Now let’s talk about Zoe and beautiful, shall we? This girl is the epitome of classy and beautiful. Her outward beauty is what you see first but as soon as you know her you realize her beauty goes deep, deep within. She truly carries the beauty of Christ in her heart which shines unceasingly from her every pore! And Glen is the perfectly handsome compliment to her gorgeous soul.

We didn’t actually meet Zoe and Glen in person (aside from a Facetime Chat!) until the day of their wedding but throughout the months that we got to know each other long distance, we knew every moment that there was something incredibly profound about this couple.  They are old souls who steep themselves in the things most important in this life and in faith.

I think you’ll agree after viewing their photos that this Christ-like love that they share for one another and exemplify to the world is so very alive and shines vibrantly through them!  I know our lives are blessed because we were gifted the experience of knowing Mr. & Mrs. Nelson! I hope your day is a little brighter after seeing their love, too :)

Happy married life, Mr. & Mrs. Nelson!!

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Venue & Catering // Gervasi Vineyard, Canton, OH

DJ // Selective Sound Entertainment

Hair Artist // Shelby Lieb

Dress Shop // Perfect Bride, Rocky River

Dress Designer // Justin Alexander

 

 

 

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Can you imagine if finding your soulmate was determined by a T-shirt that you decided to wear one day?

I think we all have little things in our love stories that we can say were the tiny pieces that fell exactly into place which allowed us to find our true loves! For Laura and Sam, that tiny little puzzle piece was the T-shirt Sam decided to pull out of his drawer one day in 2010.

Laura and Sam actually spent their entire lives living less than a mile away but never knowing each other. They went to the same schools, knew some of the same people, some of their families attended church together, their Moms even worked together for a short time in the 90’s! Yet it was never the right time in their lives to meet until an early July day in 2010 as Laura was poolside visiting with her girlfriends at UNCG and Sam happened to be visiting the same pool hanging out with his friends who, luckily for Sam and Laura, were mutual friends of each other :)

Sam picked out his Char Grill shirt that day.  Char Grill is a restaurant chain only in Raleigh and when Laura saw his shirt it sparked conversation about where he was from. From that point on, they went down the list of their connections to Raleigh, learned how crazy close they were to each other without having any idea, and their friendship began that day.

They started dating officially on October 15, 2010 and on their anniversary, 6 years later, they said their vows to each other on October 15, 2016.  I’d say that’s a pretty fantastic date to plan for a wedding, don’t you!?

Their wedding day was simple and lovely and focused on what matters most – their family and friends.  One of the many gestures they used to incorporate their appreciation for their family was their rings. Laura’s engagement ring was her grandmother’s and Sam wore his grandfather’s wedding band!

We began our day at the beautiful Mulberry Hill Inn in Edenton and then headed over to The Links at Mulberry Hill for their sunset ceremony overlooking the Albemarle Sound.  We are grateful that we were able to add this lovely wedding to our calendar this year and we wish the brand new Mr. & Mrs. Mason the happiest of marriages together!

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Getting ready and Portrait Venue // Mulberry Hill Inn

Rehearsal dinner and Lodging // Inner Banks Inn

Ceremony and Reception Venue // The Links at Mulberry Hill

Coordinator // Susan Beckwith, Inner Banks Inn

Floral Designer // Ginger Bundy

Catering //  The Table at Inner Banks inn

DJ // Coastal DJ and Video

Hair and Makeup Artist // Amanda Greico, Glimmer Hair and Makeup

Bridesmaids Dresses // BHLDN

 

 

 

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When Jerry and I met Julie + Richard for coffee last year, admittedly, we there so thankful they had found us. We felt they were our kinda folks.  Down to earth, completely easy-going, so appreciative of each other and and excited about starting their life together.  We knew immediately their day was going to be full of everything that counts – family, friends and a lot of love.

Our love of them grew to newer heights when our February engagement date rolled around, and with it, SNOW. Right at the exact time we’had planned to shoot.  Did they want to reschedule? Nope! Instead they were ready to roll with the punches and make beautiful moments no matter what the weather was going to be!  It ended up being beautiful. The most amazing snowy engagement shoot! I couldn’t have been more thankful for their brave attitude that pretty much translated.. ” you know what!? We are getting MARRIED.  We are happy together whether rain sleet snow or shine and we are going to rock at life, no matter what!”  They so rocked it.

When their wedding day rolled around on Saturday that same attitude was still at play.  Their day was amazing in SO many ways, from the locations, to the flowers (the flowers!!), to her dress and details, to their sweetest first look, all the way to their celebratory guests dancing the night away!  But the most amazing thing to us was that this couple didn’t stop smiling and loving on each other all. day.  Even while culling through the very end of the reception photos I noticed they were still cuddling into each other on the dance floor, in the middle of all their guests.  Our hearts melt for couples that love each other that much!

Can we talk a little more about hearts melting?? How about when Sybil of Yeopim flowers showed Julie her bouquet for the first time and Julie had tears over how perfect it was!  What a fabulous moment for Sybil to see just how much Julie appreciated her talent and just how well Sybil got her style down pat.  She nailed it, yall.  But that’s nothing new ;-)  In that moment I felt all over again the same tears that cried when I saw the florals Sybil had designed for my own reception.  That feeling of perfection will never leave me! Sybil – you are so good to your brides!

Julie and Richard – it’s so obvious to us, to your family, and to your friends that you’ve got what it takes to make this marriage last a lifetime and we are so thankful we were able to witness the start of it and to celebrate with you in this new chapter of your lives!  Thank you!  

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Getting Ready Venue // Inner Banks Inn

Ceremony Venue // St. Anne Catholic Church

Reception Venue and Catering // Albemarle Plantation

Floral Design // Yeopim Flowers

Cake Artist // Paula Holler, Short N Sweet Cakery

DJ // James Jackson

Dress Shop // Rosalin’s Bridal

 

 

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