I had a blast filming this inspiration shoot designed by RoShel Events!
Impressions Bridal and Prom – Gowns
A lasting impression by Simply Elegant – Tuxedo
The Bead Lady – Jewelry
Pink Petunia -Flowers
Bridal Flavors – Paper
Queens Sweets – Dessert Table
Sky’s the limit Custom Cakes
Be Saucy – Hairstylist
Lucy B. MakeUp Artistry
The Linen Loft
The Piedmont Renaissance Center
Casey Hendrickson Photography
Models: Bee Cook, Breezy Moses, JaShanta L. Brown, and DeAndre Ishmael
Imagine 27 years ago – a shy, blond-haired girl moves to a new neighborhood. All she knew was living with family on a dirt road near Crowder’s Mountain, NC. There was only one cousin to play with most days but she was used to playing alone. Then comes the move to a place where her school is across the street (a paved one at that!) and people are walking up and down the sidewalk on a daily basis. She felt completely out-of-place. Then comes an energetic, fiery red-headed girl with her younger sister. She was the very opposite of everything she knew. There mom was very talkative and readily introduced her and her daughters. That was the day a friendship that would last a lifetime began. Through laughs, silly fights, boyfriends, new friends, tears, quiet days under a plum tree talking about life to marriage, divorce and children…they have had a friendship that has endured.
Lucky for me – my husband is a GREAT photographer and could document just a little of me and Fran (the fiery red-head) along with our girls hanging and having a great time. We all met up at a newly renovated Rankin Lake Park in Gastonia, NC. Fran brought along her new love and his boys – while Chris and I had Nina along for the ride. We are so very blessed to have a friendship that has lasted for 27 years and that our girls are now friends. Don’t worry there is more to the story – enter Kristin in the next post!! Check out our day!!
Every wedding is different. Each one has its own life – its own rhythm. We have been involved in so many beautiful unions and are blessed by every one of them. That did not end with Sile and Thierry – as a matter of fact – the rhythm of this wedding was one that made everyone dance…
Sile and Thierry, originally from Togo, West Africa, had many friends and family travel from Africa, France, and other locations around the United States to Charlotte, NC to see them wed. This was a momentous occasion simply because of the love and devotion that Sile and Thierry have for one another. The ceremony was a beautiful, traditional Catholic wedding. With one small tear in the eye of Sile’s brother, he proudly walked her down the aisle. When Thierry saw his beautiful bride he lifted his hands and smiled and once she arrived he wiped the tears from his new brother-in-law’s face. These loving gestures were ones that continued throughout the wedding and the reception among everyone.
The reception was amazing. Tenesha with Roshel Events designed and planned every piece of the day and it showed. The atmosphere was light and happy. The music played was a mix of African, French, and American. Everyone joined on the dance floor – yes even us – to celebrate. We witnessed traditional African dances to Salsa! The children laughed and played. Everyone had so much respect for everyone else and did nothing but wish Sile and Thierry a long and happy life together.
So we too wish Sile and Thierry a wonderful, long, happy and rhythmic life together. We also thank Sile and Thierry, and all of their family and friends for allowing us to be a part of the dance!
The wedding of Angie and Glenn Griffin was anything but typical! They are also one of the sweetest couples we have had the pleasure of meeting! Angie and Glenn knew each other back in high school and by a wonderful stroke of fate were re-introduced to so they could fall in love and have their very AWESOME wedding! Angie and Glenn are a laid back, easy-going couple and one of their favorite places is the Catawba Valley Brewing Company and was the perfect venue to say their “I Do’s” and celebrate with their many loved ones. The brewery was decorated with care by friends and family and adorned with hydrangea from Angie’s mother’s garden. Photos of family were displayed so that no one was forgotten. The owner of the brewery and friend, Scott Pyatt, served as the couple’s officiate. Once they were married we ventured to downtown Morganton for some great photos and fun. Angie and Glenn were like teenagers in love and that shows in all of their pictures. Once we all returned, their friends and family boogied down to some fun music and celebrated a wonderful union!
Angie and Glenn we wish you the best of luck…although we are pretty sure that you won’t need it!
The next in our series of “Top Tens”! We realize there are hundreds if not thousands of articles on how to choose your perfect wedding photographer (or any other photographer for that matter!) So we wanted to give you some things NOT to do when trying to choose the person photographing your special day!
- Don’t choose Uncle Bob or Aunt Judy to spare their feelings! We understand that friends and family may have the best intentions for you on your wedding day. But unless they are professionals or even semi professional – their free services may cost you A LOT of headache. It is pretty much impossible to Photoshop out a thumb that covers your entire head and it’s really hard to “re-do” the walk down the aisle because his camera needed new batteries. Let them down easy and just tell them you want family to just enjoy the day!
- Don’t pick your professional photographer just because he/she is at the top of your Google Search! They may be at the top of the search but it may not be because they are great photographers – they may have just paid for that placement. If a photographer has a good bit of money to market their services and buy the best equipment that’s great – but it doesn’t buy talent! Do your research!
- Don’t hire a jerk! This should be a no-brainer but if the photographer you are meeting has a bad attitude and great work…don’t hire him! You don’t need a cocky, pushy, or rude photographer for your wedding day! I promise if you search you will find someone just as talented – if not better – that you and your family will actually like!
- Don’t hire the nicest photographer either! Again – a no-brainer – but I get you may not want to hurt his or her feelings – but if you want something different from what is offered – don’t hire her just because she is nice! Sure – be her friend on Facebook but don’t let the nice person that takes horrible photographs handle this once in a lifetime day!
- Don’t hire based on gender! I use “him” and “her” throughout these posts because ultimately gender doesn’t matter. Let their work and attitude speak for itself!
- Don’t hire based on price alone! We get that you have a budget and you must find photographers within that budget – but don’t expect $4000 worth of work for $1000! Also don’t expect just because a photographer charges $4000 that their work is worth it! You have to go to their portfolio, meet with them, then decide. There are some GREAT photographers just starting out and some HORRIBLE ones that have been in business for 20 years – the difference is the talent then the price.
- Don’t hire based on recommendations alone! Seen this before…”Well my cousin had [insert photographer’s name here] at her wedding three years ago and loved ______!” Um – did your cousin have the same expectations? Has the photographer changed his/her processes, style, or attitude? You still need to do your own legwork!
- Don’t hire a photographer that has no portfolio to show you! He or she may have the right price, right attitude, right equipment but if they can show you at least a few decent pieces of their work then watch out! They may be scamming you! If they only have one wedding to show you but want to charge a ridiculous amount of money – just walk away slowly and then never look back!
- Don’t hire a photographer that offers no contract of any kind! I know its great to think that a good handshake and down-payment will ensure they’ll show up – but it doesn’t. A contract not only protects you as the client but also protects the photographer as well. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy loaded with legal speak that you need to have translated – but get it in writing!
- Finally – DO NOT choose a photographer that has no time for you! It’s great that a photographer is busy – that means they are getting hired! However, if they at some point can’t have a meeting with you and just want to “show up” that’s a big no-no! How can they capture your moments with your family if they don’t even know who you are and what you are about! Will they have time to answer any questions? Will they rush you all day? Don’t expect hours of meetings but at least a cup of coffee and nice conversation would be nice!
Happy hunting for your perfect wedding photographer!
A few years ago I was given the opportunity to photograph a wedding at the beautiful Woodmill Winery for Justin and Ruth. Two great people with whom I became instant friends! Just a little shy of 6 months ago, Ruth gave birth to Charlie.. One of the cutest babies I have ever had the pleasure of photographing! He was so calm and serene. He was all smiles and never fussed even once through a 2 hour-long, outdoor session! When Justin called me about the shoot for some family portraits, we decided, how cool it would be, to do the pictures at Charlie’s beginnings, the place where His Mommy and Daddy got married! Of course a few things have changed at the vineyard and we didn’t get them exact, but here is Charlie along with Justin and Ruth on their wedding day.
The first topic in our “Top Ten” Series will deal with how to have GREAT Engagement Photos! These are the photos that announce to the world that you are engaged to the love of your life! You know the photos where the girl is gently laying her head on her fiance’s shoulder in front of a plain back ground with extremely soft lighting – pretty right? Yes of course they are!! But do they tell a story? No…so here is how to have your photos tell your story!
- Pick the right photographer for what you want. It doesn’t have to be the same photographer that shoots your wedding! You may want more of a staged shoot for your engagement photos and photojournalism for your wedding. That’s great but not every photographer can do both.
- Break the rules. Who says the girl has to sit in front of the guy while he holds her? Why can’t he be lying in her lap? These are little things but don’t follow preset rules!
- Do not look like twins! If you want real photos of you and your love – it doesn’t mean you have to dress alike. Yes you should coordinate but that doesn’t mean sacrificing your individual style. The reason you love one another may be because of your differences – let that come through. Just talk to your photographer before hand on the best clothing choices.
- Smile! I understand that not everyone enjoys having their photo taken – but you don’t want to look depressed in your engagement or save the date photos. Just think of it not as a “photo session” but a very short, photo documentary of your upcoming nuptials.
- Consider having your shoot “styled” by a professional. They can bring elements together to make your photos truly unique. Your photographer or wedding planner would be great resources to use – just be open to creativity.
- Have your makeup and hair professionally done for the shoot. Not to say you have to look any different from yourself, but the camera, especially digital ones, pick up every detail!
- Write out your story for your photographer. What brought you together? Do you both enjoy a similar type of drink? Was there something funny or unique that brought you together? Then ask if he/she can incorporate that into your photos.
- If you are using these as your save the date cards – tell your photographer! Ask your photographer if he/she can incorporate the wedding information into the picture. Maybe leaving space at the top for the date to be “photo-shopped” in. This is a lot more unique than simply putting a photo on a pre-made template.
- Don’t be in a hurry! If you think you will get awesome photos in 30 minutes or less after you beat the traffic home from work and rushed to change clothes and grab a bite to eat – well I think you get the “picture”. This should be enjoyable for you and your spouse to be – make sure you have the time and a photographer that will take the time to make them great.
- Have fun! Yes have fun while having your professional engagement or save the date photos taken. Joke around, be yourselves, don’t let the camera dictate to you how you will interact with one another. Go to a place that you love, relax, be yourselves and look forward to the awesome photos you are about to have done!
This isn’t an all-inclusive list…but it will definitely get the job done and hopefully give you some ideas you hadn’t had before! Feel free to leave comments or share with us your engagement pics!