October 25, 2016

Wedding | Chrissie & AJ

car-1321 Oh gosh. This wedding.... last October I got to photograph Chrissie & AJ's engagement session around the beautiful trees in Myers Park.  They had a wedding planned for Kitty Hawk and I accepted the fact I wouldn't be the one to photograph their wedding day. Fast forward to the first week of October, Hurricane Matthew was looming in the Caribbean, wreaking havoc on Haiti. The storm was slow moving, growing unpredictable, and headed straight for the North Carolina coast. Tuesday, I saw Chrissie put a call out on social media for some wedding vendors, she feared they would be moving their seaside wedding, inland to Charlotte. I saw the call, and let her know I was available since our beach trip for Jeremy's birthday was cancelled. By Wednesday they had made the call to move the wedding, and I was offered the opportunity to capture their wedding day. Meanwhile, they were finding a new venue, flowers, catering, hair/makeup and driving car loads of details, beer and people across the state! Suddenly the 18 month engagement length they thought they needed went out the window, and everything was planned in about 72 hours. To Chrissie and AJ's family and friends... you were rock stars for them. You set up tables, chairs, drove hours, rearranged your travel plans to make sure their day was as perfect as possible, they are one lucky couple to have you in their lives! To view their entire gallery, click here! All orders are 20% off through 10/31/16. car-1006blue-engagement-ring    car-1052wedding-dress-with-catbride-with-her-catcar-1064 car-1106  bride-and-father-walk-down-aisle-processional the-foundry-charlotte-nc-wedding Their wedding was the first one to be held at The Foundry in Charlotte, a renovated building filled with offices directly behind BOA Stadium. car-1174car-1181 car-1201orange-and-teal-wedding  car-1289 car-1312  classic-bridal-portrait-charlotte-nc-photographer  orange-mint-coral-wedding-bouquetcar-1316 rainbow-over-charlotte-wedding-nccar-1297charlotte-nc-fall-wedding-cake-centerpiececar-1393hurricane-matthew-wedding-home-brewed-beercar-1358foundry-charlotte-wedding-cedar-st wedding-signs-program-cafe-lights car-1418 foundry charlotte nc wedding
October 18, 2016

Personal | Colonial Williamsburg

williamsburg-1030 I'd never been to Williamsburg, despite how close we live (relatively)... so we decided for our 7th wedding anniversary we'd spend the weekend away there (see our previous anniversary trips: 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th). Part of me kinda wanted to set up a shoot while there, but ultimately, I am glad we just got to relax... although, it's SUCH a beautiful place... I hope to go back and photograph something! I'll actually be close by in a few weeks if anyone's interested (November 15) . *All images are 35mm film shot on Portra 400 with my Minolta Maxxum colonial-williamsburg-jail-tourwilliamsburg-1021 colonial-williamsburg-va-wedding-venue-photographer colonial-williamsburg-tour-wedding-venuewilliamsburg-1028 We stayed in the sweetest home on the southern side of the James River. It was an adorable cottage built in 2005 to mimic the colonial home on the property. The inside was decorate with oodles of period pieces, painted in historic colors and overall, incredibly charming.... but it was filled with modern things, like custom cabinets, a stunning bathroom and cable tv :-) williamsburg-va-airbnb-colonial-replica-photographerwilliamsburg-1015colonial-williamsburg-airbnb On Saturday late afternoon, we ventured over to Yorktown... and it's adorable!williamsburg-1011 yorktown-wedding-photographer-venue Sunday, before departing for home... we made a few stops along the southern side of the James River... first was Chippoaks Plantation. It was so beautiful, private and serene. It looked like their had been a wedding there the day before. Guys... I'd LOVE to shoot at this beautiful place, someone bring me back!! chippoaks plantation wedding venuechippoaks-plantation-wedding-photographer-venue Then we went over to Bacon's Castle, and took the tour there. It was fascinating, and our tour guide was very knowledgeable... the tour was over an hour long! williamsburg-1026 bacons-castle-wedding-venue-photographer
October 12, 2016

Wedding | Melanie & Kyle

green-gables-farm-brunch-wedding-charlotte-nc-photographer "You married yet?" That was my dad's standard question for Melanie when he saw her. He always thought she was the "boy crazy" friend.... I'm not really sure why... I guess because she always had a boyfriend when we were kids. We have been friends since the third grade and have known basically every in and out of each others life since. We've cried through massive break ups, she saw me through the death of my mom, we planned to attend college together (although that never panned out), she even took me to get my belly-button pierced when we were freshmen in college (sorry, Al & Jean!). We spent summers in her family's swimming pool, every afternoon at dance, every Friday night at a football game and every Sunday at church.... the phrase "we were close" doesn't hold a candle to what we were... and still are. I'm eternally thankful for her friendship and equally thankful she found Kyle. Kyle fit right in like a puzzle piece to our lives... he's a kind one, with a gentle wit and corny since of humor... the perfect match for Mel. It's wonderful to have them part of our lives, and living in Charlotte wouldn't be the same without them. This was a double-duty challenge of a wedding. You see, I was also a bridesmaid... and when you make short list to wear the green dress, you take it..... and figure out a way to also shoot it, when she asks. I enlisted the talented help of Lauren & Gabrielle to help me cover the things I couldn't... ya know, like, the ceremony! They were wonderful troopers to this unique situation! Melanie and Kyle also enlisted a very talented group of vendors to make their day happen... Venue: Green Gables Farm    Florist: Little Flower Farm   Reception & Vendor Coordination: Elegent & Classy Events   DJ: Split Second Sound   Hair & Makeup: Erin Spain (Bride & mothers) Sweet Magnolias (Bridesmaids) Jennifer Abercrombie (me)    Ceremony Music: Dean Duets     Lawn Games: Rustic Charm Events   Food: Visions Catering   Donuts: Daylight Donuts To see allllll the photos the three of us captured, click here for their entire gallery! All orders placed within the next 7 days are 20% off. black white film ring invitation shot hoya filtergreen gables farm wedding statesville nc pink-green-navy-weddingpug at wedding lace-wedding-dress-monogrammed-hangerfuji 400h ring shot with veilbridesmaids in matching mens monogrammed shirts green-outdoor-weddingsparkley flat wedding shoes film photographer charlotte ncbride-getting-dressed-by-windowteary mother of the brideblack white bridal portrait on film fuji 400h +2groomsman eat bojangles before weddingblack-and-white-groom-portraitsfun groomsman sockspugs-at-a-wedding-dogscard exchange before ceremony bride groom wedding exchange-pray-around-door-weddingbride groom prayer before ceremonyhorses at wedding statesville charlotte nc mint-navy-wedding-bridal-portraitceremony in front of big tree charlotte statesville ncbride-and-fatheroutdoor-wedding-ceremony-venue-charlotte-ncoutdoor wedding ceremony venue charlotte statesville ncunity cross wedding ceremonyoutdoor-brunch-wedding-morning-farmnavy-groomsman-suits mint sage navy bridal party dusty shale jcrew dressesblue-green-bridal-partybride-groom-portraits-under-treewedding portrait with pugs dogs charlotte nc How gorgeous is her bouquet?! Those dahlia's were to die for!!!brunch-wedding-outdoor-charlotte-wedding-venue-statesvillebeautiful outdoor wedding venue charlotte statesville ncclassic-bride-and-groom I'm obsessed with this venue.... and will gladly go back  over and over and over!outdoor barn reception charlotte nc statesville elegant classy eventsnavy ornate outdoor wedding venue charlotte nc  navy-barn-wedding-classy-classicoutdoor wedding barn charlotte nc green gables farm statesvillebride-groom-first-dance-wedding-reception parent-dancesdonut goodie bags wedding receptiondonut-wedding-cake-brunchcut wedding cake donuts charlotte nc daylight statesvilledancing-reception-imagesceremony reception exit with ribbon wands