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    We are a team of professional wedding photographers solely devoted to "happily ever afters". Our commercial studio is based in Charlotte, NC and we capture weddings in the Carolinas and beyond. We believe in family, love and the power of storytelling through our photography. The ladies of Old South would love to capture your big day!

I have never been more proud to post a video on my blog.

This story is one I have not shared publicly but felt it was time.  It is so real, so raw and so personal, I hesitated making this video for a few years.

The reason I became a wedding photographer is probably NOT what you might think.  Watch this video about how a devastating house fire in my teens would later shape my entire life.

To GOD be the glory. ALWAYS.

Amazing film by Whitewash Films (seriously, if they give out Academy Awards for promo videos…they deserve one!)

**warning: your mascara WILL run!!**


Who doesn’t love a great party?? I have to say, the dance floor was particularly FULL on 2.17.18 at Hallie and Rob’s reception.  As photographers, we love that because the energy stays high all night long.  Not to mention, those private dance lessons the bride and groom took SHOWED! Talk about an epic first dance- well done!

One of my personal favorite moments of the night was the speech by Hallie’s Dad, Hal.  He said all those sweet Daddy things about loving his girl but the funniest moment was when he openly admitted that “I have about 3 friends here tonight. My wife, Teri, however, has about 150 of her very best friends here tonight!” The crowd roared with laughter! Aren’t Dads just the best? They endure a lot of additional estrogen during the wedding planning year when every topic of conversation from both his daughter AND wife is 100% about the wedding.  But, all of their hard work and thoughtful decision-making paid off big time and the night was picture perfect.

I have to take a moment to extend a heartfelt thank you to my fellow vendors.  Without their hard work, time and talent, I would have little to photograph and this night was truly a team effort.

Wedding Planning: Southern Savvy Events | Venue: Myers Park Country Club | Band: The Band Punch | Beauty: Be Pretty | Bride’s Gown: Ladies of Lineage Boutique | Bridesmaids’ Gowns: Bella Bridesmaids | Videography: Hart to Heart Media | Stationer: Elisabeth Rose Social Stationery | Florals: New Creations | Cake: The Wow Factor  | Private Dance Lessons: First Dance Charlotte

So, to the newlyweds, we wish you both a lifetime ahead filled with the same love and joy you allowed us to capture this night.  Couples like you give us our dream job and we had such a blast! Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Gunst.  Go live your best lives!

Oh what a FABULOUS start to our 2018 wedding season!!!!

Hallie and Rob tied the knot on 2.17.18 at Myers Park Methodist followed by a fabulous reception at Myers Park Country Club (Part 2 coming tomorrow!).  How special to think that her own parents said their own vows to one another 3 decades ago in that very same church.  That is truly a story of legacy!

First, I owe a HUGE thank you to Alexa Richardson Burns and Amy Masters Summers. These former Old South brides were kind enough to rave about their experience as Old South brides to convince Hallie and Rob to book with us.  That verbal referral is truly GOLD to us.  It cannot be bought.  It is based on trust and we cannot thank them enough for their kind words.  (Plus, getting to see them both at the wedding was also a huge bonus!!)

Part 1 of today’s post focuses on all the fun leading up to the ceremony.  The bridal suite is always  full of hair, makeup, nerves, and lots of anticipation.  Hallie did a great job of staying in the moment and enjoying time with her sweet bridesmaids. Can we talk about how adorable those PJs are?? What an awesome bridesmaids’ gift!

Rob and the fellas stayed cool and calm all afternoon too.  The entire day ran so smoothly under the direction of Lauren with Southern Savvy Events and Mary Beth with Myers Park Country Club.

Guests braved light showers entering the gorgeous Myers Park Methodist Church.  Despite the gloomy forecast, the church was full of love and happy faces.  In a short and sweet ceremony, the new Mr. and Mrs. Gunst pledged forever to one another and you could see the joy on their faces.  After a few more family photos, we were off to Myers Park Country Club for the big party.  Stay tuned tomorrow for the rest of their wedding story!!

(Full list of vendors will be included tomorrow in Part 2)


Y’all, keeping beautiful bridal portraits under wraps is soooooo hard for photographers!! We captured Hallie’s bridal portraits in mid December but couldn’t release them until she tied the knot on 2.17.18.

So, it is my honor to present to you the freshly married Mrs. Gunst!  The gown, the makeup, the shoes…she was perfection.

We are diving deep into their wedding photos this week but wanted to share our favorites of the MRS. now.

Fabulous hair/makeup by Be Pretty, gown from Ladies of Lineage, bouquet by New Creations and of course, special thanks to the gorgeous Duke Mansion!