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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!!**

 

Now before you dive into these destination wedding images and fall head over heels in love with this venue, below are the dates they still have open for this same holiday-inspired wedding look!

November 30th, December 7th, December 14th, December 28th of 2019 (AND yours truly is free those dates too to capture all the magic!)

Seriously, this NC destination wedding venue in Murphy, NC blew us away! Alyssa and I have shot destination weddings in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, St. Martin, Charleston, Kiawah Island, Highlands, Blowing Rock, Boone….but this gem in Murphy is in a league of its own.

The tremendous staff takes AMAZING care of the wedding party. They have full sized HOMES on site for for everyone to stay in amazing cabins together.  Their attention to detail (they provide the florals, linens, bar setup, catering) makes planning a NC mountain wedding from afar so easy.  My bride lives in out of state and only visited the property once before her 11.24.18 wedding.  But she would tell you herself, Natalie and the team went above and beyond for these families for the entire wedding weekend.  Click HERE to get more info on McGuire’s Millrace in sleepy little Murphy, NC.  You will not be disappointed!

Now, back to this dreamy 11.24.18 wedding day for Shelby and Gabie!

I think I’ve mentioned before that Old South brides have a common thread- they are very driven (about 50% work in the medical field), highly organized and are VERY close to their families.  Shelby is all of those descriptions! She is finishing her residency in Houston so her sweet Mom, Robin, came up to Charlotte solo to meet with me in the studio.  We had THE BEST conversation and I knew they were “my people”.

With everyone living in different cities and planning a destination wedding at the edge of western NC, this family needed help! As I mentioned, the venue provided nearly everything you could need on wedding day so we just swooped in to capture all the love, joy and emotion they felt this day.

One of the sweetest moments of the day was when Shelby and Robin Facetimed her grandmother back in FL.  She wasn’t able to make the trip but was able to watch the ceremony live through technology.  Tears flowed between all of these ladies and the love they feel (carried down 3 generations) was super sweet to capture.

It’s safe to say that Gabie and Shelby enjoyed every minute of this day.  And can we talk about that fairytale ceremony in the woods with the mountains in the distance? WOW!

Their last dance, all alone in the venue with everyone outside lighting sparklers, was one of the dreamiest I have ever shot.  He spun her around that whole room and its hard to say if EITHER of them ever felt their feet touch the ground.  That’s true love and we were the lucky ones who got to capture it!

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Williams.  I think we enjoyed your destination wedding as much as you did!

 

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Want to know a very odd (but true) fact about Old South brides?

About 50% of our brides work in the medical field.  Doctors, dentists, physical therapists, nurses, physician’s assistants…we tend to attract a very driven, organized, smart and confident woman.  May is exactly that!!

Both May and Landon are residents in two different medical programs.  She lives in Florida (dermatologist in training) and he lives in Oklahoma (orthopedic surgeon in training).  Their love story comes with lots of long periods in between seeing one another but when they do….WOW! The sparks definitely fly!

They came into Charlotte over Christmas and we had the best time together.  Dogs, parks, hotels, fountains, wheat field, wardrobe changes…they were troopers!  I am so thrilled to capture their October 2019 wedding at The Umstead in Raleigh alongside A Southern Soiree.  What a fabulous couple!

Now before we can talk about how adorable this couple, Candice and Brad, are….lemme just tell you about Bill and Marie!

Candice’s parents are adorable.  I mean the kindest, sweetest people ever.  Bill and Marie came into the studio back in October with their daughter, Candice, because they LOVE HER BIG.  By the end of that meeting I *low key* wanted them to adopt me  :)

During the meeting, I asked about Candice’s dress and all 3 of them burst into laughter.  Months earlier, Candice and her Mom had been on a beach trip in Myrtle Beach, SC and casually stopped into a bridal shop to look at gowns.  Then they set up an appointment in October to buy *the dress* and it was the weekend of a hurricane.  For real.  The National Weather Service was telling people to avoid the roads in SC at all costs….but….her amazing parents offered to drive with her through the crazy wind and rain to get that amazing dress she had her heart set on. How precious is that?

But, seriously, Bill and Marie even came to the engagement shoot to help wrangle the pups for us too.  These are my people, y’all! When brides have been loved so well throughout their childhoods (and into adulthood too), they seek out partners who are spectacular matches for them.

Candice and Brad have that spark. Their first date was at Maggiano’s and they wanted to be sure to weave that part of their story into their engagement session.  So, we hit the park for pics with their fur babies, Keeper and Henry, then popped over to South Park for more fun.  The Christmas decor was such a bonus and their playful, childlike nature totally took over (the pic of her flying  in his arms wearing the red coat is my personal fave):)

Enjoy a peek at the fun we had in December at their engagement session.  I cannot wait until the big day in March!