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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!!**

 

February 2017.  I got a call at the studio from a sweet mother-of-the-bride, Nicole.  She told me Old South had been referred to her on her tour of the Duke Mansion (oh how we love our vendor relationships!) and wanted more information.  Nicole and her daughter, Allie, were in the early planning stages but I could sense they were a good fit for our company.  Our brides are VERY family-oriented, sentimental and outgoing.  We set up a studio appointment for 2 weeks later and made it all official.

Allie and Ethan met at a fraternity party at the University of Alabama.  Sparks flew and last Christmas, in front of all of her family, Ethan popped the question.  They are such a perfect fit, these two! Both are so kind, thoughtful, gracious, easy-going and fun.  They had a wedding day that suited them perfectly! I love when the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception are all in our beautiful spot.  The Duke Mansion’s gardens offer amazing outdoor ceremony options and their historic southern home is always a wow factor during cocktail hour and reception time.  Their guests, family and friends had the time of their lives on 6.9.18 and we adored capturing it all!

Take a peek at Part 1 of Allie and Ethan’s wedding day.  It makes my southern girl heart flutter in all the right ways!  Pop over tomorrow for the BIG reception to follow!

Special thanks to our vendor partners: Venue: Duke Mansion | Wedding Planner: Love and Honey Weddings | Florals: Kelilabee Floral Company: Party Reflections | Hair: Ups and Dos | Makeup: Beauty Asylum | Cake: Wow Factor Cakes | Band: The Royal Suits | Stationer: Champagne Maker | Live Artist: Gina Strumpf Fine Art Studio | Officiant: Patrick Maloy

But seriously, May 26, 2018 could not have gone any better.  Even with a few pop up showers, the day was beautiful and ran so smoothly.  I love when brides and grooms like Kaitlyn and Brian make a conscious decision not to stress and TRULY enjoy every second of their wedding day.  From that first look on, they were invested in this day emotionally…hand in hand.  Their precious ceremony with some of the sweetest vows had the bridal party and at least the front row in tears!

Then, these 2 dental students hosted one big, dance-floor-rocking party!! Their friends and family partied all night long (I saw many white button downs drenched in sweat!!).  Love and joy for the new Mr. and Mrs. Vollmer was all around them.  Days like this, I count my blessings too.  My job is pretty amazing.  I get a front row seat to some of the most tender, sentimental and amazing moments in my clients’ lives.  It was an absolute pleasure working with these families.

So, enjoy Part 2 of Kaitlyn and Brian’s wedding day.  I don’t think these soon-to-be dentists could have dreamed of anything more perfect! We loved every second of it!

Special thanks to our vendor partners: Venue: Separk Mansion | Catering: Roots Catering | Bride’s Gown: Mori Lee from Poffie Girls | Hair/Makeup: Be Pretty | DJ Entertainment: Split Second Sound | Videography: Carlisle Videography| Cake Artist: Sky’s the Limit Bridal Sweets |  Florals: Pink Petunia Designs

Where do I begin?

Out of all the vendor relationships a bride will have, none are more personal than the one she will have with her photographer.

She isn’t just hiring someone with fancy equipment.  She is looking for that “just right” storyteller who will essentially serves as “the bride’s eyes” on that amazing day.  She must find that person who looks at the world in the same way that she does.

It wouldn’t make sense for a happy, upbeat bride to hire a photographer with a dark, moody style of photography.  A bride must find a professional who has the same personality type, the same outlook on life and same lens on life.  Kaitlyn and I were a perfect fit.  We see life as colorful, fun, adventurous, joyful, and full of love.  I knew exactly which moments Kaitlyn would care the most about….the time with her Mom and sister in the bridal suite, that first look with her Dad, the overflow of emotions on Brian’s face when he first saw his beautiful bride, that kindred bond between her and her bridesmaids….we see life in the same way. We see life as a series of meaningful relationships and that is what we focused on throughout the day.  Don’t get me wrong, we always capture the lovely cake, stationery, florals and more…but the images that Kaitlyn would treasure for 50 years to come would be the ones that focused on her relationships.  And I do my best work when a bride fully TRUSTS me.  And she did.

I am so proud of this wedding.  It rained on and off all day but the good Lord kept those drops at bay for all the big moments.  Being able to say “I Do” in the outdoor garden was worth the soggy grass and minor mud spots.  Because in the end, that’s what a good marriage is really about.  It’s about pressing forward when circumstances are less than perfect and looking for the good in all situations (and recognizing most of the mud will wash out in the end anyway!)

Enjoy the build up below to the ceremony.  There is plenty more to come in Part 2.  Did I mention how much I adored working with this couple and their sweet families? This day was FULL of job satisfaction for me 😉

Full Vendor List will be included in Part 2 coming Monday.