2017 has been an incredible year so far, and it all started with a very special engagement session at Carrigan Farms. When I met Brooke and Brad that day back in February, I knew their wedding was going to be something special! These two are so much fun to spend time with, so very much in love…they can make one another laugh with just a glance! When we parted ways that day I immediately began to look forward to their wedding, knowing that their celebration would be as joyous and sweet as they are…and I wasn’t wrong!
The ceremony took place at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, with the following reception moving to the Charlotte Country Club. Brooke was such a dream to work with; getting ready, she was ahead of time and completely calm. And she looked absolutely stunning!! Her dress was so beautiful and unique, with spaghetti straps, and white flowers cascading down the bodice onto the skirt. It fit her perfectly, and when Brad dipped her at the altar it was magical! As much fun as I was having (I kept laughing behind my camera during the amazing toasts!) I also found myself swept into the emotion of the day. If you read my blog, you know I love emotional weddings…and I have to confess that I teared up during the first dances. Before long, the bride and groom were completely rocking the dance floor, and all of their guests joined in with such excitement and happiness! What a crazy dance floor and I love it!
Finally, I have to mention that Brooke shared something very meaningful with me. She told me that her father worked for National Geographic for several years. If you are familiar with National Geographic, you know that he might have seen truly incredible photography, so when Brooke was vetting wedding photographers, she asked for her dad’s opinion. He looked over some of the options, and then told Brooke she should book me because I knew how to capture emotions the best. This is such a huge compliment! When I fell in love with photography, it was because of the ability a photograph has to show people’s feelings. Hearing that Brooke’s dad saw the emotion in my work was huge validation that I’m on the right path, and I was so grateful to have been part of their big day. Very special to watch Brooke and Brad tie the knot in a swirl of so much love and support! I hope you enjoy these photographs as much as I enjoyed taking them…
Brad gave the perfect card for Brooke, they are Golden Retriever parents!
Charlotte Country Club Weddings
Thanks Katie Dickson for shooting this wedding with me!
Coordinator, Venue, Catering: Charlotte Country Club / Florist: New Creations Flower Company / Stationary: Minted / Cake Artist: Ella’s Celestial Cakes / Ceremony music: William Rainey / Reception music: Split Second Sound/ Hair and Make-up: Dana Raia / Wedding Dress: Carine’s Bridal Atelier / Veil: BHLDN / Shoes: Vince Camuto /Bridesmaids dress: David’s Bridal / Groom and Groomsmen’s attire: The Tuxedo Shoppe