Sara + Brandon decided on a morning ceremony and brunch reception. [So COOL!] Which means an EARLY start. This was the first time I ever started shooting a wedding before the sun came up! 6:30 AM we made our way into the parlor at the church along with the bride and bridesmaids, dressed in matching flannel button up shirts. After hair and makeup Sara slipped into her stunning off shoulder, half sleeve, A-line gown. The back was shear lace with a line of buttons that ran from top to bottom. Sara wore the most AMAZING white, vintage looking lace boots with a penny in them for good luck. She wore beautiful jeweled drop earrings and carried a handkerchief that belonged to her Great Grandma. Sara wore a jeweled tierra and her hair was elegantly swept up at the nape of her neck finished with a fingertip jeweled veil made by her mother. Her garters, also made by her mother, featured handmade lace that was made by her Great Grandmother.
mr + mrs
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have a wedding in a hurricane? I’m pretty sure that isn’t what Sara was wondering while she was planning her DECEMBER 11th wedding! Ok.. I’m being a little dramatic, there wasn’t a hurricane, but there were 28 mph winds with 51 mph gusts all day! Heck, as soon as Sara stepped outside, the wind caught her veil and it went flying down the road. Brandon’s brother stepped up to the challenge and chased it down. Our original plan for photos was a park, but I think it is safe to say EVERYONE was happy with our last minute change of plans to stay inside. THANK GOODNESS for this sweet little spot… it is not the first time it has saved the day!
This reception was a nice break from the traditional! Guests arrived to a hot chocolate and coffee bar with buffalo plaid cups and personalized cup sleeves. Tables full of juices and cinnamon rolls were tucked in the corner next to a full sized sleigh for the gifts. At the tables, guests found a newlywed newspaper all about the couple with games, fun facts and even a classifieds section on the back listing all their vendors [THANK YOU!!] The head table was flanked by Christmas trees and backed by a grand fabric drop with strings of beads that shimmered like snowflakes in the light. Instead of a traditional cake the couple had a 2 tier cinnamon roll with cute little bride and groom pine cones on top. Guests enjoyed a delicious array of breakfast foods, then got out on the dance floor for a little afternoon fun.
Dress | Blush A Bridal Boutique
Florist | Carol Slane Florist
Decorator | Joyous Occasions
Church | Trinity United Methodist
Hair | Mary Goetz (Lox Salon & Spa)
DJ | Motteriffic
Caterer | Lock Sixteen
Bridesmaid Dresses | Azazie
Groomsmen | BlackTux.com
Invitations | Zazzle
Cinnamon rolls + cake | Baked to Perfection
Videographer | NC Films