Monthly Archives: October 2013

Courtney + Aaron. Westglow Resort + Spa Wedding.

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Courtney + Aaron’s sweet, intimate wedding in the mountains was just what I needed earlier this month! With a guest list of less than forty people, the entire day felt so relaxed and close. Plus, the drive up to Blowing Rock was incredible! We had the perfect North Carolina fall day and the Blue Ridge Parkway was so relaxing… I pulled onto the property of the Westglow Resort & Spa and followed the driveway up the mountain to the most beautiful view! As I photographed both Courtney + Aaron getting ready before the ceremony, I was so touched by their gifts to each other. Each of them gave the other something that they didn’t particularly like, but knew their other half would love. When Courtney opened her speaker set, she was so excited! “Aaron knows I love to listen to my music loud!”. And Aaron was practically speechless when he opened the engraved cigar humidor from his bride. “She knows I love cigars but she hates when I smoke them”. They both were so thoughtful and selfless in their gifts to each other… it was beautiful to see!

The ceremony was followed by a beautiful dinner, hilarious and heartfelt toasts, and finished up with an amazing dance by Courtney and her maid of honor, and a couple of special guests. Courtney + Aaron, I seriously loved being a part of this day. You made me feel like part of the family and am so sad our time together is over! Love you guys!

The details : Venue – Westglow Resort & Spa. Blowing Rock, NC. | Bride’s Dress – J. Crew | Bride’s hair – Westglow Resort & Spa | Bride’s makeup – Synergy Spa & Aesthetics | Bridesmaids dress – Vera Wang | Florist – The Farmers Wife | Catering – Rowland’s Restaurant | Cake – A Sweet Success Bakery

Erin + Brandon. Willow Oaks Wedding. Pt 2.

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It’s part 2 of this gorgeous wedding! {Click here for Part 1!} Now you all get to see the incredible reception details put together by Erin + Leigh Pearce Weddings Leigh Pearce Weddings (and anyone else that was involved!). We finished out the evening with a few more minutes of portraits, a stunning family style dinner under the open sky and strings of cafe lights, dancing, heartfelt toasts, tears, and more dancing! Too Much Sylvia Too Much Sylvia was such a fun band and kept everybody on the dance floor into the night.

The details :

Venue – Willow Oaks Plantation
Planner – Leigh Pearce Weddings
Bride’s dress – Evan Grace Bridal Boutique
Bride’s hair stylist – Sara La Croix at Beau Reve Salon
Bride’s makeup – Carla White Hair & Makeup
Bridesmaid’s dresses – Impression Bridal
Florals – Commonwealth Farms
Catering – Fresh.Local.Good
String trio – Musically Yours
Reception band – Too Much Sylvia
Lighting – White’s Rental Company
Jeweler (rings, cufflinks, bridesmaids gifts) – Mike Gibbs Ltd.
Stationery (menus, programs, invitations) – Designed by the bride’s sister, Katie Bayer

 

Erin + Brandon. Willow Oaks Plantation Wedding. Part 1.

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Yeah, that says “Part 1” up there. Oh my gosh, I had the hardest time narrowing down the photos for this feature and I still ended up with too many for one post! But hey, that’s not a bad problem to have, right? With Leigh Pearce planning this wedding for months, I knew there were going to be tons of gorgeous personalized details and I was not disappointed!

But we all knew that this was much more than just a pretty wedding for Erin + Brandon and their families. Even the details had deeper meanings – Erin’s garter featured her grandmother’s gorgeous broach, and her bouquet housed photos of grandparents from their wedding days years ago. The ceremony was even officiated by their sister-in-law! The signature drink during cocktail hour was named after Brandon’s pet name for his bride – “Sugar Britches”!  The reception centerpieces were made by Erin’s grandfather, and the desserts were made by family members and imported from family vacation spots.

But those aren’t the only things that made this wedding beautiful – The entire day felt like it went by in a flash… I got so caught up in the beauty and emotion of it all, it almost felt like I was part of the family. There were so many smiles and so many happy tears all day long! (I definitely had to blink back watery eyes a few times). It could not have been a more incredible day! Even the clouds were cooperating with us to cover the sun at just the right moments… Seriously, it was a dream to photograph! Many many thanks to Anna Paschal for shooting with me on this beautiful day!

The details :

Venue – Willow Oaks Plantation
Planner – Leigh Pearce Weddings
Bride’s dress – Evan Grace Bridal Boutique
Bride’s hair stylist – Sara La Croix at Beau Reve Salon
Bride’s makeup – Carla White Hair & Makeup
Bridesmaid’s dresses – Impression Bridal
Florals – Commonwealth Farms
Catering – Fresh.Local.Good
String trio – Musically Yours
Reception band – Too Much Sylvia
Lighting – White’s Rental Company
Jeweler (rings, cufflinks, bridesmaids gifts) – Mike Gibbs Ltd.
Stationery (menus, programs, invitations) – Designed by the bride’s sister, Katie Bayer

 

Deanna + Trevor. A Proposal.

A few weeks ago I got a phone call from Jonathan in the middle of the day… “Hey, do we have anything on the 21st? Trevor is going to propose to Deanna and he wants us to be there!” AAH! I was so excited that our calendar was clear and we would be able to be a part of this super special day! We’ve known these two for years and couldn’t be more excited for them!

We met Trevor + Deanna’s families and a few friends at Shelton Vineyards to watch the proposal through the windows. Deanna was under the impression that they were meeting Trevor’s parents for a birthday lunch that afternoon and had no idea that her family was hiding inside! Trevor had lined up another friend to hide in the bushes and photograph the actual proposal. Trevor’s parents were the first to congratulate the couple, followed by the friends, and finally, Deanna’s family. Each group of people was a new surprise for her! It was so fun. We followed the proposal and hugs with a little mini-session and a sweet lunch. What a special day for everyone to be a part of! Congratulations Deanna and Trevor!