Nina+Vic // White House, Jamaica

Hi friends, it’s been awhile..

I am sitting on so many incredible weddings and am working my way through getting them to you! The next month will be spent featuring some of my favorite moments from the last couple of years..

Let’s kick off with Nina and Vic’s incredible wedding at Sandals South Coast Resort in White House, Jamaica!

I’m doing something a little different instead of writing about how I experienced the day.. I’m letting my couples put it in their own words and Nina took some time out to tell me about what meant the most to them and how their vision of a Tropical Jamaican Beach Wedding came to life.

Tell me about you two as a couple :

“Vic and I have been together since 2011. We got engaged on our 5th Anniversary right next to the spot where we first met. Shortly after we started dating, we opened a business together. While working together has it's challenges, we are so lucky that we get to spend every day together working on something we truly love. I get to work with my best friend every day! We currently live in Fuquay-Varina, NC with our dog Jules.” Nina+Vic own All Events DJs NC

How did you come about choosing Sandals South Coast as your wedding venue?

“Working in the Wedding industry, we felt like no matter where we got married it would feel a little bit like "work". Vic was talking courthouse and I was talking intimate venue, so we did a little research and landed on a destination Wedding! We picked Jamaica because we had been there once before and loved it (Vic had been several times). Vic is a DJ and specialized in Reggae Music during his career. Reggae has always been a big part of our lives and we wanted to include that as part of our Wedding. The resort we chose had a beautiful, new over-water chapel and some great amenities for our guests!”

Did you have any symbolic or special elements added into your day?

“My something old was my grandmother's bracelet.

Since we were doing destination, we put together Welcome Bags for our guests and included items that matched our wedding like towel clips, seahorse ornaments, personalized sunglasses, sunscreen, etc.

Music is a big part of our lives (we're both DJs!). We wanted to pick songs that were different from the weddings we worked every weekend. I walked down the aisle to Bob Marley - Could You Be Loved and our Recessional song was my favorite - Beenie Man & Future Fambo - Drinking Rum!”

What did you splurge on and what were you able to save on?

“Our resort stay!! We spent 7 days in Jamaica in a beautiful oceanfront butler suite. Having the Wedding & Honeymoon in the same place took away so much stress and let us just relax and enjoy our vacation.

Most of the Wedding was covered by the resort, but we did add a special 4-course private dinner. Our guests traveled so far to be with us, we wanted to do something special for them.

Flowers & Decor - The resort provided some beautiful linens and centerpieces. My bouquet was made of wooden flowers as was Vic's boutonniere that we ordered and brought with us to Jamaica.”

What was the greatest investment?

“Organizing a trip with 16 people was not an easy task. We wanted to make sure we had an itinerary with activities for them and to ensure we spent enough time with everyone. It took a lot of planning, but I was so happy with how it all turned out! We got to spend personal time with each person; we even got to have dinner with our Photographer and her Assistant! :) My favorite part of the trip was the day after the Wedding, almost all the guests (a few didn't make it) went snorkeling together. It was beautiful and so much fun!”

If you could give anyone planning advice, what would be your best?

“Relax and enjoy it! I had a few anxiety-ridden meltdown moments during the planning process. In the end, it all worked out. You can plan and plan, but the day is going to pan out without any control from you. For example, we planned a beautiful beachfront dinner and it rained! We moved everything inside. It wasn't my vision, but it didn't take away from how special the day was. And the rain made for some beautiful sunset photos!”

So excited to be heading back to this amazing resort in December for another spectacular destination wedding!

Love how the images turned out and what an incredible trip this was!

Heather+Rah // Asheville, NC

"No union is more profound than marriage for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a martial union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law.  The constitution grants them that right. The judgement of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed. It is so ordered."

Heather+Rah's whole day was incredible but this moment.. when Aaron stood up towards the end of their ceremony and read this opinion to the crowd-just got me and everyone else present. 

The way these two love each other. The way they have fought to not only be WHO they are as individuals but the way they have fought for their love for one another is truly what makes this one of my very favorite weddings I've photographed in some 11 years. 

Heather is an incredible musician and Rah is such a creative and dedicated photographer and their openness and honesty about life and love is something to revel in. They've helped me become more inclusive, have allowed me space to ask questions, get feedback and their trust on their wedding day was the biggest gift. 

I could go on and on.. but I'd rather show you.. Enjoy their gorgeous wedding at Yesterday Spaces in Asheville, NC 

 

Ceremony & Reception: Yesterday Spaces // Event Planner: Plain with Sprinkles // Catering : Catering by Corey //  Donuts : Duck Donuts // Band: The End of America // Bartender: Golden Girls // DJ: DJ Lady B // Rah's Suit: Bindle and Keep 

The Stockroom at 230 : Raleigh, North Carolina Wedding : Shelley+Matt

I could not have picked a better couple to kick off 2016's Wedding Season!  I walked away from Shelley and Matt's wedding with a heart bursting at the seams and feeling so incredibly fortunate to work with couples like them and do this amazing job that I love so so so much! 

The first time we met I went home going.. "I hope they want to work with me as much as I want to work with them"! They were oh so cool, laid back and took me out for beers.. that's a WIN in my book.  

Matt broke his wrist a few weeks prior to the wedding and he mentioned he was worried about telling Shelley, because he knew he'd have a cast, etc.. and her reaction was more of concern for how he was feeling.  That my friends, is what it's all about.. <3 

I made Shelley promise on Saturday that they wouldn't be strangers.. and we'd stay in touch after the wedding! :) 

I could go on and on about them.. but I'm going to let the images speak for themselves and give you a glimpse into their perfect wedding at the Stockroom at 230. 

Amazing vendors came together and pulled off the perfect day for Shelley+Matt

Assistant Photographer : Amanda Beavers of Amanda B Photography //  Venue: The Stockroom at 230, The Glassbox // Coordination: Jess MacDonald of Handstitched Events  // Floral Design: Eddie at Distinctive Designs // Hair Design: Bettie Hair // Makeup Artist: Lindsay Greenwood // Catering: Catering Works // DJ: Collin Yarborough // Beer: Home brewed Klemouth Rock Brewing // Bridal Gown: Gorgeous Gowns of Cary // Groom's Suit : Bunbury Suits // Chalkboard Artist : Austin Bagwell of AB Chalk+Designs

 

 

 

 

2015: Thank You!

2015 was incredible..

Thank you to every couple that trusted me with these moments!

I had an amazing time!! <3 

And man, aren't you guys BEAUTIFUL!!! :) 

Backyard Vintage DIY Wedding New Hill, NC : Kelsey+Travis

Kelsey+Travis

I’m gonna love you, forever I do.
I’m gonna spend all of my days with you.
I’ll carry your burdens and be the wind at your back.
I wanna spend my forever— forever like that.

When the rain comes, I’ll be your shelter.
When the storm blow, we’ll be together.
When the winds may fall, I’ll be right by your side.
— Ben Rector

Two of the most creative people I know were married this past June and I was lucky enough to be a part of their day. 

I’ve known Travis for quite a few years now, first through Crosspointe Church and then through working together at Apple. He’s joined me on quite a few occasions as an amazing second shooter and also doing his own thing in video for his own company Two Suits Films.  

I had photographed Kelsey, probably many times before I even met her!  I had been asked to cover some events for Crosspointe and she was part of the band and has an amazing voice!!  She has a kindness that just makes you feel as if you’ve known her for years. 

I love how they love each other.  <3

When they got engaged and I was asked about photographing their wedding, I was of course thrilled.. but also felt incredibly fortunate.  I knew this wasn’t going to be just an ordinary wedding.. this was going to be an ALL OUT CELEBRATION!! The Crosspointe family doesn’t do things on a small level.. HA! 

So many many hands and hearts came together to make their day absolutely perfect.  So much attention to detail and love was put into every moment of the day.  Kelsey’s Mom, Kris is one- third of the amazing Hobnob Occasions company.  Three amazing women who not only offer rentals of everything from vintage tea cups to linens to amazing handmade banquet tables and benches but they also offer wedding and event planning. So no doubt, the set up was breathtaking as you’ll see below.. 

I just want to say one more thing before I inundate you with way too many of my favorite images from their day.  

These two, they gave me SO much time for photos.  Their first look was spectacular and one of my all time favorites.  Travis being on the other side of the camera and his experience with wedding day timelines really helped give them the images they wanted.  

So many times not enough time is given or considered and it throws everything off or behind and just leaves everyone stressed.  Not saying that a first look is ALWAYS necessary but when building your timeline, there’s so much to consider and I am VERY willing to help with making sure my couples have time to get the images they truly want and will want to look back on! 

Thank you Kelsey+Travis for allowing me to be a small part of your day!! 

Thank you to the McClear Family for opening up their home for this wonderful celebration! 

Big shout out to working alongside these amazing vendors!! 

Second Photographer : Jess Short // Coordination and Rentals : Andrea Petkau-Hobnob Occasions // Videography : Back Down South Films // Lavender : Mezza Luna Lavender Farm // Kelsey's Florals : Preston Flowers // Bridesmaid and Groomsmen's Florals : Gwenn Mangine // Cake Design : Stickboy Bakery // DJ: Tj Terry // Hair Design: Traci Mullins // MUA : Megan Brown // Kelsey's' Gown : Melissa Sweet for David's Bridal // Bridesmaids Gowns : Gather and Gown | The Lake Dress in Dove Gray // Travis's Suit : Macy's, Alfani RED Mid-Grey Stepweave Slim-Fit Jacket
Levi's 511 Jeans (Dark Wash) | Calvin Klein Tie | Cole Haan Shoes // Tent Rental : Grand Rental // BEER: Lonerider Brewing Co. (Raleigh, NC) Highland Brewing Co, (Asheville, NC) // Glass/Barware Rentals: American Party Rentals // Officiant : Jonathan Bow | Crosspointe Church // Stationery : Handmade by Kelsey