Mountainside Wedding North Carolina (Vintage Barn Events)

Kalyne and Brandon

From the Bride:

What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning? "When I dreamed of my wedding, I wanted to incorporate a lot of personal things into the wedding.  I wanted the wedding to be personal, fun, romantic and intimate.  We both were immediately drawn to the idea of a Fall wedding, because it is our favorite season of the year.  We also knew that the mountains would be a gorgeous place to have the wedding and we fell in love with the venue when we visited it.  We liked the fact that the only thing that they provided were a few decorations (the only thing that we used were the garden hooks down the aisle) and tables.  Everything else we could customize and make our own."

What was your favorite moment? "My favorite moment was when I was holding hands with my husband during the ceremony.  It was the absolute calmest that I had felt the entire day, and suddenly everything felt right.  I no longer noticed everyone around us, or cared about the decorations or some of the small things that had or had not happened, and instead, all I could see was just how happy he was, and all I could feel was absolute elation.  I think that may be why I was slightly less emotional than I thought that I would be, because I was simply so happy.  I was so moved when I heard his vows and tried not to bawl my eyes out."

Advice for future brides: "HIRE A DAY OF WEDDING COORDINATOR.  My biggest regret is that I did not, which meant that on the day of, I was coordinating things, instead of simply being a bride.  That is honestly my biggest regret and I think about it a lot. I think that a few of the things that went wrong (which, not a lot did), could have been prevented by having one.  Also, Etsy is your best friend"

 

Flowers:  Charlotte Flower Market

Hair:  Morgan Beck

Makeup:  Ashley Brodie

Shoes:  Ralph Lauren

Catering:  Catering by Corey

Cake/Pies:  Publix, Etsy

Rentals: Classic Event Rentals

Venue:  Vintage Barn Events

DJ:  Spinfire DJ

Invitations: Blue Elephant Design Company

Save-The-Dates:  Minted

Dress: New York Bride & Groom/Maggie Sottero

Officiant:  Howard Hanger

Firethorne Country Club Wedding (Charlotte, NC)

Hannah and Nathan

Hannah and Nathan's wedding day was one of our first cooler days of autumn, and that was just one of the things we loved about their day. As photographers, a lot of time our schedule is rushed, the lighting isn't always perfect, the family is panicked and we have to handle it, the list goes on...  but this wedding had none of that. Both wedding parties were so sweet, the families genuinely cared for the bride and groom and wanted their best throughout the day, the light was PERFECT and it made our job SO SO easy. We don't take that lightly, because there are only a few wedding every year that we can look back on and say nothing went wrong. 

I say all that to say, thank you to Hannah and Nathan for trusting us. Thank you to your family and friends for making our job so much easier. Thank you to Firethorne Country Club and all the staff that truly made their day exceptional, and thank you Lord for the beautiful weather where we didn't sweat off all our makeup! 

We like to brag and say we have the best couples, and you will hear us say it again and again, because it's just true! We love weddings that remind us of why we decided to take the leap with this business in the first place and why we love what we do.. (believe it or not, we sometimes need that reminder! :) ) 

Now enjoy looking through some of our favorites from Hannah and Nathan's big day! 

Venue: Firethorne Country Club

Florals: Blooming Branch Creative

Bridal Shop: NY Bride and Groom

Catering: Firethorne Country Club

Groom's Tux: NY Bride and Groom

Entertainment: DJ America, Drew

Hair and Makeup: Studio Elite, Dawn and Dana

Rest

The last few months have been all over the place for us. I have shot 13 weddings, 10 portrait sessions, and lots of in between since getting married in April. Ludwing has put in lots of hours at work, and life has become a little crazy for us both. We are so excited to head to Amelia's Island Monday morning for a short little vacation- we both need it! I am so excited to take a break from the computer, emails, and the craziness of life. I'm also excited that I get three whole days with my husband! 

So, today as I am packing and cleaning, I wanted to take a moment and encourage you all to take a break. Busy is good, work is good, having a home to take care of is good.. but having silence to focus on what's important, like quiet time with the Lord, quality time with your husband or with your family, THAT is even better! Work will get done. The house will get cleaned. Make sure you take care of yourself, and take time with those you love. 

The verse below was brought up during the sermon at church this morning, and again I was reminded of the importance to take the time to rest. 

"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." -Matthew 11:28-30

Enjoy some photos of our room that is slowly coming together (and clean for now!) and some of the items I will be taking on our trip! (Clothing brands/stores are underneath this post) Now back to packing! :) 

Shorts: American Eagle

Teal Dress: Loft

Orange Shirt: Altar'd State

Swimsuit: Target