Lee & Jessica’s Wedding Day Favorites {Charlotte Area Wedding Photography}

The wedding day post is here!!  Eeeeeekkk!!  Lee and Jessica (and her whole family) feel like family, so narrowing down my favorite images to tell the story of this beautiful couple’s spectacular day was so. so. hard.  I’ve been sitting on this write up for days debating on sharing my top 217 (not really that many, but close).  It was just that sort of a wedding:)

Set at the Ballantyne Country Club, this seamless day didn’t happen without the enormous effort of so many great vendors.  Many many thanks to the creative team that made this day so special… espcially my incredible second shooter!

Second Shooter: Eva Snider www.evasnider.com

Location: Ballantyne Country Club  www.ballantyneclub.com

Hair/Makeup: Makeup Your Face by Katie O’Neil www.makeupyourface.net

Wedding Planner: Heidi Crowder Wedding Design www.hcweddingdesign.com

D.J.: Carolina Professionals carolinadjprofessionals.com

Dress: Essence of Australia www.essensedesigns.com

Boutique (Dress): Poffie Girls www.poffiegirls.com
Boutique (Sash/Shoes): JMajors www.jmajors.com
Shoes: Menbur
And now the images… enjoy a few of my favorites!!  Bowmans – I love you!!  XOXO

 

 

 

|| FEATURE FRIDAY || COUNTRY CLUB BRIDALS

Today’s feature Friday is a favorite: Jessica’s gorgeous bridal session at the Ballantyne Country Club.  I can’t even tell you how excited I am to finally share these amazing images!!

The essence of Jessica is all things radiant, vibrant and beautiful – exactly what I feel like this session encapsulates!  We had such a great time shooting and it shows… never mind the incredible dress, smile, hair & make-up and that sunlight!!  Everything just came together perfectly. The images will take your breath away.  Jess… thank you for being perfection.  Stay tuned for the follow up: THE WEDDING DAY!!

A HUGE THANK YOU TO FOLLOWING SOURCES:

Hair/Makeup: Makeup Your Face by Katie O’Neil www.makeupyourface.net

Location: Ballantyne Country Club  www.ballantyneclub.com

Wedding Planner: Heidi Crowder Wedding Design www.hcweddingdesign.com

Dress: Essence of Australia www.essensedesigns.com

Boutique (Dress): Poffie Girls www.poffiegirls.com
Boutique (Sash/Shoes): JMajors www.jmajors.com
Shoes: Menbur

Happy Happy 2015!!

 

Happy New Year everyone!  I am back to work after a much needed and VERY WELL ENJOYED holiday break!!

We had a fabulous Christmas this year.  It was our first Christmas with baby Elle and our first Christmas in our new home… so it made everything extra special.  I don’t know about you, but it’s usually not until I get my Christmas cards all sent out and my shopping all done, that I can sit back, relax and just enjoy everything!!

And speaking of Christmas Cards (I am Christmas Card freak!!!), I’m so happy we were able to pull this idea off this year.  I thought it would be fun to use one of my favorite uptown city scape locations, as this year marks 10 years in Charlotte for our family!!  When I tell my clients I can empathize with what it takes to style clothing/looks for 6 people, get everyone dressed and ready and show up on time for a shoot, I MEAN IT!!  It is hard work.  I completely aplaud my awesome clients everytime.  It is no easy task, but so much fun to have the pictures.

A huge thank you to my friend Alisa and her hubby Nick for helping us capture these beautiful images this year!

We had a lot of fun decorating our tree and home this year.  Did lots of holiday baking and got our letter into Santa, just in the nick of time:)

The kiddies are at the BEST ages!!!

And finally, it wouldn’t be a true “break” if I didn’t get a few projects done around the house. Today I’m sharing my DIY gold sharpie wallpaper accent wall!!!!  I’m in love with how it turned out.  For $6 (2 gold sharpie water-based paint pens from Micheals) and 2 hours of work, it sure makes an awesome impact!!  I found the project on pinterest via vintage revivials.  Love Mandi’s blog.  So much awesome inspiration!!!  Her full tutorial can be found here.

FYI – I tweaked her measurements just a bit for my wall.  I made 10 inch parallel stripes (instead of 18″), and started my triangle base at 8″ and  4″ (vs. 12″ and 6″).  I used a 3′ level for the long lines, and a 12″ ruler for connecting the dots.

Here’s to even more projects, happiness and health and an incredible 2015.  XOXOXO

|| FEATURE FRIDAY || The Fabulous Snider Family

Last week’s trip to Florida was so. much. fun. But it wasn’t all fun and no work;)

I managed to slip in what turned out to be a fall-out-of-your-chair, gorgeously moody, Christmas-styled session with one of my favorite families on the planet.  My beautiful friend Eva, who is an amazing photographer in her own right and even did some amazing edits on many of these images (I’m running out of adjectives here, geeeez!!) has a knack for pulling things together and this year her family session did NOT dissapoint. We found the coziest corner of woods you ever did see, and with an itty bitty trace of sunlight left, made some magic!

I love when clients have a vision.  I love it even more when we’re able to pull it off!!  In 2015 I plan to share more styled sessions/visions, personal projects and all things creative and inspiring in a new series called FEATURE FRIDAY (happening on Fridays, of course!) So without further adieu, I present to you my very first FEATURE FRIDAY post.  Sniders… you rock my world. A big fat XOXO

Gift Certificates Make Great… GIFTS!

I’m one of those last-minute-Christmas-gals.  I always have been.  And there’s no shame in my game.  My kids tend to go back and forth over what they want, I’m always running like crazy until the week before and I really like to wait to shop until I can do it happily, de-stressed.  So this Saturday I booked an hour and a half massage in the morning, then we booked a babysitter for the evening.  It’s finally time to SHOP… and I’m excited about it!

Anyone else down to the wire?!!  Well, if you’re looking for that last minute gift idea, how about a Hart to Hart Digital Portrait Session Gift Certificate?!!

When you give the gift of a session with Hart to Hart, you’re giving the gift of not only an incredible experience, but tangible memories that will be enjoyed forever.   

The countdown is on!!  A WEEK FROM TODAY!!  XOXO