Just days before Cortley and Wendy were to be wed, my dear friend Olga of Olga Mohr Photography ended up with a concussion and asked if I could take over photographing their wedding so she could follow doctor’s orders to rest up! I didn’t get to actually meet the couple until the big day but I’m glad I got the opportunity to be there amongst all of their friends and family celebrating such a special moment in their lives. It truly was a blessing to witness! The ceremony and reception were held on the top floor of the City Tavern in Salisbury, North Carolina and it was the perfect place to be on what turned out to be a very hot day for this time of year so I think everyone was glad to be indoors in air conditioning.
Not gonna lie, seeing the groom’s expression when he sees his bride for the first time is one of my favorite moments of a wedding day!
Okay, who am I kidding? I love all the little moments, traditional and otherwise on a wedding day.
While the newlyweds were eating dinner, I took a few quick moments to photograph the rings so when I was done, they got to put them back on each other’s fingers all over again!
Then it was onto cake cutting before the first dances!
Wendy’s son Sam and his wife Emily got married at Hickham Airforce Base in Hawaii several months earlier and hadn’t gotten to have their own first dance, so she made sure they got to have that opportunity on her own wedding day.
Then right before Wendy was ready to change out of her wedding dress into something she could party the rest of the night away in, we took a few moments outside with just her and Cortley!
Congratulations to the Shoemakers! May your lives together be filled with love and happiness and good times!
You couldn’t have asked for a more perfect spring day in North Carolina for an outdoor wedding in April than Tori & Joseph got on their wedding day! I loved the laid back vibe of the whole day from start to finish.
Tori’s ring was so gorgeous and custom designed by a retired jeweler! Hands up if you think they need to go back into business?
If you think her dress looks pretty hanging up, just wait until you see it on!
The Red Barn where the reception was held was beautifully decorated, with lots of little details to be discovered.
The main house was gorgeously decorated and the light coming through the windows was dreamy!
The ceremony was due to start soon but we managed to sneak Tori and Joseph away for their first look and a few quiet moments together!
Live music for the ceremony!
Tori & Joseph’s 2 daughters and their son were an intimate part of the whole day, including the ceremony!
You can never have enough cookies to celebrate!
The first dance, complete with little ones!
We had about 10 minutes before the sun set to sneak off for some couple’s portraits before returning to the festivities but they made the most of it!
Congratulations Mr & Mrs Miello!
Venue: The Red Barn, Waxhaw NC
Assistant Photographer: Xylvia Withers
Dress: David’s Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Danielle Capizano
Cake: Carol Middleton
Catering: Brooklyn Pizza
DJ: DJ Joe
Photo Booth: See Me Photo Booths