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After spending many years working as a newspaper photojournalist covering everything from hurricanes to athletes, presidents and celebrities, I decided to shift gears, go to work for myself, and focus on documenting some incredible weddings. We also do some corporate and editorial photography.
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Blowing Rock Wedding Photography: Camilla and Will



Camilla and Will were joined by family and friends in scenic Blowing Rock for a glorious wedding event.

The nuptials took place at historic Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church and the celebration moved to Blowing Rock Country Club.

Following the ceremony, Camilla's father Emery drove his classic car to a few sentimental spots for Camilla, including a spectacular mountain backdrop where her grandparents used to go to watch the sunset in the summer months.

Thanks as always to our talented Company Photographer Laura Mueller, who made the trek up the mountain to help us cover all of the important moments. And a special thanks to Camilla's brother Emery for driving my car up the mountain.

And congratulations to this wonderful couple and their families!

 

Camilla and Will with a spectacular mountain backdrop

Camilla and Will with a spectacular mountain backdrop

Camilla's mother helps line up the veil, the one she wore for her wedding

Camilla's mother helps line up the veil, the one she wore for her wedding

She approves

She approves

Camilla's beautiful Modern Trousseau dress

Camilla's beautiful Modern Trousseau dress

The stunning bride

The stunning bride

Flower girls Betts, Caroline and Lula

Flower girls Betts, Caroline and Lula

Caroline, Camilla's goddaughter

Caroline, Camilla's goddaughter

Reading Will's letter

Reading Will's letter

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The lovely ladies

The lovely ladies

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The men are ready

The men are ready

A portrait of the groom from Laura

A portrait of the groom by Laura

The setting, Blowing Rock's historic Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church

The setting, Blowing Rock's historic Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church

The flower girls get ready for their moment, in a capture from Laura

The flower girls get ready for their moment, in a capture from Laura

Entrance

Entrance

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Married

Married

Leaving the ceremony

Leaving the ceremony

A kiss from her father

Celebrating with her father

A kiss from her new nephew

A kiss from her new nephew

And a fun reaction in another photo by Laura

And a fun reaction in another photo by Laura

At the church

Handsome couple

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Camilla's father Emery's classic car was a perfect for a ride up the mountain

Camilla's father Emery's classic car was perfect for a ride up the mountain

Broyhill Park

Broyhill Park

Beautiful evening at Blowing Rock Country Club

Beautiful evening at Blowing Rock Country Club

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Flowers from Millefleurs Florist

Flowers from Millefleurs Florist

First Dance

First Dance

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Father and daughter

Father and daughter

Will and his mother

Will and his mother

Cake

Cake

Epic performance of Proud Mary

Epic performance of Proud Mary

Great party

Great party

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The saints go marching out

The saints go marching out

The horn section of Big Swing & The Ballroom Blasters

The horn section of Big Swing & The Ballroom Blasters

Leaving the party

Leaving the party

End of a wonderful night

End of a wonderful night





Charlotte Wedding Photography: Meg and Ty



The setting at Quail Hollow Club was a beautiful backdrop for family and friends as Meg and Ty married on a picture perfect June evening.

Careful planning and some well-placed shade made for great conditions for the outdoor ceremony before the party moved inside for a lively celebration.

Planner Dina Berg Blazek and her staff coordinated everything with the Quail Hollow personnel and Meg and her mother Peggy.  Jay of In Bloom created some beautiful florals and Haines Barksdale of For Goodness Cakes made a delicious dessert.

My friend, the talented photographer Richard Israel, helped to make sure we had all of the angles covered along with our apprentice photographer John Gomez.

Congratulations to Meg, Ty and their wonderful families!

 

 

Meg and Ty

Meg and Ty

The setting at Quail Hollw

The setting at Quail Hollow

Hines Barksdale of For Goodness Cakes brings the cake

Hines Barksdale of For Goodness Cakes brings the cake

Finishing touches

Finishing touches

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The stunning bride

The stunning bride

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Ty is ready

Ty is ready

First look

First look

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Kiss

Kiss

A beautiful day and scene at Quail Hollow

A beautiful day and scene at Quail Hollow

Beautiful

Beautiful

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A portrait from Richard

A portrait from Richard

The ladies

The ladies

The families

The families

Wedding Photography by Christopher Record Photography

Meg with her mother Peggy

Ready for the ceremony

Ready for the ceremony

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Flower girls

Flower girls

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Peggy watches the bride's entrance

Peggy watches the bride's entrance

Waiting for the bride

Waiting for the bride

Entrance

Entrance

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Exchanging rings

Exchanging rings

Happy moment

Happy moment

Kiss

Kiss

Joyful exit

Joyful exit

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Time to celebrate

Time to celebrate

Meg's father Danny congratulates Ty

Meg's father Danny congratulates Ty

Photo op

Photo op

Time for the party

Time for the party

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Toast

Toast

First dance

First dance

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Father and daughter

Father and daughter

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Ty and his mother

Ty and his mother

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The band had everyone moving

The band had everyone moving

And she stuck the landing

And she stuck the landing

Great party

Great party

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You know it's a party when Sir Purr shows up

You know it's a party when Sir Purr shows up

Ready for the sendoff

Ready for the sendoff

Big exit

Big exit

Sir Purr ready for the getaway

Sir Purr ready for the getaway





Charlotte Wedding Photography: Caroline and Bryan



It was a Carolina Blue weekend as Caroline and Bryan and their families gathered for their  wedding at Myers Park United Methodist Church followed by a beautiful reception at Charlotte Country Club.

The weekend got off to a great start with the rehearsal dinner at The Duke Mansion where Tar Heel mascot Rameses made a special guest appearance for the two Carolina graduates.

Working with Caroline's mother, Marsha, a great team of professionals pulled off the spectacular event. Planner Dina Berg Blazek and her group spearheaded everything along with the wonderful team of Kelli Taddonio and Alicia Wagner of Charlotte Country Club.

The Bloom Room created beautiful floral arrangements and the club ballroom was transformed by a tent-frame adorned with lights creating a night sky-like atmosphere. Add in a Kathy Allen Fine Cake and great music and you've got an amazing party.

And thanks to my great team which included company photographer Laura Mueller, my good friend, the talented Richard Israel, and our apprentice John Gomez.

Congratulations to Caroline and Bryan and their families!

 

 

Caroline and Bryan at Charlotte Country Club

Caroline and Bryan at Charlotte Country Club

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So many buttons

So many buttons

Everyone approves

Everyone approves

Helping hands

Helping hands

Bryan's sister and mother enjoying the moment

Bryan's sister and mother enjoying the moment

Marsha helps her daughter with some finishing touches

Marsha helps her daughter with some finishing touches

Bill sees his daughter the bride

Bill sees his daughter the bride

Mother and daughter

Mother and daughter

Fixing the veil

Fixing the veil

Ready

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The beautiful bride

The beautiful bride

The ladies

The ladies

Portrait of the groom

Portrait of the groom by Laura

Bryan helps his father

Bryan helps his father

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The grooms father Bryan

The groom's father

The men

The men

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The groomsmen, including Caroline's brother, relax

The groomsmen, including Caroline's brother, relax

Myers Park Methodist

Myers Park Methodist Church

Guest arriving

Guests arriving

The mothers head to the ceremony

The mothers head to the ceremony

Bryan escorts his mother Gibbs

Bryan escorts his mother

The bride arrives

The bride arrives

Entering the church

Entering the church

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Checking the ring

Checking the ring

Happy families

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The scene at Charlotte Country Club in a beautiful detail from John

The scene at Charlotte Country Club in a beautiful detail from John

Gorgeous flowers from The Bloom Room punctuated by edible art from Kathy Allen Fine Cakes

Spectacular flowers from The Bloom Room punctuated by edible art from Kathy Allen Fine Cakes

Shrimp fountain

Shrimp fountain

Gorgeous transformation of the ballroom

Gorgeous transformation of the ballroom

Another detail from John

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Arriving at the club

Arriving at the club

Always great to have a cocktail with your name under it

Always great to have a cocktail with your name under it

A private perch

A private perch

Caroline and Bryan

Caroline and Bryan

Party time

Party time

The sword is a family tradition

The sword is a family tradition

Grandmother gets a look

Grandmother gets a look

First dance

First dance

Magical setting

Magical setting

Father and daughter

Father and daughter

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Bryan and his mother

Bryan and his mother

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Time to dance

Time to dance

Fun party

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The bride and groom enjoy the night

The bride and groom enjoy the night

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Richard captures the party

Richard captures the party

Pure Party Band kept everyone dancing

Pure Party Band kept everyone dancing

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The night captured on canvas

Artist Gina Stumpf captures the night on canvas

Two Carolines give an assist with a rendition of Sweet Caroline

Two Carolines give an assist with a rendition of Sweet Caroline

Just a beautiful setting

Just a beautiful setting

Finishing strong

Finishing strong

A Carolina Blue sendoff

A Carolina Blue sendoff





Charlotte Engagement Photography: Meredith and Phillip



I enjoyed a beautiful spring afternoon photographing engagement images of Meredith and Phillip at The Duke Mansion and later at Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte.

The wedding season is here and I'm looking forward to working with this pair again at their wedding in Salisbury later this year.

Check back soon for images from an upcoming Charlotte wedding.

 

Meredith and Phillip at The Duke Mansion

Meredith and Phillip at The Duke Mansion

Framed

Framed

Happy times

Happy times

Queen City backdrop

Queen City backdrop

Classic setting

Classic setting

Beautiful

Beautiful

Romare Bearden Park

Romare Bearden Park

Love is in the air

Love is in the air

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Handsome couple

Handsome couple

Spring setting

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Reflective

Reflective

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Beautiful Spring day at The Duke Mansion

Beautiful spring day at The Duke Mansion





Ballet Photography: Charlotte Ballet's Little Mermaid



Charlotte Ballet's current offering dives into the underwater world of the Hans Christian Andersen tale of the Little Mermaid.

With choreography from Mark Diamond and new sets and costumes, the show shines both under the sea and on dry land.

Alessandra James (who alternates performances with Sarah Hayes Harkins) swimmingly brings the mermaid to life in this colorful, fun show.

Alessandra James and James Kopecky

Alessandra James and James Kopecky

Lexi Johnson

Lexi Johnson

Lexi Johnson leaps

Lexi Johnson leaps

Alessandra James is the Little Mermaid

Alessandra James is the Little Mermaid

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Happy Mermaid

Happy mermaid

Elizabeth Truell spins as Alessandra James looks on

Elizabeth Truell spins as Alessandra James looks on

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Beautiful set

Beautiful set and mermaid

Addul Manzano and Alessandra James

Addul Manzano and Alessandra James

Manzano leaps

Manzano leaps

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James Kopecky heads out into rough seas as James looks on

James Kopecky heads out into rough seas as James looks on

The Mermaid runs into a rough crowd

The mermaid runs into a rough crowd

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Jamie Dee Clifton is the Sea Witch

Jamie Dee Clifton is the Sea Witch

Alessandra James and Jamie Dee Clifton

Alessandra James and Jamie Dee Clifton

Mermaid troubles

Mermaid troubles

Things are about to change

Things are about to change

On dry land

On dry land

Rescued

Rescued

Alessandra James and James Kopecky

Alessandra James and James Kopecky

Learning some new moves

Learning some new moves

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Ben Ingel

Ben Ingel

Iago Bresciani leaps as Ryo Suzuki looks on

Iago Bresciani leaps with Ryo Suzuki in the background

James and Ryo Suzuki

James and Ryo Suzuki

The Mermaid with her dance partners

The mermaid with her dance partners

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Kopecky spins

Kopecky spins

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James Kopecky with Amelia Sturt-Dilley

James Kopecky with Amelia Sturt-Dilley

James Kopecky and Sarah Hayes Harkins

James Kopecky and Sarah Hayes Harkins

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Alessandra James and James Kopecky

Alessandra James and James Kopecky

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Take a bow

Take a bow





Ballet Photography: Charlotte Ballet's Innovative Works



Charlotte Ballet's Innovative Works never fails to disappoint with a great variety of work performed in the intimate setting at the Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center For Dance.

This year's offering includes Ballad Unto by acclaimed choreographer Dwight Rhoden, Omologia from former North Carolina Dance Theatre dancer and now choreographer David Ingram, YAMATO, earth/nature/drum by choreographer Mark Diamond and Sketches From Grace by Sasha Janes. And four different Dancer Spotlights, with choreography by current Charlotte Ballet dancers, are rotated during the numerous performances.

The up-close setting at Charlotte Ballet's headquarters allows the audience a unique perspective and wonderful lighting design by Jennifer Propst brings drama to the pieces.

Charlotte Ballet Innovative Works by Christopher Record

Sarah Lapointe and Juwan Alston in Ballad Unto from Dwight Rhoden

Raven Barkley, Jamie Dee Clifton and Sarah Lapointe

Raven Barkley, Jamie Dee Clifton and Sarah Lapointe

Charlotte Ballet Innovative Works by Christopher RecordJamie Dee Clifton and Josh Hall

Charlotte Ballet Innovative Works by Christopher Record

Raven Barkley and Ben Ingel

Josh Hall lifts Jamie Dee Clifton in Ballad Unto

Josh Hall lifts Jamie Dee Clifton in Ballad Unto

Beautiful lighting design from Jennifer Propst

Beautiful lighting design from Jennifer Propst

Hall and Clifton

Hall and Clifton

Charlotte Ballet Innovative Works by Christopher Record.

Ballad Unto

Ballad Unto

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Charlotte Ballet Innovative Works by Christopher RecordAmelia Sturt-Dilley in the spotlight in Omologia by choreographer David Ingram

Sturt-Dilley and Chlsea Dumas

Sturt-Dilley and Chelsea Dumas

Charlotte Ballet Innovative Works by Christopher RecordAlessandra Ball James gets a lift in Omologia

James Kopecky lifts Chelsea Dumas

James Kopecky lifts Chelsea Dumas

Charlotte Ballet Innovative Works by Christopher RecordChelsea Dumas

More great lighting from Jennifer Propst

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Sarah Lapointe and Ben Ingel in #HATEHURTS, a piece by dancer Sarah Hayes Harkins

Sarah Lapointe and Ben Ingel in #HATEHURTS, a piece by dancer Sarah Hayes Harkins

#HATEHURTS

#HATEHURTS

Sarah Hayes Harkins and Josh Hall in Short Ride In A Fast Machine from dancer David Morse

Sarah Hayes Harkins and Josh Hall in Short Ride In A Fast Machine from dancer David Morse

Hayes Harkins and Hall

Hayes Harkins and Hall

YAMATO, earth/nature/drum by choreographer Mark Diamond

YAMATO, earth/nature/drum by choreographer Mark Diamond

James Kipecky spins in YAMATO

James K0pecky spins in YAMATO

Charlotte Ballet Innovative Works by Christopher RecordRyo Suzuki leaps at Juwan Alston

Charlotte Ballet Innovative Works by Christopher Record

Addul Manzano

Manzano

Manzano

David Morse

David Morse

Juwan Alston

Juwan Alston

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Raven Barkley

Raven Barkley

Charlotte Ballet Innovative Works by Christopher RecordDavid Morse and Sarah Lapointe

 

YAMATO

YAMATO

Charlotte Ballet Innovative Works by Christopher RecordChelsea Dumas and James Kopecky in Sketches From Grace by choreographer Sasha Janes

Sketches From Grace

Sketches From Grace

Dumas and Kopecky

Dumas and Kopecky

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Charlotte Ballet Innovative Works by Christopher RecordAlessandra Ball James and Ben Ingel

Ball James and Ingel

Ball James and Ingel

Charlotte Ballet Innovative Works by Christopher RecordSarah Hayes Harkins and Joshua Hall

Charlotte Ballet Innovative Works by Christopher Record

Sketches From Grace


  • Wow. WOW. You are a true artist. I've admired your work for years.... you get dance. You get the athleticism and the artistry and the beauty and power of it. And to see work I had a small part in creating so fantastically through your eyes and camera lens... it's an honor to say the very least! Thanks for these amazing images.


  • Thank you for your kind words Jenni! Your lighting plays a big role in the overall experience of these pieces!





Ballet Photography: Charlotte Ballet's Nutcracker



While the story and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux's wonderful choreography remain the same, there are many new faces in this year's edition of Charlotte Ballet's Nutcracker.

There will be numerous performances through late December so be sure to take in a show if you get the chance.

Jamie Dee Clifton as the Sugar Plum Fairy

Jamie Dee Clifton as the Sugar Plum Fairy

Clara and friends

Clara and friends

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Ben Ingel portrays Drosselmeyer

Casting a spell

Casting a spell

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Ben Ingel is Drosselmyer

Drosselmeyer and Clara

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Battle

Battle

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Addul Manzano and Elizabeth Truell

Addul Manzano and Elizabeth Truell

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Snowflakes

Snowflakes

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Elizabeth Truell

Elizabeth Truell

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Elizabeth Truell and Juwan Alston

Elizabeth Truell and Juwan Alston

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Raven Barkley

Raven Barkley

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Lexi Johnston

Lexi Johnston

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Amelia Sturt-Diley and Thel Moore III

Amelia Sturt-Diley and Thel Moore III

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Chelsea Dumas

Chelsea Dumas

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Jamie Dee Clifton and James Kopecky

Jamie Dee Clifton and James Kopecky

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Iago Bresciani

Iago Bresciani

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The four dancers who will portray the Sugar Plum Fairy, get a little extra practice with their respective partners

The four dancers who will portray the Sugar Plum Fairy get a little extra practice with their respective partners

Rehearsing

Rehearsing





Charlotte Engagement Photography: Camilla and Will



Unpredictable autumn weather made scheduling Camilla and Will's engagement photos a bit challenging, but we were treated to a wonderful fall day as we wandered around Davidson and Davidson College, Will's Alma Mater.

I'm looking forward to working with this fun couple again at their wedding next year in Blowing Rock.

 

Camilla and Will on Main Street in Davidson

Camilla and Will on Main Street in Davidson

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A kiss on campus

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Camilla and Will will be traveling to Blowing Rock for their wedding next year





Charlotte Family Portraits: Sarah, Ben and Family



One of the wonderful things we've enjoyed in running our photography business for more than a decade is the great people we've met along the way.

We first worked with Sarah and Ben at their wedding in 2006, and we've seen them at numerous other weddings over the years, including when we photographed Sarah's sister Katie's wedding.

So it was a pleasure working with them again as we did a family portrait session with their daughters Ellie and Kate.

Thank you for the opportunity to work with your wonderful family!

Ben and Sarah with their children, Ellie and baby Kate

Ben and Sarah with their children, Ellie and baby Kate

Ellie and Kate

Ellie and Kate

Sarah and Ellie

Sarah and Ellie

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High-flying Ellie

High-flying Ellie

More backyard fun

More backyard fun

Wedding portrait

Wedding portrait





Charlotte Wedding Photography: Isabelle and Mike



Isabelle "Izzy" and Mike married in a beautiful ceremony at First Presbyterian Church and celebrated with a fun reception at Charlotte Country Club.

We had the pleasure of photographing Izzy's sister Sarah's wedding to Brant at the same locations six years ago and it was wonderful to get the opportunity to work with her family again.

Thanks as always to our company photographer Laura Mueller who helped make sure we had all of the angles covered.

Congratulations to Izzy, Mike and their families!

Charlotte Wedding by Christopher Record Photography

Isabelle and Mike

Izzy arrives at First Presbyterian Church with her mother

Izzy arrives at First Presbyterian Church with her mother

The groom arrives

The groom arrives

Mike's father

Mike's father

Izzy's parents get ready

Izzy's parents get ready

Isabelle and Jim

Isabelle and Jim

Izzy's niece Eloise, who mother's wedding we photographed six years ago

Izzy's niece Eloise

The bride's room

The bride's room

Many helping hands

Many helping hands

Finishing touches

Finishing touches

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Bridesmaid selfie

Group selfie

Izzy and Eloise

Izzy and Eloise

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Sarah assists her sister

Sarah assists her sister

Watching the action

Watching the action

Entrance

Entrance

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Ceremony

Ceremony

Kiss

Kiss

Happy exit

Happy exit

Celebrating

Celebrating

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The wedding party .

Bustling the dress

Bustling the dress

Time to celebrate

Time to celebrate

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Happy couple

Happy couple

Charlotte Country Club

Charlotte Country Club

Beautiful cake from Haines Barkesdale of For Goodness Cakes

Beautiful cake from Haines Barkesdale of For Goodness Cakes

Enjoying the party

Enjoying the party

Jim hugs his daughter

Jim hugs his daughter

Entrance

Entrance

First dance

First dance

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Dancing with her father

Dancing with her father

Fun on the dance floor

Fun on the dance floor

Take a bow

Take a bow

Izzy takes the stage

Izzy takes the stage

Fun party

Fun party

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Shout

Shout

End of a great night

End of a great night





















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