Jackie and Stuart's Charlotte Wedding (Part One)


We've been very fortunate to photograph some incredible weddings during the past few months.
Jackie and Stuart's wedding in Charlotte Saturday included all of the elements needed for a great event. Great people, excellent venues and talented wedding professionals. Also in abundant supply was something that sometimes gets overlooked - fun.
I first got to know Jackie and Stu at their engagement party at Providence Country Club in March. They were so easy to work with and I saw first-hand their love of family and laughter. Earlier this month, we did  Jackie's bridal portrait session at the Duke Mansion.
I knew going in that this was going to be a special day with some amazing moments. Stuart's father, the Rev. Arthur Ford Fogartie, led the service and was helped by Catholic priest, the Rev. Patrick's Cahill, from Jackie's church. Stuart's grandfather, the Rev. James Eugene Fogartie, was pastor at Myers Park Presbyterian for almost 20 years.
Our company photographer, Laura Mueller, worked as a second photographer and helped document a full day of activities. We ended up with so many great images that I decided to split this wedding into two blog posts.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for images from the reception and many more details from this beautiful affair at the Ballantyne Resort Hotel.
I have to give a special mention to wedding coordinator Jennifer Wouters of Soiree Charlotte. She helped coordinate a multitude of people who helped make this day.
It was so refreshing to work with Jackie and Stu and their families - people who all know how to have fun.
Jackie And Stuart at Myers Park Presbyterian Church

Jackie And Stuart at Myers Park Presbyterian Church

Laura's shot of Jackie watching her new sister-in-law Drew getting her hair done by Penn from Roland's Salon

Laura's shot of Jackie watching her new sister-in-law to-be Drew getting her hair done by Penn from Roland's Salon

Another Laura photo of Jackie with her "double cousin" Lauren at the Ballantyne Resort

Another Laura photo of Jackie with her "double cousin" Lauren at the Ballantyne Resort

Jackie's grandparents watch people arrive at Myers Park Presbyterian Church

Jackie's grandparents watch people arrive at Myers Park Presbyterian Church

Groomsman gets an assist with his tie prior to the ceremony

Groomsman gets an assist with his tie prior to the ceremony

Jackie looking gorgeous prior to the service

Jackie looking gorgeous prior to the service

Helping hands as Jackie gets ready

Helping hands as Jackie gets ready

Michael looks on as Penn assists Jackie with her veil

Michael looks on as Penn assists Jackie with her veil

Bridesmaid Leighton is the sister of Ross, whose wedding we photographed in August. It was great to see her and her parents

Bridesmaid Leighton is the sister of Ross, whose wedding we photographed in August. It was great to see her and her parents

Lauran touches up Jackie's lips

Lauren touches up Jackie's lips

Bridesmaids have some fun waiting for the wedding

Bridesmaids have some fun waiting for the wedding

Stuart's sister Drew waits for the signal to start the ceremony

Stuart's sister Drew waits for the signal to start the ceremony

Jackie and her dad head down the aisle

Jackie and her father head down the aisle

Stu waits for his new bride

Stu waits for his bride

Stuart's father, the Rev. Arthur Ford Fogartie, conducts the service with an assist from the Rev. Patrick Cahill

Stuart's father, the Rev. Arthur Ford Fogartie, conducts the service with an assist from the Rev. Patrick Cahill

Jackie and Stu make their way back down the aisle

Jackie and Stu make their way back down the aisle

A quiet moment right after the ceremony

A quiet moment right after the ceremony

Jackie's beautiful bouquet, phalaenopsis orchids by Crawford and Company

Jackie's beautiful bouquet, phalaenopsis orchids by Crawford and Company

Having some fun after the ceremony

Having some fun after the ceremony

Jackie and Stu take a moment before heading to the reception

Jackie and Stu pause before heading to the reception