A Charleston Wedding Celebration - Lucy and James

I always look forward to Charleston weddings with all of the city's history and unique settings.

A significant amount of rain over several days didn't dampen anyone's spirits as Lucy and James prepared for their wedding Saturday at the historic First (Scots) Presbyterian Church on Meeting Street.

Lucy looked classic as she wore the veil her mother wore at her wedding. While the rain made outdoor photography difficult, we did get a chance to take some photos outside and the soft light made for some great portraits.

I knew the minister, Dr. William Wood, looked familiar and it turned out I had worked with him at his home church, First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte.

Although Lucy's parents live in Charlotte, they are long-time members at the Yeamans Hall Club and that is where Lucy wanted her reception. Many of the guests stayed at cottages there.

Thanks to Charleston wedding planner Calder Clark of Blue Moon Events, who did a great job keeping everything on track despite the rainy conditions. The band Party on the Moon out of Atlanta was amazing. With 13 musicians including a horn section and five singers, the party never stopped and the dance floor was full the entire night.

It was such a pleasure working with Lucy and James and their families and I wish them all of the best when they head back to New York to live and work in the Big Apple.

Lucy and James pause following their wedding ceremony

Lucy and James pause following their wedding ceremony

The historic First (Scots) Presbyterian Church in Charleston

The historic First (Scots) Presbyterian Church in Charleston

Lucy wore her mother's veil

Lucy wore her mother's veil

James checks the time before the ceremony

James checks the time before the ceremony

Lucy gets ready

Lucy gets ready

Heading to the ceremony

Time for some photos

Lucy shares a laugh with her dad

Lucy shares a laugh with her dad

Beautiful bride

Beautiful bride

Guests arrive at the church

Guests arrive at the church

James heads to the ceremony with his dad and the minister

James heads to the ceremony with his dad and Rev. Wood

Waiting outside the church

Waiting outside the church

The bridal party enters the church

The bridal party enters the church

A bridesmaid spots Lucy

A bridesmaid spots Lucy

I love the timeless quality of this image

I love the timeless quality of this image

Waiting to walk down the aisle

Waiting to walk down the aisle

Exchanging rings

Exchanging rings (Rev. Dr. William Pape Wood of First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte did the service)

Married

The kiss

Leaving the church

Leaving the church

Lucy's mom and brother Tarlton after the service

Lucy's mom and brother after the service

The tent outside the Yeamans Hall Club

The tent outside the Yeamans Hall Club

Lucy and James enter the reception

Lucy and James enter the reception

First dance

First dance

Big finish

Big finish

Lot's of great dancing

Lots of great dancing

Party on the Moon, an amazing band from Atlanta, rocked all night

Party on the Moon, an amazing band from Atlanta, rocked all night

Party on the Moon singers kept everyone moving

Party on the Moon singers kept everyone moving

Lucy's grandmother and cousin at the reception

Lucy's grandmother and cousin at the reception

Lucy's dad and mom dance with friends

Lucy's dad and mom dance with friends

The band, and the dancing, never stoppped

The band, and the dancing, never stopped

Lucy and James make their exit

Lucy and James make their exit

Off into the night

Off into the night





Bridal Portraits - Jackie at the Duke Mansion

While photographing Jackie and Stu's engagement party earlier this year and I knew right away that they were going to be fun to work with. They are both very laid back and love to laugh.
Unfortunately Jackie had to deal with some serious bridal stress over the past few months. She had ordered her Lazaro dress at the ill-fated La Bella Sposa (you may have read about them in the news) and ended up having to scramble for her dress as well as all of the bridesmaids dresses. Jackie wanted to thank the folks at J Major's Bridal Boutique who she said were a huge help reordering and obtaining all the dresses.
As I set out to photograph Jackie's bridal portraits at the Duke Mansion I wanted to make sure to capture some of her vibrant personality.
I recently did a rehearsal dinner at the mansion and was impressed with all of the unique settings it offers. Thanks to Aundrea Hopkins, the wonderful senior conference services manager at Duke, who helped set everything up. Although they don't do wedding receptions, the Duke Mansion does an incredible job on rehearsal dinners and corporate events and is also a bed and breakfast.
Jennifer Wouters of Soiree Charlotte, who is the planner for Jackie's wedding, also stopped by to lend a hand. Thanks also to photographer Joe Strickland for doing another excellent job assisting me on the shoot.
Check back for images from Jackie and Stu's wedding later this month. I'll also soon be posting images from a Charleston wedding.
Jackie at the Duke Mansion

Jackie at the Duke Mansion

Soft light

Soft light

Relaxed portrait

Relaxed portrait

A rare serious pose

A rare serious pose

A kiss from dad

A kiss from dad

Inside the beautiful Duke Mansion

Inside the beautiful Duke Mansion

Beautiful

Beautiful bride-to-be

One of many great settings

One of many pretty settings

Jackie has a great smile

Jackie has a wonderful smile

Having some fun

Having some fun

Keeping it light

Keeping it light

One more great smile

One more great smile





A Moment Remembered - Our Clients' Perspective

We believe strongly in the value of our documentary approach to wedding photography.

Along with great portraits and detail photography, our main emphasis is in unobtrusively capturing emotion between the couple as well as their celebration with their family and friends.

With that in mind, we've decided to give our clients the opportunity to tell us about their favorite images and what those pictures mean to them.

We're starting the feature with some images from Clary and Robert's Charlotte wedding. We asked for a single image but they said they had a hard time picking just one.

Stay tuned for more favorites in the future.

Here are Clary and Robert's picks:

Clary said of this image taken at the rehearsal dinner, "I've been told by a close family friend that every woman should have a photo with her husband like this: his hand on my shoulder in love and support."

Clary said of this image taken at the rehearsal dinner, "I've been told by a close family friend that every woman should have a photo with her husband like this: his hand on my shoulder in love and support."

"This one is of Robert's maternal grandfather, Robert's namesake, and me. Robert was the first of the grandchildren in his family to get married and our wedding served as a kind of family reunion celebration. This photo captures the first time I had the opportunity to meet "Grandpa Bob."

"This one is of Robert's maternal grandfather, Robert's namesake, and me. Robert was the first of the grandchildren in his family to get married and our wedding served as a kind of family reunion celebration. This photo captures the first time I had the opportunity to meet "Grandpa Bob."

"I love the romance of his depiction of one of our first kisses as husband and wife."

"I love the romance of this depiction of one of our first kisses as husband and wife."





A New Look - Cheers!

We're excited about our new look!

We're excited about our new look!

We're happy to present a brand new blog designed with a cleaner, more modern look and, most importantly, much better display of our images.

The original Fotorecord lives on and we'll continue to showcase our documentary approach to incredible weddings as well as dance and sports photography and studio and family news.

We hope you like the new look and we appreciate all of our readers. Please add comments to let us know what you are thinking.

We have a very busy October with four weddings and a fun bridal shoot at the Duke Mansion. Check back often for updates.

Cheers!

 

Grab a glass!

Grab a glass!
Cheers!

Cheers!

 

 

Skoal!

Skoal!

To your health!

To your health!

Not everyone is impressed....

Not everyone is impressed....