Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

We have been blessed with another wonderful year and we are so thankful for all of our fantastic clients and friends.

Here's hoping that you have the happiest of holidays!

From Christopher Record Photography and the Record family - Chris, Betsy, Alison and Sean.

Wishing you the best for the holidays and in the coming year

Wishing you the best for the holidays and in the coming year





Charlotte Wedding Photography: Holt and Aidan

Ingredients for an amazing wedding: excellent venues, top-notch professionals and, or course, a wonderful couple.
The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, was the perfect setting as Holt and Aidan exchanged vows and later partied the night away with family and friends from near and far.
Aidan's family is from Ireland but he grew up in Charlotte. They have since move back to the Emerald Isle but traveled to Charlotte for the big event. The University of Tennessee, Holt's Alma mater,  was well represented as many of her sorority sisters were part of the wedding party.
The talented Ivy Robinson and her team worked with Sarah Larkey and the the incredible staff at The Ritz for an event that all in attendance will remember for some time.
The weekend started on Friday night as I photographed the rehearsal and a great dinner and party at Bentley's on 27.
Company photographer Laura Mueller helped out on Saturday as we documented the event at The Ritz. Some other notables included hair and makeup artist Lindsay Reagan Thorne of Be Pretty, the band The Maxx and flowers from Studio Floral Diva and Daniel De La Portillia and his English Carriage Company, who whisked the couple away at the end of the night.
Everything came together for a memorable night.
Congratulations to Holt and Aidan and their families!
Holt and Aidan following their ceremony at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte

Holt and Aidan following their ceremony at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte

Having some fun during the rehearsal at The Ritz

Having some fun during the rehearsal at The Ritz

Practicing

Practicing

Aidan's family travled from their home in Ireland

Aidan's family travled from their home in Ireland

Beautiful setting for the rehearsal dinner at Bentley's on 27

Beautiful setting for the rehearsal dinner at Bentley's on 27

Great view

Great view

Holt and Aidan in the candlelight

Holt and Aidan in the candlelight

Enjoying the speeches

Enjoying the speeches

Holt's sorority sisters had everyone laughing

Holt's sorority sisters had everyone laughing

Getting some help with the dress

Getting some help with the dress

Checking the dress

Close inspection

Hugs all around

Hugs all around

Picture time

Picture time

More pictures

More pictures

The ladies

The ladies

Laura captured the men out on Tryon Street

Laura captured the men out on Tryon Street

Just before the entrance

Just before the entrance

Amazing setting at The Ritz

Sensational setting at The Ritz

The vows

Vows

Ceremony

Ceremony

Kiss

Kiss

Time to celebrate

Time to celebrate

Holt is ready to party

Holt is ready to party

An inviting table

An inviting table

Details

Details

Preparing to enter the reception

Preparing to enter the reception

Big entrance

Big entrance

First dance

First dance

Aidan hugs his mother following their dance

Aidan hugs his mother following their dance

Time for cake

Time for cake

Cake kiss

Cake kiss

Time to dance

Dancing

Fun on the dance floor

Fun on the dance floor

Holt and her UT sisters sing Rocky Top

Holt and her UT sisters sing Rocky Top

Busy dance floor

Busy dance floor

Nothing like a little snow for a December wedding

Nothing like a little snow for a December wedding

Making their getaway

Making their getaway

Holt and her mother

Holt and her mother

More goodbyes

More goodbyes

End of a great night

End of a great night





Dance Photography: NCDT's Nutcracker 2011

Christmas Carols, cookies, eggnog and...The Nutcracker of course.

It's that time of year and North Carolina Dance Theatre is ready with its 2011 version of the holiday classic.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Alessandra Ball takes flight in North Carolina Dance Theatre's Nutcracker

Alessandra Ball takes flight in North Carolina Dance Theatre's Nutcracker

Clara gets a lift from Drosselmeyer

Clara gets a lift from Drosselmeyer

Clara with her Nutcracker

Clara with her Nutcracker

Getting carried away

Getting carried away

Toy soldier Jordan Leeper

Toy soldier Jordan Leeper

Mice on the move

Mice on the move

The Mouse King is ready for battle

The Mouse King is ready for battle

Graceful dancers

Graceful dancers

In unison

In unison

Ready to perform

Ready to perform

Snowflakes

Snowflakes

In motion

In motion

Jamie Dee gets a lift from Pete Walker

Jamie Dee gets a lift from Pete Walker

A light moment while waiting for some publicity photos

A light moment while waiting for some publicity photos

Pete Walker has some fun while waiting

Pete Walker has some fun while waiting

Dancing in the snow

Dancing in the snow

Footwork

Footwork

Pete Walker and Jamie Dee

Pete Walker and Jamie Dee

Snowed under

Snowed under

Preparation

Preparation

Angels

Angels

Sugar Plum Fairy Anna Gerberich

Sugar Plum Fairy Anna Gerberich

Sarah Hayes Watson kicks up her heels

Sarah Hayes Watson kicks up her heels

Kate Ann Behrendt

Kate Ann Behrendt

Melissa Anduiza and Naseeb Culpepper

Melissa Anduiza and Daniel Rodriguez

Melissa Anduiza

Melissa Anduiza

Alessandra Ball and friends

Alessandra Ball and friends

Alessandra spins

Alessandra spins

On their toes

On their toes

Pretty in pink

Pretty in pink

Pete Walker leaps

Pete Walker leaps

Colorful Kate Anne Behrendt

Colorful Kate Anne Behrendt

Watching from the wings

Watching from the wings

David Morse and Anna Gerberich laugh as they practice their lifts during a break

David Morse and Anna Gerberich laugh as they practice their lifts during a break

Gerberich and Morse

Gerberich and Morse

David Morse and Anna Gerberich

David Morse and Anna Gerberich





Lake Norman Wedding Photography: Kristan and Dana

With a gorgeous fall day as the backdrop, Kristan and Dana were married at The Point Lake and Golf Club in Mooresville.
Beautiful florals from The Place for Flowers added to the autumnal feel on a sunny but sometimes chilly October day.
Kelley Cartrett-Phifer, director of private events, and the staff at The Point always do a fantastic job and it was great working with our company photographer, Laura Mueller.
Congratulations Kristan and Dana!
Kristan and Dana

Kristan and Dana

Getting ready at The Point

Getting ready at The Point

Touch-up

Touch-up

Kristan's mother has some fun getting ready

Kristan's mother has some fun getting ready

Fixing the dress

Fixing the dress

Gorgeous

Gorgeous

Beautiful bride

Beautiful bride

Kristan's father helps Dana get read in this image from Laura

Kristan's father helps Dana get ready in this image from Laura

Interesting light as an usher prepares, another image from Laura

Interesting light as an usher prepares, another image from Laura

Dana has a moment of solitutde before the ceremony

Dana has a moment of solitude before the ceremony

First look, and Dana is very impressed

First look, and Dana is very impressed

A closer look

A closer look

Enjoying the moment

Enjoying the moment

The men arrive

The men arrive

Kristan and her father make their entrance

Kristan and her father make their entrance

Entrance

The ceremony site

Beautiful fall day

Beautiful fall day

Kristan's parents during the ceremony

Kristan's parents during the ceremony

Exchanging rings

Exchanging rings

Kristan's ring

Kristan's ring

Celebrating

Celebrating

Amazing late-day light illuminates the bride

Amazing late-day light illuminates the bride

The wedding party

The wedding party

Friends

Friends

Heading to The Point's boardwalk for some portraits

Heading to The Point's boardwalk for some portraits

Kristan and Dana

Kristan and Dana

Beaming bride

Beaming bride

Happiness

Happiness

Heading to the reception, in a beautiful capture from Laura

Heading to the reception, in a beautiful capture from Laura

Beautiful setting

Pretty setting

During the speeches

During the speeches

Dancing with her father

Dancing with her father

Party time

Party time

Send-off

Send-off





Dance Photography: NCDT's Innovative Works

North Carolina Dance Theatre's Innovative Works is always vibrant and entertaining, but this year is a unique experience as the talented troupe opens the doors of its sparkling Uptown facility for shows on three consecutive weekends.

Works by acclaimed resident choreographer Dwight Rhoden, NCDT's Mark Diamond and NCDT dancers/choreographers Sasha Janes and David Ingram are a feast for the senses.

Shows run this weekend as well as Nov. 10-12 and 17-19.

Anna Gerberich soars in Last Lost Chance

Anna Gerberich soars in "Last Lost Chance"

Sarah Hayes Watson in the spotlight in Dwight Rhoden's Alleged Dances

Sarah Hayes Watson in the spotlight in Dwight Rhoden's "Alleged Dances"

Addul Manzano

Addul Manzano

Anna Gerberich and Jordan Leeper

Anna Gerberich and Jordan Leeper

Alessandra Ball, who will be one of our 2012 brides, in Alleged Dances

Alessandra Ball, who will be one of our 2012 brides, in "Alleged Dances"

Melissa Anduiza

Melissa Anduiza

In unison, Alessandra Ball and Pete Walker, Melissa Anduiza and Addul Manzano and Anna Gerberich and Daniel Rodriquez in Rhoden's piece

In unison, Alessandra Ball and Pete Walker, Melissa Anduiza and Addul Manzano and Anna Gerberich and Daniel Rodriquez in Rhoden's piece

Sarah Hayes Watson

Sarah Hayes Watson

Ball with Naseeb Culpepper

Ball with Naseeb Culpepper

Anna Geberich

Anna Gerberich

Dancer/choreographer Sasha Janes talks with dancer/teacher Traci Gilchrest during a break

Dancer/choreographer Sasha Janes talks with dancer/teacher Traci Gilchrest during a break

Acclaimed choreographer Dwight Rhoden works with Jamie Dee and Melissa Anduiza

Acclaimed choreographer Dwight Rhoden works with Jamie Dee and Melissa Anduiza

Watson and Leeper in James' Last Lost Chance

Watson and Leeper in James' "Last Lost Chance"

More Watson and Leeper

More Watson and Leeper

Anduiza in Last Lost Chance

Anduiza in "Last Lost Chance"

Anduiza performs

Anduiza performs

Gerberich, Anduiza and Watson

Gerberich, Anduiza and Watson

More from Janes' Last Lost Chance

More from Janes' "Last Lost Chance"

Pete Walker lifts Anna Gerberich

Pete Walker lifts Anna Gerberich

Gerberich and Walker

Gerberich and Walker

Pete Walker

Pete Walker

Jamie Dee and David Ingram in Mark Diamond's How Do I Love Thee

Jamie Dee and David Ingram in Mark Diamond's "How Do I Love Thee"

Jamie Dee and David Ingram

Jamie Dee and David Ingram

David Morse is ready to perform in David Ingram's I

David Morse is ready to perform in David Ingram's "I"

More from "I"

More from "I"

Sarah Hayes Watson and Jordan Leeper

Sarah Hayes Watson and Jordan Leeper

The conclusion of Ingram's "I"

The conclusion of Ingram's "I"





Charlotte Wedding Photography: Lauren and Jeff

Lauren and Jeff were married at Saint Gabriel Catholic Church on a spectacular fall day in Charlotte.

The bride looked amazing in her white silk dress from Ines Di Santo.

Adding to the day were beautiful flowers from The Blossom Shop and an incredible cake from Haines Barksdale of For Goodness Cakes. The staff at Charlotte Country Club did their usual superb job and Big Ray and the Kool Kats kept the party going all night long.

Thanks to Adam Coker for his photography help and it was great to work with makeup artist Adrian Howe of the Beauty Sophisticate and videographer Amanda Pagano of Isabel's Corner.

Congratulations all!

Lauren and Jeff

Lauren and Jeff

The bride arrives at Saint Gabriel Catholic Church

The bride arrives at Saint Gabriel Catholic Church

Ready for the guests

Ready for the guests

Waiting with the bridesmaids

Waiting with the bridesmaids

A portrait before the ceremony

A portrait before the ceremony

Beautiful

Beautiful

Sharp-dressed men - Jeff and his father

Sharp-dressed men - Jeff and his father

Lauren shares her excitement with her grandmother

Lauren shares her excitement with her grandmother

Waiting

Waiting

Making an entrance

Making an entrance

Checking the time

Checking the time

Quick kiss

Quick kiss

Jeff waits for his bride

Jeff waits for his bride

Enjoying the service, captured by Adam

During the ceremony

Unity

Unity

Happy bride

Happy bride

Honoring the Virgin Mary

Honoring the Virgin Mary

Joyful

Joyful

Lauren with her mother, Mary Helen

Lauren with her mother Mary Helen

Church portrait

Picture perfect

Arriving at Charlotte Country Club

Arriving at Charlotte Country Club

The wedding party

The wedding party

Lauren and Jeff enjoy a gorgeous fall afternoon

Lauren and Jeff enjoy a gorgeous fall afternoon

Enjoying the moment

Lost in the moment

Classic

Classic

So happy

So happy

Heading back to the reception

Heading back to the reception

One more of the bride

One more of the bride

Time to celebrate

Time to celebrate

Amazing setting at Charlotte Country Club

Setting at Charlotte Country Club

Details

Details

Cool cake

Cool cake

Lauren got emotional during her father's speech, in this image from Adam

Lauren got emotional during her father's speech in this image from Adam

But he soon had her laughing again

But he soon had her laughing again

First dance

First dance

They capped the beautifully choreographed first dance with a lift and a spin

They capped the beautifully choreographed first dance with a lift and a spin

Jeff's brother dances with his mother

Jeff's brother dances with his mother

Dancing with brother Will

Dancing with brother Will

Lauren's father Bill, far right, and his brothers with their interpretation of "Soul Man"

Lauren's father Bill, far right, and his brothers with their interpretation of "Soul Man"

The crowd approves

The crowd approves

The bridesmaids get into the act

The bridesmaids get into the act

Cake and a kiss

Cake and a kiss

And they danced into the night

And they danced into the night





Charlotte Engagement Photography: Melissa and Dan

Having spent many years as a newspaper photographer, I always enjoy catching up with fellow journalists.

I first met Melissa when she interned at The Charlotte Observer when I was a staff photographer there. Fast forward several years and I'm now working full-time in our photography business and Melissa is a newspaper photojournalist in South Carolina and she's engaged to Dan, a television journalist working in West Virginia.

I was excited to get a chance to work with them and we had a great time doing their engagement photographs. We did some shots in Freedom Park and then moved to The Green uptown for some fun images there.

Looking forward to working with them again at their wedding next year.

Melissa and Dan framed by a Niki de Saint Phalle sculpture in Charlotte

Melissa and Dan framed by a Niki de Saint Phalle sculpture in Charlotte

Posing near The Green

Posing near The Green

Melissa and Dan

Melissa and Dan

Another fun spot at The Green

Another fun spot at The Green

Kiss

Kiss

Happy couple

Happy couple

We did some shots at Freedom Park too

We did some shots at Freedom Park too

Pausing in the park

Pausing in the park

Fun moment

Fun moment





Charlotte Engagement Photography: Vanessa and Josh

We had a picture-perfect fall day for Vanessa and Josh's engagement session at Freedom Park in Charlotte.

The leaves haven't quite turned yet but the crisp air, warmed by plentiful sunshine made for ideal conditions.

Vanessa is a very close friend of my niece Melissa (Missy to our family), and it was great getting to know her and Josh a bit better.

I'm really looking forward to working with them again at their wedding in Charlotte in May.

Vanessa and Josh on a sunspashed afternoon in Freedom Park

Vanessa and Josh on a sun-splashed afternoon in Freedom Park

Vanessa and Josh

Vanessa and Josh

Made in the shade

In the shade

They brought xxxx along so we had to get a few pictures with her

Family portrait with Myra

Enjoying the moment

Enjoying the moment

Closeup

Closeup

Kiss

Kiss

Happy couple

Happy couple

Beautiful day for a walk

Beautiful day for a walk





Winston-Salem Wedding Photography: Regina and Vincent

I first met Reginia when I photographed her sister Ticia's wedding in 2005.

And I welcomed the chance to work with her family again when she contacted me to photograph her wedding to Vincent in Old Salem in Winston-Salem.

Vincent proposed to Regina on the covered bridge in Old Salem, which encompasses 100 acres of restored and reclaimed landscapes, gardens and museums.

Some unexpected cool, rainy weather threatened the outdoor ceremony, but a tent provided insurance against bad conditions.

It was a pleasure working with both families and it was nice to see clients Scott and Ticia and their children, Sawyer and Walden as well as Regina's parents.

Family friend April Greenwood was excellent in her role as wedding director and Amy Grimes, manager of special events at Old Salem, was great to work with too. Thanks again to photographer Adam Coker for his help and excellent images.

Congratulations Regina and Vincent!

Regina and Vincent at Old Salem in Winston-Salem

Regina and Vincent at Old Salem in Winston-Salem

Regina and her mother arrive at the Zevely Inn

Regina and her mother arrive at the Zevely Inn

Bouquets

Bouquets

April Greenwood, a close family friend who also worked as their event planner, greets Regina and her sister Ticia

Planner April Greenwood greets Regina and her sister Ticia

Finishing touches

Finishing touches

Portrait

Portrait

Beautiful bride

Beautiful bride

Regina with nephew Sawyer

Regina with nephew Sawyer

Sawyer's sister Walden

Sawyer's sister Walden

Having some fun with the bridesmaids

Having some fun with the bridesmaids

Regina and Ticia share a quiet moment

Regina and Ticia share a quiet moment

Vincent reads a note from Regina

Vincent reads a note from Regina

A hug from his mother

A hug from his mother

Waiting with the minister just before the service

Waiting with the minister just before the service

Regina and Ticia head to the ceremony

Regina and Ticia head to the ceremony

Brother-in-law Scott gets ready to escort Regina's mother to the ceremony

Brother-in-law Scott gets ready to escort Regina's mother to the ceremony

The children make their entrance

The children make their entrance

The men are ready

The men are ready

The bride and her father arrive

The bride and her father arrive

Vows

Vows

Blessing

Blessing

Sealed with a kiss

Sealed with a kiss

Leaving the ceremony

Leaving the ceremony

Time to celebrate

Time to celebrate

A kiss from her father

A kiss from her father

Vincent niece, a beautiful image from Adam

Vincent's niece, a beautiful image from Adam

Love this moment of celebration between mother and daughter

Love this moment of celebration between mother and daughter

Their joy was apparent

Their joy was apparent

The happy couple

The happy couple

Heading to the reception, another image from Adam

Heading to the reception, another image from Adam

Vincent proposed on this very spot

Vincent proposed on this very spot

Party time

Party time

First dance

First dance

A funny moment from Ticia's speech

A funny moment from Ticia's speech

Time for cake

Time for cake

Beautiful setting at the James A. Gray Jr. Auditorium at Old Salem

Beautiful setting at the James A. Gray Jr. Auditorium at Old Salem

Vincent did a great job on the microphone

Vincent provided some great vocals

Tearing up the dance floor

Tearing up the dance floor

Sparkling end to the evening

Sparkling end to the evening





Columbia Wedding Photography: Suzanne and Ryan

Suzanne and Ryan chose the beautiful Lexington Baptist Church for their ceremony and then took a short ride to the reception at the Columbia Marriott.
It seemed that all the details had been taken care of, right down to USC getting a football win in a close game. Gamecock fans were plentiful and the victory added another layer of happiness to this joyful day.
I have to give a nod to Craig and Julie Houston and Rex and Sylvia Rish of White Tent Event. They coordinated everything and transformed the Marriott's ballroom into an amazing setting. Also thanks also to photographer Adam Coker for his fine work and help.
Thank you to both wonderful families and congratulations Suzanne and Ryan!
Suzanne and Ryan

Suzanne and Ryan

Getting ready

Getting ready

Praying before the ceremony

Praying before the ceremony

A little help from her friends

A little help from her friends

Ryan gets some help too

Ryan gets some help too

A little check on the Gamecock score right before the ceremony

Quick check on the Gamecock score right before the ceremony

The flower girl had changed her mind at the last minute

The flower girl changed her mind at the last minute

All eyes on the bride

All eyes on the bride

Beautiful setting from Adam's angle in the balcony

Beautiful setting from Adam's angle in the balcony

The flower girl rallied and made her walk during the service

The flower girl rallied and made her walk during the service

Kiss

Kiss

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Celebrating

Celebrating

Preparing to take pictures

Preparing to take pictures

Happy couple

Happy couple

Pausing for a moment

Pausing for a moment

The spectacular setting at the Columbia Marriott, coordinated by White Tent Event

The spectacular setting at the Columbia Marriott, coordinated by White Tent Event

Background music

Background music

Beautiful work from Parkland Cakes

Beautiful work from Parkland Cakes

Details

Details

Another elegant touch

Another elegant touch

First dance

First dance

Suzanne and her father Richard

Suzanne and her father Richard, another nice moment from Adam

The bride's parents enjoy the party

The bride's parents enjoy the party

Time for cake

Time for cake

Capping off a wonderful evening

Capping off a wonderful evening