Charlotte Wedding Photography: Dana and Tom


The setting was perfect as Dana, Tom and their families prepared for their wedding on the farm property that has been in Tom's family since 1763.

But a potent spring storm had everyone scrambling as the rain poured down on the morning of the wedding. Plans called for the ceremony in a meadow not far from the farmhouse. Plan B called for the ceremony to be held under the tent that would also be used for the reception.

Fortunately the storm blew through early enough to move the ceremony back to its original setting. The sun even made an appearance, but remnants of the storm were  persistent, gusty winds.

Dana and Tom live in New York City but they wanted to utilize the beautiful family property. It was a wonderful family affair with Dana's brothers and Tom's father and sister in the wedding party.

Following the beautiful outdoor ceremony, everyone moved to a cocktail hour outside the farmhouse before dinner in the tent.

Thanks to Janie Sellers, a friend of Tom's family, who served as wedding director. I had the pleasure of working with Janie several times when she had a wedding planning business and it was great working with her again. The Place for Flowers had everything looking great and Haines Barksdale of For Goodness Cakes created another masterpiece.

I got a great assist from from David Malament, a talented young photographer who came along to help document the day.

The night got a bit chilly but Tom's father built a huge bonfire that was good for keeping warm as well as for making smores.

Sparklers lit the way as the couple headed off for their new life together.

Dana and Tom take a stroll on the family property where they were married
Dana and Tom take a stroll on the family property that has been in Tom's family since 1763
There was a wonderful low-key, country feel to the wedding celebration
There was a wonderful low-key, country feel to the wedding celebration
There were plenty of four-legged friends on hand
There were plenty of four-legged friends on hand
Dana prepares to get dressed
Dana prepares to get dressed
Adding the earrings
Adding the earrings
Dana's father Brad checks on the progress before the wedding
Dana's father Brad checks on the progress before the wedding
Dana gets some help from her mother Barb
Dana gets some help from her mother Barb
Finishing touches
Finishing touches
Something old...
Something old...
Beautiful bride

Classic

A bouquet detail from David
A bouquet detail from David
Tom gets ready
Tom gets ready
Guests head out to the ceremony site
Guests head out to the ceremony site
A little help with directions
A little help with directions
The women head to the ceremony in this image from David
The women head to the ceremony in this image from David
Dana and her father wait to down the aisle from David's vantage point
Dana and her father wait to down the aisle from David's vantage point
Dana glances at Tom as she walks with her father
Dana glances at Tom as she walks with her father
Exchanging rings
Exchanging rings
A happy moment
A happy moment
Celebrating
Celebrating
Another kiss
Another kiss
Both families gather for a portrait
Both families gather for a portrait
A fun shot of the bridesmaids from David
A fun shot of the bridesmaids from David
What started as a rainy, stormy day turned into a beautiful, albeit windy, evening as David captured this portrait
What started as a rainy, stormy day turned into a beautiful, albeit windy, evening as David captured this portrait
I got off a few frames before a huge gust of wind almost knocked us over
I got off a few frames before a huge gust of wind almost knocked us over
The farm provided some great backdrops for photos
The farm provided some great backdrops for photos
Country kiss
Country kiss
A little time alone
A little time alone
Grandmothers head to the reception
Grandmothers head to the reception
Details from David
Details from David
Beautiful confection
Beautiful confection from For Goodness Cakes
Reception setting
Reception setting
Guests make a new friend
Guests make a new friend
Proper footwear required
Proper footwear required
Cocktail hour
Cocktail hour
The parents greet the guests
The parents greet the guests
Dinner
Dana's beautiful wrap belonged to Tom's maternal grandmother
Dana got a little emotional during the first dance
Dana got a little emotional during the first dance
A huge bonfire helped take the chill off the night
A huge bonfire helped take the chill off the night
Sendoff
Sendoff
Making their getaway
Making their getaway