What a wedding! Honestly, It was off-the-hook amazing. I was referred by Cortenay Matters with Carolina Wedding Design last year…. and, I’m so glad they chose me as their wedding photographer. We connected during an Asheville, NC engagement session last fall and I knew instantly, this was a great couple. Kristi is a little shy when you meet her and Mark is …. not.;) They are the perfect balance of personality and humor. I’ve included several pics of their engagement session below… fast forward to the big day —
Kristi and Mark chose to do a First Look prior to the ceremony – and I do love that moment. We walked around Ballantyne with umbrellas in tow… cause’ it was a little rainy. Lucky for us, Elly (Carolina Wedding Design) had a brown umbrella that went perfectly in several of our pictures. We were given quite a bit of time and managed to knock out all family and group photos as well…. I love that stress free feeling before the ceremony.
I’m always ready to document the kiddos involved in a wedding, but, I was surprised to see Ryder (the ring bearer) walking down the aisle as a secret service agent. It was so hilarious! You must check out the pic below. 🙂 And the ceremony itself was so moving… I loved when Kristi and Marc took a moment to pray quietly between themselves.
The Ballantyne Hotel is a beautiful venue on it’s own, but, with the collaboration of both Cortenay (Carolina Wedding Design) and Todd with the Blossom Shop — it was transformed in to a true vision. It was magical. I saw several guest literally gasp when they walked in to the ballroom and it’s so easy to see why…. 🙂 After a plated dinner of yumminess the crowd danced the night away with the help of the band, Simply Irresistible. And — they rocked it out! Seriously, one of the best bands I’ve worked with…ever. 🙂
Major props to Cortenay Matters. It takes a lot of work and vision to pull such an event together so seamlessly. —- and much love to Julia Laible with Julia Laible Photography. She was my amazing second shooter and partner in crime. 😉
Major Vendor Love:
WEDDING PLANNING AND DESIGN – CAROLINA WEDDING DESIGN WITH CORTENAY MATTERSCEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE – BALLANTYNE HOTEL (GRANDBALLROOM)
VIDEO- BRIAN BUNN FILMS WITH CHAD LAPISH & JOHN ADKINSON
FLORAL – THE BLOSSOM SHOP – TODD CRAWFORD
CAKE – CAKES BY JILL
CEREMONY MUSICIANS – BOB PARKER
COCKTAIL HOUR MUSICIAN – TOM BILLOTTO
BAND – SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE
PHOTOBOOTH – SHUTTERBOOTH
OFFICIANT PASTOR – JOSH BLACKSON
MAKE-UP ARTIST DOLLFACE SKIN & MAKE-UP CASEY NELSON
HAIR ARTIST BOMBSHELL BRIDES LINDSAY PIZZUTI
The Wedding Day arrives!!!
The most unique bouquet I’ve seen by The Blossom Shop.
I almost died when I saw this little guy – dressed up like the Secret Service. 🙂 He even had an ear piece.Special moment of prayer.
Now… I typically won’t do the “jumping” shot unless requested. 🙂 Mark asked for – and got it. Impressive air by the wedding party.
Love this perspective by Julia. 🙂
Cortenay arranged a reveal for Mark and Kristi. I loved seeing their reactions to the final decor set up.
Simply Stunning.The cake by Cakes by Jill had a topper that looked just like Kristi and Mark. 🙂
Adorable favors. “Fox” Christmas ornaments.
The Band, Simply Irresistible, kept the crowd dancing all night…