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For every person and every couple, there are different aspects of their wedding that are particularly meaningful to them. For some, it’s getting married in their childhood church or by their closest friend. Or perhaps having their father walk them down the aisle or clasping hands with their soon-to-be-spouse as they take that walk. Everyone is different and it’s so important to know which traditions are important to you as they are and which ones you’d rather tweak to best fit who the two of you are as a couple. Justin and I walked down the aisle together because it was important to us to begin our life together…well, together, and to have a moment to quietly connect before we were swept into the busy chaos that is a wedding. And I have been moved beyond belief to watch a father and daughter share the last moments of her childhood as he lets go and accepts her adult choice to enter into a new stage of her life with the partner of her choosing. In my humble opinion, there is no “right” way to get married aside from the one that is meaningful to you and I love love LOVE it when couples take charge and consider each part of their wedding as it applies to who they are.

Melanie and Charles decided that they wanted to share a “First Look”and see each other privately before their ceremony. As a person, I recognize that this is a very personal choice for a couple to make. As a photographer, I want EVERYONE to make this choice!:)It is just so so wonderful to be able to capture the moment up close and to have time to get great shots of the couple without feeling like we are taking time away from their guests. I was so ridiculously thrilled when Melanie told me that she and Charles were planning to see each other! We had so much fun!

I just love Melanie’s expressions!

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Laurinburg, North Carolina

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Laurinburg, North Carolina

It is so amazing to watch the range of emotions that everyone goes through!
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Laurinburg, North Carolina

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Laurinburg, North Carolina

Melanie pinned Charles’s boutonniere…love it!
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Laurinburg, North Carolina

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Laurinburg, North Carolina

We grabbed a few more traditional formal shots…
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Laurinburg, North Carolina

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Laurinburg, North Carolina

…before heading outside to have a little fun!!
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Laurinburg, North Carolina

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Laurinburg, North Carolina

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Laurinburg, North Carolina

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Laurinburg, North Carolina

How gorgeous are they!?!?!?!
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Laurinburg, North Carolina

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Laurinburg, North Carolina

I just adore how Charles is looking at Melanie in this first shot…
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Laurinburg, North Carolina

The wind and Melanie’s long veil…L-O-V-E it!!!!!
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Laurinburg, North Carolina

Seriously! How fun is that!?
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Laurinburg, North Carolina

Graham snagged this one…one of my favorites!! Yeah. He’s awesome.
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Laurinburg, North Carolina

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Laurinburg, North Carolina

Why do I love cut off head photos so much? I don’t know, but I really really do…
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Laurinburg, North Carolina

Another of my favorites of Graham’s!
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Laurinburg, North Carolina

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Laurinburg, North Carolina

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Laurinburg, North Carolina

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Laurinburg, North Carolina

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Laurinburg, North Carolina

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Laurinburg, North Carolina

That veil!!!!
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Laurinburg, North Carolina

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Laurinburg, North Carolina

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Laurinburg, North Carolina

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Laurinburg, North Carolina

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Laurinburg, North Carolina

Oh yeah…we managed all of that fabulousness before the ceremony even started!! If we’d waited, there is no way that Melanie and Charles would have all of those images of just the two of them! If you don’t have strong feelings about not seeing each other, you should seriously consider doing a first look! Seriously!!

Melanie & Charles’s ceremony is next!!

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Melanie and Charles’s wedding was just stunning! From the pale-on-pale peonies in the bouquet to the little tea light candles hanging from the trees…the little details were just perfect!

Their church had such a wonderful old world feel!

Wedding, Photographer, Ceremony, Laurinburg, Presbyterian Church, North Carolina

Wedding, Photographer, Ceremony, Laurinburg, Presbyterian Church, North Carolina

I loved the wreaths on the awesome front doors!
Wedding, Photographer, Ceremony, Laurinburg, Presbyterian Church, North Carolina

Shoes…oh, how I love to see what fabulous things my brides will wear!! Melanie’s were, of course, gorgeous (but I confess to being equally excited when I spotted her flip-flops during the dancing… a girl has a right to be comfy while she boogies down at her wedding!)
Wedding, Photographer, Ceremony, Laurinburg, Presbyterian Church, North Carolina

Wedding, Photographer, Ceremony, Laurinburg, Presbyterian Church, North Carolina

The reception was just a block down the road from the church, at the Thomas Walton Manor…I absolutely LOVED this venue!!! G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!!!
Wedding, Photographer, Reception, Thomas Walton Manor, Laurinburg, North Carolina

No detail was left unconsidered…this one was especially appreciated in light of the unseasonably warm weather!
Wedding, Photographer, Reception, Thomas Walton Manor, Laurinburg, North Carolina

Wedding, Photographer, Reception, Thomas Walton Manor, Laurinburg, North Carolina

The cake was in the solarium…it was so neat that all of the guests were able to watch the cake cutting without crowding Melanie and Charles at all! Scrumptious!!
Wedding, Photographer, Reception, Thomas Walton Manor, Laurinburg, North Carolina

Wedding, Photographer, Reception, Thomas Walton Manor, Laurinburg, North Carolina

I know I keep saying it, but the outdoor setting was just perfect! PERFECT!
Wedding, Photographer, Reception, Thomas Walton Manor, Laurinburg, North Carolina

Wedding, Photographer, Reception, Thomas Walton Manor, Laurinburg, North Carolina

Wedding, Photographer, Reception, Thomas Walton Manor, Laurinburg, North Carolina

My super-fabulous second photographer, Graham, and I had some fun with the bling during dinner!
Wedding, Photographer, Reception, Thomas Walton Manor, Laurinburg, North Carolina

Wedding, Photographer, Reception, Thomas Walton Manor, Laurinburg, North Carolina

Stay tuned! Melanie and Charles’s First Look is coming up next!!

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  • [...] I mentioned in the details post, Melanie and Charles held their wedding reception at the Thomas Walton Manor, just down the [...]ReplyCancel

  • KellyMay 21, 2010 - 12:14 pm

    Cindy, your work is so amazing. These shots are amazing. I am constantly looking at your blog getting so excited for you to photograph our wedding. You are so talented.ReplyCancel

  • GrahamMay 21, 2010 - 12:09 am

    LOVE IT!ReplyCancel

One of the new items I am offering clients this year is the “Whole Latte Fun Booth”…a super fun photobooth add-on for weddings or events! It’s not the kind of photobooth you might be imagining- rather than squeezing into a little box with a curtain and pushing a button, it is a mini-studio set-up complete with a photographer and full-on professional gear! The results are high-resolution images that can be put to any number of uses (like a poster of grandma in a feather boa to distribute at the next family gathering!). What I love most about the booth is the ability to get great, fun shots of guests that might not be in the center of the action (the drawback to my more photojournalistic-style of wedding photography is that I photograph the action, so sometimes those guests that don’t make it onto the dance floor get missed!).

Leeanne and David opted to offer the Whole Latte Fun booth at their wedding Saturday and it was…well, a Whole Latte Fun!! Here’s a little sneak peek at the two of them recreating their champagne toast!

Wedding, Photographer, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Photobooth

Stay tuned! Melanie + Charles’s wedding is just about ready for you PLUS Leeanne + David’s wedding PLUS several fantastic portrait sessions…not to mention, I’m making the big move to Maine on THURSDAY!! (I’m so ready to see that cute husband of mine, it’s not even funny!) So there will be lots of fun coming your way!!!:)

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