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Kayla + Lacardie Engagement - Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina

Kayla is into fashion and everything glam while LaCardie is into sports, more specifically the Carolina Panthers so what better place to have their engagement session than uptown Charlotte. It provided Kayla with so many great and colorful locations to shoot and LaCardie with the one and only Panthers stadium!

Their wedding is the start to our 2016 wedding season this weekend and what better way to start off than with this beautiful couple. 

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Greensboro Wedding Photographer | Sarah + Justin | Spruce Pine Lodge Wedding Experience

Sarah and Justin's Wedding Day turned out to be a great day even though the rain slightly dampened their plans. See what I did there? Haha. The ceremony and reception were held at a lodge right outside of Durham in Bahama, NC. Getting to the lodge was an adventure in itself: a bumpy, gravel road carved in the middle of a forest with no street lights was the only way in and out.  It seemed to never end and then opened up to the very quaint and cozy Spruce Pine Lodge.

By the time the 200+/- guests arrived, Sarah's sister had most of the decorations in place. The Lodge was the perfect setting for the rustic themed wedding and reception. Decorated Mason jars filled with flower arrangements served as centerpieces. Two small chalkboards showed guests the menu for the evening. There were even strings of lights hung above the dance floor. Sure, the guys were only able to keep the lights on for 10 minutes at a time before the fuse blew, but 10 minutes is all you need for the couple's first dance. But we'll get to that later...

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Justin did a great job choosing his groomsmen. While they prepared for the ceremony it was hilarious to hear stories of the night before. There was something about Justin trying to get into a venue with a white shirt and having to wear someone else's favorite shirt. By the end of that story, Ham (one of the groomsmen) said that Justin owed him a new shirt! It was also a treat watching them dance and rap to old school hip-hop. Someone pulled out an iPod and the fun began. They went from Juvenile to Jay-Z. From The Beastie Boys to Beanie Sigel. Justin and company went back and forth rapping every single word to every song that was played!

Meanwhile, next door with Sarah and the bridesmaids.....you couldn't tell anyone was nervous.  There were giggles, random conversations, lots of ohhs and ahhs  and it was awesome to see some familiar faces!  Remember Latosha & Maurice's wedding? Well Latosha was one of the bridesmaids and we had the pleasure of meeting another one of Sarah's bridesmaids who attended Latosha's wedding as well. Occasionally Sarah would ask about the set up and if everything was ok.  You could tell she poured her heart and soul into each and every detail!

And to make everything even better... the couple decided to do a first look! This is heaven for wedding photographers but we tried to play it cool. There is something about the look in a man's eyes when he sees his bride-to-be in her wedding dress for the first time. Justin was stunned to say the least and that hug showed his approval and love for Sarah.

The ceremony was nothing short of romantic and full of special moments that really showed how much in love the two are.  Did we mention that there was a special selection from Justin to Sarah?  Yeah, EPIC....Fergalicious type epic. We could go on and on about how awesome it was. But we better wrap it up.

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Next we stepped outside to get some formals. The two decided during their Engagement Session with us that they did not want to do too many formals. Let's just say the weather cooperated. Just 5 minutes in it started to rain. While we weren't thrilled, the couple was. And that's all that counts. Congratulations to Sarah and Justin and may they enjoy a lifetime of happiness!

Ten Things We Learned from Sarah and Justin's Wedding

1. Just because it rains, doesn't mean the wedding will be a wash.

2. Your ring bearer doesn't have to be a little kid - it can be a big kid.

3. It is always romantic when the groom sings to his bride - even if it's Fergalicious!

4. Match.com really works. Sarah and Justin are living proof.

5. Readings from the Book of Bob Marley speak of love.

6. Doctors make the best wedding officiants.

7. Rustic + Elegance = Awesome.

8. Sparkler exits are even cooler in person.

9. When the couple say they don't want formal pictures, they don't want formal pictures.

10. If the seating capacity of the venue is 150, it can hold 200 so long as they are there to celebrate love.

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Latosha + Maurice's Greensboro, NC Wedding Day Experience

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Latosha + Maurice's Greensboro, NC Wedding Day Experience

Latosha + Maurice Wedding Day Experience

The weather was perfect: a high in the low 80's, partly cloudy with no chance of rain. What a perfect day to marry the love of your life. These two met as and are still coworkers who do property management at a local apartment complex in downtown Greensboro.

They decided to say their nuptials at White Oak Grove Baptist Church where the two are active members. They say the family that prays together stays together and I think these two would agree.

The steeple of White Oak Grove Baptist Church where the couple are both active members.
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He decided to wear a classic, tailored gray suit with a white, ribbed tie. Very classy yet very subtle details.

While getting dressed he talked about marriage with his groomsmen. One of them was a younger cousin, college-aged with no wedding plans in sight. He did not yet understand the institute of marriage but wished his older cousin a lifetime of happiness anyway. An uncle or two also dropped in to give some last-minute words of wisdom on staying happy for many, many years to come.

Speaking of attire, LaTosha wore an ivory mermaid-style dress with an average length veil.  Her shoes were teal Badgley Mischka's and they added just the right amount of color to her dress! While getting ready for her big day, there was no shortage of laughter both because all of the bridesmaids were great friends and because there was just a slight bit of nervousness.  Take a good look at the bridesmaids...you will probably see one of them show up in a future blog post!

The bride's shoes by Badgley Mischka

The bride's shoes by Badgley Mischka

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After the formalities, they newlyweds are headed to the Reception. Congratulations you two!

After the formalities, they newlyweds are headed to the Reception. Congratulations you two!

The reception was held at Tavo Restaurant and Tavern in the old S.H. Kress & Company building downtown Greensboro. The building itself tells a story of Kress, an old five-and-dime store home of a 1960 civil rights sit-in. The building was originally opened in 1930 during the Great Depression, but on Latosha and Maurice’s wedding day it had been transformed into an elegant reception hall dressed Elizabethan-style with beautifully restored hardwoods. It matched the couple’s attire perfectly.

Here’s to wishing the two a long-lasting lifetime of love and pure bliss.

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The cutting of the cake...

The cutting of the cake...

Yes, he was singing to his new wife during their first dance. How awesome is that?!?

Yes, he was singing to his new wife during their first dance. How awesome is that?!?

How do you know your dad approves of your new husband? He sings at your Reception!

How do you know your dad approves of your new husband? He sings at your Reception!

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