I was so excited to be asked to be the photographer for Charlotte City Club Wedding for Ashley and Davis this past weekend. When you meet someone and you have such a great feeling about them, that is how it was when I met Ashley and her mother while they were in the planning stages.
About the Bride and Groom
Being a wedding photographer is more akin to being a storyteller than a simple button pusher. I cherish getting to know a couple, talking with them and laughing with them. I remember looking through albums with Ashley and her remarking not of the beautiful details, but she was drawn to the beautiful moments instead. She is someone that cherishes a story, either in a classic novel or life. Davis works in PR for a NASCAR race team and so his life is quite hectic during the season, so I didn’t get to meet him until their engagement session.
Their Engagement Session
Davis and Ashley had just bought a new home in NoDa so that was the perfect backdrop for their engagement session. We walked around the streets decorated with vibrant public art and tried our best to escape the unusually blustery winds that day. We finished out the evening by including their adorable pup and watching the sunset over Charlotte.
The Wedding Day
Fast forward to the wedding day. When we arrived the girls were snacking on a light lunch and casually finishing up their hair and makeup. It was such a relaxed atmosphere! The guys were recovering from a long night out the evening prior, relaxing in a second suite at the Marriott Center City. As Charlotte weather is known to be, we had a temperamental winter day, warm and balmy with strong rains. This didn’t stop Ashley and Davis from exchanging heartfelt letters and a first look outside under cover. They practiced their first dance and laughed together to settle their nerves. We then returned to The City Club to finish bridal party portraits before heading over to Covenant Presbyterian for the ceremony.
The wedding ceremony was genuine and full of beautiful readings handpicked by the bride and groom. Once they were married and returned to their reception the dance floor remained full and alive for the entire evening. The Royal Suits band was unlike any other I’ve ever seen and both Ashley and Davis took their turns singing and even rapping with them! It was the most fun I’ve ever witnessed a bride and groom have at their reception.
As the night ended with an epic snow exit under a rainy Uptown Charlotte sky that was illuminated with rain drops and snow flakes as if they were stars.
The Amazing Charlotte City Club Wedding Vendors
Special Thanks to all of the AMAZING vendors that made Ashley and Davis’ day a success:
Wedding Photography: Sunshower Photography
Coordinator: Libby Sarver, Details Wedding Planning
Hair & Makeup: Jennifer Abercrombie Beauty
Church: Covenant Presbyterian
Reception: Charlotte City Club
Hotel: Marriott Center City
Florist: Flowers From The Cellar
Entertainment: The Royal Suits
Wedding Gown: Adriana Papell, BHLDN
Bridal Jewelry: BHLDN
Bridesmaid Attire: David’s Bridal
Second Shooter: Stefanie Morris
Uptown Charlotte City Club Wedding Photos