Intimate Southern Brunch Wedding Photos

Simple Day and I wanted to create these intimate southern brunch wedding photos for the modern couple. This couple is planning a wedding that’s elegant, airy, modern, and intimate. They value the experience of getting married over the traditional expectations of large guest lists and over-the top venues. To them, the benefits of being in the moment, fully connected with each other and their guests on their wedding day–and doing so in a beautiful, non-traditional setting–outweigh the demands of traditional weddings. One of the things we loved most about the shoot was having our couple actively working together, shoulder-to-shoulder, making a pie crust for their first act as husband and wife. We loved the traditional aspect of a symbolic ceremony, while still taking togetherness and applying it in a new, fun, and lighthearted way.

We created the editorial shoot inside a bakery- we loved the idea that this couple loves locally fresh baked food and we wanted them to be able to make that a major part of their day. There ceremony was envisioned to be lighted by the large windows and gracious brightness of the space, and brunch reception be centered under the large custom chadelier made with reclaimed vintage milk jugs.

Finally, placing the wedding in Asheboro is a major nod to the up and coming revitalization of southern cities like Asheboro. Once a textile center in the furniture industry, Asheboro has become a place to go and see. Table Farm Bakery in Asheboro, NC, is setting a high standard for the ideals the South is known for- hospitality, family, togetherness, and made this beautiful space the perfect choice for our venue.

If you’ve enjoyed these intimate southern brunch wedding photos, I’d love for you to learn more about me, or to enquire about your date. I’d love to meet up and get to know you.

Happy Weekend!

 

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Planning and Design

Simple Day

www.simpledaync.com

Facebook and Instagram: simpledaync

 

Photography

One Crazy Love

www.onecrazylove.com

Facebook and Instagram: onecrazylovephoto

 

Venue

The Table Farm Bakery

Asheboro, NC

thetablefarmbakery.com

Facebook and Instagram: thetablefarmbakery

 

Florist

Brandi’s Botanicals

Brandi Dennison

Brandisbotanicals.com

Facebook and Instagram: brandisbotanicals

 

Hair and Makeup

Laura Bray

laurameredithbray.com

Instagram: blushandbobbys 

 

Dress

Theia Couture

https://theiacouture.com/

Facebook and Instagram: theiacouture

 

Bridal Boutique

Lana Addison Bridal

Cary, North Carolina

lanaaddisonbridal.com

Facebook: lanaaddison // Instagram: lanaaddisonbridal

 

Clutch

Juniper & Lace

Stephanie Hollingsworth

Juniperandlace.com

Facebook: juniperandlacedesigns // Instagram: juniperandlace

 

Rings

Staghead Designs

stagheaddesigns.com

Facebook and Instagram: stagheaddesigns

 

Earrings and Necklace

Grace in Gold

graceingold.etsy.com

Instagram: graceingoldjewelry (no FB)

 

Stationery

Yellow Heart Art

Leonora Benza

yellowheartart.com

Facebook and Instagram: yellowheartart

 

Calligrapher

Happy Tines

Caitlin Baumberger

Happytines.com

Facebook and Instagram: happytines

 

Rentals

Cake stands:

Farm & Filigree

Kristal Cloer

Farmandfiligree.com

Facebook and Instagram: farmandfiligree

 

Tableware:

American Party Rentals

Americanpartyrentals.com

Facebook and Instagram: americanpartyrentals

 

Dress hanger, vintage baking & misc items:

Gryphon’s Acquisitions

Griffin Nelson

Gryphonsacquisitions.etsy.com

Facebook: forhappytearsonly // Instagram: the_gryphons_nest

 

Cookbook

Honey and Hive Creations

Rachel Bush

Honeyandhivecreations.com

Facebook and Instagram: honeyandhivecreations

 

Bridal Apron

Messy Messy Me

LIbby Robb

Messymessyme.etsy.com

 

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What do you want your marriage to be?

 

 

When we went to premarital counseling at our church, there was a lot of talking. We had a workbook, someone talked to us about marriage. We ourselves, however, did very little talking in premarital counseling.

I guess that was all well and good. I was 24, I didn’t know how to express myself well. I was kind of quite immature and Alex and I were embarking on this deep thing and it was kind of stressful.

So if you’re on the other side of this screen, and you’re deep in your head cycling about what marriage is going to be like for you, here’s two short things for you to think about.

First, this is totally normal. It’s healthy even to contemplate the future. Don’t let the unknowns control you because there’s nothing worse than living anywhere other than the present, in the land of What Is, not What Was, or What will Be.

Secondly, if you find yourself mucking about in the unknowns, recenter on this one question: What do you want your marriage to be? 

What do you want your marriage to be?

Deep into marriage, there’s going to be circling- circling each other, the elephant in the room, deep and exciting changes- babies, pets, jobs. Life is like that. And sometimes you’ll find that you and your spouse are circling in different places. And you need to come back to something. That something for us has always, even when we didn’t realize it, this issue of what we want our marriage to be. Coming back to that is really helpful in these moments where we don’t know what to do or what the hell is happening.

I wish that someone had asked us that, instead of talking at us about marriage. 15 years in, we’re just learning to ask ourselves that. What do we want our family to stand for after we look after ourselves?  A lot of days, the answer is “we don’t know.” Some years have honestly only been about us, slogging through depression, adoption, babies and toddlers. And that’s ok.

What do you want your marriage to be?

Establishing yourself in marriage is a really introspective and personal thing. As we’ve moved along in marriage we’ve been privileged to walking along some extraordinary people, some of whom struggle immensely with circumstances beyond their control. As we move along with this question of what we want our marriage to be, we’ve realized the answer for us lies with where the Lord carries us. Right now it’s to be a place where people can come and sit on our couch and drink wine and stare at our TV, or talk about life, and find in our home, non drama filled (for the moment anyways) friends who can be there for them when they need it. So we center ourselves in the fragile but unwavering faith that the if we walk with the Lord, he’ll take us where we need to go.

Asking and thinking and dreaming about your marriage will take you to places that are really hard and beautiful. And over time, I hope you discover that your marriage becomes equal parts about you and about the world around you. And it’s ok if it takes 15 years to come to that place, or 20 or forever. Marriage is ever changing, and ever changing you. That’s the beauty of it.

 

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Lofts at Union Square Wedding Photos

These Lofts at Union Square Wedding Photos came up for blogging today and I’m really glad to share this beautiful North Carolina wedding. High Point is small, but has a lot to off all the couples out there looking for a modern loft wedding, right in the city without the hassle of the city itself.

The beautiful part of a High Point wedding is that during the week, High Point is happening! The furniture industry is doing it’s thing, textiles, and samples and buyers from stores around the world make their way up and down the streets. But on the weekends, the hustle and bustle dies down a bit, and allows for a beautiful city experience.

The Lofts at Union Square is a beautiful old building with huge windows, polished cement floors and the most amazing cement column centering the ceremony room. It’s pretty great. I love the contrast of the old window panes with the white columns. They’re definitely a beautiful focal point from which to anchor a ceremony.

And as for the style of wedding you can have, the Lofts are definitely geared toward an industrial look. But the ceremony room and the reception room is a less industrial and more italian piazza in style. So while you might like an industrial feel, you can definitely keep that, and add european industrial flair, or a Southern Industrial flair. These Lofts at Union Square wedding photos definitely tend toward the latter.

Southern Industrial takes the architectural best of the mid century South, and marries it with the modern presentation of an up and coming city like High Point. Early to mid century buildings are juxtaposed with new modern buildings of up and coming furniture designers. The result is a beautiful scene of old and new from the windows.

Alex and Doug saw the beauty of this space and made it their own, creating a souther industrial wedding that incorporated their loves of Marvel and DC comics, the Walking dead, and a rollicking party with friends and family.

 

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If you’ve enjoyed these Lofts at Union Square wedding photos, I’d love for you to learn more about my and my work, and inquire about your wedding date here.

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A post about love and marriage.

 

We all had hopes that 2018 would be better than 2017, that it couldn’t possibly get uglier than last year. But today is July 5th, and the world still lacks love. Family separations, racism, violence, and a whole host of other atrocities greet us every morning. Hate and ugliness often starts many of our days.

Friends, that shouldn’t be.

I know how many of us sit helplessly watching things and feeling powerless to affect change. I feel the loss of love every day.

Someone I’ve come to regard as the wedding and marriage grinch, once suggested that to photograph weddings for a living was extravagant and fed into some kind of idealizing of the state of marriage. Nothing is farther from the truth to me.

Marriage is a beacon of hope in a dark world. We need more of it, frankly, not less.

If you’ve been lucky enough to love and be loved and you and your partner are taking the ultimate plunge into marriage, you’re taking a bold and beautiful step to share love with another person.  But your wedding also shares love with the people you invite to celebrate with you. I regularly watch wedding guests cry at ceremonies as they think of a time where they lived great hope and love.

Marriage isn’t all sunshine and cupcakes all the time. It’s a lot of hard work. But if you live in a marriage where commitment and selflessness rule the day, your marriage is grace to other people who see you being selfless in your public life. So if you live with great love, and your marriage is strong, you’re the fortunate one. When you sit and stare at the news, developing neck damage from shaking your head so much and feeling despair take a step back. Step back to the intangibles you’ve been given- love and hope and time and selflessness.

If we live with hope and love, we can make our surroundings and the people around us better. It takes almost no effort, even on the bad days, to put a hand on someone’s arm and wish them well, tell your neighbor you’re thinking of them, to give a struggling person a hug, or just sit with them and say, “This is hard, and I’m sorry.” The acting of being and acknowledging the being of another person brings hope and shares from the well of stability you’ve been gifted and makes us all a little stronger.

I have to stop now because my word count has exceeded my original goal. But if you’re struggling because you’ve been planning this wedding and wondering what the what it all matters, just know that it does. Your wedding matters, and your marriage definitely matters. They both point to something larger than you or something more profound than you might have originally anticipated.

Love, hope and selflessness are our best bets for countering the worst of what happens around us. Love well in the second half of the year.

 

 

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Macgregor Downs Country Club Wedding Photos

When I first met with Lora and Adam about creating their Macgregor Downs Country Club wedding photos, we talked a lot about their trip to Scotland where they got engaged. MacGregor Downs Club has a beautiful stone fireplace that really carried them back to their trip, and they knew it was the place. The rest fell into place easily- the deep emerald green color, the flowers,  even the weather- overcast and cool was reminiscent of Scotland.

MacGregor downs is a wonderful place for wedding that’s intimate and elegant, with an old world feel, with all the modern amenities you could want at hand. Situated in Cary, NC, the courses run through stately houses, and create a quiet stillness. Lora had several great moments to herself and with her bridesmaids, and I know that the stillness helped her to center herself on her wedding day.

Serenity might be a better word for stillness. But whatever the word, having a few moments of that on your wedding day is priceless. In the last month, I’ve photographed 5 weddings, and there came a point in each wedding, just after the Bride had put on her dress, or even just before, where I asked people to step out, or took the bride to a quiet place where we made some really beautiful and simple images. Last week was in just the light of the window, last month I took a bride into a grove of trees. Each time I asked her to take a few moments, and think about whatever she wanted to think about. It gave her some centeredness, some clarity, and few minutes without questions, or hustle, or last minute decisions. Every bride takes a few moments to take a deep breath.

Whatever your wedding day holds, you just have one goal: at the end of the day, be married to the person you love. That’s it. So on your wedding day, take a few minutes to yourself, to center, take a deep breath, look out the window or sit by yourself with a glass of wine or champagne. You’ll be glad you did.

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If you liked these Macgregor Downs Country Club wedding photos, please take some time to learn more about me, or enquire about your wedding date. I’d love to chat.

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