Brittany's Separk Mansion Bridal Session

Do you know what a bridal session is? Is it necessary? Would you want one? These are all questions that run through brides minds as they research wedding photography packages. A bridal session is with HOH is usually 60-90 minutes, often at the wedding venue, and is the perfect opportunity to photograph the bride in her wedding dress before the wedding day. Often times a large framed wall portrait or canvas of the bride is displayed on an easel at the wedding. Not only is it a southern tradition but it is a great opportunity for brides to do a hair and makeup trial. I also suggest that brides have their florist make a duplicate bouquet to use during the session. It’s the perfect time to see how your wedding day look comes together, and make any adjustments if you aren’t happy with jewelry, hair, makeup or even the flowers. More than anything, take a moment to breathe and relish the bridal feeling through the crazy wedding planning process.

Brittany met me at her wedding venue which is Separk Mansion in Gastonia. I always love photographing at Separk mansion but it is such a treat to be in the wedding venue when it is empty and full of morning light.

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The florist is Pink Petunia located in Charlotte and made such a stunning bridal bouquet for us to use. The flowers were the perfect shades of blush, cream and just the right amount of greenery.

Brittany’s dress fit her like a glove and came from couture Bridal Store in the Ballantyne area and was altered by Jablonska Inc.

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My two favorite locations at Separk Mansion are the amazing dramatic staircase and the checkered room as I refer to it. Both are such iconic bridal portrait locations, which would be very crowded on the actual wedding day.

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The venue is known for the southern, romantic charm and has amazing but dramatic lighting.

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A big thanks to the bride’s sister and maid of honor for helping throw up her veil. Love these last few images in front of the mansion.

Six Inexpensive Wedding Favors

Often times I get to collaborate with different people in the wedding industry. Recently the guys from sent over some new products to share with you all. There are some super cute and very reasonably priced wedding favors. Take a look and let us know which are your favorites!

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The salt and pepper favors may have been my favorite and would be perfect for your head table on wedding day.

I love wine so anything that I can use while enjoying a glass of Cab Sav is also a win in my book.

I’m not a beer drinker but this little opener was adorable.

I get asked all the time about magnets to send with save the dates and these two options seem like great alternatives to the pricey picture magnets.

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Sunflower Couples Session | Kristy & Tristan

A little late on this one but wanted to share this sweet couple’s sunflower session from July. They braved the early morning hours for the best lighting and perky sunflowers. We nailed it and I couldn’t ask for much more.

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Kristy & Tristan met goin to UNCW. They’re young, active and love doing everything outdoors.

Most recently, they even got a puppy together, a baby Yorkie named Archie. Stay tuned for some sweet puppy pics!

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Jenifer & Dylan Say I Do | St Gabriel's Church Wedding | Terrace at Cedar Hill Wedding | Charlotte, NC

Jnnifer & Dylan had a beautiful wedding day from start to finish. They had a classic Catholic wedding ceremony at St. Gabriel’s church and an energetic, fun reception at the Terrace at Cedar Hill in Charlotte.

HOH arrived to start our day at the Residence Inn uptown Charlotte. Details are definitely one of my favorite parts of the wedding day. So much work goes into planning every last detail of the wedding day, so I want my couples to have portraits of their details to look back on and remember forever.

The hustle and bustle of wedding day can be super overwhelming, so another favorite moment of mine is putting on the dress. I usually have the bridesmaids clear out of the room to give us space, plus it gives the bride a quiet moment with her mom and sisters.

I haven’t had a whole lot of First Looks this season so when I get one, I get a little giddy inside. Jenifer & Dylan’s did not disappoint.

Doing a First Look before the ceremony allows us more time to do formal portraits before the ceremony so that the bride & groom can have more fun at the reception.

First Looks aren’t just for bride and grooms, often times we set up a First Look between the bride and her dad as well.

The Catholic ceremony was beautiful and serene. I love all the rituals and traditions involved with a church wedding.

Jenifer & Dylan’s reception venue used to be called Roof with a View and we have photographed there many times but now it is the new and improved Terrace at Cedar Hill. This venue has the most amazing city views yet has the added benefit of a private parking lot.

The ceremony was beautiful, the party was all the rage and their exit was just as exiting. Thanks for letting HOH be a part of your wedding day Jenifer & Dylan!

Bridal Luncheon | Natalie @ Myers Park Country Club

Did you know that Head Over Heels will photograph your bridal luncheon? We sure will! We can document all of your wedding activities including engagement parties, bridal luncheons and rehearsal dinners.

Natalie had such a gorgeous bridal luncheon the day before her wedding at Myers Park Country Club. Since their rehearsal dinner was later that evening they opted for a light salmon salad with bottomless mimosas for lunch. It was a great time for all of Natalie’s closest gal pals to get together and celebrate her one last time, showering her with love and encouragement before her big day.

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Any reason to have cake is a good reason for me! Natalie’s grandmother also brought her one last gift before the big day, a precious set of pearls!

On the wedding day there is so much hustle and bustle that it’s hard to actually enjoy the company of your guests while trying to stick to a rigid timeline. I highly suggest having a bridal luncheon with all of your favorite people before your wedding day not only for them to celebrate you and give you their words of wisdom about marriage and love but more importantly so you can let them know how much their presence means to you!

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It was such an elegant lunch Natalie, just like your wedding was!