Best Bridesmaid's Bag

Ladies!!!!

Let me brag for a second on this amazing bag. I recently picked up this bag and have used it for quick overnight trips. It is the perfect size for a weekender bag. You need to run out, tomorrow, and get your bridesmaid’s this gorgeous bag. They come in several colors and can be monogrammed for my Southern brides. Best part is, it’s sold online so you don’t even need to leave the house!!

Not only is the bag beautiful but it’s also big! I have thrown my gym clothes, shoes, water and even protein bars in here. It’s so convenient yet stylish.

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This weekender bag is the perfect size for your bachelorette party getaway, and can be filled with all of the other great goodies on their site.

I’m a little picky and a lot boujie when it comes to luggage, the striped lining on this bag had me sold! It even has a removable cross body strap. I’m sold and you should be too! They are going fast so peep them here and let me know what you think!

Brittany & Michael Say I Do | Founders Hall Wedding

Brittany decided to start her morning at the Omni hotel in uptown Charlotte. The Omni has large, gorgeous suites with tons of natural light, which make this photographer very happy! The talented Lindsey with Lovely By Lindsey did the bridal hair and makeup. While makeup was finishing up, I documented all of the details for the wedding day.

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Brittany not only made such a beautiful bride but she was very easy going and joyful on her wedding day which made photographing her a breeze. Brittany’s gorgeous dress was purchased at J Major’s Bridal Boutique.

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I love to sneak in a quick first look with a bride and her dad before heading over to the venue. It’s a special quiet moment for just the two of them before the chaos of the day continues.

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Brittany and Michael got married at St. Gabriel’s Church. I grew up Catholic so I always appreciate a good full mass wedding. It was the first time the groom saw the bride and made for special portraits.

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Once they were officially married we rounded up the crew and headed outside for some amazing wedding party portraits. The wind was blowing and the weather was perfect on this October day.

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After portraits with the family and wedding party, it was time for Brittany and Michael to enjoy being together as husband and wife for the first time alone. We may have been there to direct them and capture the moments.

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Those flowers were absolutely stunning and were provided by Sweet T Flowers.

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After portraits in the park, we jumped back on the trolley and headed off to Founders Hall for a fun filled reception. The decor, florals and cake were all so stunning and perfectly Fall!

The couple was even able to join their guests for a few minutes of their cocktail hour.

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The day was orchestrated by the awesome wedding planners Magnificent Moments Weddings. Well done ladies!

Jennifer & Dillon Engagement | Lake Norman

I met Jennifer & Dillon about a year ago. I quickly learned that not only are they gorgeous, but so in love & have the cutest pup too!

They are getting married at the Peninsular Yacht Club in Cornelius, a venue which I’m very familiar with as I live only a few miles away.

The Peninsula Yacht Club sits right on Lake Norman and is the perfect lakeside wedding venue.

I cannot believe it is already their wedding day. Jennifer will make the most beautiful bride, I just know it!

Definitely make sure to follow us through out the day on our IG - hohweddingphotography and stalk their LKN wedding.

Oh and throw up a few good thoughts about no rain!

Happy wedding day Jennifer & Dillon, I can’t wait to see you both in just a few hours!!

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 https://foreverweddingfavors.com 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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