Eileen & Ernesto Say I Do | Morningstar Chapel Wedding | Charlotte, NC

I first met Eileen in Ohio where she was a bridesmaid in her brother and now sister in law's wedding. In addition to being beautiful, Eileen is also super sweet so naturally I was thrilled when she called to set up a consultation for her April wedding. When she came into the studio I met her fiancé, Ernesto, for the first time. They were super excited and anxious for their big day! 

On the day of Ernesto & Eileen's wedding the rain was off and on all day. Luckily it provided nice soft light for the pictures and we stayed dry! Check out Eileen's beautiful ring, I just love the setting. You did a great job Ernesto!

Since this was the second time photographing this family I felt like I fit right in. I was able to photograph more photo-journalistically. From Eileen's bouncy curls to her sparkling shoes, every detail was thoroughly planned. 

Janel went to the hotel where the boys were getting ready to capture the last moments of Ernesto being a single man. Bowties & pocket squares are hard to perfect and you boys nailed it!

Janel & I get SUPER excited when we find out that our bride & grooms are interesting in a First Look. Or as Janel calls the hidden first look, the First Feel. Ernesto led Eileen in prayer before their ceremony without physically seeing each other. It's a great time for the couple to relieve stress & live in the one moment of peace before the ceremony begins.

The intimate ceremony was bright and airy, a photographer's dream. Ernesto & Eileen wrote their own vows, which brought their guests to both tears and laughter. Sealed with a kiss, the two became Mr. & Mrs. Morales for the first time. 

The couple is very loved & celebrated, as the pictures show. I have to brag that this bridal party was absolutely gorgeous. They made our job easy!

After Janel & I finally kicked out the crowd we secluded the newly married couples for some romantic photos. Eileen & Ernesto are so in love. I just love the little red door on the chapel.

If the vows didn't bring you to tears, the first dances certainly did! I always tear up on the father & daughter dance, there is just something about it that gets me every time. 

I have to brag on the reception venue for just a minute...Maggiano's was not only beautiful but served the BEST reception food that I have ever eaten at a wedding, by far. 

With the look on Ernesto's face when he was about to feed Eileen, I was sure that he was going to smash the cake in her face. Instead, he fed her nicely.

Eileen's face is priceless on the bouquet toss. & those flowers were amazing!

Ernesto wasted no time digging in for that garter, with his teeth. The guy that caught it has caught the last 4 or 5 garters at weddings! Your time is coming mister, better start saving.

We finished the night off sneaking away for a few quiet moments with Eileen, her cute flower girls & handsome little ring bearer. 

I LOVE shooting with my awesome business partner Janel & can't wait for the rest of our 2015 weddings!