Monday, April 06, 2015

kara + matt - high rock lake engagement session

Late last summer, I met up with Kara & Matt at his dad & stepmother's home on High Rock Lake in North Carolina for their engagement session. We started off at the waterfront lake house with Matt's son joining us for a few photos before heading out on the lake. Matt's dad took us out for about an hour on the pontoon boat just before sunset. We had perfect weather & the light couldn't of been any better.

One of Kara & Matt's requests was to get a few shots of them up on an old bridge crossing over the lake. Matt's dad got us up under the bridge so they could climb out and then he backed up so I could get the shots - he was such a great captain! I'm sure the other boaters weren't quite sure what we were up to! I love how this couple is so full of adventure, not to mention they both have a wonderful sense of humor. Very enjoyable to be around them!

Kara & I have a bridal session planned for after the wedding & yes the lake will play a big role in it - its going to be a surprise, be sure to follow our posts so you don't miss out.  I've really enjoyed getting to know this couple over the past several months, as we've planned out their wedding alongside Tonya of ABBA Design {she's awesome!}. And I'm really looking forward to their wedding this coming weekend at the lake house!

Monday, March 30, 2015

liz + phillip - winston-salem wedding

Although Liz & Phillip no longer reside in Winston-Salem, they met while they were both students at Wake Forest University. It was only fitting that they returned to the city where their relationship and love for one another grew. The couple chose to get married in the church they both attended and where Phillip's father had once been the pastor. His father, Pastor Odom, returned to join Pastor Wallover in officiating Liz & Phillip's ceremony. 

After the ceremony we took a handful of photos of the family and wedding party photos at the church, as its absolutely beautiful - the stained glass is amazing! Then we headed over to Old Salem where the timber pedestrian covered bridge is located for the remaining wedding party & couple photos, before they were all introduced to their guests.

 Gray Auditorium at the Old Salem Museum is where the reception was held & it is where they have the oldest & largest known Tannenberg Organ on display in America.  This location for a wedding or event is the best kept secret!  DJ Paul Cordts was amazing to work with - professional, organized, he knows what keeps the guests entertained and out on the dance floor. The caterers were awesome too, not to mention the cuisine was fabulous! Jenny & I absolutely loved the dessert table of all of the couple's favorites. Some were homemade, while others were favorites snacks the couple both enjoy. I never did learn who made the beautiful wedding cake, but I think I overhead a family friend.

At the end of the evening, Liz and Phillip exited through the covered bridge & coming out on the other side in a display of sparklers.  It was a magical day filled with joy & love!

ceremony - Ardmore Baptist Church
wedding director - Kim Griffin
ceremony music - Norris Norwood
celebrants - Pastors David Odom & David Wallover
wedding cake & dessert table - DIY
wedding favors - ROOT soy wax candles

thanks to Jenny for co-shooting!

all images © elizabeth larson photography 2014