Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tina + Mike's Spring Wedding - Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden

 tina & mike chose the paul j ciener botanical garden for their wedding.  it was the perfect location for a beautiful spring time wedding in the gardens. the ceremony was held outside in the tropical garden area, surrounded by friends and family.  mike's two adorable daughters ella & sara were the flower girls, also taking part in the actual ceremony. each of the girls received heart shaped engraved lockets from tina, making the four of them come together as a family.

wedding party & family photos naturally took place in the gardens. at the same time i was capturing these, jenny photographed the cocktail hour out on the patio terrace. the grand ballroom was beautifully decorated with shades of yellows & browns with lace, burlap, and of course flowers. the wedding party made their entrance, followed by the newlyweds who went into their first dance.

everything came together so well thanks in part to emily adams who helped coordinate & to the ladies at the venue, toni and kristen. paul j. ciener botanical garden is one of my most favorite places to photograph a wedding, bridal, or event and its a great place to visit too.  jenny & i were personally impressed with the caterers too - it was the first time i've worked with plain & fancy catering. the food was amazing and presented nicely on the buffet table. the cakes at artist's way creations are always perfect, so you know we had to try a slice. a good time was had by all - it was a magical evening filled with so much love and happiness!

jenny & i truly enjoyed working with tina, mike, the girls, and their families. tina's parents are wonderful people as were mike's parents. tina's uncle, a retired professional photographer from the goldsboro area, was such a character! he told me he was enjoying his retirement & the evening "off" at the wedding - love it! thanks so much tina & mike for including us in your big day!  we wish you years and years of happiness.

tina's bridal session was featured on my blog last spring. please be sure to take a look - she is stunning!

venue - paul j ciener botanical garden
celebrant - rev. jason brinkley
catering - plain & fancy catering
wedding cake - artist's way creations
flowers - keepsake bouquets
DJ - complete music 
day of coordinator - emily adams
wedding gown - bridal mart
veil - family heirloom {bride's mother}
getaway car -  1940 packard {bride's father}
thanks to jenny for co-shooting!

all images © elizabeth larson photography 2014