October is a very different month in North Carolina than it is in the Pacific North West. Despite being on the coast we were wrapped in warm weather, and the area was only starting to experience the early touches of fall. I arrived at Leslies Aunts house where a large southern porch shaded by massive oaks greeted me. Inside, there was a definite sense of excitability in the air. Sisters, aunts and parents all gathered to chit chat, drink mimosas, and get ready.
The ceremony would take place in early afternoon, so they had the whole morning to hang out. I find that there is something really special about getting ready at a family members home, the familiarity of the environment just seems to help keep everyone at ease. Friends and family can come and go, and the home becomes a ‘home base’ for everything and anything that people need that day. It doesn’t matter if things are left behind as you race to the ceremony – it will all be there when you get back.
Leslie opted for comfy slip ons (win) to go with her gorgeous dress. I am obsessed with the cut of it. The straps and revealing back were incredibly flattering and elegant, and the full train made quite a statement.
Just a bride and her sisters! Seriously though, those southern trees!!
Tony was just down the road getting ready at the same place the ceremony would be taking place at. After getting the images I needed with Leslie, I headed down there to see the space and meet up with him. He had both his father and grandfather by his side, so I couldn’t resist getting a generational picture of the three of them!
Can we talk about this floral tie on the groom? Obsessed.
Leslie and Tony had a small intimate outdoor ceremony for just close family, followed by a larger reception where family and friends were all invited. The ceremony was beautiful. Both fathers gave a short speech, and everyone was quite emotional during the vows.
After the celebratory first kiss – the brides family actually all pulled out their instruments and began to play!! It was absolutely amazing. The couple then took their first dance right then and there.
While we were busy capturing family formals, the doors to the hall opened, the hired food truck pulled up, and guests began to arrive.
I couldn’t resist sharing some of these images with their dog liberty, she was such a doll!
The whole wedding had such a fun and relaxed vibe, it was really special. These two are just perfect for each other, and it was hard to get an image where one of them wasn’t giggling at the other.
The reception décor was simple and beautiful. I loved how Leslie just left her violin case open for cards, and the ‘guest book’ was a Polaroid wall. Everything from the cake to the flowers was simple and elegant.
A big ‘Thank You’ for having me out to capture such a beautiful day, congratulations Leslie and Tony!!