Kellie & Matt | Ballantyne Hotel Wedding | Charlotte, NC

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Fun and in love. Kellie and Matt are these words personified. One of the first emails I received from Kellie went something like this: “Dude, you are the best and the coolest, I am so excited.” << Clearly she knew me well and for this I was immediately impressed (joke, I’m not THE coolest, just one of the coolest)….Obviously, we were a match made in heaven. While shooting their engagement session on the lake and meeting Matt for the first time, beer in one hand, waving at me with the other from the dock, I knew he was my groom. Seriously though, just like his beverage, he drank life in and didn’t let anything stop him from just being HIM – plain and simply he is JUST SO MUCH FUN. Like the female version of Kellie: Two peas, one pod these 2…. (yes, I just said that).

The plan was to exchange their vows outdoors with views of rolling hills as their backdrop at the luxurious Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge. That didn’t happen; instead it rained. ALOT. The result was a ceremony packed with friends and family in a nearby room, nothing close to their original vision. The real estate saying, LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION had no bearing when it came to the physical place that these 2 were married. While it wasn’t the exact spot that they may have envisioned, everything was the same – because for them it was a heart thing. It was nice, but they didn’t show up for the view – it was her. It was him. They were there to become THEM. They were there for each other and as long as he was there waiting for her on the other side as she walked arm in arm down the aisle with her dad, that was all that mattered.

It may sound crazy, but even though I was shooting their wedding, I felt like a guest.  Kellie and Matt are sincerely that special. Knowing that I was documenting such a huge part of their future history on their wedding day, meant everything. xoxo

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This attempt to catch the garter on the right side…..epic.
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Venue: Ballantyne – Planner: Posh Affairs – Flowers: The Place for Flowers – Makeup: Erin Ashley – Hair: Suzie Bond P5 Salon – Dress: Hayden Olivia – Dress Designer: Hailey Paige – Belt: Whitney Alyssa – Video: Crown Alley – Cake: Wow Factor – Entertainment: Perfect 10 Band – Bridesmaids Dresses: The Lily Rose – Special thanks to Natalie, Austen & Joshua (the man I married) Stokes for ensuring every moment was caught!

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