After months of kicking around the studio going slightly stir crazy, it was great to head out to photograph Sophia and Kevin's Childress Vineyards wedding a few weeks ago. I've really enjoyed all the intimate ceremonies I've photographed this summer; they have a unique beauty I've really enjoyed documenting. But it was really nice to just get back to some semblance of normality with a "proper" wedding, albeit for a few hours. To see and document a couple, totally in love with each other, being together and exchanging solemn vows, whilst surrounded by their closest friends and family is something I really miss.
Sophia and Kevin are a really lovely, fun couple with a joie de vivre that is infectious. They chose to tie the knot as the sun began to set over the picturesque vineyards at Childress and the light was simply exquisite. After the ceremony, they took a few minutes alone together to enjoy a glass of wine and some food, before we headed out to take some portraits. I have to say I was really blown away by Sophia's natural beauty and her gorgeous dress (and super HEAVY, jewel-encrusted veil) and so I had a lot of fun photographing her and really had a tough time choosing just a few of her portraits for the blog.
With great speeches, a fabulous belly dancer and a whole lot of great tunes provided by Scotty at Making Memories, the reception was a lot of fun to be at, let alone photograph. I had a smile on my face all evening.
Here is some lovely feedback from Sophia & Kevin on their experience working with me:
"My wife and I hired Joe to shoot our wedding at Childress Vineyard in September and we’re BLOWN AWAY with the quality and attention to detail in every shot! Finding an excellent photographer was our number 1 priority when we started planning our wedding over two years ago, and from the moment we first met Joe over a couple of beers at a local brewery, we knew we had found the perfect person to capture our special day. In addition to getting beautiful pictures throughout the day, Joe was personable, funny and kind, helping minimize any potential stress the day brought! Sophia and I highly recommend Joe’s services to anybody who values quality photography for their wedding!"
All in all, it was just brilliant to be back doing what I love to do: wedding photography. Here are just a few of my personal favourites from Sophia & Kevin's special day...
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Childress Vineyards, Lexington, NC | Wedding Planner: Daniel Varela at Chad Biggs Events, Raleigh, NC | Officiant: Amy Rio, Winston-Salem, NC | Florals: Bloominous, Los Angeles, CA | Hair & Make-Up: Mena García Beauty, Raleigh, NC | Dress: Essense of Australia, Lenexa, KS | Catering: Childress Vineyards, Lexingon, NC | Cake: Gigi's Cupcakes, Winston-Salem, NC | DJ: Making Memories DJ Service, Raleigh, NC | Belly Dancer: Laylianah Mahasin, Durham, NC | Assistant Photographer: James Nix , Charlotte, NC
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