#hightea Charlotte NC

Ballantyne Resort offers High Tea complete with finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and lemon curd and an array of teas from around the world.  It’s one of Charlotte’s best kept secrets.  Serving in their lobby that only holds about 30 people, if that.  Wednesday thru Saturday 1p-3p.  Highly recommend reservations.

Ballantyne Resort & Hotel

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Beech Mountain Wedding #BeechAlpenInn

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MAGNETS, Bitches

“MAGNETS, BITCHES.”  It’s time for the old fashion stick pin for corsages and boutonnières to end.  I know it’s what’s been done since blind Mary Ingalls married the hot school teacher, but enough is enough.  I have seen holes in brand new clothes, broken flowers, wimpy placing, top heavy flowers.  When will it stop?  NOW!  No more stick pins demand magnets and even buy them yourself on the internet if need be.  Everyone will thank you!



Pale Yellow Boutonnière

Pale Yellow Boutonnière

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I Thee Gay Wed

Some people say why does it have to be gay weddings? It’s just weddings!  OK, but sometimes we just want to use the words Gay Wedding!  I’m so excited about all the laws changing across the United States!  Please contact me for all your gay photography needs! Poprock Photography

Honey Hill Inn & Cabins, Candler, NC

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First Look Wedding

firstlookThere are so many wedding traditions that makes me wonder why it ever started and why do we keep perpetuating these wedding traditions.  Top on my list is seeing the bride before the wedding. This probably originated when parents picked your mate, so the groom wouldn’t run off if he didn’t like what he saw and yet we still have the tradition.  Many brides want to surprise their groom or they fear it’s bad luck to see the bride, but really it’s so much better to have a first look hours before the wedding.

A first look allows the wedding couple to have a minute to see each other and have a REAL moment instead of in the ceremony in front of everyone. And an even better time for your photographer to document!

Sidenote: Everyone wants to witness this, I would be very adamant about this time only being the wedding couple and photographer only.  You will not have your real reaction when your mother and friends are watching. Trust me.

Think about standard photography during weddings, including all the weddings you’ve been in.  The photographer has to get all your bridal party shots and of course, the whole family (on both sides no less) because the whole family is never together, your mom has insisted on it, all the while the sun is going down.  This is the most stressful time for the photographer because no one listens and family members are not where they are supposed to be during family photo time.  So your photographer has just been trying to deal with your family, (you know how they are) for over an hour and the wedding couple has been here for this hour too..  All they want to do is go to the reception and start partying, but the photographer wants you to go somewhere alone to capture a few shots too.

It would be so much easier, if you get ready, have a first look by yourself, take an hour to shoot around your location or drive to a location for a totally different look.  Then add the wedding party.   You can tell immediate family members exactly what time and where to be and stagger the times.  It’s best to be finished an hour before the start time of the wedding. Then after the wedding, all that needs to be done is the large family photos.  Takes about an hour, then boom, reception time.

Not only does this run more efficiently, the wedding party always behaves better during this time too because there is no open bar yet.  You also have enough photos to fill your album and your wedding hasn’t even started yet.  And believe me, you will be nervous and the person waiting for you at the end of the aisle still gives you the reaction you want. DSC_2393

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Love on the run!  We are offering an elopement package to celebrate all weddings.  To show our excitement for the recent changes in NC marriage laws, we will provide an officiant and a photographer for your ceremony.  We can customize a package for you whether it’s two or two hundred people   You can give us a budget and we can make it work!  Our basic package starts at $300, includes a disk of images and a video montage.  Let’s us plan everything, all you have to do is get your license at the Register of Deeds and we will have the ceremony, parade, pony show, whatever you dreamed of when you publically declare your love to each other.  We are happy to be spontaneous if it’s last minute too!

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POPROCK Timeline

Every bride always wants a timeline from me after I get off the floor from laughter I tell them we can make a timeline, but nothing ever goes as planned. EVER.  Someone is always late, missing, retrieving missing shoes, it’s always something..

But just so you can get an idea of how my day goes. here is an imaginary timeline..

Of course we will start at 10a, because my brides get married around 4p so there’s plenty of daylight for group photos afterwards, right?  Dare to dream, but hey, it’s my imaginary timeline….

10a-  I meet brides and bridesmaids in the hotel room/salon where they are getting ready.

11a- go to bar, eat lunch/cocktails with grooms/ groomsmen.

1230p – Go back to girls and stay with them.

2p sneak away and grab some shots of groom getting ready..

230p back with girls / bride gets her dress on/finishing touches

This would be a great time if we do a First Look!  In my world the bride and groom always see each other before!!! 


3p- in car on way to wedding space.


Some advice I love to give my couples.  Try to get a good night’s sleep the day before, I know it’s hard tying up loose ends and partying with everyone, but if you can avoid it, there is nothing worse than being green, hungover with bags under your eyes for you wedding day.

Eat protein that day, I see so much bread and fruit in hotel rooms, what the H?  Have some turkey sandwiches!!!

And it’s really cute if bridesmaids have matching robes, tshirts or shirt, as cornball as it sounds, if it’s your style, do it!!

When planning your wedding, ask your event planner to have a cooler READY and snacks when the group is hiding out, waiting to be introduced or during photos..  It’s like an afterthought with waiters asking what you want and bringing cocktails later, or groomsmen running off for a beer run duh, have it ready!!

When planning your wedding, always consider daylight savings time!!!

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