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#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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Bad Ass Boutonnière

Non traditional boutonnière, dogwood leaf, ordered off of the interweb from http://www.bhldn.com/shop-sale-decor/porcelain-bloom-1/productoptionids/f314d873-ef50-4ba8-88ab-7e634f1f2445
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The wedding was in Banner Elk, NC, the groom wore a lighter navy blue suit from JCrew. He looked amazing. His boutonnière wins Best in Show. I have to look up boutonnière every time I want to type it, in fact the minute I search, bou, it’s the first word. I should win Best in Spelling.

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17/11UTC2013-10-11T14:16:01+00:00UTC10bUTCFri, 11 Oct 2013 14:16:01 +0000/2010 · 2:16 pm

Julia + Erik

Julia + Erik got married at Freedom Park in Charlotte, October 24, 2010. I was only a wedding photography year in, so I couldn’t fully enjoy the best thing about this wedding, because I didn’t realize it was the best thing yet! Hindsight is 20/20, right?

Julia and Erik were out in the crowd before they got married, they were saying hello and hugging everyone, yes.. two and half years later, it still brings tears to my eyes. It was really magical, the love in the air was electric. No other bride has done this, it was amazing to witness. And some people might poo poo the idea but walking down the aisle to get married is magical no matter, if you live together, you are already married, you just saw each other ten minutes ago.. it’s still butterflies and nerves!!

Here’s Julia’s Yelp review of her wedding…. awwww. Thanks Julia!!!
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“Ready for girly omg-my-wedding-photographer-was-so-awesome gushiness? Yeah? Good, cos here we go.

First let me just say, I like Tonya. A lot. She’s hilarious, confident, cute, and extremely personable. Southern Belle-ish with a healthy dose of punkrawk. I also like Tonya’s photography a lot – it, too, is hilarious, colorful, poppy. She loves crooked angles, peeling sign paint, pirates, graffiti and bright colors, so her taste and mine align.

But it’s the Loooove and zeal she has for shooting that really makes her special. She gets into a zone and just goes and goes, gets the most cantakerous gramps to smile for el camara, cuts a lame joke to get a real smile (and it works! time after time!), all while showing up at every damn moment of your entire weekend, cute outfit on, camera in hand, smiling and hugging and buying you cocktails and telling you you’re gorgeous.

All for a reasonable price. Effing awesome.”

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Sunny Days The Apple Barn Valle Crusis Wedding

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“Tonya Russ Price at Poprock Photography is an event photographer with a fabulous eye and amazing talent. She does more non-traditional “documentary style” pictures, which is exactly what I wanted. She traveled about 2 hours to be at our event in the mountains (and to do engagement photos beforehand, which were a blast and turned out awesome). I can’t really put into words how happy I am with the beautiful record of our day. She did more than just take pictures; she captured the spirit of the event, the guests, and our love for each other. You won’t regret hiring her and I can pretty much guarantee you’ll enjoy having her around! She’s a lot of fun on top of it all! (She also charms family members … my aunts all fell in love with her and she good-naturedly put up with their nickname of “Smurfette.” She’s awesome all the way around!) Can’t recommend her enough!”
Sunny ~ Wedding Wire Review Wedding June 2012

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Wedding Bouquet St Marys Chapel Charlotte NC

corbin 680James + Jessica got married last week, they had a small ceremony in a tiny chapel in NC, it was a lovely, intimate affair. They had 49 of their closest friends and family.

There were many things that I loved about their wedding, but what really caught my eye was the bouquet, since they didn’t have attendants, Jessica put her flowers on the alter, not only does it give the bridesmaid a break by holding two bouquets in most weddings, it puts a little color in the background.

Jessica’s bouquet Lilly Greenthumb’s
Hair TEASE of Charlotte NC
Makeup Scott Arnold MAC at Southpark Mall

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Converse Wedding Shoes

My wedding last week my groom and his groomsmen had custom-made Converse complete with the date embroidered on the back, talk about really being able to wear your wedding clothes again!  Love, love, love!

In fact, the past three weekends have all had on Converse, how cool are my brides?  Dang, I’m one lucky girl.  Do you see where my bride Bedazzled hers? Only means serious fun!

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I Prospose a Toast!

Oh my gosh, I sincerely love the smell of toast.  How quickly I get off track.  I joke and say, I eat a lot of cake and drink bad Chardonnay in the wedding photography business.  Now, I can add to the list, I hear a lot of bad toasts.  People read up on these helpful hints or make sure you do a little research before you bunker down to write yours.

Proper Toast Tips:

Proper Wedding Toast Tip #1: Leave the Skeletons In the Closet- it’s ok to tell a funny quick story, make sure it’s not hurtful to anyone in the group and try not to over use I!    No drunken escapades or stories of jail and certainly not past romances.

Proper Wedding Toast Tip #2: If You Aren’t Funny, Don’t Try To Be- be charming and witty or whatever your strong point may be.

Proper Wedding Toast, Tip #3: Be Soberin some circles this is nearly impossible, but you know, don’t be sloppy drunk.

Run your toast by your favorite editor or Miss Manners person and practice. Be heartfelt and precise.  Most importantly, be relaxed and sincere.

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