Time to share a work project I had been working on last year! I had been talking with the owner of Boxwood Lodge about doing some sort of shoot out there ever since my sister used the venue for her wedding back in 2011.  Everything about the property is dying to be photographed!!  Well, it was only a few years in the making, but it was on my "must complete" list for 2014.  I have been a part of styled shoots before- where I simply show up and shoot, but I have never tried to plan one of these shoots…thats a whole different ballgame!  We shot this styled shoot in April of 2014, but as it turns out, the shoot was picked up for a featured spread in Carolina Bride this current issue, so we waited for the issue to be released to finally share the photos!  You can see it in print now in the Jan-March issue:) oh, and check out our cover image, too;)

When I had the idea for the shoot, I knew what I wanted to do/accomplish, but I #1 just had a baby and #2 was drowning in the work I was still trying to do while just having said baby(oh yea, and a toddler)  I had already lined up some of the vendors before Shepherd was born(really only the dress shop and venue), but there was still so much to do and plan for our shoot.  Monica, owner of Bellisima in downtown Salisbury was with me on the ground level of planning the shoot and helped to connect some of other potential vendors, but I knew at that point we had to bring on a planner.  Ashley was a 2013 bride of mine and is a planner extraordinaire- and also had bought her own wedding gown at Belissima, so it all seemed very kismet to ask her if she wanted to be a part of what we were doing!  I knew her "get it done" attitude was exactly what we needed.  As it turned out, she  had just left her venue planning job to do full service wedding planning on her own with a new company, Kerri Leigh Weddings and Events.  She totally ran with our very broad concept and made the WHOLE ENTIRE SHOOT AMAZING.  Inspired by magnolia's, she made this southern wedding come to life.  I can take credit for nothing you see here, it was all Ashley- her amazing vision, complete attention to detail, working with each vendor, finding vendors I didn't even know we needed- and working her little booty off setting up our whole day and making it look like a real live wedding(minus 100 of your closest friends and family).

We really wanted to showcase each of our amazing vendors- who are some of THE ABSOLUTE BEST in all of the wedding industry.  I do not say that lightly.  Every. single. one. gets my stamp of approval.  If you have not hired them for your wedding and you are still planning, literally RUN to hire them.  You will not regret it! All that to say, Ashley worked with each of them to make everything seamlessly tie together.  Quite honestly, even being in this business myself, I could not have made a vision come together like she did.  I cannot recommend her enough!  Boxwood itself was the main inspiration for us and adding that touch of southern charm made for the exact type of classy, timeless wedding we were all going for.

I knew Danielle and Drew were perfect for being our "wedding couple".  Thankfully they agreed (props to Drew for participating in essentially playing dress-up)!  Lindsey made Danielle look picture perfect and  Monica had an amazing concept of "One Dress, Three Ways".  There are really only two dresses in this shoot, but yet 4 looks!  One dress alone can be worn 3 different ways!  Perfect for the girls who are wanting to mix up their look throughout the day- genius!  Chelish Moore created the most beautiful, southern florals- I have a feeling many of my 2015 brides will use as inspiration.  I love white flowers, but really think they need "something else" to make them pop- and this bouquet is THE PERFECT example of that.

I am really proud of everyones hard work and dedication to make our shoot a success!  Please check out each of the vendors below- everything you see was begged/borrowed/renter/created for our shoot and available for your event as well!

planning + design: kerri leigh weddings and events | venue: boxwood estate | bridal gowns + accessories: bellissima of salisbury | florist: chelish moore flowers | invitations + paper goods: the lettered lily | hair + makeup: be pretty | harpist: harps n things | transportation: hotrod getaways | linens + tabletop rentals: party reflections | menswear: bruce's tuxedo | cake + macaroons: tart sweets | monogrammed bouquet ribbon: oatmeal lace

 





 
  1. HotRod GetAway:

    Thank you, Lindsey, for the amazing photos and the opportunity to participate in such an elegant style shoot! It was such a beautiful venue to visit and your couple, a joy! ~Cyndi @ HotRod GetAway

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Anytime we can to shoot out at Childress Vineyards we are happy as clams! Megan and David had the sweetest winter wedding out at the vineyard and we shot Megan's bridal portraits there. Too may favorites to pick- enjoy this sunny bridal session on this freezing day!

Awesome makeup by @bellaamoremakeup, hair by Edens Salon- @edenhair123, and florals by Chelish Moore. Happy Monday!


 

I loved getting to work with Lisa and Ben over the course of their engagement!  The Ivy Place is one of my top three venues in all of the greater Charlotte area.  Lisa's vision was truly brought to life at this beautiful venue, and the weather was 100% perfect!  Beautiful light all day, perfect temperatures, and a sunset to die for.  When I posted Lisa's bridals, I said she was my Muse- and that feeling only continued during the wedding- the girl can't take a bad photo!  Ben was very dapper in his suit and their first look gave us plenty of time for photos- and with the weather and venue being so amazing, I am so glad they decided on that option.  Ben put so much work into the reception- he built the Bar and the table for their reception- and they were absolutely amazing!  The gold confetti send off was the first we've seen, and it was just so fun(albeit I think Lisa was EATING confetti at the end of the walkway!)  Here are just some of my favorites from their big day- and a slideshow at the end with more favorites.

Makeup by Casey and florals by Just Delightful.



 
January 2, 2015
 

true love- Tyler & Clint

 
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Happy New Year!  All of our family functions have wrapped up, all left overs eaten, and we finally got some much needed rest in this house!  The holidays were filled with lots of wonderment with Sharpe turning 3 and beginning to understand more what Christmas is all about- and our little guy Shepherd just loving all the excitement, wrapping paper, and attention!  We had a blast celebrating the season (once we finally got there and out from under all of our orders and wedding edits!).  Yesterday we spent the New Year organizing our house, getting rid of lots of clutter and preparing for success in 2015 at home.  In the following week Joe and I can't wait to sit down and do some goal setting for personal and business stuff that I will be sharing here and recapping our 2014!  We have some fun stuff to share!  2014 was a 'bear' in many ways...mostly all good, but there were definitely things that "worked" and some things that didn't- and the Type A person in me needs to get that on paper so I can remember and learn from this past year.

But before we get to all of that, there is much blogging to do to catch up on the lost weeks that I am now calling "The Vortex" (pretty much the months of Oct, Nov, and Dec) We can't wait to shoot Tyler and Clint's wedding this year!  The fall brought so many beautiful engagement sessions!  Tyler's brother Nick got married in 2014, so we can't wait to celebrate with them two years in a row! I've said it before, but a family trusting us more than once is the greatest compliment any client can give us!  Here are just some of our favorites from our time together! It was CHILLY and WINDY, but these two were troopers and so much fun- I love them!  Happy Friday! and Happy New Year!

 

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