st marys chapel wedding + ri ra wedding reception, charlotte nc

Anna and Cody’s story is a special one to me…Cody and I went to college together and he actually married Mike and I back in 2008 :)  So when Cody asked me to photograph their wedding I was beyond excited and honored!!

Their beautiful wedding took place on July 16 in downtown Charlotte, NC with everyone getting ready at the historic Dunhill Hotel, the ceremony at historic St. Mary’s Chapel and the reception following at RiRa’s, which is such a fun bar and restaurant with a great atmosphere.  The day started out cloudy and it looked almost as if it could rain, but it didn’t and the sun peeped out just after the ceremony, which I think is good luck :)
Cody and Anna, thank you so much for allowing me to document your wedding day—it was beautiful and, just like you wanted, I’m pretty sure everyone had a great time :)
Anna’s dress is gorgeous and she purchased it in Charlottesville, VA at West Main Bridal.
Nothing more gorgeous than a radiant bride on her wedding day!  :)
I love the getting ready photographs, almost as much as any other part of the wedding day…there is so much excitement and anticipation and you can feel it in the air…
Anna and Cody held their reception at RiRa’s in downtown Charlotte and it was so much fun!
Gotta wrap up the post with an awesome reception shot of Cody and all the guys singing “You’ve lost that lovin’ feeling” to Anna  :)

santa barbara granada theater wedding: diarmuid and chrissy

Two weeks ago I posted a sneak peek of Diarmuid and Chrissy’s wedding…I am so excited to share the full post today!  Long post, so be warned!  When I first met Diarmuid and Chrissy at their Santa Monica Pier engagement session and witnessed first hand just how truly head-over-heels in love they are, I knew this would be a fabulous wedding!!

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention all the wonderful and amazing people who came together to create this beautiful wedding for Chrissy and Diarmuid:
Coordinator:  Donna Romani Events
Hair/Makeup:  LunaBella Makeup Art
Ceremony Venue:  El Presidio ChapelRain Longo
Reception Venue:  Granada Theater, William Cochran
Ceremony musician:  Jennifer Argenti (310.592.6417)
Cocktail hour musicians:  Geoff Earley (216.870.4265)
Officiant:  Alegra M. Bartzat (817.851.7187)
Wedding dress: Beautiful Day Bridal
Florals: The Floral Decorator, Becky Pedretti (805.565.0772)
The day started out on the beautiful Santa Barbara riviera overlooking the Pacific…
Diarmuid and Chrissy chose to have a first look and see each other before the ceremony…it was a wonderful opportunity to use a different venue other than the ceremony and reception site for photographs, plus we had plenty of time for oodles of portraits!  :)
Their first look took place at the Santa Barbara Courthouse

Ceremony time at the El Presidio Chapel…
Chrissy and Diarmuid on the marquee at the Granada!
Dear Chrissy and Diarmuid…thank you for letting us be a part of your beautiful day!!  Hope you’re getting settled in Montreal!! xoxo!!

bridal sessions

When I recently had the chance to photograph Anna’s bridal portraits at Riverbench winery in Santa Maria, I was thrilled!  I love bridal portrait sessions and they are not as common on the West coast as they are on the East coast.  I decided to shed some light on the subject!  :)

Anna’s bridal session was the perfect opportunity for her to capture some moments of just herself, instead of her and her now husband!  This was such a fun afternoon…
Julia’s session was AWEsome!  We scoured this amazing property in Eastern North Carolina and had a great time…this was a wonderful opportunity for Julia to try out makeup and hair and her dress!
And in this Anna’s case, she wanted to do a hair/makeup trial run as well and get to see the venue property before the big day!  So fun!  :)