Laura and Stephen were married in front of their immediate families in the gardens at the historic Alexander Homestead in Charlotte earlier this month and were SO honored to capture it for them. They had to postpone their original plans for a big wedding in May of this year because of the current pandemic, but they decided they would not put off getting married any longer. We definitely don’t blame them, and they are planning to have the originally planned wedding reception next Spring (which we are super excited for!!).
We hate that this sweet couple couldn’t have the wedding of their dreams when they initially planned it, but we know that this intimate ceremony and family dinner was still a fabulous way for them to celebrate in a more relaxed and intimate setting.
They got ready at a hotel with a fabulous view of downtown Charlotte, and then traveled a few minutes down the road to their venue, The Alexander Homestead. The couple shared a tear-filled first look in front of the koi pond and after some big hugs and laughs, all their nerves and butterflies disappeared… that is except for the beautiful real life butterflies that were all over the gardens.
After the bridal party portraits, we were ready for their outdoor ceremony in front of the decorated white gazebo. Although he had already seen his beautiful bride, that didn’t stop Stephen from breaking down in tears as she walked down the aisle to become his wife. Even the groom’s brother and best man couldn’t hold back the emotion, which was just too precious.
We always try to tell couples, that doing a first look doesn’t cancel out those feelings a groom gets when he sees his bride walking down the aisle, and this was a perfect – and ridiculously sweet – example of that.
After they shared a kiss, their guests tossed lavender buds at the newlyweds as they came down the aisle as husband and wife. We took some time for a few more portraits and then the entire group was bussed over to the The Dunhill Hotel for a delicious dinner in a private room at The Asbury Restaurant. As dinner was served they cut into their adorable cake that had a figurine of their dog Benji as the topper. Toasts were made and the two families spent the rest of the evening enjoying each other’s company and celebrating the sweet love of Laura and Stephen.
We have so enjoyed getting to know these two amazing humans and we cannot wait to get the honor of photographing them and their families again next year at their reception. Enjoy!
Venue – Alexander Homestead
Florist – Pink Petunias
HMUA – Salon Forty Two
Videography – Toast Wedding Films
Dress Designer – Hayley Paige
Dress Shop – Kleinfeld’s
Check out another beautiful wedding we’ve photographed in the time of Covid here.