Monday, November 22, 2010

Rachel + Steve. Burlington, NC Wedding.

Rachel and Steve tied the knot at Rachel's home church in Burlington, NC on a super beautiful, but pretty chilly, Saturday afternoon. I love the venue! Liberty Church has the feel of an old farmhouse and is surrounded by beautiful property, perfect for shooting :)

This wedding was definitely a first for me... I was playing Matron of Honor and photographer and was definitely nervous about how everything was going to work out, but I had Leah Adams shooting with me to capture all the moments that I was busy being a part of and everything went smoothly :)

The details : :
Venue : Liberty Church Burlington, NC
Bride's Hair/Makeup : Jenny Coats
Donuts : Paul's Donuts



I love this shot of the church Leah got when she arrived.

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Rachel gave these little fortune cookie boxes to all her bridesmaids that contained our earrings for the day. So cute!

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While I was shooting the girls getting ready, Leah shot the rings.

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Rachel went barefoot for the wedding so she couldn't put a sixpence in her shoe... I love that she put it on an anklet and wore it that way!

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While the girls were doing makeup, Leah and I went to hang out with the boys for a little bit.

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I love when the bride writes a card for her groom before they meet at the altar. Steve couldn't stop smiling!

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I just couldn't resist doing a group shot at this desk before we headed back downstairs ;)

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This shot of Rachel and her dad almost makes me cry! Rachel's family is super close so I know this was an emotional day for everyone.

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The bride... seriously glowing.

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And all her girls! We're definitely huddling for warmth in this photo.

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One more time check before Steve gets his boutonniere pinned.

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Isn't this field amazing?

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This is definitely my favorite shot of the guys. Steve looks like he just walked out of a magazine!

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Ceremony time! Leah shot the whole ceremony and did a great job with very little room to move around.

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I love when brides choose to wear a blusher. I think it's so romantic for the groom to have to lift the veil before they kiss!

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After the quick ceremony, Rachel and Steve asked some close friends and family to pray over their new relationship. I know this moment meant a lot to them.

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Rachel's family is from Hawaii so they incorporated a lot of Hawaiian decor and traditions into the wedding. After the recessional, Steve presented Rachel with leis to symbolize their new relationship as husband and wife.

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After all the formal photos, we took Rachel and Steve back to this gorgeous field to catch the last of the sunset.

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I had to shoot a few photos of Steve alone. He just looked so handsome!

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I love that Rachel and Steve didn't go with the tradition of having a huge wedding cake.... that's just not how they are! And I'm pretty sure none of the guests were disappointed. These donuts were so delicious!

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This crowd loves to dance. There was so much energy on the dance floor!

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I love this cake-smashing series. Rachel definitely got a better shot.

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The grand exit was so much fun. There was so much confetti flying around!

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Steve got his own large dose of confetti when he ran to the drivers side.

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Steve and Rachel, you know I love you! It was a total honor to help shoot your wedding and stand with you during the ceremony. I know you'll have a long life of happiness!

2 comments:

Marie said...

GREAT pictures, Alexa (and Leah)! Just beautiful...

Judy Rozema said...

LOVE these and am excited to see them all! Thank you for capturing their joyful exuberance!