Anne and Carter have fun distinction of being my first wedding of 2021 and if their wedding is any read on the coming year we are in for a lot of beauty, and truly heartfelt moments.
Anne and her girls got ready at their reception venue, Overhills Mansion. There was something about the historic manor that seemed really fitting for Anne. She has just a touch of old soul about her- warm, sweet, easy to smile and kind. That type of charm was reflected all around her as she twirled in her gorgeous sparkling wedding ball gown. We left for their church for the first tear jerker of the day- the first look with her father. I don’t have to describe it- all the love was right there on his face. There is something about girls and their dads and I think all those years of love come together in that moment of seeing her in her wedding gown. Tissues please.
We had such great timeline- never once feeling rushed. We had time for a few extra portraits of Anne and the girls before they had to tuck away for the ceremony. And then came the second tear jerker- Carter’s reaction as she came down the aisle. Oh my goodness. Have you ever seen a man more in awe of the woman walking toward him? I have no problem to say I had to wipe my eyes a few times. When people ask why do I shoot weddings in addition to working full time- this is why. To witness these moments every other weekend is just so powerful.
This church is so important to the two of them and you could see these moments carved out during their ceremony – the two of them singing together, holding hands as they prayed. I was deeply moved that after their kiss, they took a moment alone to pray together, now as husband and wife. Although we were all there, it was a private moment and one that committed from the very first minute, the role their faith will play in their marriage.
From there the mood turned celebratory. We finished up their portraits at the church, the church that when Anne first saw thought to herself “This would be a beautiful place to be married” (yes) and we headed to their venue. The manor was glowing from within as their guests welcomed them to the party. Third tear jerker of the night- the dances. For their first dance, you would have thought Anne and Carter were the only one’s in the room because they were in their own world. For the parent dances, I’m once again tearing up behind the camera. There was just SO MUCH love in that room for this amazing couple. We ended the night with some responsible (masked) partying and a sparkler exit to send them off!
2020 was a year of challenge and distance- love despite adversity. 2021 is a year of connection. I think the hugs are a little tighter this year, the laughing a littler louder, the moments a little more treasured, as we start to rejoin with our family and friends. Anne and Carter, your day was pure magic and I’m so honored you asked me to share in your day! Thanks for a perfect start to the year!
See Anne and Carter’s Engagement Session here.
Photography: Christine Baumgarten, Silver Orchard Creative
Church: Good Hope Presbyterian Church (Officiant, Jack Waller)
Reception & Caterer: Whitehouse Caterers at Overhills Mansion
Hair & Makeup: BekahBeauty
Florist: Radebaugh Florist & Greenhouse
DJ: DJ Orlando Entertainment
Stationery: Vista Print
Bridal Dress Store: Columbia Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Grooms/Groomsmen Suits: Men’s Warehouse
Alcohol: Wine Bin
Second Photographer: Cat Granger