Jamel and Mike’s Black Mountain Sanctuary Wedding

Even though it was raining for a lot of the day, the skies cleared before the ceremony and Mike and Jamel were able to still get married outside! It was such a sweet and emotional ceremony.

The Black Mountain Sanctuary was the perfect backdrop for this enchanted forest type theme.  It was fun to photograph Mike and Jamel in the little forest nooks.

Loved working with Brittany from Verge events! She kept everything right on track, and handled the rain perfectly!

As always I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I do. It is always so hard for me to choose my favorites for the blog. I know I post way more then is ever suggested by SEO savvy people. Thank you for viewing!

Mike and Jamel you two are the sweetest. I adore how you adore each other. I wish you nothing but love in your marriage! I know it will be as amazing as you two!

Venue: Black Mountain Sanctuary

Event Planner : Verge Events

Catering: Black Eyed Susan Catering

Floral: Studio Flora Diva

Rentals: Classic Event Rental

Hair and Makeup: The Secret Spa

Trolley: Trolley Company

Loved this idea for little notes for Mike and Jamel to read on their anniversary.

Cool key/bottle opener party favors.

Each girl was given this lace to wear however they chose.

I love that Mike chose his sister to be his “best woman” and that Jamel chose her brothers to be her “men of honor”.

Loved loved loved Mike and Jamel’s ceremony exit! Dancing down the aisle!

Jamel’s brothers took their jobs seriously too! They held the bouquet and bustled her dress.

Black Eyed Susan Catering NEVER disappoints! There was a biscuit bar, and a pasta bar, and well as these beautiful salads.

This was the book Mike and his sister’s mom always read to them as children. Mike’s sister read the passage about what is real during the ceremony. It was perfect!

One of Mike’s groomsmen did a fabulous job dj’ing for them and also lip synced “serenaded” them at the end of the night.

Such a perfect and lovely day, not matter the weather.  Rain or shine weddings always work!


Dawna - October 14, 2014 - 11:16 pm


Mary Lorraine and Preston’s Sea Island, Ga. Wedding


Finally I am getting around to blogging this epic wedding! I have almost been intimidated to to write this post because there is Just. So. Much. To. Say.

I first met the Stewart girls when I met Rebecca, Mary Lorraine’s older sister, my freshman year of high school at The Lovett School in Atlanta. Incidentally the same place where I feel in love with photography. Rebecca quickly befriended me and became one of my good friends at Lovett. I met Mary Lorraine when I would go over to Bec’s house to hang out. A few years later Mary Lorraine started going to Camp Merri-Mac here in NC, the same camp I grew up going to.  The camp bond is something that never leaves. Fast forward a few more years and I see that Mary Lorraine was engaged. I secretly hoped she would contact me to photograph her wedding. Lo and behold she did! I could not have been more thrilled and even more so when she told me her wedding was going to be in Sea Island, Georgia. This mountain girl was ready to get to the coast and to my home state!

When describing Mary Lorraine and her family to my second shooter and amazing friend Jen, the first word I used was FUN! They are just plain fun! They are always happy, always laughing, always dancing, and always singing! If I knew anything at all, I knew this wedding would be just that, fun. We were not disappointed!

All events throughout the weekend were held at different venues around Sea Island. They also did all the catering, baking, and floral arrangements! Every single bit was stunning!

Mary Lorraine said yes (sorry could not help myself) to her gorgeous Lazaro wedding gown from Bridals by Lori in Atlanta.

Where the Groomsmen got ready and the first look took place were all at the stunning Frederica Golf Club.

Ceremony was held at Wesley United Methodist Church at Frederica.

Makeup by Bienvenue.

Hair by Uberzoot Hair Co.

Bridesmaids gowns by Adrianna Papell.

AMAZING party band out of Atlanta Mo Sol!

The after party that I can’t wait to tell you about was a Silent Disco!

My stunning friend Rebecca!

I love this photo of the sisters each fixing each other’s clothes!

You can’t go to your wedding without one last karaoke song with girlfriends!

Groomsmen getting ready photos by the lovely and uber talented Jen Haynes!

Loved this clubhouse!

“But first let me take a selfie”

LOVED Preston’s reaction to seeing Mary Lorraine for the first time!

I am a HUGE fan of first looks on wedding day. If you ever having any questions about them or the reasons why to do them please contact me!

You might not be able to tell but these walls are oyster shells. A lot of the buildings were like this. I just love the coast!

I also LOVE Live Oaks. They are my favorite trees. They have so much history. They are just comforting to me. I adore how they are dripping in Spanish Moss!

This cotton was grown on Preston’s grandma’s farm in Mississippi. Such a sweet southern touch!

Mary Lorraine’s dad and step dad walked her down the aisle. So sweet!

Preston’s mom surprised Mary Lorraine and Preston with this groom’s cake of their beloved dog, Mr. Jefferson! Also it was rice krispies!

Mary Lorraine was part of an a cappella group in college. The girls sang the most gorgeous song  during the ceremony and then one of the girls sang with the band during the reception for a song. It was AMAZING! I am pretty sure the band was blown away by her!

Also see the big screen behind the stage? ML really wanted a some day slideshow to give the guests something to talk about and get conversations started. I had never attempted this at a wedding before. I would take the photos and Jen was like the wizard of oz behind that curtain throwing a quick edit on the photos and putting the slideshow on the screen.  I am so thankful this worked out!!!

Sea Island legend Billy Bingo surprised all the wedding guests by making an appearance.

OOOOOOOooooooooo Clickety Click! 66!

Wigs, plastic light up microphones, and glasses were passed out on silver platters during the reception.

See……. FUN!

Sweet High School buddies!

And this my friends was the after party and the Silent Disco. Guest put on headphones and a DJ pumps the music into the wireless headphones. It was so wild walking in and seeing everyone dancing and singing but not hearing any music. Once I put the headphones I totally got it!!!! It was SUCH a BLAST! Seriously I cannot wait to go to another Silent Disco! Also it eliminates noise ordinances so the party could last all night long!

Even the band joined in on the fun!

What a night!

What a weekend!

Thank you so much to the Stewart, McDonald, Poole families!

Thank you for hosting such fabulous parties!

Thank you for having me to Sea Island and for choosing me to be your photographer. I loved every single second!

Too many more years of FUN!

My girls

I am usually all business on my blog, but I think it is good that you know who I am a bit, so hopefully every once and awhile I will share little bits of my life. These two little girls are the most important people in the world to me, along with my husband! BellaRose is 7 and is starting 2nd grade. My how fast time is going! Hollings is 4 and just started Pre-k. This is her last year of pre-school! Hard to believe.
Oh,and that cute white furry girl is Boo. She is the World’s Best Puppy. She is 1 and an English Lab. I wish I could have 1 million Boo dogs!


Eli and Mary’s Biltmore Engagement Photos

Mary says Eli always makes her laugh. It’s true! He really can make her laugh. You can see that in these images.

Mary and Eli are so sweet together. I really enjoyed being around them and getting to know them. It made me SOO excited for their Homewood wedding next summer. I also know it will be much warmer then this blustery cold May day when we took these photos at Biltmore! I could not believe how cold it was during this entire session. Also considering the day before was a gorgeous spring day. Mary and Eli were troopers though and allowed me to take them around the estate snapping their photos!

I can’t wait for your wedding! Many blesses to you as you prepare for marriage and your wedding day! See you soon Eli and Mary!

Faith and Zac’s Grand Highlands at Bearwallow Wedding

Seriously this could not have been a more perfect June wedding! I know when I go up to Asheville event venue Grand Highlands at Bearwallow that the clouds will be spectacular and the weather will be a little different then what it is down the mountain.

I had really been looking forward to sweet Faith and Zac’s wedding since the day I met Faith. I knew it would all be so beautiful, especially with the Occasions by Emily team planning and doing floral design!

Faith and Zac I cannot wait to see the adventures you have together! I know you will have an amazing marriage! Thank you for choosing me to photograph your wedding!

Venue: Grand Highlands at Bearwallow

Wedding Gown: Pnina Tornai from Kleinfeld Bridal

Reception Gown: Herve Leger

Hair and Makeup: L’eau de Vie

Event Planning: Occasions by Emily

Floral Design: Occasions by Emily

Party Rental: Classic Event Rental

Videographer: Grae Skye Studio

Photo Booth: Shutterbooth

Cake: City Bakery

Catering: Biltmore Catering

Transportation: Elite Limo


I could have taken pictures of Faith and Zac forever!!! They were so photogenic!

Love the clear tent! Especially for this venues gorgeous mountain views!