When I first met Nori and Alex around Christmas time last year, I was immediately struck by not only how adorable/gorgeous they are, but also, and more importantly, how comfortable they are together and easy it was to see the love and sweetness between them. I knew that their wedding day would be a perfect reflection of them, mixing his British heritage and her southern charm. And as soon as I arrived, it was evident that it would be exactly that. A beautiful day of celebrating their commitment to one another, the joining of their families from all over the world, and A LOT of dancing!
I love the energy of getting ready on a wedding day and its beautiful chaos, and I found it as soon as I arrived at the home of Nori’s parents. Girls bustling in between the lunch spread and the chairs for hair and make-up, the smell of coffee brewing and hairspray flying, dresses and shoes everywhere, music blaring, lots of giggling… and then the house gets quiet because it’s wedding dress time. It’s always such a sacred part of the day and one of my favorite moments. Everyone hushes as the final buttons are clasped and it always seems to be the moment when it all starts to feel very real. I love this part of the day and loved that Nori and her friends and family relished it so much.
Now the gents on the other hand…. just kidding! I actually am not usually able to photograph the guys getting ready due to timing, location, etc., but have a trusted second photographer friend, Kate, to hang out with them and give me the scoop. And with the guys there’s always lots of banter and laughter, a few libations, some ribbing of the groom, and then figuring out who knows how to tie a proper bow tie.
Love these gorgeous table details arranged by the lovely Watered Garden and CE Rentals, and captured by the lovely Kate!
The day goes by so quickly, so if possible, I love to steal the couple away for a few minutes to give them some time to relax together, soak in the day, and catch a breath before more dancing.
LOVE the band, Heart Beat of Soul! Though I may be a bit biased since they played at our wedding!
Congrats Alex & Nori!
Ceremony Music: NC Strings Quartet
Second Photographer: Kate Pope