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Alexander Homestead Wedding : R + J

Updated: Feb 1

dramatic lighting portrait of bride and groom standing near pond

In the midst of the our busiest year ever (last year), I had so many ideas and plans for weddings and engagements we wanted to feature, and then life happened. (Are we the only ones feeling this way lately!?) One of the couples at the top of our list was Renee and Jay! We met Renee at the inaugural Charlotte Local Bridal Show right at the beginning of 2020! Over the course of the next couple of months we were able to connect with Renee and her awesome fiance (now hubby) Jay. From the get go we got awesome vibes from these two and we were stoked when they told us that they wanted us to be a part of their big day, and what a big day it was! Renee and Jay’s wedding day was spread across three different venues, their church, the hotel, and finally, the beautiful Alexander Homestead Weddings in Charlotte. It was action packed and as wedding photographers we felt so spoiled having such a variety of locations to work with for fun shots throughout the day. In fact, looking back over all the time we spent with these two, they always seemed to pick beautiful locations for everything starting with their engagement session at Black Balsam Knob. If you missed that one, then you should totally click here for all of your mountain engagement inspo!

One thing we didn’t get to share much about was Renee’s bridal at McGill Rose Garden. First off, OMG! Secondly, Renee was absolutely radiant! She rocked her bridal session like no other and she also brought her friend Nina along who btw was hilarious! It all made sense when we found out she was a comedian. Between Renee and Nina, it was non-stop bridal fun from beginning to end! Speaking of end, the end of the night provided us with one of the best sunsets we’ve had in a while in Charlotte and it was the perfect way to cap off an already amazing evening.

sunset bridal portrait in front of down town Charlotte

On the day of Renee and Jay’s wedding, it was a fun change of pace from the usual for us. Often times on a wedding day, wedding parties can be a little quiet and nervous like “Oh the camera is here we have to be proper!” I’d say we have a pretty good way of putting people at ease and getting them to the point they feel comfortable being themselves, but for Renee and Jay’s special day, the wave of good times and fun were in full force, we just had to ride it! In fact, that’s one of the things we enjoyed most about their wedding was how much Renee and Jay as well as their friends and family made us feel like one of the crew. When I think back to everything, by far our favorite part of the day was the variety. Renee and Jay are always dynamite on camera and having such a diverse array of locations to work with really spoiled us in terms of variety, but it also gave plenty of opportunity for these lovelys to shine in front of our lenses! As always, we hope you all enjoy as you follow along with on their wedding day!


shot of bride smiling as she rides to the ceremony in a limo

fun portrait of groomsmen picking up the groom

dramatic lighting portrait of groom and groomsmen in front of a bar

groom and groomsmen hanging out in the lobby

groom portrait in hotel lobby

sign for church

church where bride and groom are getting married

bride and bridesmaids riding in a limo

groomsmen hands and feet all sitting around

groom awaiting the bride's arrival

bride and her father walking down the aisle

groom smiles as the bride makes her way down the aisle

bride and groom holding hands during the wedding ceremony

church wedding ceremony

creative reflection shot of wedding ceremony in a church

church wedding ceremony shot from the perspective of the lobby

bride and groom on their knees during a religious ceremony

bride and groom praying on their knees

bride and groom sharing their first kiss

bridal party portrait in the front of the church

bridesmaids and bride in front of stained glass

full wedding party standing in front of the church

groom's party portrait in front of stained glass

traditional portrait of bride and groom in their church

bride smiling with her friends at cocktail hour

cocktail hour in a hotel courtyard

wedding guests sitting around laughing

dramatic lighting portrait of the bride and groom framed between lights

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reception barn at alexander homestead

wedding reception table decor at alexander homestead

sweetheart table

creative blue and white wedding cake

full wedding party walking across the gardens

fun wedding party shot of everyone jumping

funny bridal party photo of the bride and bridesmaids laughing

bride and groom holding hands and walking across the gardens

bridal portrait in front of the gardens

groom portrait in the gardens

bride and groom holding each other close in a sunburst

bride and groom holding each other close as the bride caresses the groom

bride and groom framed between flowers as they walk together

groom kissing bride on the temple while the sun sets

bride laughing as the groom sweeps her off of her feet

bride smiling as the groom kisses her check in front of the flowers

sunset image of the bride and groom touching foreheads

maid of honor giving a speech

wedding guests laughing on the dance floor

bride and groom laughing on the dance floor

bride dancing with her friends

wedding guests having fun on the dance floor

bon fire for wedding guests

wedding guests singing on the dance floor

bride with her hands in the air while on the dance floor

fun group photo during wedding reception

bride and groom smiling at each other during their grand exit

As always, a special thank you to all of the awesome vendors who helped to make this day perfect!

Planning/DOC: Alexander Homestead

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