Villa De l'Amour - High Point Weddings - Megan and Jacob

Villa De l'Amour - High Point Weddings - Megan and Jacob

Megan and Jacob

Villa de l'Amour  - High Point, NC

Megan and Jacob were married at Villa de l'Amour in High Point, NC surrounded by their closest friends and family!  Megan looked absolutely flawless in her gorgeous gown from Carolina Bridal World. The rhinestone belt was the perfect finishing touch!  ...and let's not forget her long, lace veil!! It was so dreamy and princess-like.  Jacob looked sharp in his gray suit and black tie from Men's Wearhouse!  ...and guests commented all evening on his HUGE smile!  Jacob genuinely looked soooo happy!  They both did! Their first dance was the sweetest thing ever to watch!  They hugged...and smiled...and laughed...and just soaked each other in!  You could really tell they were soaking in every minute! And make sure you scroll down and see Morgan's toast (Megan's twin sister) ...she had us all in tears! It was the most touching tribute to a lifelong friendship and sister bond. 

Sedgefield Florist did an amazing job on all the flowers!  Her bouquet perfectly pulled all the colors together incorporated in the wedding. On Target DJ was awesome and made the reception a - PARTY!!  Megan and Jacob are madly in love and it's definitely evident in the photographs!  Enjoy! 

Talented Team of Wedding Vendors:

Venue: Villa De l'Amour

Catering: Southern Roots

Cake: Edible Artistry

Dj: On Target DJ

Videographer: Stuck In Love Films

Flowers: Sedgefield Florist

Dress: Carolina Bridal World

Menswear: Mens Warehouse 

Hair: Emily Allred with Laura Bray Hair and Makeup

Makeup: Morgan Braica, bride's sister 

Reverie Place - Jimmy and Michaela - NC Wedding Photographer

Reverie Place - Jimmy and Michaela - NC Wedding Photographer

Jimmy and Michaela

Reverie Place | Level Cross | NC

 

Wedding Vendors:

Venue:  Reverie Place

Coordinator:  Gina McKee

DJ:  Brian Saunders

Officiant:  Brian Cornell

Flowers:  Silk flowers handmade by Michaela

Cake:  Cindy Ingold

Dress:  Lasting Impressions

Catering:  Main Street Steak House

Videographer:  Hello Cheetah Productions

Photographer: Yasmin Leonard Photography

Jesse and Kaitlyn | Church Ceremony | Centennial Station High Point NC

Jesse and Kaitlyn | Church Ceremony | Centennial Station High Point NC

Jesse and Kaitlyn 

 

Where it all began:

Jesse and Kaitlyn met on their first night of college at Western Carolina University through a mutual friend. As the story goes, Jesse’s friend invited him to go hang out with them and some “pretty girls” they had just met.  The guys all went together to Kaitlyn and her roommate’s door.  Jesse happened to knock on Kaitlyn’s dorm room door, while the other guys dodged out of the way, Jesse was standing in clear view in the door way. He was met by a strange look and “who are you?” from Kaitlyn.  Little did Kaitlyn know, the stranger outside of her door would become her husband. The rest is history.

Kaitlyn and Jesse have dated for 6 years.  Many of these years have been spent on the road, commuting back and forth to see one another. Regardless of distance, Kaitlyn and Jesse have made it work through multiple mid-week Japanese dates in Asheville (the middle ground for them both).

The Proposal:

During their freshmen year of college, Kaitlyn and Jesse went cliff jumping with some friends at a Lake in Cashiers, NC. While another group of friends decided to go sit on the beach, Kaitlyn decided to follow Jesse and another group of friends up the cliff to take the plunge in an attempt to impress Jesse. A few days later, Kaitlyn and Jesse went on their first date. Needless to say, the decision to jump, although terrifying, was one of the best decisions that Kaitlyn ever made.

Six years later, on October 14th of 2016, Jesse took Kaitlyn to the same place that they first jumped and asked her to take another leap of faith with him by asking her to marry him.

The Wedding:

Jesse and Kaitlyn decided to get married at New Friendship Baptist Church (Kaitlyn’s home church) and have the reception at Centennial Station soon after becoming engaged. The venue is located at a convenient place that makes travel easy for both families. In addition, the old train station has a vintage look and possesses a lot of history of travel. Jesse and Kaitlyn are excited to begin traveling together. Although they have been many places on their own (collectively: Australia, Finland, England, Ireland, Wales) they have never had the opportunity to share these travels together. This is something they look forward to as newlyweds. With this being said, Centennial Station was the perfect spot to begin their new adventure of marriage!

Talented Team of Wedding Professionals: 

Cake: Sweet Josephine’s of High Point

Flowers: Handmade

Hair: Hair Attractions - Tara Boose

DJ: John Haskins

Invitations: The Bee’s Knees/ PrintsWell

Catering: California Fresh

Dress: Wildflower Bridal

Menswear: Men’s Warehouse

Photographer:  Yasmin Leonard Photography

Amanda and Keith | The Lofts at Union Square

Amanda and Keith | The Lofts at Union Square

Amanda and Keith

The Lofts at Union Square

High Point, NC

Talented Team of Vendors:

CAKE:  Sweet Josephine’s

CATERINGSouthern Roots

HAIR:  Nancy Puckett

MAKEUP: About Face

MUSIC: Corda Entertainment

OFFICIANT: Reverend Darrell Bordeaux

DJ: TRIAD DJ -  Ryan Shelton

VIDEOGRAPHY: Hayzen's Production

VENUE:  The Lofts at Union Square

FLOWERS: ABBA DESIGN

 PHOTOGRAPHY: Yasmin Leonard Photography

Leslie and Allen

Leslie and Allen

Leslie and Allen had a classic mint and gray wedding at L'abri at Linwood, NC. 

Cody and Courtney - Wallburg, NC

Cody and Courtney - Wallburg, NC

Cody and Courtney

Wallburg, NC

Cody and Courtney decided to get married at the place they spent the most time during the summer months and where Cody had proposed, at his grandmother’s house! This is where they keep their horses, bring their dog Clint to play in the pond, fish, and where they eat every Sunday evening. His grandmother fixes supper for the entire family every Sunday evening. After eating, Courtney and Cody find themselves sitting out on the porch swing watching the sun go down. There was never really any thought to have the wedding somewhere else. They wanted it to feel like home and wanted the opportunity to create more memories in one place.

There are a lot of sentimental items that make up the foundation of their wedding and decorations that were handmade from their families or borrowed. They wanted it to be authentic and real, instead of just looking that way. They also purchased a lot from local vendors. The flowers that were displayed as decorations came from either the Piedmont Triad Farmer’s Market or wild ones that were picked fresh out of the hay field. The flowers used for the bouquets were ordered online and put together by family members. The popcorn and peanuts were also from local vendors at the market.

They also wanted their wedding favors to have a little “taste”, of their lifestyle! The wedding favors needed to be something that the guests would use and not something that would just be thrown to the back of a cabinet. Strawberry jam was the lucky winner! They were also able to use an old recipe from the bride’s grandmother that was made with fresh strawberries from the local Hedgecock Strawberry Farm. Labels were placed on the jars in favor of the wedding and wrapped in cloth to give them that country feel.

 

During the ceremony, the unity piece was also something special to the couple. The groom is a Horseshoer and works daily with a forge and horseshoes. They saw the idea of making a brand with their initials on it and branding it into a wooden plaque to display as they became one. The couple designed the brand and the groom brought that idea to life. There are two C’s surrounding an E that represents Cody and Courtney Essick. They also made the wooden plaque with scrap wood.

 

 "Something old something new, something borrowed something blue" also had its share of sentimental value. The bride collected her mother’s 30+ year old blue garter, borrowed her sister’s veil, wore a new bracelet, and put a “Lucky Penny” in her shoe. The “Lucky Penny” has been passed down from the groom’s family over the years and started with the first wedding in 1948. Cody’s Great Grandmother was the first bride to have put it in her shoe to wear on her wedding day. It has also been passed down to his grandparents at their wedding, his parents and will be worn in Courtney’s shoe for theirs.

 

Cody and Courtney are most excited and feel so blessed to be able to have and experience their wedding day on family land with so many memories that they have created there. Nothing means more to them than to have their big day celebrating with friends and family that mean the most to them, the town they were raised in and the land that has been in Cody’s family for many years! It is not every day when a young couple has the chance to say they got engaged, married, and spend every Sunday evening at the same place. It is this place that they hope to make their own one day and to continue the memories with generations to come.

Vendors:

Cake- Taylor Robbins (Tay’s Full Cakes)

Flowers- Fifty Flowers Online and wild flowers from the hay fields

Hair- Brandy (Welcome Hair Designers)

Make Up- Brittany Wiggins

DJ-  Verne Hill from WBFJ (Your Family Station)

Invitations- Zazzle Invitations

Catering- Josh Brendle

Dress- Jasmin Design from Dawn’s Bridals

Menswear- Boot Barn, Dillards and Kohl’s

Save the Dates- Shutterfly

Photographer - Yasmin Leonard Photography

Summerfield Farms Engagement Session With Fox 8

Summerfield Farms Engagement Session With Fox 8

Kerstin and Michael  -  Summerfield Farms, NC

"Good for Her" Segment for Fox 8

Recently, I did a Senior Portrait session for a young lady who was accompanied by her parents. During our conversations, I discovered that her step-dad, Chris Weaver, was the videographer for Fox 8. We also talked about my transition from being a high school Spanish teacher to a professional Wedding Photographer a few years ago. After our session, Chris asked if anyone had ever done a story on me. The High Point Enterprise did a small feature story on YLP when I first opened the studio in High Point, but I was interested in where this was going! He mentioned that Fox 8 showcases a "Good for Her" segment every Wednesday and wondered if I'd be interested! I responded, "I'm not great with words, so only if you can make me sound like I make sense!" He laughed and ensured me that he would! We'll see if he kept his promise on May 31st when it airs! 

On Monday, Chris joined me at Summerfield Farms for an Engagement Session. I'm accustomed to making others feel comfortable, but I'm not going to lie, I was sooooo nervous! I reminded my sweet couple, Kerstin and Michael, that they shouldn't feel nervous! They just needed to be themselves, I'd be myself and we'd try our hardest to pretend Chris wasn't there! It didn't take long for us to relax and just enjoy the experience!

Here are a few behind the scenes photographs Chris shared on his FB page.  You can follow him here:  ChrisFox8

 

We did their session at Summerfield Farms, where they will be getting married this Fall!  As you can see, their love and connection was effortless to photograph!  

...and the whole experience wouldn't be complete without a group selfie!