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Every year as we count down from 10 to a brand new year, we all feel that anticipation of change. By the end of the holidays, we’re ready, we crave it. C’mon new year! Bring on a clean slate, a fresh start, change! So what better way to celebrate a fresh start than with your very own wedding? Lauren & Adam chose New Year’s Eve as their wedding date to usher in this new chapter in their adventure with all of their family & friends. Can you believe in my 10 years as a wedding photographer, I’ve never shot a New Years Eve wedding? I’m pretty shocked myself. But I think it was great for Daniel & I too, 2019 marks a year of change for us as well and it was a great way to usher in our anticipation and change. Lauren & Adam’s Charlotte New Years Eve wedding at Triple C Brewery was SO MUCH FUN!
When Lauren & Adam first approached us to capture their wedding, they had just said goodbye to another photographer due to pregnancy. Not long after Lauren and Adam signed the contract for their new photographers (us!) we found out WE were pregnant TOO! We joked on their wedding day that Lauren & Adam are fertile good luck charms. Thankfully our due date didn’t conflict with their wedding date and everything moved on as planned.
The day started at the beautiful Duke Mansion in the heart of Charlotte. Despite a little rain, the day was warm for December and Duke Mansion gave us gorgeous locations to shoot everything from the first look to family portraits. By the time we all loaded onto the bus for the ceremony, the major photos were done. All these two had to do was walk down that aisle and say “I DO!” Their ceremony didn’t disappoint either. You know how I live for the happy tears and they were EVERYWHERE! Lauren & Adam’s emotional vows had the whole house tearing up.
Triple C has created a really cool space for events at their brewery. It easily held all of Lauren & Adam’s guests as well as provided a great atmosphere for a rockin’ New Years Eve party! This crew spent the evening dancing and eating delicious food as they eagerly anticipated 2019! Noisemakers and cheers were heard all around as the clock struck midnight and the newlyweds sealed the new year with a kiss! What a perfect end to a perfect day.
Thank you, Lauren & Adam, for choosing us to capture your joyous wedding day! We loved every second!
When we plan engagement sessions with our couples, most of the time they choose a cool city or a gorgeous wilderness location. When I asked Lauren & Adam where they wanted to do their engagement session they threw a lot of ideas around. After a lot of debate, they chose to stay right at home. The day they moved into their home together, Adam popped the question. What a perfect special spot for their engagement session! Not to mention, Lauren has a keen design eye. I’m a little obsessed with how amazing their home is! We had them play a round of their favorite board game, snuggled on couches, and played with their sweet pup in the backyard. They’ve got a beautiful little piece of paradise. You’d never know the city of Charlotte was right around the corner!
These two also love the great outdoors, so in order to get that forest vibe without all the trekking, we ended their session back up in Statesville. We explored Mac Anderson park just as the sun was fading. I love the rusticness of this park with it’s winding trails and epic pines. Fall can be so much fun with the changing colors, rich light, and leaves to chuck at one another’s heads. I mean really, you can’t go wrong. So as the temperature dropped with the sun we finished with one of my favorite shots of 2018. Epic trees and sweet love.
In just a little over a month, these two are having a New Years Eve wedding! It’s going to be a party to remember and the best way ever to ring in 2019! We can’t wait!
Sometimes it’s not about the amount of people, a giant venue, or the expense of the day. Sometimes it’s simply about the joy of two people coming together to become one. Jessica and Manny didn’t want a big affair. They simply wanted to be married and have their closest family and friends surrounding them. Their day was quiet, sweet, and so so so special. Though they’re both rather camera shy, they were brave enough to trust me for some epic shots up on top of Highland Forest (and it totally paid off)! Instead of your typical wedding reception, Jessica and Manny just did the things they loved, a little dancing, a little photo booth crazy, and a little Karaoke! It was such a lovely and quiet day, the perfect reflection of such a lovely and beautiful couple! Thank you so much Jessica and Manny, it was so wonderful to be part of your beautiful day!
Photo by Emily Elizabeth Photography
How did your fiance propose? After spending a whole day trying to get each of my parents alone to ask for my hand in marriage, he couldn’t wait any longer and proposed while we were pulled over on the side of the road. I though he “forgot something,” and he popped the question instead. 🙂 He’s horrible at keeping surprises a secret (which was also displayed at Christmas, my birthday, etc. lol)
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..): Wedding planning stressed me out from day one, so it was low key from the beginning. My mom heard about Highland Forest and I fell in love with the view, intimate setting, and Melanie from Orchard Vali (the lodge’s caterer) was AMAZING I can’t rave about her enough. Our colors were gray, yellow, and ivory: he loves gray, I love white, and yellow is always a happy color. I’m a dork so I liked the number theme of 10-11-12 so that was actually the first thing decided. We’ve both done a lot of moving around separately (we were young when we met in college, so a lot of “soul searching still had to take place), and we loved the idea of finally getting to spend EVERY holiday together, with our wedding anniversary to start it all off.
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day? The releasing of the doves was a pretty cool moment- we love the symbolism and they looked beautiful too (even though it was FREEZING!)
Funniest memory from your wedding day? Manny’s little nephew, Noah, playing photographer throughout the day…he was so serious about his duties and it was really cute.
If you had to do it all over again would you change anything? Maybe less last minute planning (sure you’ve heard that one once or twice before!)
Any advice for future bride & grooms? It’s your day, do what’s in your heart.
What was your favorite part about working with Mabyn Ludke Photography? I like how laid back everything was, like I said the “wedding” concept has always overwhelmed me (we are both camera shy HA) but it was a good time, and I appreciate you working with us stiff boards 😉 Thank you again!
Dress Designer & Store Location: David’s Bridal//Jewelry: Kay Jeweler’s//Grooms Attire: Lord and Taylor//Ceremony Venue: Skyline Lodge at Highland Forest//Reception Venue: Skyline Lodge at Highland Forest//Caterer: Orchard Vali Caterer//Cake: 83 and Company