It’s been so fun for us to capture this season of Brooke and Drew’s story for them – from their engagement session last fall, to Brooke’s bridal session at Pawley’s Island this spring, to their wedding at Canterbury School in Greensboro this summer. These two high school sweethearts dated long-distance all through college, and we’re so excited for them as they begin the next chapter of their story together in Greenville.

One of our favorite parts about Brooke and Drew’s day was the music – Drew is part of an a cappella group from UNC Chapel Hill and they preformed during both the ceremony and reception. I got chills listening to their beautiful voices filling the chapel! Drew also surprised Brooke during the reception and sang to her with the Psalm 100 a cappella group backing him up – sweet happy tears were had all around!

Brooke and Drew chose not to see one another before the ceremony, but instead held hands around a corner and prayed with one another. We love this alternative to a first look – if you’re all about sticking to tradition, this is a wonderful way to step away from the whirlwind of the wedding day, calm your nerves, and keep your focus on the meaning and beauty of the day.

As Brooke and her dad walked down the aisle, the wave of emotion that washed over her was so sweet. One moment excited and beaming, the next she spotted her groom and the happy tears started to well up in her eyes – all their years together had led to this moment.

Before you enjoy Brooke + Drew’s photos, I highly recommend opening another tab with Psalm 100′s music and playing your favorite song as you scroll through this lovely wedding day!

Vendors:

Venue: Canterbury School – Phillips Chapel and Berry Hall

Coordinator: Traci Hardy

Hair: Melanie Smith

Makeup: Molly Vidovich

Florist: Kari Sells

Officiant: Chris Hardy

Ceremony Musicians: Psalm 100, Jake Crenshaw, and Patrick Collins

Caterer: Above and Beyond

Cake: Sweet Meg’s

DJ: Justin Gage

Videographer: 1111 Films

Photographer: Grain & Compass

These two just get it. Their love was such a privilege for us to capture through both photos and film.

If you haven’t seen the photographs we captured from their day, be sure to check them out and read their story here!

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Vendors:

Ceremony Venue: Nashotah House Theological Seminary

Hair/Makeup: Signature Salon & Spa

Dress: From Betrothed Boutique

Flowers: Waukesha Floral & Greenhouse

Officiant: Thad Butcher

Reception Venue: Chenequa Country Club

Caterer: Chenequa Country Club

Cake: Simma’s Bakery

DJ: Midwest Sound

Photography: Grain & Compass

Videography: Grain & Compass

Happy Friday you guys! Have anything fun planned for the weekend? A trip to a museum or the farmer’s market, staying at home with a good book, or perhaps a trip to the mountains or the beach?

I had a fantastic time with the Adams a while back during their annual family trip to the beach! You might recognize them from Lauren and David’s wedding we filmed quite a while ago! I got to spend the day playing with sand between my toes and salty air in my hair, capturing memories for this sweet family. It was so special to hear their stories throughout the day – especially the legacy of the grandparents (now great-grandparents) and the sweet, enduring love they have for one another. It truly was a joy for me to capture four generations of this family, to be there for nap time and snack time, to experience the ebbs and flows of the day, to walk and sit on the beach together and share stories, and even to stay for dinner and chat late into the evening while munching on copious amounts of homemade popcorn.

Thank you, friends, for inviting me into your family for a day to capture these moments for you.

We’re finally home from our galavanting about the country visiting friends and family and attending my cousin’s wedding, and I’m so excited to finally have a spare moment to blog this wedding. We had a great time traveling but we’re thrilled to be home and get to catch up on some things here – we’ll be sharing some fun photos from Arizona, Chicago, and Wisconsin sometime soon I’m sure. Until then, just soak up a little of Morgan and Scott’s beautiful day in Winston-Salem!

These two get it. They trusted us 1000% on their wedding day and allowed us to fully do what we love best. It’s couples like Morgan and Scott that truly make us cherish our job each and every day. Morgan sent us the sweetest email after receiving their photographs, and I just have to quote it here:

“Thank you again for being a part of our wedding journey. The best decision we made throughout this whole process was inviting you and Tim to share in our special day. Even Scott’s parents were blown away at how Tim quickly, (and quietly), found a way to capture intimate moments of our ceremony at the church. They had no idea he was back there until they saw the photos!

You and Tim were so calm, went with the flow, but also provided the direction we needed. I’ve been telling everyone you all were exactly the type of people I wanted around me on my big day. AND everyone at the reception loved Tim’s dance floor appearance! Thanks for being so awesome :)”

Words like those make all the hard work we do totally worth it.

Morgan and Scott’s day was full of so much emotion, happy tears, beautiful hand-made touches, and special details that were so personal for the two of them. We loved that they each chose a signature drink for their cocktail hour, used the Smitten Kitchen cookbook (a favorite of mine!) as their guestbook, enlisted their favorite bakery to make the various kinds of cakes for the reception, and in the golden evening light they gathered all of their guests on the lawn to hold hands and pray before dinner.

Morgan and Scott planned in so many little details throughout their wedding day to ensure their guests would be comfortable and have a wonderful time celebrating – from the games on the lawn, to cocktail hour in the clubhouse, to the long farmhouse-style tables at their reception that allowed everyone to chat and mingle and have a fantastic time – each detail was beautifully executed. During Morgan and Scott’s first look, we ducked into the barn to see how the decorations were coming along – seeing everything they had imagined and dreamt about becoming a reality brought sweet happy tears to Morgan’s eyes.

Morgan and Scott decided to exchange letters on their wedding day just before heading off to the ceremony. They weren’t planning on seeing one another again before the ceremony, but Morgan finished reading her letter and looked up, exclaiming something like “Where’s Scott? I have to see him again!” He, of course, was already on his way back to see her one more time before the ceremony. Their love for one another just radiates.

Morgan’s mom Lynn has been the most encouraging mother-of-the-bride we’ve had the privilege to work with – she just cheered us along the whole day. It always makes our day more fun when the MOB is totally on-board with our vision! The photos we captured of Lynn placing Morgan’s veil in her hair were some of our favorites. It seemed that all the pieces were now in place, and I could see in Lynn’s face the emotion of 20-something years of raising her beautiful daughter, all come to this moment of handing her off to her groom on her wedding day.

A beautiful, flawless wedding day like this has to have just one thing go wrong, right? Be sure you make it to the last few photos and you’ll see what I mean! Morgan and Scott handled it with so much grace and laughed it off before hopping in their car to head out for their honeymoon!

If you can’t get enough of these two, be sure to check out their downtown Winston-Salem engagement session from earlier this spring.

Vendors

Ceremony Venue: Mount Tabor United Methodist Church

Reception Venue: Brookberry Farm

Hair: Lorin Van Zandt

Makeup: Alyssa Vidal

Florist: Bo-Ty Florist

Officiant: Steve Keaton

Rentals: Happy Rentz

Catering: Five Loaves

Cake: Camino Bakery

DJ: Rockin’ Rick

Photographer: Grain & Compass

Brooke and Drew got married this past Saturday at Canterbury chapel in Greensboro, which means I finally get to share her bridal session with you! We traveled down to Pawley’s Island, South Carolina for this one and had a wonderful time exploring and taking photos beneath the Spanish moss.

Check out Brooke and Drew’s engagement session and head over to our Facebook page or Instagram to catch a few sneak peeks of their wedding day! Their big day was filled with lots of sweet happy tears – you won’t want to miss it!