Erin called me from California. She spoke about her career where she empowers women to succeed in the STEAM industry. I geeked out and told her about my work in the local activism world as the founder of Waste Free Winston. We clicked instantly and I was so excited to be booked as her wedding photographer!
Erin and Drew met during their time at Wake Forest University. So naturally, they chose the Reynolda Gardens and The Barn at Reynolda in North Carolina for their wedding venue, which is just a trail walk away from Wake Forest.
They got ready in the beautiful loft at the Barn at Reynolda.
Every detail had meaning behind it. Erin's dress was her Grandmother's dress. She had photos of the original dress pattern at her reception. They also included a tribute to a loved one within their garments.
Her florals were made by her mother with blooms from Trader Joe's.
One of my absolutely favorite aspects of being a wedding photographer, is helping to choose the beautiful setting where precious memories happen. For their first look, we chose the cottage behind the Reynolda house.
I brought Drew down to the house where he patiently waited as I went back to the Barn and got Erin. What happened next was so so sweet...
An orchestra set the atmosphere in the greenhouse as guests filled the gardens, waiting for the ceremony to begin.
Their officiant was a friend who had the entire audience captured in the love story of Erin and Drew. She shared funny anecdotes, comments on their opposite yet complimentary personalities, and all the warm, fuzzy feelings.
In the spirit of the perfect day, we were given the rare permission to take photos INSIDE OF THE GREENHOUSE! Erin and Drew are are enthusiastic plant parents. Most of these photos are candid moments of them walking around the greenhouse and talking about the plants. They're so freakin sweet.
If those photos weren't enough to make this wedding absolutely perfect... LOOK AT THIS DESSERT TABLE. Any bride that has SCOOPS OF PEANUT BUTTER on the dessert table is my kind of bride.
This group dance the night away! It was a blast.