Stephen and Leah were married on September 1st, with a ceremony and reception at the Alexander Homestead in Charlotte, North Carolina.
I was thrilled when Leah reached out to me to let me know that she had perused my website and had been impressed with my work. It’s always a wonderful feeling to know that my images speak for themselves. But more than that, she and her husband loved my story of the first kiss I ever shared with my wife on our wedding day. They were also planning to share their first intimate kiss together at the ceremony! As a wedding photographer, I am often selling myself as my brand, so a personal connection like this was so meaningful to me.
An Intimate Alexander Homestead Wedding
On the day of Stephen and Leah’s wedding, my photo assistant and I spent five hours with Stephen and Leah during their intimate Friday evening wedding ceremony at the Alexander Homestead. There was no wedding party; they were just spending time with their friends and family, which lent a warm feeling throughout the day. The quiet anticipation as Leah’s friend helped apply her makeup was amazing to witness. And some of my favorite images came from the first look that Stephen shared with his mother. You could see their emotions so plainly in their faces.
We were all a little nervous about the weather. North Carolina weather in August and September can be unpredictable. The sky was turning more tumultuous as the day went on. Then, during their ceremony, a tornado warning hit the iPhone weather application! A few of us who received that notification were individually praying that the weather would hold off—and it did! As the ceremony concluded, Leah and Stephen shared their first kiss ever and everyone cheered!
After the ceremony, it was time to celebrate and we adjourned inside the beautifully decorated barn at the Alexander Homestead. The DJ, Rich Lange had everyone laughing when he called up tables of people to the buffet line. He had each table sing a love song for the couple. Everyone had to agree on a song and sing it loud before they could enter the line, and it was HILARIOUS. Later on, the DJ asked a few married couples to share a few words and then kiss each other, then asked Stephen and Leah to replicate that kiss!
At the end of the day, Stephen and Leah danced to a song performed by Stephen’s father (recorded in the 70s). His father was shocked and seemingly wanted to avoid the attention, but it was so special watching him hug the two of them as the song ended.
Leah & Stephen, it’s not often that I get to serve a couple whose wedding day story shares such similarities to my own. Your anticipation was so familiar, and I am genuinely excited for you to enter this stage of your life together. I wish you both the best as you honor each other every day as you did on this day. Congratulations!
Venue: Alexander Homestead Weddings
Florist: Pink Petunia
Cake: Snickerdoodle’s Cakes
DJ: DJ Rich Lange