Way, way back in February of 2010, we photographed our 5th wedding ever of Dottie and Jon (ignore the ill-fitted blog post pictures, they’re leftover from an old blog formatting, but here it is!). Ariana was the maid of honor, and Matt was the best man. They talked and danced and were generally adorable, so Geoff and I were under the impression that they were already dating. We found out recently that it was actually the first time they were meeting. :) Awesomely, we have pictures of it, and now here we are, five years later, photographing their wedding. It is not only awesome to be a part of their first meeting, but it’s amazing to know that they’ve followed us all this time and asked us to be a part of their wedding day as well. They’re lovely, talented, beautiful people and we’re so honored to be a part of their lives! Plus, we got to see Dottie, Jon, and their families (including their 3 year old son!) again after five years, so it was a great reunion for me and Geoff too. :) I’m not going to write too much as I’m trying to make my posts a little bit shorter (next to impossible), but enjoy the pictures, feel the love, and enjoy the first kickoff to our 2015 wedding season!

Bride getting makeup done Bride getting ready Bridesmaid getting hair done Earrings and wedding rings Bridesmaid steaming dress Bride getting makeup done Getting ready for a wedding Ringbearer high-fiving bridesmaid Bride getting makeup done Bride reflection in hand mirror Mom hugging son Closeup of bridal hair twist Bride opening jewelry from groom Bride reading letter from groom Ringbearer getting dressed Bride putting on shoes Bride putting on dress Bride and bridesmaid high-five Groom receiving guitar present from bride Groom hugging mother Groomsmen walking Groom portrait and wedding cake Ring bearer and How to Train your Dragon toy Bride and maid of honor laughing River Landing Lodge Wallace NC Bridesmaids laughing Wedding guests Black and white portrait of bride Wedding guests Bridal portrait and wedding table setup River Landing Wallace NC Grandmother waiting for wedding Groom's reaction watching bride walk down aisle Bride walking down the aisle with father Bride hugging father Wedding at River Landing Lodge Wallace NC Groom giving a thumbs up Riverfront wedding outdoors in North Carolina Reading during wedding ceremony River wedding ceremony Exchanging rings Recessing down wedding aisle Groom hugging grandmother Bride on beach Bridal party laughing Bride and groom walking Bride and groom portrait Bride and groom portrait on beach Bigfoot socks Bride walking on beach Bride walking in sand Bride and groom close up portrait Bride and groom portrait near water Bride and groom walking down beach Back of bride's dress Bride laughing on beach Bride and groom hugging on beach Bride and groom walking in sand Bride and groom in strange light Bride and groom walking Table setup for wedding reception Wedding guests looking at baby Wedding guests Fireplace at wedding reception Wedding at River Landing Wallace NC Wedding reception table setup First dance as husband and wife Cheesecake at wedding Speech at wedding reception Davis Messina Band Dancing at wedding reception Space heaters at wedding reception Davis Messina Band Wedding guests hugging Groom singing at wedding reception Guests at wedding reception Groom playing guitar at wedding Guests at wedding Groom with Davis Messina Band Bride and groom hug Dancing at wedding reception Dancing at wedding reception Last dance at wedding Sparkler exit at wedding

  • Date: March 28, 2015
  • Ceremony and Reception Venue: The River Lodge at River Landing // Wallace, NC
  • First Dance: “The Luckiest” – Ben Folds Five
  • Ariana’s Occupation: Freelance musician and cello teacher
  • Matt’s Occupation: Bioprocessing Associate at Humacyte
  • How You Met: At our Best Man/Maid of Honor’s wedding. If I remember, you guys were the photographers?
  • Interesting Fact: We bonded over our love of music. Mostly The Beatles.
  • Honeymoon: The Earth.
  • Vendor Credits: Officiant – Pastor Mac Schafer | Band – Davis Messina Band | Florist – W Designs and jaGG Classic Wholesale | Cake – Uprising Bakery | Caterer – Mad Boar Restaurant | Hair – Keisha Mangum of Clip TeaZe Salon | Makeup – The Makeup Team of NC | Ceremony Musician – Victoria Walls, Piano