They met as college freshmen at the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) and fell in love. The rest, as they say, is history! Blake + Kirby’s wedding day, in Kirby’s hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, was the perfect reflection of them and their relationship. Though it rained most of the day, they weren’t about to let that get them down – they had plenty to celebrate!
The two exchanged vows at the newly-renovated Belk Chapel at Queens University of Charlotte, which was absolutely beautiful – I LOVED the light-filled rotunda! For their reception, they danced the night away at Carmel Country Club, which is a bit of a family tradition – Kirby’s parents, aunt + uncle, and several cousins had their reception there, as well. Lily Greenthumbs and Courtney Matinata absolutely transformed the ballroom into the dreamiest, flower-filled event with candles + greenery everywhere. I loved it. Another awesome touch? TRUCKER HATS! As a wedding photographer, I sometimes feel like I’ve seen it all, but this was definitely a first. Guests could place their order for custom-airbrushed trucker hats to wear on the dance floor. It was AWESOME.
A few more details that made this day extra special to me: Mr. Montgomery’s emotional reaction to seeing his daughter for the first time, Blake’s face as he saw his bride walking down the aisle, the fact that Kirby’s veil stayed behind as she approached the alter and that it didn’t phase her in the least (don’t worry, one of her awesome bridesmaids quickly put it back in), how FUN the entire bridal party was, Kirby’s dress AND skirt that she added for the ceremony, the fact that the rain let up just in time for photos of Kirby + Blake after their wedding, and basically everything about the reception.
Kirby + Blake, thank you so much for inviting me to photograph such an incredible day. Cheers to a lifetime of bliss!
SHOUTOUT TO SOME AMAZING VENDORS:
Planning + Coordination: Courtney Matinata
Ceremony: Belk Chapel
Reception: Carmel Country Club
Floral Design: Lily Greenthumbs
Hair + Makeup: Jami Svay
Band: I Love This Band
Linens: Party Tables
Airbrush Hats: Airbrush Grotto
Lighting: Wink Lighting
Bride’s Dress: Kelly’s Closet
Bride’s Skirt: Hayden Olivia
Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Groomsmen Attire: Paul Simon
Groom’s Suit: Jos A. Bank
Bowtie: Brackish Bowtie