This past Saturday, May 22, I spent the day with Amanda Williams and Derek Hodges at their wedding in Morganton, NC. Amanda and Derek were married at the First Baptist Church in Morganton.
I really had a fun time with Amanda, Derek and their friends and family. I felt like this wedding was full of the purest type of energy and love and I really hope that I was able to capture it all on film.
The day started early with hair and make-up.
One of the flower girls watches Amanda and her sister, Angela put on make-up (below).
I loved the lavender bouquets!
Amanda and her bridesmaids!
I also want to say that Amanda's very talented mother, Corlis, made these beautiful bridesmaids dresses!
Meanwhile, Derek gets ready with the men.
Amanda saw a photo that she liked on my blog here where we had the couple hold hands before the ceremony without letting them see each other.
Amanda and her father, Tom, before entering the church (above).
The flower girl paves the way with lavender (above).
This was a really sweet moment (below) when Amanda saw her friend and they both started crying.
The First Baptist Church of Morganton is a really pretty church and I enjoyed shooting there.
Presenting for the first time, Mr. and Mrs. Derek Hodges!
After the ceremony, the wedding party gathered on the balcony while guests exited. There were a lot of congratulations shared!
While we were shooting family photos, Derek stole a quick kiss from his bride (below)!
Derek and Amanda had a candy bar where guests "shared in their sweet beginnings"
Cheerwine was given to all the guests (above) and the best man, Ryan, gave his speech (below).
A very sweet first dance!
Father/Daughter (above) and Mother/Son (below) dances
The garter fell directly in the hands of one of Derek's groomsmen (below).
Derek was not a big fan of the bubbles!! I love the above photo because the expressions on Amanda and Derek's face couldn't possibly be any more different! Amanda gazes playfully at the surrounding bubbles while Derek winces!
Derek and Amanda give a final farewell wave to family and friends and head off to their honeymoon (below).
Thanks so much to Derek and Amanda and their friends and family for letting me be a part of all the festivities on Saturday.
Another big thanks to my assistant, Brittany (below), seen below photographing the flower girl.