Sometimes we end up exactly where we are supposed to be. The story of how I met the bride that planned and meticulously created a one-of-a-kind Uptown Charlotte warehouse wedding is one of the heart. I know that is a heavy statement to start off a wedding blog post, but just hang with me for a sec. Last fall I photographed this darling, vintage Uptown Charlotte wedding and was introduced to the planner, Jenny Fannin. What I didn’t know was that Jenny was helping her best friend out in a time of sadness and need. It turns out that Katie was hired as the day-of coordinator, but suddenly and very sadly, her young niece passed away and Katie went to be home with her family. Fast forward several months, and I get an email from Katie inquiring about my availability to photograph her wedding. She didn’t just give me the date and the location. She wrote at least three paragraphs of detailed information on exactly how this wedding was to be special. You know what else she did? She told me that her favorite work of mine is my lifestyle gallery. Maybe that seems strange given that she was looking for a WEDDING photographer…but she saw something in those intimate photos of mine that instilled confidence in her that I would do her wedding justice.
About the Bride and Groom
Katie told me more about how she and Nick hoped their wedding would come together. Katie is an artist and an art teacher, she is as creative as she is joyous. Nick proposed to her in Uptown Charlotte by playing a favorite song and asking her to dance (real dance, like the kind that requires one right foot and one left foot). Katie loves dancing, Katie loves Nick. They were in the midst of planning this wedding with plenty of help from their families…when Katie’s niece Gracelyn passed away. Gracelyn was so excited about the wedding, and her loss made Katie and Nick realize that every single day we have is a gift, and waiting for some prescribed amount of time to put together a grand celebration should never come before their love for each other and desire to start their lives as husband and wife.
Katie & Nick’s Industrial vintage Uptown Charlotte warehouse Wedding Day
Now, if you think that this means this wedding was just thrown together, you are SO wrong. The amount of thought and pure effort put into every.single.detail of this wedding is incredible. Down to their wedding rings (which are melted down from family heirlooms and repurposed), the vintage jewelry, hairpieces, personal touches sewn into handkerchiefs and the wedding gown, the amazing metal backdrop installation and the tooled metal cake toppers, everything was made by a family member. The groom wore a bespoke suit by Corner Tailors, and the bride wore a gown with custom alterations by RCB Fashion.
The wedding was lit by candles, and held in the church that the couple attend at Warehouse 242. It certainly had an industrial vintage style, of the highest form. Delicious desserts from some of the best Charlotte bakeries were served, as well as a surprise late night pizza snack! Oh, and you know what I haven’t mentioned yet? RAIN. Yes, it rained the entire day…but that didn’t stop anyone from enjoying themselves. We did their first look outside in the rain, played in the rain after their ceremony and even exited surrounded by sparklers and raindrops. I might have looked like a drowned rat, but Katie looked radiant next to her handsome groom.
The Amazing Charlotte Wedding Vendors
Special Thanks to all of the AMAZING vendors that rocked:
Wedding Photography: Sunshower Photography
Coordination: Muse & Delphia; Jenny Ford
Venue: Warehouse 242
Graphic Design (invitation suite & chalkboards): Small Hands Big Art
Florals: Party Blooms
Late Night Snack: Jet’s Pizza
Hair & Makeup Artist: Makeup Artistry by Deme
Entertainment: Epic Entertainment
Groom’s Attire: Bespoke suit by Corner Tailors
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