Located on the water of Lake Norman in North Carolina, this intimate wedding was one to remember. Meredith and Patrick took such a unique approach to their special day by truly making it their own. As they thought about the things they love in weddings, they created a celebration that was perfect for them.
In an Airbnb backyard on Lake Norman, Meredith and Patrick said “I do” in front of their friends and family. With the help of Honey and Thyme Events, the day came together perfectly — even in the midst of some rain. Everyone had such a positive attitude all day and the landscape was stunning.
The couple’s setup for their wedding was beautiful and simple. Full of lots of greenery, white roses, and candles, they kept a very neutral color palette. The setting got even dreamier as the sun went down and all the twinkle lights glowed perfectly. It was truly a wedding of dreams on Lake Norman!
When I arrived for their wedding day, Meredith was finishing up writing her private vows in a teary-eyed room of her closest friends. A very sweet moment, you could see the emotion in the room of those that loved her.
Although they didn’t a bridal party, Meredith had her girls there to get ready, while Patrick was with his best friend. They were the perfect example of involving those they loved throughout the day, even without having a formal bridal party.
Meredith and Patrick’s precious daughter, Ryan, was also involved in all parts of the day. Meredith helped Ryan get ready for the day by doing her hair and it made for the sweetest mother-daughter photos!
A very short and sweet ceremony, this couple’s moment was one full of emotions. Prior to the wedding, Meredith’s dad had recently suffered a severe spinal cord injury. It was truly a miracle that he was there and able to walk his daughter down the aisle. There wasn’t a dry eye during the ceremony and I’m so thankful that I was there to capture it!
Meredith’s 100-year-old grandmother was also able to travel to attend the ceremony, a precious part of the day. We were able to gather four generations together to capture some photos with Meredith’s daughter, mother, and grandmother. It was an honor to be a part of this moment as we got photos I know they’ll cherish forever.
MEREDITH + RYAN:
After the ceremony, the newlyweds retreated to the side garden of the Airbnb to read other their private vows. While they didn’t give their vows during the ceremony, this moment created such a special and intimate memory between just the two of them after getting married.
While we did some fun photos of Meredith and Patrick, most of the photos captured throughout the day were much more organic. Meredith had expressed to me that she didn’t want many posed photos, but photos of more the day as it happened. This was such a unique approach to capturing the story of their day as I was constantly looking and waiting for moments to happen and was ready to snap them as they came. Their approach showed how much they prioritized people and really was such a great exemplifier of how much they love their family and friends.
For the reception, wood-fired pizzas were served as dinner. These things were AMAZING (I tried the pepperoni one with red pepper flakes and honey)! After Meredith and Patrick cut the cake, everyone danced together and the party really took off.
Another fun and memorable moment with Meredith’s dad was captured as his dad joined the dance floor for the “Cupid Shuffle.” As they helped him stay stable, he gleamed and smile so big, able to join his daughter in dancing on her special day.
Overall, this Lake Norman wedding was truly one of the most intimate ones I’ve ever been able to be a part of. I was so honored to capture so many sweet memories and moments from Meredith and Patrick’s day. It was so beautiful to focus on the moments as they came and less on posing them to happen.
If you’re a future bride looking for more of these candid-style photos on your wedding day, I would love to make that happen. Be sure to reach out with your vision for your special day! At Wonderstruck Media Co., I want nothing more than to be able to help you remember your day the way you envisioned it — through photos that are unique to you and your love story.