On the 8th of April, we had the privilege to film a stunning enchanted elopement in Concord, North Carolina. The venue choice was Ritchie Hill, partially for its modern beauty but also, the venue has a touch of magic in the building structure with a lovely sky view balcony. Located in a quiet neighborhood just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, what a special place to celebrate your wedding day and the days prior, with the comfort of Ritchie Hill’s staff, as well as, many room options for you, your family and friends, and bridal party to get ready or relax in.
Our gorgeous bride chooses a peach, pink, and gold floral theme to decorate throughout her intimate wedding. Her dress was a spectacular choice of a peach shade on a less formal ball gown. She chose simple jewelry to accessorize and pull off a new trend for 2017 weddings: wear the theme you are in! How daring to step out in a dress other than ivory or white! Her shoes and wedding ring added the gold she needed to completely pull off her wedding theme attire. Her hair fell loosely in light curls, with the top half pinned back like open flower heads. She chose “less is best” with her makeup, which gave her such a beautiful authentic appearance to step out on her wedding day and “wow” her guests right at the entrance.
During her finishing touches of “getting ready” we took the time to film the details of her day. Pink & peach draping cloth wrapped in greenery, hung along an open brick wall for their ceremony spot. The entrance to Ritchie Hill that morning opened up with such a peachy & pink glow, you would almost think the day was just meant for them. We took note of the farm tables decked out with beautiful candelabras and flowers of a variety of peach and pink colors standing out announcing another special spring morning. We had never seen such a neat assortment of dishware, gold forks & knives, plates with a peach glass piece separating the top from the bottom. The glasses for the bride & groom matched those of their guests with the same peach of the glass dinner plates. They choose to add a deep purple into their invites, as well as, into the table numbers and bride & groom seating cards, which added a touch of elegance into their Spring Peach & Floral Enchanted elopement wedding theme. The cake was the final touch in making the whole setting comes together with its three white layers, blanketed with a delicate floral arrangement coming up from the left bottom layer to reach the top layer on the left side. They had to know as they finished getting ready, truly how beautiful their wedding day was going to be. We could see behind our lenses how perfectly planned and crafted each element had been prior to this day.
The guests begin to arrive, as well as, the bridal party, so we begin to move upstairs and check on both bride & groom. Ashlie was patiently waiting in the opposite room of Brendon. During this time, we grabbed a few intimate photo moments of her and then followed her to the balcony as she peered off to watch her family & guests, which gave us another great opportunity to film while we were beginning to understand and see her side of this great love story. We left to grab a few shots of the groom, Brendon, while he waited for the go ahead to head downstairs toward the ceremony site. Both Ashlie & Brendon lacked any hesitation to their wedding day. We could see they were both ready to finally tie the knot.
We quickly grab our things and get ourselves set up for the ceremony. We feel a breeze slip in that afternoon, keeping the possible spring heat from affecting the wedding. After everyone gets to where they need to be, the music starts and it’s not long before the groom gets to see his bride walk down the aisle. These two were nothing but smiles standing there waiting to say their vows and with their vows came another 2017 wedding trend of using the iPhone to guide them to speak with ease. The vows were the kind of vows you only hear in the movies, so intimate, loving, and caring toward each other. By the time the moment was done, we hear “you may kiss the bride”, and we were off to capture the reception. Because their wedding was an elopement with a few family & friends, the size was unlike your normal reception, but had a “at home romantic dinner” feel to it. They allowed the floral arrangement which was their table centerpiece to give them a slight disconnect from everyone else, without being totally separated by broken up tables.
We know you guys are ready to fall in love with this wedding film. It can be watched below. =)
Cinematography by Fesiuk Films
The cake cut was surrounded by their best friends. You just never know how those will turn out, whether the couple stays sweet or they decide to get a little messy with this American tradition. The cake was just as wonderful as it looked, by the way. As the dinner approaches the end, you see the bride & groom take the floor for their “first dance”. We couldn’t get over how perfect the evening felt for this first dance, being outside, on the front porch, as the night chill sets in, with candles and lanterns illuminating in the background. It was as if we ourselves, our gear, and the whole world, was absent as they danced. Young love at its finest.
They spent the rest of the evening, hand in hand, like two candles that wouldn’t stop burning. When they finally slipped away into the back side of the porch, we found them resting, which was our final shot of the night. Ashlie & Brendon’s love story brought enchantment, a spring fresh feel, and several 2017 wedding trends. We looked forward to the time we spent with this couple and we hope their wedding brought all the emotions and wedding excitement to you as it did for us.
Wedding Date: April 5th, 2017
Wedding Season: Spring
Vendors from Ashlie & Brendon's Wedding
Wedding & Event Planner:
Elena Weddings and Events
Paige and Elliott - Bridal Boutique
Evermore - Classic & Vintage Rentals
Inspired Design of NC
Sky's The Limit Bridal Sweets
Sweetest Beginnings Stationary and Design