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I recently had the opportunity to capture a wedding as a second shooter/assistant photographer.  Amber Spratling of Baby Blue Photography asked me to be her sidekick for Daniel & Lindsay’s Concord wedding and since I was free, I jumped on the opportunity!  It’s always fun tagging along as a second shooter because it gives me a little more freedom to try out new things, plus it’s not nearly as much pressure:)  Thanks Amber for inviting me along for the evening!

Lindsay’s bridesmaids were careful to make sure none of the early arriving guests could see Lindsay during their portrait time:)

these two had a nice long lasting kiss…




father/bride, mother/groom dances are always so sweet!

Congrats you two!

Ceremony Site – Community Harvest Church, Concord NC

Reception Site – Cabarrus Shrine Club

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  • Brandi - Her veil is so fabulous! Also love all the reception details. Adorable couple.ReplyCancel

  • Life Stage Films - Crystal! You’re work always looks so amazing. Great job! I always love seeing the action you catch at the receptions 🙂 We hope to work with you soon.ReplyCancel

  • Amber Spratling - LOVE LOVE LOVE them! Thanks so much for your help that day! You rock!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey Eudy - Thank you so much! These are beautiful!ReplyCancel

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feel free to leave a comment for the couple at the bottom of this post!

Brandon is a military man, so naturally he and Candis were married on base at Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, NC.  This base’s style is so much fun with it’s stucco houses and buildings reminiscent of another country.  In fact, about 370 buildings are eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.  (He’s not suppose to smile when in uniform but it’s not his fault… I forced him to do it!)


twin belly dancers performed a traditional egyptian ceremonial dance for the couple… so much fun!!!

Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, NC

Ceremony – Fort Bragg Post Chapel

Reception – Fort Bragg Officer’s Club

Florist -Owens Florist

Cake- Kim’s Cakes

Coordinator – Gayle Nelson

and thanks to Laura Manzare for assisting me!

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click here to view more images in their wedding day slideshow!



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  • Briana - These pictures are beautiful! Crystal, the wedding planner and the wonderful Jordan family did a great job! Yay! I’m happy for Candis and Brandon!ReplyCancel

  • Margaret Willaims - I’m a stranger to you, Candis and Brandon, but let me assure you that I have thoroughly enjoyed your wedding pictures. Crystal was Photographer for my son’s wedding in Burgaw a few short weeks ago and every now and then I want to see her new pictures. Say, that red, black and white theme going on at the reception is outstanding. Gorgeous vale on the bride! MargaretReplyCancel

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bride and groom kissing under the burgaw nc train depot on their wedding day at night

When Beth told me that she and Daniel would tie the knot as well as party at the Burgaw Train Depot, I was really excited, but I must admit I was a little concerned with how well it would photograph, being practically smack dab in the middle of the Piggly Wiggly parking lot.  See, I grew up in Burgaw, and when you see a location your whole life, sometimes it’s hard to see it with fresh, new, inspired eyes.  But, the Depot recently had a HUGE renovation and even more recently opened it’s doors for weddings.  GORGEOUS.  That’s what I have to say about the depot and the wedding.  I knew, halfway through the day, that this one would make it into my top 5… maybe my top 3 favorite weddings that I’ve shot to date.  I think it was a combination of the location, the colors, and the people.  It was such a smooth flowing day (high five for organized, careful planning!)

The inside of the Depot was so pretty, with lots of original pieces incorporated into the remodel, including the gorgeous dark wooden doors that are now hanging in front of the large windows and can slide open to let in the light.

one of my favorite shots of the day!

take in some of these details!

another favorite shot of the day… the flower girl just started dumping out all her flowers when she got to the front… cuteness.

notice the big red caboose in the background…


notice the bird flying at the top in the left photo.  this was the beginning of a weekend full of birds flying into the frame at just the right moment.

wedding party standing in front of the red caboose after the wedding at the burgaw train depot

bride and groom with wedding party in front of the red caboose at the burgaw nc train depot

thanks Barbra for letting us use your lovely patio!

another perfect bird flew into frame…

this ring is over 100 years old and was Beth’s something borrowed, something old, AND something blue

love the HOT pink cake!

Beth was most excited about their getaway car.  Wouldn’t you be too?

Click here to view more images on their wedding day slideshow!

venue: Burgaw NC Train Depot

florist/decor: Applewhite Designs – Festivities with Flair

cake: family friend

dj: Jason Aycock

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  • Sandra West ( Beth's mom) - As told to Crystal, she is a true artist. She truly captured the beauty, love and FUN, we all had. I love her style. She sees precious moments and turns them into forever memories!!!! Could not have asked for a more perfect day. Thanks, CrystalReplyCancel

  • Kayla - Blogging for my bestest pals and to say these are the most beautiful pictures, Crystal you really captured and portrayed how much these guys are in love with each other. For once it wasn’t sickening to look at or be around..haha…jk….but really great job and so pretty. I love you Beth and Daniel! U too Crystal!ReplyCancel

  • Louis West - The photography is fantastic. It caputured the essence of the moment which was happiness/love/fun. The only thing it didn’t capture was the irrepressible heat/humidity. Usually I avoid weddings, but for Beth/Daniel the sky’s the limit. Best wishes for a long and happy marriage.

    LouisReplyCancel

  • Joyce Miller - I could not have attended a more beautiful wedding. Crystal’s pictures reflect the beauty of Daniel

    and Beth’s wedding day – allowing one to relive that day. A wedding day even I won’t forget.ReplyCancel

  • Pat Dobson - BEAUTIFUL PICTURES!!! BEAUTIFUL COUPLE!!!ReplyCancel

  • Patricia - Beautiful Couple!! Beautiful Pictures!! Crystal’s work is totally gorgeous!!ReplyCancel

  • Pam Batten - Wonderful wedding photographer. We have been in the decorating business over 20 years and these are some of the most unique photos we have ever seen. Love the work and best of luck to Beth and Daniel.

    Pam BattenReplyCancel

  • Margaret Willaims - Your photography captured a beautiful couple on a perfectly gorgeous wedding day. Daniel and Beth really have a treasurer in these pictures. MargaretReplyCancel

  • Susan Rouse - Crystal, I am so glad the depot shared these photos with me. I have helped with the renovation with great love and pride. I am so pleased that you captured the real beauty and essence of our Historical Train Depot. I know the couple will cherish these photos for years. Good luck!ReplyCancel

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Don & Lisa were married this month in Weddington, NC and had a gorgeous backyard reception in Marvin, NC.  This couple was so much fun to work with and I’m so glad that I got to be a part of their big day.  They have the best sense of humor and just wanted their guests to be taken care of and have a great time during their celebration.  I wish the two of them the best!

I invited the fabulous Erin O’neil along with me again to be my second shooter and she captured this beautiful smile that Don’s Mother wore all night:)

Click here to see more images in Don & Lisa’s wedding day slideshow!

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  • marsha gaspari - These are simply stunning. It is so cliche to say that photography is moments captured but these moments are priceless. I really felt like I was there. Wait. I was there and now I’m there again. Is that deja vu all over again? What time is it? You mean now? I hope they get a free print from this. Crash. Spill. Dammit.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - Love the photos! They do capture the day so well! That was the most fun wedding I’ve been to! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Megan Romeo - Absolutely gorgeous!! What a fun wedding it was to be at. Every moment was precious. Great pics!!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Kanelos - The pictures are just wonderful! Everything looks so magical, just like the day and night were. The photos truly captured the emotion and experience we all shared that day. The house and grounds look beautiful as well. This should definitely win the contest!ReplyCancel

  • mikki burgess - Don & Lisa are a beautiful couple. The pictures are gorgeous — wish I’d danced with the puppy — he looks like he’s having a great time too!ReplyCancel

  • Emily Little - Absolutely beautiful! And the pictures are lovely, too…:)ReplyCancel

  • Kat Cates - Absolutely stunning pictures! I’m so glad that you have such beautiful pictures to remember such a wonderful day.ReplyCancel

  • Mindie & Scott Felcher - The wedding was great, and you really captured the charm of the couple in the photographs!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen Ohaver - What a beautiful capturing of a beautiful day.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Harsen - The pictures are absolutely perfect! I am so impressed by how well you captured each aspect of our wedding. Your artistry is a gift. The photographs will forever be a treasure to us. Thank you so much!ReplyCancel

  • Sheila Glennon-Sandling - What amazing pictures! I was there, and these truly capture the spirit of the day. I can’t believe that a picture could be as lovely as Lisa on the big day, but these come awfully close!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Marle - The wedding was BEAUTIFUL! The colors are so vibrant! Wish I could have been there….looks like a really fun wedding! Love you guys! Aunt KimReplyCancel

  • Jeanne Rowe - Beautiful pictures, capturing the joy and fun of the day!ReplyCancel

  • GLEN AND CHIS BICKEL - LIKE BEING AT THE WEDDING ALL OVER AGAIN.

    ENJOYED THE PICTURESReplyCancel

  • joan schaefer - the pictures were great–so candid and they covered all the things that went on–don and lisa are so photogetic i think–the reception was enjoyed by everyone and lise sure loves to dance !!!!ReplyCancel

  • April Ferguson - It was so nice that someone was able to freeze a moment in time (i.e. “Dancing Don”), which can now be shared with future generations. -Beautiful Day!ReplyCancel

  • Susan and Dan - Amazing! What a truly wonderful and happy day! The most amazing thing about the pictures is that you really can’t tell how hot we all were – great photography!! And Collin looks happy!!ReplyCancel

  • Crystal - It was a beautiful wedding & you truly did an amazing job of capturing the emotions of the day! I absolutely love how you were able to capture even the small details of the day & night. I’m sure Don & Lisa will enjoy these pictures for so many years to come.ReplyCancel

  • Don - Loved them! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - You did a beautiful job capturing such a great day!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie Leffel - Awesome photographs! It looks like you were really able to capture the vibrancy of the happy couple and the fun of the big day! I would love some pics to put up on my website of my flowers:) Let me know if you can help me out with that! Thanks!

    Leslie
    Events In BloomReplyCancel

  • Kristine - Beautiful photographs! What a fun night!ReplyCancel

  • Rick Harsen - These pictures captured the happiness of this couple at a very special time in their life.

    I am extremely impressed. Thank You for placing memories of such a
    wonderful wedding on a vessel that can retained for life.

    Best Wishes to Lisa and DonReplyCancel

  • Kate Milheim - These are AMAZING! And, y’all could not look ANY happier. Heavenly!ReplyCancel

  • Igor Tsvetkov - The pictures are great. Especially I loved black&white one’s. What a wedding! Photographer captured all the most important and vivid moments of that day.ReplyCancel

bride standing on the yellow brick road at the land of oz in beech mountain nc

Sometimes, as wedding or portrait photographers, it is difficult to get out with your camera and just shoot for yourself… for fun.  But it’s so important to do just that!  When the weather turns beautiful, we all become so super busy that we can barely find time to even have a date night once a month, much less take our cameras out once again to photograph something we love or an idea we have or just anything.  And even if we do, finding the time to edit the images or even look at them when we get home is another issue altogether.  I’ve had folders and folders of personal images backed up from 2008 that I just yesterday forced myself to sift through and send an order off to the printer.  Check and check, mark that off my to do list!

bride and groom at land of oz in beech mountain nc and megan brusca design wedding menus

I always thought it would be fun to put together a concept style wedding day shoot on the yellow brick road at The Land of Oz on the top of Beech Mountain.  The remains of the old theme park that operated in the 70s has always been so intriguing to me.  It’s in the most random of places, and the fact that the yellow brick road is still there on the very top of the mountain, hidden in the woods, just makes me smile.  The thought of a quirky wedding reception just sounded too fun!  I’m no event stylist, but I had this idea in my head and once I set up the plan to put it together, there was no turning back!  Thanks for all the vendors who put their trust in me and my idea and helped it come to life! And thank you Cindy at The Land of Oz for opening up the park for me before spring so that I could work with the bare winter trees! You’re the best!!!

beech mountain nc wedding photographers picture of bride and groom on yellow brick road

I spent many many hours brainstorming and shopping online and at thrift and antique shops to get all the perfect props.  The weather was amazing and the whole vision turned out even better than I had expected.  I am so excited about these images.  Now I can’t wait until my next idea strikes:)

bride and groom on yellow brick road in beech mountain nc

megan brusca design wedding menus and bless your heart florist in blowing rock nc

wedding reception at the land of oz on the yellow brick road in beech mountain nc

fun colorful wedding reception tablescape at the yellow brick road at the land of oz beech mountain nc

Thanks to Megan Brusca of Megan Brusca Design for the amazing menus, invites, escort cards, etc… your work always blows me away! It couldn’t have been more perfect for the vision! Check her out right now!
wedding day menu cards designed by megan brusca design in missouri or lake norman nc at beech mountain nc

wedding at the land of oz in beech mountain nc

Such great models! Thanks so much for driving up for the day, you were both awesome!
bride and groom at beech mountain land of oz

Many many many thanks to the fabulous Sheri at Bless Your Heart in Blowing Rock, NC for working so hard to make sure there were flowers for the shoot and with less than an hour to pull it off because of crazy disappearing emails! And not just any flowers, but drop dead gorgeous bouquets AND a centerpiece AND boutineers. I seriously don’t know how you do it! You’re just the best I’ve ever met… truly a natural!
bride holding bouquet of purple anemones and wearing an antique skeleton key necklace on the yellow brick road at land of oz in beech mountain nc

beautiful ranuculus bouquet from bless your heart florist in blowing rock nc


Thanks to Maria at Anjolique Bridal for finding the most perfect whimsically quirky dress and loaning it for the session. It really helped tie the theme together… just perfect!
bride and groom walking down the yellow brick road in beech mountain nc

Heather Boswell, The Cake Shoppe…, made a, more amazing than words can describe, cake adorned with oversized butterflies for the shoot. I feel so lucky to know such talented wedding vendors in the state! And to top it off… Heather is a retired model so she is actually the one wearing the wedding dress!
butterfly wedding cake by heather boswell the cake shoppe... beech mountain nc charlotte nc

heather boswell the cake shoppe butterfly cake in beech mountain nc

weird trees along the yellow brick road at the land of oz in beech mountain

cool yellow shoes boots for the groom on the wedding day in beech mountain nc at the land of oz

the brides wedding ring on the grooms pinkie finger

megan brusca design lake norman nc st louis missouri invitation designer wedding

Stay tuned to see more images from the shoot over the next couple of months. Tanya and I are working on putting features together of each of the participating vendors for our NC Wedding Underground blog. Check it out as well!

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Venue – Land of Oz, Beech Mountain, NC
Models – Heather Boswell & Gil Gatch
Dress – Anjolique Bridal, Birkdale Village
Florist – Bless Your Heart, Blowing Rock, NC
Papetier – Megan Brusca Design, Lake Norman, NC & St. Louis, MO
Cake – Heather Boswell, The Cake Shoppe…, Charlotte, NC
Set Up Assistants – Dawn Roof & Laura Manzare

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  • Heather - Crystal! These photos are absolutely amazing! Your entire vision for this shoot couldn’t have been more perfect! The cake looks gorgeous; everything is breathaking… Thanks so much for letting me create something new and for asking Gil and i to get to be a part of all of it. It was such an enchanting place to get to see and play at all day! We had fun! Not to mention coyote kitchen! 🙂 you’re incredible.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn Roof - Crystal, you out did yourself! Everything turned out SO great! There are a bunch of images that you got that I just didn’t even think of taking. They all look phenomenal! Super great job lady! Thanks for taking me along, and I’m glad I could help you set up and make it all happen that day! Now I need to kick myself in the rear to edit the ones I snapped!!

    Dawn 🙂ReplyCancel

  • crystalgenes - Thanks again Heather and Dawn!ReplyCancel

  • Aften Owens - Crystal-
    These are great! I had no idea this theme park existed! I want to go visit sometime 🙂 It looks so beautiful. You did a great job and you are SO talented!

    -AftenReplyCancel

  • Laura - WOW Crystal!! You did an amazing job, what a fun shoot!! All the details came together perfectly, simply fabulous!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • brandi. - i love this! very creative. this offbeat shoot is a breath of fresh air compared to traditional wedding shoots. well done.ReplyCancel

  • Dyan B - Wow, Heather and Gil.. how awesome you both look. I mean entirely breathtaking! Girl you are probably one of the most beautiful girls I have ever seen!ReplyCancel

  • Becca W. - Crystal, you have such amazing talent. You should be working for a high fashion magazine. These are amazing, whimsical and fun!ReplyCancel

  • crystalgenes - Thanks for all the comments and support guys!ReplyCancel

  • Tola - this is gorgeous!!! who would of thunk it!!!you have great framing skills and your photos get better each time!i need to get up there. lets plan a mountain trip this summer!ReplyCancel

    • crystalgenes - i’d love a mountain trip! but mostly because my favorite restaurant in the world is up there and i’m always in the mood for that!ReplyCancel

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