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duncan sc wedding

I recently helped my friend Herbert Yau second shoot the wedding of a super sweet couple in Duncan SC. The wedding reception was held in nearby Moore SC.

wedding dress on stained glass

bride and groom in duncan first baptist church

bridesmaids at Duncan SC first baptist church

jumping wedding party

bridesmaids laughing at camera

bride reading vows

brides father giving words to couple

bride and groom kissing by stained glass

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Love this shot of the bride’s son looking back at the groom.

I recently had the opportunity to second shoot for my good friend Laura Manzare in Concord, NC. The ceremony was held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Concord and the Reception was held in The Copperfield Room at the Cabarrus Family Medical Center.

Putting the garter around a small football is a great way to ensure the garter makes it all the way to the single men and sort of forces them to catch it instead of watch it float to the floor;)

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The wedding party rented out Clarendon Inn (the cutest little cozy inn) in Downtown Wilmington, right across the street from the reception location at the Hannah Block USO Community Center.  It made taking getting ready shots and reception detail shots super easy:)


Becca & Yanic decided to have a first look before the wedding ceremony on the Riverfront in Downtown Wilmington.

Becca’s bouquet was so pretty!

Yanic & Becca were planning to get married in her parent’s yard in Burgaw, NC. Everyone had been working hard getting the place wedding-ready and it looked amazing. The only problem were the rain clouds that rolled in just before the wedding was to start. As the limos pulled in, the sprinkling slowed and guests hurried to wipe down the seats. Maybe the backup plan to marry in the church could be avoided after all. Then just as the ceremony started, so did the rain! No one was without an umbrella, so the wedding went on as planned, in the rain!

The poor bridesmaids were soaked, but it was definitely a memorable day!

Hurrying to blow-dry Becca’s dress…

Becca & Yanic did things a little differently in lots of ways, including having only bridesmaids!

The centerpieces for all the tables at the Hannah Block USO Community Center were all different floral decorated birdcages.  They were so pretty and the florals were amazing!  They also served the best shrimp and grits as martini style appetizers and were the best that anyone has ever had, hands down!

Becca broke out the clogging during Lynn Anderson’s version of the song Rocky Top.

I know this isn’t the best image composition wise, etc… but we thought it was cute nonetheless. When the bride’s sister started breaking it down, everyone seemed a bit shocked.

Anyone who wasn’t at the wedding want to take a guess at what song is playing during this next photo?

Hope you guys had a great time up in New York!

I also want to say THANK YOU to Erin O’neil for driving all the way from Greenville, SC to assist me with this wedding! She captured some great moments… I definitely recommend her to other photographers looking for a second shooter! Here she is in action…
Crystal Genes Charlotte Wedding Photographer_091010045353And here’s a shot she got of me, sans umbrella balanced down my shirt… check out my blinding white legs!!!  Ahhhh!!!

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copyright 2009, Crystal Genes, Charlotte NC Wedding Photographer, Burgaw NC Wedding Photographer, Downtown Wilmington Wedding Photographer

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  • Brandi - What a gorgeous couple ! It seems like they didn’t let the rain bring them down!ReplyCancel

  • sadiehigs - wow — you did an amazing job shooting in the downpour! i’d imagine that takes a lot of quick-thinking and split-second decision-making. great job!ReplyCancel

Photographing Matthew & Alexis’ wedding day was a blast!  When all the groomsmen pulled into the country church, one loud giant truck after another, each covered in mud, I knew it was going to be a fun day:)  Not to mention, my little brother was one of them!

Their reception was at the newly built River Landing Country Club in Wallace, NC. It was so gorgeous! I wish I lived closer so that I could shoot here more often;)

This was the view from the ballroom…

Gotta love the traditional smashing of cake in face:)

The sunset over the lake at River Landing Country Club was so beautiful…

To see more images from this wedding, view their facebook album here.
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copyright 2009 – Crystal Genes, Charlotte NC Wedding Photographer, Wallace NC Wedding Photographer, Burgaw NC Wedding Photographer, River Landing Country Club Wedding Photographer

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I helped Ben Jack shoot a wedding in Black Mountain, NC near Asheville a couple of weeks ago at White Horse. It was a dark and rainy day in Black Mountain, but it didn’t get the bride and groom down or keep the wedding guests from dancing all night!
See the way Joe looks at his bride? So sweet!

We had to get creative with indoor bride and groom portraits… the kitchen in the house everyone got ready in was perfect!

One of the groomsmen rented this house for the week. It once belonged to someone named Ms. Helen and all her belongings are still there. All the guys were drinking out of tea cups.

The band was Motown Blues and they had everyone dancing and singing along… they even got called back at the end of the night for an encore!

copyright 2009 – Crystal Genes, Charlotte Wedding Photographer, Black Mountain Wedding Photography

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  • Amanda James Photography - Crystal, these are gorgeous! Rainy days certainly make you stretch your creativity:) Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Sara Dykes (bride) - Crystal –

    these are amazing. How can I get copies??

    Sara D. – ie the brideReplyCancel

  • Opal Sibley (mother of Joe Sibley) - I had to write and let you know how much I have enjoyed visiting your site and seeing my son and his new wife as they begin their life together. You caught such loving looks between them that it made me cry all over again. Thanks for all the time you took to get these terrific shots. I look forward to seeing the ones they chose.
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