A.J.

January 12, 2016

Molly & Aaron • Haw River Ballroom Wedding

Photographer: A.J., Weddings

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Ooooh, I’ve been DYING to share this day!!!! It was one of our last weddings of 2015, and I knew, from the very first picture, it was special. We left their wedding, immediately edited their images and sent them off for feature within the week, knowing that their story was too good not to share. You see, every ounce of this wedding was done with purpose.

Molly & Aaron carefully thought about each element, making sure everything honored their family histories. Even to the point of choosing their venue because Molly’s grandmother worked herself through college there when it was still an active mill. Her first time coming back to the mill was for Molly’s wedding, and I can only imagine how nostalgic she felt. Molly emailed me a whole list of stories like that a few days before the wedding, and I sat here at my computer feeling so honored to be able to capture these important heirlooms and memories for them with my camera. I won’t lie, it was a lot of pressure but it really made me think through each image carefully.

Each wedding leaves me with a favorite detail, and this one had to be the handkerchiefs we used when photographing her bridal details. They were a wedding gift to her other grandmother, that she recently found…unopened!!! They were vintage, and beautiful, and full of so much history. A piece of her wedding, perfectly preserved.

I could go on and on with stories from their day, but I think Molly said it best in her interview for her Southern Weddings feature. They captured the essence and legacy of her wedding so perfectly. It was an honor to have their story & images shared there last week.

These two are starting their own beautiful legacy, and I have no doubt it’s because of the example their families set. Their love is strong, genuine, raw and real. We saw it in their engagement portraits, and we saw it again on their wedding day, especially in their emotional first look. Most of the portraits you see below were taken during their first look. You can’t stage emotions like that.

Molly & Aaron, thank you for giving us the privilege of documenting the beginning of your family’s legacy. You and your families are a beautiful example of what love and commitment means. We love you two. Thank you for making a lasting impression on our hearts.

Their day couldn’t have been possible without these lovely vendors. Many of them friends and family of the couple:
Venue: Haw River Ballroom
Catering: Saxapahaw General Store
Florist: Pine State Flowers
Bridal Dress: Second Summer Bride
Bride’s Alterations: Kira Koutoure
Bride’s Earrings: Judith Bright
Bridesmaid Dresses: RenzRags
Groomsmen Suits: Combatant Gentlemen
Groomsment Ties: The Tie Bar
Hair & Makeup: Tease and Blush
Bridal Shoes: Toms
Invitation/Ceremony Program Design: Linsey Gray Creative
Videography: Olivia Wilkes Photography with Sound by Ana Caicedo and Editing by Anna Norwood
DJ: Jason Barnes, JMB Marketing
Wedding Cake: Brenda Moss

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