Shelby Hot Air Balloon Wedding | Love Hurdts

It’s not everyday you have the privilege of photographing the best couples of the world. Well, I lied, my couples really are the best. But when those couples are also hot air balloonists? Yeah, that is when some true magic enters your world.

Kristen and Joey have been together for the good part of a decade. They have the sweetest pup, Gabby, who was with them every second of their wedding day. It was the most endearing part of their wedding (in my opinion) that their dog stayed by their side from beginning to end.

The couple tied the knot on top of a hill in Shelby, NC. It was something truly spectacular to see as from the top of this hill you could see the mountains of North Carolina in the background. Their venue, Slightly Different Nursery, was quirky and southern—my type of tea. And the best part had nothing to do with any of this…the best part was seeing how many people came across the Southeast to witness these two tie the knot. A ton of hot air techs were on board to help with the after ceremony balloon release.

It was not a traditional wedding by any sense—well, except for the ceremony. Afterwards, Kristen and Joey had all of their guests go one by one up in to one of their hot air balloons. Hello! This was the ultimate reception! Not only did guests get to enjoy the view, but Kristen and Joey also did the garter and bouquet toss from IN THE HOT AIR BALLOON! These two really wanted their guests to feel special, and they completely pulled that off.

Oh, and my favorite part?! The moment Kristen hiked up her dress to help put up the hot air balloon. This is my type of lady. It was just a great day all around spent with some of the best people I’ve had the privilege of knowing.

Nikki Whitt
Cloth Mill Wedding Styled Shoot | Hillsborough, NC

It is with utmost pleasure that I share with you one of my favorite styled shoots that I have ever had the privilege of photographing. Nicole with the Cloth Mill had the marvelous idea of setting up her venue with every season of North Carolina. With this in mind, this would mean vendors could choose which season they wanted to participate in. I was paired with the amazing Elana with Elana Walker Events to photograph her vision of fall season at the Cloth Mill. Prepare yourselves…it’s a beauty.

From the invitations to the beautiful linens, everything just seemed to mesh so beautifully. My favorite part was Fresh Affairs dramatic head table top arrangement. Note, it is lifted via the ceiling and it is just something else to witness. With dark hints that sprinkled about the table, like the black plate ware, the dark green and deep red hints of florals, and the soft glow of the table top candles have really made this head table a true sense of magic. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts! Does this inspire you like it does me?!

To see more of this session, please check out Southern Bride and Groom’s blog! Seriously, it is still so crazy to me when I see my work being published.

A very special thank you to all of the amazing vendors who made this fall session something spectacular.

Venue at The Cloth Mill in Hillsborough, NC
Florals were made by Fresh Affairs
Wedding Rentals by a local fan favorite — American Party Rentals
Beautiful and sensual gown by Gilded Bridal
Hair by Wedding Hair by Liz
Stylist and Planner Extraordinaire — Elana Walker Events
Invitations by Suite Paper
Cake by Cake Couture
Makeup by Pink Diamonds

NC State Engagement Photography Session

It’s not very often that I have the privilege of heading back to my old stomping grounds at NC State University. I mean, I do go back on occasion, but normally I stick around near Durham, NC. As you would expect, I was more than thrilled to hear that Cami & Chris were all about doing their engagement session on wolfpack grounds!

To give you a little background story of Cami and myself, she and I met at NCSU probably about 7-8 years ago. So, to say we knew the hot spots to go were an understatement. The best part about this story? It’s actually she and Chris’. Chris and Cami met at a motorcycle meet up group at the top of a parking lot on NC State’s campus. They didnt immediately start dating at that time, but that was where they first laid eyes on one another. With knowing this little tidbit, I knew we had to incorporate their motorcycle! I mean, when life give you lemons you make some pretty awesome lemonade.

We started the day at the top of said parking lot. I know…a parking lot? But ya’ll, it had the prettiest view of downtown Raleigh that I, personally, had never seen until that point. Oh, and the best part? There may even be a cameo of these two in Chris’ cop car. Later, we trekked around the bulk of campus hitting up the ceremony grounds where Harrison Hall used to be, pit stopping at the Free Expression Tunnel, and ending at the new Talley Student Center (which by the way, was not there when we were students).

I so enjoyed photographing these two, but more importantly, I love that I got to see a snippet of how these two interact and showcase their love. This is the best part about my career. This. Being present and showcasing others stories.

Nikki Whitt
Emerald Isle Engagement Photography

Let me just tell you...some of the images you are about to see are basically taken out of The Notebook. Prepare yourself because this couple is one for the books.

Sara & Marcel have been together for nine years, yall. 9 YEARS! They met each other in school and basically the rest is history. I met them a few years ago via a mutual friend and just swooned over the energy these two gave each other. That same mutual friend offered these two lovebirds this very same engagement session and I am just so thrilled they obliged!

Since Marcel is stationed in Jacksonville, NC, it wasnt a tough sale to get these two to meet me in Emerald Isle. One, the beaches there are out of this world amazing, and two, there are two completely different sceneries right across the street from one another. We started the day on the sound side, then switched to the beach side for those primo golden hour shots!

I do have to admit--the jumping picture (youll see) may be my all time favorite. Marcel wore his Marines attire and Sara wore the sweetest white dress to compliment. It's seriously a dreamy portrait, but you know I am a bit biased.

These two are tieing the knot later this year and I am over the moon that they chose me to photograph their happiest day yet. Life is just the sweetest.