Byron’s Southend Winter Wedding: Emily and Jason (Charlotte wedding Photographer)

Last night we were finally able to celebrate with Emily and Jay.  (they have been so gracious and understanding as their wedding fell during the time my dad was very ill and I was traveling between NC/OH as much as I could to spend time with him.  It really is a testament to the ‘type’ of clients we are so fortunate to work with with. REAL people who truly understand what is important.)

Viewing parties are always such a great time.  Finally getting to chat about the day from the couples’ perspective…what they remember…and then watching a slideshow of some of our favorite memories and reminding them of all of those moments as well as many they may have missed. (while sipping some bubbly and noshing on some tasty treats.)

Em and Jay’s wedding was low-key…but chic. Held at the urban-esque Bryon’s Southend.   A little glitz and glam (Emily has such an ‘old Hollywood’ look about her…dontcha think? Doe eyes. a fitted gown showing off her curves and a gorgeous fur wrap.)

Our favorite moments:

-Their first-look.  To say Jay was in awe of her is an understatement.

- The dance floor. Typically wedding receptions take a bit to ‘build’…this dance floor was on fire from minute one.

- The tiny photog.  Oh man…he was so cute– following us around with his ipad. (you will see an image of him busting a move on the dance floor below.)

-The groomsman picking Jay up and spinning him on the dance floor

-Em and her bridesmaid Keely’s ‘dance-off’

- Seeing our former bride/groom, Nicole and Hashim  (remember them?)  who referred us to Em and Jay.  (Its always so special to see previous clients and such an honor when they refer us to their friends. )

-Em and Jay’s super sexy night images on the lightrail platform. (Man–how we LOVE when our client give us the extra few minutes of their night to create something really special…they are some of our fave images to date. rrrowww..!)

Emily and Jason–thank you so much for including us in your day.  (and please don’t forget us when you head to Italy for the vow renewal;-




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Charlotte, NC Engagement Session: Jess and Sam (Uptown Charlotte Skyline view engagement pictures)

Today is the day!  Jess and Sam– we are so excited to be a part of your wedding!

(Here are a few images from their Elizabeth Avenue engagement session featuring lots of laughs and gorgeous, Uptown Charlotte skyline views.)

June: Limited Edition Lineage Session (Charlotte, NC Lifestyle Child and Family Photography

For the month of June we  have decided to offer (6) Limited Edition ‘Lineage Sessions’  to allow us the opportunity to photograph a ‘day-in-the ‘life’ of  a limited number of families to truly  document your family as you are.  –No props, no forced smiles, no matching out fits….only the ‘real version’ of your family and the connection between you and yours:-)

The sessions will include the following;

- Pre-session consultation to assist you in selecting a meaningful location/attire. (as well as suggestions for making the experience memorable And

- up to 2 hours of your photographers time/talent and travel

-boutique editing of approximately 30-50 of the best  images from your session

-a post session viewing and ordering session in our studio

- your choice of your favorite image printed to an 8X10  on fine art paper/signed/framed and matted to 11X14

Cost: $400

To reserve  your space, email or call (704) 941-9391

(and since no blog post should go without images…here are the images from our Lineage session with the Kalgren Family- whom we have been photographing since lil’ bit Lexi was a few weeks old:-)

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Uptown Charlotte NC Engagement Session in the Rain : Chelsea and Eric

Today is the day 60 of their nearest and dearest will gather to watch these two say ‘I do’ at their intimate Foundation for the Carolinas wedding this evening.  We could not be more thrilled to begin wedding season 2014 with two of the sweetest and laid-back folks you will ever meet.  See you soon Chelsea and Eric!

T-minus 3.5 hours until you will see each other for your first look!

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Riviera Maya Destination Wedding of Dawn and Jodie (by Charlotte, NC wedding photographer)

As we get back into the swing of things after a a bit of ‘sabbatical’ while the weather  is still  a bit chilly (enough already!)  and we are just about to ramp up to full-on wedding season (whoo-hoo) …it dawned on me I am just a tad behind on posting some really fabulous weddings.  (including this gorgeous destination wedding in Riviera Maya that was published in Carolina Bride Magazine.)

Since I do not think I could tell it better than in their own words….here is Dawn and Jodie ‘story’ as told by  them via Carolina Bride Magazine.

This wedding was a special honor for us as in addition to adoring Dawn and Jodie– we knew many of the guests in attendance as we have photographed Jodie’s brother’s wedding as well as the wedding of several other friends in this fanatic crew.

Sit back and enjoy some ‘warm’ weather and lots of love!

Rolling with the tides

By Sarah Ryberg | Photography by BlueSky Studios


When Dawn Barnard and Jodie Bartock met at a Halloween party, their mutual friends knew they had something special. “After that initial meeting, my girlfriends tried to get us together several times over the next 3 years,” says Dawn. It wasn’t until a group beach trip that the timing was finally right and the pair started dating.

For Christmas the following year, the couple made plans to spend the holidays together. With Dawn now living in Houston and Jodie in Atlanta, family brought both of them to Charlotte.

Jodie’s Christmas present for Dawn – a new iPad – brought on a proposal she wasn’t expecting. Jodie had loaded it with a slideshow of their relationship and one very important picture. “As we were looking through the slideshow, I could tell his heart was beating a little faster,” she remembers. After about 25-30 pictures, an engagement ring appeared on the screen. “I looked over at Jodie and he had gotten down on one knee in front of me,” explains Dawn. “There were tears, hugs, kisses, and most importantly a yes.”

The couple already knew that they wanted a small destination wedding, but the toughest decision was deciding on the destination. “We knew we wanted to get married on the beach and have a ‘shoes-optional’ wedding,” she says. Dawn and Jodie wanted a venue that offered relaxing activities for their guests, but also allowed them to bring outside photographers.

Before they even booked their venue, the couple had hired BlueSky Studios to photograph the event. “We already knew Cassandra (of BlueSky) as she had photographed Jodie’s brother’s wedding, as well as another wedding we’d been to in December,” says Dawn. “We didn’t even interview other photographers.” When they discovered a venue in Mexico that allowed outside photographers, offered a laid-back atmosphere and accommodated only one wedding per day, the couple knew they had found their perfect location.

Much of the planning was done via email, and while traveling made taking décor difficult, Dawn still wanted to incorporate personal touches. With the help of her mom and future husband, Dawn made the hairpieces for her bridal party, clips for her shoes, welcome bags for their guests and wedding weekend itineraries. The couple also ordered the components of their invitations and put them together.

To keep family close to her, the bride attached her grandmother’s pin, as well as lace from her mother’s veil, to her bouquet. Even the garter that Dawn wore was handmade by her mother. And as a nod to both of their families, the couple displayed their grandparents’ and parents’ wedding pictures at the reception.

One detail Dawn and Jodie couldn’t control was the weather. Although it rarely rains there at that time, the area witnessed a torrential downpour during the wedding weekend. “I look back on it, and nothing fazed me,” she says. “The reception ended up in a nice restaurant area and many of the guests don’t even remember that it rained.”

Luckily, a break in the weather meant that Dawn and Jodie were still able to have their ceremony on the beach. “We had already set up the rain plan, so it was a surprise to Jodie,” Dawn explains. “We told him right before the wedding.”

The rain couldn’t dampen the energy of the party. Guests danced until the last song of the night, Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” rang out from the speakers. As for the couple, a little rain didn’t prevent them from enjoying their dream wedding. “We had this sense of floating on cloud nine,” she says. “We got to spend the entire day with people that we loved and that loved us. We were so blessed.”

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Wedding Venue:  Hacienda Tres Rios (Riviera Maya)

Photography by BlueSky Studios

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