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Maria & Russell | Charlotte, NC destination wedding | Levine Museum of the New South

Maria and Russell have been all over my blog.  Since getting engaged last fall, I’ve photographed them at Roosevelt Island, where Russell proposed, and they were super-awesome in my promotional video.  But that was all in preparation for their ridiculously cool, family-filled, bangin’ destination wedding at Charlotte’s Levine Museum of the New South.  As always, Russell was super-hip and Maria was stunning.

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Their wedding favors pretty much say it all.

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They both got ready in separate rooms at the Charlotte Marriott City Center.

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Then we all headed a couple blocks over to the Levine Museum of the New South. Though Maria and Russell both live in Northern Virginia, they met in Charlotte, and so chose to do a Charlotte destination wedding.  The Levine museum was so cool, as you will see in a second.

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Meanwhile, the boys “invented” a new game that involved throwing bottle caps and, naturally, drinking beers.

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Toldja it was a cool museum.  There were a whole bunch of these little sets throughout the museum – a tiny church, even a “watching TV” mini set.

I found out the flower girl was crying because she wanted to walk down the aisle with Maria, not by herself.

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Ah, technology.

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Huge props to Megan Noonan, who came all the way down from Woodbridge for this wedding.  This photo below is hers and I love how her flash on the skylight caused all these crazy reflections.

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Doin’ it big.

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Then I got to grab the two of them for some more portraits inside the museum.  They had an entire “back” of the bus mini-set.

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The gentlest cake smash ever.

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Maria’s grandfather has played harmonica at many family celebrations over the years, and he serenaded Maria and Russell for their wedding.

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Yes, that is Maria’s mom.

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Congratulations you guys!

Maria and Russell’s vendor team:
Ceremony and reception: Levine Museum of the New South
“Getting ready” venue: Charlotte Marriott City Center
Caterer & Cupcakes: Delectables by Holly
Florist: The Blossom Shop
Maria’s fabulous dress: J. Majors Bridal Boutique
DJ: Split Second Sound
Rentals: Best Impressions Party Linen Rentals, Inc.

facebook comments:

Tina TabibiJuly 2, 2012 - 12:08 pm

Fabulous work!

HeatherJuly 2, 2012 - 12:30 pm

Aww how fun. Isn’t Charlotte rad? *I am not biased or anything!*

mikeJuly 2, 2012 - 1:59 pm

Pretty!

SusanJuly 2, 2012 - 3:35 pm

You have amazingly captured the joy that was everywhere that day! Thank you.

rahulJuly 2, 2012 - 8:30 pm

lovely work!

Kelsie TaylorJuly 2, 2012 - 9:32 pm

such a cute wedding and gorgeous bride! love those fortune cookie favors!

Lyn Ismael-BennettJuly 2, 2012 - 10:05 pm

I love that first shot of the bouquet toss. A memorable moment for sure!

John BelloJuly 3, 2012 - 2:31 am

Great coverage of the wedding. Love the cake smash! Haha!

ed peersJuly 3, 2012 - 8:19 am

Super work Amber…

belindaJuly 3, 2012 - 8:36 am

Wow!! What a neat venue. And the photos are so clean and perfect!

DanJuly 3, 2012 - 9:31 am

Haha, eyebrows shot FTW!

Veronica VarosJuly 3, 2012 - 11:02 am

Amazing, as always. I adore your work. :)

KimJuly 3, 2012 - 2:59 pm

Good God! Her dress is AMAZING. And they look so sweet and fun!

Nessa KJuly 3, 2012 - 6:52 pm

Loving the dance party pictures, Amber! You and Meagan have to work together again. This wedding is too good – you’re obviously an awesome pair! :)

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