ANNA + BEN - Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Wedding

First things first: the weather was NOT kind to me in May -- I guess my pups didn't do the no-rain dance enough for me like they promised me they would. ; ) Now, more importantly, check out this gorgeous couple!

Anna + Ben got married in mid-May in North Carolina. The ceremony was held at First Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, and the reception was held at the beautiful Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden (where I got married!). I'm lucky to have visited and shot at DSBG twice already this year -- it's such an inspiring place to me. Like I mentioned with the weather, we kept having to dodge the rain and wet ground... but thankfully, we were still able to do most portraits outside!

I loved all of the classic details at this wedding. Anna's Vera Wang dress was stunning on her. And the couple's chemistry was just awesome. I especially loved capturing their first dance together; it was so touching the way they looked at each other.

Bride’s dress: Vera Wang Bride’s shoes: Vincent Camuto Bridesmaids’ dresses: Alfred Sung Makeup and hair: Who's the Fairest Florals: in bloom, ltd. Coordinator: Sweet Carolina Weddings Cake: Susan's Cake Creations Band: Coming Up Brass Caterer: Best Impressions Classic car: Royal Rides

Anna and Ben are the sweetest. And they threw such a slammin' good time party! Thanks to everyone who made this wedding a wonderful one to shoot! I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Enjoy the pretty. : )

***UPDATE: Totally slipped my mind to thank the wonderful Beth Ely for hanging with the guys before the ceremony and helping me shoot this wedding!***

Funny side note: Anna couldn't decide between wearing her Badgley Mischka or Vincent Camuto heels... so I photographed both because, well, just look at how awesome both pairs are! (FYI she ended up going with Vincent for comfort.)

Such a pretty group of women!

Anna has THE BEST laughing face. Ever.

Love love love.

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