Every wedding I witness and capture means something special to me. I am truly grateful for my job and all the beautiful experiences it provides. Liliana and Chris’ wedding in Charlotte was even more exceptional to me.
International wedding in Charlotte
I love diversity, and how much more diverse could it be than an Ukrainian–Russian celebration, photographed by a German in Charlotte, North Carolina. A new city, the most gorgeous couple, different traditions and the kindest people. The videographer hardly spoke any English and of course I don’t speak any Russian. That’s one perfect example of what I love so much about the United States. And it worked out perfectly as you can see 😉
Starting the big day at the Ballantyne Hotel
However, the day did start with some challenges. Liliana and Chris loved the idea of doing their first look at this beautiful staircase in the Ballantyne Hotel. Unfortunately, we soon found out that there was a huge Indian wedding happening at the same time. Well, I enjoy the Bollywood movies and the iconic dance scenes every now and then, but let’s be honest…it isn’t exactly what you think of for a romantic and intimate first look, right?…neither did Liliana or Chris. Therefore, we needed to change plans.
Changing plans – finding a first look location
Since it was my first wedding in Charlotte, I wasn’t really familiar with the area. Good thing was that the Hotel had its own golf course. Beautiful, rolling hills, perfectly-cut green grass – a big thank you to all the greenskeepers out there – and right in the middle, a little wooden bridge. That was the spot!
So, past the Indian ceremony, on the next available golf cart and up to the first setting.
And now, let’s slow down and reflect on the scene for a minute. When Chris turned around and saw Liliana for the first time in her beautiful dress, his reaction was priceless. I am sure he couldn’t believe his eyes about how stunning she was. He smiled, laughed, cried happy tears while Liliana was twirling around him. You could truly tell how much they both love and admire each other and it felt like time was standing still for a while. This was one of the most touching first looks I have ever witnessed so far and Chris’ reaction was the one every girl wishes for!
I am so happy for the two, honored to be the one capturing the moment. And let me tell you, the rest of the day was no less amazing and wonderful! A beautiful wedding in Charlotte, congratulations and all the best to Liliana and Chris.
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Wedding Dress | Allure
Bridal Shoes | Steve Madden
Bridesmaids Dresses | Lulus
Florist | Livilove Flowers
Cake | Tatyana Livarchuk
Location| Ballantyne Hotel
Location| Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Franzi Annika Photography | Charleston Wedding Photographers