This is a biggun' you guys. I met Sam and Chase when we were all back in high school. We've kept in touch throughout the years, so fast forward almost 10 years later (what?!?! surely, my math is wrong) to where her and I start talking about me making pictures at her wedding.

I still can't get over their wedding day. I've never seen a bride so anxiously excited to walk down the aisle as Sam was. About 5 minutes before she got in place to meet her dad to walk down the aisle, she was alone. She took a deep breath to steady herself and got really quiet. It was a beautiful moment and I'm so glad I was there for it.

Sam is quirky in all of the best ways, an amazing writer, and so kind hearted. She's the kind of person who takes a second to laugh at what you say because you can tell she's thinking about it first. She's beautiful and great and I'm so thankful that she wanted me there. I know she loves me, and she loves my photography and I couldn't have asked for a better bride. And Chase? He's the strong and quiet type. He's so sweet and intelligent and holds Sam with so much care (which you'll see in part two!) So happy to have you guys as friends.

I know you guys planned this in two months, in between all the stress of life - but you did a kick ass job.

// From the bride //

I’ll be honest, Chase and I seriously thought about eloping. We had just gotten engaged and we were graduating from NC State in a month and a half. We were in the midst of finishing school and I was interviewing for full-time jobs. Things were crazy and we didn’t want to wait a year to get married. We were ready. But when it came down to it, we couldn’t imagine a wedding without our family and friends. So that’s when we embarked on the crazy journey to plan a wedding in 2 and half months.

With the help of many family and friends we somehow pulled it off. We wanted it to be a small, intimate affair with a laid back outdoor atmosphere. We had a small budget so we tried to be creative. We served BBQ and saved money on drinks by just serving beer and champagne punch. We decided to forgo the DJ dance party but added small elements like corn hole boards and a photo booth with silly props to entertain guests. We saved money by using DIY décor and by thinking out of the box. We got our centerpiece flowers the day before the wedding at a local farmers market! We enlisted family and friends to help too, which took away some of the stress and made the wedding feel much more personal.

We were so happy in the end that we chose to share the day with others. Our wedding was such a wonderful celebration of our love and the love that surrounds us. My favorite moment of the day was stepping out and seeing Chase for the time. I remember a feeling of peace coming over me. He was standing there, bow tie and all, about to become my husband. Nothing else mattered. In the end, that’s all a wedding should be about.

Venue for Ceremony & Reception: The Reid House in Matthews, NC // Caterer: Queen City Q // Bouquets & Boutonnieres: Harris Teeter Floral Shop // Centerpiece Flowers: Kings Dr. Farmers Market // Cake: Matthew Anderson // Bridal Gown & Veil: Davids Bridal // Hair: Rebecca Helms of Imagez Salon & Spa // Makeup Artist: Makeup by Cyn // Floral Headpiece: Roses and Lemons on Etsy // Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew // Bowties: Doe Ann Hart