These two blew me away with their love the moment I met them. Matthew had invited me to capture their proposal earlier this year and I knew before I even met Hollie how special this was going to be simply because of the way he talked about her: never without a smile on her face and doing everything she can to make others feel loved.
She did not disappoint. Hollie's love for people is the very first thing you notice about her; you cannot help but be drawn to her and the way she smiles when she looks at her groom is another level entirely. Matthew is her constant and they are incredible together.
As for this weekend, the words that permeated the day as their guests described them were humility, loyalty and love. These two are adored by everyone they know. One of their best men, Deontra, aptly compared them to peanut butter and jelly (complete with props) and said if you've had a jelly sandwich you know it's pretty good, but not quite complete. And you also know if you've had a peanut butter sandwich it's pretty good, but it's missing something. Together though, you've got one heck of a dynamic duo. Hollie and Matthew complete each other in every way.
Hollie wore her sister's wedding veil and Matthew's mother, Linda let her borrow her pearl earrings.
We didn't actually set up a father-daughter first look as we so often do but it happened to work out that when they did see each other for the first time they brought us all to tears. Hollie and Ricky have such a special relationship, the way smile at each other will melt your heart. From the rehearsal to the first look to the ceremony and first dance I was wiping away tears every time they were together!
Matthew and Trey have known each other for several years; when he heard Trey play the sax in college he told him he wanted him to play at his wedding some day. Trey not only flew up for the wedding, but also the proposal in the park! I just adore the deep relationships both Hollie and have with everyone who participated in their big day!
During the ceremony, in addition to sharing their first communion together as a married couple, they braided a beautiful rope to symbolize God partnering with them in their marriage to make it strong. This was another piece of the day that could not go unnoticed, they both acknowledged God first and foremost in everything they did and said. So many blessings to be grateful for.
You guys! I cannot thank you enough for letting us participate in your story. You overwhelmed us with your generosity and love all weekend, so grateful to count you among our friends and cannot wait to watch your love story unfold. Love you guys!
The vendors who made the day possible:
Venue: The Barn of Chapel Hill
Coordinator: Cheryl-Anne with Kast Events
Bride's Dress: Lana Addison Bridal
Groom's attire: Men's Warehouse
Both Rings: Jared's The Galleria of Jewelry
Hair and Makeup: Ashley Mooney
Officiant: Pastor Steve Williams
Saxophonist: Trey Daniels
Pianist: Chris Moten
Videographer: David with Charis
Catering: Empire Eats Catering
Bartending: The Kindred Team
Cake Baker: Michelle at Pink Flower Sweets and Suppers
Linens/Chair/Tent Services: CE Rental
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas