Erin & Ken’s wedding was on July 4th, 2009 near Lake Gaston at the Lakeside Lutheran Church in Valentines, VA. Talk about a wedding photographers dream! I had spoken with Erin a few times but never met with her until the wedding day. First, if you’ve never been to Lake Gaston before, you need to go. The drive from Raleigh is beautiful and I loved getting back into the area as it is, well, gorgeous. As a photographer, I could of easily spent a week capturing all of the amazing scenery & people. As a vacationer, I could see living there. Ok, enough of my rambling…
So, after the Church wedding, Erin & Ken exited to bubbles and one of the most incredible summer skies I’ve seen in some time. It most be the area because we rarely if ever get skies like this in Raleigh. After some quick formal wedding photographs, we drove to her parent’s home on lake Gaston for the wedding reception. I will do my best not to drool on my blog post, but for those that know me, I am a huge architectural buff and her families home was, well, incredible. The amount of love and care taken in every detail is amazing. With rock laden streams running through the property, pools, fountains, walkways, boat docks, horseshoe pits, a (temporary) air conditioned tent and so may other things I can’t even start to describe, well, it was a real treat and certainly added to the beauty of Erin & Ken’s wedding photography!
It was an honor to have photographed such a special wedding day for Erin & Ken. I was treated like a member of their family the entire day and, when it came time to leave, I was a bit saddened as it felt like I was leaving behind my family as well. The night ended with a wonderful fireworks show over Lake Gaston were we sat lakeside and watched with more friends and family (and of course got some spectacular photography)!
So, a big thank you from me to everyone! Your hospitality & warmth will always be remembered!
On to a few photos!