Preston Woodall House Wedding | Mark & Christine

This past weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph a Preston Woodall House wedding in Benson, NC.  The house was built in 1910 and has all the charm and elegance you would expect from a historic Queen Ann home.  As I had never shot an actual wedding in the home (I have shot wedding cakes here though) I was really excited to take the place out for a spin and photograph it, Brian style.

Mark & Christine chose this house specifically because of its charm and me, I think, because of my charm as well.  So as we all charmed each other, I was happy as a clam using the beautiful natural light streaming through the old home to capture some absolutely gorgeous wedding photography.  I don’t think I can explain why exactly, but there is something about the quality of light in older homes that you really just cannot find in newer construction.  The light absolutely sparkles when is hits my bride and groom so, yes, I was a very happy photographer.  Not to mention that Christine brought me cupcakes!!!  Yum!  Cara from a Southern Soiree guarded my cupcakes while I was working – thank you so much and you truly are an awesome wedding planner!

You really could not have have asked for a nicer day for a wedding.  The Preston Woodall house has a beautiful ceremonial area in the back that is beautifully landscaped and the florals from Lyn Graves at Fresh Affairs adorned the covered ceremony area.  It was a little windy so the candle lighting ceremony was, well, fun, but Christine & Mark got it lit and then moved on to the best part – the wedding kiss!

After going through the formal wedding photography, we moved on to a few of just the bride & groom in front of the Preston Woodall house then moved inside for the wedding dances.  It was time to party down after the dances and dinner…  to be honest, the reception absolutely flew by for me and I know that is a huge sign of having a really good time.  Mark & Christine has a beautiful sparkler send off to leave for the evening.

Mark & Christine – Thank you so much for your graciousness, hospitality and true warmth on your wedding day.  I was so very honored to be a part of it!  Now, on to some photos – my favorite one being first.  :)

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Sparkler Send off

  • Christine and MarkApril 23, 2010 - 10:52 pm

    Dear Brian,

    Mark and I have spent the last 20 minutes looking at these photos over and over and we love them so much I wish I could give you a hug right now. You truly exceeded our expectations and then some!!! Thanks for all that you did to make our wedding day the most special and memorable one ever!! We love you Brian! Thanks!!! :-)

    p.s. Cheers to THE BEST photographer in the Triangle!!!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy LefebvreApril 24, 2010 - 2:55 am

    Your pictures are stunning! I loved to see them. Everyone looked beautiful. Best wishes to the gorgeous bride and Groom…ReplyCancel

  • Chris StanfordApril 24, 2010 - 5:50 am

    Brian, After watching you work and seeing the finished product here I can comfortably say you are one of the best wedding photographers around. The work he far exceeds the work of most of the photographers I have seen in any wedding I have ever been to. Great job.ReplyCancel

  • royaApril 24, 2010 - 6:46 am

    LOVE the pictures! Thank you so much for letting us be a part of this beautiful day! and Congratulations again!

    Love, RoyaReplyCancel

  • ShellyApril 24, 2010 - 7:12 am

    These pictures are beautiful. It looks like it was a really blessed, fun time!ReplyCancel

  • TaraApril 24, 2010 - 8:04 am

    Brian – you were a super charming photographer! Thank you – you kept us in stitches, which made the photos so much better. These are so incredible! I can’t wait to see the rest. Mark and Christine look wonderful and the whole wedding event was perfect. Looking at these makes me remember the most fun and funny times of the day.ReplyCancel

  • Sara M.April 24, 2010 - 8:33 am

    These are some of the most beautiful wedding pictures I have ever seen, they are so fresh and coloful. Congratulations to Christine and Mark!!!!!!! Great job Brian!! I especially love the picture of the wedding bands, so creative and new!ReplyCancel

  • Sabine SoergelApril 24, 2010 - 8:59 am

    These pics are amazing! Both of you look like straight out of the movies … Gorgeous! If you only keep half of that romance in your real lives, I know you’ll be more than fiiine ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Amber LevesqueApril 24, 2010 - 9:24 am

    LOVE the pictures CY or is the CH now? Haha….they look amazing. You and Mark are both glowing in them. Congrats again =)ReplyCancel

  • Rachel VidrineApril 24, 2010 - 9:28 am

    Beautiful photos of a beautiful wedding!ReplyCancel

  • Amber LevesqueApril 24, 2010 - 9:28 am

    Amazing pictures CY (or is the CH now =))! You and Mark are both glowing. Beautiful pictures for a beautiful family! Enjoy your honeymoon! Can’t wait to see more pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Cara ZuehlkeApril 24, 2010 - 9:45 am

    Brian, these images are stunning!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Joyce V.April 24, 2010 - 9:51 am

    Wow, Brian really captured every breath taking moment in a breath taking fashion. Now that’s talent! The pictures were simply gorgeous! Thanks for sharing …!ReplyCancel

  • LinienApril 24, 2010 - 9:54 am

    Gosh ! Love the photos ! So elegant & so beautiful ! Love you, Christine ! And Thank you, Mark — for making Christine so happy!ReplyCancel

  • KellyApril 24, 2010 - 10:26 am

    The pictures are absolutely beautiful! Everything was just so perfect and it shows in the pictures. Thanks for sharing your day!ReplyCancel

  • Rob PortikApril 24, 2010 - 10:51 am

    Beautiful collection of pics! Great way to capture both the feeling and the moment! Thank you for sharing! Christine & Mark – you guys look wonderful together! Congrats! :)ReplyCancel

  • CalebApril 24, 2010 - 11:12 am


    Awesome pictures!! It was nice meeting the guy who took them. Your great sense of humor was what I remembered from my experience at NC. I sent the link to my brother because he’s also an aspiring photographer and I know for a fact these pictures are inspirational.

    From the pictures alone, had I not been there in NC I could already tell you it was an amazing wedding. Congratulations to Mark and Christine again =)


  • Randy BoyetteApril 24, 2010 - 11:45 am

    Pictures are BEAUTIFUL! We’re all so happy for you guys!ReplyCancel

  • Jon ParsonsApril 24, 2010 - 1:00 pm

    Wow! You really captured the moment. The pictures look great.ReplyCancel

  • Linda YoungrenApril 24, 2010 - 1:06 pm

    I knew the photography was in good hands when you shared with Christine and me your first picture of the flowers surrounding the Preston Woodall House — you seemed so pleased with the beauty of God’s creation & that won me over immediately!

    Thanks for capturing the beauty of the day!ReplyCancel

  • Katie and Favio CornejoApril 24, 2010 - 1:42 pm

    Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous! You captured every detail, feeling, and moment of the wedding. Thank you Brian for such wonderful work.ReplyCancel

  • JeremyApril 24, 2010 - 3:05 pm

    Awesome pictures for this special day of Christine and Mark. I like the mixture of black and white and color combination. Well done.ReplyCancel

  • Debby BonacorsoApril 24, 2010 - 5:39 pm

    Christine and Mark – Your joy and happiness was captured perfectly in each beautiful photo ! Congratulations and Best Wishes to the new Mr. and Mrs. !!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany SpauldingApril 24, 2010 - 6:02 pm

    The pictures are amazing! They remind me of that day so well. What a beautiful wedding. Brian you have done an awesome job!ReplyCancel

  • Mark C. HuckabyApril 24, 2010 - 6:43 pm

    WOW !!! AMAZING pic’s Christine !!! You look BEAUTIFUL as ever… and I’m so, so HAPPY 4 YOU !!! I’m sorry I couldn’t make it; I look forward to meeting your husband sometime in the near future. I Pray that God’s Peace, Joy & Happiness is with You & Your Husband 4 EVER !!! Stay Blessed & Be STRONG in the Power of His Might ~ Proverbs 18:22 ” He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord. “ReplyCancel

  • Debi DamasApril 24, 2010 - 9:18 pm

    These are awesome pics. They are so unique and personal. Love the one where the bride is wiping away a tear. Beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • Uncle FinleyApril 24, 2010 - 10:53 pm

    The pix are great! The wedding was phenomenal!!

    It is wonderful to relive one week ago tonight.

    My love to Christine and Mark,
    Uncle FinleyReplyCancel

  • Uncle FinleyApril 24, 2010 - 10:58 pm


    The pictures are great, and the wedding was phenomenal!!

    What a great way to relive one week ago tonight.

    Love to Christine and Mark,
    Uncle FinleyReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth WinsteadApril 24, 2010 - 10:59 pm

    I cannot stop looking at these photographs. They are absolutely extraordinary. I do not know how you found Brian but you need to bake that person a cake! Mark ~ you positively beam. Your love for each other is clear and captured perfectly, more than perfectly. I feel like I was there. Christine ~ Stunning! You are gorgeous and feminine and soft….and then there is the one of Mark’s head up your dress. I sort of feel like I was there too. Love to you both. I cannot wait to see you this Summer!ReplyCancel

  • Kim CavanaghApril 24, 2010 - 11:27 pm

    Great work, you have beautifully captured the emotion and detail of the day.ReplyCancel

  • Christine and MarkApril 25, 2010 - 12:32 am

    Holy Cow!!! Mark and I were gone the entire day and to come home to see all of these posts-WOW!!! You guys are awesome!! Mark and I can’t thank you enough for all the sweet comments and especially the ones about Brian!! This really made us smile!! And we love more than anything that each of you helped us score an 8×11 matted print, I mean 16 x 20, right Brian? ;-) Cheers to all our friends and family and!!! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Jim KrugApril 25, 2010 - 7:54 am

    Brian, you did an amazing job on these photo’s. I will be recommending you to anyone I know that has photography needs.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie FinkelApril 25, 2010 - 8:00 am

    beautiful pictures, beautiful wedding, great time, best wishes to the bride and groom.ReplyCancel

  • Jim KrugApril 25, 2010 - 8:05 am

    Brian, your pictures are amazing. I will be recommending you to anyone I know for their photography needs.
    Christine and Mark, the wedding was beautiful and a really great time. Thank you for letting Deb and I share it with you. May the two of you have many wonderful years ahead of you.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca ShermanApril 25, 2010 - 8:53 am

    Beautiful!! Looks like a wonderful day was captured forever on film!
    Ken and Rebecca ShermanReplyCancel

  • StephanieApril 25, 2010 - 12:56 pm

    Greats pictures, very creative. One of the most creative shots was the one of the girl who’s sunglasses reflected the groomsman receiving his boutonniere. Neat!
    The last shot of them leaving the party was great in black/white. The sparklers really popped! Loved it.ReplyCancel

  • Katie E.April 25, 2010 - 1:19 pm

    YAY!!!! Such great pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Kim SheldahlApril 25, 2010 - 6:34 pm

    Great Pics! Although, it would be difficult to pick a favorite, I especially like the “kissing veil” picture. Pictures let you relive your moments, and what a momentous occassion! Great job Brian!

    Rick and Kim (your “young” mentors!)ReplyCancel

  • Tim, Danielle, Alyssa & Ashley ThomasApril 25, 2010 - 7:29 pm

    Your pictures are absolutely beautiful! You made Mark and Christine look like movie stars! I’ve seen a lot of wedding photography over the years. And you are truly one of the best wedding photographers around. Wish I had known you when I got married!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful wedding! I think you perfectly nailed the important moments of the day. Great portraits, lots of emotion. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • David BuchananApril 26, 2010 - 12:33 am

    Thank you so much for inviting me to the wedding! I’m so happy for you guys; may the rest of your lives together be blessed.ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa TallericoApril 26, 2010 - 12:40 am

    Congratulations again Mr. and Mrs. Hsu! Thanks for including us in your special day; it couldn’t have been more beautiful and the pictures are stunning. I’m so happy for the both of you and can’t wait to hear all about the honeymoon – wish you both all the best, and cheers to many years.ReplyCancel

  • Mattia ChouApril 26, 2010 - 4:28 am

    awesome pix. i love the light effects and how delicate they are. i’ll call u up!ReplyCancel

  • christie StevensApril 26, 2010 - 6:34 am

    Chrstine and Mark the pictures are amazing. They capture all of the emotoions of your specical day. I can’t wait to see the rest. Have a great honeymoon:)ReplyCancel

  • WesApril 26, 2010 - 7:49 am

    Great wedding pics, Christine! You looked so pretty and I’m so happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • Linda EddinsApril 26, 2010 - 8:07 am

    Brian, You truly captured the essence of romance! Christine, you look so beautiful and happy, just as I knew you would! Hope you guys enjoy your honeymoon and can’t wait to see more pictures! LindaReplyCancel

  • Diane BlackwellApril 26, 2010 - 8:20 am

    Your wedding looks just wonderful. These pictures are great! I Hope the best for the both of you now and forever. May God Bless you both.ReplyCancel

  • CherylApril 26, 2010 - 9:15 am

    Beautiful photography. The richness of color balanced by the crisp, yet subtle black-and-white images was impressive. Though I missed the wedding, I felt that these images allowed me to experience this beautiful moment – well done! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Richard L. PoseyApril 26, 2010 - 9:49 am

    Mark & Christine,

    I just wanted to say it was truly my honor helping guide you with your engagement ring purchase. If only all my clients could be so unmistakably meant for each other. Christine you were absolutly ravishing and I am so very happy for you. Mark the photographs showcased you marrying the woman of your dreams. I have been in the diamond industry for a very long time and seen many wedding albums. The warmth and beauty captured in the photos shown were breathtaking.

    I wish you two the very best and know I will see you in the future. Be great to each other.

    Jodi said you look amazing and congragulations.

    Your Jeweler,
    Richard L. Posey with Diamonds Direct Crabtree…ReplyCancel

  • Dianne KogutApril 26, 2010 - 9:51 am

    Absolutely beautiful photography, but really how can you go wrong when dealing with such a beautiful couple who radiate that much love!! Seriously, having done my share of photographing many weddings in Upstate NY, you did the couple and the setting extremely well. Love your use of soft lighting, B&W and angles. You are now on my short list of outstanding photographers! Well done!!ReplyCancel

  • Amy WikstromApril 26, 2010 - 10:31 am

    Beautiful pictures!! I loved all of them!! Christine, you made a BEAUTIFUL bride and you and Mark look so happy! I couldnt help but smile at all of them!! Thanks for sharing!!ReplyCancel

  • Teri & GeorgeApril 26, 2010 - 11:20 am

    A huge congratulations again!!! The wedding was absolutely beautiful – I’m so glad the pictures show the love and fun of the evening! Thank you for including us in your celebration!! Enjoy your honeymoon – can’t wait to hear about it when you return!!ReplyCancel

  • lucyApril 26, 2010 - 12:35 pm

    gorgeous photos and couple!ReplyCancel

  • Amy BarfieldApril 26, 2010 - 12:57 pm

    Christine – Your wedding was absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing these photos. I am sorry that we missed it but with a new baby it was just too hard to make it to the wedding. Have a wonderful honeymoon! Amy & WillReplyCancel

  • Debbe GardnerApril 27, 2010 - 12:12 am

    I feel like I was there! The images are fantastic – visually and emotionally. Your day has certainly been captured forever. Thank you for allowing us, the staff of Enchanting Moments, to be part of this special time in your lives. Our very best wishes to you!ReplyCancel

  • Miriam ChouApril 27, 2010 - 3:32 am

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures, it really captured the love that Christine and Mark have for each other. it will always be a reminder for all of us how special that day was.
    Congratulation to Christine and Mark, May God keep you in His love as you start the journey together as husband and wife. Your wedding was the most unique one I have ever attended. I am so happy to be part of it.ReplyCancel

  • KimApril 27, 2010 - 12:11 pm

    I am very sorry I missed the wedding!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for inviting me. The pictures helped me to feel part even though I was sick. You both looked even more beautiful then normal. I am so glad it all turned out well and many more years of happiness to you both.
    Love youReplyCancel

  • AshleyApril 28, 2010 - 12:24 pm

    Brian you did an amazing job! I love these pictures. I got engaged after the wedding and I would love to talk to you about possibly helping with our wedding.ReplyCancel

  • AlisonApril 28, 2010 - 6:41 pm

    The pictures are amazing and so creative. Pictures really add wonderful memories. You are a great photographer and you really made Christine relax. Looking at the pictures makes you feel you are at the beautiful wedding again. Congrats to Christine and Mark!!!ReplyCancel

  • LibbyApril 29, 2010 - 7:05 am

    Mark and Christine,

    What a beautiful reflection of the love you have for each other!!! I had a wonderful time at your wedding and wish you both much happiness!! A perfect beginning!!
    Love you both!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie HudsonApril 29, 2010 - 3:47 pm

    Well Done! Catching the ‘moments’ is impressive photography. Mark & Christine, thank you for sharing such a life marker with me, I enjoyed the glimpse into your day. What a lovely location for your wedding! I hope your honeymoon was as much of a memory maker as your wedding day. May you be blessed with joy daily.

    Debbie (way out in Claremore, Oklahoma – we know a good party when we see one!!)ReplyCancel

  • VeronikaApril 30, 2010 - 12:54 pm

    Congratulations, Mark and Christine! The photos are wonderful. I can’t wait to see all of them!ReplyCancel

  • Robert Van DusenMay 3, 2010 - 3:32 pm

    You have some great pictures of Mark and Christine’s wedding. It was a honor to be part of this great event! Congradulations.ReplyCancel

  • MarkMay 3, 2010 - 7:02 pm

    Hi Brian, Christine and I are so happy with the pics!!! You’re awesome dude!!! Now we have such wonderful pictures to remind us of that special day. Thanks again!!!ReplyCancel

  • CariMay 4, 2010 - 3:06 pm

    These pictures are amazing!!! Congratulations again, Christine and Mark!!ReplyCancel

  • The FlaggsMay 4, 2010 - 4:51 pm

    We loved the pictures, and we are so sorry we missed such a fantastic celebration! Christine you look AMAZING!! Mark, we know you’re going to take care of our gal, and we cant wait to see you up north!ReplyCancel

  • Hans W FlaggMay 5, 2010 - 10:42 am

    These are great pictures. I am very happy for you and Mark. I regret not making it to the wedding but you two were in my thoughts. You look fabulous. Where has the time gone??ReplyCancel

  • Mike HuelsMay 5, 2010 - 10:49 am

    Christine and Mark,

    Thank you again for letting us be a part of your big day. We had a fantastic time! And by the looks of it your photographer did a fantastic job capturing it all! I know you’ll be busy for a little while, but when things slow down we can’t wait to hear how the Honeymoon was.

    Best wishes,
    Mike & Heather.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda FieldsMay 5, 2010 - 10:54 am

    What amazing pictures!! I can’t wait to see more! Thank you again for allowing me to be a part of your big day!ReplyCancel

  • CraigMay 5, 2010 - 10:54 am

    Great photos for a great day!!ReplyCancel

  • APMay 5, 2010 - 10:55 am

    The pix are awesome and so is THE couple! So easy now to recapture the moment with pix like these … I am still beaming as such a proud aunt. I was so happy to share these memories with you both. … and thank you Brian for making it so easy to feel the joy.ReplyCancel

  • PattyMay 5, 2010 - 11:15 am

    Wonderful pictures capturing such a beautiful, fun event!ReplyCancel

  • Rick LangstonMay 5, 2010 - 1:00 pm

    Great pictures of a very fun wedding. You guys are a great couple.ReplyCancel

  • RavenMay 5, 2010 - 1:55 pm

    Love the pics! So pretty and classic! Again Congrats on your new life and beginnings! May God bless!ReplyCancel

  • Crystal WynterMay 5, 2010 - 2:41 pm

    Brian the pictures are beautiful. Good luck Carlos N Christine.ReplyCancel

  • R. PetersonMay 5, 2010 - 2:48 pm

    Brian, These are amazing photographs. Mark and Christine will cherish these for a lifetime.ReplyCancel

  • frank allenMay 5, 2010 - 10:03 pm

    ….is the woman in photo #30 from the top single?
    See you in south China if you are in my neighborhood, you did great Christine and MarkReplyCancel

  • HeatherMay 6, 2010 - 7:44 am

    Congratulations again! We had a great time and everything was so beautiful. Nothing captures the moments better than pictures. They look awesome! Thanks for sharing them with us.


  • SamanthaMay 6, 2010 - 7:55 am

    Beautiful photos Christine! Your wedding was gorgeous and the photographer captured those moments perfectly!


  • Margaret HuelsMay 6, 2010 - 2:42 pm

    Christine and Mark, this picture story of your wedding is lovely. It makes one feel like being there. We wish you every happiness.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth FlaggMay 6, 2010 - 5:05 pm

    These pictures are BEAUTIFUL! Wish I could have been there to see this fairy tale wedding in real life. Christine, you’re a vision, and the cake looks great!!I cant wait to see you both!ReplyCancel

  • darryl spenceMay 6, 2010 - 5:34 pm

    The picture are absolutely beautiful. I love the settings.ReplyCancel

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