About a month before their wedding we got a phone call from Stacia; she said "Hey guys! We're married!!" The stress from planning was getting to be too much, so they decided to elope and say I do! The plan was that we were still going to come as planned as they were going to still have their reception with all of their family and friends. We had SO MUCH FUN with these two!
As I had mentioned a long time ago in their sneak peak post, when we knocked on their hotel room door we were greeted with HUGE smiles, hugs, and non stop laughing. The best way to start our day!!
Stacia is absolutely stunning, and has a great smile!
As she finished with her last minute details...
so did her hubby Alfonza (who looked totally gorgeous!...I'm just sayin'...)
We took a walk around downtown Charlotte to take a few photos. Stacia and Alfonza are both super photogenic, and totally in love.
After a few quick adjustments we were on the move again (clearly a woman's job to be the helper for obvious reasons!)
These two know how to have fun and just laugh. Which makes our job the best ever!
I just love the look of her clean white dress in this industrial space...
We then moved on to meet their families at the Rose Garden in Independence Park where they were to have their wedding ceremony originally so that we could take a few photos there.
I love this set of photos of Stacia with her two brothers. It makes me laugh and want to call my brother just to say hi.
Stacia wanted to make sure that her Dad had the chance to walk her down the aisle. It was a really special moment for both of them.
We took a few more photos of just the two of them in the Park.
They just couldn't hold back their laughter for long!
After the park, we all made our way to Vivace Italian Restaurant for their reception. And of course the first thing I saw were the beautiful cupcakes!!
They had some really fun personalized details that really added to the already awesome decore at the restaurant.
I think it's safe to assume that Stacia has always been quite a social butterfly! She lit up the room with her infectious laugh.
Talk about a super cool restaurant!
I couldn't help but include this picture - how cute are they!!
One of Stacia's family members made them a special New York Yankees cake to cut.
(she did such a nice job, and it was delicious! )
Stacia went for the cake and also for Alfonza's finger - hilarious!!
A stunning bride.
And - did I mention they love to laugh?
We really had the best afternoon with Stacia and Alfonza - it would have been impossible not to with such a fun, awesome couple. We're so glad we were able to be a part of their celebration with their family. We got to meet some really wonderful people that day, which is one of the best parts of our Job.
After we wrapped things up at their reception, we jumped in the car (equipped with my to-go cake and fork) and headed off to Philadelphia for an engagement shoot with Vince and Angela which I will be sharing with you next. (it was a busy weekend!!)