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Bridal Photography Session with Courtney at Airlie Gardens


I was really looking forward to the bridal session with Courney at Airlies Gardens where she was having her wedding.   First was that Courtney was awesome work with and fun to be around.  Second was I know I got to control the time with no wedding schedule.  This means lots of time and no pressure to be anywhere in 2 minutes.  For every bride who is now married you know what I mean.  

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Airlie Gardens weddings are amazing but when you have just the bride in this amazing garden wedding venue for a few hours it to create must have bridal photos in the garden it is a real treat.  There are so many locations to photograph in Airlie that you have to pick and choose as the creative backdrops are endless in my mind.  Of course on of the most iconic pictures to have made is the Pergola at Airlie Gardens.

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If you are considering a bridal session  I would highly recommend one as it really is a great time to create outside the wedding day where everything  can be about a blur.   The is why every bride should have a bridal session in my creative opinion.    


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Bridal Session at The Arboretum in Wilmington NC | Bridal Picture Ideas

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One of the great things about bridal photography as a creative profession is I get create a multiple style portfolio for brides.   With no wedding schedule rushing us, we get to take the time to have fun and relax and create some awesome bridal portraits.   

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Had a great time with Lana creating  a mixture of styles and looks.   The first picture I had the concept of alice in wonderland look and feel so I concentrated on lighting the sunflowers with a strobe directly  behind Lana pointing upwards and then another strobe on light stand at top left with grid to control the spread and maintain the detail in her awesome wedding dress. 

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All we started with on this bridal session was Lana and her dress.  No bouquet no theme or concept.  That what I love about my job it you get to make it up as you go.  If you are looking for a Wilmington NC Bridal Photographer to create something with a signature  look and style,  drop me a line and let me show you how awesome  you look in your wedding dress. 

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Bellamy Mansion Wedding | Vanessa & Seth | Chris Lang Photography





 Bellamy Mansion Wedding | Vanessa & Seth


Vanessa & Seth had their wedding and reception at the Bellamy Mansion in Wilmington NC.   I could not have had a better time with such two awesome people.   You will see what I mean when you watch their highlight reel.  They had the best first dance I have had the pleasure to photograph and video.  Spoiler alert it is at the end of the video as an outtake.  


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Not only Were Seth & Vanessa a blast work with, they had such a cool how we met story.  He are a few words from Venessa:

"Seth and I met like a scene in a romantic comedy! I was sitting at my gate at Wilmington International Airport at 6:30 am, reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Seth came and sat a few chairs diagonally across from me. From this moment on, I was only faking to read! Haha, I could not concentrate, as we kept staring awkwardly at each other making eye contact here and there. As we boarded the plane, Seth got in line behind me. My heart was racing with butterflies. I sat down in my seat on the plane and turned to see Seth standing there as he said, "I think that's my seat..." pointing to the window seat, with a smile on his face. I responded, "No it's not!" and we both laughed. In a two seater row, there we were, just the two of us... and we talked the entire flight! We hit it off so seamlessly and discovered that we only lived a few miles apart from each other! At the end of the flight, Seth asked for my number and the rest is history! :) "




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OK so now it's time for some video.  I filmed the highlight reel for their wedding as a supplement to a full video production wedding.  The highlight reel is short film that mirrors the photography process and is intended to be just a snapshot only of the wedding day though short video clips.  This was one instance I had video rolling for the the first dance.   I did not know Vanessa & Seth were going to break out into such a awesome  first dance.   Like every first dance it started out traditional and then to the guests surprise, Vanessa & Seth broke out into some pretty sweet moves.  




  

I could not have had any more fun at their wedding.  Such an awesome fun couple.  On a funny note, The next day I dropped my Mom and Brother  off at the airport  as they were flying back to San Diego.  About an hour later I got a text from Vanessa.   "We are sitting behind  your Mom and Brother on the plane.  Small world...  well Wilmington is probably the smallest airport in the world.  



If you are looking for a wedding venue in the Wilmington Area, take a look at Bellamy Mansion.  Bellamy Mansion Weddings are a lot of fun to photograph and working within the area provides such a classic backdrop for wedding photography.  


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Courtnei's Bridal Session | River Landing | Wallace NC | by Chris Lang Photography

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A River Landing Bridal Session  

Courtney looked amazing in her dress.   We had the perfect backdrop of River Landing to create her bridal portfolio.   As with any session, you can try your best to plan around great light and weather but ultimately you are at the whim of nature.  Our session was under very dark storm clouds.  One of the great things about shooting and creating different photography styles, is that you don't have to be pin-holed into any one style.  The thing is I like so many styles, that it is often hard for even me to choose a favorite version of a single picture.  There are so many factors that go into  creating.  From the light to the texture, to the colors, to the style,  and most important,  the personality of the people you are photographing.      With every bridal session,  I give my brides a variation of styles even producing different versions some of the same picture.  One thing is for sure... no two bridal sessions are the same.  Here are just a few from Courtnei's bridal.
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Photographing Bridals on a cloudy or off & on rainy day. How to deal with the flats (flat light).   The first set in this series I created a softer pastel style to work with the light that we had for the day. It was cloudy with darker grey clouds that produces a very flat light.  While you can never predict what kind of light you will have on a session, or a wedding day, you always have to be creative and flexible with what you have.   I think you can get amazing pictures regardless of light, but it will for sure impact some style and color.   Since the light was flat, I created a flat style to bring out the light.  I also want to bring a better balance and warmth to offset the grey's with a few different techniques of color cross processing.   Below is a picture with a flat process and the natural color that we were working with.  

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Popular Wedding & Reception Venues

Are you looking for your wedding venue in Wilmington or Eastern NC? I often get asked from brides planning their destination weddings about wedding venues in our area. So I started putting together a list of some popular wedding venues and great places for wedding and engagement photography. This is also a great way to see some of my photography of real weddings in some of Wilmington’s popular wedding venues. These are just a few and this list will grow over time so feel free to check back often or even share the page as wedding ideas on your facebook or Pinterest page.

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      River Landing Weddings is one of the most amazing clubhouse facilities I have been in. Visit our River Landing Wedding Photographer images to see this incredible wedding venue.

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      Fort Fisher is about as unique a backdrop there is for coastal North Carolina. Perfect for both wedding and engagement photography. See our Fort Fisher Wedding & Engagement photographers images to get an idea of this beautiful area of Eastern North Carolina.

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      Brooklyn Arts Center is a premier Wedding and Reception venue located in the Downtown Wilmington Area. View our Brooklyn Arts Center Wedding Photographers images and see why this is one of the more popular wedding venues.

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      Bellamy Mansion is a “Southern Classic” wedding and reception venue. Located in the Downtown Wilmington area this Mansion can do it all. View our Bellamy Mansion Wedding Photographers images and see why this Mansion might be the perfect place for your wedding.

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      The City Club is another Downtown Wilmington Wedding and Reception venue that can offer several accommodations from a bridal party getting ready lounge to smaller weddings and receptions. View our City Club Wedding Photographers images to see this one of a kind venue.

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      The Country Club of Landfall is another great clubhouse wedding and reception venue. Located in the gated community of Landfall, this wedding venue can host both your wedding and reception. View our Country Club of Landfall Wedding Photographers images to see this exquisite country club.

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      Wrightsville Beach offers a wide range of wedding options from the beach to hotel accommodations. Wrightsville Beach is also located close to Wilmington for easy travel to any other reception venue including Downtown Wilmington.

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      The Lebanon Chapel is nestled in the heart of Airlie Gardens. If you are looking for classic and rustic wedding chapel be sure to give the Lebanon Chapel a look.

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      Brunswick Town - Fort Anderson in Winnabow NC, is a great outdoor wedding and reception option. The historic burned down church on the grounds makes for a unique open air wedding ceremony. The landscape with the oak trees and view of the Cape Fear River make this possibly a perfect option for you wedding.

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      The River Room in Downtown Wilmington North Carolina sits along the Cape Fear River. Capable of providing an outside wedding on the river deck and hosting your reception inside the River Room make this wedding venue a downtown gem.

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