Top 10 Engagement And Wedding Photographers In North Carolina

Top 10 Engagement And Wedding Photographers In North Carolina

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Choosing who will take your engagement and wedding photos is a BIG decision. Your wedding day will go by quickly, but your memories and photos will live on. You want to capture every special moment and make it last forever.

Every photographer has a style and personality that comes through their images. It’s what makes them unique. You’ll want to make sure that your personality and style meshes with your photographer’s. This will help you have a better understanding of what to expect from your engagement and wedding photography.

There are many different aspects to map out as you plan your engagement session and wedding shot list. It could be a special location you want to have your engagement session at. Incorporating interests that mean a lot to you with props or backgrounds.

Be sure to think about things that can sometimes be forgotten, like would you want your photographer behind-the-scenes with the bridesmaids and groomsmen capturing the moments leading up to the wedding? Do you want extensive photos of the venue, food and cake? Would you want to do a first look before the wedding begins?

Would you want photos of your wedding bands? We might be biased, but we think wedding band photos is a great idea. Especially if you have a premium tungsten band and a premium wood box to show off. 🙂

Like most things in life, you get what you pay for. The cost for engagement and wedding photographers can oftentimes be a pretty wide range. Sure, you can get a very inexpensive photographer, but the quality of work may not live up to your expectations. Is this a corner you’d ever want to cut? Probably not.

When you look back on your engagement and wedding photos, you want them to be something you’re proud of. Not something you regret. The value of perfectly captured moments and memories that you’ll be able to look back on for the rest of your life…that’s priceless.

Just keep in mind that there’s a lot that goes into providing professional photography. Yes, there’s taking the photos, but then there’s the equipment, editing, software, possibly multiple photographers to capture different angles, travel, insurance, taxes, etc.

A common question is, “how far in advance do I need to book the photographer”? Generally, the better the photographer, the longer the wait since they may have a long list of clients already booked.

Beginning the process to identify your engagement and wedding photographer soon after you get engaged is usually a good idea to give you plenty of time. For some photographers, 3-6 months may be enough time. For others, you could be looking at 6-18 months out before being able to book a date.

At the end of the day, enough can’t be said for how important it is to select the right engagement and wedding photographer. That’s why Jude Ridge has compiled this list of the Top 10 Engagement And Wedding Photographers In North Carolina.

We hope you find this list of the Top 10 Engagement And Wedding Photographers In North Carolina helpful. Be sure to share it with a friend and let the photographer know where you heard about them!

The Burks Photography

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The Burks (Heather & Walter) are a husband and wife wedding photography team based out of Charlotte, NC but available for travel to all destinations. They photograph weddings, engagements, bridals, and couples. They absolutely love being able to work together, and have shot over 200 weddings together since they started in 2008!

Heather has always been interested in photography and Walter became interested because of Heather’s love for it. They met over a decade ago when they were in middle school and were friends for a couple years before they started dating in 8th grade. After dating for seven years, they got married in 2011. Heather started out in photography by working for a couple local newspapers. Then a friend asked Heather to photograph her wedding and Heather asked Walter to come along to assist. After this Heather and Walter fell in love with photographing weddings.

What’s better than a great photographer? Two great photographers! This awesome couple is fantastic and do amazing work. The Burks Photography is an excellent choice for your engagement and wedding photo needs.

Check out their work at any of the below.

Website – www.meettheburks.com.
Instagram – @TheBurksPhotography, @HeatherBurks or @WalterBurks.
Facebook – www.facebook.com/meettheburks.

The Burks Photography is proudly on our list of the Top 10 Engagement And Wedding Photographers In North Carolina.

Autumn Harrison Photography

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To simply put it…Autumn is a girl who loves LOVE and a story teller that wants to artistically document your wedding day. She is not your traditional photographer so the cheesy stuff just isn’t her lol. She is an “in the moment” kind of photographer who wants your images to have true RAW emotion and for each picture to speak for themselves and tell a story.

All you have to do is take a look at Autumn’s portfolio to see she has an amazing eye and style to capture unforgettable moments. From the backdrops to the lighting and the true feeling that each photo exudes, her work is phenomenal! You can’t go wrong with Autumn Harrison Photography.

Check out her work at any of the below.

Website – www.autumnharrison.com.
Instagram – @AHarrisonPhoto.
Facebook – www.facebook.com/AutumnHarrisonPhotography.
Twitter – @ClickAutumn.

Autumn Harrison Photography is proudly on our list of the Top 10 Engagement And Wedding Photographers In North Carolina.

Flightless Bird Photography

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Chelsea Zimmerman is a wedding and lifestyle photographer who calls the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina home and self-identifies as a certified Mountain Mama.

She loves love stories. With a background in English literature, she embraces a unique storyteller’s perspective. There’s nothing she loves more than capturing genuine moments.

Uncovering the little quirks of a relationship gives her clients authentic, beautiful images that stay true to their relationship. It’s the split seconds between poses – the groom’s expression as his bride walks down the aisle, the tears in a mother’s eyes during the father-daughter dance, or the flower girl’s preoccupation with her dress during the ceremony – that provide a true glimpse into the story.

Whether you’re in the high country of North Carolina or beyond, Chelsea can capture your love story through enchanting photos that will leave you speechless.

If you decide to choose Flightless Bird Photography, prepare yourself, because the results will be remarkable.

Check out her work at any of the below.

Website – www.flightlessbirdphotography.com.
Instagram – @FlightlessBirdPhotography.
Facebook – www.facebook.com/flightlessbirdphotography.
Pinterest – www.pinterest.com/flightlessphoto.

Flightless Bird Photography is proudly on our list of the Top 10 Engagement And Wedding Photographers In North Carolina.

Crystal Stokes Photography

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Crystal Stokes is an award-winning photographer based out of Charlotte, NC (but available for travel to infinity & beyond). A passionate storyteller and don’t-care-who’s-watching dancer, Crystal is obsessed with finding/creating beautiful light and turning sweet moments into stunning imagery.

Her philosophy about photography boils down to light, trust and the power of capturing the connection between individuals. Crystal loves pretty light, specifically the fall-off from light to shadows.

When she’s not busy chasing moments with her camera, she is chasing after her “mini-me’s” who also happen to be the loves of her life (not to forget her bearded husband and partner in crime, Joshua) and having karaoke parties in her sunroom (complete with a disco ball…)

Lay eyes on Crystal’s photos and you’ll instantly see her amazing ability to capture and harness light with her lens. The light creates such a dramatic effect in her images that the results are nothing short of masterpieces that will truly take your breath away. As you look through her portfolio, it feels like you’re flipping through the pages of a luxury magazine. If you choose Crystal Stokes Photography, prepare yourself, because the finished product will be extraordinary.

Check out her work at any of the below.

Website – www.crystalstokesphotography.com.
Instagram – @CrystalStokesPhotography.
Facebook – www.facebook.com/CStokesPhotography.
Twitter – @CrystalStokes12.

Crystal Stokes Photography is proudly on our list of the Top 10 Engagement And Wedding Photographers In North Carolina.

Chad Winstead Photography

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Chad and Beth Winstead are a husband and wife team based in Eastern, NC. They have two crazy dogs who are like their children: Geo (Siberian Husky) and Christian (Hound/Pitt Mix.) Their laid back, yet goofy personalities together help lighten the mood during their sessions. It’s always a good time!

They strive to capture your story that reflects the timeless and beautiful nature that is truly your day. Since 2013, they have been storytellers while living, creating, and experiencing the most profound and emotional moments in their clients’ lives. They understand that after the wedding day it is their photographs that remain to be cherished, held, and loved on by you and your future generations.

Chad and Beth make it their goal to understand the dynamics of the personal relationships in your life, so they can be on the look out for those quiet moments that will mean so much to you later. They take a unique approach in that there is no coverage limit in their collection, so you get them from start to finish on the wedding day. No hours of coverage to worry about, or time constraints. Their promise and commitment is that they will be one of the best vendors you have the pleasure of working with!

It’s certain that Chad and Beth have found a way to capture timeless photos. Their ability to frame photos in a way that captures the beauty of the setting and the emotion of the moment is unreal. If you decide to go with Chad Winstead Photography, your family will be talking about your wedding photos for many years to come.

Check out their work at any of the below.

Website – www.chadwinsteadphotography.com.
Instagram – @ChadWinsteadPhoto.
Facebook – www.facebook.com/ChadWinsteadPhotoVideo.

Chad Winstead Photography is proudly on our list of the Top 10 Engagement And Wedding Photographers In North Carolina.

Christopher Bell Photography

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Christopher and Rachel Bell are a husband and wife team based in Charlotte, NC. Christopher’s favorite things about wedding photography is portraiture and capturing moments that tell people’s stories. His hobbies include traveling every chance he gets with Rachel, Daddy daycare, sailing, and Jeeping with the top down!

Rachel loves all the little details of wedding photography – pretty rings, pretty flowers, and pretty decor are what make me really happy! She’s addicted to spending hours on Pinterest laughing out loud (literally) to humor boards, reading hair and make-up blogs, and pioneering in culinary home experiments.

Christopher and Rachel’s work can simply be described as elegant, timeless fine art.

When you take a look at their portfolio, you’ll be amazed at the classic, clean photos they capture from each session. You feel like you’re scrolling through the pages of a vintage publication and its incredible. If you choose to go with Christopher Bell Photography, you’ll find yourself more than satisfied.

Check out their work at any of the below.

Website – www.christopherbellphotography.com.
Instagram – @ChrisBellPhoto.
Facebook – www.facebook.com/ChristopherBellPhotography.
Twitter – @ChrisBellPhoto.
Pinterest – www.pinterest.com/ChrisBellPhoto.

Christopher Bell Photography is proudly on our list of the Top 10 Engagement And Wedding Photographers In North Carolina.

Urban Bloom Photography

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Joey and Brook Cutts are a husband and wife team located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. They founded Urban Bloom Photography in 2011 and since then have documented hundreds of weddings in some of the most incredible places.

For them, photography is way more than just taking a picture. They capture images in an artistic way and incorporate them with traditional and timeless photos to tell your story. They push themselves to be unique and approach each wedding or session as a new challenge and adventure.

They love to incorporate the landscape and surroundings to create dynamic images as well as capture the close-ups and details that make an image warm and soft. Their goal is to take all the elements of life and create something that people can connect to.

Take a look at Urban Bloom Photography’s portfolio and you’ll see what an incredible job they do incorporating all the elements of life into vibrant photos that exude the joy of the moment. It’s hard not to smile when you look at their images, because you truly feel the emotion that has been captured. Their customer feedback speaks for itself. If Urban Bloom Photography is your choice, you’ll likely find yourself adding to their long list of 5-star reviews.

Check out their work at any of the below.

Website – www.urbanbloomphotography.com.
Instagram – @UrbanBloomPhotography.
Facebook – www.facebook.com/urbanbloomphotography.
Twitter – @UrbanBloomPhotography.
Pinterest – www.pinterest.com/urbanbloomphoto.
Google+ – Urban Bloom Photography.
YouTube – Urban Bloom Photography.
Vimeo – www.vimeo.com/urbanbloomfilms.

Urban Bloom Photography is proudly on our list of the Top 10 Engagement And Wedding Photographers In North Carolina.

Hartman Outdoor Photography

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Shelley Hartman is a wedding photographer based out of Asheville, North Carolina who loves all things nature, quirky details, laughter, and genuine people. She also spends a large part of her time on the road camping out of her SUV and photographing weddings all throughout the United States. Seeing and experiencing new things is what brings her life. She loves a good adventure.

Outdoor weddings are her thing. She prefers spending as much time outside as possible, which is where she finds inspiration and rejuvenation. Whether its the mountains, the desert, or alongside the ocean, the outdoors is her happy place.

She has photographed over 150 weddings and loves it more every year. Most of all, she loves capturing the moments and memories. She knows these are the things that you will cherish as you look back on your 20 year anniversary. These are the photos that will relive the day.

Outside of weddings, Shelley loves hiking, going for long bike rides with her Cairn Terrier sidekick, Migo, in her basket, spending way too much time browsing thrift shops, eating dark chocolate covered almonds, researching trips, dreaming about adopting a houseful of cats, drinking excessive amounts of La Croix, tending to houseplants, watching Netflix documentaries and trail running.

Take a look at Shelley’s work and your response will probably be, “Wow!”. Her photos are breathtaking.

Check out her work at any of the below.

Website – www.hartmanoutdoorphotography.com.
Instagram – @HartmanOutdoorPhotography.
Facebook – www.facebook.com/HartmanOutdoorPhotography.
Twitter – @RoamyTheCamper.
Pinterest – www.pinterest.com/weddingavl.
Google+ – Hartman Outdoor Photography.

Hartman Outdoor Photography is proudly on our list of the Top 10 Engagement And Wedding Photographers In North Carolina.

Blue Bend Photography

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Nick and Maddy Gillespie are a husband and wife team based out of Hendersonville, North Carolina. They love their job for so many reasons, but more than anything they love getting the opportunity to see so many new places while hanging out with people on their happiest day. More than 450 weddings have taken them across the globe to mountains, glaciers, zoos, oceans, piers, boats, airplanes, helicopters, golf courses, fields, rivers, gardens, forests and almost anything else you can imagine.

They believe what sets them apart from others is their ability to capture the emotion and joy of the wedding day without intruding on the events. It’s not uncommon for their clients to say they couldn’t believe they ended up with so many photos of what was going on, because they had no idea pictures were even being taken. This “ninja-style” (as Nick likes to jokingly say), combined with an eye for photojournalism is what allows them to produce so many images with a creative style, while also capturing the events taking place.

Blue Bend Photography’s experience across so many settings and venues shines through their work. Their commitment to excellence not only at your session, but prior to is what sets them apart. They are “students” of their craft and take pride in learning about every aspect of the day ahead of time, so they are prepared to always be in the right spots at the right time.

Check out their work at any of the below.

Website – www.bluebendphotography.com.
Instagram – @Blue.Bend.Photo.
Facebook – www.facebook.com/BlueBendPhoto.

Blue Bend Photography is proudly on our list of the Top 10 Engagement And Wedding Photographers In North Carolina.

Megan Dickerson Photography

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Megan and Barrett Joyner are a husband and wife photography team based in Wilmington, North Carolina. They absolutely love it. Their photography style can be described as fun, vibrant and photo journalistic.

They love traveling to new places and getting the opportunity to meet some of the most amazing couples who oftentimes turn into great friends. They enjoy telling love stories with their images.

Take a look at Megan Dickerson Photography’s portfolio and you’ll see that the images radiate having a good time. Decide on this amazing team and you’ll not only receive incredible photos, but you’ll also be inspired by their positive and uplifting spirit.

Check out their work at any of the below.

Website – www.wilmingtonweddingphotographer.com.
Instagram – @MeganDickersonPhotography.
Facebook – www.facebook.com/megandickersonphotography.
Pinterest – www.pinterest.com/megandjoyner.

Megan Dickerson Photography is proudly on our list of the Top 10 Engagement And Wedding Photographers In North Carolina.

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Who is Jude Ridge? Premium tungsten bands, premium wood boxes, free shipping. It’s that simple.

Long-time friends, Dan & Rob, were talking about how much of a hassle it was to find the right band when it came time to marry their lovely wives.

Predator-like salespeople giving bad style suggestions, the same old gimmicks, multiple trips to the jewelry store, traffic and what seems like an endless amount of time in-store only to discover that the band choices are terrible, overpriced and worst of all come in a basic velvet box.

That’s when they decided no one else should have to go through what they did (all of the above).

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Our small team located in South Carolina & Virginia works hard everyday to serve our customers as well as they would their friends and family, because that’s who our first customers were, our friends and family.

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Selections for the list Top 10 Engagement And Wedding Photographers In North Carolina:

The Burks Photography
Autumn Harrison Photography
Flightless Bird Photography
Crystal Stokes Photography
Chad Winstead Photography
Christopher Bell Photography
Urban Bloom Photography
Hartman Outdoor Photography
Blue Bend Photography
Megan Dickerson Photography

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