When you think of tropical, you probably think of monstera leaves, forests, and sleek dresses. That’s exactly what I wanted to bring to this shoot at Camelot Meadows in Belmont, North Carolina.
Because Camelot Meadows has this beautiful bamboo forest, the inspiration for the shoot was tropical and simple elegance. Soiree Pines used a lot of greenery in the bouquets and centerpieces. She even researched traditional Hawaiian leis that would be used in a tropical wedding ceremony to send the details over the top.
A ceremony in front of the bamboo forest was the original inspiration, but we were also able to incorporate the bamboo into other aspects of the shoot as well! Sweet Carolina Events decorated the tables with mossy green napkins. And the bamboo candles and vases are the same bamboo you see in the ceremony forest!
The bride, Raycia wore an amazing dress from Beautiful and Borrowed Bridal, and enjoyed a delicious cake from What Jane Baked. She carried a colorful bouquet of flowers, adorned with orchids. Her hair was pinned up with pearls, with loose curls down the back. The groom, Kinston, wore a light shirt with a bow tie and two leis. Raycia could be heard giggling all throughout the Camelot Meadows getting ready room. Meanwhile, Kinston put the final touches of his outfit together.
We wanted to create a fun atmosphere during our shoot, so we had everyone laughing as we worked together to create some amazing images! We started out inside of Camelot Meadows, cutting the delicious cake decorated with buttercream florals. The beautiful greenery wall made a perfect backdrop to the intricate cake. Then we took a short walk through the bamboo to get some beautiful shots with ceremony arch at the entrance to the forest. Finally, we took advantage of the sunset by heading out to the lawn in the back of Camelot Meadows, where Raycia and Kinston had a last dance before heading off into the sunset.
Their first date: Our first date was perfect. Meeting that person for the first time gives a great case of the butterflies. We met for dinner at Fuel Pizza in Uptown Charlotte which has since then become “our spot”. Walking around the city that night getting to know one another we both were nervous, but in different ways. Kinston could not stop talking and sharing his life with me, while my nerves kept me mostly quiet. It was the first time we complimented one another perfectly.
The moment she realized it was love: I realized I loved Kinston when I saw him around his family. He showed me what it was like to be family oriented. Being surrounded by him and his family gave me a feeling of home that I hadn’t felt before. once I felt how special that was, I realized I loved him and what I was being blessed with.
The best part about being married: The best part of being married is having someone who is your constant. A person you constantly feel connected to, constantly can depend on, and most importantly a person you know who constantly is loving you. The sense of partnership in marriage is something we admire, hold close, and continue to work on to better our relationship.
Want to see another couple at Camelot Meadows? Check out Kaelyn and Trevor’s Pink Wedding!
It was a thrill photographing such a fun and beautiful newlywed couple! I love partnering with amazing vendors, and this shoot is no exception. Camelot Meadows itself is a tropical paradise and so we just had to create an elegant shoot to match! If you are looking for inspiration or vendors for your wedding at Camelot Meadows, please see the amazing people who participated in this shoot listed below!
Photography: Savvy Leigh Photography | Venue: Camelot Meadows | Decor: Sweet Carolina Events | Dress: Beautiful & Borrowed Bridal | Florals: Soirée Pines | Hair and Makeup: Just Wing It Artistry | Cake: What Jane Baked