married | aksana+chris | kernersville wedding photographer

When I first met Chris and Aksana via Skype, I knew they were going to be such a great couple to photograph. They know how to laugh and have a good time, and they're the kind of people who have the ability to make anyone feel welcome and included in the fun.

Their wedding had a travel theme and included so many wonderful cultural traditions, as Aksana hails from Belarus and Chris's heritage is Chinese-Malaysian and Italian. Guests traveled from around the globe to attend their beautiful celebration at the Paul J. Ciener Botanical Gardens in Kernersville, NC, planned by the fabulous Shaunda Eggleston of E'MAGINE Weddings and Events.

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These two are just so photogenic! I could photograph them all. day. long.

The reception began with a traditional eastern European bread and salt ceremony...

The groom's family led them in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony...

Aksana being a dancer herself, it only made sense that she would have lots of dancing at her wedding. Two different dance troupes filled with friends of the bride from Winston-Salem and her current city of Memphis, TN, performed...

Aksana+Chris :: It was such an honor to be part of your wedding, and we're so grateful to have documented such a special day! Wishing you decades of love, happiness, and adventures together!

Venue :: Paul J. Ciener Botanical Gardens
Event Planner :: E'MAGINE
Catering :: Sweet Basil's Catering
Cake Artist :: Glorious Gourmet Creations
Florist :: New Creations Flower Company
DJ :: A & A Disc Jockey Service
Ceremony Musicians :: UNC School of the Arts
Hair and Makeup :: Teased Hair and Beauty
Bridal Gown :: Stella York from Low's Bridal
Bridesmaid's Dress :: Dessy
Men's Attire :: Vera Wang from Men's Wearhouse
Stationer :: printATsydesign via Etsy
Linens :: Happy Rentz
Rentals :: Event Rentals of NC
Officiant :: Rev. Gerald Donnelly

Watch the sneak peek of Chris and Aksana's wedding day here.

Check out Aksana's bridal portraits here.

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featured :: trendy bride :: winston-salem wedding photographers

I absolutely adored getting to be part of Erin and Aaron's wedding this October in Winston-Salem, NC, and I am thrilled to have this adorable couple featured today on Trendy Bride! Their wedding was such a fun one to photograph - these two are so stinkin' photogenic and the details, many handcrafted by Erin herself, were to-die-for. See their feature here.

Thank you to Michelle at Trendy Bride for featuring our work and a great big shout out to our fellow wedding professionals who helped to create such a lovely event!

Ceremony Venue :: The Heritage Bridge at Old Salem
Reception Venue :: Reynolds Place at Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts
Accommodations :: Winston-Salem Downtown Marriott
Florist :: Angela Wallace
Caterer :: Five Loaves Catering
DJ :: Bad Benny Productions
Hair and Makeup :: Bella Upstyles
Wedding Gown :: David's Bridal by designer Vera Wang
Bridesmaids' Dresses :: Watters & Watters via
Men's Attire :: Christopher's Formal Wear
Stationer :: Erin Johnson
Bridesmaids' Gifts :: Earrings by Kate Spade and Dressing Gowns by Silk and More
Rentals :: Happy Rentz
Transportations :: Royal Limousine
Photographer :: Glessner Photography

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aaron+erin :: married :: winston-salem wedding photographer

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All of my couples whom I've photographed this fall have been nothing short of amazing, and Aaron and Erin are certainly no exception. I was especially excited for their wedding, because I knew, having met them last autumn for their engagement session, that Erin and I, well, we were kindred style spirits. She has such a great eye for design and finding beauty in simplicity (come on ... what photographer WOULDN'T love working with that kind of bride?), and I knew for certain that those things would shine through on her wedding day and make for some INCREDIBLE images.
I met Erin in the afternoon at the downtown Marriott in Winston-Salem, and despite maybe just a few nerves early on, once she saw her groom, these two were all laughter, joy, and soaking in every ounce of the day which they became husband and wife...

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I am in love with these bridesmaids' robes Erin found on Etsy, and of course, she had to  show off her deep love for Starbucks with these adorable bridal party lattes. 

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... on her way to meet her groom! I know I say it so much, but I absolutely love when a couple chooses to have a First Look. Such a sweet moment and lots of extra time for beautiful photos! Erin and Aaron's first look took place in Salem Square...

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I think this is just the perfect example of how much fun these two have together... so much joy! 

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I just loved the friends and family Erin and Aaron chose to surround them on their wedding day... they were so helpful, a whole lot of fun, and they looked great, too (I'm more than a little obsessed with the floral bridesmaids' dresses and the men's grey shoes)! 

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Their lovely short-and-sweet ceremony was held on the covered bridge at Old Salem

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Isn't Erin absolutely stunning?! I love her classic, elegant style that lets her beauty speak for itself. 

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Their reception was held at the beautiful, contemporary Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in downtown Winston-Salem, filled with lovely little details created by the bride herself, who is a very talented graphic designer. 

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I love couples who elect to donate to a charity in lieu of favors - what a great use of that portion of the wedding budget. Erin and Aaron made a contribution to the Human Rights Campaign and NC's local Second Harvest Food Bank in honor of their guests. 

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No wedding is complete without "The Wobble"... 

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Aaron+Erin :: We hope y'all are having a fabulous time in California and soaking up every minute of your West Coast honeymoon! Thank you for allowing us to be part of your beautiful day, and we wish you many more years of laughter and adventures! 

Ceremony Venue :: The Heritage Bridge at Old Salem
Reception Venue :: Reynolds Place at Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts
Accommodations :: Winston-Salem Downtown Marriott
Florist :: Angela Wallace
Caterer :: Five Loaves Catering
DJ :: Bad Benny Productions
Hair and Makeup :: Bella Upstyles
Wedding Gown :: David's Bridal by designer Vera Wang
Bridesmaids' Dresses :: Watters & Watters via
Men's Attire :: Christopher's Formal Wear
Stationer :: Erin Johnson
Bridesmaids' Gifts :: Earrings by Kate Spade and Dressing Gowns by Silk and More
Rentals :: Happy Rentz
Transportations :: Royal Limousine
Photographer :: Glessner Photography

Engaged? Contact us today to reserve your wedding date.

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