March 14, 2012

Carolina Country Club Wedding | Laurie + McQueen

They met at the ACC basketball tournament in Tampa, FL. She is a UNC fan and was staying at the NCSU hotel, she walked into the hotel bar in Carolina Blue with 2 other girlfriends and met him. The rest is history!
Laurie and McQueen really wanted to celebrate with their friends and family, and looked forward to a great celebration! This wedding was all about fabulous surprises…at the end of the ceremony McQueen surprised Laurie by singing a beautiful song to her, it was truly a special moment, as soon as they exited the sanctuary Laurie and McQueen broke down crying and it was one of our favorite moments that we’ve captured. He also surprised her with a helicopter exit at the end of the night! It took a lot of planning and coordinating weeks before the wedding to ensure we would capture this right, there was no way we were going to just capture it from the ground. We talked to McQueen several times weeks before the wedding and decided that Chris would go meet the pilot at the airport and ride to the country club in the helicopter. We planned the final edit of the film weeks before the wedding and before we shot anything. We decided that we wanted to open the film with tight shots of the helicopter starting up, then flow into McQueen’s toast at the rehearsal, then the wedding day and reveal the helicopter and exit at the end of the film. An hour before the reception ended Chris headed to the airport with our assistant and I headed outside with James Walters to set up lighting and cameras, we had an enormous amount of extension cords, power strips, 4 of our lights, and 3 cameras, it felt like a movie set and I loved every minute of it. I had no clue the amount of wind the helicopter would produce, so in a last minute decision we had the Southern Soiree team manning 3 of the lights so they wouldn’t fall over, we only lost one light when the helicopter landed, the light bulb just busted when it fell and I was so excited that I didn’t care, and it didn’t affect anything. This took a lot of pre-production planning and it was the best getaway we’ve ever been a part of, it totally paid off! What an awesome experience!

“Post it! Awesome job.  Amazing video and thank you for doing such a great job!!!!”…McQueen, Groom

Laurie + McQueen, thank you so much for choosing us to capture your incredible story! To say it was a joy to capture your wedding wouldn’t be accurate, it was a freaking awesome, adrenaline filled blast! Thank you for trusting us and doing it big, it was an awesome experience! We are thrilled for you both and wish you the absolute best!…Toni + Chris

Planner | A Southern Soiree
Ceremony| Edenton United Methodist Church
Reception | Carolina Country Club
Photographer | Walters & Walters
Cake | Tatie’s Bakeshop
Band | The Wallers
DJ | Mark McNally, Joe Bunn DJ Company
Florist | Greg Warren Flowers
Hair + Makeup | Makupforyourday
Linens + Tables | CE Rental
Photobooth | Shutterbooth