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Carrigan Farms Engagement Photography | Lauren + Alex | Charlotte NC

Deevo Tindall - Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Carrigan Farms Engagement Photography | Lauren + Alex | Charlotte NC
Meet Lauren and Alex

I originally met Lauren four years ago, when I photographed her brother Chaz [and Jessica] wedding at the Big Chill in Charlotte NC.  Fast forward four years and I get the honor to photograph this family again.  As you will read more about them below, Lauren and Alex have known each other for most of their lives and their story breathes love and familiarity.

woman blowing flower petals in the wind for their engagement photography
Lauren held this dainty little marigold bouquet and blew the seedlings into the wind, just like we all did as children

Lauren originally hails from Broken Arrow, OK and Alex is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina.  For their engagement photography session, we opted for Carrigan Farms in Mooresville, NC.

Carrigan Farms is a 5th generation, family owned, farm. Carrigan Farms specializes in growing quality fruits and vegetables, educational school tours and field trips, weddings, swim parties, and other special events.  The Carrigans settled in the Mooresville area in the 1750’s with ancestors buried at local Coddle Creek ARP church.

The apple orchards at the farm make for stunning backdrops for engagement photographs

 

HOW THEY MET

Their families grew up together in the Charlotte area. They met at church and spent a lot of time around each other during the holidays as a family.

 

FIRST DATE

Our trip to Rehoboth Beach is what I count as our first real date. We enjoyed the eating on the boardwalk, grabbing some ice cream, walking on the beach and pretending to put Lauren in the cold ocean waves. This is where I made it known that I was interested in Lauren by writing “Alex Loves Lauren” in the sand.

Man wispers sweet nothings in girls ear while sitting in the fields

 

I asked Alex to whisper in Lauren's ear, clearly whatever he said made her smile :)

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Lauren – growing up I thought Alex was friendly…he was like a cousin to me. Once we got older the first thing I noticed was his compassion and love for others. He was always a great friend to me as well. Our friendship blossomed from there and I’m grateful for it!

Alex - My first impressions of Lauren was that she was pretty, shy, and funny. I enjoyed watching her laugh, seeing her smile, and spending quality time with family. We always enjoyed joking with each other. As we got older, my impressions were that she was driven, focused, and full of life. I felt like we shared some common interests in traveling/living abroad and owning or own businesses. She was mature, stylish, and enjoyed having a good time!

man and woman standing in a field kissing

Carrigan Farms offers stunning open fields, vistas and an enormous lake/quarry that shimmers golden blue in the sun.

AT WHAT POINT SPEND REST OF LIVES TOGETHER:

Lauren – I knew before we started dating. It just clicked for me! I knew that I couldn’t (and didn’t want to) live without him.

Alex - When I realized that she had a deep level of respect and confidence in me as man. When it was more and more difficult to leave after enjoying each other’s company and time together during our long distance relationship. Understanding she was fully commitment to our relationship, desired to start a family together, and she has always stayed true to us. That has meant the most to me in spending my life together with someone else.

bride and groom sitting under a large weeping willow tree

woman and man kissing under a large weeping willow tree

 

The marriage proposal:

Alex proposed on the beach at sunset in beautiful Turks & Caicos Islands. We photographed their wedding last month and I cannot wait to showcase these amazing wedding photographs at the stunning Raffaldini Vineyards north of Statesville, NC.

man and woman standing on a dock kissing

panaramic view of the cliffs at Carrigan Farms

woman sitting on fence overlooking the lake while man kisses her

Award winning photograph with bride and groom in a canoe in the lake

 

 

 



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