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Raffaldini Vineyards Charlotte NC Wedding Photography: Lauren+AlexAlex

Deevo Tindall - Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Raffaldini Vineyards Charlotte NC Wedding Photography: Lauren+AlexAlex

Alex and Lauren are childhood friends.  Their families grew up together in and around Charlotte and they initially met at church through their respective families.

Growing up, Lauren thought Alex was "friendly…but 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 always enjoyed watching Lauren smile and laugh, "she has the most infectious smile".  Growing up their families spent a lot of time together, and since both were of the same age, they naturally gravitated towards each other.  As they aged their impressions changed gradually.  They both count their trip to Rehoboth Beach as their first real inclination that something romantic was developing.

Gradually, being around each other grew more common and leaving each other grew more painful, it was then they both agreed that "dating" was the logical next step. :)  After years of dating, living abroad and lots of getting to know each other, they both moved back to Charlotte to start their new lives together.  Alex proposed to Lauren in Turks and Caicos.

bride getting prepared to get married

Lauren and Alex married at Raffaldini Vineyards in Ronda, North Carolina (foothills of the Piedmont). They promised to continue to love each other... not merely by words alone, but by actions, fun and respect before 150 of their closest friends and relatives.

wedding rings and wedding invitations

It was a usually bright and sunny day in Ronda, North Carolina. The couple prepared at the cottages set aside for the bride and groom at Raffaldini Vineyards in Ronda North Carolina, just outside of Charlotte NC and had lots of sparkling accoutrements on hand…

bride getting ready assisted by her mother

Lauren surrounded herself with her mother and closest friends linked back to her childhood days.  Lauren and Alex opted to see each other before the ceremony, which created lots of time for bride and groom photographs…here Alex waits to see his bride…

groom getting ready to see his bride for the first look

groom waiting in a flower field to see his new wife for the first time

Lauren was clearly very excited to see her soon to be husband for the very first time...

bride seeing her husband for the very first time

Lauren and Alex made for a radiant bride and groom...

bride and groom waiting to see each other during the first look

The beauty of seeing each other beforehand for the First Look, is the bride and groom can enjoy a private moment on their wedding day to simply be and enjoy each other before the wedding day madness ensues...

bride and groom holding each other for the first time after the First Look

The afternoon was simply gorgeous, the weather had not yet turned humid for the season and spending the day with a group of beautiful bridesmaids was a blast…

bride and her bridesmaids posing for the camera

The fellas, not to be outdone were rather striking and dapper in their three piece suits...

the groom and the groomsmen doing their best macho man impersonations

the groomsmen opted to wear designer socks for the wedding

In a world of selfie domination, it was refreshing to see the groom playing paparazzi...

groom photographing his groomsmen

Lauren and Alex set aside ample time for wedding photos and the beautiful grounds of Raffaldini Vineyards made for a stunning wedding photographic backdrop!

bride and groom photograph at the lake with a reflection

Lauren's wedding gown from David's Bridal, was absolutely stunning...

bride leaning up against a tree in her wedding gown

Off to get married... this dramatic entrance and photo of the bride and her father could not have been more perfect for these two... understated brilliance.

Father of the bride escorts his daughter to the alter

bride walking down the aisle to get married

Not to be outdone, the two ring bearers escorted themselves down the aisle with the rings...

ring bearers running down the aisle with the rings

"I now pronounce you husband and wife..."

bride and groom kissing for the first time as husband and wife

stunning panoramic photo of the bride and groom

The cabs and pinots were flowing all was a vineyard... :)

wine glasses getting filled with wine

guests tables were decorated with wine

The first dances were choreographed and epic!

bridal party awaiting their introductions for the reception

bride and groom dancing for their first dance

Father/Daughter first dances always make me teary...

father daughter dancing for the first time at the wedding

Toasts during the reception always feel so rehearsed and canned, these toasts were everything but that and were truly emotional and humorous...

best man giving his toast to the bride and groom

Lauren and Alex truly are such a lovely couple and we wish them nothing but love, peace and happiness.

raffaldini Vineyards all lit up at night

the groom and groomsmen smoking cigars

Lauren and Alex with their bubble exit and onto their honeymoon!  Bon Voyage lovies...

bride and groom bubble exit

Watch the wedding video

Lauren and Alex Raffaldini Winery Vineyards Wedding Photography from Fusion Photography on Vimeo.


Big shoutouts to all the amazing vendors for helping make this wedding so special...


Ceremony & Reception Venue Raffaldini Vineyards

Wedding Coordinator Elegance Taylor-Made (Sabrina Richardson)

Florist Harrisburg Florist

Cake Cake Expressions by Lisa

Catering & Favors Armin's Catering

Makeup Jaynae Tarver


Hair Stylist Psyched About Hair (Jasmin Pugh)

DJ Split Second Sound (DJ LeVar)


Dresses David's Bridal

Tuxedos Men's Warehouse


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