Whitehead Manor Wedding Photography | Kim and Travis | Charlotte, NC



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I have been pumped for Kim and Travis’s wedding since they booked me because I had such a blast when I shot at Whitehead in 2018, I knew it was going to be so much fun. After spending time with them for their engagement session, following them on social media and with a couple meetings I knew they were a ton of fun! Their black, white and grey Whitehead Manor wedding was nothing short of perfect and I can’t thank the team there and all the wonderful vendors enough for how well the day turned out. 

Venue: Whitehead Manor | Planner: Ashton and Lauren with Whitehead Manor | Photographer: Heather Yvonne with HYPimages | Dress: Hayden Olivia Bridal | Designer: Rita Vinieris | Tuxes: Jos A Bank | Rings: Blue Nile and Diamonds Direct | Makeup: Susie | Hair: Zoe and Ashley | Florist: What’s up Buttercup | DJ: Split Second Sound  | Caterer: Best Impressions | Cake/Dessert: Pepperbox Donuts  | Drinks: Blue Blaze Brewery and Foley Family Wine

Getting Ready + First Look 

While the girls were in the main house giggling, sipping champagne and getting their hair and makeup done, the guys were over in the conference space watching football games. I spent most of the morning capturing Kim’s details and making sure she had her true bridal moments getting ready. 

Kim and Travis decided to do a first look (and if you’re reading this and second guessing if you should or not, you’ll quickly see why you should!). Once Travis was ready, we put him position for his bride to walk up and get to see his bride in a private setting. They were able to embrace immediately and talk all about their morning (and she even got a butt grab in). They spent a few minutes just gawking and loving on each other alone. We moved right into portrait time and their sweet pup Daisy showed up and they were able to grab some quick photos with her! 

Ceremony + Cocktails

The ceremony went off without a hitch. It was led by a dear friend who had to hold back tears the entire ceremony. They shared their vows under a low hanging branch, draped in white silk fabric, said “I do” (loudly in the microphone), exchanged rings and were announced as husband and wife! Typical order of a wedding, but was unique for them were the funny stories told to showcase their personalities. They laughed through the ceremony and giggled at each other lovingly. 

After the ceremony, they participated in a fun event that I hadn’t ever been apart of before, called “unbury the bourbon” for a typical Whitehead Manor wedding. An old southern wives’ tale says that if you bury a bottle of bourbon at the site where the bride and groom will be married it won’t rain on their wedding day. According to many believers, this must be done exactly one month before the wedding, the bottle must be completely full, and it must be buried upside down to ensure maximum weather persuasion. It worked for the most part for Kim and Travis.  It actually started to sprinkle as they were digging the bottle up but it held off until we were all under the tent for the reception. 

After a few drinks and toasts with the fam and bridal party, Kim and Travis had a few more pictures made officially as husband and wife and then joined cocktail hour with their guests. One of the many perks of doing a first look is that you get to spend MORE time with your guests!! With people who traveled all the way to see you get married. Maybe you haven’t seen them in a long time, it’s really fun to spend more time with them. 


The reception kicked off with intros as normal but typical Kim and Travis came in on a piggyback ride. Their cuteness just won it over for me. Right into their first dance with some cute butt grabs here and there and then into dinner. If you didn’t know by now that Kim and Travis love to just have fun, they live in every moment and laugh through life’s journeys. 

Kim has two sisters and Travis has two brothers, they all four gave speeches and there wasn’t a dry eye there throughout all of four toasts. But not because they were all sappy and full of loving stories, instead they were all full of jokes and hilarious stories everyone was laughing so hard they were crying (even myself). 

Once the dance floor opened the night was history! Kim and Travis, I can’t thank you enough for your support and love over the last year-ish. Your love is radiant and contagious! I’ve loved getting to know you both and being able to spend your happiest day with you two. This might be my longest wedding blog ever!! Enjoy all my favorite images from the best Whitehead Manor wedding 😉


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