Shelly & Victor – Wedding Sneak Peak

What a gorgeous day, at the historic Wagner House in downtown Clayton, for Shelly & Victor to tie the knot. Sometimes it’s hit or miss with November weddings, but it was great day temperature and weather wise for their special day.

We truly enjoyed being able to photograph Shelly & Victor’s wedding and loved the setting, which made for some gorgeous images. It’s always fun photographing a wedding at a venue for the first time and seeing what unique images you can create for the bride and groom. The staff at the Wagner house was fantastic to work with also, helping with anything we needed.

It has been such a unique opportunity, going back 5 years to Shelly’s sister Ashley’s wedding and seeing how they leaned on each other make it through the their big day. It was evident how much they love each other by the words & tears shared during Ashley’s toast. Ok, enough mushy stuff! Shelly, Victor, we truly hope you two have a long happy, life together, and enjoy this sneak peak of images, as there are many more to come!

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Now that she’s married…Shelly’s bridal

What a beautiful bride and dress! Those two elements along with the fantastic location setting, culminated in some gorgeous, elegant bridal portraits for Shelly (and mom – who gets the wall portrait 🙂 ). I love shooting a new location, especially one as gorgeous as the historic Wagner House in Clayton, NC. It’s challenging yet fun to study the natural lighting offered up at each new location we shoot. This place did not disappoint, if you know what you’re looking for, with large windows inside, for soft diffused lighting along with some great front porch lighting with perfect soft, indirect light coming in from the front of the house, for the porch images. Of course we supplemented with a touch of off camera strobe, but only just enough to compliment the natural light and give a sparkle to the eyes. We even got a little creative with some artistic HDR images at the end. That was really the only way to maintain proper exposure on the house, the bride and the bright sky all at the same time, plus it just looks cool! Stay tuned for some wedding images…Shelly_Hilliard_Bridal_Portraits-1022 Shelly_Hilliard_Bridal_Portraits-1046-Edit Shelly_Hilliard_Bridal_Portraits-1062 Shelly_Hilliard_Bridal_Portraits-1065 Shelly_Hilliard_Bridal_Portraits-1089 Shelly_Hilliard_Bridal_Portraits-1096_HDR Shelly_Hilliard_Bridal_Portraits-1101_HDR