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Jan
29

Get to Know Two Carters Photography

Grant Harrison & Drew Cason

If you’ve spent any time perusing through the engagements or Real Weddings sections of Arkansas Bride, there’s no doubt you’ve seen the stunning work of Two Carters Photography

The husband and wife team of Melissa and Stephen Carter always seem to produce out-of-this-world images that tell far more than a thousand words of stories. They do everything from engagement sessions and wedding day photography coverage to album design and printing, plus tons more.

What’s so interesting about this couple is the way their skills and talents match up. Stephen studied photography in school, becoming “a true photojournalist and master technician.” Melissa, on the other hand, has a genuine love of people and capturing the magic that happens between them.

“We love creating images that are at once natural and impactful, gorgeous and timeless,” Melissa said.

But there’s much more to the story than that. We got a chance to talk with Two Carters Photography and we’re sharing the goodness with you! So take a minute and read through our conversation to find out why they make our list of vendors we love, not to mention their own engagement story!

Two Carters Photography

 

How did you get started in photography?

Not many people know what they wanted to be - and then do it! - in high school. It was always the plan for Stephen. His career started with an introductory class at Conway High School, where he soon became photo editor, only later to reprise that role at Ouachita Baptist University, where he became an adjunct professor of photography. He later went on to obtain his master's degree in digital photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design. He definitely has a deep and rich knowledge of photography, from developing film in a darkroom to lighting commercial shoots and photographing astounding landscapes. 

I, Melissa, on the other hand, started the way many photographers do: with an eye and a passion for creating beautiful images of the people around me. It was truly fate, love and serendipity when our paths re-crossed (not enough time to go into all of that now!) in 2009. I never knew how my life would change when I met Stephen then. Not only did I meet the love of my life, I got to study photography under the most amazing photographer I know! He has taught me so much, and I know I've taught him a few things, like when I showed him how to go from the "perfect composition" to a perfectly relaxed, natural image of two people in love. We are "balance" defined, a yin and yang of masterful technique and playful, relaxed storytelling.

Two Carters Photography

 

What was the craziest (in a good way!) experience you've had shooting a wedding or engagement?

Oh! So many! There is not a wedding that goes by that does not have one or two unexpected elements to it. It's what makes the job so exciting. We always help walk our brides and grooms through developing a timeline to make sure their day "flows" as much as possible - but we know things can and do change!

One time a beautiful outdoor wedding in June got washed out completely with rain and we ended the night with our couple in a sopping wet field under an umbrella. Another time I ended up driving the bride to the ceremony in her Tahoe with my camera around my neck and no license - whoops! Then there was the time our bride and groom were having so much fun running through their sparkler sendoff that they decided to go back and do it two more times!

Two Carters Photography

 

What have been some of your favorite special moments you've captured?

For weddings, brides with their dads get us every time! We love setting up a First Look for the father of the bride, as well as the groom!

Speaking of First Looks, I love them. Of course, we would never pressure a couple to have a First Look, but I must say, I cry most of my tears during the First Look. It's so incredibly intimate and special. It's always at that moment that I am reminded again of what a privilege it is to capture this day for this couple.

Oh! And lest you think I am totally First Look crazy, I would be remiss not to mention my love for bridal party First Looks. We have the best time photographing bridal parties. As the old adage goes, you can learn a lot about a person by the type of company they keep. Bridal party shenanigans are my favorite! Groomsmen just being themselves is amazing.

Two Carters Photography
Two Carters Photography
Two Carters Photography

 

We are absolutely loving our most recent engagement session with Helen and Payam. It represents all that we love about engagement photos: a doting groom who is up for anything as long as he is spending time with his bride, a bride who is as adventurous as she is beautiful, a couple who knows how to laugh and play together and a total "make it work" moment on our part. 

This session took place three days after Helen had her wisdom teeth removed!! Plus, it had been raining all morning and was ridiculously cold. We took them to a parking garage in Fayetteville and had the best time. We spent the cold, freezing miserable-ness laughing and getting to know each other while stretching the boundaries of our creativity. It was perfect in a perfectly un-perfect way! 

Two Carters Photography

  

You know we can’t let you go without hearing YOUR engagement story. Give us the details!

What we love most about being wedding photographers is getting to connect with our couples on a personal level. I think it's so comforting for them to know that we were once an engaged couple planning our wedding, too! 

We were married in August 2010 after a whirlwind romance that saw us reconnecting for the first time in 15+ years, and then getting engaged and married in just over a year. We were living in Washington, D.C., at the time of our engagement. I was working for the State Department and in the process of figuring out which embassy in which country I would be posted to next. 

Once Like A Spark

 

Stephen had planned to surprise me with a little geocache treasure hunt at a beautiful waterfall before getting down on one knee and pulling out the ring. The plans were foiled when the biggest blizzard/winter storm in history struck the East Coast! As the snow was coming down, he knew he had to abort mission and come up with a Plan B. So, literally slipping and sliding, he pulled the car over at a park near my apartment. With the heat running in the car, he pulled out a beautiful poem he had written and then pulled out the ring! 

Grant Harrison & Drew Cason

 

Ok, so if you’re not totally in love with Two Carters by now, you might just have a heart of stone! If you’re interested in learning more, click here to contact them today. And don’t forget to follow them on Facebook and on their brand new Instagram account!

Jan
20

Real Arkansas Wedding: Tea' Jones & Cornelius Boone of Little Rock

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Tea’ Jones & Cornelius Boone May 17, 2014 • Little Rock Trinity Presbyterian Church & Clinton Presidential Center

Tea' Jones & Cornelius Boone
May 17, 2014 • Little Rock
Trinity Presbyterian Church & Clinton Presidential Center

Photography by Miles Witt Boyer Photography

Nothing brings people together like Arkansas Razorback football and no one knows this better than Tea’ Jones of Little Rock and Cornelius Boone from Smackover. All it took was a trip to a game to rekindle a relationship that had dwindled after dating in law school at the U of A.

On a trip to the Turks and Caicos Islands, on the night of her birthday, Cornelius surprised Tea’ with a candlelit dinner on the beach. With a perfect sunset as a backdrop, he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Tea’ Jones & Cornelius Boone May 17, 2014 • Little Rock Trinity Presbyterian Church & Clinton Presidential Center

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Tea’ Jones & Cornelius Boone May 17, 2014 • Little Rock Trinity Presbyterian Church & Clinton Presidential Center

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Tea’ Jones & Cornelius Boone May 17, 2014 • Little Rock Trinity Presbyterian Church & Clinton Presidential Center

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Tea’ Jones & Cornelius Boone May 17, 2014 • Little Rock Trinity Presbyterian Church & Clinton Presidential Center

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Tea’ Jones & Cornelius Boone May 17, 2014 • Little Rock Trinity Presbyterian Church & Clinton Presidential Center

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Tea’ Jones & Cornelius Boone May 17, 2014 • Little Rock Trinity Presbyterian Church & Clinton Presidential Center

The Inspiration

A girl after our own hearts, Tea’ was head-over-heels for flowers and sparkle. She was inspired by the Black Beauty roses her father always planted growing up and the deep red stayed with her from childhood. She added Tiffany Blue and platinum for shine, with overflowing flowers at both the ceremony and reception, a perfect addition to the urban elegance vibe.

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Tea’ Jones & Cornelius Boone May 17, 2014 • Little Rock Trinity Presbyterian Church & Clinton Presidential Center

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Tea’ Jones & Cornelius Boone May 17, 2014 • Little Rock Trinity Presbyterian Church & Clinton Presidential Center

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Tea’ Jones & Cornelius Boone May 17, 2014 • Little Rock Trinity Presbyterian Church & Clinton Presidential Center

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Tea’ Jones & Cornelius Boone May 17, 2014 • Little Rock Trinity Presbyterian Church & Clinton Presidential Center

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Tea’ Jones & Cornelius Boone May 17, 2014 • Little Rock Trinity Presbyterian Church & Clinton Presidential Center

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Tea’ Jones & Cornelius Boone May 17, 2014 • Little Rock Trinity Presbyterian Church & Clinton Presidential Center

The Details

The couple paid homage to their law school origins in the décor by naming guest tables after their law courses and covering the groom’s cake table with law books and the Scales of Justice. They also threw in boxes of Chicago-inspired cheese and caramel mixed popcorn for guests as a nod to the city where Tea’ and Cornelius shared special memories during their relationship.

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Tea’ Jones & Cornelius Boone May 17, 2014 • Little Rock Trinity Presbyterian Church & Clinton Presidential Center

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Tea’ Jones & Cornelius Boone May 17, 2014 • Little Rock Trinity Presbyterian Church & Clinton Presidential Center

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Tea’ Jones & Cornelius Boone May 17, 2014 • Little Rock Trinity Presbyterian Church & Clinton Presidential Center

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Tea’ Jones & Cornelius Boone May 17, 2014 • Little Rock Trinity Presbyterian Church & Clinton Presidential Center

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Tea’ Jones & Cornelius Boone May 17, 2014 • Little Rock Trinity Presbyterian Church & Clinton Presidential Center

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Tea’ Jones & Cornelius Boone May 17, 2014 • Little Rock Trinity Presbyterian Church & Clinton Presidential Center

  THE PROFESSIONALS  
  Photographer Miles Witt Boyer Photography
  Event Designer Jessica Kersey of Finishing Touch Event Design in Bentonville
Florist Tipton & Hurst in Little Rock
  Rentals Tuft & Table (),
    Party Time Rentals & Events (),
    and Eventures in Little Rock
Lighting CWP Productions in Little Rock
Caterer & Drinks Forty-Two in Little Rock
  Cakes Blue Cake Company in Little Rock
Table Signs, Placecards, Thank You's The Social Type in Little Rock
  Band Tawanna Campbell Band
  DJ Xavier Riley of Central Arkansas Entertainment in Little Rock
  Ceremony Music Central Arkansas Strings
  Wedding Gown LuLu’s Bridal in Dallas
  Bridesmaids Dresses Dessy.com
  Groom’s Attire HUGO BOSS in Chicago
  Groomsmen Attire Men’s Warehouse
  Jeweler Diamonds on Wabash in Chicago
  Hair Brandi Jordan of STYLEZ Hair Salon in Little Rock
  Makeup Mia Robinson of Beautiful Mademoiselle Makeup Artistry in Little Rock
  Transportation Arkansas Destinations in Little Rock
Wedding Vendor We Love

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Tea’ Jones & Cornelius Boone May 17, 2014 • Little Rock Trinity Presbyterian Church & Clinton Presidential Center

Jan
16

Real Arkansas Wedding: 'Amazing Race's' Monica Cayce & Green Bay's Brett Goode

Kristina Lorraine Photography

Monica Cayce & Brett Goode
November 1, 2014 | Abbey Springs Yacht Club, Wisconsin

Photography by Kristina Lorraine Photography

Twenty-five days. That’s all the time Arkansas Bride Monica Cayce had to plan a wedding. Then again, when you’ve been on “The Amazing Race” and you’re marrying an NFL player, you know a thing or two about hustle.

Green Bay Packers long snapper Brett Goode was introduced to Monica by mutual friends and immediately made a connection. Many late night phone conversations and a cross-country road trip later (Monica drove from Arkansas to surprise Brett at training camp in Wisconsin!), Brett proposed to Monica privately with a fabulous rose gold diamond ring, and the rest was history.

She jumped into wedding mode head first when they decided to get married less than a month away during the Packers’ by-week. Monica quickly fell in love with a blush ombre Monique Lhuillier gown with the perfect Swarovski crystal belt. The couple chose to tie the knot at the Abbey Springs Yacht Club on Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, about two and a half hours away from Green Bay.

Kristina Lorraine Photography

Kristina Lorraine Photography

Kristina Lorraine Photography

Kristina Lorraine Photography

The Inspiration

Monica and Brett opted for an event swathed in enchanting romance, hence the to-die-for drapes of amaranth. Looking to her engagement ring for inspiration, rose golds, soft blushes and shades of sage adorned the space. They also added modern touches with acrylic chairs, but made sure to pay homage to their Arkansas origins (Monica from Fayetteville, Brett from Fort Smith) with fun Southern accents like champagne toasts in mason jars and antlers in the floral arrangements.

Kristina Lorraine Photography

Kristina Lorraine Photography

Kristina Lorraine Photography

Kristina Lorraine Photography

The Details

Because of the size of the wedding, the couple included personalized touches for all 48 guests. From the hand-painted chalkboard at the escort table to the calligraphed name cards made by Brett’s mother, the whole occasion was cozy, elegant and intimate. Guests even enjoyed a sunset cruise on a private yacht complete with plenty of Moscow Mules while the wedding venue was transformed into a reception space. 

Kristina Lorraine Photography

Kristina Lorraine Photography

Kristina Lorraine Photography

Kristina Lorraine Photography

When it came to his groomsmen, including Green Bay’s QB Aaron Rogers, Brett had two requests: some denim and some good ol’ U.S. of A. The guys wore black denim bow ties and American flag cuff links, much to Brett’s delight. His strategy for the rest of the wedding planning? “Just say yes.”

Kristina Lorraine Photography

 

  THE PROFESSIONALS  
  Photographer  Kristina Lorraine Photography
  Event Designer, Day-of Coordinator & Florist Renee Cerney, Frontier Flowers of Fontana
  Cakes Sweet Discoveries of Antioch
  Wedding Gown Gigi’s of Mequon
  Jeweler Rummele’s Jewelers, A. Jaffee
  Hair Kelly Stuckey, Crown Beauty Bar, Fayetteville
  Makeup
Jessica DeGrasse, MAC Makeup

 

Jan
14

Real Northwest Arkansas Wedding: Lucy Nguyen & Paul Nguyen of Fayetteville

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Lucy Nguyen & Paul Nguyen May 31, 2014 • Fayetteville St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church & Fayetteville Town Center

Lucy Nguyen & Paul Nguyen
May 31, 2014 • Fayetteville
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church & Fayetteville Town Center

Photography by Miles Witt Boyer Photography

Chalk one up for fate. Lucy Nguyen from Rogers and Paul Nguyen of Barling hit it off instantly when her sister and his friend set them up on a blind date in Fayetteville. The couple powered through a long-distance relationship with late night phone calls and weekend visits, and it didn’t take them long to figure out it was right. At a graduation party Paul threw for Lucy after finishing pharmacy school at UAMS, he got up to thank everyone for coming, or so she thought. Before she knew what was happening, Paul was on one knee and Lucy was in tears, getting to share the moment with family and friends.

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Lucy Nguyen & Paul Nguyen May 31, 2014 • Fayetteville St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church & Fayetteville Town Center

The Inspiration

Lucy and Paul went for romance and glamour on their big day. Bright corals and shimmering gold set the mood for the Nguyen wedding, making it classic and beautiful, just like Lucy dreamed.

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Lucy Nguyen & Paul Nguyen May 31, 2014 • Fayetteville St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church & Fayetteville Town Center

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Lucy Nguyen & Paul Nguyen May 31, 2014 • Fayetteville St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church & Fayetteville Town Center

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Lucy Nguyen & Paul Nguyen May 31, 2014 • Fayetteville St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church & Fayetteville Town Center

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Lucy Nguyen & Paul Nguyen May 31, 2014 • Fayetteville St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church & Fayetteville Town Center

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Lucy Nguyen & Paul Nguyen May 31, 2014 • Fayetteville St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church & Fayetteville Town Center

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Lucy Nguyen & Paul Nguyen May 31, 2014 • Fayetteville St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church & Fayetteville Town Center

The Details

The couple had fun with a photo booth and silly props, as well as offering personalized cocktails: Groom’s Crush and Bride’s Blush. A creative touch was the puzzle piece guestbook that reminded them of the special times they spent putting puzzles together early in their love story. They also added elements of their Vietnamese heritage. Lucy even wore an “áo dài,” a traditional Vietnamese bridal gown, while she and her father danced to a native song.

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Lucy Nguyen & Paul Nguyen May 31, 2014 • Fayetteville St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church & Fayetteville Town Center

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Lucy Nguyen & Paul Nguyen May 31, 2014 • Fayetteville St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church & Fayetteville Town Center

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Lucy Nguyen & Paul Nguyen May 31, 2014 • Fayetteville St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church & Fayetteville Town Center

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Lucy Nguyen & Paul Nguyen May 31, 2014 • Fayetteville St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church & Fayetteville Town Center

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Lucy Nguyen & Paul Nguyen May 31, 2014 • Fayetteville St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church & Fayetteville Town Center

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Lucy Nguyen & Paul Nguyen May 31, 2014 • Fayetteville St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church & Fayetteville Town Center

  THE PROFESSIONALS  
  Photographer & Photobooth Miles Witt Boyer Photography
  Videographer SS Pictures in Bentonville
  Event Designer, Day-of Coordinator& Florist Bartus Taylor of Buzz Events in Fayetteville
  Rentals Eventures in Fayetteville
  Lighting Lightworks in Fayetteville
  Cakes Shelby Lynn’s Cake Shoppe in Springdale
  Caterer & Drinks The Main Event in Lowell
  DJ Dancenhance Entertainment in Fayetteville
Ceremony Music Fayetteville String Quartet
Wedding Gown & Bridesmaids Dresses Danielle’s Bridal in Clarksville
Groom & Groomsmen Attire Mr. Tux in Fayetteville
  Jeweler Newton’s Jewelers in Fort Smith
  Hair & Makeup Thai Le of John David’s Salon & Spa in Rogers
  Transportation Dynasty Transportation in Springdale
Wedding Vendor We Love

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Lucy Nguyen & Paul Nguyen May 31, 2014 • Fayetteville St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church & Fayetteville Town Center

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