Bill Broere Photography: Blog http://www.billbroere.com/blog en-us (C) Bill Broere Photography (Bill Broere Photography) Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:52:00 GMT Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:52:00 GMT http://www.billbroere.com/img/s/v-5/u557970561-o398012711-50.jpg Bill Broere Photography: Blog http://www.billbroere.com/blog 120 85 Ali & Jackson ~ A Sedgefield wedding http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2014/7/ali-jackson

We always love being a part of any couple’s big day and consider it an honor to be chosen to capture their wedding, but when you get to join a group as incredible as Ali and Jackson’s it takes the work out of the day and you find yourself smiling and laughing along with everyone. The day started sweet and sentimental and ended with a bang. What a reception! This group knew how to celebrate a great occasion, and celebrate they did! Congrats, Ali & Jackson! We hope your marriage is blessed with as much fun and laughter as your incredible wedding day!

~ A big thank you to these vendors for making Ali & Jackson’s wedding so special ~

Ceremony Venue: St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church

Reception Venue: Sedgefield Country Club (Dye Course)

Hair & Makeup: Family friend, Tasha

Flowers: Family friend, Kari

Cake: Delicious

DJ: Mike in the Night

 

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(Bill Broere Photography) wedding http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2014/7/ali-jackson Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:51:31 GMT
Senior Diva Shoot - Nikki & Sarah Austen http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2014/6/seniors-nikki-sarah-austen CLASS OF 2015 SENIORS: Nikki & Sarah Austen

SESSION TYPE: Senior Diva Session

LOCATION: Combo (Wicked Purple+location)

MAKE UP & HAIR: Brittany Hall (from Chevalrie Salon and Spa)

CLOTHING STYLIST: Wicked Purple Boutique

PHOTOGRAPHER: Bill Broere (assistant Dyanne Broere)

 

We had a blast with two more of our Senior Spokesmodels even in the midst of a torrential downpour! It didn't stop us from getting some incredible shots of Nikki and Sarah Austen. These best friends were full of life and made our jobs easy! Thanks Nikki and Sarah Austen for a great shoot! 

Also a HUGE thank you to both Wicked Purple for the awesome clothes and accessories and Brittany for the gorgeous hair and make up. Our dream team helped us make this another successful Senior Diva Shoot!

 

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(Bill Broere Photography) seniors http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2014/6/seniors-nikki-sarah-austen Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:22:49 GMT
Featured Vendor ~ The Lofts at Union Square http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2014/4/featured-vendor-the-lofts The Lofts at Union Square is quickly becoming the most sought after wedding venue in The Triad and beyond, even drawing brides from Raleigh and Charlotte…and we can see why. The unique look of The Lofts makes it a venue like no other.  The signature fluted columns, the floor to ceiling windows, the exposed brick…it all culminates into an immediate wow factor as soon as you walk in the door.

Originally the Adams Millis hosiery plant built in 1904, the history of The Lofts is still evident today. It might seem like an odd backdrop for a wedding, but the stark contrast of the industrial architecture against the beauty of a wedding reception makes for a sight that is nothing short of jaw dropping.

Under the direction of Ayesha Oglesby, The Lofts has been gaining extreme momentum taking it from a wedding venue with great potential to the “it” wedding venue of the Triad. To date there are already over 70 weddings booked for 2014, and with a third space opening up in The Lofts, that number is sure to continue to climb. With several moving parts at The Lofts, Ayesha is keenly aware of all of the venue's events and keeps the importance of the bride and groom’s day at the center of her focus to ensure their day is flawless.

The Lofts's tagline “unlimited possibilities” hits the nail on the head. It is the perfect place to let your wedding dreams come to life and to execute the vision you’ve always had of your big day. 

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(Bill Broere Photography) featured vendor http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2014/4/featured-vendor-the-lofts Mon, 28 Apr 2014 21:24:03 GMT
Wedding Traditions - Who needs 'em? http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2014/4/blog-series-traditions

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. All brides have heard this saying, and most make sure they follow it on their wedding day. One of the oldest traditions is not seeing the groom before the wedding. What happens if you do? Is it really bad luck?

Although having the “first look” is on the rise, we have had only a handful of couples that have chosen to see one another before the wedding. And for each of them it has been a special moment.

One of our couples decided to have their first look at the front of the church where they were to be married. It was a large stone church with an extremely long aisle. The groom was waiting at the front of the church while the bride slowly walked toward him. It was such a dramatic moment. You could have heard a pin drop. No guests, no bridal party, no parents. Just the bride and the groom together for a brief time to enjoy each other before the commotion of the day ensued.

 

At one of our destination weddings, the couple planned to meet on a bridge over one of the resort pools. The groom stood at the middle of the bridge anxiously awaiting that first glimpse of his bride. She peeked around a tropical tree to see him and immediately beamed with excitement. It was so adorable and heartwarming to see them together.

 

Another couple planned to have their first look at the grand staircase of the hotel where the bride was getting ready. She kept trying to peek down the stairs. She couldn’t wait to see him! Once she got to the landing at the top of the stairs, she stopped for a moment and smiled. Seeing the groom’s face the first moment he saw his future wife was the best.

 

A wedding in Florida brought us another highly anticipated first look moment. The groom waited on the dock behind a family friend’s home for his bride to walk down to him. You could see him pacing the dock while he waited for her. Their moment of solitude among the mossy trees was so romantic, as if it was straight out of a movie. 

If you're wondering whether the moments were taken away for these brides when they walked down the aisle for the ceremony, don't worry. In each case the excitement was still there. The music, the guests, the flowers, and knowing this time they’d be saying “I do” created another emotional experience for the bride and groom to enjoy. Nothing, however, will compare to that first quiet moment when each couple was together...alone.

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(Bill Broere Photography) blog series http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2014/4/blog-series-traditions Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:31:00 GMT
Senior Diva Shoot http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2014/4/senior-diva-shoot What an incredible shoot yesterday with our first Senior Spokesmodels! These 4 rising seniors from the class of 2015 at Wesleyan Christian Academy qualified for our Senior Diva Shoot.

The fantastic boutique in High Point, Wicked Purple, provided the amazing outfits and accessories. And our two favorite stylists, Brittany and Gentri from Chevalrie Salon and Spa, joined us again to do the gorgeous hair and make up.

A huge thank you to everyone that helped make this shoot happen!

Awesome shoot, girls!!!   ~ Bill

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(Bill Broere Photography) seniors http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2014/4/senior-diva-shoot Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:42:08 GMT
Wedding Bouquets - More than beautiful flowers http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2014/3/mini-series-wedding-bouquets

 

Flower bouquets are an essential part of the wedding day. The colors and the various types of flowers add another dimension to the bridal party as they stand before your family and friends…but they can be so much more!

The bridal bouquet is the perfect hiding place to hold small trinkets of personal value. The possibilities are endless! Wrap a family handkerchief around the stems while holding the bouquet or even wrap a piece of your mother’s wedding dress around your bouquet. One mother of the bride surprised her daughter by doing just that. The bride didn’t know until just before she walked down the aisle and was handed her bouquet. It made holding that bouquet all the more meaningful.

 

You can also attach to the bouquet a piece of jewelry or a locket of a loved one who cannot be with you the day of the wedding. Honor your loved one by holding them close to you on your most important day.

 

Or you can use your bouquet to show off the initial of your new last name. Don’t let the personalized napkins or cake topper be the only places that get to announce your new name!

 

The bouquets can also be a chance to give your bridal party a thank you gift. One of our brides gave each of her bridesmaids a beautiful broach, but instead of giving it to them in a gift-wrapped box she pinned the broaches to their bouquets. The same idea was carried over to the mothers’ bouquets. The bride wrapped a bracelet with a silver charm engraved with their initials around the bouquets. The mothers loved their flowers, but when they saw the extra-added touch they were even more thrilled to carry their bouquets.

Another bride had her floral designer add flowers to beautiful pearl bracelets for her mother, future mother-in-law, and flower girl. After the wedding the flowers could be removed and each of the recipients had a beautiful memento of the day. 

Taking a part of your wedding decorations and adding a personal touch instantly takes it to a new level. Bouquets can be more than beautiful flowers...they can be gift boxes for the person holding them.

 

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(Bill Broere Photography) blog series http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2014/3/mini-series-wedding-bouquets Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:12:35 GMT
Featured Vendor ~ Rose Hill Plantation http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2014/3/featured-rose-hill-plantation The photo-ops are endless at Rose Hill Plantation. We felt like kids in a candy store! As you begin driving up the half-mile private drive lined with Crepe Myrtles, you will understand why Rose Hill has become one of our favorite wedding venues. It’s like the opening scene of a movie! When you pull up to the Manor House you just know there could not be a more perfect location for your once in a lifetime day.

Whether you have 50 or 400 names on your guest list, Rose Hill Plantation has the right place to say “I do”.  If you’d like to be indoors, there is a grand ballroom in Nathan Hall that lives up to the word “grand”. Or if you’d like to utilize the 830-acre estate, there are several outdoor options from the Pecan Grove to the front steps of the Manor House or even a gazebo overlooking the swans swimming in the pond.

As if the beauty of this place isn’t enough, the service and food are over the top.  The General Manager, Walter Marrotta, has been with Rose Hill for 8 years. Starting out as the Executive Chef, he knows the ins and outs of everything and will be able to handle any request a bride can bring him. With a man like Walter at the helm of the staff, you can rest assured your day will be in the best hands. They will even go out with leaf blowers to dry the grass and the chairs if it has rained the morning of your wedding. Talk about going the extra mile!

Rose Hill Plantation has 52 weddings in a given year, so we’d suggest putting this venue at the top of your list, and visit it soon! 

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(Bill Broere Photography) featured vendor http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2014/3/featured-rose-hill-plantation Fri, 21 Mar 2014 03:42:12 GMT
Featured Vendor ~ Amy Lynne Originals http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2014/2/amy-lynne-originals We had the pleasure of chatting with the extremely talented Amy Dunlap, owner of Amy Lynne Originals, at her studio in downtown Winston-Salem. As soon as we walked in the door, we were greeted with a big smile and an outstretched, welcoming hand.  Even though we had the opportunity to photograph her exquisite flowers at JR & Michelle's wedding, this was the first time we sat down and talked with the woman behind the flowers.

Amy received her degree in Horticulture at the University of Kentucky, but her innate ability for floral design goes beyond what you can learn in a classroom. She gets to know her clients and delivers exactly what they’re dreaming of seeing on their most important day.

In order to keep her “creative juices flowing”, Amy hosts workshops in her studio for those interested in getting invaluable guidance on how to put your own arrangements together. Her next workshop will be a BYOC workshop, Bring Your Own Container. If you have a container you’ve wanted to put out in your home but just don’t know what to put in it, grab it and see what Amy can help you put together. 

Amy is a member of The Chapel Designers, a network of some of the country’s best floral designers, and will be attending their workshop in New York this year…yet another way to keep her creative mind sharp.

Amy truly has a way of making her brides’ dreams come to life. We so hope to be able to work with her again and see what beauty she brings to another wedding.

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(Bill Broere Photography) featured vendor http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2014/2/amy-lynne-originals Tue, 18 Feb 2014 02:41:55 GMT
Erin & Brendan will say "I do!" http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2014/1/erin-brendan-egmt We've known Erin for many years and have looked forward to the day we got the call from her saying she's getting married. Brendan is one lucky guy, but once we saw these two together we knew they were both the lucky ones. We're so excited to be a part of this wedding and can't wait to celebrate with Erin and Brendan in August.

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(Bill Broere Photography) engagement http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2014/1/erin-brendan-egmt Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:44:50 GMT
Laurel & Blair ~ A Lofts at Union Square wedding http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2013/12/laurel-blair Sweet moments and personal details made Laurel and Blair’s wedding so special. A quiet first look shared between the two of them started their big day off perfectly. After they joined their excited wedding party and family for some photos outside, it was off to say “I do” at the same church where Laurel’s parents were also married. To make her walk down the aisle even more special, Laurel’s mother had a surprise for her. A piece of her wedding dress was wrapped around Laurel’s bouquet. After exchanging vows under an ivy cross Laurel’s dad made, it was time to celebrate the new Mr. & Mrs.

The gorgeous details came together to make their reception not only a stunning sight but also a wonderful tribute to their families and their family’s history. A table of family photos, a dessert selection of homemade goodies from the bride’s mother (the pecan pie was amazing!), and a beaded send off for the bride and groom brought their fabulous day to a close.

Congrats Laurel & Blair!

~ A big thank you to these vendors for making Laurel & Blair’s day so special ~

First Look Venue: JH Adams Inn

Ceremony Venue: Christ United Methodist Church

Reception Venue: The Lofts at Union Square

Hair & Makeup: Brittany & Gentri with Chevalrie Salon

Flowers: Becki Arrington

Caterer: Visions

Cake: Doris Tilley

DJ: Randy Smith (Your Personal DJ)

 

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(Bill Broere Photography) wedding http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2013/12/laurel-blair Tue, 17 Dec 2013 01:54:17 GMT
Amanda & Brooks are engaged! http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2013/11/amanda-brooks-egmt One minute with these two, and you'll agree with us that Amanda and Brooks make up the most adorable and lovestruck couple. These college sweethearts were a blast to shoot and made our jobs easy. We've been looking forward to sharing this particular post with you, and we think you'll know why once you take a look as their super sweet engagement shoot. 

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(Bill Broere Photography) engagement http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2013/11/amanda-brooks-egmt Mon, 25 Nov 2013 20:36:03 GMT
Leslie & Craig are getting married! http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2013/11/leslie-craig It's been said you spend more time with your coworkers than your family, so hopefully you like your coworkers. For these two soon to be Mr. & Mrs. that was not a problem at all. Their jobs brought them together, but judging by the way they light up when they look at each other, Leslie and Craig will be together for many, many years to come.

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(Bill Broere Photography) engagement http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2013/11/leslie-craig Fri, 08 Nov 2013 21:53:07 GMT
JR & Michelle ~ A Brookstown Inn wedding http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2013/10/jr-michelle-wedding This wedding was so special to us for many reasons. The biggest is that JR & Michelle are one of those couples you see and are just in awe of them…both as individuals and as a couple.

There were so many special moments throughout their day that really made the whole day a tribute to their love and the love of their families. The personal memento on Michelle’s bouquet; the first look she had with her brother and dad; the bus ride in between the ceremony and reception that paid homage to Michelle’s profession (she’s an elementary school teacher); the mini-celebration picnic with the wedding party before the reception…JR & Michelle really made it a day of celebrating everyone that brought them to this big day…and it was a great celebration!

Congrats JR & Michelle!

~ A big thank you to these vendors for making Michelle & JR’s day so special ~

Wedding Planner: Beverly Shepard with Occasionally Yours

Ceremony Venue: St. Leo the Great Catholic Church

Reception Venue: Brookstown Inn

Hair: Courtney Stowers with The Escape Salon

Flowers: Amy Lynne Originals

Caterer: Visions

Frozen Yogurt Bar: Brynn's Frozen Yogurt

DJ: Randy Smith (Your Personal DJ)


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(Bill Broere Photography) wedding http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2013/10/jr-michelle-wedding Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:52:23 GMT
Jen & Tom ~ A Grandover wedding http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2013/10/jen-tom Jen & Tom have been all smiles every time we see them, and we have a good idea why…you can tell by the way they look at each other that no one else is around when they are together. They are in, without a doubt, head over heals love. And man was it fun to witness it first hand on their most special day!

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~ A big thank you to these vendors for making Jen and Tom’s day so special ~

Wedding Planner:  Jan Greene

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Grandover

Hair: Lauren Ladd with Local Honey Salon

Flowers: Jordan House

Cake: Maxi B's

DJ: Wally West

 

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(Bill Broere Photography) wedding http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2013/10/jen-tom Fri, 18 Oct 2013 02:33:42 GMT
Jamie & Scott ~ A Rose Hill Plantation wedding http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2013/10/jamie-scott Jamie & Scott's wedding was picture perfect in every way. Rose Hill Plantation was almost as breathtaking as the bride, and it served as a beautiful backdrop for a gorgeous celebration.

The most beautiful moment of the day was the smile that came across Scott’s face when he saw Jamie pull up in her horse drawn carriage. It was the epitome of love…and they only had eyes for each other the entire night.

Congrats Jamie & Scott!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~ A big thank you to these vendors for making Jamie and Scott’s day so special ~

Wedding Planner:  Your First Impression

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Rose Hill Plantation

Dress: The Intimate Bridal

Hair & Makeup: Images by Denise

Flowers: Expressions of Love

Harpist: Laura Byrne

Cake: Susan Ellis

DJ: Mr. Beach

 

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(Bill Broere Photography) wedding http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2013/10/jamie-scott Sun, 13 Oct 2013 01:44:09 GMT
Styled shoot by Chevalrie Salon http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2013/9/styled-shoot-by-chevalrie-salon  

We are a little biased in saying this, but we are obsessed with this shoot! We can't thank Brittany and Gentri at Chevalrie Salon & Spa enough for helping us pull this shoot off...and pull it off so well! They glammed up our senior models with the perfect hair, make up, and fashion and really made our vision come to life. 

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(Bill Broere Photography) seniors http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2013/9/styled-shoot-by-chevalrie-salon Tue, 01 Oct 2013 03:40:00 GMT
Show Diva Designs ~ show looks http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2013/9/show-diva-designs---show-looks  

The outfits by Show Diva Designs at this shoot were unbelievable! A different direction than their casual line, these were one-of-a-kind, handcrafted works of art! They are western show outfits that were definitely made to be showcased...be sure to catch them in person at the NCQHA Fall Classic and the Congress this October so you can see for yourself just how gorgeous they are. 

 

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(Bill Broere Photography) horses http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2013/9/show-diva-designs---show-looks Fri, 27 Sep 2013 03:40:00 GMT
Jamie ~ a blushing bride http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2013/9/jamie---a-bride  

A gorgeous dress, a stunning bride-to-be, a beautiful day, and the perfect backdrop make our jobs easy…and our job was easy with this bridal shoot at Rose Hill Plantation. Photo ops were at every turn and only made Jamie look even more beautiful.

We can’t wait to see Scott's face when he sees his bride for the first time in this gown! 

(P.S. Don't fret. We waited to post this after the wedding...and yes, Scott was floored!)

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(Bill Broere Photography) bridal http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2013/9/jamie---a-bride Wed, 25 Sep 2013 03:40:00 GMT
Jen & Tom will say "I do" http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2013/9/jen-tom-will-say-i-do  

Love and laughter were all around us on this shoot. If cartoon hearts could have appeared, they would have...and there was no wiping the smiles off of these two. They were both filled with pure joy that can only come from good old fashioned L-O-V-E. What a fun afternoon spent with a couple that is just giddy in love!

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(Bill Broere Photography) engagement http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2013/9/jen-tom-will-say-i-do Fri, 20 Sep 2013 03:40:00 GMT
A girl and her horses http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2013/9/a-girl-and-her-horse  

Kelly has been around horses for as long as she can remember. It's where she loves to be. It's where she longs to be. To see her with her horses is to see love in another light. It's magnificent. It's peaceful. Simply put, it's beautiful. 

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(Bill Broere Photography) horses http://www.billbroere.com/blog/2013/9/a-girl-and-her-horse Tue, 17 Sep 2013 03:40:00 GMT