Monday, October 12, 2015

Meet our Creative Team Pt. 2!

We get the privilege of working with some pretty phenomenal people here at the Alexander Homestead, some of which are our vendors! We like to call this special group of people our Creative Team. Last week we introduced you to half our team and this week we would like to introduce you to the other half!! We asked them some questions about their business and what AH brides can expect from their services and here is what they had to say...


Carolina Portrait Design
(Photography Vendor)

How long have you been in business?  

I have had Carolina Portrait Designs open for coming up on 5 years but prior to that I managed a Photography Studio in downtown Charlotte for 1 1/2 years before branching out on my own and opening Carolina Portrait Designs.

Tell me a little about the services you provide (As it pertains to an AH bride)

We are a full service Photography studio located in downtown Concord specializing in Wedding Photography

What do you strive towards the most when you work with brides?

Our goal is make every bride feel amazing, we work very closely with every bride & groom to make sure we deliver nothing but amazing art from your wedding.  We don’t want to be just your photographer, we want to grow with you through this journey and become your friend, so come wedding day you have someone you can truly trust to capture the day.


What makes your service an important part of their wedding day?

After the last dance, the last piece of cake and the last hug good bye, our images are the only thing you’ll have to look back on to relive one of the happiest days for your life, forever.  

How can you bring value to their wedding day with your services?

A number of ways, not only do we capture those amazing emotional moments all day but since we literally do this every weekend, we can help plan the day, building a timeline to make sure everyone stays on schedule so you don’t have to rush through your day. We make sure that every bride gets to slow down, relax and enjoy one of the best days of her life.

What is your favorite part about working with brides?

Learning about everyone's unique story and becoming friends with the couples.



I’m awesome, so hire me :) 
If I’m booked, Michael is awesome, so hire him


Website: http://www.carolinaportraitdesigns.com/
Phone number: (704) 692-6549 



Pink Petunia
(Flower Vendor)


How long have you been in business?  

My parents were retail florist. We had greenhouses where we cut a good part of our product. We had plants and a retail store as well as providing flowers for events. Greg has been a wholesale florist in Charlotte for over 25 years. We currently provide flowers and décor exclusively for events.

Tell me a little about the services you provide (As it pertains to an AH bride)

The Alexander Homestead package provides for all phases of the wedding day experience. In that cooperative experience we provide bouquets, boutonnières, corsages, flower girl baskets, hairpieces, flowers for the aisle, gazebo, guest tables, cake and other enhancements of the day as brides feel needed. For example….petals on the aisle, arrangements for gift tables or the guest card table.

What do you strive towards the most when you work with brides?

We strive to see each bride’s vision and bring it to life in flowers; always remembering that it’s not “my” wedding. We try very hard to determine what the bride likes…colors, style, elements etc, so that it becomes, the bride’s personal look.

What makes your service an important part of their wedding day?

My father, the florist, was always diligent about the flowers being the clients and “finishing” the look. My dad & I loved dessert. So his analogy to me was this….it doesn’t leave the shop until the cherry is on the top. So when we provide flowers for your wedding we always always want to make sure your bouquet or boutonniere or whatever is “complete” the look is as much as possible what we think you want and that are the elements are in place.

How can you bring value to their wedding day with your services?

We put so much care into the design and implementation of the design for each bride; the quality of our blooms is always a priority for us (my husband wholesaler is always sourcing the very best product) and we take care in processing the flowers; we carry our boutonnieres in water and present boutonnieres and corsages on silver trays. We want each little feature to let you know that we care about you and your wedding.

What is your favorite part about working with brides?

Every bride has a story, and although we are only briefly together it’s fascinating to learn a little about each couple. 




We hear so many brides tell us how happy they are they have chosen Alexander Homestead. How great Christi is to work with and how the entire process is so easy for them. We always want to contribute to making that a stress free and beautiful wedding day for every bride.

Phone:    704-813-4718 (Penny)
              Or 704-616-8357 (Greg) 


Carlisle Videography
(Videographer Vendor)



How long have you been in business? 

We have been filming weddings since 2009. Carlisle Videography averages 40 weddings per year and is currently the most well-reviewed wedding cinematography team in the Southeast United States. 

Tell me a little about the services you provide (As it pertains to an AH bride)

We provide a handful of different packages. All packages include a highlights trailer to share online and a 1 to 2hr movie. Extras include rehearsal dinner coverage, love stories, slow motion video booths and so on. Packages differ based on the hours of coverage, number of videographers, amount of cameras and whether or not we schedule pre-ceremony commentaries/interviews with the bride and groom. I believe in being thorough and creative. If weather permits, we fly our aerial drone before guests arrive. On the ground we use our motorized 3-axis gimbal stabilizer to provide steady, "floating" moving shots. Video cameras today look remarkably similar to the cameras the photographers use. They're small and unobtrusive.

What do you strive towards the most when you work with brides?

When we work a wedding at Alexander Homestead we do our best to be thorough. At a wedding we are rolling natural sound continuously so we do not talk or pose. We capture the day as it happens and look for natural laughter etc. We want the bride and groom to enjoy being with each other, plus their family and friends. We do not want them to feel like they spent their wedding day with the videographers. We are fast, efficient and know Alexander Homestead inside and out. We also do our best to deliver a consistent product in a timely manner.

What makes your service an important part of their wedding day?

I feel strongly that the best way to remember a wedding day is through video. You see and hear the day from multiple angles/perspectives. Years later, a wedding movie can place you back within the atmosphere of what it felt like on a very happy day. Time is frozen. You get to hear from grandparents and flower girls/ring bearers who have begun to grow up. Because a wedding can be a whirlwind, a wedding movie is an excellent backup for one's memory. 

How can you bring value to their wedding day with your services?

We bring value by preserving a record of the day. The people that came, the food they ate, the weather, the expression of love on faces, the vows spoken etc. Additionally our trailers are very shareable online. For family & friends that are unable to attend, a trailer is the best way to share the very best moments of the day.

What is your favorite part about working with brides?

Our favorite part of working with brides is when we mail them their movies on USB flash drive, Blu-Ray or DVDs. When I finish editing a movie, I usually cannot wait for the bride and groom to watch it. That is definitely the most exciting point.




We really like making wedding movies. My job is very, very fun. Editing is probably my favorite part of the job, but attending and working the weddings is also a treat. Everyone gets married. I appreciate and enjoy the window into the lives of the different families that we see every Saturday. Alexander Homestead is where we work about 1/6th of the year. It's a fun challenge to continue making wedding videos in the same location that are unique and fresh. I like the space a lot. Our videos are often better at AH than other venues because there's no pack-up/set-up and travel time spent going from the ceremony location to the reception. The additional time allows us to collect more footage and often get more creative. Please let me know if you have any questions about our services or videography in general. 

Website: http://www.carlislevideography.com/
Phone:    704-412-1946

Officiant Jim Lytle
(Officiant Vendor)

 How long have you been in business?  

I have been a pastor since 1990! Exclusively, as a full time wedding officiant since 2009. I was a family pastor for many years and started to perform weddings on the side for a little extra income. It grew so much that I left the church ministry position and now do this full time!

Tell me a little about the services you provide (As it pertains to an AH bride)

Since I do this full time and am the house pastor at the Homestead, I really enjoy crafting a ceremony that isn't scripted. Something that flows, is conversational but contains ceremonial moments that represents you as a couple. These ceremonies are engaging, refreshing and provide your guests with a picture of how you are going to be a family!

What do you strive towards the most when you work with brides?

Making each ceremony "one of a kind" that is so personable that it actually becomes a foundation for celebration the day of your wedding! SO getting to know couples is key. 

What makes your service an important part of their wedding day?

The ceremony is so important but sometimes can get lost in the planning of the whole day. I will take this aspect of the day and make it set apart and unique. Many pastors on staff at churches have so much on their plate. Sermons to write, hospital visits, elder board meetings consume them (I've been there!) that wedding ceremonies and couples get lost. The result is a standard order of worship for weddings where its the classic "insert name here" format. My AH couples will not experience that!

How can you bring value to their wedding day with your services?

The time we spend together will allow me to represent you most authentically and will allow you to feel most comfortable with me. Plus I'm full of ideas having performed hundreds of weddings!

What is your favorite part about working with brides?

Hearing their hearts and listening to their desires for a wedding ceremony and coming up with creative ways to execute these!




I love getting to know people! I am energized by them. I could be exhausted, but put me in a room full of people and I come alive. 

Phone:   704-654-8062


Thank you once again to our Creative Team who took time to answer our questions and help our brides get to know them better! 
          

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