Mint Museum Uptown Wedding

Carissa and Nick’s St. Gabriel’s Church and Mint Museum  Uptown Wedding

Carissa and Nick’s wedding was a perfect blend of honoring tradition (in the way of their full mass/Catholic ceremony) and modern sophistication. (In the way of their  decidedly ‘Uptown-Inspired’ Mint Museum reception.)
It was a perfect blend of quiet, reserved,  family-centric moments ….and all out shenanigans. 🙂
A soft color palette of  sky blue & silver was carried though in the bridesmaid dresses  (with accent colors of peach, light pink, & ivory) showcased by the florals from Lily Greenthumbs.
Carissa’s Augusta Jones (Anita) gown was a perfect fit for both the church (with its classic lace and capped sleeves) as well as more modern Mint Museum reception. (With its (sexy) open back)   The ‘uptown’ theme was prevalent in the seating chart graphics and the gorgeous Charlotte Skyline Welcome sign.
The day could best be described as ‘classic meets clean, sophisticated and modern. ‘

You may recall I had a pretty special connection with Carissa and Nick from the get-go. (you can peek at their 4th ward engagement session and learn more about their story here.)   And, their wedding day did not disappoint as it was filled with the types of moments I love to photograph…genuine connections.

Here are a few of the wedding day highlights as I saw them:

  • My dear Carissa was charming ball of nerves–so in love with Nick, this day and being surrounded by her family.  Her ‘getting ready’ images are some of my favorites, as the ‘rawness’ of the day was worn on her sleeve creating some of the most emotion-drenched images.
  • Carissa’s ‘first-look’ with her dad was one for the record books.  (she says she “ugly cried”–I beg to differ.)
  • The ring bearer and flower girl were fabulous scene stealers.
  • The look on Nick’s face the when he saw Carissa on the aisle
  • Carissa and her bridesmaids rendition of ‘Uptown Funk”

Carissa and Nick-thank you for the honor of being a part of your incredibly emotional (and all-out-fun) wedding day and this time in your lives.

Cheers to much love and epic adventures,

bride getting ready nervous
One of my favorite moments of the day.  Modest- Carissa dressed in a closet..(but with the most serene/nervous look on her face.)

mother of bride watching bride put on dress
Carissa’s mother watching as the final details of her veil are situated.
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Carissa’s ‘first-look’ with her father.

groom portrait black and whiteThe dapper groom, Nick.

bride getting ready dramatic lighting
Quiet moment just a few minutes prior to the ceremony.

ring bearer during ceremony funny
Ring bearer staying occupied time doing the hour mass:-)

groom crying when seeing bride on aisle
Nick seeing Carissa for the first time.  (Am I allowed to say there were tears?  FTW.)

ring bearer praying during ceremony
Ring bearer learning how to join in on the prayers for Carissa and Nick

groom fist bumping while walking back down aisle
Just married fist bump..

mint museum wedding party on steps
Vanity Fair called..they want their bridal party back.

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Romantic, post-ceremony moments are my favorite.  A few minutes to step away before the ‘party starts’ and take it all in.
bride and groom first lookbride and groom twirl
bride and groom sun flare and bokeh
fashionable bride and groom
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mint museum reception silhouette
First dance at sunset

bride and groom cake cutting bride and groom laughing during toastsdramatic light for wedding toasts

The TOASTS–being a season 9 bachelorette contestant certainly led to some good-humored torment.

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Father-daughter dance..all smiles.
bride watching mother son dance
Carissa watching Nick and his mom dance

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Carissa’s mother and father dancing and taking it all in.
bride and bridesmaids dance to uptown funk
Bridesmaids go ‘Uptown Funk’
mint museum wedding at night

Venue:  Mint Museum UPTOWN
Planner: Micheal Luther
Photographer: (your truly BlueSky by Cass Bradley😉 
Floral Design: Lily Greenthumb’s Wedding and Event Design
Catering: Something Classic Cafe (who fed us so, so well:-)
Entertainment: Split Second Sound
Cake: Cheesecake Etc.
Hair and Makeup: Shine Salon
Rentals: Party Reflections, Inc


  1. Susan Flint says:

    Wow! We love seeing these pictures! The wedding was beautiful and so was the bride and her handsome groom. We love you, Nick and Carissa and wish you only the best always.
    Love, Aunt Susan and Uncle Tony

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