The Loft on Front {Tina and Brad} Wilmington Wedding Photographer

Tina and Brad are truly a match made in heaven.

Tina is a striking, statuesque blonde nurse, whose beauty is absolutely breath-taking. Tina had met Brad many years ago, in Wilmington. Back then, Brad was — as he is now — a popular professional wrestler. He’s known as much for his upbeat attitude and chiseled body as he is for gunning it full-throttle in the ring. Wrestling fans will recognize the Brad the bridegroom as “Lodi,” a fan favorite on the wrestling circuit. Brad also owns a personal training studio in Charlotte, N.C., called Your Flex Appeal.

When Tina met Brad 16 years ago, Brad and Tina had mutual friends. The years passed, and they lost touch.

They reconnected on Facebook, and became reacquainted in Myrtle Beach, where Tina lived. As their feelings for each other deepened, Brad grew to love Tina’s daughter from a previous relationship as much as he loved Tina. Brad, a father himself, has a daughter of his own from a previous relationship, and is also a deeply devoted parent. Tina knew she had met a man who had been tested by life and emerged a winner. Brad had not only wrestled other men in the ring. He had battled the temptations and demons of a life in the public eye. He decided to turn his back on the lesser things, and now just wanted to live his life for God and honor.

Tina knew she had found a warrior worth loving.

“We were discussing friends of mine that met and ‘just knew’ that they had found their soul mate,” Tina said. “We both professed to never thinking such things were possible, but feeling that it had happened between us. We believed that God had made us especially to go with each other. We began discussing marriage and the desire to join together at that moment for a lifetime.”

Brad suggested that he and Tina meet in Wilmington to meet their respective moms, but Brad had also arranged a photo shoot, and Tina happily agreed. She knew that Brad was generous, but she had no idea what gift awaited her during the seaside photo session.

“My daughter was with us, snapping her own pictures and joining in some,” Tina said. “After we took many pictures together, he found a perfect moment to get on his knee on the Wilmington River walk and propose. I excitedly accepted and we continued with our engagement photo shoot as the sun was setting over the water!”

Their wedding was held at a beautiful venue in downtown Wilmington that was built in 1880, The Loft on Front.

“It was both elegant and captured the vintage theme of our day. It boasts modern lighting fixtures and a gorgeous glass room that we utilized for our wedding signature items and such. The wedding day was on the day of an annual triathlon, so when we went out for pictures there were many people cheering and congratulating us, which was pretty cool!” Tina said.

Our caterers, Middle of the Island Catering, pleased with awesome service, great presentation, and delectable food. Our pastor, Matt Barcalow, (from Forest Hill Church in Charlotte) did a fantastic job. I could not have asked for anything better!

“Last but not least, our photographer, Chuck Eaton, was amazing. He served not only shooting great memories, but as a coordinator, handling all the little details and assisting with set up of the venue. Everything was beautiful and perfect and I married the love of my life…the very best part!”

Tina’s daughter Hannah was her maid-of-honor. Brad’s great friend, Dax Joyner, was his best man. Tina and Brad exchanged beautiful rings, which were custom-designed. Her engagement ring was an octagon center diamond, encircled by diamonds. Her wedding band was covered with diamonds, and Brad’s band was made of tungsten, studded with black diamonds.

Tina had poured over Pinterest in the months leading up to her wedding for bridal ideas. She hand-printed her own wedding invitations. For wedding favors, she and Brad took glass heart shaped ornaments and filled them with white snowy filler, then painted LOVE on them and placed a purple ribbon with their name and wedding date.

She made the wedding cake herself, a luscious almond cake with three tiers, butter-cream icing and filling, many purple handmade gum-paste roses and hand-piped designs, finished off with black and white pearl candies. She and her daughter went to Whole foods for their bouquets, and their good friend Suzanne Schmidt arranged the bridal bouquet from a mixture of white roses, tiger lilies, and other small flowers to make a beautiful mixed bouquet. She hand-crafted her own bridal veil of floor-length, single-tier ivory tulle on a beaded comb.

Her Allure gown was an ivory halter, lace-up-back dress with a fitted, pleated bodice that extended to the hip area, then flared out with a crinoline underneath that was ’50’s style with soft curly ruffles of purple that Tina hand sewed into the dress. There were many lace appliqués throughout the dress and across the large flowing train, with beading and crystals that shimmered as the light hit them.

After the cake was cut, Tina entertained Brad and her guests with a brilliant rendition of Edwin McCain’s “I’ll Be”

The couple’s first dance as a married couple was “All of Me,” by John Legend.

What was the bride’s favorite thing about the day?

“I married Brad, of course! It is the beginning of our beautiful lives together and the continuation of our love story, blessed by God.”

The couple honeymooned for six days in Aruba.

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Hairstylist for wedding: Myself {Tina}
Make-up for wedding: I did my own makeup and kept it more of a natural look
Invitations/Stationery: I printed my own invitations
Music/Entertainment/Booking Agency
DJ Bob Keller – Amazing DJ, providing great entertainment and keeping people on the dance floor and entertained.
Clergy: Matt Barcalow, Forest Hill Church, Charlotte, NC
Ceremony location:The Loft on Front, Wilmington, NC
Caterers: Middle of the Island Catering
Rehearsal dinner: (Close friend and family gathering/celebration) Pilot House Restaurant
Rental providers (tents, linens, tables, chairs, photo booth, etc.):
Etc Party Rentals for tables. We purchased everything else
Wedding night hotel/inn: Hilton Riverside, Wilmington, NC
Bridesmaid luncheon location: My beautiful daughter, Hannah Wagner, was my maid of honor and only bridesmaid.
Specialty gifts/favors:
We took glass heart shaped ornaments and filled them with white snowy filler, then I painted LOVE on them and placed a purple ribbon with our name and wedding date.
Transportation provider: Best Man and wonderful friend, Dax Joyner