Lindsey + John | Charlotte Wedding

Bloggers meet Lindsey + John Thorne’s…


Wedding Date:  9.26.09

Brace yourselves, it’s gonna be a long picture-post (I was like a kid in a candy store photographing their wedding!)! I’m going to let the images speak for themselves because I feel there are no words to describe just how incredible their big day played out. A special thank you to Tiffany Ratliff and her team over at Weddings and the City. What an amazingly, delicious masterpiece you (and all of the vendors) created out of a blank canvas and $35K budget. As well, thanks to Steve & Garrett Michael for shooting with me on wedding day! Love YOU all!

*Above image* aLoft Hotel – Guest Hotel, Shoes – Mary Norton/Charleston, Clutch – BCBG

Also – if you missed seeing her Flower Children (including my twinkies) click here – WOW! And her smokin’ hot Miami bridals can be found here!


Romona Keveza gown purchased from J Majors Bridal.

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I am so giddy when I find the vows! Headpiece – Castle Bride.

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Rings on a feather! Designer – Renaissance Platinum. Purchased at Diamonds Direct.

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The FAB, Richard Israel capturing a little Super 8 Film!

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Goodness – how HOT were her bridesmaids!?!?!? WOW!  Dresses are from BCBG and the FAB Hair and Makeup is by Elizabeth Tolley!!

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John + his dudes getting ready. Tuxedos provided by the wonderful, Penguins!

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WHAT A MOMENT!!! We are SO thankful to have been able to drop into Mez (last minute) to capture their FIRST LOOK! Weather played a role in our original idea, but we were thrilled with the turnout regardless. We were ALL crying. I also over heard the two of them say, “I’m SO GLAD we decided to see each other first!” Me TOO!! Makes for wonderful pictures!! Flowers provided by – The Place for Flowers.

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A little Behind the Scenes action!

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Gotta love flying feather bouquets – handmade by the bride!

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Back over at aLoft for a little portrait session.

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Going to the chapel…

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A special thanks to Three Little Birds for handling all of the stationary needs, Classic Party Rentals for all rental items and 2 The Limit Events for floating 30″ balloons.


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“Oh I love the rainy night!”

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DANG! I’ve never seen The Mint of Craft and Design look so good!! Thanks, Kristen Prestwood (By Design Event Group) for the uplighting and fabric panels.  Linens provided by Connie Duglin.

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Cake Lady Jill worked her magic – yet again! Champagne Towers courtesy Crate & Barrel! LOVE these carnation arrangements. YEP – those are CARNATIONS!

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Several 12 foot fabric panels wrapped the room, completely transforming the space.

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Mmm…Best Impressions‘ Milk + Cookie Bar – need I say more!! The backdrop contains images from their eSession PART ONE + PART TWO!

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Vinny Espisito of Split Second Sound ROCKED out some tunes and lighting!

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Can you believe that John was an ex-raver?? WHAT!?!?! He’s one of the preppiest guys I know!! He definitely knew how to work those glow sticks!!!

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Happily Ever After!

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A word from the bride, Lindsey –

“From our first meeting with KVP to the very moment when we received our wedding pictures…it has been nothing but pure wedding bliss for both my husband and myself. Her work is art, and what she captures behind that little lens of hers is beyond amazin! Everyone knows how unbelievable her work is and it simply speaks for itself! Take away the camera, take away the creativity, the person – Kristin Vining – has a heart full of love and a personality that is priceless!! It started with our eSession over milk + cookies and a remake of the movie Legend of Bagger Vance. Getting any man excited about taking pictures (which is out of most men’s element) was my biggest concern for our engagement photos, but leave it to KVP to bring JT’s inner actor out! Even he (after an early morning Bloody Mary) enjoyed every bit of posing for her camera, and I truly believe it was because of how calm KVP made both of us feel! Such a fun experience that day was! Our bridal portraits in Miami that both my girlfriend, Kristen Melrose and I got to share together with KVP was another memorable moment that I will never forget KVP did an incredible job capturing two girlfriends who were sharing the wedding bliss at the same time in their lives. We never felt so pretty!! Then the wedding day………….. words can’t describe how happy we are with our pictures. What KVP captured is true emotions that will never be forgotte! JT and I decided to see each other prior to the ceremony… it was just the 2 of us and our photographers. It was intimate! It was heartfelt! It IS unexplainable! And still looking back at those pictures brings tears to our eyes! The images that she captured between us are breathtaking and we couldn’t be happier. It was important that JT and I “clicked” with our photographer because to us memories are the most important things… and what better memory than a picture that you can glance at for years to come. Well…. The whole “click” terminology went to a completely different level, I now feel like through this journey we made a true lifelong friend. Lastly, if it wasn’t for KVP we wouldn’t have been introduced to her other company, Weddings And The City. Once meeting Tiffany Ratliff, I knew I had to hire their team!! She helped make our dream wedding a reality!! We love you girls, and THANK YOU! ~Love, Lindsey Regan Thorne”

A word from the groom, John –
“Working with Kristin Vining was a fantastic experience throughout our wedding process. Kristin takes such a unique approach to capturing the emotions and excitement of the wedding day that we felt as though we could truly open up to everything we were feeling without any hesitation. With each snap of the camera’s shutter, we had complete confidence that the images would transcend the test of time. Allowing us to peer back into this day for many years to come and experience all the joy it had to offer each and every time. She is a warm and caring photographer who has become much than that to us as she joined us in the journey from engagement pictures, to bridal portraits, and the final exit from the reception. Kristin helped to make this a very special experience for us, and we greatly appreciate her guidance in helping us to enjoy our wedding from beginning to end. ~John Thorne”

Kristin Vining & Weddings And The City Present … Lindsey & John (ii) | Style Me Pretty : The Ultimate Wedding Blog - […] has lots and lots more photos and lots and lots more details from the day over on her blog so head on over there for more of the […]October 19, 2009 – 3:55 pm

Richard Israel - Kristin, Kristin, this is unbelievably amazing, you have created a total voltran of gorgeousness.October 19, 2009 – 5:10 pm

meg - congrats! you captured the emotions and details of this wedding perfectly. after being to the event space for a Mint event, I can’t believe how well they love the way they transformed the space!October 19, 2009 – 5:59 pm

Jill Delmastro - See you can throw money at an event all day, without style you got nothing, Wowy wow, Go Tiffany and KVOctober 19, 2009 – 6:14 pm

Kirstin Fox - These are some incredible shots. What a romantic evening!October 19, 2009 – 6:16 pm

Danielle - BANANAS!!!! Love this wedding…your photography is to die for:)October 19, 2009 – 6:27 pm

Kristen Stewart - Kristin:

The pictures are so beautiful. Thanks so much for getting some good ones of the stationery and the link to our website! We loved working with Lindsey and your team.October 19, 2009 – 6:36 pm

Linzerella - Oh. Ma. Gah. This is SOOOOO gorgeous. SO many beatiful moments – delicious. And that photo of them with the umbrella? 60s Hollywood Glam. TDF! Beautiful work!October 19, 2009 – 8:49 pm

Emily Metz - Hi Lindsey-
I am a young bride and we are trying to keep costs down as well. I have been flirting with the idea of using balloons in the decor, but couldn’t articulate to anyone in WI (my hometown although I live in NYC) what I was looking for until I saw your pictures. If you wouldn’t mind–could you share where you got the balloons, the feathers and the other accessories. Also–you mentioned on the Style me Pretty website that you designed your save the dates and had them printed for 32 dollars! Can you share your tips on how you designed them and where you had them printed?

Thanks for all your help, I COMPLETELY understand if you don’t want to reveal all your secrets but I feel like I’m drowning and could use the help!

Emily MetzOctober 19, 2009 – 10:23 pm

Vanessa - Thank you for this post – this couple provides such incredible inspiration for my upcoming wedding. Congratulations to them!October 20, 2009 – 7:39 am

Hollywood Glam Meet Lindsey & John! | Style Me Pretty : The Ultimate Wedding Blog - […] more hurray for Kristin Vining and Weddings and the City for bringing us this spectacular wedding! Remember, they’ll have […]October 20, 2009 – 9:52 am

My Favorite Wedding of All time « Lifewithkymberlyjanelle’s Blog - […] Images courtesy of : Kristin Vinning Photography […]October 20, 2009 – 10:04 am

Tania Nesbeth - WOW ….The pictures Capture the moments beautifully ! AMAZING , I’ve scrolled through 5 times now , My Hubby to be is in love with the group shots and wants to create them for our day ! Well Done and Congratulations to the gorgeous couple xOctober 20, 2009 – 1:20 pm

Clementine - Hi Kristin,

I just wanted to tell you how much I love your work. My wedding was also featured on the SMP. These photos are simply stunning!October 20, 2009 – 7:09 pm

debra hall - great job kvp + watc! lindsay + john’s wedding turned out great and i am happy that you all can FINALLY share your hard work with everyone! lots of xoxo’s to you ladies!October 21, 2009 – 11:28 am

Kirstin @ Weddings Unveiled - Love your work. These images are amazing! Congrats on the Style Me Pretty Feature.October 23, 2009 – 12:01 pm

Super 8 | by Richard Israel » Charlotte Wedding Photographer - […] For still images of their wedding day, visit previous post. […]December 29, 2009 – 10:00 am

Vendor Spotlight | Richard Israel » Charlotte Wedding Planner - […] featured on Style Me Pretty’s MAIN PAGE!  And of course, we just can’t get enough of Lindsey + John’s ultra-fab wedding that took place this past September!  Hope you enjoy, and Richard […]December 29, 2009 – 10:20 am

Carolina Bride COVER Bride – Lindsey Regan Thorne! » Charlotte Wedding Photographer - […] – and if you want to see more of their pictures – click here!  […]January 4, 2010 – 8:17 am

Karah Van Kammen - In LOVE with the bridesmaids dresses! My best friend is getting married and we are trying to locate those BCBG bridesmaids dresses but have had no luck so far :( Could you possibly help? I was going to contact BCBG directly but I’m not sure how they could locate the dress without a style number. Any info/help you could provide would be MUCH appreciated…thank you, thank you, thank you!


Karah Van Kammen :)April 28, 2010 – 1:10 pm

The Point Lake & Golf Club From Kristin Vining | Style Me Pretty : The Ultimate Wedding Blog - […] Vining for the time of their lives! They did both of their fantastical bridal shoots ~ together!!  Lindsey’s wedding was showcased on SMP and the Little Black Book Blog previously, but because Kristen’s wedding […]October 11, 2010 – 3:13 pm

Dionne - Simply amazing! I’d been scouring the Internet for ideas and inspiration for my 2012 wedding. My fiancée and I decided on a “Harlem Nights” theme, based on the movie but were having a hard time getting started. This wedding, in addition to being BEAUTIFULLY photographed, is serving as a great jumping board for my own wedding planning. Many congratulations and blessings to Lindsey and John on your marriage. May God continue to bless all of you.November 21, 2010 – 4:06 pm

A Cookie Bar Inspiration Board for Your Winter Wedding | My Wedding - […] Photo Credits: Cookie bar set on a deck: Moira Events Cookies and milk on tiered platter: Jacki Allen, wedding planner Cookies in glass jars with black ribbon: Cookies in apothecary jars with milk shooters: Kristin Vinig Photography […]December 30, 2010 – 1:39 pm

NAME THE NEXT TOOT? ALSO ONE OF MY FAV BEAUTY TIPS: CLIP IN! » Lindsey Regan Thorne - […] I spent on it. Maintenance free too… periodically I will comb it. I wore mine the night of the wedding {hence, the bigness of my hair} and several of my brides have purchased them as well. Once in a […]March 30, 2011 – 10:15 am

A Cookie Bar Inspiration Board for Your Winter Wedding « Wedding and Divorce Tips - […] Photo Credits: Cookie bar set on a deck: Moira Events Cookies and milk on tiered platter: Jacki Allen, wedding planner Cookies in glass jars with black ribbon: Cookies in apothecary jars with milk shooters: Kristin Vinig Photography […]November 3, 2011 – 4:20 pm

A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS… » Lindsey Regan Thorne - […] my favorite perfume, worn on my WEDDING day […]December 29, 2011 – 6:09 am

Styled eSessions » Charlotte NC Wedding Photographer - […]  I’m Lindsey Regan Thorne.  A former bride of KV’s, turned wardrobe stylist, makeup and hair artist… all in one ‘lil […]May 4, 2012 – 12:06 pm

Style Me Pretty Wedding Hair Inspiration « MN Wedding - […] 27. Mastin Studio via Style me Pretty | 28. This Love of Yours Photography via Style me Pretty 29. Kristin Vining Photography via Style Me […]December 6, 2012 – 6:50 pm

Our 4 year anny | Lindsey Regan Thorne | wardrobe stylist + makeup artist + hair - […] Photo by Kristin Vining  […]September 26, 2013 – 7:08 am

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