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Destination Wedding Photographer creates beautiful images on the NC Coast

Karen and her crew traveled to the quaint fishing town of Southport, NC to photograph Kate and Taylor’s Oct wedding. They chose Oct 15th 2016 as “their” special day, not knowing just a week earlier Hurricane Matthew would flood this small town and devastate many surrounding areas. Luckily, their venue was untouched and the town was somewhat back to normal by their wedding day!


We started our day at the historic Cape fear house!


The girls were so much fun!


Look at the beautiful ladies in eggplant!


Kate and Taylor’s fur baby, Tucker, even came by to visit!


Their first look was so special overlooking the water.


Check out Taylor and his good looking groomsmen and one grooms lady!!


It was the perfect setting for an intimate ceremony overlooking the water.


The light was perfect for a few beautiful images of the bride and groom.


We loved the open airy feeling of The Southport Community building! It was a blank canvas for Kate to create her vision.


First dance!


Sweet father-daugther and mother-son dances!


We snuck outside for a few moon images!


The new Mr. & Mrs. ended with a sparkler exit and a fabulous old truck!





NC Wedding at Ritchie Hill in Historic Downtown Concord

Ritchie Hill has a special place in our hearts as we were a part of their grand opening celebration less than 2 years ago. A gorgeous venue plus a family that we’ve been photographing for 20+ years means a very sentimental wedding for IP. Although Karen was capturing a wedding in Southport for another long time client, Maureen, Ariana and Jessica did a great job for Melissa & Zach!


This bridal suite is a photographer’s dream! The girls enjoyed incorporating original Ritchie family heirlooms like the mirror below into Melissa’s details.


Midway Florist did a great job incorporating the color of Melissa’s bridesmaids’ dresses into the personal flowers.


Another perk of photographing “up on the hill,” there’s a picturesque background everywhere you look!


Melissa had an intimate first look moment with her dad, Nelson. His tough shell quickly melted away he saw his beautiful daughter.


Melissa’s bridesmaids and flower girl were stunning in their fall colored dresses!



Zach and Melissa didn’t want to see each other before the ceremony, but they opted for a first touch. We found a perfect spot in the house to share an intimate moment with just the two of them (and our girls) to hold hands and pray together before the ceremony.


The ceremony was perfection! The weather. The setting. The passion! Melissa and Zach were both so thrilled. You could see it on their faces. They wrote their own vows and performed the ultimate symbol of respect – by washing each other’s feet.



After the wedding party and family portraits, they were able to sneak the newlyweds upstairs to the bridal suite for a few more images of just the two of them.


The details of the reception were incredible. Chelish Moore Flowers did an outstanding job!


Melissa and Zach danced and celebrated with their friends and family all night! Everyone had a great time and we’re so happy IP could be a part of the big day!


IP had the honor of working with these vendors!

Planner: Jackie Fogartie – Wedding & Event Planner

Venue: Ritchie Hill

Personal Flowers: Midway Florist

Reception Decor & Flower: Chelish Moore Flowers

Officiant: Dr. Rick Ross

Caterer: Bistro Catering

Videographer: Jennings Burchfield

Entertainment: The Perfect Beat

Cake: Abigail’s Cakes

Bridal Gown: Anjolique Bridal & Formal

Tuxedos: Concord Wedding Center

NC wedding photographer creates beautiful images amidst Hurricane Matthew


Saturday, October 8th was the day that Mallory and Channing chose for their special day! Who knew that Hurricane Matthew would decide that he was coming ashore on that same weekend? We left the studio on a prayer that GOD would clear the skies and stop the rain for this outside ceremony.


As we traveled to The Depot at Cody Creek through the pouring rain, we had high hopes of using the beautiful grounds of the venue for our amazing images! As we arrived at the hotel to meet the bride and her bridesmaids, it was barely sprinkling. (I know right)!

We headed over to the venue and it had stopped raining! Praise the Lord! It was perfect weather any photographer would love! Over cast skies and no rain.

What a beautiful bride Mallory was! Check out her stunning bridesmaids.


The groomsmen weren’t too shabby either! Channing was such a handsome groom.



We were able to use every bit of the beautiful grounds. Mallory kept saying “GOD is so faithful. He is going to give us the perfect day!” Well he sure did. We got to the top of the hill where the ceremony would take place.  The folks on the hill said that there were still 20 -25 mile an hour winds up there. They were still discussing whether to move the ceremony inside just in case. Mallory never wavered in her faith that GOD would deliver all she and Channing had prayed for. Well, guess what? The winds died down as soon as it was time for the first look!


The ceremony was breath taking! Two awesome families united!


If you have never been to The Depot at Cody Creek, it is phenomenal! The inside is like a cabin in the mountains. Beautiful wood and homey accents all around! Don’t even get me started on the food. It was fabulous!!!!


There were so many special moments on this day! Love pouring out from family makes each wedding so special. My favorite part of any wedding is seeing the love over flowing right before your eyes.  This wedding day was certainly not any different.


2016-10-14_00162016-10-14_00142016-10-14_0017We absolutely love this couple and we wish them a long life of happiness!

GOD Bless!





NC Wedding Photographer participates in giving a Dream Wedding

“I am an oncology nurse. I have been practicing for over 30+ years and it is not often that I am touched in the way that I have been by this extraordinary patient. Therefore,  I am reaching out to you in the hope that you may be willing to help us with our mission. My team and I are currently caring for a 32 year old patient with a terminal brain tumor. She was married by the clerk of court but has never had her ‘dream wedding.’  We, as a group, would like to be able to make her dream come true. We are trying to plan a wedding with support from her community and wanted to extend the invitation to Irresistible Portraits to be a part of this ambitious endeavor.”

We received this email on September 20th and immediately said yes. This nurse and her colleagues planned a wedding and surprised the bride on her birthday on September 22nd. She was shocked and thrilled. She said it took a day or two to really sink in that she’d get her dream wedding.

This past Sunday, we were part of Becky & Jarrod’s big day. We had the honor of capturing all the moments they’ll hang onto forever. It was truly a gift to meet Becky and she’ll hold a special place in our hearts forever!

Here are some of our favorites from their day!


Below are the kind medical professionals who made Becky’s dream a reality for her.


Yes, there is a stand up as a groomsman! Becky’s brother, Dan is deployed and was unable to be there emotionally, but he was there physically!🙂


I know Becky & Jarrod are so thankful to everyone who made this possible and we were able to witness the joy on their faces throughout the day, so we’d also like to thank the vendors.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Parks & Recreation

Old Mecklenburg Brewery

Bridals by Lori

Jessica Partlo (Hair for Bride)

Isabella Baudo (Makeup for Bride)

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Amelie’s French Bakery & Cafe

Best Impressions Catering

Krystal Heffinger (musical entertainment)

Salvatore Contrino (Musical entertainment)

Sensibly Posh

TapSnap Phototainment


And to the doctors and nurses who made this dream a reality, you’ll never know what an impression you’ve made on everyone’s lives, in addition to the Yonker & Bradley families. Your generosity is inspiring to all.

NC Wedding Photographer captures Outdoor Wedding at Carrigan Farms

Alisha & RJ tied the knot at Carrigan Farms last Saturday! All the stars aligned for this day! The weather was perfect. The wedding party was beautiful. The venue was breathtaking. And the dinner and cake were DELICIOUS!


Chelish Moore Flowers designed the bouquets which were the perfect match for the girls’ dresses!


Alisha & RJ opted for a first look before the ceremony! It was a sweet moment when RJ turned around to see his gorgeous bride.


Their ceremony overlooked the beautiful quarry! And when they were announced Mr. & Mrs. Meyers, the water began to fall behind them!


We could have spent all evening photographing these two lovebirds around the farm property, but we knew there was a party waiting for us…


Icing on the Edge outdid herself with this cake! Carrot cake and strawberry cake…. delicous… as usual when Sharon is responsible for baking!


Matt from BK Entertainment kept the party lively all evening! And this crowd liked to dance!


One final portrait in front of the lights over the quarry… Perfection! And a fairy tale exit among the sparklers!


Congrats to Mr. & Mrs. RJ Meyers! Thanks for letting us be a part of this special day.


We had the honor of working with these incredible vendors!

Venue: Carrigan Farms

Cake: Icing on the Edge

Florals: Chelish Moore Flowers

Videographer: Bart Tolson

Entertainment: BK Entertainment

Photography: Irresistible Portraits


NC Wedding Photographer Captures Catholic Wedding in Salisbury NC

Kayla & Shane said their vows at the gorgeous Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Salisbury, NC. The details and architecture of the church were just breathtaking so we had fun with detail images! Plus they had an awesome “getaway” car.


Midway Florist did an amazing job on the florals! And the bouquets were gorgeous with real succulents! Textures galore!


The huge wooden doors opened and Kayla, daddy’s girl, was walked down by her sweet, emotional father.


The weather made us rearrange our plans for outdoor family portraits after the ceremony, but this church was so beautiful anyways!


The rain let us just in time for a beautiful reception at Gray Stone Pines Wedding Venue in Rockwell, NC.


Take a look at this cake topper made by one of their relatives!!! How perfect is this?! They LOVE their three pups and this was so fitting for them!


As usual, Smoke Pit Catering & Bistro Catering did NOT disappoint! Delicious dinner!


During the speeches, we learned that the fair was one of their first dates, so the cotton candy machine was another great detail!


Mr. & Mrs. Shane Williams! They were so smiley and happy on their big day. We wish them a lifetime of the same joy they shared on this day!


Church: Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Salisbury, North Carolina)

Reception: Gray Stone Pines Wedding Venue

Florist: Midway Florist NC

Caterer: Smoke Pit Catering

Photographer: Irresistible Portraits by Karen Goforth

NC Wedding Photographer captures Southern Charm at Tucker Place

We didn’t let the heat cramp our style on this August day. We created some of the greatest images ever for our lovely bride and groom!


Brittany and Jordan were married on August 20th at the beautiful Tucker Place venue in Midland, NC. Such a pretty place and all the special little details Michelle Poe (of Carolinas Southern Vintage) just added sweet charm to the day.


We LOVE details….


The girls were troopers despite the heat! All they cared about was their gorgeous friend, Brittany, and making her day perfect. (And look at these BREATHTAKING bouquets by Petals!!)


The beginning of a beautiful family!


Brittany and Jordan.. see how cute they are!?!


Ok… the guys… they were so much fun! When the groom is a fire fighter and some of the groomsmen are fire fighters, crazy things can happen. ha! Lots of cutting up and joking around!


Brittany and Jordan opted for a first touch.. always a favorite of ours.


Love the charm of this ceremony under the tree!


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And the festivities began…


Everyone was stuffed with Varsity BBQ and then BK Entertainment rocked the reception!


Kudos to whoever created this… Anne Miller & Petals! Stunning display!2016-08-29_0003

You can tell so much about a person when you hear the heartfelt toasts from family and friends!


Love this couple. They’re so in love! I have been photographing Brittany since she was a little girl and she is a such a special lady. On this day, we saw first hand how much Phillip loves her. So happy to wish them all the best in this new life together!





We had the pleasure of working with these vendors!

Venue: Tucker Place

Decor/Planner: Michelle Poe of Carolinas Southern Vintage 

Flowers: Petals Floral Design & Event Decor

Bridal Gown: Concord Wedding Center

Tuxedos: Concord Wedding Center

Music: BK Entertainment

Caterer: Varsity BBQ

Cake: Anne Miller

Photography: Irresistible Portraits by Karen Goforth



NC Wedding Photographer Captures Beautiful Images at Trump National Golf Club in Mooresville, NC

August 6th was one very special day! Brittany and Alex joined together to become one. It was a beautiful summer day. Was it hot? Oh yes, but so worth every minute of it. Trump National Golf Club is beyond amazing. All this beauty tucked in a cove on the lake. Yes, we loved everything about it!


We met up with the ladies in the woman’s locker room and jumped right in with the hustle and bustle of getting ready.


Brittany  already  knew she wanted some very special images of her very special little flower girl! How sweet are these images of her  dreaming of being a bride one day?


There were so many special moments during the day. Brittany is very close to her grandparents. She wanted to include her grandma that passed away. Here is her PawPaw putting on her pearl necklace. Tears.


Three generations, hand on hand…


Brittany is all about family.


Brittany and her lovely bridesmaids were so easy to work with. Their pretty faces were smiling all day for us!


First touch. No doubt these two are made for each other. Alex’s northern style mixes so well with that sassy, southern girl just perfect.



There is something very special about Alex and his family. Alex has a brother, Nikki. He is handicapped and in a wheel chair with Cerebral Palsy. He is the sweetest kid. Nikki was Alex’s best man. “Other than Brittany, he’s my life,” Alex told me. We watched all day while Alex and his family poured out their love for him. It was really awesome to see how much they loved Nikki.  Nikki was also the reason that Brittany and Alex met. Nikki was out in the yard one day while Brittany was leaving her house and she stopped to meet him. Then she met Alex…


The guys were so handsome in the tuxes.


The ceremony was so beautiful overlooking Lake Norman.


Family makes the world go ’round!


The reception was so elegant and beautiful! From This Day Forward did an amazing job with the florals and decor.




The toasts were very touching, especially the part when Brittany’s cousin/best friend, La’Raine, gave her toast. She talked about how Nikki had brought Brittany and Alex together and then inspired Brittany to be a special education teacher!


The IP Photobooth was a big hit, as usual! Some of the props even made their way to the dance floor. haha! Z Brothers Entertainment know how to keep a party going all night!


The new Mr. & Mrs. let us catch a few sunset images on the dock before they called it a night!


And then Alex and his love for speed burnt some rubber on the way out of Trump National Golf Club….


Needless to say, everyone had the best time at the Overcash-Urbina wedding! We sure did! We’re so happy for them and we’ll be sharing their all their wedding day images this coming Monday.




Venue: Trump National Golf Club, Lake Norman/Mooresville, NC

Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal

Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse

Entertainment: Z Brothers Entertainment

Videographer: Soussou Productions (Click to see Brittany & Alex’s highlight reel!)

Caterer & Cake: Trump National Golf Club

Florals: From This Day Forward

Photography & Photobooth: Irresistible Portraits



New Mom Battles Hodgkins Lymphoma

Every now and then you get a phone call and know that God had a part in connecting you with the person on the other end. I was blessed to meet Kaitlin and Jarrett while they were planning their wedding at Ritchie Hill in 2015. They had a gorgeous April wedding and that was the last I heard from them until this March when Kaitlin happened to call IP. A friend of hers told her to call Karen because she knew IP was very active in cancer awareness. Focused on a Cure mainly shares breast cancer stories but we wanted to share Kaitlin’s battle with cancer on social media in hopes of awareness to Hodgkins Lymphoma.

(Be sure to scroll to the bottom to read Kaitlin’s recent update we just received!)

XOXO, Jessica


I found out I was pregnant in August of 2015 – my husband and I were ecstatic and everything early on in the pregnancy went very well. In November I started to notice a small lump on the left side kind of near the base of my neck. I saw a primary care physician and asked my OBGYN about it – neither were overly concerned, so I dismissed it as well. Through December and January the symptoms presented themselves very similarly to pregnancy symptoms, except for the now very large swollen lump on the left side of my neck that had seemed to move across my neck and down into my chest. After finally seeing a doctor who saw some need for concern, the ball started rolling and I was diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkins Lymphoma on February 11. We were now connected with oncologists, high risk OBGYN’s and still seeing the regular OBGYN. After several long discussions with the oncologist and maternal fetal medicine doctors, a trip up to Duke for a second opinion, and a trip to a nutritionist, we were strongly advised to start chemotherapy, even being 30 weeks pregnant. I was very skeptical of the information we had gotten, really not believing that I can’t take a Tylenol, but a drug regimen of AVBD would not harm or affect my baby. I was feeling badly with the symptoms, but sure I could push of starting chemotherapy until the baby was born naturally – only 10 more weeks. 

I was scheduled to have a port put in on February 22, but because of the state of my lungs and the pregnancy the anesthesiologist refused to put me under and sent me to get a PICC line. I received my PICC line, then got a call from the oncologist, very gently stating, that if I did not start chemo immediately, I would likely stop breathing by the end of the following day. I was subsequently admitted to the hospital and received my first chemo treatment that night. 

From this point on I have had complications with my PICC line every time I’ve gone for chemo. Had it replaced – moved from the right arm to the left – and have completed two chemo treatments of the 12. (4 regimens – once every other every other week – duration total 6 months)

I went into labor naturally on the night of April 7, and had my beautiful baby girl Elliott Kaite Bumgarner on April 8 at 7:09 am. The morning they were discharging me from the hospital with the baby I had an ultrasound done on my arm to check some pain I had been having and found I have a very large blood clot in my left arm and neck. They did let me go home but am now taking a shot twice daily to alleviate the clot. 


From an emotional, mental and spiritual standpoint Jarrett and I have been handling things pretty well. Our families have been such a huge help through everything. (which I forgot to mention, we bought a house in early February before the diagnosis and set the move in date for February 19th) Both of our sets of parents and siblings have been here at our house countless hours helping paint, fix things, move things, clean things, organize things, etc. Several family members have taken whole days to just sit with us at the hospital or drive me to appointments. Everyone has been helping with a GOFUNDME account and giving financially. But most importantly, EVERYONE we know is fervently praying for us. God has provided everything we could have possibly asked for and made this process really as painless as it could be. I have not been sick once from the chemotherapy. I was worried about being induced and nervous about the kinds of interventions it might take to have my baby, but instead she was delivered naturally. She is not only hear naturally but she is healthy as can be and strong and happy. Our house is now a home, the boxes are unpacked, the rooms are painted and the space is livable. Jarrett and I celebrated our first anniversary on April 10th – and the list goes on and on and on. God has truly heard and answered all of our prayers and our families and friends and we are so, so blessed and doing well!!


We just received this update from Kaitlin today:

Most of the struggle throughout this whole process was actually figuring out what was wrong initially, once I was diagnosed and baby Elliott was born that was a huge weight off of our shoulders. Elliott was born April 8 and is a happy healthy baby :) 

Since Elliott was born there have been no other complications with the chemotherapy and we are anxiously awaiting the last treatment on the first of August. I have been truly blessed through this whole ordeal as I have heard chemotherapy can be very tough, but I have not experienced many symptoms other than fatigue and occasional nausea. God has put so many people in our lives to help care for us and pray for us and there is no way we would have been able to keep strength and faith through this process without His grace and mercy. 

Things are really looking good. A PET/CT scan last Thursday revealed there were no more cancerous lymph nodes in my neck or chest and all of the symptoms that presented themselves at the beginning are completely gone. I’m cancer free!! I only have three more treatments left and I will be done! We’re very excited and looking forward to getting back to our normal lives :) 





Happy Accidents – Cabarrus Living Magazine June 2016


by Karen Goforth, Master Photographic Craftsman, Certified Professional Photographer

Some families think a portrait session is just too much hassle. Finding the perfect outfits, working with everyone’s schedules to find a convenient time everyone can agree on or simply getting all the family members to agree to attend can be a task. Once you get everyone to the session, things can go wrong then too. The new baby poops all over dad then pukes all over mom’s top that took her so long to finally decide on. Little brother skips his nap to attend the session with his older siblings and acts silly due to a lack of sleep. Your daughter forgets her ballet shoes for her senior dance portraits. Your dog runs through the mud on the way to the car heading to your session. Your sons bring their bats, balls and all things sports-related for their 5 and 7 year portraits, and everything rolls away from you as your open your van door in the parking lot.

After 27 years of photography, we’ve seen it all. But the good news is… It adds a story to your portrait! It’s worth all the preparation. We still get the perfect image that shows the personality of your family and when your visitors comment on your wall portrait, you have a story to share – a memory you’ll never forget. The laugh on mom and dad’s “new parent” face when they get christened in the newborn session ends up being their favorite image. Little brother lying across his siblings’ laps in a silly, tired mood is the perfect image to showcase their relationship and will hang over your mantle forever. Your daughter’s barefoot senior dance portrait means even more when you see those cute toes that you remember rubbing as your held her as a newborn. Your rambunctious fur baby, dirty paws and all, in your family portrait just seems to make it complete. The moment of pure frustration while chasing baseballs, basketballs and soccer balls through the parking lot was definitely worth the image of your boys with their confident smiles surrounded by their favorite things at this time in their life!

So the honest truth – Most kids don’t behave (two legged or four!) Most parents stress. But you get this one chance in life to capture this stage of your family and this just shows why you hire a professional who can handle all the happy accidents!

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