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Be sure to scroll down on all of our pages as there are lot’s of pictures, different styles of pictures, and info about wedding photography.

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Clients Say it Better

We only have one word for Chris Lang and that is awesome. Words cannot explain how impressed we are with his work. His highlight reel was just so good and captured the day so well. We are all about family and you can tell from his photographs he figured this out. Our daughter and son-in-law told us he made them feel so comfortable and just let them be themselves during their photo session. What we feel is most impressive are the special moments he captured. We are blown away at all the special moments he captured which will be memories for ever. He did all this while being very inconspicuous. Most of the time you did not even know he was there.
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Chris Lang Weddings | Wilmington North Carolina Wedding Photographer

Signature Photographer - Signature Style

Welcome! Make yourself at home and stay a while. I designed my website to not only share my passion and individual style of wedding photography, but also to be a resource for brides looking for their perfect wedding photographer. My hope is that anyone who journeys through Chris Lang Weddings would leave knowing a little bit more about the creativity, styles, intricacies, and artistry of wedding photography. Also, to get a look into my personality, how I work, and create. Everything you see on my website is real world, real wedding, real people.

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Lifestyle Weddings

The Art of ‘You”

Lifestyle Weddings is about you, your story, life in the everyday. It is about capturing your wedding and personality in a free-flowing process that allows for your story to “happen.’” It gives me the freedom to do what I do… CREATE. Lifestyle wedding photography has the freedom to be any style, a mix of styles, but most importantly, about you in real life moments and how I see it. Take a little time to read about styles and how I see them and to see a little of mine. Also I hope to reveal the most important aspect of what you get in hiring a professional wedding photographer.

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“Lifestyle Wedding Photography”

Lifestyle Wedding Photography may be a bit difficult to define as there is not an industry definition. In fact, I do not know of anyone that refers to a wedding photography style to as “Lifestyle Wedding Photography” by itself. I do, and here’s why. I am a multiple-style photographer. I do not tend to stay in one style or the other but rather photograph several different styles at the same time. For me, lifestyle wedding photography is an attitude, a flexibility, a way to create individual styles that reflect the personalities of my clients. Therefore, it is fluid, free flowing and not bound by any “one” look. That’s why you will see a blend of styles on my website. It is about me creating with your style or “lifestyle,”not just shooting mine. There is a lot that goes into style. Take a little time to read about styles and how I see them.

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Photography Styles ->

Wedding photography styles are a way of describing the approach a photographer takes when photographing a wedding. Some of these approaches are commonly categorized as Fine Art Wedding Photography, Wedding Photojournalism, Classic/Traditional and also a modern fashion-glamour wedding style... MORE

Photographer’s Style

A photographer’s style is their own interpretation and working systems of common photography styles. Every photographer has their own style and approach to how they create pictures in their camera. Every wedding photographer is different in how they work, how they interact with wedding couples, how they use light.. MORE

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Picture styles are the end result of making a picture. Both the style of photography and the individual photographers style will impact the post-production process in how the picture is styled. Numerous factors often including both the photography & photographer’s style go into making a picture look a the way it does… MORE

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Light Changes…


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Wedding picture of a couple under a pier at Wrightsville Beach looking out to the Atlantic Ocean. Beach wedding photography

By Day...

A wedding picture of a couple kissing in front if a majestic sunset with orange and red skies.  Wilmington NC Wedding Photography
A wedding image of a bride and groom on the beach at Shell Island Resort enjoying the beach during sunset. Wilmingotn Wedding Photographer

By Twilight…

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By Night…

Let there be light… How daylight, sunset, and night change the look and style of your wedding pictures

As light changes throughout the day, so will the color, style and emotion of your pictures. Check out my gallery pages where I share in a simple non-technical way about 3 distinct types of lighting conditions and show how it changes the style of your wedding pictures.

An Artisan Approach to Image-making

My hands are on every image from start to finish. It is my creativity, artistry, and intent that make your pictures. There is so much more than adjusting a few settings in camera that go into making your pictures... Much of what you see on my website is finished in post production. For example, I will photograph certain scenes with different cameras and technique to give me what I need in post production to create what I was thinking on scene. I create in-camera for specific picture styles that need to be created in the post process. For me, handing my pictures over to someone else for post production just does not feel right. I can not expect another person to finish what I saw, felt and intended to create on scene. Especially when I photograph for creative style such as black and white where I might keying in on a small detail or shadow that needs to be enhanced a certain way in the post production process. They would not have the same attachment, responsibility, or intrinsic value that I have when creating something that I more….

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Popular Wedding & Reception Venues

Are you looking for your wedding venue in Wilmington or Eastern NC? I often get asked from brides planning their destination weddings about wedding venues in our area. So I started putting together a list of some popular wedding venues and great places for wedding and engagement photography. This is also a great way to see some of my photography of real weddings in some of Wilmington’s popular wedding venues. These are just a few and this list will grow over time so feel free to check back often or even share the page as wedding ideas on your facebook or Pinterest page.

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    • River Landing

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      River Landing Weddings is one of the most amazing clubhouse facilities I have been in. Visit our River Landing Wedding Photographer images to see this incredible wedding venue.

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    • Fort Fisher
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      Fort Fisher is about as unique a backdrop there is for coastal North Carolina. Perfect for both wedding and engagement photography. See our Fort Fisher Wedding & Engagement photographers images to get an idea of this beautiful area of Eastern North Carolina.

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    • Balcony on Dock

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      Balcony on Dock is another great Downtown Wilmington Wedding Venue. Here you can view our Balcony on Dock Photographers images and see another Downtown Wilmington Classic Wedding Venue.

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    • Brooklyn Arts Center

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      Brooklyn Arts Center is a premier Wedding and Reception venue located in the Downtown Wilmington Area. View our Brooklyn Arts Center Wedding Photographers images and see why this is one of the more popular wedding venues.

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    • Bellamy Mansion

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      Bellamy Mansion is a “Southern Classic” wedding and reception venue. Located in the Downtown Wilmington area this Mansion can do it all. View our Bellamy Mansion Wedding Photographers images and see why this Mansion might be the perfect place for your wedding.

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    • 128 South

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      128 South is another popular wedding and reception venue Wedding and Reception venue located in the Downtown Wilmington Area. View our 128 South Wedding Photographers images to see this staple Wilmington venue.

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    • City Club

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      The City Club is another Downtown Wilmington Wedding and Reception venue that can offer several accommodations from a bridal party getting ready lounge to smaller weddings and receptions. View our City Club Wedding Photographers images to see this one of a kind venue.

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    • Country Club of Landfall

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      The Country Club of Landfall is another great clubhouse wedding and reception venue. Located in the gated community of Landfall, this wedding venue can host both your wedding and reception. View our Country Club of Landfall Wedding Photographers images to see this exquisite country club.

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    • Wrightsville Beach

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      Wrightsville Beach offers a wide range of wedding options from the beach to hotel accommodations. Wrightsville Beach is also located close to Wilmington for easy travel to any other reception venue including Downtown Wilmington.

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    • Topsail Island

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      Topsail Island has a personality all its own. From hotel accommodations to private beach house weddings, Topsail Island is a laid back beach island sure to entertain any beach wedding.

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    • Battleship North Carolina

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      For something really unique, check out the Battleship NC might be that special place to have either for both your wedding and reception. With incredible views of the Cape Fear River and Historic Downtown Wilmington as part of your wedding day back drop.

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    • Wilmington Hilton Riverside

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      The Wilmington Hilton Riverside is perfectly located in Downtown Wilmington on the River Front. A very popular place for both wedding and reception. It has all the the facilities to be an all inclusive wedding venue and host to any of your out of town wedding guests.

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    • Lebanon Chapel

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      The Lebanon Chapel is nestled in the heart of Airlie Gardens. If you are looking for classic and rustic wedding chapel be sure to give the Lebanon Chapel a look.

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    Courtnei's Bridal Session | River Landing | Wallace NC | by Chris Lang Photography

    A River Landing Bridal Session  

    Courtney looked amazing in her dress.   We had the perfect backdrop of River Landing to create her bridal portfolio.   As with any session, you can try your best to plan around great light and weather but ultimately you are at the whim of nature.  Our session was under very dark storm clouds.  One of the great things about shooting and creating different photography styles, is that you don't have to be pin-holed into any one style.  The thing is I like so many styles, that it is often hard for even me to choose a favorite version of a single picture.  There are so many factors that go into  creating.  From the light to the texture, to the colors, to the style,  and most important,  the personality of the people you are photographing.      With every bridal session,  I give my brides a variation of styles even producing different versions some of the same picture.  One thing is for sure... no two bridal sessions are the same.  Here are just a few from Courtnei's bridal.

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    Bridal Picture Ideas - Rustic Outdoor bridal Photography - River Landing Bridal Pictures

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    Bride walking down a brick road at River Landing.
    Beautiful bride in her wedding dress over looking lake at River Landing in Wallace NC.  Rustic wedding ideas

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    Photographing Bridals on a cloudy or off & on rainy day. How to deal with the flats (flat light).  

    The first set in this series I created a softer pastel style to work with the light that we had for the day. It was cloudy with darker grey clouds that produces a very flat light.  While you can never predict what kind of light you will have on a session, or a wedding day, you always have to be creative and flexible with what you have.   I think you can get amazing pictures regardless of light, but it will for sure impact some style and color.   Since the light was flat, I created a flat style to bring out the light.  I also want to bring a better balance and warmth to offset the grey's with a few different techniques of color cross processing.   Below is a picture with a flat process and the natural color that we were working with.  

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    image of bride inside the River Landing Clubhouse under chandelier -  Ballroom weddings -  Elegant wedding picture - wedding ideas - bride resources

     stunning bride in elegant wedding dress standing on spiral staircase inside the clubhouse at River Landing

    Dramatic wedding picture of bride standing on spiral stair case at River Landing. Majestic blue sky with sun ray coming through clouds onto the bride in her wedding dress.

    Dramitc bridal picture of bride at sunset at River Landin - River Landing Wedding Photography - Wedding picture ideas

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    Airlie Gardens Bridal Pictures | Canon 200L f.2 lens, The Best Portrait Lens in the World? | Wilmington NC Wedding Photography by Chris Lang

    Airlie Gardens Tops The List for Stunning Bridal Photography - By Chris Lang Photography, Wilmington NC Wedding Photographer.   

    Airlie Gardens, well known for it's Airlie Garden Weddings, is not only the perfect place for weddings, but also tops my list for places to photograph bridal sessions.   Airlie Gardens provides  such iconic visuals for brides wanting garden ambiance for their bridal pictures.  Lena was not getting married at Airlie but loved the location and backdrop.   Although we missed the Tulips and Azalea blooms, we found a field of yellow flowers that provided a spring time feel for her bridal pictures.

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    image of Bride in wedding dress, Wedding Photography at Airlie Gardens

    Shooting with a pair of Canon 1dx's and a Canon 5d MarkIII, I used a limited selection of lenses to include:

    Sigma 50 1.4 Art (I actually use this lens over my Canon 50 1.2 L lens)
    Canon 24-70 2.8L
    Canon 14 2.8 L
    Canon 200 2.0 L

    Eighty percent of this session was photographed with one of the 1DX's and the 200 f 2.0L.   This is a strong statement, but there may be no finer portrait lens in the world than the Canon 200 f 2.0L.   Due to the size, this lens does not come out often as it is a beast to tug around during a wedding.  I use the Canon 200L F2.0  primarily for bridal portraits  and occasionally engagement sessions.  I have owned this lens for 5 years and do not use it enough.  I am reminded of this every time I download the pictures from a session.  The cannon 200 f2.0 makes it all happen inside the camera.  

    So does a $6000 lens make that much of a difference?   To me, this lens can do things that no other lenss can. It creates an image that stands out on its own.  Again, the only downside from a my perspective is it is big and not a tug around lens.    Here are a few with the Canon 200 f 2.0 L glass.  

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    Image of bride at Airlie Gardens at the fountain in her wedding dress


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    Beautiful  Bride holding wedding Bouquet  in a filed of yellow flowers  at Airlie Gardens in Wilmington NC

    Picture of bride in here wedding dress in a field of yellow flowers at Airlie Gardens in Wilmington NC

    Airlie Gardens Bridal Photography

    Airlie Gardens Wedding Photography

    Enough about lenses because this session was about Lena.  She looked amazing in her dress and was absolutely fun to work with and photograph.  You can see from her expressions that she was at ease and having fun a lot fun also.  This is what every bride should expect and experience during their bridal session.  It is as much about the experience of creating the pictures as it is about getting your pictures.  Bridals, as I have said before, are one of my favorite photography sessions for so many reasons.  You can read more about why I think every bride should get a bridal session on my website. 

    The best part was receiving Lena's email after she first looked at the gallery.  Here is a an excerpt   "Chris…I am blown away. The color, background everything is so perfect. These are a dream come true."   This for me is why I love creating.  It is what makes my profession so rewarding.  It's not just about making great pictures, it is about making people excited about their pictures.  

    If you have any questions about Bridal Photography, give me a ring or drop an email.  Would look forward to creating a bridal portfolio for you.  If you would like to see more Airlie Gardens Wedding Photography just click the link.  



    River Landing Weddings | A Great Place To Get Married in NC | River Landing Photographers | Chris Lang Photography

    River Landing is an amazing country club located in Wallace NC.  If you are planning a wedding and looking for an amazing place to get married or have you wedding reception check out River Landing.
    I just updated our River Landing Weddings website where you can see our wedding photography and videography work.  It is intended to give our clients an overall view of the NC wedding venue along with showing our photography styles.
    River Landing is also unique in that is offers several locations to have your wedding and reception.  The most popular is the River Landing Clubhouse.   The clubhouse is impressive and that is coming from someone who has been in some of the most iconic clubhouses.
    Another very cool place that River Landing boasts is The River Lodge at River Landing.  The River Lodge provides another unique experience for someone looking for a more rustic and outdoor feel for their wedding or reception.  The River Lodge is nestled along the river in a wooded area of the golf course and provides a very private feel.

    Be sure to visit the updated website where you can see more Wedding Photography at River Landing. So if you are in search for a perfect wedding venue this might be the place for you.   If you are looking for Wilmington NC Wedding Photographers be sure to stop by Chris Lang Photography (Wilmington NC Photographer) or Chris Lang Weddings (Wilmington NC Wedding Photographers). Link to River Landing Website Be sure to see all of our photography services in the following links: Lifestyle PhotographyPortraitsSports PhotographyHead ShotsCommercial Identity & Brand Senior PortraitsFamily Photography Wilmington Wedding PhotographyWeddingsEngagement PhotographyBridal Portraits

    Airlie Gardens Weddings | Wilmington NC | An Incredible Place To Get Married | Chris Lang Photography

    Airlie Gardens An Incredible Outdoor Wedding Venue.

    Airlie Gardens is one of my favorite places to photograph an outside or garden wedding in the Wilmingon NC area.  You can photograph there in any season of the year and get very different looks that are all amazing.  For sure spring time is the most popular time for Bridal Portraits as the Azaleas and Tulips come into bloom and light the garden on fire with incredible color.

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    Airlie Oak Lawn Wedding Reception

    Image of Pergola at Airlie Gardens - Wilmington NC Wedding Photography

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    Bride in here wedding dress during the Azalea Festival in font of pink and purple azaleas 

    Airlie Gardens image of bride in for of purple and white azaleas during the azalea  festival in Wilmington NC.

    Beautiful bride - wedding dress- Azalea Festival - Field of tulips - Airlie Gardens

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    I shoot at Airlie gardens quite often and this is one of the more frequent places I get asked about when people see some of my pictures of Airlie Gardens.  I decided to put together a mini web site about my perspective (from a photographers viewpoint) of Airlie Gardens Weddings where people could see the many facets of the garden weddings at Airlie, the Pergola at Airlie Gardens, and more specifically, so it could serve as a Airlie Gardens resource and wedding ideas for people getting married there.   So if you are a bride looking for an awesome place to get married check out my Airlie Gardens Weddings resource site to see some awesome wedding photos of Airlie Gardens.   If you are still in your planning stages and looking for a  Wilmington Wedding Photographer then come on by our main websites and check out Chris Lang’s Signature style of Wedding Photography.   Check out our Airlie Garden Weddings site  Wilmington NC Photographer Wilmington NC Wedding Photographer 
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