Norfolk Botanical Gardens Anniversary Photo Session

Sarah and Andrew have this wonderful tradition to get their photos taken once a year to celebrate their wedding Anniversary. They’ve been together for 6 years as husband and wife and it was a pleasure to get them in front of my camera. They are such a beautiful couple and they have this amazing connection! Sarah is also a photographer and it is always an honor when I get to capture a very talented photographer like her. You can check her work here. 

Below is a sneak peek of their lovely late summer session at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens!

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Norfolk Botanical Gardens Anniversary Photo Session

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When I met Meghan for the first time for her Bridal session I knew right away that the wedding would be meaningful, relaxed and fun. Meghan and Jason celebrated their big day with a heartfelt ceremony on the rooftop of the Highland Brewing Company in Asheville, NC surrounded by the people they love the most. It was truly beautiful to see how she got emotional throughout the day…so very sweet!

I love when couples plan a wedding based on their personalities, the brewery were they tied the knot happens to be Jason’s favorite one. The flowers and decor were perfect for a mountain wedding, with a soft palette and full of greeneries. It was like they brought the outdoors in.

Meghan and Jason, thank you for trusting me. I hope you love the sneak peek the way I loved being part of  your day!

A huge thanks to Nicole from Two Sweet Sparrows for being wonderful to work with! Their day was flawless and it ran so smoothly.

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Highland Brewing Company Asheville Wedding

Thanks Sarah Whitmeyer for shooting this wedding with me and for being wonderful to work with!

Coordinator: Two Sweet Sparrows / Florist: Flora / Stationary: Baggie Goose / Cake Artist: Sugar Cloud / Catering: Corner Kitchen / Ceremony music: Asheville String Trio/ Reception music: The Royal Suits / Make-up: Make-up at Grove Arcade / Hair: Lola Salon / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaids dress: Donna Morgan “Courtney” /  Groom and Groomsmen’s attire: Joseph A. Bank

 

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I am so excited to share some tidbits about my recent engagement session with Melissa and James! This couple was so warm and welcoming to me…which meant a lot, especially since it was my first time shooting in New York City! What a fantastic adventure with a wonderful couple!
We decided to try and get some time in Central Park before it was too crowded, so our day began at 6:45am! It was definitely worth the early rising, the Park was calm and lovely. And ohhh, the light! It was exquisite! I love shooting in the morning when the day is fresh and full of possibilities…it feels so right for an engagement session! Melissa and James showed me all their favorite spots in the Park and even gave me a tour of their famous neighborhood, Greenwich Village. They also invited me into their apartment, which is absolutely charming…brick walls, French doors and impeccable décor. These two were so generous, taking me around town and inviting me into their world! We ended the session with brunch at a restaurant that was new to Melissa and James. So much fun! These two love trying out new restaurants, and the one they took me to was amazing!
I have to say, though, that while everything Melissa and James showed me was wonderful, the real treat was getting to spend time in their company. As a couple they have true, deep chemistry…they’ve been together for 6 years. They laugh a lot and they’re clearly in sync. When you spend time with people like that, you can’t help but feel joyous yourself! It’s a huge gift!

Melissa and James, thank you so much for sharing your current city and your lives with me, for taking me out to brunch and for the lovely conversation. I hope you all enjoy this selection of photos from our time together in the Big Apple!

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2017 has been an incredible year so far, and it all started with a very special engagement session at Carrigan Farms. When I met Brooke and Brad that day back in February, I knew their wedding was going to be something special! These two are so much fun to spend time with, so very much in love…they can make one another laugh with just a glance! When we parted ways that day I immediately began to look forward to their wedding, knowing that their celebration would be as joyous and sweet as they are…and I wasn’t wrong!
The ceremony took place at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, with the following reception moving to the Charlotte Country Club. Brooke was such a dream to work with; getting ready, she was ahead of time and completely calm. And she looked absolutely stunning!! Her dress was so beautiful and unique, with spaghetti straps, and white flowers cascading down the bodice onto the skirt. It fit her perfectly, and when Brad dipped her at the altar it was magical! As much fun as I was having (I kept laughing behind my camera during the amazing toasts!) I also found myself swept into the emotion of the day. If you read my blog, you know I love emotional weddings…and I have to confess that I teared up during the first dances. Before long, the bride and groom were completely rocking the dance floor, and all of their guests joined in with such excitement and happiness! What a crazy dance floor and I love it!
Finally, I have to mention that Brooke shared something very meaningful with me. She told me that her father worked for National Geographic for several years. If you are familiar with National Geographic, you know that he might have seen truly incredible photography, so when Brooke was vetting wedding photographers, she asked for her dad’s opinion. He looked over some of the options, and then told Brooke she should book me because I knew how to capture emotions the best. This is such a huge compliment! When I fell in love with photography, it was because of the ability a photograph has to show people’s feelings. Hearing that Brooke’s dad saw the emotion in my work was huge validation that I’m on the right path, and I was so grateful to have been part of their big day. Very special to watch Brooke and Brad tie the knot in a swirl of so much love and support! I hope you enjoy these photographs as much as I enjoyed taking them…

Brad gave the perfect card for Brooke, they are Golden Retriever parents!

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Charlotte Country Club Weddings

Thanks Katie Dickson for shooting this wedding with me!

Coordinator, Venue, Catering: Charlotte Country Club / Florist: New Creations Flower Company / Stationary: Minted / Cake Artist: Ella’s Celestial Cakes / Ceremony music: William Rainey / Reception music: Split Second Sound/ Hair and Make-up: Dana Raia / Wedding Dress: Carine’s Bridal Atelier / Veil: BHLDN / Shoes: Vince Camuto  /Bridesmaids dress: David’s Bridal  / Groom and Groomsmen’s attire: The Tuxedo Shoppe

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NC Museum of Art Weddings

I feel so lucky to attend many beautiful events at historic locations with either a rustic or a classic feel. The South is full of incredible history and vibrant landscapes, but it’s also home to some impressive modern architecture! So every once in a while, a wedding comes along and shakes things up for me with a very different backdrop. Amanda and Robbie’s day was just such an event! Their summer wedding and reception took place at the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh. This modern space contains many windows, so the play of natural light is absolutely brilliant. And Amanda was a jaw-dropping bride! Her bright white dress was so elegant, and fit right in with the venue. She looked stunning!

Amanda and Robbie are both very sweet people, and their spirits were high all day, despite the hot weather! From behind my lens, I found myself remembering the story of their engagement, which Amanda shared with me when I was first getting to know her. From 2015 – 2016, Amanda was living in Copenhagen, Denmark and Robbie came out to visit her in the spring. Knowing how much Amanda loves ice cream, he invited her out for a stroll and a treat one day…and soon the couple found themselves standing before a very special bridge in Nyhavn. Sometimes called the ‘love lock bridge’, it’s famous for being covered in hundreds of locks. Couples write their names on a small lock, attach it to the bridge, and then toss the key into the water below. As Amanda and Robbie stood before the bridge, Robbie produced a lock inscribed with the words ‘Will you marry me?’ Of course Amanda’s answer was yes! It was very touching to think of that lock still in Copenhagen, as Amanda and Robbie were tying the knot here in Raleigh! Such a special, lasting symbol…for a very special couple. After 8 years together they became husband and wife and it was truly wonderful! I wish them all the best, and hope you enjoy the sneak peek of their day!

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While I was photographing Amanda, Robbie started tearing up. So very sweet!

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NC Museum of Art Weddings. View portfolio here. 

Thanks Jamie Vinson for shooting this wedding with me, I love working with you!

Venue and catering: NC Museum of Art / Florist: Watered Garden Florist  / Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas  / Cake Artist: Cinda’s Creative Cakes / Ceremony and reception music: Bunn DJ Company / Hair and makeup: Elaine Harrison / Wedding Dress: Essense of Australia from Lana Addison Bridal Salon / Veil: Jennifer Leigh Veil from Lana Addison Bridal Salon / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaids dress: Wtoo by Watters from Alexia’s Bridal Salon / Groom and Groomsmen’s attire: Vera Wang tuxes from Men’s Wearhouse

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