VA Mountain Wedding | Annie and Mat

Back in June I first blogged about getting to meet Annie and Mat when I worked on their engagement session. I felt truly honored to be a part of that day, Mat had just completed a 17-hour drive down from Canada to be with Annie, whose family hosted the shoot on their gorgeous property in Afton. We all spent the morning together, with Lily (Annie and Mat’s pup) joining in for several photos before scampering off to play in the woods. And at the very end of the session, Annie’s folks stepped into frame for a few pictures too. Watching this loving family from behind my lens was a special gift, so it was a treat to find myself in Afton again recently…this time witnessing Annie and Mat join their lives as husband and wife.
Those who have read my blog in the past know how much I love emotional weddings…and this was one for the books! There was so much love and laughter during the ceremony, and many, many happy tears. Witnessing moments like these is why I do what I do. And I got to spend time with pup Lily again! She was a big part of the day, hanging out with her mom as she got ready for the ceremony. And during the reception, Lily had a wag and a smile for everyone as she basked in all the love and attention! Very sweet. Of course we included her in the portraits too. 🙂
Milestones in our lives come and go; we gather the ones we love around us, and we mark time with these big turning points, these ceremonies and rituals. Even amidst the joy of the most loving celebration, there is often a longing for the ones we’ve lost along the way. Annie, I know how much you wanted your mom to be with you on this day. And I also know that wherever she is now, she is immensely proud of her strong, beautiful (inside and out) and kind daughter. You and Mat have such a beautiful future ahead of you. I feel grateful to know you, and I wish you the very best.

I hope you enjoy this selection of photos from Annie and Mat’s day the way I did capturing them! Thanks Sarah Nyanjom with Wedding Realized for being so wonderful to work with. Also, thanks Sarah Der for capturing their wedding with me!

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Coordinator: Sarah Nyanjom with Wedding Realized  / Florist: The Faded Poppy / Stationary: Minted / Cake Artist: Paradox Pastry / Catering: Hot Cakes Gourmet and The BBQ Connection LLC / Ceremony music: Gene and Gayla Mills / Reception music: Bob Mednikov with AAA Disc Jockeys / Hair and Make-up: Moxie Hair and Body Lounge / Wedding Dress: Blush by Hayley Paige from Wildflower Bridal / Veil: Wildflower Bridal /Bridesmaids dress: RenzRags on Etsy / Groom and Groomsmen’s attire: Black Tux

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  • Sarah Der!October 2, 2017 - 12:34 pm

    Goodness gracious, Caroline!!! These turned out amazing, SO MUCH JOY and so much beauty. I know I always say this but they were lucky to have you documenting their sweet day! You’re honestly one of the best at documenting emotion in a really lovely way, and you’re skill is unmatched!ReplyCancel

Norfolk Botanical Gardens Anniversary Photo Session | Sarah and Andrew

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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  • PaulOctober 4, 2017 - 5:30 am

    They are as
    vibrant, perfect and loving as seen here. Really great work!ReplyCancel

Highland Brewing Company Asheville Wedding | Meghan and Jason

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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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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NYC Engagement Photos | Melissa and James

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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Charlotte Country Club Weddings | Brooke and Brad

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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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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