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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NC Museum of Art Weddings | Amanda and Robbie

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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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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Greensboro Country Club Wedding | Meg and Rob

Sometimes I find myself in the midst of a wedding and begin to wonder at the huge amount of joy in the room. It’s one of the things I love…being surrounded by a group of people who are celebrating with a purpose. Meg and Rob’s day was filled with so much joy! This bride and groom were simply ecstatic to be tying the knot, and their happiness colored every single moment of their ceremony and reception. So beautiful!
The story of Rob’s proposal was so truly sweet. Rob is full of energy and excitement about life…so much so, that when he asked Meg’s father if he could have her hand, he couldn’t keep it a secret! The answer was yes, of course, but Rob ran straight upstairs to wake a sleeping Meg to tell her the good news! November 14th, 2016 was the night of the super moon, and Rob asked Kate to come out with him for some stargazing. After passing what seemed like hundreds of photographers out to catch the moon, the couple finally found themselves a quite place to watch the sky with their beloved English Setter Kate. When Rob dropped to one knee, Meg definitely knew it was coming! The part of the story I love most is that Meg’s father had confided to Rob that he wished Kate could be there for the proposal. Kate is Meg’s first family dog, she’s 13 years old, and means the world to Meg. So having her right there for the proposal was very special…and Rob pulled it off!
The wedding took place at the West Market Street Methodist Church, with a reception at the Greensboro Country Club. Meg wore an elegant gown designed by the owner of White on Daniel Island in Charleston…a gown that just happens to be named ‘Kate’! And Kate herself made an appearance at the wedding, wearing a flower wreath! She was the first to greet Meg and Rob when they walked down the aisle together after the ceremony! The day was an absolute pleasure, right from the moment Meg received me with a big hug when I arrived. Such a joy to see two friendly, sweet souls off on a new chapter! Enjoy this selection from their day! Thanks Mimi McGinn for being wonderful to work with!

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Thanks Katie Dickson for shooting this wedding with me! I love working with you.

Coordinator: Mimi McGinn / Florist: Plants and Answers / Stationary: If It’s Paper / Venue, Catering and Cake Artist: Greensboro Country Club / Reception music: The Rubberband Band / Hair and Make-up: Carla White / Wedding Dress and veil : White on Daniel Island / Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Bridesmaids dress: Alfred Sung / Groom’s attire Grady Ervin / Groomsmen’s attire: Jos A Banks

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Williamsburg Wedding Photographer | Libby and Will

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I first got to know Libby and Will earlier this year, when I had the pleasure of working on their engagement session back in March. From the first, it was clear how much these two share, and how perfect they are together! We spent a wonderful afternoon in downtown Williamsburg, and I loved getting to meet their Brittany Spaniel, Penny, such an adorable and photogenic pup! I left that engagement session feeling so excited for their July wedding…and it finally arrived! The day was every bit as wonderful as I knew it would be!
Libby and Will both come from large and loving families, to whom they are deeply devoted. Their ceremony and reception took place at Saint Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg, VA and of the 200 guests, at least 180 were family!! It was such a joy to see how excited all of their loved ones were for them! Libby and Will also happen to both be the first sibling in each of their families to tie the knot…and their parents on both sides were absolutely ecstatic! During the ceremony, Libby’s father couldn’t hold back his emotion as his daughter walked down the aisle. So beautiful to see! But the bride’s dad wasn’t the only one with tears in his eyes…as Libby made her way to the altar, Will cried tears of joy as well. Beautiful! I love emotional weddings so much, and always feel privileged to be part of such an important moment in two peoples’ lives.
As they left the altar hand-in-hand, I remembered back to that first spring afternoon I spent with Libby and Will. The adorable, giggly couple that I first knew looked just as sweet…but now they were husband and wife! I wish them so much joy on the journey ahead. They don’t need any extra luck, they’ve got that in spades already! Their future is bright indeed, and I know that their dreams will continue to come true! Enjoy this sneak peek of their day.

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Thank Raygan Michelle for shooting this wedding with me and for being wonderful to work with!

Venue: Saint Bede Catholic Church / Videographer: Silver Streak Weddings / Florist: Flower Cupboard / Cake Artist: Indulge Bakery and Bistro / Catering: Creative Cuisines / Ceremony music: In Praise / Reception music: Mo’Sol / Hair and Make-up: Bride Face Richmond / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaids dress: Azazie / Groom and Groomsmen’s attire: Indochino

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