Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Craigs. NC Family Photography.

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Though I usually label myself as a “wedding photographer” I do a lot of other types of shoots! I love photographing seniors, parties, and cute cute families like the one I’m featuring today. I got a call from Kristi (mama Craig) about shooting with her family at their home in Charlotte. After she described her fun hubby, adorable kids, and AMAZING backyard, I couldn’t wait to shoot with them! Just check out all the cuteness going on in this post.

Kristi, John, Nori and Banner. . .

This is Banner . . . he was totally intrigued with the camera during the entire shoot! I love how he jumped out of the group photo to get a closer look. . .

Lots of love going on here . . .

Isn’t this smile the best? Nori was so excited about the session and is such a sweetheart!

Cuddles with daddy . . .

I love the color in this image . Just look at that curly red hair!

The family piled into the hammock for a few minutes. I love the chaos and joy of little kids. . . they are just so much fun!

This tractor toy was John’s when he was little and this is probably my favorite image from the shoot. The hands helping steer the tractor and hold Banner on make me think of how his daddy will be there to support him and help him through his life. I hope they hold on to this image for years.

And then there’s that special bond between mother and daughter. . .

Kristi asked me to recreate this image based on one of John and his sister when they were little. I’m so glad she thought to show me that photo. . . it’s such a cute idea!

I love these next few of the family playing in the yard. No poses or props, just running around having fun!

Sometimes John and Kristi have alone time . . .

. . . but not for long!

Nori and Banner were getting a little tired at this point . . .

. . . but not too tired for tickles! I love these next few and would love to see them as prints on a wall.

Liz + Jonathan. Hanging Rock Wedding.

It seems to be the theme in a North Carolina summer wedding. . . never knowing if the weather is going to cooperate! In this case, we had more than a little scare. The clouds were looming as we made our way up to Hanging Rock, and opened up with rain more than a couple times. But the ceremony was still a few hours away so we held on to that hope that the weather would clear up! We found Liz getting ready in a cabin at the park. She was a little nervous, but still smiling and praying that the clouds would pass on! Special thanks to Hannah for shooting this wedding with me! We had way too much fun.

The details . . .

Venue : Hanging Rock State Park

Catering : Cincy’s Downtown

Cake : Cake & All Things Yummy

DJ : Drake’s DJ Services

A few of the bride’s details . . .

Liz and the girls got ready in this cabin. It was so cute and cozy!

Liz handmade most of the wedding details, including that adorable ringbearer’s pillow! Don’t you love how everything coordinates?

Liz wasn’t letting the rain get her down. She kept telling me “it will stop before the ceremony!” and flashing that adorable smile :)

I had to grab a few images of the invitation suite. Isn’t it gorgeous?

Hannah grabbed this cute shot of Liz’s shoes. I love that pop of color!

She was so happy and excited the entire afternoon!

Jonathan’s daughter, Lilly, was super happy to see Liz finally put on her wedding dress. . .

Hannah grabbed a couple shots of Lilly while I was photographing the bride.

The rain was coming in spurts at this point… pouring one minute, and barely sprinkling the next. We weren’t sure what to expect for the ceremony! We found the guys in the reception shelter, waiting for the weather to clear…

This the officiant’s son. Isn’t he cute? Seriously. Look at that face!

We grabbed a few shots of Jonathan alone…

Love that smile!

Time for the first-look! I love this shot by Hannah.

Jonathan was so happy to finally see his bride. All the nervousness, excitement, and getting ready led up to this point!

A good luck kiss from his daughter . . .

Some details . . .

And we’re ready to start the ceremony! I love that someone drew a huge heart in the sand behind the altar.

We had some seriously gorgeous light during the ceremony. And no rain!

Liz couldn’t stop smiling at her man.

Married!

We stole away for a few minutes of Liz and Jonathan alone. We had to squeeze in some photos while the sun was shining! And it’s a good thing we did. It started raining again after we went under the shelter for the reception!

She loves being wrapped in his arms . . .

They’re so cute together!

That sand was hard to walk in, even without high heels! Liz doesn’t seem to notice anything except her husband :)

Some gorgeous details… Again, designed by the bride herself!

I love a choreographed first dance . . .

Now Jonathan has two beautiful girls in his life . . .

Sometime during the reception the glow-sticks and bubbles came out and the guests got silly!

A bubble filled send-off. . .

 

Chelsea + Jonathan. Castle McCulloch Wedding.

I’m back to blogging! I know I haven’t updated in a little while and I hope you all have been waiting on the edge of your seats :) These past couple of weeks have been a little crazy but I’ve got lots of good stuff coming up, starting with Chelsea and Jonathan’s wedding at Castle McCulloch!

I’ve known Chelsea’s family for a few years so it was extra fun being behind the scenes at the wedding! I hadn’t met Jonathan before but I could instantly tell how much he loves Chelsea and how their families are so supportive of the marriage. You’ll see it too in all the photos of hugs, tears, and prayers…

The details…

Venue : Castle McCulloch

Hair + Makeup : Carla White

Florist : Occasions Floral Design

Catering : Visions Catering

Jonathan took a few minutes to open letters from his new sis-in-law and his bride. Such a sweet start to the day!

When Jonathan opened this gift from his bride he whispered “man, that girl knows me…”.  So precious!

This is definitely one of my favorite shots of a groom getting ready.

Chelsea also sent this scrapbook for Jonathan to look through. It was filled with photos of them together, movie tickets from dates they went on, and cute notes. She loves him so much :)

A little help from the guys . . .

I took the guys outside to do a few group shots before heading upstairs to shoot with the girls. We started with some slow-mo running… This series is cracking me up!

After shooting with the guys a few minutes, I went upstairs to check on the ladies. . .

Don’t you love Chelsea’s shoes? They looked so comfy and I just love the bows.

A quick kiss from her little sister, and we’re ready to head downstairs!

Chelsea and Jonathan’s day was filled with prayer from friends and family. I love being a part of these intimate moments and seeing their marriage start off with such a close support system!

This poster was set up outside for as an alternative to the guest book. Guests left a fingerprint and signed underneath… love it! My Jonathan (yeah, having two Jonathans was confusing!) shot with me and photographed the details below.

Love this moment between Chelsea’s dad and his soon to be son-in-law. . .

And here comes the bride :)

I love the movement in this image of our bride and groom leaving the ceremony tent…

A few moments alone as newlyweds . . .

Such a cute flowergirl :)

We finished the family formals early so we had some extra time for Chelsea and Jonathan alone . . .

 

The first dance was so precious . . . you could tell that Jonathan and Chelsea were only focused on each other.

Indiana Jones made another appearance with the rings. . .

Everyone made an appearance on the dance floor. . .

. . . and Chelsea’s dad got a little footloose!

Chelsea and Jonathan . . . thank you for allowing us to be a part of your day. We’re so excited for you and your future together!

Jenna + Adam. Winston Salem Wedding.

Last weekend I had the pleasure of working with Logan Jarrard as a second shooter on a wedding in Winston Salem. I met Logan at our church a few months ago and was excited to finally work with him, but I drove through the most insane weather on the way to the wedding… pouring rain, strong winds, and dark clouds. I thought I was going to get caught in the tornado that hit the southern part of our state that afternoon! Thankfully, I made it to the bride’s house in Winston Salem and the weather totally cleared up! After over an inch of rain, the clouds moved out and all we had was sunshine. Beautiful!

We started the afternoon by taking some shots of Jenna’s incredible dress…

I love some happy bridesmaids and family… They were so excited to see Jenna as a bride!

I love that Jenna’s dad got to take part in this special time.

A few finishing touches . . .

And a smile at dad . . .

And we took Jenna upstairs for some portraits . . .

Logan found some gorgeous window light!

Jenna’s headpiece was worn by her grandmother during her wedding years ago. Isn’t that precious?

I got to take Jenna’s bouquet outside for a few minutes . . .

Relaxing before we head to the church . . . I wish I looked this good just hanging out in the kitchen!

I love the faces of Jenna’s mom and the groom (Adam) watching her come down the aisle . . .

Married!

I grabbed this shot of Jenna talking with the officiant while the family photos were going on. I just love the light coming in through the window!

Three generations of beautiful women . . .

On the way to the reception we stopped in a front yard to photograph Jenna and Adam alone. Have you ever seen such a gorgeous, huge Azalea bush? LOVE it!

We were able to take some photos of the bridal party once we arrived at the Deacon Tower Grille.

First dance!

Jenna’s brother sang a couple of songs for her at the beginning of the reception. I can’t lie, I definitely teared up a little. Ok, more than a little. It was so sweet!

Once the sun popped back out from behind the clouds, we were able to take some more photos of the newlyweds! They’re so happy and cute together . . .

I usually don’t like wide-angle shots so much but I think this one is cute . . .

 

We were so excited to have access to the field . . .

Back inside at the reception there were toasts . . .

. . . and tons of dancing . . .

This sweet couple lasted the longest in the “Anniversary dance” … they’ve been married over 60 years!

Congratulations, Adam & Jenna!