Monthly Archives: September 2011

Amanda + John. Engagement Session.

Yesterday was mine and Jonathan’s second anniversary… I can’t believe it’s already been two years since we said our vows on that rainy afternoon! And believe me, it was a rainy afternoon. This past weekend in Greensboro was like a perfect reenactment of our wedding day weather. And, actually, our first anniversary, and every one of our vacations together have been the same way! It’s actually kind of funny now. I feel like I can predict the weather for next September 26th already! Anyway, the past two years have been some of the best of my life. Jonathan is my best friend, my confidante, and my favorite second photographer :) In fact, I brought my computer to his office tonight so we could work late together. I love him so much!

That brings me to another guy I really love… my brother, John. He is the same brother that was in a motorcycle wreck a few months ago. It was a scary time for our family but he’s ok now and it’s an absolute miracle. I was tearing up while editing through these photos, thinking about how blessed we are to still have him around. He and Amanda have been together for years. I’ve seen them go through ups and downs and always come out on the other side. In fact, she hardly left his side the entire time he was in the hospital. I’m so excited that they’re finally going to be married in just a few short weeks. Before we know it, they’ll be sharing their second anniversary… Crazy!

I love that they chose to dress up for the first part of the session!

See, aren’t they cute?

I love these few buildings that we found in Summerfield. I was going to say “downtown” but that would be a little bit of an exaggeration… Still, it was cute!

Amanda is so pretty. . . John picked a good wife :)

You guys are stinkin’ adorable!

Is John handsome, or what? I think they both got a good catch ;)

Love this photo of John. He is a country boy at heart.

We got some gorgeous evening light in this field!

Our last stop was at my parents house where John and Amanda got engaged. I love that they used such a sentimental location for part of their session!

I love all these photos together. These two crack me up . . .

Check out Amanda’s ring… gorgeous!

John + Amanda, I love you both so much! Can’t wait to see you as “bride & groom” in a few weeks!

Emily + Alex. Hodgin Valley Farm. Pt 2.

Part two of Emily + Alex’s wedding. . .

Hodgin Valley Farm is such a gorgeous venue! Jonathan and I made sure to get lots of photos of the area. . .

This horse buggy was around during the reception to give rides. I love this idea!

I am in love with this cake spread. There were so many different kinds and they all looked incredible!

Alex made these cake toppers himself! I love the little purple tie on the groom :)

Iron Hen made some seriously delicious hors d’oeuvres!

Ok, this is so much fun . . . during the reception these three walked around and collected money for the “wedding fund”. Any time someone donated, they got a piece of Alex’s tie!

These gifts for the padrinhos (witnesses) from Happy Camper Smores were so cute! It definitely gave me a craving for smores, though!

Emily and Alex made their grand exit, drove around the house, and came back for some extended portrait time! It was really nice being able to do portraits without the time crunch of trying to get into the reception. Plus the sunset was gorgeous!

Sometimes Alex and Emily are romantic . . .

. . . and sometimes they are silly.

I love this shot. I think it fits them perfectly! The entire day they both seemed relaxed and just enjoyed everything. Also, who doesn’t love a bride that will climb hay bales?

These two photos are my favorites. . .

Alex and Emily, I so enjoyed working with you both. It was an honor to document your wedding day. . .maybe Jonathan and I will come up to Boston sometime soon and you can show us around!

Emily + Alex. Hodgin Valley Farm Wedding.

I’ve finally narrowed down my favorite photos enough to share Emily + Alex’s fabulous farm wedding with you (it is in two parts, though!). I promise, you will be able to see the love that these two put into every aspect of their wedding! Emily used tons of Etsy vendors, friends, and family to pull off their wedding vision. It was amazing! I had been looking forward to this wedding since I met Alex and Emily months before. We immediately hit it off and they told me all about their love story . . . how they met, how they fell in love, and how Alex proposed (which is a great and hilarious story, by the way). They are just perfect together. Alex and his family are from Brazil so they mixed lots of Brazilian traditions and foods into the wedding. It was so fun to see these two families join together!

The details . . .

Venue : Hodgin Valley Farm. Pleasant Garden, NC.
Bride’s dress (style & where purchased) : Casablanca  La Reine Bridal in Waltham, MA
Brides hair & makeup artist : Carla White
Bridesmaids dresses : AnnTaylor Loft, Banana Republic and ModCloth
Officiant : Felipe Assis
Florist : Plants and Answers
Catering : Iron Hen
Cake : Iron Hen
Favors: brigadeiros, traditional Brazilian dessert, made by the groom’s mother
Bridesmaids jewelry: custom designed by Etsy artist anthology27
Groom/groomsmen/ringbearer shoes: TOMS
Bride’s hair fascinator – Misunbridal on
Bride’s veil – fascinatingcreations on
garter – rosebudlips on
Pearl bracelets for flower girls and Jr. bridesmaid – LittleDiddleBoutique on
Cake toppers – made by the groom himself!

I love Emily’s choice of wedding shoes . . . something stylish and something fun!

This Bible was given to Emily many years ago and part of the note inside reads “…when you walk down the aisle I hope you will carry this Bible…” So precious!

Alex was in the next room, checking the time. . . He was excited to finally see his bride!

The ringbearer was cracking me up… he was worn out before the ceremony even started!

Everyone got a little emotional when Emily put on the dress. She was stunning!

Emily got the same veil that I wore on my wedding day! She emailed me a couple of weeks before the wedding about the veil after she found a photo of me wearing it on . . yeah, we had a little moment there ;)

Alex was totally working that suit! Doesn’t he look great?

I love catching these little side moments during family photos . . .

We checked in on the bride one more time before walking down to the ceremony site. She was so relaxed!

Now these are some happy newlyweds!

Part two of the wedding to follow . . .

Emily S. Winston Salem Senior Session.

First of all, yay Fall!! These few days of cooler weather in NC have me itching for sweaters, boots, crunchy leaves, and everything else that goes along with the season. Fall is definitely my favorite :)

I have been doing lots of senior sessions lately and I totally love it! Emily is another amazing girl just entering her senior year. We shot her session on a quiet Sunday evening in Winston Salem… the streets were basically empty and we had so many great backdrops to work with!

Emily has a beautiful smile and a kind and quiet soul. She also has great outfits . . .

We couldn’t figure out if this wall meant “POW WAR” or if they just didn’t know how to spell “power”. Either way, we liked the colors!

I love her beautiful brown eyes!

Check out that gorgeous smile :)

Emily, I hope you enjoy your senior year! I know you’ll do great things :)

J + L Engaged. Love story.

I am so excited to finally share this love story with you all! Though it’s been under wraps for a while, Jonathan and I have been working on incorporating video into engagement sessions and we’re ready to share the love :)

Jonathan filmed during Jordan and Lindsey’s engagement session a few months ago (see if you recognize the video clips from their engagement photos!). Doing the video and photo session simultaneously worked amazingly well! I was able to photograph each half of the couple while Jonathan was doing one-on-one interviews with the other. I love that this short video lets you in on another aspect of their relationship and personalities! They are so fun and sweet. If you’re anything like me, this video will make you laugh and cry all in less than ten minutes!

We are now offering love stories as an add-on to your engagement session with Alexa’s Photography. These videos can be shown at the rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, or just shared with family and friends. Shoot me an email for more information!