Monthly Archives: May 2012

Tonya + Jon. Art Gallery Wedding.

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I have been excited about shooting Tonya + Jon’s wedding since I met them in January… They are such a fun and unique couple and their wedding totally complimented their personalities. Tonya also admitted that she is a Pinterest addict and created some of her wedding details to reflect her love affair with the website :)

Venue : Flanders Art Gallery
Bride’s dress : David’s Bridal
Bride’s shoes : David’s Bridal
Brides hair & makeup artist : Glam Lounge
Bridesmaids dresses : David’s Bridal
Catering :  QShack
Cake/Dessert : Krispy Kreme

We started shooting at Glam Lounge where the girls were getting their hair and makeup done. I love the colorful atmosphere!

Flanders art gallery is such a cool space!

I loved the funky and modern details from this wedding.

Jon picked out his own wedding shoes… and he was pretty excited about his choice, too :)

Jon is such an awesome guy…

…He and the groomsmen were cracking me up during portrait time.

A few finishing touches on the bride. . .

I LOVE all the tech-y details of this wedding. This hollowed out Mac computer was used to hold cards on the gift table. Just slip the envelope into the disc slot!

Oh yeah, and this? Soo cool. Jon + Tonya (Or “Jonya”, as they’re known to close friends) created a mix cd as a wedding favor and slipped the program in the other side.

The scrapbook that Jon created for Tonya was on display. It included tickets from events, dates, and even their first emails to each other!

I love the change in Jon’s face when Tonya appeared at the end of the aisle. . .

The ceremony was perfect… full of laughs and tears for everyone!

These two are so fun together!

We had plenty of time for portraits so we got to walk a couple of blocks and find lots of great places to shoot!

Downtown Raleigh is so colorful and gorgeous!

We were all so excited to find this in the parking lot! Jonya’s wedding date was 5.12.12 :)

Our last stop before the reception was Tonya and Jon’s church. . .

Old cameras, tape players, and records made up the techy centerpieces. . .

Guests waved ribbon wands and blew plastic horns and kazoos for the grand exit. It was so fun!

Baby Amelia. NC Family Photographer.

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Sweet baby Amelia was born to my dear friends Eric + Amanda (you may remember their maternity session!) just a little over a month ago! They had been preparing for her arrival for months and we were all so excited when she finally got here :) I loved spending the morning with some of our best friends! Watching them transition into their new role as parents to this beautiful girl has been so fun. I’m definitely taking notes for when it’s our turn!

Amelia is so so precious. I love how she looks slightly confused here…

I think Amelia looks a lot like her mama.

I think this is so precious! I think she likes spending time with her daddy, what do you think?

I love chubby baby fingers!

Amelia seemed pretty interested in the camera near the end. I love those beautiful eyes!

I love these little baby feet!

Even though Amelia got a little fussy near the end, I love this last shot of the day. Amanda and Eric had this verse picked out for Amelia since they found out they were expecting her! I’m so excited Jonathan and I will be around to watch this little family grow over the next few years :) We love you guys!

Tracey + Stephen. Tot Hill Farm Wedding. Pt II.

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Here it is! Part II of Tracey + Stephen’s beautiful Tot Hill Farm wedding! The reception was full of perfect details and highlighted by a few emotional speeches by friends and family. I loved hearing stories from Stephen and Tracey’s childhood and school days together. . . they were so funny and sweet! I definitely teared up a few times (along with the rest of the audience!). Don’t forget to leave a comment!

Venue : Tot Hill Farm. Asheboro, NC.
Wedding planner/coordinator : Leigh Pearce
Bride’s dress (style & where purchased) : Arabelle at JCrew
Bride’s shoes : Miss Albright by Anthropologie
Brides hair & makeup artist : Carla White
Bridesmaids dresses : J.Crew
Florist : Burge Florist
Catering : Iron Hen Café
Lighting : K2 productions
Cakes and pies : Simply Scrumptious Bake Shop
Favors : Succulents Galore on Etsy
Invitations :
Programs : The Polka Dotted Bee on Etsy
Ceremony signs CraftMartTexas on Etsy

Tracey put so much thought into every detail of the wedding. . .

The incredible Iron Hen Cafe is always delicious. They never disappoint!

And the tables were full of mismatched china, baby succulents, and hand-stamped custom napkins. . .

I am IN LOVE with Tracey’s ring. Aren’t you?

I love these moments. . . Stephen couldn’t stop playing with his ring and everyone wanted to see Tracey’s new addition :)

Yes, these tasted as good as they look. At least, I know one of them did :)

The first dance was so cute. . . Tracey and Stephen were all smiles!

I love this sweet photo of Tracey wiping her tears during her mom’s speech. . .

A sweet moment between Tracey and her brother. . .

This grand exit was so fun! All the guests had cap guns and confetti poppers to shoot!

Of course, the gun play lasted long beyond the grand exit . . .

Stephen and Tracey, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your day! I hope you’re easily settling back into life on the West Coast after your honeymoon :)

Coming up soon, Baby Amelia’s session, Tonya + Jon’s wedding in Flander’s Art Gallery, Shona’s fun headshots, and (after this weekend) Rachel + Kit’s wedding in Asheville, NC!

Tracey + Stephen. Tot Hill Farm Wedding. Part I.

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Yes, the title says “part 1″… when it came down to it, I just couldn’t narrow everything down enough to squeeze it all into one post! Tracey, Stephen, and their coordinator/planner Leigh Pearce put SO much work and heart into this wedding! I couldn’t bear to cut out any of the incredible details, sweet smiles, or emotional moments from this day. So this post covers the early part of the day and the ceremony, the next post (hopefully tomorrow!) will feature all the amazing details from the reception and their super unique grand exit!

Tracey and Stephen both grew up in Randolph county and trekked back from Santa Monica, California to have this destination wedding at Tot Hill Farm in Asheboro. David, from A Sweet Carolina Wedding, second-shot this wedding with me. The whole day was so calm and relaxed. . . it hardly felt like we were working! Stay tuned tomorrow for the reception, some amazing table details and a cake buffet to die for!

The details . . .

Venue : Tot Hill Farm. Asheboro, NC.
Wedding planner/coordinator : Leigh Pearce
Bride’s dress (style & where purchased) : Arabelle at JCrew
Bride’s shoes : Miss Albright by Anthropologie
Brides hair & makeup artist : Carla White
Bridesmaids dresses : J.Crew
Florist : Burge Florist
Catering : Iron Hen Café
Lighting : K2 productions
Cakes and pies : Simply Scrumptious Bake Shop
Favors : Succulents Galore on Etsy
Invitations :
Programs : The Polka Dotted Bee on Etsy
Ceremony signs CraftMartTexas on Etsy


I love this photo from David of the dress . . .

The girls got ready at the house on Tot Hill Farm, there were so many cute places to photograph Tracey’s accessories!

Tracey has a wonderful laugh. . .

We found the guys relaxing near the golf course. . .

Looking good, Stephen!                  (photo by David)

Tracey and Stephen chose to do a first look before the ceremony so we had more time to do portraits. . .

Stephen’s dad stopped by to grab a photo for himself. . . so sweet!

(David’s photo on the left, mine on the right)

I love the pop of that flower on Tracey’s dress. . .

These rocks on the golf course made a perfect setting for a romantic portrait of these two!

This duet played perfectly bluegrass music during the ceremony.

Tracey and her brother were all smiles walking down the aisle. It was such a sweet moment!

I LOVE these few minutes right after the ceremony. Hugs and kisses and high-fives all around!

Natty Greene’s is a true Southern beer, brewed right here in North Carolina!

We took a few more minutes for portraits on the way to join the cocktail hour. Tot Hill is full of little buildings and barns!

Make sure to check back tomorrow for details from the reception, and some really emotional moments during the speeches!

Ana + Dennis. Proximity Wedding.

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I’m so excited to share Ana + Dennis’ wedding with you today! The Proximity is an incredibly gorgeous eco-friendly hotel here in Greensboro. It’s where Jonathan and I stayed on our wedding night and first anniversary and is one of our favorite local places to visit! It was the perfect setting for this amazing, but low-key wedding. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a bride and groom as calm as Ana and Dennis were all day! As family and friends arrived for the ceremony, the buzz started to grow and when Dennis and then Ana walked down the aisle the air filled with whistles and cheers and mumbles of “oh my gosh!”. It was such a fun day to be a part of!

The details :

Venue : Proximity Hotel. Greensboro, NC
Bride’s dress : San Patrick Capricha , Anjolique Bridal in Huntersville NC
Bride’s shoes : Badgley Mischka
Brides hair & makeup artist : Jade Aveda Lifestyle Salon
Bridesmaids dresses : David’s Bridal
Officiant : Virginia Wood
Florist : Brenda McLamb at Proximity
Catering : Print Works Bistro
DJ : Charles Tenor
Cake : Maxie B’s


Ana’s bouquet was perfect with just a hint of purple!

Even with two kids in Ana’s “getting ready” room, it was still so relaxed and quiet!

I do love a one shoulder dress. . .

Isn’t she beautiful?

I’m so glad we had a few minutes with Ana alone!

She picked a great pair of shoes. . .

Once Ana was back safely in her room, we waited in the lobby for Dennis. .  .

He has a great laugh!

A few finishing touches, and we were ready for some portraits!

One of the ringbearers got a little stage fright when he got to the aisle . . .

I love this wide shot that Jonathan took of the ceremony.

Dennis told me they had been waiting for this day for a long time, so everyone was a little emotional during the ceremony.

Right after the ceremony, we took Ana + Dennis for some portraits alone. . .

I love this one. . .

I’m glad Ana brought a couple of props to use during the portrait session. . . so cute!

Cuties :)

Maxie B’s made some beautiful (and tasty!) cupcakes for the reception. I love the detail on the round cake!

Both the father-daughter and mother-son dances were precious and so fun!

After dinner the real fun began. . . I love Dennis’ face in this photo!

And this DJ was amazing! He had a great feel for the crowd and kept everyone dancing all night long!

Dennis and Ana, thank you for allowing Jonathan and I to be a part of your wedding day! We wish you the best as you begin your new life as a married couple!!