Josh M. Winston Salem Senior Session.

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Guys. I love photographing weddings, but senior sessions come in a close second. If you think about it, some of the elements are the same with the two stages of life … life is about to change in a big way! For one, it’s the start of life as a unit of two persons as one and for the other, the high school senior, it’s the beginning of breaking off into life as an individual. It’s so exciting!

I got to photograph Josh’s older sister years ago when she graduated high school and now it’s finally Josh’s turn! I love the classic look of Old Salem, NC and the fun and funky downtown Winston Salem combo. Don’t you love his red hair and freckles? He totally killed it!

P. S. Do you know any high school seniors graduating next year? Send them my way!

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Katie + Adam. Summerfield Farms Wedding.

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Katie + Adam’s wedding day was so lovely. Full of laughter, happy tears, friends, and family. Just as it should be! My husband, Jonathan, was one of the officiants for this wedding (the other being Katie’s dad!) so I had the privilege of joining Katie + Adam in a couple of sessions of marriage counseling. The strength and dedication of this couple is something really special and I was so honored to be a part of their wedding day!

I love how involved their families were in everything from the bridal party (check out all the flower girls and ring bearers!), to the music during the ceremony, the officiating, and all the planning beforehand! Some of my other favorite things …
– Katie + Adam opening their gifts from one another. They knew just what to get! Katie literally lost her breath when she saw the sentimental gift that Adam had created and he was so touched by her gifting exactly what he needed that day!
– the few minutes I had with just Katie, Adam, and Adam’s beautiful daughter – their first family photos!
– We had two beautiful portrait sessions with the bride and groom and the most beautiful evening light.
– Totally losing it laughing with Katie + Adam when we had a misunderstanding about something Katie wanted to do after the portraits ;)
– The toasts given by the matron of honor and best man. Both were so heartfelt and funny!
– Duck Donuts. Enough said.

Venue – Summerfield Farms. Summerfield, NC | Bride’s dress – Diva’s Bridal | Bridesmaid’s dresses – | Florist – Sedgefield Florist | Catering – Above & Beyond Catering | DJ – Kenneth Eller | Dessert – Duck Donuts | Videographer – Frey Films

And so many thanks to my second photographer and dear friend, Anna Paschal Photography!

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The Sullivan Family. Atlantic Beach Family Session.

I spent a lovely afternoon at the beach with this this multi-generational family. I love sessions like this, where I get to photograph some beautiful portraits and lots of real-life moments, too. I got a little bit of everything with this session – a large group photo, lots of little family photos, and a mini senior session! You were delightful, Sullivan family! Let’s do it again next year ;)

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Tanya + Erick. L’Abri at Linwood Wedding.

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Man, I have a special one to share with you today! I have been looking forward to Tanya + Erick’s wedding since their New Jersey/NYC engagement session in November. They are so fun and laid-back and that always makes for a great wedding day! We started the afternoon in the bridal suite where Erick had delivered some special gifts to his bride, his mother, and his (soon-to-be) mother-in-law. It was such a sweet surprise! And that’s just how Tanya + Erick both are – so thoughtful and kind! Their friends and family were included in everything and I’m sure they felt so special.

After getting ready, Tanya + Erick had the sweetest first look (attended by their family and close friends). The
ceremony began with the officiant (Tanya’s sister) asking for everyone to put away their phones, cameras, and other devices and get to know the people around them! It allowed for a distraction-free ceremony and so many great
moments. The guests burst into a spontaneous round of applause and then friendly waves when Tanya made it to the end of the aisle. It was so sweet! Their gorgeous ceremony was sealed with a picture perfect kiss and a joyful
recession down the aisle. It started to sprinkle right after family portraits so we grabbed a handful of newlywed
portraits and headed to the reception where it turned into a complete downpour right after cocktail hour! Tanya + Erick’s first dance was followed by a surprise vocal performance by Erick, and a round of emotional toasts from their families. The sun popped out during the rain shower and, soon after, a double rainbow was spotted. We stepped outside for a few more photos before kicking off the dance party inside. Then, the sun set. Guys. THE most gorgeous pinkish-purple-cotton-candy sunset was the perfect end to the crazy weather! We stepped into a nearby field and allowed Tanya + Erick to enjoy their first sunset as husband and wife. Then it was party time. These
people seriously know how to party!

Tanya + Erick – I know you enjoyed your honeymoon (judging by your amazing Instagram photos!)… and I hope that you’re settling back into your sweet Hoboken apartment and enjoying newly-married life! I’ll check in next time I’m in New York!! ;)

Many thanks to my second photographer, Anna Paschal, for shooting this one with me! You are the best!

Venue – L’Abri at Linwood. Linwood, NC | Planner – Jamie Mostofian | Bride’s dress – Modern Trousseau — Astor | Bride’s shoes – Laura Porto for BHDLN | Bride’s hair + makeup artist – Jami Svay | Bridesmaids dress – Adrianna Papell for BHLDN | Officiant – Liz Freirich | Florist – Pam Morris | Catering – Fresh. Local. Good. | DJ – K2 Productions | Lighting – Themeworks creative rentals | Cake – Fresh. Local. Good. | Videographer – A Thousand Cranes

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Alexia + Grant. Mountain Magnolia Inn Wedding. Hot Springs, NC.

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Alexia + Grant’s low-key mountain ceremony was the perfect way to start my double-wedding Memorial Day weekend! There were not dozens of vendors helping with every detail. There was no 15-person bridal party. But, instead, Alexia + Grant got ready and were attended to by their closest friends and family. Alexia’s mom and best friend lovingly put up her hair, just the way Alexia had pictured. Grant’s dad helped fix his tie and cuff links. Their daughter, Scarlett, couldn’t wait to get dressed up and walk down the aisle. They were both so calm while getting ready but, at the same time, SO excited and emotional!

I loved the thought that these two put into every detail to make sure their guests had a great time. The s’mores bar and ice cream were the perfect treats for such an evening! The night ended with several heartfelt toasts, a few happy tears, and a tunnel of sparklers. Perfection!

The details : Venue – Mountain Magnolia Inn | Bride’s dress – David’s Bridal | Catering – Mountain Magnolia Inn | Ice cream – The Hop Ice Cream Cafe | Videographer – Stuck In Love Films

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