Megan + Daniel. Charlotte Farm Wedding.

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There’s just something special about getting married at a home instead of another wedding venue – especially when the home is your dad’s and it’s also a gorgeous farm! It can make even a 300+ guest wedding seem intimate and close. Megan’s family worked for months and months to make Megan’s wedding dreams come true and I think it was worth it. Can you believe he built that reception barn for her?! It was incredible.

Some of my favorite things…
– Megan’s dog, Bella. She was so sweet and calm in the middle of wedding craziness! She followed Megan everywhere, including down the aisle, and was just so cute!
– Daniel’s entrance to the ceremony. He and the groomsmen drove up from another house all piled in his gorgeous green Chevy. It was so fun!
– Megan + Daniel. They have such a sweet and tender relationship. The way Daniel kept looking at his bride had her melting all day long! Every time I turned around they were stealing a kiss.
– The horses! They were SO into everything that was going on and were trying to follow guests through the gate to the ceremony for a better view. Plus, they were just beautiful!

And finally, I’m always so grateful to have the wonderful and sweet Anna Paschal Photography  shooting with me! Such a sweet friend and amazing photographer.

The details : Venue – Pleasant Grove Farm | Planner – Chris Federico | Bride’s dress purchased – London and Lace Bridal | Bridesmaid’s dresses – show me your mumu | Officiant – Jim Lytle | Florist – Tayflower | Catering – Bouk Catering | DJ – Split Second Sound | Cake – The Wow Factor | Videographer – Firefly Films | Rentals – Tool Time Rentals | Vintage rentals – Evermore | Ceremony musicians – Deans Duets

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Lindsey + Kevin. Starmount Country Club Wedding.

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Lindsey + Kevin’s wedding day was so special and just emotional. I had to hold back tears multiple times that day as Lindsey and Kevin each had moments of feeling the weight and joy of a wedding day and finally being married! The light and weather were perfect all day long and we made it to the reception venue just in time for some incredible golden light during portraits!

Some of my other favorite things…
– Lindsey and Kevin each gifted each other the same brand of fragrance without knowing it! What a sweet memory to have, and now a scent to go with it!
– All the happy tears
– Family portraits outside! Guys, it makes such a difference in the photos when you do them outside as opposed to at the altar inside a dark church with stained glass. Nothing against the inside of a church or stained glass, but seriously! The natural light just can’t be beat.
– The dance party. SO amazing and had me laughing all night.

The details : Venues – Proximity Hotel & Starmount Forest Country Club | Bride’s dress – Amy Kuschel from Lana Addison Bridal | Bride’s shoes – Bella Belle and kate spade | Hair – Progression’s Salon | Makeup – D’Atra Westmoreland | Bridesmaid’s dresses – Jenny Yoo | Florist – Jenny’s Projects | Catering – Starmount Forest Country Club | Band – Straight Fire | Dessert – Sweet Josephine’s | Art/Calligraphy – Mary Hannah Andrews

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Meghan + Josh. Durham Engagement Session.

You know those couples that you see and you’re just like “yeah, those two were meant for each other”? That’s Meghan + Josh. Their personalities are so complementary, they have the same style, and they are both so so sweet! We started their session at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham which is so fun with all the little alleyways, string lights, and industrial buildings mixed with some cute natural areas. As we were walking around we were talking about their upcoming wedding and how we’ll try to shoot on the rooftop of their venue that evening. A man walking his dog nearby overheard the word “rooftop” and invited us up to the rooftop of his apartment building to shoot for a few minutes! It was such a fun and unexpected addition to the session :)  Josh is a golf pro so of course we had to finish up the evening at his course nearby.

Can’t wait for this December wedding!

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Wood Family Session. Greensboro, NC.

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I love doing a family photo session “just because”. No special event. No big life change coming up. Just a sweet, happy family, just as they are at this moment in time. I think it’s important to have your family photographed often. And if you can’t do often, then at least once in a while. I photographed a family once and a while later found out that the little three-year-old was diagnosed with a serious illness soon after our session. Her grandmother cried to me on the phone while thanking me for the photos that she “wouldn’t trade for a million dollars now”.

I say it all the time but it really is such an honor to play this role in the lives of so many families. Whether on a wedding day or a Friday afternoon in the woods, these are the moments that matter.

I’m so glad that Hannah got in touch to photograph her family “just because”. They are so sweet and full of life and love. The pictures of her parents are my favorites!

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