Crystal + Hunter. Rand Bryan House.

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The handwritten sign displayed at the reception was just perfect… “Best day ever” it declared. And it was. I know that Crystal + Hunter would relive it over and over if they could. I loved watching Crystal during the calm frenzy of getting ready to the moment she walked out to see Hunter for the first time, I felt like I was almost as giddy as she was! And when they saw each other for the first time on their wedding day, Crystal + Hunter almost melted into each other’s arms. What a precious moment that I hope they never forget. I love how they paused for a few minutes and just held each other, soaking it all in. Best day ever. We had three chances to photograph these two together throughout the day and I took every opportunity. They were so blissfully happy together… it was just beautiful. Crystal walked down the aisle to Disney’s “Once Upon A Dream”, and walked back up holding the hand of the love of her life. Best day ever. They mingled with family and friends, ate delicious food, and held each other as the sun went down before exiting through a tunnel of sparklers. Best day ever.

Crystal + Hunter, I hope these photos help you relive your best day ever. xoxo!

The details : Venue – Rand Bryan House, Garner NC | Bride’s dress – Kenneth Pool, purchased at Bride’s Against Breast Cancer | Bride’s shoes – Kate Spade | Bridesmaid’s dresses – Alfred Sung | Florist – Fresh Affairs | Catering – The Pit | Band – Gallatin Canyon | Cake – Ashley Cakes | Cake topper – Etsy shop BetterOffWed | Bride/Bridesmaid’s robes – Etsy shop SilkandMore

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June Goals.

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It officially feels like summer around here. Yesterday was our first pool day and it was so nice… until a storm rolled in and we got absolutely poured on. Ha! Still, lots of fun. I’m looking forward to the longer days, more playing outside, and nights on the screen porch under the string lights with Jonathan. Making goals in May really helped me accomplish things I wanted to get done so here are some of my goals for this month!

Goals for me…

Print personal photos Last week I lived through the heart-stopping event of one of my main hard drives crashing. Seriously, for a few minutes I was terrified, trying to remember what was on the drive. Thankfully, I always back up my work in multiple places so I didn’t lose anyone’s wedding photos. But, for whatever reason, I wasn’t as careful with my personal photos and lost the last few months of photos and videos of my family, our little boy, our day trips, and our home life… The only photos I do have from those times are the ones I printed or loaded onto Facebook, or had on my phone. And yes, I know better. I just never took the time! So, the awful lesson here is to back up your digital photos multiple times and get those babies printed! This month I’ll be making sure my older photos are in at least two backups and having tons of them printed.

More family play time We have passes to the Children’s Museum and a local Science Center that Noah loves. Hopefully we’ll make a few more visits in the next few weeks.

Goals for my business…

Submit spring weddings to blogs + magazines I just received my copy of The Knot Carolinas Fall/Winter issue where Erin + Brandon’s wedding was featured in print! I have wanted to have a wedding in print since I started Alexa’s Photography but have never quite taken the steps to submit. It just comes down to insecurity – we all struggle with that, right? I didn’t think it was worth it because there was “no way I’m good enough to be in a magazine”. But hey, you don’t know if you don’t try! I’m so glad that I took the time to submit this wedding and now sweet Erin + Brandon get to see their wedding in a magazine. How fun! I’ll be submitting more this month to other magazines and wedding blogs.

Start work on a booking packet I’ve been thinking about this for a while and just haven’t started yet! I want to create a cute, informational packet that includes the expected timeline leading up to the wedding, my hours, policies, and tips for making your wedding day the most photogenic (things like making sure both the bride and groom get ready in a room with lots of natural light!). I’ll at least start work on this in June :)

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Other things I’m looking forward to in June – a family party celebrating my parent’s anniversary, a sister’s birthday, a brother’s birthday, and another sister’s graduation from high school, Heather’s bridal session, hosting an essential oils class, and Haley + Grant’s wedding in Raleigh!
Also, I’ll be posting Crystal + Hunter’s wedding here next week and it’s gorgeous. Here are a couple previews…

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