Boyd + Anderson Davis | Raleigh, North Carolina | Classic + Traditional Fall Wedding

When I first met Anderson and Boyd to talk about their wedding day, they told me that they wanted their wedding to be a fun celebration with all of their friends and family. Seeing them at their wedding, it was evident that they are truly loved by so many people, and rightly so! Anderson and Boyd are so incredibly sweet and have such fun-loving spirits, and I'm so lucky to have gotten to know the two of them throughout their engagement. Their wedding was nothing short of a celebration, and it was the perfect way to end my 2017 wedding season!

What I loved so much about Anderson and Boyd's wedding was how much focus they put on their families, even down to the smallest little details. They both opted to get ready the morning of the wedding at their parents' houses, Anderson shared the sweetest first look with her dad right in their front yard, and at the end of the night, Boyd got up on stage with his dad and sisters for a surprise performance! Even Anderson's jewelry, veil, and garter had family history. Anderson and Boyd's wedding was such a beautiful and special way to carry on the legacy of their families, all while starting a legacy of their own!

Anderson and Boyd, I feel so honored that you chose me to capture your wedding day, and I had so much fun watching you two as you started this new chapter as husband and wife! I wish you both all of the best and cannot wait to see where marriage takes you! Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Davis!

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V E N D O R S:

Ceremony: White Memorial Presbyterian Church | Reception Venue: Carolina Country Club | Wedding Coordinator: Brenda Whitely | Assistant Photographer: Colleen Mathias Photography | Florist: Artfully Arranged | Catering: Carolina Country Club | Cake: Margaret Abbott | Band: Soul Play | Hair and MUA: Joanne Maye Makeup Artistry | Wedding Dress: Lana Addison | Bridesmaids Dresses: Nordstrom | Groom's Suit: Harry Suits | Linens: CE Rental | Organist: Kirsten Homdrom | Trumpeter: Van Zimmerman | Officiant: Christopher Edmonston

Albert + Carrie Boulus | Chapel Hill, North Carolina | Dusty Blue Barn Wedding

 

You will not meet two people more in love than Carrie and Albert. You can just tell by the way they look at each other and how they speak of one another. They have a truly beautiful relationship together and I feel so completely lucky to have gotten the chance to capture and share a part of their love story. It was such a joy getting to know these two leading up to their wedding, meeting over coffee, taking their engagement photos, and then capturing them as they promised their lives to each other in one of the sweetest ceremonies I've had the honor of witnessing. Their day was one I will never forget!

The morning of their wedding, as Carrie was getting into her dress, Albert's mom came into the room and Carrie immediately began to cry, saying, "I can't wait to marry your son." From that moment, I knew that this day was going to be full of those kinds of sweet and unforgettable moments, and by the end of the night, I had the biggest smile on my face just from witnessing all of the beautiful moments between Carrie and Albert. Nothing could have ruined this day for them; all that mattered was marrying the love of their life. Carrie and Albert were married in the woods under a beautiful October evening sky. Clouds began to loom overhead soon after the ceremony ended, but the sun peaked its head out from behind the clouds just in time for bride and groom portraits! Then they ended the night with great food, wonderful fellowship, and lots of dancing!

Carrie and Albert, thank you so much for trusting in me to capture one of the most special days of your lives! Your wedding was truly beautiful, but I know your marriage will be even more beautiful. I wish you both all of the happiness as you begin this new journey together! Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Boulus!

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V E N D O R S:

Venue: The Barn at Valhalla | Wedding Coordinator: Leah Bartholomew of C&D Events | Assistant Photographer: Courtney Grant Photography | Caterer: Neomonde | Cake and Cupcakes: Lady Bellas Cupcakes | DJ: All Around Raleigh DJ | Hair Stylist: Meredith Johnston of Radiant NC | MUA: Rachel Harrell of R.A.E. Makeup Artistry | Wedding Dress: Wtoo Watters from Lovely Bridal | Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie | Band: Anne Bennett Jazz | Officiant: Mike Boulus (Father of the Groom)

Azer + Claire | Raleigh, North Carolina | Raleigh State Capitol Engagements

 
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I'm so excited to be sharing this engagement session on the blog today, not only because of how beautiful it turned out, but also because of the amazing couple in the photos! Azer and Claire are just about the sweetest and most down-to-earth people you will ever meet, and I'm so glad they reached out to me last year while they were in search of a wedding photographer. I have loved getting to know these two more and hear how their love story unfolded by some crazy twists of fate! Claire grew up in Greensboro and Azer was actually born in Bosnia, but both of their paths crossed after they moved to Atlanta, Georgia. They met while at the gym, started dating, and now here they are, planning their wedding for later this year!

Azer and Claire were in town for the holidays, so we decided to take advantage of their time in North Carolina to do their engagement session! It was just a few days before Christmas, so the weather was freezing, but these two absolutely rocked it in the cold and created some absolutely stunning images together! Azer kept us laughing the whole entire time and Claire lit up every single photo with her radiant smile! We chatted about their September wedding, walked around the State Capitol in downtown Raleigh, and just had some fun taking photos!

Azer and Claire, I am so honored to be capturing this exciting season of your lives and relationship, and cannot wait to get to know the two of you even more between now and your wedding! September cannot get here soon enough!

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Christopher + Elizabeth Woltz | Chapel Hill, North Carolina | Elegant Autumn Farm Wedding

 
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I didn't have a chance to meet Chris and Elizabeth until the day before their wedding, but getting to talk with Elizabeth throughout their engagement, I knew I was going to love working with this amazing and fun couple! She especially had me hooked while telling Chris's proposal story. While vacationing in Turks and Caicos, they went out to a beach cave one morning with their coffee in hand and in Elizabeth's coffee mug was a spoon that Chris had engraved to say "Will you marry me?" on it! Needless to say, any couple whose proposal involves coffee, I should probably be their wedding photographer! In all seriousness, though, I'm so lucky to have met them. They're both so much fun to be around and their fun-loving and adventurous spirits are simply contagious!

Chris and Elizabeth's wedding was every bit fun as it was beautiful! They were married in the presence of all of their friends and family at the Chapel Hill Carriage House, and vowed their lives to each other just as the sun was beginning to set over the trees. What I loved so much about Chris and Elizabeth's wedding were all of the personal touches they put into their day to make it perfectly reflect them and their relationship. From Elizabeth's stunning wedding dress to their gorgeous fall color palette, every detail was so unique and beautiful. And what better way to walk up the aisle after being announced for the first time as husband and wife than to Star Wars! These two kept me smiling and laughing the whole entire day and I loved every bit of it!

Chris and Elizabeth, it has been a blast getting to know the two of you (even if our time together in person was limited), and getting to capture one of the most important days of your lives! I wish you both nothing but happiness and adventures together as you continue as husband and wife! Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Woltz!

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V E N D O R S:

Venue: Chapel Hill Carriage House | Wedding Coordinator: Happily Ever After | Assistant Photographer: Holocene Photography | Caterer: Catering By Design | Cake: Buttercream's Bakeshop | Band: Oh No Stereo | Hair and MUA: Poppy Salon | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Bridesmaids Dresses: Belle Badgley Mischka | Suits: Men's Wearhouse | Linens: CE Rental

Max + Corrine | Emerald Isle, North Carolina | Winter Beach Engagement

 
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Anytime one of my couples suggests going back to the place where their relationship began for their engagement session, I always get so excited! There's just something so much fun about following along with them as they relive those moments that brought them to where they are today and getting to capture the joy on their faces!

When brainstorming locations, Corrine told me about her family beach home in Emerald Isle, where she has come every summer since she was thirteen. Emerald Isle is also where Max asked Corrine to marry him, so I knew it was going to be the perfect fit for their engagement session! The day of their session was a chilly winter day, but the wind and ocean were so calm. I had a blast with Max and Corrine, walking along the beach and exploring around the pier, talking about their wedding, and ending their session at the very bar where Max proposed! Max and Corrine are such a sweet couple and I'm so honored that they let me capture them together in a place that holds so much meaning to them and their relationship.

Max and Corrine, I have loved getting to know you both throughout these past few months, and I'm so excited for you and cannot wait to capture your big day this October!

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Ethan + Caroline | Chapel Hill, North Carolina | Fall Evening Engagement Session

 

Caroline reached out to me this summer while in search of a wedding photographer for her and Ethan's wedding next year, and I'm so happy that our paths crossed! She and Ethan met as freshman at NC State University when they lived in the same dorm, then started dating shortly after! They're getting married next May at Duke Chapel (where Caroline's parents got married!), and I know that their day is going to be truly beautiful. Ethan and Caroline are just as sweet as can be and their love for each other and the Lord is something so special!

Due to the unpredictable nature of autumn weather, we had to reschedule their engagement session, but the wait was so worth it! The day of Ethan and Caroline's session, the sun was shining and the leaves were so vibrant with color! There was a chill in the air, but these two snuggled up to each other and created some absolutely stunning images together! I loved getting to capture the sweet way Ethan would look at his future wife and how Caroline would just light up with every glance at her soon-to-be husband. These two have such a fun and joyful relationship and getting to witness and capture that for them has been such a wonderful experience! I can only imagine the joy that these two will have on their wedding day and the beautiful moments I will capture as they promise their lives to each other!

Ethan and Caroline, thank you so much for trusting in me to capture this beautiful and unforgettable season of both of your lives! Getting to know the two of you and sharing your love story has been so much fun so far, and I cannot wait until your wedding day next year!

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Andy + Sarah Wolfe | Pittsboro, North Carolina | Rainy and Romantic Fall Wedding

Andy and Sarah met and started dating ten years ago and finally tied the knot this past October! When I first met Andy and Sarah, I knew immediately that they were going to be so much fun to work with! They both love to laugh and joke around, and when you get the two of them together, you should expect nothing less than to have a blast! I have loved getting to know the two of them throughout their engagement and was lucky enough to witness and capture their special day as they promised their lives to each other!

The days leading up to Andy and Sarah's wedding, the weather forecast turned to rain due to the untimely approach of a hurricane. But that didn't stop these two from making the most out of their day and it honestly is one of my favorite weddings to date! I've always been a huge fan of the rain because it forces you to cuddle up to those you love most to keep dry and warm, and that's exactly what Andy and Sarah did! They rolled with the punches and made the most out of the bad weather! Sarah could have cared less about her muddy dress (and let's be real, she still looked as stunning as ever mud or no mud!) and at one point during the night, Andy threw his umbrella to side and danced in the pouring rain with his new wife! That's what I loved so much about these two - they made the most out of what was handed them and did so with huge smiles on their faces! Their wedding day was truly unforgettable and was definitely one for the books!

Andy and Sarah, it has been so wonderful getting to know the two of you throughout this experience and I'm so thankful that I could be there to capture such a special day for you both! I wish you both nothing but happiness as you continue this exciting new journey together! Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Wolfe!

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V E N D O R S:

Venue: Het Landhuis | Wedding Coordinator: Happily Ever After | Assistant Photographer: Colleen Mathias Photography | Florist: Bowerbird Flowers | Catering: Catering Works | DJ: PC Productions | HMUA: Katie Pursche of Samuel Cole Salon | Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones from Fabulous Frocks Bridal | Hayley Paige from Bella Bridesmaids | Tuxedos: Vera Wang from Men's Wearhouse | Rentals: CE Rental and Greenhouse Picker Sisters | Officiant: Doug Hammack

Tommy + Erica | Holly Springs, North Carolina | Sugg Farm Park Engagement Session

 
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When I first met Erica, I knew I was going to have so much fun working with her and Tommy as their wedding photographer! We met up at a coffee shop with her mom, and the two of them kept me laughing as we chatted about Erica and Tommy's downtown Raleigh wedding next November. I could tell right off that Erica and Tommy just want to have fun on their wedding day, which I love so much! Due to his job, I wasn't able to meet Tommy in person until his and Erica's engagement session, but seeing the two of them together, on and off camera, just proved that they were made for each other! I loved that they weren't afraid to be a little bit silly and just have fun during their session!

Sports are a huge part of both Tommy and Erica's lives, so I loved that they incorporated some of that into their session! Tommy is a professional baseball player and Erica played softball at USF. As a matter of fact, Tommy actually proposed to Erica during one of his games, where he gave her a mitt with her new last name on it (How cute is that?)! I love it whenever my couples add their own touches to their engagement session to tell a little bit about their story and their relationship! I had so much fun hanging out with Erica and Tommy and getting to know them more while capturing some beautiful moments. It only makes me that much more excited for their wedding day!

Tommy and Erica, I am so excited that you have allowed me to capture this unforgettable season of both of your lives and I cannot wait until your wedding day next year!

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Matthew + Sarah | Raleigh, North Carolina | Botanical Garden Engagement Session

 
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Meeting and getting to know Sarah and Matt has been such a fun experience so far! These two are so incredibly sweet and they're simply a joy to be around (Not to mention, they're fantastic in front of a camera)! Sarah and Matt's relationship is truly inspiring - they have endured long distances for six years, but they're finally getting married next year at the beautiful Merry Hill Farm and I can only imagine that their special day is going to be filled with lots of laughter, smiles, and joy!

For their engagement session, Sarah and Matt decided on JC Raulston Arboretum, which has always been one of my all time favorite locations to photograph. The day of their session was quite chilly, but these two snuggled up close and helped me create some absolutely beautiful images! I loved walking around with them, laughing with them, and talking about their relationship and their plans for their wedding next September! Sarah and Matt are so easy to talk to and be around, and it was such a blast getting to know them better while documenting them and the sweet love they share!

Sarah and Matt, I am so honored that you have chosen me to capture this incredible season of your lives! I cannot wait to capture more beautiful moments like these on your wedding day next year!

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Rob + Kirsten Damitz | Raleigh, North Carolina | Classic Navy, White, + Gold Wedding

 
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Words truly cannot express just how much I loved this wedding and the couple that made it so special and absolutely perfect! When I first talked with Kirsten over Skype about her wedding day, I knew that she and Rob were going to be so wonderful to work with. Because Rob and Kirsten live in Florida, I was only able to meet them in person one time before their big day, which was during their engagement session. Witnessing the two of them interact with each other only made me that much more excited to get them in front of my camera once again for their wedding day!

Rob and Kirsten were married in Raleigh at the Stockroom, right in the heart of downtown. Their wedding day just so happened to fall on the same day as Raleigh's annual bluegrass festival, which closed down and blocked off the main road right outside of their venue. Most people (myself included) would have freaked out about this, but Rob and Kirsten handled it with the utmost grace and charm and just rolled with the punches! Once it was time for photos, they strolled through the thick crowds of people, hand in hand, and smiled and laughed the whole time! Nothing could have ruined this day for them: all they knew was that they were getting to marry the love of their life and that was all that mattered! Y'all, this is what marriage is all about! Life will throw curveballs at you, and you have to work together to make the most of it. I have no doubt in my mind that Rob and Kirsten are going to go far in their marriage!

Rob and Kirsten, thank you so much again for allowing me to capture this beautiful day for you both! You made my job so easy and I loved getting to witness and capture the love between you two! Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Damitz!

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V E N D O R S:

Venue: The Stockroom at 230 | Wedding Coordinator: Happily Ever After | Assistant Photographer: Bailey Batten Photography | Florist: The English Garden | Catering and Desserts: Rocky Top Catering | DJ: Bunn DJ Company | HMUA: Blown Away Blow Dry Bar | Wedding Dress: Mikaella from The White Magnolia Bridal | Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung | Tuxedos: Calvin Klein from Men's Wearhouse | Rentals: CE Rental | Lighting and Drapery: ThemeWorks | Officiant: Rev. Ed Sansbury

Pete + Briana | Raleigh, North Carolina | Sweet Raleigh Engagement

 
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Pete and Briana have such a sweet relationship that exudes joy. I have loved getting to know the two of them throughout their engagement, and I simply cannot wait until their beautiful April wedding next year at The Barn of Chapel Hill! I always love engagement sessions because they give me a better opportunity to get to know each one of my couples in a fun and relaxed way! Pete and Briana kept me laughing and smiling their whole session and capturing the love these two have for each other was such a treat!

For their engagement session, we explored Dorothea Dix Park then ended the evening at the beautiful Pullen Park just down the road. Both Pete and Briana are from Raleigh, so it was only fitting that we capture them in the city that holds so much meaning to them and their relationship! The weather could not have been more beautiful and we were able to catch the most perfect evening light just as the sun was setting over the trees.

Pete and Briana, thank you so much for letting me be a part of this season! I'm so excited for your special day next year and cannot wait to get to know the two of you more as we get closer to that day!

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Derrick + Leah Lee | Raleigh, North Carolina | Classic and Romantic Blush Wedding

 
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I always love getting glimpses into my couples' relationships leading up to the wedding, but seeing the two of them on their wedding day is something truly special. I have loved getting to know Leah and Derrick's sweet and fun-loving personalities throughout their engagement, and witnessing them promising their lives to each other was such a beautifully emotional and unforgettable moment. Their wedding day was full of some of the sweetest moments, but nothing compared to the pure joy these two had on their faces every time they were around each other. Leah and Derrick have a genuine kind of love that just feels so effortless!

Leah and Derrick were married outside under the most gorgeous Carolina blue sky surrounded by all of their friends and family in one of the most emotional ceremonies I've had the privilege of witnessing. Every detail about their day was so classic and elegant, from Leah's stunning wedding dress to the blush tones of the bridesmaids dresses and flowers. I could not have imagined a more perfect wedding for Leah and Derrick, but the best part was capturing them on one of the most important days of their lives!

Leah and Derrick, thank you so much for allowing me to capture this beautiful day for you both and for letting me share your love story! I wish you both all the happiness as you continue your journey as husband and wife! Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Lee!

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V E N D O R S:

Venue: Brier Creek Country Club | Assistant Photographer: Colleen Mathias Photography | Videographer: Carolina Story Film Co. | Flowers: Sam's Club | Cake: Simply Cakes | Catering: Brier Creek Country Club | DJ: DJ Harlem | Hair Stylist: Blo Hair Salon | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Bridesmaids Dresses: Lulus | Tuxedos: Men's Wearhouse | Photobooth: Raleigh Photo Booth Fun | Officiant: Kenna Covington of NC Secular Weddings

Jimmy + Kandyce Wood | Pittsboro, North Carolina | Elegant Boho Summer Wedding

 

When I first met Jimmy and Kandyce, I was immediately drawn to their fun-loving spirits and their truly genuine personalities. They are both so laid back and every time I would hang out with them throughout their engagement, it was obvious that they bring out the best in each other. Jimmy has a way of making Kandyce light up every time she's around him and Kandyce's smile and laughter are simply contagious! I knew that I was going to love working with such a sweet couple for their wedding day, and getting to know these two has been such a blessing!

When talking with Kandyce about the vision for her wedding day, nothing could have prepared me for just how beautiful her and Jimmy's wedding day turned out to be! Not only was every single detail incredibly unique, it was evident that each detail had purpose and meaning behind it. Their reception was full of eclectic table settings, with a different plate at every seat (which Kandyce and her mom collected together over the months leading up to the wedding). Both Jimmy and Kandyce love the outdoors, so it was only fitting that they were married out in a field by the river right down the road from their house. I remember coming to that exact field months ago for their engagement photos, but seeing it in a whole new way for their wedding! Everything about their day was absolutely beautiful, but nothing compared to seeing how joyful Jimmy and Kandyce were as they promised their lives to each other in front of all of their loved ones! It was certainly a day that I will never forget!

Jimmy and Kandyce, it has been such a delight getting to know you both through this journey, and I'm so happy I could be the one to capture this exciting new chapter of your lives! I wish you both all of the happiness and cannot wait to see what marriage has in store for you both. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Wood!

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V E N D O R S:

Ceremony Venue: Lower Haw River State Natural Area | Reception Venue: Chatham Mills | Wedding Coordinator: Paula Jones (Mother of the Bride) | Assistant Photographer: Bailey Batten Photography | Florist: Holly's Flowers | Catering: Alpaca Peruvian Charcoal Chicken | Band: Jim Quick & Coastline | Hair Stylist: Kaitlyn Kelly of Salon Breeze | MUA: Abbee Rae Newton | Wedding Dress: Wildflower Bridal | Bridesmaids Dresses: Nordstrom and Anthropologie | Tuxedos: Belk

Corey + Kim | Raleigh, North Carolina | Sweet Autumn Engagement Session

 
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From the moment I met Corey and Kim, I was immediately drawn to their fun-loving spirits and just how genuine their relationship felt. Kim is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet and Corey can make anybody laugh! It's obvious that these two love to have fun together and bring out the absolute best in each other. I knew that I was going to have so much fun working with them in front of and behind the camera, and my time with them for their engagement session only made me that much more excited for their wedding day next April!

For their engagement session, we walked around JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, laughed, and talked about wedding plans. The fall weather and evening light was absolutely perfect, but nothing compared to how perfect Corey and Kim were together! There was something so effortless about how they interacted with one another and I was able to capture some truly beautiful moments. At the very end of their session, Corey and Kim brought out a celebratory bottle of champagne to end a great evening!

Corey and Kim, I am so excited to capture this very exciting season of your lives and cannot wait until next year when you two finally become husband and wife! April cannot get here soon enough!

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David + Maggie | Charlotte, North Carolina | Downtown Engagement Proposal

I love the story of how I met David and Maggie, how they got engaged, and how I was lucky enough to come along and capture it all! Maggie and I both attended Appalachian State University and got our degrees in Commercial Photography, but we never actually crossed paths until after we both graduated. We had been following each other's work for the longest time, and when Maggie reached out to me about doing a session with her family as well as her boyfriend, David, I was so excited! The very next day after that session, David emailed me with his plans of proposing soon to Maggie. He knew how important it was to Maggie to have a photographer there to capture that incredibly special moment, so when he asked me, of course I said yes!!

The weeks leading up to the proposal, David and I emailed back and forth to create the perfect plan for his proposal in downtown Charlotte. Unfortunately, our original plan fell through last minute and we had to come up with an alternate plan, but David remained so calm, thought quick on his feet, and we ended up in the most adorable little park in the heart of downtown Charlotte. It was in that little park that David got down on one knee to ask Maggie to marry him, and it was in that little park that these two started a new and exciting chapter of their lives together!

After the proposal, I was able to spend some time capturing Maggie and David's first moments as an engaged couple and it was such joyful experience! We walked all around downtown and I was able to capture some of the sweetest moments for them! Maggie and David are two of the kindest and sweetest people you will ever meet, and I am so excited for them as they embark on this exciting new journey into marriage together! Congratulations, you two!!

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Aaron + Amy Loochtan | Chapel Hill, North Carolina | Maternity Session

 
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I met Amy when she asked me to help her shoot some content for her beautiful life and style blog, Coffee Beans and Bobby Pins (check it out here!). This lady knows fashion and every room in her house is to die for! Right around the time I met Amy, she had just found out that her and her husband, Aaron, were expecting! While chatting one day, she asked if I could take some maternity photos for her, so of course I said yes! Their session fell on the first day of October, and the fall weather could not have been any more gorgeous! These two kept me laughing the whole time and it was so much fun capturing some beautiful moments that they can one day share with their little one!

Amy and Aaron, thank you so much again for letting me capture your little growing family!

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Addison + Rachel McDowell | Hickory, North Carolina | Bright and Romantic Hickory Wedding

 
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It's always a huge honor when another wedding photographer chooses me to capture her own special day. Rachel owns her own wedding photography business (check her out here!) and I have loved getting to follow along with her work. She has such a huge heart for her couples and her work is absolutely stunning! When she reached out to me about her August wedding, I could not have been more excited! Addison and Rachel have a beautiful Christ-centered love that simply radiated their entire wedding day, and capturing the two of them on one of the happiest days of their lives was such a blessing!

Because Rachel is a wedding photographer, I knew that no detail would be overlooked on her and Addison's special day. Everything looked absolutely beautiful, from the lush and colorful bouquets, to the ornate table settings. Rachel looked absolutely gorgeous in her wedding dress and Addison made for one dapper groom! The two were married amongst all of their closest friends and family at Grace Chapel on Lenoir-Rhyne University's campus in Hickory, North Carolina, then they danced the night away at The Crossing at Hollar Mill. I could not have asked for a more beautiful day with a more beautiful couple in love!

Rachel and Addison, thank you so much for trusting in me to capture this special day for you both and for welcoming me into your beautiful love story! I feel so blessed to have met you both and cannot wait to see where the Lord takes you both and your marriage! Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. McDowell!

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V E N D O R S:

Ceremony Venue: Grace Chapel - Lenior-Rhyne University | Reception Venue: The Crossing at Hollar Mill | Florist: New Creations Flower Company | Caterer: Highland Avenue | Cake: Dewey's Bakery | DJ: AAA Entertainment | HMUA: Jennifer Abercrombie Beauty | Wedding Dress: Watters from J. Major's Bridal Boutique | Bridesmaids Dresses: Weddington Way | Tuxedos: Cahill and Swain

Alec + Laurel | Raleigh, North Carolina | Sweet Raleigh Engagement

When I first met Laurel, I was immediately drawn to her genuinely sweet and bubbly personality! During our initial meeting, it was so much fun getting to hear her chat excitedly about her and Alec's relationship, how they met and fell in love, and the beautiful wedding they are planning for next June! It should also be noted that we quickly bonded over the fact that we both love labradors (wait until you see her and Alec's precious chocolate lab puppy, Bailey). Due to crazy schedules, I didn't get to meet Alec until the day of their session, but I knew immediately upon meeting him that he was the perfect fit for Laurel! Witnessing them together was such a sweet experience, and I was able to capture some truly beautiful moments during my time with them. They both love to laugh and have fun with each other and I didn't see either of them without the biggest grin on their face the whole entire session!

For Alec and Laurel's session, they wanted to bring a little bit of Raleigh to their photos since Alec graduated from NC State, so we decided on Dorothea Dix Park, which has an amazing view of the Raleigh skyline! We could not have asked for a more gorgeous day, with a slight breeze and just a hint of fall weather! We had so much fun walking around, playing with sweet Bailey, and chatting about wedding plans!

Alec and Laurel, thank you so much for letting me capture this exciting season of your relationship and for allowing me to be there for one of the biggest days of your lives! I know your wedding is going to be truly beautiful and I cannot wait until the day finally gets here!

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Jeff + Sara Viola | Raleigh, North Carolina | Navy and Pink Downtown Wedding

 
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I didn't even get to meet Jeff and Sara in person until their wedding day, but the months leading up to their wedding, from talking on the phone and chatting over Facetime, I knew that I was going to love working with them! Jeff and Sara are two of the most laid back and fun people you will ever meet, not to mention they're also just as sweet as can be. Their wedding day was probably one of the hottest of the whole entire summer, but the real heat was not brought by the high temperatures outside, but rather the love that radiated from Jeff and Sara! They were all smiles throughout the entire day and were such good sports despite the weather.

Jeff and Sara were married in downtown Raleigh at Market Hall, where they celebrated their union amongst all of their closest friends and family. One of my favorite parts of any wedding is seeing the personal touches that the bride and groom put into their day to make it their own, and Jeff and Sara's was full of them! Family was very important to them, so they made sure they played a huge role in their wedding day, all the way from the ceremony to the reception (They even included their sweet pup as the Flowerdog and it was probably one of the cutest things I've ever witnessed!). Both Sara and Jeff graduated from NC State, so it was only appropriate that one of their groomsmen surprise them with a visit from Mr. Wuf himself during the reception! Their day was full of so much laughter and some awesome and unforgettable moments!

Jeff and Sara, I'm so incredibly grateful that your wedding allowed us to cross paths and I cannot thank you enough for allowing me to capture this very special day for you both! I hope that marriage brings you countless more wonderful days and memories together! Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Viola!

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V E N D O R S:

Venue: Market Hall | Wedding Coordinator: Jessica King of Happily Ever After | Assistant Photographer: Colleen Mathias Photography | Flowers: Blooms by the Box | Caterer and Desserts: Southern Harvest Hospitality Group | DJ: All Events DJs | Hair Stylist and MUA: Joanne Maye Makeup Artistry | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals from VOWS Bridal Outlet | Tuxedos: Jos.A.Bank and Calvin Klein | Linens: CE Rental | Rentals: Greenhouse Picker Sisters | Officiant: Rev. Kayelily Middleton | Popcorn Favors: Carolina Popcorn Shoppe

Peter + Ashton | Durham, North Carolina | Historic Downtown Durham Engagement

 
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I met Ashton through another one of my past brides who got married this past summer. Ashton was a bridesmaid at her wedding, and after she and Peter got engaged, she reached out to me about photographing her own wedding next year! Peter proposed to Ashton earlier this year on a beach at sunset (talk about the perfect setting!), and I even got to see the whole proposal on video! These two are not only an absolutely adorable and gorgeous couple, they're also incredibly sweet and so fun to be around! For their engagement session, we decided to walk around downtown Durham, with all of the historic buildings and exposed brick, then end the evening at a nearby park with their three sweet pups! We could not have asked for more beautiful weather that day, and the only thing that made it even better was getting to follow these two around and capture their love! Peter and Ashton just fed off of each other's energy the whole entire session, creating some stunning images, and I can only imagine how amazing their wedding day will be next August!

Peter and Ashton, thank you so much for allowing me to capture this very exciting season in both of your lives! I cannot wait for your wedding next year!

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