2015: Thank You!

2015 was incredible..

Thank you to every couple that trusted me with these moments!

I had an amazing time!! <3 

And man, aren't you guys BEAUTIFUL!!! :) 

American Tobacco Campus Engagement Photographer : Durham, North Carolina | Kelly+Logan

There's something about my couples.  It's a connection.  When I was sitting down talking to my amazing designer, Ravyn of Three Fifteen Design, who's helping me rebrand we talked about "my couples" and how to define them.  In all aspects of business you have a target market.  Who YOU want to work with and that they want to work with YOU! I knew the moment we sat down at the Flying Saucer, Kelly and Logan had a flight in front of them, they looked like a couple in love and also best friends.  I knew from the first few minutes of that meet up, that I wanted to work with THEM and by the end I knew they wanted to work with ME! They easily fell into the category of being  one of "MY COUPLES" ;) 

The day we met up for their engagements, we once again battled crazy weather!  I had just left a bridal session in Chapel Hill where huge raindrops had just started and I knew they were coming in from Greenville and I wanted to make sure this wasn't a wasted/rained out trip! We frantically texted each other what the weather was like where we were.... "tears were almost shed" but we avoided the crazy thunderstorms and downpours and had a lovely session at ATC in Downtown Durham! 

SO Funny and one of the best stories about Kelly and Logan is that when we met up, they actually, technically, weren't engaged! HAHAH Logan had really wanted for the right moment to present itself! and he remedied that soon after our meet up during a trip to Savannah with Kelly.  In front of Forsyth Park's famous fountain, Logan went down on one knee and asked Kelly to marry him with a gorgeous emerald cut solitaire! Their parents came out of hiding to celebrate! The funniest part is when they were telling me about it, they said some random person came up and asked "are you getting ready to propose?!" as they were walking around the fountain.. HAHAHAH Why would someone DO THAT!! Just an FYI, if you see someone you may THINK is going to propose.. don't ask.. just let it happen and consider yourself lucky to be there! ;) 

I'm excited for these two, who just bought a house and can soon be in the same city!! They've been living apart due to careers and sharing the puppy parenting with their beautiful pup, Darby. Who I know will be so incredibly happy to have her parents together under one roof! So looking forward to their wedding in October at Mordecai with a reception at Caffe Luna. Enjoy my favorites from their engagement session this past April.



Fearrington Barn Sparkling Holiday Wedding : Pittsboro, North Carolina Wedding Photographer

"Darling so it goes
some things are meant to be
take my hand, take my whole life too
for I can't help falling in love with you" - Elvis Presley
 

Rachael and Dennis have such an awesome fate filled story.  Rachael works in property management and Dennis just happened to be filling in for a coworker who was out of work.  In those short weeks he was able to gather up the courage to ask out this beautiful woman who he had the opportunity to deliver mail to every day..  and the rest is history.. 

We first met when we shot their engagements at Rachael's family's farm out towards Roxboro.  Gorgeous lake, old barns and it was the perfect spot for us to get acquainted and capture this time in their lives.  You can see more from that beautiful afternoon here : Rachael and Dennis/Engagements. 

Their wedding ceremony took place inside of Hank's Chapel Church, a beautiful, quaint little chapel tucked inside of Pittsboro.  Immediately following was the reception in the gorgeous Fearrington Barn.  The Barn was all decked out for the holidays and it was spectacular!  So many twinkle lights everywhere!! 

Fearrington allowed us to shoot Racahel's Bridals out there a month earlier.  I swear, everywhere you look around Fearrington it just takes your breath away.  Such a stunning venue.  So much attention to detail is taken all over the grounds.  Here's more from Rachael's Bridal Session.  Just stunning.. 

Here are a few of my very favorites from their day.. 

Would love to acknowledge the wonderful vendors I worked with! 

Assistant Photographer : Melissa of Melissa DeLorme Photography // Venues- Ceremony: Hank's Chapel Church of Christ, Pittsboro, NC-Reception: The Barn at Fearrington, Pittsboro, NC // Floral Design: Earl & Joyce Price // Cake Artist: Emma at Fearrington // DJ : Robert White of Fun Times // Hair : Ashley at Posh The Salon // Officiant : Peter Park // Planning and Coordination : Cheryl Anne at Fearrington 

 


Highgrove Estate Wedding : Fuquay Varina, North Carolina | Gwyn+Neil

"She's as sweet as Tupelo honey
She's an angel of the first degree
She's as sweet as Tupelo honey
Just like the honey, from the bee"

-Tupelo Honey, Van Morrison

They danced to this beautiful song by one of my favorite artists.. surrounded by family and friends who came from near and far to be there, some over 3600 miles!  Gwyn and Neil were married last May and I've been wanting to feature this wedding for months now, time gets away from you.  So let's do this properly.

Gwyn and Neil were a "perfect fit" referral from their good friends Lauren and Jared who were married a few months before them in September.  The first time I met Gwyn we had an instant connection and when I met Neil, he was just as entertaining and so sweet.  They took me to Tanglewood Park for their Save the Dates and instantly I knew this was going to be such and adventure.  We later travelled to the Blue Ridge Mountains during peak season for their Engagements.  One snag of course, it was when the government shutdown was going on.. who knew National parks would be that affected but they knew their way around the mountains like pros and it didn't hinder us one bit.  They'll completely agree.. we had the best time and the best meatball subs and Gaelic Ales at that little restaurant in downtown Blowing Rock.  

Their day was perfect in every way.. even the raindrops that came and went exactly 40 minutes before the ceremony.. just enough time to come blessing them on their wedding day and leaving as quickly as they came to not hinder their outdoor ceremony.  I remember Lauren looking at me as we both caught a glimpse of the big rain drops as they fell, and we rushed to close the drapes as to not worry Gwyn as she was getting ready.. 

Highgrove Estate was exceptional. Just a gorgeous venue! Catering was amazing and their very favorite band Old Habits played the night away, they'd actually been playing the night they met!  

Their first year has been an adventure and I am so glad they're getting settled in their new home in Texas.. I just wish they lived closer!  Congratulations Gwyn+Neil! and Thank you so much for allowing me in to capture this awesome love you two share for each other.. you two together can face any challenge and make the most of it! and that's what I love the most about the two of you! 

Venue: Highgrove Estate // Assistant Photographer:  Melissa DeLorme Photography // Coordination: Angela at Highgrove Estate //  Videography: Two Suits Films // Floral Design: Flowers on Broadstreet // Cake Design : Sweet Memories Bakery // Band: Old Habits //Make Up Artist: Jessica Davis // Gown: Traditions by Anna-Paloma Blanca // Rentals : CE Rentals // Officiant: Reverend Gerald Donnelly // String Musicians: Florian Music 

 

Durham Bulls Stadium Save the Date Photographer | Amanda+Paul

Amanda and Paul took me to my VERY first Durham Bulls baseball game!  Back in July we basically recreated their very first date! <3  

For their save the dates we were trying to come up with a unique place that really represented who they were as a couple.. I think Paul said "it would be cool if we could get into the Durham Bulls Stadium for a few shots.."  I told them I would see what I could do! 

I reached out to some of my awesome resources and I was reaching dead ends.. and then Amanda emailed me that

"Sooo it just so happens that we got offered free tickets to the Home Run Derby at a July 4th party yesterday!! :)"

Yes.. this was perfect!  So we walked around American Tobacco Campus and then made our way into the stadium for the rest of their session.  We literally left at the best possible second we could've!  See there were clouds moving in.. huge, dark, ominous clouds.  We made our way onto the top deck of the parking deck to literally grab maybe 10 shots.. and then the sky just opened up as we walked right into the elevator!  

One of those awesome shots made it onto their save the dates!  Thanks to these guys for taking that extra moment to grab those even when we thought we were going to be caught in that crazy storm!! 

Seriously can not wait to see them again for their engagements and to photograph their wedding at the Sutherland next May! <3