Sadie+Justin: Married! Outer Banks, North Carolina Wedding Photographer

Sadie and Justin were married on the beach in Kill Devil Hills back in June and it was beautiful.. Total DIY wedding where Sadie and friends came together to put all the finishing touches on their day! So many KIDS!! The most amazing and beautiful children.. I had no idea there would be this many kids and how wonderful they'd be in front of my lens!  I remember asking Sadie what the significance of the Buccaneer Motel was and come to find out they'd been coming here for years from Ohio... like 12+ years ever summer.  So in a way this place totally feels like home and was the perfect setting for these two to say I will.. <3 This wedding was full of family and friends, cousins and siblings.  I had so much fun hanging out with these guys and have the opportunity to capture this super intimate wedding for them.. I wish they lived closer!!!!

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The Martinez Family : Wilmington, North Carolina Lifestyle Portrait Photographer

Adore this family!  This was our second session together and you can check out our session from last November here. They had relocated to Jacksonville from California and were in need of a portrait photographer to capture their little ones and these moments!  We had such a great time the first time and I was thrilled when Olivia reached out to me over the Summer to schedule another session!  This time Saxon's parents were in town and what a perfect time to get family photos taken!

It's funny, with the chill in the air today to look back at these photos.  We met at I think 7 or so and it was H.O.T.  like STUPID hot.. So hot we had to duck into the froyo shop and wait it out a little but that turned out to be a blessing because we were able to feed the squirrel.  YES!!  You heard me right.. there's a squirrel that lives in the tree in front of the froyo shop in downtown Wilmington and he will eat peanuts out of your hand.  THE COOLEST THING EVER!!

After our bellies were full of frozen yogurt and we all weren't dripping with sweat we took advantage of the sights and gorgeous light that just happened to be there when we were ready to walk again!

These two little ones are such a delight to photograph and I'm looking forward to seeing them soon! :)

 

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Nick+Amber : Married! Mordecai and Flander's Art Gallery Raleigh, North Carolina Wedding Photographer

Nick and Amber were brought to me by my amazing friend Lauren Mann of Lauren Mann Photography.   She was actually a guest at their wedding and thought I would be a perfect fit for them!  So right she was! Our schedules were so all over the place that we were unable to meet up prior to the big day but it didn't take long to feel like I'd known Amber for years.  She's such a calm spirit and so loving.   The way Nick adores her is so evident in the way he simply looks at Amber.. they are simply perfect for each other!  So many friends and family came together to make this day spectacular.. and it was.  When talking with Nick, I think our first of many emails/conversations he mentioned "that one photo"  that he really wanted to get out of the day.. That one photo.  You all know exactly what he's referring to.  We all (in our big fat photo albums covered in dust or proudly displayed on coffee tables) have that one photo of our parents, grand parents, great grandparents on their wedding day.  I hope I gave them much more than that one photo.. but I totally knew what he meant.

I think many couples feel that photography maybe just an extra and all that really counts is marrying the one you love.. being surrounded by family and friends and pledging your love for one another.   If no one captures it.. will you remember what color of blue your shoes were?  The bright yellow in the daisies?  The moment your father walked you down the aisle..and then you think.. YES!, I want a photographer to capture this moment.  These moments.  To give us that one photo and many more.  <3

Below is a super long post because I was over the moon as to how this wedding turned out.. just beautiful!  Amber and Nick's wedding was an intimate get together of close family and friends inside the Chapel at Mordecai in downtown Raleigh!  Followed by the reception at Flander's Art Gallery and  a night filled with the BEST music by DJ Triple B!

Thank you Nick and Amber for trusting me with these moments.  They are truly some of my very favorites from 2013.

Thank you to all the vendors for an AMAZING job!

Caterer: Belle's Catering

DJ: DJ Triple B (Blake Burney)

Bridal Party Flowers: Mews Floral Designers (Marsha Snyder) 

Pies: Sweet T, a Cakery (Tammy)

Amber and Evie's Hair/Makeup: Glam Lounge (Debra Goodyear)

Dress shop: Bridal Garden, NYC

Source: http://libbymcgowanblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Mordecai-Flanders-Gallery-Raleigh-North-Carolina-Wedding-77.jpg

Cordie+Christian : Engaged! NCSU and Downtown Raleigh Engagement Session

I was showing these photos to a friend today and realized I'd only shared FOUR on facebook!! It quickly prompted me to do a blog post!  Love this couple and am patiently waiting their approaching wedding date this October!  We met up back in April to photograph their engagement/save the date photos!  Their love for NCSU took us to the campus which photographs beautifully.. Love the layout of this campus!  and they brought along they SUPER cute pup! and we had a great evening walking around campus and then headed to Boylan Bridge to catch the amazing sunset and skyline of downtown Raleigh! Oh and BEER! Yes, Christian is a brewer so it was only fitting we would end up here! <3 Enjoy the following favorites from their engagement session!

 

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