Portland Waterfall Engagement Session / About a year ago, I attended a two day mini-workshop hosted by the insanely talented photographers Sara Byrne and Phil Chester. It was pretty great. We asked questions, got our work critiqued (which, yes, can hurt a little but is ultimately very good), and did some on site shooting. And when I say “on site”, I mean we hiked to a gorgeous waterfall near Portland and photographed the cutest couple. So here are some frames from that adventure!
Mexico Beach Anniversary Session / This has got to be easily one of my favorites (possibly my very favorite?) shoots from 2017. We shot in Cabo, Mexico in a freaking cool desert. Then on a beautiful, colorful, insanely aqua-colored beach. Oh and did I mention that the subjects are my beautiful little sister and her handsome husband? Yeah, that makes it even better. My family and I were vacationing together in Cabo, and it was close(ish) to Lydia and Tim’s six year wedding anniversary. Honestly, their anniversary was still six months away; I just wanted an excuse to do a shoot in the Mexican desert. We found a little pull off on the side of the highway and wandered around. Then we headed to the beach that was outside the resort we were staying at. It was wonderful.
Rand Bryan House Wedding / My sweet bride-turned-friend Lindsey is also a Raleigh wedding photographer! She posted her wedding on her website and here is what she had to say.
“Ben and I got married this past April in Garner (right outside of Raleigh) at The Rand-Bryan House. We are both from Texas, and even met in Waco, but wanted to get married in Raleigh since we are starting our lives together here. The people made it what it was, and I’m so thankful for everyone who traveled from afar to celebrate us, and the team of people who helped pull it off.
That morning it was pouring! I was a little bummed to see it was raining, but also just so excited that I was able to let it go. Once at the venue, I danced out some pre-ceremony jitters and slipped on my dress. It felt surreal! The time before the ceremony dragged on while simultaneously passing at high speed. We had originally planned on an outdoor ceremony and reception with market lights, but with the rain, we had to move everything inside. I wasn’t sure how it was going to go since I had not imagined we would actually need our rain plan (goodness knows I was so grateful my mom was practical enough to make sure we had one), but the ceremony was so sweet with everyone packed into a little room. During the ceremony, our talented musician friends led us in the hymn “Nothing But The Blood” and the room filled with everyone’s voices echoing off the walls. It was so sweet.
Also, as you’ll see below, at one point I gave Ben a hug and my hair got stuck to his microphone on his lapel. After a minute and a half of everyone laughing, we got it untangled.
One funny thing–we somehow ended up with the wrong chairs! We ordered wood, while fold-out chairs for our guests, but they brought us kind of industrial fold out chairs instead. It was a slight bummer, but I moved on and reminded myself that they are just chairs! But just wanted to include our little mishap to remind brides, or anyone, that it’s okay if things aren’t perfect. We remember the laughter, people and sweet moments way more than chairs, perfect timing or weather. And sometimes the mishaps are what make the memories!
Our planner and our family and friends were so helpful in flipping the ceremony space into a reception space during cocktail hour. Since we were using the rain plan, we had squeezed about 120 people into a space probably designed for 100. But it worked! Our first dance space was pretty tight, but Ben still managed to spin me around about 70 times to Coldplay’s “Something Just Like This.”
During dancing we went outside so our videographer & photographer could get some video footage of us outside. Our videographer had the idea to backlight us & set off a smoke bomb while we danced in the rain.”
Videographer: Elijah of Morgan Scott Films
Flowers: Specialties Events
Food: City BBQ.
Makeup: My talented friend Kristin Dixon!
Rentals: Greenhouse Picker Sisters!
Handlettering: Courtney of Filled and Flooded.
Hanging Rock State Park Engagement Session / Lindsey and I have a fun little meeting story. I was about 6 months pregnant with Penelope, working from a coffee shop for the day, when Lindsey sat down next to me, and saw that I was editing wedding photos. She asked if I was a wedding photographer and told me that she was also! I told her to check out my work on Instagram and she was already following me! Small world! She was living in Texas at the time and just dating her now husband. Fast forward several months later and she got in touch with me again, but this time to shoot her wedding because she was engaged! I was well past my due date when we hung out again, but we had a great time! This is her and Ben’s engagement session that we went all the way out to Hanging Rock for. I asked where she wanted to do their engagement session and she didn’t really have any meaningful places in Raleigh, as she had just moved here. I had been hankering to shoot at Hanging Rock for some time so we went for it! I’m so glad we did!
Backwoods Engagement Session // This is Addison and Justin. And they love each other. And they are going to join together in covenant marriage in the spring. And I am so excited! I met Justin when he joined our Bible study group last September. He mentioned that he was going to propose to his girlfriend that very weekend! Of course, Addison said “yes!” and they have been planning their wedding ever since. Addison and Justin are now dear, wonderful friends of ours, and I for one am very honored to be in their lives as a friend and encourager.