5 years ago I photographed this sweet couple, Reagan & Nick with their new fur-addition – Stella. She was sooo tiny!!! Reagan contacted me this summer to have another session and I was tickled!! It was so great to catch up with these two and to capture their love once again!
Jessica went out to eat one night with a group of friends and Cameron met up with his friends at that same restaurant that night. The place was packed and there was no where for Cameron to sit when he got there except beside this girl named Jessica. That’s where their story begins :) Cameron didn’t waste any time sending Jessica a message after meeting her that night and it wasn’t long before they two were official!
I’ve known Cameron for years and the one thing that’s always stuck out to me about Cameron is how happy he is. But rest assured I’ve never seen this boy as happy as he is with this girl! Jessica is the cheese to his mac and I’m so thankful they found each other and that Jerry and I get to witness this special time for them.
Their April 2018 wedding is approaching fast and we can’t wait to photograph these smiles again!!
Our Saturday was spent exploring the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, laughing about grilled cheeses and first dates and ONE of us singing Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy (whom shall remain nameless, LOL!)
Lauren and Steven just moved to the Raleigh area and are planning their October 2018 in their hometown of New York. It was so special that they chose to celebrate their engagement in their NEW hometown of Raleigh and Jerry and I were thrilled that they allowed us to celebrate with them! Their silliness and kindness to each other won over our hearts and it was clear as day that these two were meant to be together. We are so excited for their future together and look forward to seeing some beautiful wedding photos in October 2018!! Hurray for Mr. and Mrs. LaFeminas To-Be!
Do you remember Will & Caitlin?.. And their unbelievably beautiful botanical themed wedding a couple months ago? Their wedding day was more than magnificent and we were so happy to be able to celebrate with them and with their family.
They chose to have a small intimate ceremony in Maryland near where Caitlin grew up. This meant that a post-wedding celebration back home on Will’s families turf was in order so that all of his family could have a chance to celebrate with them, too! What more appropriate place than at his Parent’s Yeopim Flowers Farm :) Sybil outdid herself (per the usual) and planned the most delightful backyard Happily Ever After gathering full of down home goodness and southern hospitality (can we just talk about softshell crabs and barbeque for a sec!?).
So many people offered their helping hands in making this celebration happen for Will and Caitlin! From family and friends gathering to help build, clean, set up, cook, even brew the beer! To local vendors delivering and preparing food, serving, and even a live band to keep the dance floor moving! It was as much fun for us local folks working together to make this happen as it was for Will & Caitlin celebrating their marriage!
We always look forward to coming together with our local community to produce something amazing (see it here, here, here, and here!) and when the reason isn’t just for a pretty shoot but to celebrate two people we love dearly beginning their Happily Ever After – it makes it that much better.
Here’s to the newest Mr. & Mrs. Skinner!
Live Music // Little Dickie & the Misfits
Videography // Layden Films
Crabs // Story’s Seafood
Barbeque // Wally & Donald Hobbs
Potatoes // Mark Clough
Vegetables and Fruit // Pig Plus Farms
Cakes // Anita’s Creative Cakes, Nancy Hobbs, Lisa & Sam Cyrus
Servers // Wendy Korbsieski
Makeup Artist // Crystal Colson, Merle Norman
Hair Artist // Bridget Gregory
Rentals // Bass Services & Rentals
Mary and Jonathan met while Mary cleaned his teeth. Not many couples have that story to tell! Mary was in school to become a Dental Hygienist and unbeknownst to Jonathan, his Mom signed him up for the patient pool through the school to have his teeth cleaned by the students. Guess which lucky student got the job ;-) Mary and Jonathan will disagree though on how exactly that first meeting went. He says she was the one flirting with him and she says most definitely he was the one flirting with her! However the story unfolded, the two were smitten from the moment they met and 7 years later they are married!
This wasn’t just any wedding though. Mary’s family is from India and Jonathan’s family is from Colombia so they took great care in making sure that they honored ages old traditions from both their homelands. There were bright colors and gorgeous prints throughout every ounce of the day! Mary wore a breathtaking white Sari for their traditional Mass ceremony and changed into an opulent burgundy and gold one before the reception. Both were stunning on her! To honor Jonathan’s Colombian heritage his mother brought in a team of Colombian folklore dancers to perform during the reception! It was amazing!
Their wedding day was so beautifully unique and surrounded by so much love from their families and friends. Mary and Jonathan had their focus in the right place – each other and loving on their families all day. Even when it started pouring (I’m talking, rain coming in sideways downpour!) during our bridal party portrait time, they weren’t even phased! We just went in and finished up in front of the epic staircase inside the Grand Marquise Ballroom. The title of that room speaks for itself.. grand is an understatement!
Ceremony Venue // St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church
Reception Venue // The Grand Marquise Ballroom
Coordinator // Hannah Speight, Speight Wedding Designs
Floral Designer // Fallon’s Flowers
DJ // DJ Complex
Makeup Artist // Contour Kissed
Hair Artist // A Shear Perfection
Caterer // Rocky Top Catering
Rental Company // CE Rental
You have probably seen these happy faces before – Carrie + Aiken – for their Fall Engagement Session in Raleigh. If you did, then you probably learned that they have known each other since pretty much forever. Since pre-school actually :) They grew up in the same town, their families knew each other and their Grandmothers even played bridge together!
I bet as pre-schoolers they nor their families had any clue they’d be celebrating their wedding day in 2017! Carrie and Aiken started hanging out towards the end of college and it was quickly obvious to them that they would be together forever :)
They celebrated their wedding at Carrie’s Grandmother’s cottage at the Outer Banks.. a place where sooo many other of Carrie’s family members have had their weddings (Including Carrie’s Brother Patrick and his wife Elena’s wedding that we photographed in 2014!). Their home is so cozy and relaxed and is the perfect setting for such a beautiful, happy celebration. We felt like one of the family by the end of the night and we had as much fun as everyone else that was there!
We are so excited to introduce Mr. & Mrs. Small and to give you the official peak into their wedding day now that they are back from their honeymoon in Thailand! Congrats you two!!
Flowers // Buckets of Flowers from Fuggles Flowers
Cake Artist and Caterer // Cindy’s Kitchen
Dress Shop // LaceBridal, Etsy
Dress Designer // Karen Wu
Bridesmaids Dresses // Azazie
When one of your best friends is a floral designer/grower and she has a son who is a Botanist, and that Botanist Son marries a Botanist Lady, and YOU get to photograph that wedding!? That’s what I call EPIC!
Caitlin and Will’s worlds collided when one of their mutual friends successfully defended her thesis and they all got together to celebrate! Caitlin’s first sighting of Will was of him singing loudly to Party in The USA.. she said it was totally love at first sight ;-) They both finished at William and Mary and moved to Will’s hometown of Hertford NC for a while as Caitlin finished up her Masters. That’s when Jerry and I got to know them as we bonded over kittens, being Winfallians and styled shoots that Will’s Mom and I made them model for!
I admit I have had a girl crush on Caitlin’s earthy, vintage style since meeting her. I knew without a doubt when they told me their good news of being engaged that Caitlin’s adorable style would be all over their wedding day! They decided to get married in Maryland, close to Caitlin’s family and chose the fascinating Brick Chapel of 1667 in St. Mary’s City! There was so much history surrounding the location for their wedding! Jerry and I spent the whole 4 hour ride home researching so many interesting facts about the Chapel and St. Mary’s City!
Among the cornflower blue hues and silver compotes and natural wood elements, of course Will and Caitlin chose to highlight their botanical backgrounds too with some out of the ordinary floral elements and the most amazing seating chart ever. Each table was named after one of Caitlin’s favorite wildflowers! Will’s Mom Sybil found some incredible ingredients to use among their floral design. Including Honey Wart, Bells of Ireland, Sword Fern, Hosta, Hellabore, Bupleurum, Orchids, Yellow Yarrow, Fiddlehead Fern, Dutch Iris, Cattails, Echinacea, Scabiosa, Veronica, Succulents and – in my opinion, the coolest – Pitcher Plants at the base of the table arrangements! I’m proud to say I inherited a few of those pitcher plants that live on my back porch now, hopefully eating up all the mosquitos ;-)
Their Wedding at The Brick Chapel of 1667 and reception at the quaint Brome-Howard Inn was relaxed and lovely and perfect. They drove away in Caitlin’s Volkswagen Bug with a cowbell on the back, just as Will’s Mom and Dad had on the back of their wedding day car in 1980.
Just as you were thinking this was all the celebrating you get to do for Caitlin and Will – well get set! Because their Hertford, NC Happily Ever After Party at Will’s Parent’s home on the Yeopim Flowers Farm will happen on July 1! More celebrating to come for these two!
Ceremon y Venue // The Brick Chapel of 1667
Reception Venue // Brome-Howard Inn
Floral Design // Yeopim Flowers
Rentals // Bailey’s Party and Rentals
Catering // Blue Wind Gourmet
Makeup Artist // Brides by Victoria
Hair Artist // Patty Eskierski, Family Friend
Cake Artist // Michelle’s Cakes
DJ // Becky, Family Friend
Coordinator // Karen Clough, Family Friend
She picked him out of the crowd at the party and decided she had to figure out how to make conversation with him. Their mutual friends started chatting together and eventually Jessica and Wesley found themselves dancing and exchanging numbers by the end of the night! Wesley still doesn’t believe Jessica picked him out of dozens of people that night but she did.. and now she’s marrying him!
We met these two lovebirds at Dorthea Dix Park in Raleigh last week to celebrate their engagement and we loved every minute of watching their smiles and hearing their laughter! Jessica and Wesley, we are SO happy we are the ones that get to document your love and we can’t wait for May 19th!
Jenny and Adam are just good for the soul. After you’ve been hanging with them you leave feeling like everything is just right in the world. Their laughter is contagious and their gentle spirits just melt your heart! I think they saw that in each other from the moment they met eyes, too.
One day Jenny, exhausted from working the night shift and not able to sleep for the commotion in the downstairs apartment, stepped out on her balcony – fully decked out in her hot mess hair and granny nighty – to ask her neighbor to keep it down a little as she tried to sleep. To her surprise at her neighbor’s apartment she spotted a handsome guy with beautiful teeth (lol!) playing corn hole with her neighbors nephew. Needless to say instead of asking for them to keep it down so she could sleep, she changed (out of her grandma nightgown!) and went down to join the fun.. annnnd to meet the man with the Colgate smile.
They’ve been together ever since :)
We asked them both if it was love at first sight and for Jenny it was “like A LOT” at first site, She says. For Adam? “Minus the grandma nighty, yes!”
They made their relationship official in 2013 and here we are in 2017 preparing for their fall wedding! We love these joyful souls and know without a doubt their wedding day will be just as happy!
Take a peak into their Edenton engagement session (the same place, even same BENCH) where they got engaged! And stay tuned this fall for their wedding day at The Robin’s Nest in Grimesland, NC!
“I remember looking down the hill and seeing this guy with dark curly hair in a red t-shirt and thought to myself, “Oh hey, he is cute!”
I bet Nicole had no idea that in 8 years time she would be marrying that cute curly haired guy on an Outer Banks Beach! Kyle may not have known that right away either but as they got to know each other and found a mutual love for the movies “Hook” and “A Goofy Movie”, he was definitely sure exchanging vows would be in their future :)
Nicole and Kyle have a beautiful life together in Santa Cruz but chose the Outer Banks for their marriage destination because both of their families are on the East Coast and their families both used to vacation at the OBX when they were young. It was so special to them that they got to say their vows on OBX sand :)
If there was ever a wedding that was exactly up my style alley it would be this one. Casual. Earthy. Bohemian. It was perfect. And so much fun to photograph!! When you have a gorgeous couple with impeccable style in front of your camera you can’t NOT have a blast. But not only was this couple amazing to shoot, but they were just amazing. They were so genuinely in love and their families and friends are genuinely in love with them. You could feel it everywhere with all the smiles and hugs. Everyone was so happy for Nicole and Kyle and their future together! As were we :-) We are honored that they found us from such a long distance away to join them in celebrating their perfect day. And we are SOOO glad that the 90% chance of wedding day rain decided to make other plans! We didn’t get a single drop of rain.. it was a miracle!
We’re so happy to share the first sneak peak into Nicole and Kyle’s wedding day for you to celebrate with them!
Ceremony Venue // SOCO House, Nags Head
Reception Venue // Pirates Cove Pavilion, Nags Head
Wedding Coordinator // Mandy Harlow, Heart of Harlow
Design // Renee Landry Events
Floral Design // The Bride!!
Cake Artist // Duck Donuts
DJ // DJ Bruce
Makeup and Hair // The Bride and her bridesmaids :)
Bridal Shop // Second Hand, Never Worn
Bridesmaids Dresses // Show Me Your Mumu
Men’s Attire // Men’s Wearhouse
Rental Company // Ocean Atlantic Rentals
Caterer // Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe
Custom Signs // Made by the Bride’s Parents!
Guest Gifts // Hatteras Saltworks
Annie had my heart from the moment I met her two years ago when she came along to her friend (my bride) Mandy’s bridal portraits. We laughed about how awesome she was at fluffing Mandy’s veil and running out of the frame, forever dubbing her as my fluff and run girl ;-) Of course I was thrilled when she asked us to be a part of HER day and when we met her Ramsey we were SMITTEN. These two have the most beautiful and honest love. The way he cares for her and the way she comforts him. It’s the real kind of love every girl dreams of finding.
Their Edenton NC Wedding on the Courthouse Lawn was picture perfect. Annie chose the loveliest shades of lavenders and champagnes, and Sybil of Yeopim Flowers brought the color palette to life with any girl’s dream lineup of Anemone, Peony, ranunculus, succulents and more. The weather was as perfect as perfect can get with cloudless skies and warm spring sun. Their wedding day was beautiful. And the most beautiful of all was the love that radiated from Annie and Ramsey and from their family and friends who came together to celebrate this gift of marriage they’ve been given by God. We are so happy that we witnessed it all :-)
We wish Mr. & Mrs. Skinner so many blessings in their future together!!
<< Venue >> Courthouse Lawn, Edenton NC
<< Floral Design >> Yeopim Flowers
<< Cake Artist >> Lace N Cakes
<< DJ >> Taz-2 Productions
<< Bridal Shop >> House of Maya
<< Dress Designer >> Allure
<< Bridesmaids Dresses >> David’s Bridal
<< Men’s Attire >> Men’s Warehouse
<< Rental Company >> Chair and Equipment Rentals
<< Catering >> Wendy Korbusieski
<< Coordinators >> Karen Fleetwood, Cheryl Ward, Claire Mills
Mrs. Annie Smith is no longer Annie Smith – she is oh, so officially MRS. RAMSEY SKINNER! Their wedding on the Courthouse Lawn in Edenton NC this past weekend was magical and every ounce of it was a beautiful reflection of the love they share together and the love their family has for them. It was such a blessing to our souls to be a part of their wonderful day! As I work diligently on their wedding gallery, I’m happy to share a peak into Annie’s bridal portraits at the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, NC! Keep your eyes posted for their wedding soon!