They grew up in different parts of the country but that didn’t stop fate from bringing them together 11 years ago!  Melissa was from Iowa and James is from Warrenton, NC.  He moved out to Iowa for work and in being in a new place, knowing no one, asked a guy he worked with if he knew anyone in the area he could introduce James to.  Steven, actually knew a girl he went to church with who was about James’ age and happened to be single. Stewart set them up on a blind date and that’s how it began!

Their relationship grew and eventually it was time for James to move back home to NC.  He brought his Iowa girl with him :)

They live in the sweetest little historic home in Warrenton surrounded by many of James’ family. We photographed their engagement photos on the property of the home they live in as well as a few other places in the area that are special to their family.

I enjoyed every minute of getting to know this couple and witnessing their love!  Their wedding in April is going to be a FUN celebration!

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Rarely do I get a couple who admit without a doubt that it was love at first sight!  Typically love takes it’s time growing between friends or between two people that have just met, but in the case of Abby and Dylan, they knew the night they met that they were going to be something amazing.  They were immediately infatuated with each other!

Their relationship progressed but the moment Abby and Dylan knew God had laid them out for each other was when they had to say goodbye for a month as Dylan went underway with the Navy.  Their hearts were so sad experiencing being apart for the first time and they both knew they never wanted to be apart again – Dylan knew he was going to make Abby his wife!

Abby and Dylan celebrated their wedding day at the Lands End Plantation in Hertford, NC.  The beautiful barn and open fields around the historic home were the perfect backdrop for their day.  Abby chose the prettiest hints of fall!  Beautiful burgundies accented with Navy blue and a Hot Apple Cider bar and popcorn at the reception!

We enjoyed every minute of getting to know the love Abby and Dylan share and witnessing the love their family shares for them.  We are so happy to introduce Mr. & Mrs. Wilkins!!

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Lands End Plantation Wedding

Venue // Lands End Plantation, Hertford NC

Coordinator // Holly Lamb

Floral Designer // Added Touch Florist

Caterer // Beechwood Country Club

Cake Artist // The Flour Girls Cafe and Bakery

DJ // Jesse Williams

Makeup Artist // Krislyn Askew, Beautype by Krislyn

Hair Artist // Carla Odom, Hair Fashion 

Dress Shop // Studio I Do, VA Beach

Dress Designer // Allure

Bridesmaids Dress Shop // All the Rage, Chesapeake

Rental Company // Waterford Event Rentals 

Popcorn // Tastebuds Popcorn

Popcorn Favor Bags // The Gala House, Etsy

Bridesmaids Flannel Shirts // Sassy Southern Stitches

Welcome Sign Vinyl // EastCoast Vinyl Decals

 

 

 

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in May of 2016 we photographed a couple who drew near and dear to our hearts – Amanda and DJ.  Their relaxed love and joyful family made us feel like we’d be friends with them forever even though we live hours apart!  I was ecstatic when they announced not long after their marriage that they had a little one on the way!  Last week we were able to get together with Amanda and DJ for the first time since their wedding and we got the pleasure of meeting baby Clementine too! This little youngin’ ROCKED her session.  She never cried once and gave me ALL her attention.  We had to work at getting her to NOT just look at me the whole time and to interact with mom and Dad too!

We wrapped up our session and as I was giving Clementine goodbye snuggls she decided to give me a token of her appreciation, spitting up allll down my shirt, lol!  And it wasn’t just “a little” spit up, either! I take the blame though because I asked her to sit on the ground and apparently she opted to taste a leaf or two while she was down there.  It was the leaf that she decided to give back to me after the session ;-)  At least she waited until the photos were finished!

I  have to admit I’d take some Clementine spit up any day to get the photos we got!  And it had been a long time since I’d been spit up on, I reckon it was a great way to break me back into shooting family shoots :)

Can’t wait for next time, Clementine! Spit up and all!

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6 years ago I photographed the sweetest engagement session at the Chowan County Fair.  5 Years ago I photographed that sweet couple on their wedding day.   3 years ago, I photographed them  in their brand new home snuggling with their little Jake and 2 years ago I photographed them for the first time as a family of 4.  I love that I get the opportunity to watch this family grow every couple years and document their love!  We love you, Scott Family and can’t wait for the next time!

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It might be dreary and rainy outside today but inside my office is anything but dreary.  Working on Kalyn and Drew’s engagement images has had me smiling ear to ear!  One of the best things ever is when we have a couple who is fearless with their joy.  No hesitation what-so-ever in showing it off to us and these two totally took the gold metal in that category!  They laughed and flirted and played as if no one was looking and it was so beautiful to watch.

Kalyn from Minnesota and Drew from Raleigh, they both found themselves in Greenville NC for work (Drew) and for Graduate school (Kalyn) and they thank their lucky stars that Gods plan would have them finding each other there.  I thank my lucky stars that God led them both to me and that we get to photograph such a beautiful love! I met with them last week for the first time and we had so much fun getting to know each other.  We photographed first at the Dowdy Ficklen stadium to honor their mutual love of the Greenville Pirates.  Drew works for the Pirates club and was able to get us into the stadium to shoot!  We even photographed in the seats they always sit in for the games.  We wrapped up our shoot at a nearby park for some casual fun, lovin’!

I could hear them laughing as I edited these photos as I’m sure you’ll hear it too as you view them!  You’ll be seeing this couple again next December for their beautiful winter wedding!

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  • November 9, 2017 - 12:04 pm

    LeeAnne B Bolton - I couldn’t be more pleased and excited about my son’s and Kalyn’s engagement pictures! You captured their special and loving relationship beautifully! He has had that happy smile on his face since the day he met her! They are perfect together!

    Thank you! I love the pictures!ReplyCancel

    • November 10, 2017 - 12:47 pm

      admin - Hello LeeAnne!! We are so happy we get to be a part of their wonderful celebration and we can’t wait to meet you in December! I’m so glad you enjoyed seeing their photos.. I LOVE how they turned out :)ReplyCancel

You know the phrase “when you know, you know”.  Well Kody knew.  From the first day he met Ashli when he was 14 he told his buddy he was going to marry that girl. Ashli and Kody became close friends through middle school and early high school and after some persistence from Kody trying to take their friendship to the next level, finally Ashli decided to see Kody as a boyfriend instead of just a friend her sophomore year.  They’ve held each other through thick and thin ever since and here we are 10 years since the day Kody announced he was going to marry Ashli – I’m sharing their wedding day!

Their day was full of emotion.  So much love was poured out to them from their friends and family to celebrate this special time and also to lift them up as they remembered Kody’s Mother who passed away 2 years ago.  She wasn’t with them in the physical but there was so much evidence that her presence was there in spirit through each and every person there.  She was with her son the whole way!

The two of them incorporated his mother’s remembrance in so many ways! Ashli gave Kody a special pendant to wear in his jacket with her picture, right by his heart the entire day.  There wasn’t a dry eye among any of us who saw her sweet gesture.  Ashli wore a piece of Kody’s mom’s wedding dress around her bouquet and they also toasted using the same champagne flutes that Kody’s parents used at their own wedding! I think, though, the most remarkable was that they took his mother and father’s wedding bands, had them melted down together and used the gold from his parents bands within his own wedding band.  It was incredibly beautiful! There were so many thoughtful elements that they incorporated which proved to us just how much family means to Ashli and Kody.  They love fiercely.

We were honored beyond measure to to have witnessed such a special day held at the gorgeous (and brand new!) Copper Ridge on the Neuse in New Bern, NC, and we are happy to present to you the newest Mr. & Mrs. Culpepper!

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Venue // Copper Ridge on the Neuse, New Bern, NC

Videography // 85 Film

Wedding Coordination // Party Perfection Weddings

Floral Design // Avalon Event Floral

Caterer // Strange & Sons Catering

Cake Arist // Kim Cake

DJ // Rob Webb Dj

Makeup Artist // Katy Lynn Beauty

Hair Artist // Hunter Sanders

Bridal Shop // Carolina Bridal World 

Men’s Attire // The Wedding Elf

Rental Company // Charming & Quaint

 

 

 

 

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Abby and Dylan got married on Saturday!! Their wedding day was lovely and perfect and full of joy!  As their wedding images import to our computer I wanted to share a quick peek into the brand new Mrs. Wilkin’s bridal portraits at Lands End Plantation in Hertford, NC.  Isn’t she stunning!?

Wedding images will be coming soon!

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Nearly 2 years ago Shannon and Lee contacted us about photographing their destination wedding at the Outer Banks in NC.  October 2017 seemed like lightyears away but as time does, the months flew by and last weekend we finally found ourselves meeting Shannon and Lee for the first time face to face on their wedding day!

I had known from following them that they were gorgeous and I had known from reading about them that they were completely smitten for each other.  I knew their wedding day was going to be out of this world.  What I didn’t know was just how much these two were going to blow me away with every element of their day from their sweet love to their jaw dropping decor to their spontaneous jump into the pool after their exit (no joke, you HAVE to scroll down to see it)!

They chose the oh so stylish Wonderous Stories house in Kill Devil Hills to host their intimate wedding and were joined by 24 of their closest friends and family who flew in to be by their side. We just melt over small wedding days!  When every single guest is there because the bride and groom love them deeply, the atmosphere takes on a whole new level of intimacy. The couple can truly enjoy their special moment with each of their guests and it’s so special to witness!

Shannon left no stone unturned in planning her wedding day, either. She had the most beautiful details for us to photograph and it was SO. MUCH. FUN.  Grace loves Lace anklets, a handlettered Just Married jacket (that jacket though!!) by KRorer Decor, the most unique wooden arch from Amaranth + Artifact, hand lettered signage on plexiglass (also by Krorer!), and allll of the organic, flowy florals by Honeysuckle Events.

Every ounce of this wedding day photographed like a dream and we had the most fabulous time documenting a love that began over ice-cream, was strengthened over kittens (haha!) and solidified for eternity on the sand at the Outer Banks!

Shannon and Lee, we are grateful from the bottoms of our hearts that you asked us to join with you in your perfect day and I am so excited to share a peak for you!!

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Venue // Wondrous Stories House, Kill Devil Hills

Coordinator // Coastyle Weddings

Floral Designer // Honeysuckle Events

Cake Artist // Sweetie Pies

DJ // Bruce Jones, “I Do” Entertainment

Makeup & Hair Artist // Lovie’s Salon and Spa

Bridal Shop // A&Be Bridal

Dress Designer // Made With Love Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses // Bella Bridesmaids

Men’s Attire // Men’s Wearhouse

Rental Company// Ocean Atlantic Rental, “I Do” OBX Chairs, Renee Landry Events, Amaranth + Artifact

Signage & Jean Jacket Lettering // KRorer Decor

Laser Cut Out Signage // Ever Laser

Bar Cups // Gracious Bridal, Etsy

Favor Matches // Picture Perfect Papier, Etsy

 

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Jerry and I have accepted the fact that we get pretty darn lucky with the folks God puts in our path.  When he brought us Zach & Briana, he proved his love yet again :)

If you are friends of ours you probably know that we found ourselves with an exciting new endeavor earlier this year as we surprisingly purchased a new (OLD) house through an auction.  I say surprisingly because that’s exactly what it was! We honestly had NO intention of our humble bid on this historic home being the highest, yet somehow we found ourselves closing on this beauty in February earlier this year.

That also meant that it was time for me to finally leave my house.  The house I grew up in! The only house I ever lived in aside from some years off at college and shortly after moving back home.  My parents retired in 2009 and moved to the mountains, and I purchased the house from them when they left.  I had my daughter in that house and she played in all the same little nooks and crannies I played in as a kid!  Those walls are special to me. And finding tenants to rent it that would appreciate it and be able to fill it with their own love was of deep priority.

No more than a couple hours after posting our house for rent on the Coast Guard site, I had gotten an email from Briana. Although it seemed it wouldn’t work out at first because they were stationed in Jersey and couldn’t come down to view it right away, and because there was interest from other renters at the moment, it seemed like they weren’t going to be the ones.  But a month later when we found out the other interested tenants had found a different home, I messaged Briana and they made plans to come that very weekend to visit!

We fell in love with them instantly and were so excited to have them not only to take care of this special home but to gain as new friends :) We found out just before they made their move here with the Coast Guard that they’d have tenant #3 coming to live with them in December!  That was some beautiful news!

Mannings – we are grateful for you! And so excited that we get to share in such a happy time for your growing family. Roslyn is one lucky lady to have you both as parents and we are lucky folks to have you as friends!  Can’t wait for some newborn pics in December!!

 

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Yesterday I met up with a family I hadn’t seen in years!!! Their oldest son, Pranay was only 3 months old the last time I photographed them. He’s in kindergarten now and has grown into such a handsome little guy!  The Pethi family has welcomed a new addition into their lives in the last year, too.. sweet little Prisha.  We explored the area (and beautiful waterfall!) at Yates Mill Park and captured some sweet moments with them as a family of 4 this time.  We hoped to end the shoot with a cake smash but Prisha decided she didn’t particularly enjoy sticking her fingers in cake! I wasn’t too upset because the cake looked wayyyy to pretty to demolish anyway ;-)

It was wonderful to catch up with you again, Pethi family!!

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It took a halloween party, a little cardio dance and some Cook Out for them to meet. GOD is all it took to do the rest :)

Joanna and Logan met 5 years ago at a halloween party as she and her friends rocked out some of their cardio dance class moves in the corner! Afterwards, Logan worked up the courage to go talk to her as they and their groups of friends waited in line at Cook Out. From that moment on they were in each other’s lives, God growing their love every day!

I’m certainly glad God placed them in our lives, too. We met them at the Market Hall Vendor Showcase a few months ago and we knew right away that they were so sweet and definitely our kinda people! So when they contacted us about being a part of their celebration – we were giddy :)

Joanna and Logan were so awesome during their engagement shoot! They went along with all my silliness and added a whole lot their own silliness, too! Their laughs and loves made every image so stinkin’ perfect. See for yourself! Here’s a peak into their engagement session at Dorthea Dix Park in Raleigh!

You’ll be seeing them again in June, 2018!

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Jenny and Adam stole our hearts from the first moment we met them!  You might remember these beautiful smiles from their Edenton NC engagement session a few months ago and the story of love that began with cornhole and a granny nightie (click over to read their story!).  Whatever the circumstances God used to bring them together, we are sure glad he did because we have loved every minute of documenting their joy as they solidify their lives together!

They chose the most adorable of venues, The Robin’s Nest in Grimesland NC, to host their special day.  Every ounce of it was perfect!  Our favorite moment of the day was when Adam saw his flawless bride for the first time.  His joy radiated!  Jerry and I couldn’t stop talking, days after the wedding, about how she brought him so much peace in that moment. It was beautiful.  I’ll never forget the feeling as the harpist played Surely The Presence in the moments leading up to the ceremony. Feeling the perfect weather, seeing the beauty of the location and ceremony space and watching the love for Jenny and Adam radiating from their guests. The combination was moving. During the ceremony the wind kicked up a notch and I felt like God was surely making himself known in those moments, enveloping Jenny and Adam with his presence! Afterwards I couldn’t help but feel how appropriate the harpists song was!

Jenny’s Grandfather sadly passed away a few months ago.  He used to call Jenny his “little bird” and since his passing they’ve felt his presence anytime they found a feather.  It was no surprise on the wedding day that feathers kept showing up!  Just after Jenny and Adam had their first look, Jerry felt a feather fall from the tree right next to us.  It stayed in Jenny’s bouquet the rest of the day!  He was absolutely there in spirit, cheering on his Little Bird!

We have had so much time connecting with these two over engagement session silliness, talks of old houses and ghosts, palo santo wood and blackbeard, Lol! It’s hard to believe our time with them as wedding photographers has come to a close. But I am SO thrilled that our time with them as friends is just beginning (and maybe as family photographers in future!) We can’t wait to see what the future holds for Mr. & Mrs. Hedgepeth!

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The Robin’s Nest Wedding:

Venue and Floral Design // The Robin’s Nest, Grimesland NC

Videography // Chad Winstead

Wedding Coordinator // Jan York

Cake Artist // Vanilla Bean Bake Shop

DJ // Generations Mobile DJ Service 

Catering // GK Cafe & Catering

Hair Artist // Rachel Anderson

Dress Designer // Justin Alexander

Bridesmaids Dress // Lulus

Men’s Attire // Men’s Wearhouse

Guest Book sign // Flutterbye PRINTS

Cord of three Strands // Etsy shop – The Back Porch Shoppe

Custom Wedding Wine Labels // Etsy shop – Vanlittle Studio

Homemade Wine // Brides’s Father! Holly Branch Vineyard

 

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