Corey and Nick met on a blind date on Valentines day with mutual friends and even though neither of them were looking to start a relationship, they somehow couldn’t stop hanging out from that point on. After dating for a year, they were engaged for a year, and they’ve now been married for 10 and have two amazing little boys, ages 6 and 4.
“The thing I love the most about us is we push each other, support each other and dream dreams together. With Nick nothing seems impossible.” When Corey wanted to open a photography business, he supported and encouraged her. When he wanted to get his class A license to build homes, she had his back. Together they are dedicated to God, to their boys and to each other.
And that is the best kind of marriage you can find :)
A few years back my parents happened to hire Nick to do some work on their roof. In conversation with Nick, my parents learned that his wife Corey, had a photography business in Galax, VA. My mom virtually introduced Corey and I and we were immediately long distance friends and followers of each other’s work! I finally got to meet her in person in 2011 to photograph she and Nick and their two boys together for a family session and I was enamored with how joyful and loving they were, and not to mention how gorgeous a couple they are!
Fast forward to this past winter. As we nailed down our summer vacation plans in the mountains for July, I started brainstorming a styled shoot idea that had been swimming in my head since I took some just-for-fun photos of Evie and my Mom playing in the beautiful stream that runs behind my grandmothers home in the Blue Ridge. Ever since photographing in the amazing light under the canopy of trees and the crystal clear shallow water, I’d been envisioning how beautiful it would be to see a couple dancing and playing together through the water!
But getting time to head up to the mountains the past couple years only seemed to fall on the cold winter holidays and the lovely little stream wouldn’t be so lovely during the freezing November and December temps! When we decided to make a July trip this year I felt like this was my time to plan it out, if I was ever going to. It took only about two seconds to decide who I’d like to model for me and when I asked Corey if she and Nick would be willing, she gave me the amazing news that July was actually their 10 year anniversary month! (Reminds me of a similar story of a Styled Shoot turned Anniversary Shoot last year!!) She and Nick were all over the idea and I was so excited to have them on board.
At first the idea was to just have this lovely couple in the gorgeous surroundings, and nothing else. But the more I thought it over, I decided that a styled shoot isn’t quite as fun without a table involved! So Jerry got to work creating a table that we could transport and place in the stream. He built the tabletop out of the 1932 hardwood floors that we just ripped up out of the rental house we are remodeling right now. I love him :)
We designed a table for two with cheese and wine and adorned the table with pottery plates handcrafted by Andrea Hill Pottery, a cheesecloth table runner flowing in the current, air plant terrariums and a bouquet that I made (yes, ME!!) from fresh cut stems that traveled with us all the way to the mountains from Yeopim Flowers Farm in Hertford! Champagne glasses and marble cheeseboard from Anthropologie brought the look we were going for full circle and when we set the table up to ‘practice’ our layout, I simply couldn’t take it down! We had it set up for at least a week in our dining room so that I could stare at it all I wanted :)
I’m so thankful to Corey and Nick for being willing to wade through (pun intended!) this crazy idea I had in my head and for being SO wonderful to work with! Happiest 10 year Anniversary and many more decades to come!
HUGE thank you to Cindy who let us photograph on her gorgeous property!
(Which was recently owned by the renowned Ricky Van Shelton, by the way :-)
Hair Stylst: Ashley millaway from The Corinthian, Galax
Fresh Floral Cuts: Yeopim Flowers, Hertford NC
Blue cuff bracelet: Anthropologie
Necklaces and Ring: Chloe and Isabel
Pottery Plates: Andrea Hill Pottery
Champagne Flutes: Anthropologie
Locally made cheese and wine: Wine Cellar at Chapters, Galax VA
Styling, Floral Design (Bouquet and Floral Sash) and Photography: Us :)