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My friend LeeAnn and I were pregnant at the same time. This was good at the time because it gave us an excuse to go eat cheeseburgers together. Now its good because we have two adorable little boys who are just a few days apart in age. LeeAnn asked me to photograph sweet Beckett near his first birthday. We had a great time and I felt right at home chasing after him with my camera.
About a year ago, I photographed Brielle and Brooks’ sweet, romantic wedding at Homewood in Asheville. From the very beginning, Brie was sweet and kind - the kind of person you would really want to sit down and have a nice conversation with over a cup of coffee. Because she was planning her wedding from afar, I didn’t see Brie in person after our first meeting until her wedding day, when she stepped out of the van in a beautiful and unique wedding gown she had made herself. Her wedding was full of handmade touches, honesty, and warmth. Add to that the fact that she and Brooks are completely in love and total naturals in front of the camera, and it was a photographer’s dream.
Now, a year later, Brie and I had the chance to see each other again when I was in Folly Beach a few weeks ago for vacation. We are both self-described “morning people” so we met for a sunrise shoot on the beach. We walked around the beach and the neighborhood, snapping tropical photos in the perfect morning light, beachy plants and beautiful colors all around. Brie was as beautiful and relaxed in front of the camera as she was on her wedding day - a photographer’s dream once again. We ended up at our little yellow cottage, and had a nice conversation over a latte and an espresso.
As is so often the case, photography is not only one of my absolute joys in life, it also brings people into my life who are an absolute joy. Thanks, Brie, for a beautiful morning on the beach!
I keep finding myself smiling while I edit Kim and Henry’s photos. The images from their wedding day are filled with smiles, genuine happiness, and hand holding. It was truly a gift to be invited into their sweet and intimate celebration, set against a verdant late afternoon at the Botanical Gardens at Asheville. Not only was it a pleasure to have the opportunity to photograph such genuinely nice people, they set aside enough time to explore the gardens and find other great spots in Asheville for some family portraits before their celebratory dinner at The Admiral. There was no rushing, or feeling like I had to speed things up to stay on schedule. Just a lot of light and beauty and love.
Just look at Henry’s face in this photo. Can’t you just tell how happy he is? I love it.
When I asked Kim if she had modeling experience, I wasn’t kidding or just trying to make her feel spectacular on her wedding day. She was an absolute natural in front of the camera - total honesty and beauty without missing a beat.
Congratulations Kim and Henry! I loved getting to know you and your family. I wish you a lifetime of these kinds of smiles.
Monica and Tommy were referred to me by Megan, one of my clients from earlier this year. As an independent business owner, there is nothing more powerful than a personal recommendation. I’m so thankful that Megan sent Monica and Tommy my way.
I’m really looking forward to photographing their wedding this September, and for their engagement session they chose the natural beauty of the NC Arboretum as their backdrop. We met there at sunset on what felt like one of the hottest evenings of the summer. Even though we were all sweltering, they opened up to me right away, revealing their tenderness for each other in almost every image. Just look at the way they’re touching each other in these photographs. And those eyes - those are her real eyelashes, in case you were wondering. It was the kind of photo session that gives me goosebumps.
Thank you, Monica and Tommy, for opening up your hearts to me. I can’t wait to share your wedding day! Congratulations!
Cara and Trevor are planning a September wedding here in Asheville. For their engagement session, they chose the lovely NC Arboretum as a backdrop to reflect their love of nature. We spent a beautiful morning there in June and they were so easy to work with! Many people take a while to get comfortable in front of the camera, but Cara and Trevor opened up right away. I’m really looking forward to photographing their wedding in just a few months! Cheers, Cara and Trevor!
I love a good Mason jar. They’re versatile, strong, old-fashioned, and homey. They’re simple enough to set off a beautiful arrangement of flowers, a cold glass of lemonade, or a sweet pot of honey. To me, a whole collection of mismatched, antique glass is about as romantic as it gets (someday I’ll tell you about my huge collection of tiny antique bottles).
There were Mason jars - and DIY touches - galore at Lindsay and Clint’s sweet, homespun wedding in Black Mountain. Friends and family pitched in to help the couple create almost every aspect of the celebration, and their hard work and love was evident. This was one of the most emotional weddings of which I’ve ever been a part. Lindsay and Clint are clearly very much in love with each other, and they throw a great party while they’re at it.
Congratulations Lindsay and Clint! Thank you for inviting me to be part of your beautiful wedding.
Want to see more of Lindsay and Clint’s wedding? Click here
for a slideshow.
As I said in my post of their engagement session, I was honored to be asked to photograph Meredith and Ryan’s wedding not just because I’ve enjoyed getting to know them, but also because Meredith’s sister is one of my best friends. I really felt like one of the guests at this celebration - everyone was so sweet and welcoming. This was a really beautiful wedding, and the love, strength, and closeness of the families involved was powerful. I loved being there and feeling a part of this family. Congratulations you guys! Lots of love to you both.
Ceremony and Reception Location: Crest Center • Florist: Sweet Earth Flower Farm • Cake: Denise Richards Custom Cakes • DJ: Blazin Sounds/Dylan Skidmore • Ceremony music: Asheville String Trio • Hair: Charlotte Murphy at Ananda Hair Studio • Make-up: Heather Smith • Dress: Alexia’s Bridal, Raleigh
As promised, here is a mini-preview of the photographs from Karen and Geoff’s wedding. I had such a hard time narrowing down my choices for this blog post. This wedding really had everything you could ask for - friendly people, a gorgeous day, elegant details, a classically beautiful bride, and so much love. It was a joy to photograph this wedding with one of my closest friends, Kendra Stanley-Mills. This is only the beginning, as this wedding afforded us a lot of opportunities for some really beautiful images. Hopefully it’s also only the beginning of many collaborations with Kendra.
Congratulations Karen and Geoff! Thank you for including us in your celebration!
For a complete preview of Karen and Geoff’s wedding, please visit my website.
When Karen contacted me about photographing her wedding, she asked right away about me photographing the rehearsal dinner, too. It was going to be just as much of a celebration as the following day, with just about everyone coming in from out of town for the big event. What a pleasure it was to get to know everyone a little more on the night before the wedding. It was a beautiful night - a perfect kick-off to Karen and Geoff’s weekend celebration.
The maid of honor presented Karen and Geoff with a beautiful painting she had commissioned for them. It was such a sweet moment and clearly meant so much to both of them.
All smiles at the end of a perfect evening - and all anticipation for the next day. Images of their beautiful wedding will be featured in part 2 of this post - coming soon!
For a complete preview of Karen and Geoff’s rehearsal dinner, please visit my website.