Posts Tagged 'vintage'

Bo & Kathryn Anne Springs Close Greenway

Could these two be any more beautiful? Meet Bo and Kathryn, and I could seriously photograph them for days. Crazy beautiful and crazy in love. They couldn’t stop smiling. Their wedding is less than a month away….

Thank God it didn’t rain! We had the most dreamy evening shoot at Anne Springs Close Greenway. The light was golden and perfect! This has to be one of my very favorite sessions ever.

Enjoy! ;)

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Any photographer that has the honor of photographing one of their closest friend’s wedding knows the emotional side of the coin. While your working hard and doing what you do as an artist, you’re also emotionally driven to not burst out in tears every five minutes. I think I lost it like three times during their ceremony.  Seeing your friend be loved so deeply, so intensely, so fully is extremely impacting and glorious. I was in awe, watching the beauty and the faithfulness of the Lord to take two people from different continents and bring them together.

Ashley and I have been friends probably since Ashley was four. I grew up with her, her family and some of her friends. We did crazy things as kids, and we still do crazy things as adults. And Scott I’ve known only for a year. (I wrote more about their story here, on their engagement session post) I love, love, love the way Scott loves Ashley. His gentleness reminds me of the way my husband loves me.

When Scott saw Ashley coming down the aisle, it was freaking amazing watching the little boy come out of him. Exuberance and heart-felt joy painted his face and took over his body. Both of them were  so giddy. Ashley looked completely stunning in a champagne Justin Alexander. Her Hawaiian sun-kissed skin and black hair caused her deep brown eyes to sparkle.

Scott and Ashley got married on a friend’s beautiful property on June 1st. They offered hay rides down through the woods to an open field where the ceremony took place. The reception took place in a large garage which they decorated with a travel/international theme.

As I was editing the portrait photos this week, I announced to my husband that I wish I could document their lives and photograph them every day because they are so gorgeous to photograph and are so in love. They are eye candy.

They ended the evening with heart-shaped Chinese lanterns, sparklers and a send off in a gorgeous mint green car. These two are some of my favorite people, and I’m honored to have stood alongside them on their day.

Special thanks to my second shooter, Kori Hoffman, and my third shooter, my husband. (Yes, I had so many images to go through…it was rough to pick the best.)

Congrats Scott and Ashley! I love you guys so, so, so much!  Thank you for everything!

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Stephanie & Peter Wedding Hyatt Greenville, South carolina 17

April was a rainy month, and it was true that the April rain brings May flowers. It was also a bit chilly for the month of April. Which is extremely odd for the Carolina’s.

Stephanie and Peter had plans to do their ceremony and reception in the Wyche Pavillion in Greenville, SC. But rain and cold air changed the plans of the day. Larkin’s On The River was a lovely, rustic like restaurant where the ceremony and reception took place. We made the very most of the day and did a few portraits and late night creative idea’s in the Wyche Pavillion right next door. We started at the Hyatt hotel a few blocks from Larkin’s and walked to Larkin’s from there in the rain.

I think rain makes you work harder at your art, and that’s what my husband and I did. We explored and tried new things, and they turned out fabulous! My husband is now my main second shooter for most of my weddings, he continues to surprise me and inspire me to go higher and be creative. I’m very thankful and happy to have him at my side all day long.

Stephanie and Peter’s day turned out so lovely and I’m so glad we got to be there to capture the emotion that took place! In spite of rain and cold…it was beautiful!

Congrats Stephanie & Peter! Thank you for letting Brandon and I shoot your day!

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Ashley & Scott 14

Ashley is one of the greatest joys in my life. (I’ve known her since we were both super, super young) Whenever I see this girl (which is like once every two months-ish) I am immediately safe in my own skin, and free to be myself around her. A year ago yesterday, she met a strapping young man at a Krispy Kreme race (run 5 miles, eat a dozen donuts, and then run 5 more- or something like that.) He was a kind, English man who stole her heart, and transformed her current situations. He won her over time and time again. I loved being kept in the loop of their first dates (with the “What should I wear?” texts, and pictures of different outfits.) He took her on “glow in the dark” golfing at night, in the pouring rain as their first date. He planned out special trips to the zoo, and the finale of taking her on a crazy, amazing trip around NYC a week before Christmas. He gave her 6 or 7 clues which took them to the top of the Empire State building, ice skating in Central Park,  an amazing restaurant overlooking all of NYC, worlds best cup of coffee (From the movie “Elf”) and then he proposed to her with a bright green emerald ring in front of the Rockefeller Christmas tree. Scott is an absolute joy to be around. They are madly in love, and I cry thinking about it. The Lord has proven his faithfulness to Ashley by bringing Scott into her life. Photographing them is like eating my favorite candy. I’m not kidding. Its easy, its gorgeous, its perfect, and I could seriously photograph them for hours and hours and it wouldn’t be work.

I am shooting their magnificent June wedding. And I am going to cry like a baby the whole day. <3

So about this shoot… Saturday, I took them to the Historic Plantation House at Langtree. Old beautiful house, open fields, bird houses, porch swings, large boulders, wheat fields, woods, ivy, Lake Norman. I mean…. sigh. I was in heaven. It was super, super cold. (Thank God I wore my leggings under my jeans) and Scott and Ashley took it like heros. The sky was cloudy, then sunny, then golden, then blue, then dark. It was fun.

Thank you to my amazing husband who stood in 10-20 minute increments out in the cold to hold my lights and all my stuff. <3 (You are the best!)

I am in love with these photos of them. And I had a really really rough time picking what to share. I did a workshop recently with my friend Shelley Paulson, and Ashley and Scott were our models.  So if you’ve seen them before, thats why.

Congrats Ashley and Scott! I love you both so, so much! Happy Engagement! (Wanna see their wedding? Click here)

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I wanted to share my little simple sweetness with you all. It’s sorta the little bit of excitement that keeps me going at times. Walking into my little boy’s room and sitting in his glider letting the light touch the walls. I can absolutely say that I am not ready for this extreme challenge. I am more of a realist when it comes to things being tough. I tend to over dramatize the situation in hopes to not to be disappointed or come out short. (I wouldn’t say its a negative thing…just me.) Brandon and I took child birthing/prep classes this last weekend. And boy, was it a bit overwhelming.

I hope for a grace to be with me during the time of gettin’ this kid out! haha. Lord knows.

So here is Laef’s little room. I’m a pretty simple decorator. I can’t stand baby cheese decor or light blues, yellows, pinks… =p (I can handle the light green….. slightly.) Brandon and I wanted to go for something that went along with Laef’s name. We named him after Leif Ericson the great viking explorer who discovered America. And we spelled it differently because we didn’t want people to call him “Leaf”. We want it pronounced “Layf”. (His poor teachers, right?) His name means “Heir,” “Descendant,”  “One who is loved,” and his middle name “Owen” means “Well-born” or “Born of nobility.”

So we chose the “theme” of voyage, explorer, nations, maps, paper boats, ships, lanterns, burlap, etc. I think it’s appropriate. And I keep thinking of that scripture, “Blessed is the man whose heart is set on a pilgrimage.” – Psalm 84:5

If you remember, I painted my office from yellow to “Willow Tree” by Sherwin Williams. (See my blog/before and after here.) We kept the wall color and my office got kicked to downstairs. ;) (It’s okay… I got a fabulous desk and a new iMac, I won’t die.)

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Perfect October fall day. Color everywhere. Blue skies, slight breeze…. mmmm…. Matthew and Lauren were so blessed to have the most perfect day for their wedding.

I can’t tell you all how excited I have been about this wedding. Lauren and I have become friends the last year in a half.  Shooting her day and being around her family felt like family. (See their E-session here)

Through this whole process Matthew and Lauren have not only been amazing clients but great friends to my husband and I (I love that story!)

Sooo…. their ceremony took place at Central Church of God here in Charlotte, NC. And their reception was at the beautiful Anne Springs Close Greenway at the red barn on a hill. Lauren’s mom decorated the barn with a truck load of of eclectic, vintage antiques. Mason jars personalized with everyone’s name on it. Every table was different and unique. I felt like I was photographing a magazine wedding. The barn was so gorgeous! I loooove shooting details, and what I have here on my blog is the smallest taste of how many details their really were. Gosh! It was heaven.

Another highlight for me on this day was shooting romantic photos of Matthew and Lauren in tall gold grass, and them in the sunset. I felt like flying. They are so easy to photograph.   So yes, I’m excited about sharing this wedding with you.

Enough of me rambling…

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So, if you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll remember that I had a crayon box house. Red, yellow, and now green…. omg… i wished it all away, and it worked. ;D

You can click on these links to see my rooms I’ve repainted and somewhat redecorated. (Yellow no more…) & (Red no more…)

So today, I want to share with you my bedroom. It was green, and brown. And actually it wasn’t as bad as the other rooms I’ve redone. But after drooling over Anthropologie and Pintrest I was wanting to redo it with something light and romantic yet, I wanted some rustic in there. I still have so many more things I really want to add. But this is the start to something….

So here is before… :p

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Asheville, North Carolina. Gorgeous!! It all started when I picked up my friend and mentor up at the Charlotte airport. She flew in from Minnesoooota  (as they say) ;) Shelley Paulson has a been the biggest influence in my journey of photography. Countless hours spent being mentored, taught, and critiqued. She has had patience with my growing. I’ve had the honor of shooting quite a few weddings with her the last three summers. We’ve somehow always found a way for me to visit her in MN or for her to come to the Carolina’s. She had this gorgeous wedding booked in the mountains of North Carolina and wanted me to second shoot and assist her. I jump at the chance to learn from Shelley. I’m blessed to have her in my life. (for real— <3 you Shelley!)

We had a wonderful weekend in Asheville, getting lost every time we got in the car together. The roads in and highways in Asheville are insane!

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