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christine + chris {wedding | lake norman, nc}

We love small intimate weddings. Let me repeat, WE LOVE SMALL INTIMATE WEDDINGS! Seriously, it is like a breath of fresh air. The weekend before Chris and Christine’s wedding, we had two really large weddings. Lots of people and lots of things to do. Not that there is anything wrong with big weddings but there is just something special about a small intimate wedding in my opinion. Chris and Christine got married in the backyard of a friends’ lake house. Nothing but their immediate family was there to witness. When Christine and I chatted, she emphasized just how important having great portraits of them together are. That is music to our ears! A couple who wants to spend an hour just hanging out and taking amazing pictures on the lake in the fall light. Yes please, all day everyday!family photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photography
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Thanks Christine + Chris for opening up and sharing the most intimate day with us.

xo,

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mini sessions

I haven’t even shared all the awesome things that happened at our fall mini sessions! Every year we do mini sessions. 30 minute long photo sessions at a specific location we choose. This year we chose The Reel Barn. It is one of my favorite places to shoot. We set up a couple different looks for variety and have families come in over the course of 3 days. This past fall, the sessions sold out within an hour and we had over 35 sessions in those three days! It was busy but we had a BLAST! We love doing family sessions in the mix of all the wedding craziness!

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Tonya & Bryan {wedding | part 2)

Yay, thanks for coming back! I can’t wait any longer, so lets dive right into these details!

family photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyTrue story, TREE PEOPLE on STILTS..family photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyThere they are…our FAVORITE BAND, SOL FUSION!family photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyThey let an owl go at the top of the silo. It was so neat!family photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyI can’t help but get a little crazy and want to dance too!!family photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyLove this girl!!!! Photographer/dress keeper/lipstick toucher upper:)family photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographyfamily photographySuch an amazing night!

xo,

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Tonya & Bryan {wedding | part 1)

I am excited to share Tonya & Bryan’s big wedding day with you! And when I mean big, I mean BIG! This was one of the largest weddings we have ever shot and it was thrilling!

The best part wasn’t all the details and fun people, although it was really fun…the best part was knowing and working with Tonya & Bryan! Getting to know these two made my heart happy. Two of the most sincere and genuine people I have ever met. If Tonya knows I am having a hard day, she sends me positive words and Bible verses. I couldn’t think of a sweeter soul.

When they planned this wedding, there wasn’t one detail that was overlooked. I love that they hired the best vendors in Charlotte to handle their day! Bryan is a very well known guy in our industry with promotional stuff (Paschal Promotions) so we really felt flattered and honored to have been chosen to shoot their epic wedding!

We are going to break it up in two parts because there is SO much to share!

Here is the list of the amazing vendors we worked with!

planner + designer | Carla Eustache of Style Perfect Events
designer | Helen Apple with Sterling Events
flowers | From This Day Forward
hair & makeup | Lindsey Regan Thorne of Be Pretty
videographer | Alan of Crown Alley Films
caterer | La Tea Da’s
rentals | Party Reflections
lighting | Eye Dialogue
cake | Cake Makin’ Sisters
band | Sol Fusion
graphic design + invites + paper | Olive Paper

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xo,

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Party Reflections, Inc - Love everything about this couple and this incredible wedding!

Surprise Engagement!

Several months ago we got a call from a guy named Clint. Clint was a groomsman in a wedding we shot in 2013. He was planning to propose to his beautiful girlfriend and wanted us to be there to photograph it all! Steven and I got to play secret agents and hide out. We had so much fun. What an awesome moment to document!!! Clint did such an amazing job coordinating it all!

They had dinner uptown at Fahrenheit. Not only is the food amazing but the view is too!
clint & alisha proposal | smiten & hooked-5After dinner, they went outside and were just taking selfies and pictures. She had NO CLUE.
clint & alisha proposal | smiten & hooked-10Then BAM! Down on one knee…

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xo,

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