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Chateau Greenoe {surprise video}

Why not end this supurb week with one of my favorite little projects lately?

One of our favorite vendors, Karen & George Greenoe of Lily Green Thumb’s contacted us a little while ago about coming up with a super fun pregnancy announcement! I was so excited about their pregnancy I was about to burst at the seams! They wanted to create a little video, which is something we have done a handful of times but don’t advertise we do a lot of….

George came up with the plot line which was completely genius!

So, when we shared the video on their blog, people thought they were just watching a video tour of their brand new home…..it wasn’t until the end that you see the surprise twist!

Chateau Greenoe from smittenandhooked on Vimeo.

 

Congrats to this amazing couple on their new journey in life! We couldn’t be more excited to have been involved in sharing the BIG news!!

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Alexis & Ryan {engagement session}

We couldn’t wait to hang out with Alexis and Ryan for their uptown engagement session! Their wedding isn’t until Spring of 2015 but that didn’t stop any of the fun!

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We can’t wait to hang out again soon Alexis & Ryan!

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Beverly Pritt Bennett - Debbie she is beautiful. a very cute couple. best wishes.

Debra Ann Kennedy - Two amazing photographers and Two amazing subjects = PERFECTION! The absolute biggest form of flattery is when others try and copy what you do and believe me others try and copy this amazing duo but only the “real deal” captures the moment like Lucy and Steven! Love Love Love this magical couple! Besties for Life!!!!

ashley & ryan {wedding | charlotte, nc}

Hello friends! It has been such a great summer and a month long hiatus of our blog and the hustle and bustle of work! We take the month of July off every year to spend time with our girls before school starts and to just relish that time together. It is so vital for our work/life balance! However it is August and we are gearing up not only for school to start in a couple weeks but also our busiest season of all to kick into full gear! Before we do that we have SO many amazing sessions to share and a handful of awesome weddings to show you too! We will start with Ashley & Ryan! Both doctors and crazy busy lives and schedules! They are smart, driven, funny, sweet and so very kind. Working with them was so great and such an honor to document their special day! It was also great working with one of our favorite planners for this event, Dina of Dina Berg Blazek Events. Our bullet{booth} was a HUGE HIT that night! We even captured our largest booth picture which was a trip! Gosh, I love looking back at these pictures and reliving this day, it was awesome!ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0084

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People ask all the time what our set up is for the booth….well here she is in all her glory:)ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0067ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0068Cocktail hour goodness.ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0070ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0071ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0072ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0073ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0074ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0075ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0076That moment you look up at your man and realize you just married your best friend….priceless.ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0077ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0078ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0081ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0082That cake was so intensely detailed it almost hurt my feelings to see them cut it! Yes, I could never be a baker (a. because i don’t cook and b. because i don’t cook)ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0086ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0087ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0088ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0089Ryan and Ashley’s face were priceless as the garter catcher tried to get it off of Ryan’s sisters leg! ha That over protective brother instinct kicked in!ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0090One of my favorite parts of a wedding is stepping out of all the craziness during the reception and stealing them away for about 10 minutes to grab some fun portraits with crazy cool lighting.ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0091ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0092ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0093ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0094ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0095ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0096ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0097ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0098ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0099ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0100ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0101ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0102ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0103ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0104ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0105ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0106ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0107Time for the exit in this gorgeous set of wheels.ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0108ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0110ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0111These are some of my favorite moments we captured here….ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0112ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0113ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0114ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0115Bullet{booth} time! Remember I said we had our largest booth picture yet? Yep, true….ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0118ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0119ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0120ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0121ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0122ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0123ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0124ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0125ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0126ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0127ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0128ashley and ryan| charlotte, nc wedding photography | smitten & hooked_0129

Yes friends, it was an amazing day that we were so excited to be a part of! Thank you Ashley & Ryan for being so incredible to us and allowing us to creatively tell your story!

Many thanks to the super talented vendors that made it happen: planning/design: Dina of Dina Berg Blazek Events hair & makeup | Jami Svay ceremony | St Peters Catholic Church reception | The Mint Museum flowers | Carey Roberts Design cake | Wow Factor Cakes RR car | Royal Rides catering | Best Impressions dj| split second sound

So much more to come and share with you guys! Hope you have enjoyed your summer as much as we have!

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Keith Harbin - Great photos…

Tracy Byrd-Roubides - Congratulations Ashley & Ryan! The pictures are absolutely beautiful! Wishing you continued joy as you begin this wonderful new chapter in your lives:)

Jane Pytleski Howard - Just beautiful. Such a lovely couple

Kaye Steen Benson - Wow! These pics are just incredible!

Amy Mancuso Smith - I can’t decide which are my favorite as they are all AMAZING, what a beautiful job…..but if I had to choose, the ones in the car are fantastic!

Crystal - Such a great day for a great couple. Literally some of the best memories ever!

Pat Stephens - Beautiful!

Jessica - The bullet booth was amazing, so fun!

Lindsey - Such a fun day, loved it! Love the pictures too!

Katie - Great pictures, so beautiful! Such a great day!

Kristy - These are absolutely beautiful!

Brittney - Fabulous pictures!

Candice Whiteside - Stunning pictures – congrats

Chris - Great pics!!!! Best of luck to u both

Ashley Falls - Beautiful pictures!!

samantha - Great pics!!!

Joann Gambino - Stunning Photos! Absolutely beautiful!

Sara - Beautiful Pics!!!!

Joann Gambino - These pictures are absolutely beautiful! Ashley looked beautiful and her and Ryan look so happy! I loved the pictures of them at the church with the natural outdoor lighting! Congratulations! Joann Gambino (Aunt Val’s friend)

Laura Corbo - Loved the pictures. they are beautiful! Ashley looked lovely! Loved the bullet booth photos! Good Luck to the lovely couple! Love, Laura, (Aunt Val’s friend)

Dad - These pictures are awesome They did a great job capturing a great weekend shared by so many people that love these two young Doctors

Amy - Beautiful photos – wonderful wedding.

Thanks!

Eric - Great photos!

Sylvia Ivkovich - I love the pictures of my granddaughter’s wedding. I had a lovely time and your pictures captured a lovely day! Ryan and Ashley’s photos are just beautiful!

Shannon - Beautiful!

Ray Byrd - These are beautiful! Great pictures Donna:)

Leslie atkins - Love it. Great pics

anne - Amazing pictures, congrats Ashley!!!

Nick Ferraro - Everything looks perfect. Beautiful wedding!

Nick Ferraro - Everything looks like it was just perfect. Beautiful wedding!

Shannon - What a beautiful wedding. Looks like it was a lot of fun!

Stephanie Newsome - Beautiful pictures!!!!

Connie Hall - Lovely pictures!

Torie - Gorgeous pics!!!!

Taylor Norris - Such amazing pictures and a great couple!

Richard Murphy - Awesome pictures. Had a great time :)

Patricia Self Taylor - Beautiful Couple, Beautiful Wedding & Beautiful Pictures !! Wishing you both a long & happy life together. Love Y’all

Betsy Grossman Robinson - Awesome pictures!

Linda Kirby - love love love these pictures

Nita Penley Harbin - These pictures are worth more than a thousand words!!!!

Valerie Ivkovich - The photos are so elegant.. LOVE LOVE LOVE. my favorite is of my niece in the courtyard when the photographer threw her veil up in the air… I was watching the photo session when they did that… you could see all the pretty detail of her veil. Just so pretty.. Smitten and Hooked did a beautiful job!!

Cory Kittka - awesome pics. love this couple.

Freddy Butler - Beautiful wedding pictures. Great day

Laura Corbo - What lovely photos. One better than the next. Beautiful memories.

Jackie McSwain - Great photos, beautiful wedding and such a special couple. I am so proud of both of you!!!

Patricia Taylor - Beautiful Couple, Beautiful Wedding & Beautiful Pictures !! Wishing you both a long & happy life together. Love Y’all

Cousin, Jackie McSwain - Beautiful wedding, photos and such a beautiful couple! So proud of you both!!!

Nita Harbin - These pictures are worth far more than a thousand words. Timeless and elegant.

Jen - Great photo’s. Great day. That’s my handbag on the chair lol

Jennifer Ivkovich - Gorgeous photos! Really enjoyed the wedding.. and LOVE the pictures too.. Just beautiful!

Love, Aunt Jen

Eddie Bartlett - Great pictures

Amy Bartlett - Happy couple I wish you two nothing but the best !!! Xoxo

Patty Butler - Great wedding and beautiful pictures.

Steven Bartlett - Beautiful pictures!!

Cheryl Bartlett - Such a beautiful couple. Hope you stay as happy together as you were on your wedding day. We Love you, Aunt Cheryl, Uncle David & Cuz Steven!!

Donna Bartlett - These pictures are great and bring back beautiful memories that I will always cherish. Love you both. Mom

Dorothy Harbin - Great pictures and special memories. Mama Harbin

Wava - Beautiful wedding! Donna, you look like you had a blast- all the work definitely paid off. Great pictures

Ryan - Thank you guys so much, the pictures are great!

nick ivkovich - Great pictures for two great people. These are amazing and so fitting for the couple and wedding of Ashley and Ryan

Bill - Great lighting!

Sarah - Beautiful photos!

Carter - Love them!

Rebekah - Great photos!

Russell Leciejewski - The bride looks amazing. I’m from Charlotte and I was Impressed on how beautifully you made our city look.

Kathleen Peniston - Beautiful Pics!!

Ashley Ivkovich - Love love love!!!

the don’t give up couple

Mondays usually suck. The weekend was great and you don’t want to get on with the hustle and bustle of life and the busyness oh the busyness….but this Monday, today, totally did not suck!

We entered a contest called, the don’t give up couple contest. Steven and I have such a long story when I started writing I felt like I was writing a novel. Then I thought for sure they would be like “this couple is whack!” ha. This past weekend I posted all over our social media accounts asking you all to vote, since we found out we were a finalist in the top 3! What an honor! I felt almost naked though. I had never really told our story to people I wasn’t really close to, it was a big step.

Well, today we found out we WON the contest! Thanks to all of you who voted, we are so very grateful! Steven and I won a trip to Colorado Springs for a photography workshop from The Parson’s July 21-23. We are beyond ecstatic!!!

So, we (a) wanted to say thank you so very much for voting and supporting us in all we do and (b) open up and share our whole story that we submitted. Yes, it is long but its our story and we want to be real and honest in showing you that just because we look like “a perfect” couple that works together, it isn’t always like that. Marriage is HARD WORK! Anyone who says it is easy is lying or in complete denial.

If you click on the picture below you can see the blog post from the Parsons announcing the winners:)But below, you will see the entire novel I submitted! ha

lucy and steven

 

If you know me, you know not to underestimate any will power that I may verbally declare or physically showcase. From the moment I was born- severely premature with one lung and a not-so-hopeful diagnosis- I have been determined, tenacious, a rebel with a cause… some have even gone so far as to call me stubborn.

So, when I laid eyes upon an attractive blonde man in my college architecture club and announced to my best friend that I “am absolutely going to marry that hottie,” it shouldn’t come as no surprise that it’s exactly what I did. In most cases, when one exclaims to her best friend that she’s going to marry a man that she just laid eyes on for the first time- and has yet to utter a single word- it’s almost always said in jest; it’s not to be taken seriously. It’s declared because of an immediate physical attraction but it rarely pans out. We’ve all learned once or twice that reality rarely coincides with the picture we dream up in our heads. When I laid eyes on Steven, I wasn’t declaring some empty wish to my best friend that I was going to marry him in my dreams later that evening.

We began dating shortly after my initial exclamation of promised matrimony. Like most great love stories, we had our struggles. We weren’t perfect- still aren’t- and it took us a while to get where we are now. Like most parents would attest, our real journey began when we got pregnant with our first daughter, Lilly. We were still just dating and having a rough go of it. A curve ball like a pregnancy can make or break a couple. In our case it broke us. As in, it broke us up, if only for a little while. Going through a pregnancy and birth alone was emotionally defeating. We were still such young kids and neither one of us knew how to navigate parenthood alone, let alone as a couple. We both enjoyed being parents very much- we were each quite good at our parental roles. I don’t want to say that Steven begged for me back- well, okay, he begged for me back- but I wasn’t convinced. It took almost an entire year for me to convince myself to apply my determination to our relationship. But once I did, things happened very quickly. Shortly after we made up, Steven asked me to marry him. YES was an easy answer; we were already a family and we had worked hard to come together. Making it official seemed like an easy next step.

We both graduated college two weeks before Lilly was born. For two years, we had both been working at separate firms. We both enjoyed our jobs, loved our daughter, and after December 2, 2006, we became newlyweds.

On April 1st, we discovered that we were expecting. What should’ve been a high was tainted by the housing market crash- I lost my job and Steven’s was in jeopardy because of lack of demand. Yet another pregnancy made extremely stressful by events outside of our control. We did what we could to make ends meet and tried to keep our marriage alive despite the immeasurable stress we were facing.

On November 30th, our sweet Ellie was born. Almost immediately after our daughter was born, I suffered an amniotic embolism. It’s very rare and occurs when your amniotic fluid leaks into your blood stream. Long story short, you aren’t supposed to survive it. Steven was standing next to me, holding our minutes old daughter when I told him that I felt like I was going to pass out. Seconds later, I was gone. Steven was shoved out of the way with Ellie still in his arms. A Code Blue was called and a team came rushing into our room with a crash cart. When they brought me back, I couldn’t see anything. I lost my vision for well over thirty-six hours. I was placed in the Cardiac ICU for recovery. It was, by far, the scariest thing I’ve ever experienced. It’s safe to assume that it was for Steven, too. I repeated to my mother and to Steven, “I cant’ die. I just had a baby and what about Lilly? I can’t die.” And, obviously, I didn’t. But my dreams of having any more children did.

Fast forward several years, I had formed a small company making clothes for my kids and selling to various local boutiques. While selling the various items, the boutiques would ask for pictures of the items. So, with a shoestring budget, I bought a camera and began taking picture of my kids in the items. At the time, photography was a means to an end, the end being this side business of handmade goods. I had no idea that it would quickly turn into the main event.

About a year after (2009) I picked up my first camera, I got a call from a girl whom I attended church with. In the ninth inning, her photographer backed out of her wedding. She asked me if I could and would shoot it for her. Ummm… I can try? I charged her five hundred dollars and shot her wedding. I made myself so sick with anxiety that I literally threw up three times throughout the day and I gave myself a migraine. Luckily, my first professional experience went great! But more than that, the wedding bug had bitten me hard. I wanted more…

In 2010, I shot a few more weddings. Fifteen to be exact. It was thrilling- my business was growing faster than I could keep up with it. This particular situation is where some would refer to my tenacity and inability to half-ass anything. Personally, I believe that your passion and career are two things that should never been given half of your capable effort. So, I gave it everything. And, unfortunately, this had consequences, as does everything in life. Steven and I should’ve known better, but why break precedent of making things more difficult before they fell together?

While my business was growing at an amazing and quite unbelievable speed, Steven was still working sixty to seventy hours a week at the same architecture firm. He worked long days and came home to me working longer hours into the evening. I stayed up until dawn editing pictures while he slept beside me. It became our routine and that kind of a routine is bound to backfire. Our kids never saw us and we never saw each other, yet, neither of us was willing to work less at our jobs. We both decided that we couldn’t do it any longer. We had priorities that were no longer lining up and we figured that if we could parent together once before- before any of life got in the way- we could do it again as more mature, settled adults. So, we separated.

After six months of separation, our church had a marriage retreat. Steven says this is where my determination became stubbornness. I had made peace with the fact that we were done. I had accepted that we weren’t meant to do life together. I only agreed to go in the hope that it would prove to Steven that it was over between us.

Well, the joke was on me. That retreat taught me that it wasn’t him who needed to change. Or me, for that matter. It was US. As a family. As a couple. That change came with a rebrand into what is now our husband and wife run business.

Steven walked away from his job that he had held for ten years and came to work with me. We rebranded our company so that spending more time together as a family would be easy. We took control of our lives- and issues- and solved them. Obviously, this could’ve turned out to be the most epic of mistakes. I’ve always been warned to keep a separation between work and marriage but we had tried that. This was our last shot.

Luckily, it panned out quite well for both us. Smitten & Hooked debuted in January of 2012. I am thrilled to say that it’s become incredibly successful, professionally and personally. We now have the flexibility to attend functions for our kids. We are able to go on bike rides in the middle of the day when our eyes have grown sore from editing. We bounce ideas- and responsibilities- off on each other. We come close to killing each other, sure, but only once a month or so…

Joining forces was the best thing we ever did for our marriage and for our family. Maybe my stubbornness- or determination, will power, or whatever-you-wanna-call-it- has rubbed off on Steven a bit. Maybe he knew that we were in it for a reason, that we just needed to find the path that worked best for us. After finding that path, I can attest that God has blessed us so much in our marriage and in our work.

Maybe being stubborn isn’t such a bad thing when it’s all in the name of the ones and the work you love…

xo,

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Amber Kiser - Beautiful story!! Gives me hope

Tracy Burke - Amazed!

Vickie Rogers - That is a very inspiring story! It should give many couples a hope that they may not have thought possible. I hope your story reaches everyone God had you write it for. It took courage! It’s very powerful and real! Life is tough. Marriage is tougher! You have to work at what ever you want in life! Thanks Lucy

Dare Beam Dellinger - Great story! Congrats!

Jacqulyn 'Alongi' Zacharias - Love it!

CJ Christiansen - Great story Lucy!!! I have known you for many years, and never knew any of those things about you…(Wayne, Travis and Jody’s Mama) Love you and congratulations!! You’ve come a long way from working at Travis’ Gym… (Y)

LauraBeth Tommy Piper - Beautiful and inspirational!!! So proud of y’all! I do think Nana would be too…. Love, love, love

Jessica Walker Ballard - What an awesome story. Not surprised you won.

katrina & steven {charlotte, nc wedding}

This day was so fun. Full of laughs and tears. Their little boy Matthew was the ringbearer and I loved how funny and involved he was! He is our daughters age so we know exactly how to handle him:)He even showed me his blisters that his fancy shoes rubbed off on his feet that night. I get it buddy, nice shoes are pretty darn uncomfortable if I say so myself! Katrina & Steven are great together and we were super excited to capture their beautiful day!

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 Happy Wedding Day Katrina & Steven! We loved being a part of your big day!!!

{vendor love} ceremony & reception venue | The Big Chill hair & makeup | Kymm McLean of Who’s The Fairest transportation | Uptown Limousine rentals | Upstate Events flowers | Lily’s Greenthumbs cake | Abigail’s – A Cake  Affair planner | Lauren of Southern Savvy Events | officiant | Rebecca Nagy

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Marty Curry - What a great time I had at your wedding, congrats to the happy couple. The photos bring back the wonderful memories of your special day!!

Carol Curry - Congratulations! You two make such a handsome couple. The pictures are beautiful and truly capture the day.

Holly - So beautiful!

Michael - Great pics! Had so much fun at the wedding. Congratulations to you both!

Jenny DeSilva - What a wonderful set of pics…..super jealous. They really captured the meaning of this special day!

Brandi - Beautiful. Congrats!

Sarah Brown - Great pictures!

Robbie - Congratulations Katrina and Stephen! What great pictures!

Joan Mattice - Absolutely AWESOME!!! The whole weekend was amazing.
Congratulations Katrina, Steven and Matthew. Best wishes
for a very happy life together. God Bless You.

Michelle - Beautiful pictures, looks like everyone had a wonderful time!!

Chris - Great pics!

Jodi Miller - What beautiful pics! Katrina and Steven, may God richly bless your life together! Put Him first and everything else will fall in place! Congratulations! :-)

Linda - Beautiful couple, beautiful pictures, beautiful day….. Congratulations!

Becky - Great pictures!!

Conor - Congratulations Katrina and Stephen!

Jeanine - What a beautiful couple you two are! So happy you had a great day!

Jeanette - The pictures are beautiful!! I can’t wait to see them all! You captured some tender, loving moments and a lot of the details from the special day to treasure forever.

Great Job Lucy and Steven!! Thanks for being so much fun and so upbeat while you were working the wedding. You helped make the memories that much sweeter.

Bill Koss - Wish I was there. ..wonderful pictures!

Michele Becker - Katrina & Steven – you both look so vibrant and happy! Your pictures are fabulous and we really appreciate you sharing them so quickly. Sorry we missed your special day. We look forward to getting the link to your website. Love, Michele & George

Keith Woznek - Great pictures!

Uncle Bill and Pam - Beautiful!

Elaine Woznek - Beautiful wedding and beautiful pictures. Glad I was able to share in your dY.

Beth Lindenmuth - Katrina what amazing pictures, i wish we could have been there live. You looked gorgeous, congratulations. Love, Beth, Todd and Jack

Jen Rulison - WOW! These pictures are fantastic! Katrina looks SO beautiful, and Steven very handsome! You two did a great job at capturing every part of the wedding.

Philip Nevels - Wow that is a beautiful wedding and a great album.

Vickie Taunton - Congrats you two! Love the pictures!

John - Great pictures guys!

Erin Palmer - Beautiful pictures!!! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your special day!!! You are perfect for each other!!!

Rusty Carter - Great pics. Loved the wedding.

Justin Allen - Awesome wedding! So happy for you guys. Ready for some lake time together!!

Patience Priest - Wonderful photos! I love the one at sunset. We had such a great time!

Jenny Morrow - You guys look great!! Absolutely stunning pictures of you both!

Chris Tyndell - Very nice guys, so sorry we missed it, but it looks like it was a beautiful and tasteful ceremony !!! Congratulations to you both, hope to see you soon !!!!

Bridget Kelly Mckinney - AAA photography, beautiful.

Holli Clausen Zehring - I love these! You were a stunning bride!

Gillian - The pictures look amazing!!!!! Kyle and I had such a great time!!!

Tricia Mattice - Fab, FAB, Fabulous pictures!!!! What a fun day and I am so happy and honored I got to be part of your special day! Love you guys!!!

Michelle Blankenship - Excellent photography of a beautiful day!!

Ebonese Walker - Nice pictures.. You two look beautiful

Kelley McCoy - Such great memories of a magical day!

Steven Reese - Love the pics!

Brad - Congrats guys!! Nice pics!

Michelle - Beautiful job capturing how magical of a day it was on Steven & Katrina’s wedding day.

Bill - Awesome!

Steven - Wow!

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