Smitten and Hooked Blog » {purveyors of fine photography}

my best friends baby shower {personal}

This past summer my mom and I threw my best friend a sweet baby shower. It was so much fun playing planner. I got to take all my pinterest ideas and turn them into life:)I thought I would share a sweet sneak peek into this special day. I totally am in awe of wedding planners and all they do. I couldn’t do it!! I enjoy planning for little events and I have a great attention to detail but it takes so much more to be a planner! Kudos to you people for sure:)

mandieOne of my best friends Bonnie, took on the task of making this gorgeous cake! I was so impressed! I showed her the shower invitation and told her my vision. She hesitantly said yes. I don’t think it could have turned out any better…not to mention it was incredibly delicious!
mandiemandieI rented the linens and the beautiful place settings from Party Reflections. Deddie from Springvine Design did all the florals. I wanted something very soft and organic and she brought my vision to life!mandiemandieI got crazy crafty and made all the little banners and place settings….mandieEarlier that month, I did a maternity session for Mandie and I framed a lot of the pictures to display on the tables.mandiemandieThis is my sweet momma and I.mandieInstead of a traditional corsage, I had Deedie make one of her famous flower crowns. mandiemandiemandiemandiemandiemandieI made baby Gracie a quilt and a basket full of burp cloths and bibs.mandiemandiemandiemandieWe had so much fun celebrating my best friend and that sweet baby Gracie.

xo,

email signature

Laura {maternity}

Nothing is as sweet as expecting your first baby! Those moments still are so vivid in my mind and I miss those days. Documenting this special time is so special. Especially when it is a former bride.

laura maternity | smitten and hooked_0001laura maternity | smitten and hooked_0002laura maternity | smitten and hooked_0003laura maternity | smitten and hooked_0004Laura has a super special bond with her sweet momma, so we made sure to get her in some images too…laura maternity | smitten and hooked_0005laura maternity | smitten and hooked_0006laura maternity | smitten and hooked_0007laura maternity | smitten and hooked_0008laura maternity | smitten and hooked_0009

xo,

email signature 222

erin + scott {wedding | charlotte, nc}

Gosh, I am behind in blogging. So sorry friends. We have been busy with living life and exploring everything with our lenses that sometimes we forget to update you all about the awesome things we have been doing.

We moved about a month ago and it has been a really fun, yet tedious adventure. We are starting to get settled in our new home and prepare for our 2016 wedding season that starts just around the corner. When we started talking about wedding season, my eyes got big and I thought, Oh LORD I can’t start wedding season for 2016 without showing you some of the amazing weddings we shot in 2015!

2015 was a pretty amazing year for us! We traveled a lot and shot 25 weddings. We had amazing clients and families that we had the privilege of keeping us busy! We will be doing a (late) year in review for 2015 but for now, I am showing you this amazing wedding of Erin and Scott!

erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0001erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0002erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0003erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0004erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0005erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0006erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0007erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0008erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0009erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0010erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0011erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0012erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0013erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0014erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0015erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0016erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0017erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0018erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0019erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0020erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0021erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0022erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0023erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0024erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0025erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0026erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0028erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0029erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0030

Talk about some GORGEOUS flower details at their ceremony….

erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0042erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0041erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0031The flower girl, their niece walked the aisle several times to ensure she dropped all her petals:)erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0032erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0033erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0034erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0035erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0036erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0037erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0039erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0040Erin and Scott had two best friends who were actually married to each other as well as their bridesmaid and groomsman. It was so fun to have such a small and quaint little bridal party.
erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0043erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0044erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0045erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0046erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0047erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0048erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0049erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0050Their reception details are some of my VERY favorite! Bold and bright colors, gorgeous florals…you name it, this reception had it ALL!
erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0052erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0053erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0054erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0055erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0056erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0057erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0058erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0059erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0060erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0061Erin and Scott’s reaction to seeing their reception for the first time was priceless! Heather did a phenomenal job in creating such an amazing space!erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0062erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0063erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0064erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0065erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0066Before Erin and Scott went into their reception, they took part in a blind taste testing for some of their cocktail appetizers. Their guests enjoyed this fun treat during cocktail hour. It was really fun and unique to do at a wedding!erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0067erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0068erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0069erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0071erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0072erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0073erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0074erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0075erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0076erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0077erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0078erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0079erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0080erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0082erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0083erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0084erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0085erin + scott wedding | smitten and hooked_0086

Such an incredible journey! We loved being a part of it all.

{amazing vendors}
planner + designer | Heather of Carolina Event Design
venue | Foundation for the Carolinas
paper, invitations | Deb Hall of Olive Paper
hair + makeup | Lindsey Regan Thorne of Be Pretty
video | Crown Alley Films
flowers | The Place for Flowers
ceremony musicians | Carolina Chamber Players
reception band | The Wallers
linens | Party Reflections
lighting | Eye Dialogue
ceiling draping | Sterling by Design
furntiure | AFR
getaway car | Royal Rides

xo,

email signature 222

 

something new…

I love to try new things. Maybe it is our adventurous spirit. Maybe it is our thirst for always breaking boundaries creatively. Whatever it is, I like it.

Last year I started doing a little fusion photography. What is that you say? It is a way to mix video and still images. I wouldn’t consider myself a videographer but merely a photographer with an eye for telling the story of your day through both mediums. Betsy and Lewis wanted a videographer last minute for their wedding this past October. Well, Octobers are always the busiest month for us creatives so unfortunately, all of our recommended vendors were already booked. I showed Betsy a video I created for another client last year and she loved it. She hired us to tell her story through this fusion style.

I still take pictures at the weddings (this is Lucy, hi) but I just mix in those moments with switching to video on the same camera. It isn’t a big fuss and it runs pretty smooth. Before we started offering these services for everyone, we wanted to do it half a dozen times or so and work out all the kinks.

So, the good and EXCITING news….we now offer this service to our couples. The video is typically 4-5 minutes long and a mix of video and images we captured that day. There are no microphones and no speaking, it is just beautifully captured and put to music.

I hope you guys are as excited as we are to be offering this!

Enjoy Betsy & Lewis’ beautiful story.

xo,

email signature 222

 

Bonnie Bradley - Yay!!! I love it! Who wouldn’t want this?!!!!

dana and todd. old edwards inn wedding

Heading up the mountain through the hills, there is a beautiful little place called Old Edwards Inn. It is enchanting. A picturesque place to have a wedding. What an honor it was to document Dana and Todd’s beautiful and intimate wedding. With their closest family and friends gathered around, the night was young and it was just about them.

dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0001dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0002dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0003dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0004dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0006dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0007dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0008dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0009dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0012dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0013dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0014dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0015dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0017dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0018dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0019dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0020dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0021dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0022dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0023dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0024dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0025dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0026Taking out a little aggression before the day is always recommended 😉dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0027dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0028dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0030dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0031dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0032dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0033You just can’t beat this view. We rode around in golf carts to find the perfect location for pictures.dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0036dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0037dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0038dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0039Then, this golden light came through before sunset and it was breath taking! This is one of my favorite images this year.dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0040dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0041dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0042dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0043I love that Dana wore her grandmothers fur.dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0045dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0048dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0049dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0050dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0051dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0052dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0053dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0055dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0057dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0058dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0059dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0060dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0061dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0062dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0063dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0064dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0065dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0066dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0067A little {bullet}booth action is always right.dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0068dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0069

dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0070dana and todd wedding | old edwards inn | highlands, nc | smitten and hooked photography_0071

Guys!!!! This day couldn’t have been better. Good people. Good places. Thanks Dana and Todd for having us there to document this incredible day and follow along on your journey.

xo,

email signature 222

Dana Young - Thank you for being a part of our special day. You two were so wonderful to be around and we can’t thank you enough for capturing the joy, the fun and our love on this wonderful day.

t w i t t e r
f a c e b o o k