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mandie + drew {maternity session}

Last week, I showed you my best friend, Mandie’s baby shower. Several weeks before the shower took place, I photographed Mandie in all her pregnancy essence. Mandie looked stunning pregnant, she carried it so well.

We decided to take the pictures at her old condo complex. This was incredibly special because, I photographed her and Drew’s engagement pictures there 6 years ago as my VERY FIRST engagement session! They were totally willing to be my test dummies and if it weren’t for them, I douby very seriously I would be a photographer today. They not only trusted me but believed in me and encouraged me. I am forever grateful.

I think a lot of people forget or don’t think we capture lifestyle images…families, seniors, etc. P.S. we do, all the time and we LOVE it.

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xo,

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Nicole Van Every Bobb - BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

Heather Goodall Bryson - Stunning.

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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.ย 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,

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Michelle Corcoran - The most gorgeous shower I have ever attended! It was stunning!

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.

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xo,

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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!

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Talk about some GORGEOUS flower details at their ceremony….

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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,

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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,

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

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