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emily & paul {engagement | charlotte, nc}

Emily and Paul are rockstars. end of story! We are super excited about shooting their wedding later this year at The Fillmore. We haven’t ever shot a wedding at this venue so we are really excited! This couple is ridiculously cute and fun!!

how awesome is this for an impromptu jump?!?I know they thought we were crazy when I said lets all go to the bathroom….the light was so good in there we just had to shoot in the stall:)

So…we may have had a beer or two at this shoot….having fun and relaxing is a must at a smitten & hooked shoot…

We adore Emily’s laugh and gorgeous smile!

how insanely gorgeous is this couple…good gracious!

Happy Friday! Hope you have the best weekend ever!! Maybe have a green beer or two for St. Patty’s Day!


shivani & vishal {day 3 | indian wedding | charlotte, nc}

DAY 3 IS HERE!!!! What an amazing 3 day event! We had so much fun we didn’t want to leave the party, we could have danced the night away!!

all the gorgeous details for the reception…

gotta get the shot…One of our favorite parts of an Indian wedding reception is the choreographed dances….somebody danced until he dropped:)Best. Dancer. Ever. I’m telling you this kid has Michael Jackson moves it was incredible!Look at these little girls watching their cousin dance…I think they were in awe too!Thanks Shivani & Vishal for allowing us to share this day with you two!!! It was ridiculously awesome, just like you!!!

{vendor love}
Hilton Executive Park
Mariott Executive Park
Hindu Priest | Shastri Natubhai Dave
DJ |  David Pandoria of DMV Sounds
Catering | Raj Bhog
Decor | Occasions by Shagrila
Videographers | 3 Ring Cinema
Cake | The Cake Studio
Shavani’s h&m and mendhi | Nirjary of Kis Cubed Events
Third shooter/assistant | Haley Watson



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shivani & vishal {day 2 | indian wedding | charlotte, nc}

Here is day 2 of Shivani & Vishal’s wedding!

first look…

When Shivani saw Vishal for the first time she gave him a kiss and left red lipstick on his lips, we all couldn’t stop laughing!

details of their gorgeous ceremony…

Shivani is one of the most beautiful people, inside and out!one of my favorite getting ready shots…

Vishal arriving for his Baarat.

ready for the ceremony….I had to get this bottom picture! Shivani is super cute & petite and couldn’t reach the floor sitting in those big chairs!time for their exitcome back for tomorrow when we share images from their reception!


shivani & vishal {day 1 | indian wedding | charlotte, nc}

Indian weddings are some of our very favorite events. We love nothing more than capturing all the colors and traditions it brings! Shivani & Vishal are ridiculously cute together and we couldn’t wait to shoot their adorable wedding!!! So, we have 3 days worth of amazingness coming up….Here is day 1 but be sure to come back the next two days for more….

Day 1 we covered several events.I arrived at Shivani’s parents home to document her Puja

While I was shooting Shivani’s Puja, Steven was with Vishal documenting his Puja as well at another location…Later that night was time for the Sangeet/Mendhi party!

Come back tomorrow for their beautiful ceremony!


Anonymous - Thanks for your work. Post helped me a whole lot

Shobna Vara - wow! Shivani all the picture are so nice waitting to see the reception pic!
God Bless u both!

Anisha Patel - Love these pics! Can’t wait to see the rest!

Smitten & Hooked Open House {personal{ish}}

Back in January while I was deep in the land of Africa, Steven and our assistant Lindsay had one very important task. That was to move & put together our brand new studio. I mean, did I leave the country at the right time or what?!? ha. I couldn’t have been happier when I returned home to the beautiful space, it was more than I ever expected….it’s true I have the best husband in the world!

We moved to a new studio to accommodate the growth of our business and to offer spaces to shoot indoors! Our previous studio was 1/3 the size of our new space! We are giddy with excitement about our new space and absolutely love being there! We are actually located in the same exact building, just a couple doors down to the larger space.

We decided to have an open house to show off the hard work that Steven and Lindsay put in the new studio space as well as sharing images and stories from Ghana and raise money for Community Water Solutions. So, here is a little sneak peek into the studio space.

We also want to thank Deedie of Springvine Design for all the gorgeous flowers for the open house and also Bonnie of Sweet Stella Treats for the yummy cake pops! They are super talented and a super good friends, we thank you for all the love & support!!

this is our consult/chill area….

one of my VERY favorite aspects of the new studio is our storage & packaging station!!this is for sure, the cleanest my desk will ever be….everthe awesome team at Community Water Solutions sent us flowers….i criedSteven built this wall as a part of our bridal show booth! I loved it so much and wanted to use it in this space…he found a way!how gorgeous are these arrangements by Deedie? Yellow = our favoritemore arrangements…i couldn’t help myself!We wanted to space to be very flexible so we put the bookshelves you see to the right on casters. We can move them out of the way and use the whole back wall as shooting space. The mount on the wall is a pulley system with 3 paper rolls we keep up at all times to make it super easy for studio shooting!This view is from the consult/chill area. I love that our desks are somewhat hidden behind that wall because like I said earlier, my desk is always a mess! We showed a slideshow from Ghana the entire time during the open house….Lindsay is a former teacher which is why when you look into that frosted glass everything looks impeccably organized! Thank you Lindsay for sharing your organizational gifts with us!Who doesn’t love a good cake pop? I know we do but our favorite are from Bonnie at Sweet Stella Treats! Thank you Bonnie for all the yummy cake pops!These somehow are about the only two images we took during the open house:)We were busy talking and having fun so we put the camera on the back burner for once.

Thanks to all who came out to help welcome our space and hear about Ghana!


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Jean Johnson - looks beautiful!

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