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ashlee & tim {engagement session | charlotte, nc}

Happy Monday friends! We are excited to share with you this super rad couple! Ashlee and Tim are getting married this fall so we got to hang out a bit and shoot their engagement session! They are so fun and hilarious! They even brought their pup, Dexter to join in on the fun! We love dogs so incorporating them in a session is always great! They also brew their own beer! True story! They brought us some of their very own beer to the session and it was amazing and so sweet! In true fashion we had to go have a beer for their session….we went to an awesome new store off South Blvd. called Good Bottle Company. It was good stuff.

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What an amazing day with amazing people.

xo,

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stephanie & shelby {wedding | denver, co}

Oh goodness. It’s been a while. We are so excited to be blogging again! We took some much needed time off during the holidays which was amazing!

We are pumped to be back and share with you this insanely awesome wedding we shot a couple months ago in Denver, CO. Stephanie and Shelby are both super creative and artsy people. The minute we met we clicked; super laid back, fun people. The wedding totally reflected their personalities. They decided to do a Mad Hatter reception theme. Seriously. It was crazy cool! The centerpieces were wired hats with flowers…speaking of flowers they left us speechless. This was ridiculously fun to document!!

Check out this amazing day…

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Such an awesome day we were thrilled to be a part of!!!! We loved Colorado and spending time with Stephanie & Shelby!

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xo,

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Emma Smith - Amazing photographs,Your photos are gorgeous! Absolutely stunning! I’m glad your photographer was able to capture so many great moments.The styling of this couple’s wedding is just beautiful as is the photography!I have never seen such a beauty decoration like this. Really beautiful!
Thanks
Emma Smith
http://www.wedding-venue-lighting.co.uk/starlight-backdrop/

christmas traditions {personal}

Merry Christmas friends! I am sitting here relaxing and realized I haven’t blogged in what seems like forever. Life and work have been so busy these last couple of months have just flown by. But today I thought I would share a personal post on some fun traditions we have at our house….

First, the Nutcracker. Every year since I was 3 years old,  my mom and I have attended together. It is something I look forward to every year; especially now since I have two sweet little girls who love it as much as I do. We went this past Sunday to Blumenthal Theatre and we took Steven’s mom too! She grew up in a house full of boys and didn’t get to do all the fun girly things so we love including her on this fun family tradition.
Even though I have been to the Nutcracker many times, I really think this years performance was the best! Before the show started we had brunch and then we skipped around uptown taking some pictures:)

This is my attempt at getting a picture of them together….right….

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Then Christmas Eve. Usually there is no special tradition but we pulled the camera out and took some pics of the kids in their cute pj’s with our 4 legged kiddos too…

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Hope you all have an amazing Christmas with friends and family!

xo

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Bonnie Bradley - What a sweet post lucy!

Cecilia Bonus - What a wonderful memories

Angela Van Every Johnston - Love those images, you really captured these precious girls! You are amazing!

Lindsay & Josh {anniversary session | nashville, tn}

I am really excited to share this session with you! About 6 weeks ago we were in Nashville for a wedding and while we were there we got to spend time with one of our favorite couples, Lindsay and Josh! Lindsay might look familiar because she was our intern summer of 2012 then we hired her full time that fall. Big fat boooooo, she moved to Nashville. We loved having her work for us but we are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for them in Tennessee!

I love everything about this session, we shot the majority of it in film and just explored. The light was great and so were the subjects {obviously}.

Our new camera addition:)It was so fun playing with you guys in Nashville!!

xo

it’s our anniversary!!

YAY, today is our 7th wedding anniversary!!! Im so excited to share this life with my hottie hubby and feel so blessed that we get to work together with other couples who are totally smitten with each other!

But I really want to be honest, vulnerable and real here…..Marriage is hard. very very hard. Because we work together I think people think we never fight and we have this blissful, easy marriage. Honestly, that couldn’t be further from the truth. We have our ups and downs, highs and lows. There are times we think if you say one more word I might slam the door in your face. We are real. Marriage is marriage and it is the best and most challenging thing I can wrap my head around. Working together has been the best thing we have done for us. Initially I thought there was no way we could work together without killing each other but so far so good. haha. There is no one in this world I would rather spend my days with and most importantly raise our little nuggets with. I have learned so many things about life with my hubs and we are still learning everyday and I hope we never stop learning and trying and making this life all we can.

With today being so special we wanted to share some awesome pictures we had taken for our anniversary with one of our absolute favorite photographers, Richard Israel. We do this every couple of years; a photo shoot with just the two of us. I think it is important to take the time and invest in photography for ourselves. We wanted to share some of these very special images that richard created with film. I also wanted to share something I found about marriage…. {i love quotes and post something new everyday on my instagram so you can always follow there to see more daily inspirations @lucyparkerrandall}

The Marriage Box
Most people get married believing in a myth that marriage is a beautiful box full of all the things they have longed for: companionship, intimacy, friendship, etc. The truth is that marriage at the start is an empty box. You must put something in before you can take anything out. There is no love in marriage. Love is in people. And people put love in marriage. There is no romance in marriage. You have to infuse it into your marriage. A couple must learn the art and form the habit of giving, loving, serving, praising and keeping the box full. If you take more than you put in, the box will be empty.

 

Marla Kirkland Neely - Happy Anniversary to a beautiful couple, inside and out! You make an incredible team!!

Nicole Shipp - I love that Lucy! I’m so proud of you and Steven! Love ya both Sis……

Tracy Burke - I remember preparing like it was just a couple of years ago. You were definitely a NYB fav!!! Happy anniversary and many more!

Krista Smith - Happy Anniversary!

Kristen Johnson - Happy Anniversary!!
Peace & Love

Shannon Cox Cleaton - Beautiful!!! I miss seeing you guys. Please come and see us sometime!!!

Jennifer Scercy Whitten - Happy anniversary Lucy !!!! You guys are sure a beautiful couple!!!!!

Caroline Howard - WOMAN! I want to play Katy Perry’s Roar in the background of watching these because they are so INTENSE. You two are studs but more importantly, a good example of a Godly marriage. Congrats!

Christina Saunders - Your post are always inspirational. I love them.. Happy Anniversary!

Carol Featherstone - Happy Anniversary!

Ashley Beck Bigham - i love the pics!!! And i love the quote! thanks for sharing w/ us!

Angela Van Every Johnston - Love you guys so much!!!!

Ronda Key Sifford - Happy anniversary!!!!! Love the pics!!! So sweet.

Melissa Warren - You guys are the sweetest! Love this!! Happy anniversary!!! :)

Kristen Helms Burton - Love you guys!!!

Kristin Layne Peddicord - I love this! Y’all are so gorgeous…happy anniversary!!! <3

Candice Whitley Lanning - beautiful! congrats on 7 years! you are so right…marriage is hard and about never giving up on each other! we are happy to know you and thrilled for this occasion…now get your sexy on and go out on a date! :) p.s. great job Richard!

Brenda Taylor - Happy 7th Anniversary! I hope you both enjoy this day and every day after!!

Callie - Happy Anniversary Lucy & Steven!! I really appreciate your honest words on marriage and love the quote! These photos of y’all are gorgeous just like y’all’s relationship! Love y’all!

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