Archive for June, 2014

June 23, 2014
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Many of you may remember Leah and Kyle’s unique and colorful Engagement Session at the South Carolina State Fair which was featured in Carolina Bride and on Something Turquoise. Needless to say, their wedding was as equally beautiful and fun.

The weather, which is naturally unpredictable in the Asheville mountains, was of course…unpredictable! They shared their First Look in the vineyards of Burntshirt while the thunder rolled in the background with darkening skies and the smell of rain on the horizon. Interestingly enough, the rain was never a topic. Dating for nearly four years and getting to know this couple and the love they share, a downpour truly wouldn’t have hindered their spirits or mood. To witness a First Look is truly a remarkable experience, with Leah and Kyle’s being no exception. The tears, emotion, excitement and complete adoration that they share was so apparent and something I truly love about this couple. As the wind picked up and thunder grew louder, we decided to cut our time short and head back in only to have a torrential downpour start moments following us seeking shelter!

The ceremony was held at the beautiful and rustic Biltmore United Methodist Church in downtown Asheville and the reception continued through the night at Burntshirt Vineyards. At the close of the evening I looked out towards the vineyards and the fog was just so intense! Knowing this couple, their love for photography and trust in me, I said, “So, there’s this amazing fog outside…..” and without evening finishing Leah says, “Let’s go!”

So, to Leah and Kyle…..Thank you for entrusting me to tell your story and signing up for any and all crazy ideas I may have put forth. You two are forever so very special to me and it was truly an honor getting to know you and your family and being there to witness and document the unique and amazing love you share.

“There are few things in life more beautiful than a couple in love and a marriage in full bloom.” – Fawn Weaver

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Vendor Love

Getting Ready Location – Groom | Mountain Inn and Suites
Gown From | Hayden Olivia in Charlotte, NC
Gown Designer | Modern Trosseau
Hair | Tiffany Lynn with Salon Twelve26
Makeup | Leah Shores – i.e. The Bride!
Bridesmaids Dresses | Renz on Etsy
Groom | J.Crew
Groomsmen | Men’s Warehouse
And last but certainly not least, a very special thank you to my amazing Second Shooter | Hayley Watson with Lovely and Light. 
June 03, 2014
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It was several years ago when I first met the Johnson family. As a photographer, I witnessed pregnancy, births, first smiles, first steps, and family togetherness. As a friend, I came to love this family as my own and have been forever grateful for all their support and encouragement throughout the years.

I was just a fledgling photographer when I did their first session — nervous, unsure of myself and my abilities — but they believed in me.  It was an honor I’ll never forget.

As I think back about all that I have experienced with this family, two special occasions always come mind. The first was the birth of Miss Aubrey.  My family and I had traveled to Tennessee to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. At 3am, I received a text that the baby was on her way. I completely panicked. Although they texted again telling me it was ok if I couldn’t make it, there was no way I was going to back out! Between rental cars, getting lost, asking directions and breaking the speed limit, I found myself careening into the hospital in a dead run and actually had some time to spare.

The second special occasion was anticipating the birth of Miss Amelia. I had four weddings scheduled, including one in West Virginia, all within days of the baby’s due date.  I remember my phone being an attachment of me — I was never without it — eating, sleeping, shopping, you name it, the phone never left my side. I was so nervous, I was nearly sick thinking what might happen if I were in West Virginia when she went into labor.  Thankfully, the baby arrived before the scheduled wedding shoot, and I was there as they met their daughter for the first time.

Although these were occasions that will never leave my memory, it was the time I spent with the family that I most cherish — we truly have created beautiful memories together.

So to the Johnson family, thank you.  Thank you for believing in me, for sticking by me over the years, and above all, for your encouragement and friendship.

A memory is a photograph, taken by the heart
To make a special moment last forever.

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