Posts Tagged 'North Carolina Wedding Photographer'

January 30, 2017
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 I knew from the moment I met Heather & Tyler over pastries and coffee that we were essentially perfect for one another! From hearing about their love for the outdoors, Tyler’s romantic proposal story and simply witnessing their devotion and adoration for one another – I had no doubt their engagement session would be a favorite!

We met at Latta Plantation on a beautiful Fall day and simply walked and explored the gorgeous grounds. Their connection and carefree approach to the day resulted in some of my favorite images and makes me so excited for their May wedding at The Arbors in Cleveland, NC.

“You are the source of my joy, the center of my world and the whole of my heart.”

 

August 25, 2016
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I once read a quote by Joyce Meyer that said, “A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you.”
I think we’ve all had those moments in life — and how you choose to approach the situation ultimately affects everyone who surrounds you.

I can think of no better example of a positive attitude than my bride Jen, who recently married the love of her life, Frayne. Her wedding day didn’t have even the smallest ray of sunshine, and the downpour of rain continued throughout the day.  While many brides would have been devastated, Jen never lost her smile. Her radiance provided all the light and warmth needed for this special occasion, and, along with the numerous umbrellas she had provided for her guests, the wedding was a beautiful event to be remembered for a lifetime.

Special thanks to the incredible team I had the privilege of working with on this wedding! Full contributors list below.

If it rains on your wedding day, every time it rains for the rest of your life you will be blessed with a reminder of that special moment.

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Creative Team:

Venue: Morning Glory Farm 

Photographer: Julia Laible Photography 

Videographer: Crown Alley

Florist: Springvine Design 

Cake: Ella’s Celestial Cakes 

Makeup Artist: Erin Ashley

Hair: Mirror Bomb 

Day of Coordination: Love & Honey

May 24, 2016
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When I first met Lauren and Andrew for their Engagement Session in the Outer Banks, the one thing I noticed above all, was the magic that existed between these two. They are a couple whose deep devotion to each other are complimented with true romance and an unshakable faith in God.
There were many prayers said the day of their wedding at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, but none so important as their first prayer together as husband and wife, after lighting the Unity Candle at the altar.  “It was a very special moment for us,” said Lauren, as she described her favorite memories of the wedding.
Wedding planner Ashley Cash of The Graceful Host provided exactly the right touch for this couple…Calla Lilies.  Derived from the Greek word meaning beauty, the Calla Lily is a traditional symbol of marital bliss, true devotion and divinity.  I can think of no better way to describe this amazing couple than the symbolism of the Calla Lilly.

“A single flower can be my garden…a single friend, my world.” Leo Buscaglia

Full contributors list below.

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Wedding Planner : The Graceful Host 

Venue: The Mint Museum 

Makeup: Erin Ashley Makeup 

Hair: Mirror Bomb Studios

Floral: New Creations Flower Company 

Cake: Wow Factor Cakes

Wedding Dress Designer: Martina Liana

Getting Ready Location: The Westin 

A very special thank you to my team Jessica and Elly!

 

 

January 26, 2016
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Recently, I traveled to the Asheville area for an amazing engagement session with Jen & Frayne. Our day began at the spectacular Looking Glass Falls in the Pisgah National Forest, and ended with the amazing sunset views at Black Balsam Knob near the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Our time together was truly serene. The couple stated early in the day they didn’t take each other “too seriously” and “just enjoy laughing and spending time together.”  Those attributes were clearly apparent in their shoot. They were both completely at ease without a care in the world.
Generally, there’s some hesitation getting starting at most photo shoots, as it’s sometimes an awkward feeling knowing you are being photographed — but, to Jen & Frayne, I was just there  like part of the scenery — fortunate enough to witness the love they share and their carefree devotion to one another . The best way I could describe their love : purely effortless.

Hiking up the over 6,000 feet elevation of Black Balsam Knob, we really weren’t sure what the evening would hold.  The clouds in the distance were clearly storm clouds,  yet the sun was peering through the darkness as well. It was without question the most variety I’ve ever received from the sky in a session and the sunset….oh, the sunset. Well, just see for yourself.

Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment. ~ Horace
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December 17, 2015
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I recently had the amazing opportunity to collaborate with Carolina Bride for their Fall issue.  As you can imagine, I was honored beyond belief.
As I met with then Editor Cristina Wilson to discuss details and envision the article, my heart was pounding.  This was it! I was collaborating on a feature, taking notes and making mental images of a storybook Fall wedding.
As the day dawned at the historic Old Sherrill’s Inn near Asheville, NC, it was a drizzly morning and rain was in the forecast throughout the day.  Oftentimes near the Great Smoky Mountains, those rainy days will end with a gorgeous sunset, so we kept our fingers crossed while battling with the weather.
Later that evening, a car load of optimists waited near Max Patch Mountain, eyes scanning the sky for a clearing — and suddenly there it was. The wind shifted, the clouds began to part, and the sun slowly slid into view.  We immediately jumped out as the sun was racing towards the horizon.
It wasn’t until after we started off the mountain again, the shoot being declared a success, that it dawned on me one of those pictures might be the cover shot.  I guess it just goes to show that once the eye goes to the camera, all other thoughts are gone except the beauty that lies immediately in your sight.

Real life is about weathering the storms of life together — Seth Adam Smith

My special thanks to Barbara Pedwell of From This Day Forward Wedding & Event Design, who truly did an incredible job bringing this vision to life and to my amazing assistant Jessica Henry.
Full contributors list below.

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Here’s the actual magazine feature for those that weren’t able to get their hands on a hard copy!

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Full Vendor List :

Venues: Max Patch & Old Sherrill’s Inn

Wedding Design, Planning & Decor Items, Floral Design & Cake: Barbara Pedwell-Dearborn From This Day Forward

Photography: Julia Laible Photography

Wardrobe Styling: Caroline Hamlin Byrnes

Produced by: Cristina Wilson

Wardrobe: Wildflower Bridal, Winnie Couture & Meredith A. Jackson Jewelry

Hair: Hair & Makeup by Heather Ellison

Makeup: Makeup on Location, Ana Cadena

Stationary: Note+Nest Paperie

Desserts & Menu Creation: Plant

Linens: First Impressions, Charlotte

Lace Place Settings, Matching Vases: Michael Hofman Studios, Asheville

Tables, Chairs, Flatware, Gold Rimmed Glasses: Classic Event Rental, Asheville

Accommodations: Behind the Scenes: Providence Lodge & Gallery

Bride & Groom: Josh & Morgan Thompson

 

 

August 03, 2015
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As a photographer, I often tend to visualize a scene before me based upon its possibilities, rather than what might be seen by the average person.  Oftentimes, it seems my mind’s eye views the world with an optimistic tilt, coupled with a panoramic view that can lend itself to epic proportions.
When you stop and think about it, those same qualities are often the ones found in my couples as they anticipate the vast possibilities of a future life together.

When you combine the two, many times, you have magic . . . . . .

Over six hours of travel brought me to meet Lauren and Andrew at a location like none other. Hailed as ‘The Living Dune,’ Jockey’s Ridge at Nag’s Head is the tallest active sand dune system in the Eastern United States.  As with life itself, the shifting winds here are constantly reshaping the dunes, refining their surfaces, and leaving behind a vast array of true magic that is viewable to all who open their heart and soul.

It is here also, that one can sometimes find a unique treasure known as fulgurite.  A fused quartz, fulgurite is a glass tube which is created by lightning striking sand. Fragile, but sturdy, these objects occur in a flash, but can last for thousands of years.  While the object may look like an ordinary rock, the true beauty is on the inside — the part you can’t often see.

While we didn’t notice any of these unique shapes during our session, I couldn’t help but think how the workings of nature can be so interweaved in relation to our own lives.  As Andrew and Lauren walked up the vast sand dune, her dress blowing in the breeze, their connection and movement were effortless.  Just like the dunes upon which they walked, I knew their magic together would soon become timeless.

Advice from a Sand Dune: Soak up the sunshine, Stay loose, Keep moving, Embrace winds of change, Make positive ripples, Don’t get carried away, Show your true grit. ~ Ilan Shamir

End Notes: I connected with Simone of Jetaime Events in hopes of incorporating a collaborating with a few local vendors to make this session extra special for Lauren and Andrew. We were so fortunate to connect with Nancy Harvey of Holiday House Weddings who created a beautiful tablescape for us on the dunes and also Hairocis Spa & Salon who provided such beautiful hair and makeup.
Andrew and Lauren will be married in April in what I believe will be one of the most beautiful weddings designed and planned by the incredibly talented Ashley Cash of The Graceful Host.
Something tells there’s more magic in store . . .

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June 17, 2015
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Katie and Ben were married a few short weeks ago, and were eagerly looking forward to a jaunt across Europe on their honeymoon.  While their wedding had been steeped in tradition, they opted to take a step out of the ordinary and embark on a high altitude Adventure Session prior to boarding the plane to the ancestral lands of their forefathers.

The three of us left the humid 80+ degree temperatures of the city and traveled to Pisgah National Forest along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Amid the winding roadways and deep forests, the weather took an abrupt change as the heat dissipated and wind chill plummeted to the 40s.

Our first destination was Looking Glass Falls, where even in the summer, the water feels icy cold and the spray from the 60-foot falls quickly numb your fingers and toes — especially if you’re adorned in a wedding gown. From there, we traveled to Black Balsam Knob with its 70-mile vistas.

Amazingly enough, the trees begin to disappear the higher you climb. And when you reach the 6,200 feet, the Knob envelopes you in an alpine atmosphere akin to that found in Europe. It was a spectacular view, only made better by the loving couple standing on the summit.

As we left this enchanted area, we talked about the upcoming honeymoon and the places the couple wished to visit. With Katie’s mother’s ancestors from Italy and her father’s from Croatia, she said it had always been her dream to visit those faraway lands. And with an endearing smile, she looked at her husband and said, “Ben made my dream come true.”

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. — Kahlil Gibran

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Hair & Makeup by the incredibly talented Lindsey Regan Thorne.

June 08, 2015
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No two clients are the same, and no two weddings can ever be duplicated  — and this was a perfect example. For this couple and their families, the first Saturday of May was always planned around The Kentucky Derby, and likewise, so would their wedding.
As the crowds were pouring into Churchill Downs, a similarly excited, albeit somewhat smaller, crowd was convening at The Arbors Events near Lake Norman, North Carolina to celebrate a wedding like none other.
In North Carolina, the bride and her parents were walking toward the rose covered arch, while in Kentucky, the contenders were making their way from the barn to the paddock.
In North Carolina, a couple deeply in love were saying their vows, while in Kentucky, the participants were listening for the ‘Rider’s Up’ call.
Once in the reception area, the wedding party and guests quickly wrote down their favorites on the betting board, grabbed their champagne and turned toward the big screen television. As toasts were made to the bride and groom, American Pharoah was making his way across the finish line.

Although I may be one of the few Americans who have never seen The Kentucky Derby, something tells me I’ll be tuning in next year. Perhaps not to see the race itself, but rather to search among the spectators for Katie & Ben as they celebrate their first anniversary.

Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favorite.  – Unknown

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Photographer | Julia Laible Photography
Assistant Photographer | Jessica Kait Photography 
Videographer | Crown Alley Films
Venue | The Arbors Events
Caterer | Visions Catering
Florals | Nectar
Baker | Ella’s Celestial Cakes
Ceremony Musician | Musically Yours NC
Pastor | Tom McCrea
HMUA | LINDSEY REGAN THORNE “b e p r e t t y”
Caricaturist | Jerry Frazee
DJ | All The Right Grooves Professional DJ Services
Transportation | T&J Shuttle & Limousine
Paper Goods | Olive Paper
Planning & Coordination | Brandy Childs
April 21, 2015
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In life’s travels, many of us will eventually come across an isolated place in nature that speaks to our heart.  We are the lucky ones — to be touched by nature’s glory, as we stand in awe of a vista that surrounds us in beauty and serenity.
Thank you, Savannah and Jaymin, for traveling with me along this memorable journey.  A journey in which the waterfall reminds us to be free in our lives and our love.

I want my life to be a mountain stream that rushes down wild flowered slopes through pine glades into green valleys, I do not want culverts to contain my force or cement to channel my flow, nothing to break my life’s course with roots, stones and sand.  ~ Lowell McMullin

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March 25, 2015
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As time passes along, more oftentimes than not, we tend to forget those little romantic moments from our youth.  I can no longer remember the face of the boy who gave me my first Valentine, nor the one who passed me my first love letter in grade school. I’m certain, at the time, these were major events in my life. But as I grew older, the major events from my youth turned into minor ones and ultimately became forgotten.
I’m guessing the main reason for this, is that I found my true love while in college, and everything else seemed to diminish in comparison.

For Katie and Miles, the story is just the opposite. While in the 7th grade at Laurens Academy, Katie looked out the window as the ‘new boy’ from Beaufort, SC, and his parents toured the middle school campus.  Unbeknownst to Katie, Miles, aka the ‘new boy’ spotted her in the window and told his Dad, “I’m going to date that girl.”

The two remained friends throughout middle and high school, and nearly all the memories of their youth include each other.  As friends often do, the two went their separate ways after high school, Miles to Anderson University and Katie to the University of South Carolina. But even with the distance, the two remained close — incidentally, both their families were also avid Gamecock fans.

After graduation, the couple finally began dating. Nearly a lifetime of friendship culminated itself last fall, as the two excitedly planned to attend College Game Day. As they neared The Horseshoe, they could hear the sounds of crowd and the “Mighty Sound of the Southeast” band — excitement was at a peak.  Suddenly, with the sound of Sandstorm in the background, Miles wraps his arms around Katie, whispers “I love you,” and drops to one knee to propose.

Nearly six months later, Katie, Miles and I planned an adventure to Hunting Island State Park . None of us had ever been there and the drive in was seriously enchanting. Unfortunately, our session fell on an extremely chilly and windy day, but you would have never known in the images that sweet Katie had lost all feeling in her toes and was covered in goosebumps nearly the entire time.  But love has a way of diminishing those things you know . . .

I thank my Lord above for placing Miles in my life and allowing me the joy of soaking up every last bit of him and of our lives together, forever — Katie

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