Today I have a sweet Durham wedding for y’all! Victoria and Jay’s wedding was so much fun to photograph, and I had the best time celebrating with them. I loved how present Victoria was leading up their ceremony. Jay gave her so many sweet gifts, and it was so beautiful to watch each one, from pearls to pictures, bring her to happy tears. Jay is a lacrosse coach at Duke, but between him and another Duke couple, the Tar Heel in me has to admit that truly wonderful people can be from Duke ;) Shhh don’t tell my Carolina friends! Victoria and Jay, I’m so grateful that you invited me to be a part of your big day! Congratulations you two!
Be warned: this post is unreasonably long! But Kayla and Brian‘s wedding was a beautiful thing to be a part of, so there’s no skimping on photos here. When I first chatted with Kayla about shooting her wedding, I was sitting in my car in the Wal-Mart parking lot- no joke. I got out of my car to shop for groceries with the growing anticipation and knowledge that this wedding was going to be one of my favorites. And it was just that! Kayla and Brian have an incredible love for each other and their families. As Kayla put it, she simply hoped that “love would abound” on their wedding day. Rooted in faith, these two centered every aspect of their day to showing the people closest to them just how much they loved them. Signs and details were made by hand, making this day in every sense a family affair. They had Star Wars entrances, Cheerwine and crazy dancing, and every bit of the day made me love my job more and more.
Kayla and Brian, I laughed and cried so many times going through your pictures, and hope they bring you the same joy they brought me. Congrats you two!
Below is one of those moments where I recognize what a privilege my job is. I literally teared up every time I saw these images while editing. Such a sweet moment between Kayla and her mom!
Love, love, love this sweet moment Morgan captured just before Kayla walked down the aisle.
Ceremony Venue: Church of the Good Shepherd | Reception Venue: The Cotton Room | Florist: Tre Bella | Cake Bakery: Madhatter Bakeshop | Wedding Dress: Wtoo via LA Bridal | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: J. Crew | Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Suits: J. Ferrar | Bow Ties: Apple & Ivy | Invitations : Indigo Envelopes | DJ: The Perfect Beat | Robes: silkandmore
It’s my birth month! August really snuck up on me this year, and it’s crazy to think that summer is nearing its end! Seriously make me really sad. July was a full month, and I’m happy to say that I crossed off most of my July goals! The two weddings I shot (here and here) were SO fun! I can’t say enough good things about these sweet couples and their friends/family that made me and Morgan feel right at home. I also sent off my June weddings to some sweet newlyweds and have been getting excited about the two weddings I have coming up this month! I definitely wasn’t super diligent about working out (Anyone else struggle big time with exercising in the heat of summer?? It’s the worst!), so I’m hoping to build that into my schedule more to make it a bigger priority. With all that said, here are my August goals!
No. 1 Have an amazing time loving and serving the attendees of The School of Styling! Y’all each day I get more and more excited about all the Kaitlin has planned for this two-day workshop. I’m so happy it starts tomorrow! When she asked me to photograph TSOS, I was beyond excited because I knew the amount of pretty that’ll be produced over those two days will be off the charts. So many new friends to meet and flowers whose names I don’t know to arrange and speakers who are so, so skilled in their crafts. It’s going to be awesome. (Kaitlin and I were also featured on Style Me Pretty last week!)
No. 2 Finish reading “Film is Not Dead.” I’ve loved learning more about this craft and incorporating it into most of my sessions and weddings. I had some big hurdles to get over since my camera was having some major issues, but thankfully (hopefully!) those are behind me now so I can continue shooting film more often!
No. 3 Shoot two really sweet weddings and get my July weddings and sessions out the door to their couples!
No. 4 Continue adjusting to Brendan’s ever-changing and unpredictable 3rd year schedule. July was a tough month for B since being at the hospital for about 16 hours a day is not only exhausting, but steals you from the people and things you love. Thankfully his surgery rotation will be over at the end of the month (yay!), so hopefully his time will be a little more manageable during his next rotation!
No.5 Run! Really y’all, July was not the month for exercise. I hiked and played volleyball, but I didn’t go running once! It’s something that I need to start building into my schedule and get better about this month.
No. 6 Enjoy my last month being 23! I’ll be celebrating my birthday at the lake with friends over Labor Day and just can’t wait :)
July Instagram highlights include: baking a delicious (and surprisingly pretty) blueberry pie, attending a sweet friend’s wedding, wandering the farmers market with B on his day off post-call, and spending a weekend in the mountains with some of my dearest girlfriends! July, you were good to me.
My goodness, I have been keeping these pictures a secret for quite a long time now! Last March my sweet friend Kaitlin married her love, Clay, and invited me to photograph the luncheon she put together for her bridesmaids the day before her wedding. Kaitlin is the owner of Simply Put Vintage and has an incredible eye for detail. Seriously, y’all – this girl’s got style! From the invitations to the gold-rimmed tea cups to the perfectly set china, every detail was simple and feminine. As the girls sipped on sangria, they chatted about Kaitlin’s wedding, recent trips they’d taken and reminisced about the journeys that had brought them to that table. It was one of those times where you could really feel how much Kaitlin appreciated her friends, and how well they loved her back. Friendship is a beautiful thing, and I’m so grateful that I got to document this sweet time for Kaitlin and her bridesmaids!
I’m so excited to see this featured on the front page of Style Me Pretty today! Head on over to see their favorite pictures, and get more details from Kaitlin!
As a gift, Kaitlin gave her girls Kate Spade earrings to wear to the wedding the next day – they were so pretty! There was a lot of ohhing and ahhhing.
I met Marla and Tyler early, early one morning for their vineyard engagement session. Sunrise light is a beautiful thing, y’all. Marla and Tyler have a genuine sweetness about them that is unmistakeable. Their engagement session was the first time I’d met them, and by the end of their session, I felt like I’d known them for years. You can tell by the way Tyler looks at Marla that he’s completely smitten, and she has a subtle grace that complements his strength so well. As we wandered through rows of vines (with 2-3 farm dogs joining us) we chatted about their wedding at Raffaldini Vineyards this fall, how wedding planning had been going and how excited they were to be husband and wife. I, of course, kept exclaiming “Oh my gosh, this liiight youuu guysss!! I’m dyyyinggg it’s so prettty!!” But with each passing moment, despite my outbursts of uncontrollable giddiness, I kept seeing bits and pieces of what made this pair of high school sweethearts at home with each other. Their affection is effortless and their joy for this season and the season to come is natural. Marla and Tyler, y’all are just the best! I can’t wait to wander through sun-laden vineyards with you again at your wedding!!