Melissa + Vance | Married | Classic High Point Wedding

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Hooray! Today I’m sharing one of my first 2014  weddings. Melissa and Vance are honestly two of the kindest and warmest people I’ve ever met. When Melissa and I grabbed coffee to chat about her big day, we spent more time talking about marriage than the actual wedding. Melissa is incredibly laid back and throughout our conversation, it was clear that she just really wanted to be married to Vance. They love simplicity, tradition, their families and the Lord, and every part of their High Point wedding reflected that. Melissa wore her mom’s wedding dress – completely unaltered, which still amazes me, and the guys wore full tuxedos.  They exchanged vows in an old Presbyterian church with their closest friends and family nearby. And they had a classic and elegant ballroom reception with old family wedding pictures displayed and an awesome live band. I can’t deny that Morgan and I had some fun on the dance floor with the wedding party :) Melissa and Vance, I’m so excited for you two and know that your marriage will be something beautiful! Thank you so much for having me!

I loved working with Inkspot Crow at this wedding, so be sure to keep up with them to see when Melissa and Vance’s wedding video comes out!

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April 18, 2014 - 8:09 pm

Sarah Joy Wright - I really love the photo of the three rings on the wedding photo : )

Brittney | Duke Gardens Senior Portraits

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Meet Brittney! She’s a senior in high school and is way more fashionable than I was at her age that’s for sure. Brittney is heading off to Campbell in the fall for college, and I’m so excited for her! We had so much fun soaking in one of the first days of spring at Duke Gardens, and I loved hearing about her excitement for college and the fun things that she has to look forward to. I have to admit that, despite being enemy territory, Duke Gardens sure is pretty when the flowers start blooming and there’s golden light everywhere you look. I cannot tell you how happy I am that winter’s reign is over and that the beauty and warmth of spring has finally arrived! Brittney, you’re an amazing girl, and I’m so glad I got to celebrate graduation with you a bit! You’re going to rock Campbell :)

For UNC seniors, I still have a few spots left for my mini sessions later this month! I’d love to meet ya and take your pictures on the world’s prettiest campus!

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Shelley | Richmond Bridal Portraits

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Anyone who’s ever met Shelley, knows that she is an incredible woman. She’s joyful, silly, poised and genuine. And boy does she love the Lord. Shelley and I met for her Richmond bridal portraits on a rainy afternoon up at Tuckahoe Plantation (where she just got hitched this weekend!), and despite the trickling rain and overcast skies during her session, she totally worked it. Isn’t she such a babe?? Bryan is a lucky guys that’s for sure (and he totally knows it too). Shelley, you are absolutely stunning in these images, but you were even more radiant on Saturday! I’m so grateful for the months I’ve gotten to know you during your engagement and can’t wait to see you and Bryan rock marriage! 

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April 9, 2014 - 5:36 pm

Kaitlyn Gerber - Hey Emily and Shelly,

First off, I LOVE your work. I wish I loved in NC so I could hire you for my wedding. But I was looking at your blog and saw Shelly in that stunning dress, I’m so curious as to where she got it?! I’m getting married in March and that is EXACTLY what I’ve been dreaming of and I can’t find one as perfect online anywhere. Can you help me get a better idea of where to look?

I’d be forever greatful!

April 10, 2014 - 2:05 pm

Emily March - Hey Kaitlyn! Shelley’s on her honeymoon right now, but I’ll ask her when she gets back and let you know! Thanks for your sweet words! :)

Becca + John | Married | Outer Banks Wedding

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Oh I am so excited to share these pictures with y’all! Becca and John had a beautiful Outer Banks wedding last November, so I’ve been hanging onto these images for quite some time. These two had one of those weddings where I left feeling giddy. The details, the food, the 90% chance of rain that only came for about 20 minutes, the colors. And that sunset! One of the most amazing I’ve ever seen and literally lasted about an hour. I really liked the Outer Banks before that sunset, but now I’m in love. Becca studied abroad in Italy with me in college and met John a few years later after he wooed her with a homemade meal. When Becca first got in touch with me about photographing their wedding, she described it as an intimate and rustic dinner party at the beach. Sign me up! These two are a couple of the most laid back people I  know, and their sweet wedding was one of my favorites of 2013. You can read more about their Outer Banks wedding, how they fell in love over yummy food and see more pictures on their Style Me Pretty feature! Becca and John, y’all are the best! Brendan and I loved being a part of your wedding and having the opportunity to explore Cape Hatteras and it’s lovely lighthouses!

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April 2, 2014 - 2:09 pm

Casey Wright - Beautiful! I love the Outer Banks :)

April 2, 2014 - 8:48 pm

Kayla - SO happy I stumbled across your blog — seriously, you’re so talented. I’m also a photographer, and so enjoy your shots :)

April 3, 2014 - 8:47 am

Emily March - Kayla! You are so sweet! Thanks so much :)

April Goals

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I think spring is finally here! I’m so happy guys, seriously. I am a warm weather girl in every way imaginable. Winter is no fun for my skin, generally cold naturedness and love of flowers. Yay for spring!

March was an amazing month, filled with traveling, Carolina basketball, big decisions and quality time with friends who live far away. Brendan and I spent a weekend in the Dominican Republic, and while we adored the people we met and their work, we felt the Lord asking us to stay in Chapel Hill for the next few years instead of moving down there. I visited my friend, Carie, in DC during my half-marathon and our Navy friend flew a jet up to NC to spend the weekend with us. I shared my heart and dreams for traveling and made a lot of hot tea. March was amazing. Even as I’m thinking about it now, it was a month of unexpected fun and that’s just the best, isn’t it? April has a lot of fun things in store as well, so here are a few of the things I hope to accomplish!

No. 1 Celebrate going full time! Yesterday was my last day at my other job, and I’m so excited to fully invest my time and schedule into my own work. It’s crazy to think that a year ago I was working 3 jobs (such a bad idea) in addition to this business, and the thought of going full time seemed totally insane. It’s taken this whole year to be ready for today, as I’ve slowly let go of each of those jobs. It’s amazing that the Lord has brought my little business this far in barely 3 years, and I’m excited to see where He’ll take it now. It also makes me laugh a little that this milestone perfectly coincides with another goal I’ve had for many years: getting published on Style Me Pretty!

No. 2 Finish all weddings and shoots from March. I had two lovely weddings last month, and I’m really excited to get them back to those sweet couples!

No. 3 Manage my time well. I have a packed schedule this month and I’m thrilled! I’ve got a wedding this weekend in Richmond that I’m really, really excited about (the couple is so sweet), as well as several engagement sessions and weekend of senior mini sessions.

No. 4 File my taxes. I know that’s been on the goals list for like 3 months now, but I actually have to do it this month. Otherwise I’ll get in trouble.

No. 5 Figure out a better workflow. I think I have a pretty streamlined approach to editing and working, but I’m realizing with the number of shoots I’ll have this year, I can’t do everything on my computer because there’s simply not enough room for all of it! I back everything up on external hard drives, but I’m going to start seeing if I can actually work off of one instead of my little Mac’s hard drive, which warns me every week or so that I’m running “critically low” on space. So dramatic.

No. 6 Get more film developed! Which basically means Christmas will come again sometime this month.

 And here’s March according to my phone! Time with Monet at the National Gallery (obsessed) in DC, the day I got glasses and wondered how I’d been driving without them all these years, shenanigans and general immaturity in front of Jeff’s jet while wearing a G-suit, and a Dominican sunset!

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