Meet Karina and Alex! These two, my goodness. Where do I even begin? For starters, their dog, Toulouse, is absolutely hysterical. He’s like a giant fluff ball running around and has SO much energy. Safe to say I got my puppy fix during their engagement session, and it made me the happiest! Alex and Karina are two of the most effortlessly romantic people I’ve ever met. They’re equal parts silly and affectionate with each other, and that matched with the prettiest light made for some of my favorite pictures ever. These two will be heading off to ECU and UNC for medical school later this summer, so they’ve also got a lot of brain power between them. Alex and Karina, I’m so excited for your wedding next June and can’t wait to celebrate with y’all! Happy engagement!
How do I even begin to describe two of the most incredible weeks of my life? Traveling through Germany and Austria with Brendan’s family last month was an absolute dream. It’s no surprise that I adore traveling, but these two weeks only increased that love. It (temporarily) quenched my wanderlust and reminded me of why I desire so greatly to be a destination wedding photographer. There is something so exhilarating about exploring new cities and landscapes. If I got to do that while photographing sweet couples on their wedding day, well then I think I’d cry a lot of happy tears. I took a LOT of pictures while we were overseas. Some might say that I took too many, but haters gonna hate. I am so excited to share bits and pieces of our adventures with y’all and the stories that go with them! I haven’t had a chance to go through all of my pictures yet, but here’s a taste of what’s to come :)
Ok, who wants to go back with me??
Where do I even begin with this couple?? Everything about Evan and Shaun’s downtown Charleston wedding makes me smile. I shared a little bit of their wedding last month, and I’m so excited to finally have the rest up! Evan was the most relaxed bride despite overcast skies and showers throughout the day, and her bridesmaids are some of the silliest and most genuine girls I’ve met. I had SO much fun spending the day with Evan and Shaun, celebrating their marriage, exploring cobblestone streets and the Battery, and eating the most amazing shrimp and grits. Seriously, the food and dancing at their reception was off the charts. Charleston is one of my favorite places in the world, and it was such a gift to travel there for this wedding. Evan and Shaun, y’all are amazing. I’m so excited for this new adventure y’all are on together and know that the Lord will do great things with your marriage!
These two are getting married this weekend! I’m so excited for them :) Kayla and Brian have one of my favorite stories and I loved hearing the details of it during their Duke Gardens engagement session. Despite growing up in the same small Florida community, they didn’t meet until joining Duke’s track team. Crazy how you can practically be neighbors with someone but never meet or get to know them until you move hundreds of miles away. God’s timing is so funny isn’t it? Brian recently competed in the NCAA Championship for track, so that should give you a taste for how stellar this pair is. I loved exploring Duke Gardens with them and hearing about their excitement for marriage. We visited the bridge where Brian told Kayla he loved her for the first time and found some of the prettiest light I’ve seen in a while. Only a couple more days until they tie the knot, and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of their celebration! Apparently there will be seven cakes, so if that’s any indication of their wedding, it’ll be pretty amazing :)
Happy July! Can you believe we’re already halfway through 2014?? Craziness I tell ya. June was such an amazing month! I shot weddings in Charleston and Maryland, which is awesome because I love to travel for weddings. I explored tiny towns and Alpine lakes in Germany and Austria with Brendan’s whole family- seriously took so many pictures it’s absurd. While I didn’t finish reading “Heaven”, I think I’ll just make that a by-the-end-of-the-year goal since that book is dense and merits a lot more thought than just reading it to finish it. So, with that, here are my July goals!
No. 1 Shoot 2 lovely weddings this month and get my Charleston and Maryland weddings from last month out the door!
No. 2. Read “Film is Not Dead” and put into practice the things I learn from it. I loved shooting film in Europe (despite the inconvenience of carrying around a second massive camera), and am excited to see the pictures when they get back from the lab!
No. 3 Adjust to Brendan’s new schedule with grace. B starts his rotations next week which means the next year will be filled with 6 day workweeks and 12 hour days, plus night shifts and general exhaustion. I’m excited for B to get some hands-on learning and be able to serve patients, but I’m really not looking forward to how much he’s going to be working! I know this adjustment will be even tougher on him, so I want to really love him well as he deals with tough things in the hospital and not a lot of sleep!
No. 4 Be healthy. Brendan and I both have had a rough start to July since leaving Austria on Friday. Somehow we managed to pick of a virus and had one of the most miserable travel experiences to date before spending the last two days on the couch watching FIFA debating whether or not we can stomach strawberries or rice. Brendan’s had it much worse than me, but it’s safe to say, I’m ready to feel like myself again! This month, I want to eat better and continue exercising more!
No. 5 Spend some time in the mountains with my girlfriends and shoot a beautiful sunrise vineyard engagement session while I’m up there. Re: I’m really, really excited!
Instagram highlights from this month include: roaming Germany and Austria with my family (can’t wait to share pictures!), celebrating with Brendan after he