Stephen & Alexis Cotton Field Engagement Session

Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you. Loretta Young

This sweet couples wedding is coming up in a few short months so I dragged them out to the woods and made them snuggle…. LOL I’m joking. The snuggling happened all on its own. We were lucky enough to find a cotton patch before it was cut down. And it fits perfectly into the “southern plantation” feel that Alexis is planning for their June wedding.

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Family Session in Cotton Field

 “You are my best friend, my human diary and my other half. You mean the world to me and I LOVE YOU.

Nothing beats a cotton field and a cute family. This family just so happens to belong to my sister, so I’m kinda biased. Either way, my first statement rings true. Cotton Fields are the epitome of  southern fall family portraits. It’s like monograms and sweet tea.

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Sisterly Love ❤

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Kennedy Family

 

Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future.     Gail Lumet Buckley

I have had the pleasure of documenting this little family from the engagement session, then the beautiful wedding and now they’ve added Michael. He’s just what they needed to keep them on their toes. Believe me you have to stay on your toes to keep up with this curly haired blur of a little boy. He literally ran circles around us the whole time. He’s two now and loves Paw Patrol and his momma something fierce.

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Kelly + Jeff Cooper House Wedding

It is an extra dividend when you like the girl you’ve fallen in love with. -Clark Gable

Sometimes when I meet a couple you can tell that they are still figuring each other out and still feel new to this love. From  the moment I met Kelly and Jeff it felt like they had been together for a lifetime. Like two puzzle pieces that show you the full picture.  The way that Jeff looks at Kelly is the face you make when you remember a warm summers day from your childhood. Pure happiness!!! Kelly could’t get down the isle fast enough to become Jeff’s wife. As soon as she came around the corner and saw him, it was like you plugged in a Christmas tree.

They said their vows as the sun was setting at  The Cooper House on a hot summers night in September in front of Family and close friends. Really you could’t get a better happily ever after.

 

Kristin | Beach Maternity

Loving a baby is a circular business, a kind of feedback loop. The more you give the more you get and the more you get the more you feel like giving. –Penelope Leach

They say that the third time is the charm…. I just have to believe that is true. I mean just look at how beautiful this little family of four already is. So adding another just makes sense. 🙂

I met Kristin and her family in law last year when we did family pictures. They were so much fun and all smiles. Her son has the biggest and bluest eyes. I just love when I keep seeing the same families year after year. Seeing how big the kiddos are getting or in this case that we are adding. ❤

 

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Brett & Nicki | Beach Wedding

“Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.”
— Lao Tzu

Sometimes a wedding takes years, or months to plan, but Nicki pulled this off in two weeks!! It takes me longer than that to clean out my car. :/

She was driven by the fact that her mother in law is in failing health and she just had to be here to witness her son marry the love of his life. So she found a dress, flowers, a friend that would set everything up the day of, and Me! That’s crazy, but love makes us do crazy things.

The big day also fell on Brett’s 50th birthday! I mean you can’t forget your anniversary if it’s your birthday. Right?

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Howard & Angelique Sunrise Proposal | North Beach Plantation

I love surprises and being apart of them is even better. 🙂 Howard contacted about wanting to pull off a sunrise surprise proposal (try saying that 5 times fast) :} They were staying at North Beach Plantation for the week and the beach is a special place for both of them. So the plan was, Angelique thought they won a sunrise portrait session through the hotel. I had already been down to the ocean and drew out “Angelique, Will you marry Me?” in the sand. The rest was up to Howard. Well, of course she was very surprised and said “Yes!!!!”

 

So how did yall meet?

Howard and Angelique met on Match.com. The first line in his Match.com profile was “must love tall kids”. Having two kids myself, a daughter at 6’1” and a son at 6’4 “ tall kids is all Angie knew so that immediately drew her into Howard. Match.com is a cliché for most but our love story was meant to be. Both injured and hurt by our 20 plus year marriages ending we both did not believe that we would find each other. Our story began after Howard sent Angelique an email. Discouraged and having just moved to the Raleigh area after a the divorce to be around her family while her kids had left to attend college. Howard was funny, captivating and attentive. Skeptical about the Match.com site Angie messaged Howard and said after a week or so that she was taking herself off the site. After several weeks of talking on text and spending time with family at the beach and with family Howard and Angie decided to meet and he took her to the Angus Barn. Not being a native of Raleigh I asked my realtor at the time why this “man was taking me to a barn for our first date. MY realtor assured me this “barn” was a Raleigh landmark and a place that was high quality.

Before we met at Angus Barn Howard had asked me how I knew I would “like him” before we actually met in person because we had never talked over the phone and he may have a voice like “Mike Tyson”. That immediately made me laugh which was something I had always wanted in a man that I knew was the “one for me”. You ask me that moment I knew he was the “right one” was our first beach outing where a stranger took our picture on the beach when he grabbed my face and kissed me. This stranger said that she took the picture because Howard was just so tender and it was such a wonderful moment to capture and wanted to send give us this picture so it was sent over text. Soon after that he left for a business trip to China and never missing any man that has ever been in Angie’s life, she missed every part of being with Howard, talking with him and hearing his voice. That was the moment Angie knew she  loved Howard and would for the rest of my life because he was the only one she could not live without if only for a few days for a business trip. It took Howard almost 4 year to propose but his proposal in Angie’s eyes was the perfect caption for our almost 4 year love story !

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Emily + Steve |Downtown Conway, SC Engagement Session

I knew as soon as I met Steve & Emily at a local coffee shop that I wanted to capture their  wedding. Small and intimate ceremonies with just the closest friends and family are my favorite because at the end of the day I feel like I’ve become one of the gang.

They both said they love the Downtown Conway area, and I mean what’s not to love. There is something very special about this little neck of the woods. The riverwalk is one of my most favorite places to be in the world. The downtown area has a southern charm that just can’t be found anywhere else. I know I live here so I am bias, but its why I live here.

Steve has twin boys, so we turned this into a family affair. Caleb & Cody are the sweetest and I can’t wait to challenge them to a hot cocoa drinking contest on the wedding. I think I can take them. LOL  As we strolled through Conway talking about the wedding and finding amazing light, this little family became some of my favorite people. Now I am even more excited about the wedding. Harrison Family -20Harrison Family -31Harrison Family -34Harrison Family -36Harrison Family -41Harrison Family -43Harrison Family -45Harrison Family -52Harrison Family -58Harrison Family -83Harrison Family -84Harrison Family -86Harrison Family -98Harrison Family -107Harrison Family -110Harrison Family -113Harrison Family -121Harrison Family -131Harrison Family -132Harrison Family -140Harrison Family -144Harrison Family -149Harrison Family -150Harrison Family -156