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

Chris & Mallory’s Tennessee Mountain Wedding

True, we love life, not because we are used to living, but because we are used to loving. There is always some madness in love, but there is also always some reason in madness. Petrarch

When I met Mallory about three years ago, she had never been to the ocean. That just blew my mind. Since we were literally a block away from it. We had to right this wrong. Just the sand on her feet made her so happy. Splashing water at the shoreline, she lit up like a kid at Christmas. Looking back at that night, I know why Chris married her. She makes you want to be happy when she’s around. Chris has the best sense of humor, that combo is a recipe for a long and happy life.

Tennessee was the halfway point for family and friends. The mountains are always a perfect backdrop for a wedding. The weekend was and cabin was full of family and best friends. (the way all weddings should be) Bonfire and a stunning sunset is also a perfect way to start your life together too.

Eat. Drink. And be Married ❤

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Green Family Beach Session

That’s what people do who love you. They put their arms around you and love you when you’re not so lovable.   Deb Caletti

This family was a blast to work with. They kept me laughing the whole session, and it’s usually my job to draw out all the giggles. So thank you Green family for making my job easier and way more fun. 🙂

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Its a GIRL

Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of. – Bethany Hamilton

Miss Braelyn came into the world on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 at 8:54pm. She weighed in at 7lbs and 2oz and was 19 inches long. I had the honor of being on the delivery room when she made her debut. This little girl is every hope and wish that her parents have been praying for.JennHospital -2JennHospital -3JennHospital -19JennHospital -21JennHospital -27JennHospital -29JennHospital -30JennHospital -36JennHospital -56JennHospital -59JennHospital -78JennHospital -95JennHospital -117JennHospital -119JennHospital -130JennHospital -140JennHospital -145JennHospital -184JennHospital -209JennHospital -221JennHospital -228JennHospital -234JennHospital -240JennHospital -249JennHospital -250

Surprise Proposal at 21st and Main

“I ask you to pass through life at my side—to be my second self, and best earthly companion.”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Being asked to be part of a marriage proposal has got to be one the the coolest things about my job. I mean you’re about to capture one of the biggest milestones in a persons life. Oh and they don’t have a clue that it’s coming.

When Sorin decided to ask his beautiful girlfriend to be his wife, he went all out to make it amazing. She thought they were there for her birthday dinner. Casey at  21st and Main made sure every detail was perfect, and it was. The courtyard right at sunset, the romantic table setting, violinist playing softly just for them. MAGIC!!!! Casey told the couple that I was getting pictures for the website and pay no mind if I was around with my camera. RSG Event Design was there to make sure that the YES moment went off with a BANG!!! Literally. At the moment she said yes, a flower canon ( yes canon!!) showered the couple with rose petals. It doesn’t get any sweeter than this.

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Jennifer’s Maternity Session

A babe in the house is a well-spring of pleasure, a messenger of peace and love, a resting place for innocence on earth, a link between angels and men.     

Martin Farquhar Tupper

“I want soda and everything cherry flavored.” That’s what Jen said when I asked her what she has been craving. “I don’t even drink soda. She gets that from her dad.” She laughed. Poking Jimmy.

Isn’t crazy that shes not even here yet and she’s already running the show??

But that’s the way it goes. Miss Braelyn will make her debut soon and everyone is so excited to meet her. Jenn Maternity -1Jenn Maternity -7Jenn Maternity -12Jenn Maternity -24Jenn Maternity -36Jenn Maternity -47Jenn Maternity -49Jenn Maternity -61Jenn Maternity -66Jenn Maternity -71Jenn Maternity -72Jenn Maternity -79Jenn Maternity -90Jenn Milk

Vow Renewal (35 years and counting)

“People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.”

Tony and Laura have been married for 35 years and they are still best friends. I only hope that we can all find that same kind of partner. Tony was diagnosed with cancer this past year and they wanted to  renew their  vows to recommit themselves to each other during this very hard time. It was a small ceremony but all the important guests were in attendance. It was an honor to be included.

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Cotton Fields in the South

“I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway… let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves.”
C. JoyBell C.

About once a year I can threaten (I’m kidding. Mostly) my children into pictures. And since they are getting bigger right before my very eyes, I’ll take it. My very sweet friend let us borrow her cotton fields to snag a few. I told them funny stories from when they were little to make them laugh and “forced” them to hug each other. ( You know, because they’re to cool to hug their little brother) It only took few minutes to make these memories that I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.

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Shabby Chic Outdoor Wedding

Do you ever wonder what a wedding photographer does in their down time?

We think about wedding details, yummy natural light, and how we can stretch ourselves to be a better photographer. I can’t speak for all of us, but I know that’s what I am doing. So that’s just what I did.

With the help of some truly amazing vendors I designed and pulled off a “wedding”. I wanted to do something that was completely my style, and shabby chic is just that. I adore colors, textures, but man made and found just laying around. There is beauty in almost everything. I made an arbor made by suspending books in the air. I loved it so much that I left it up for a few weeks.  The wedding stationary was designed by Brooke Holden Calligraphy. I could just stare it all day. It was almost like Kelly with Little Shop of Flowers could see into my dreams when she designed the bouquet and center piece. Hair and Make up were provided by Savannah Rae. She made me want to wear flowers in my hair all day.  The cake was “nude” and I made that. Liz & Greg were my amazing models for the day. I wanted to use a couple that was already married. The best part is they just celebrated 10 years together. So it was like an anniversary present/shoot. All I had to do was tell Greg to kiss your beautiful wife and she would giggle and just light up. What can I say, even after years of doing this I’m still a sucker for love and chasing the perfect light.

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