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Luckily, Aaron and Susannah are friends of friends/clients and found me, because if they hadn't, I'd have two less friends right now and that would be sad. I got to tag along on their proposal last month. It's a bit hard to tell the story properly without making it just look like a series of random photos all around Durham and Chapel Hill. Aaron sent Susannah out on a scavenger hunt, that took her to all sorts of incredible places that are meaningful to them both, all the while I was following Susannah and trying my best to not be seen. It worked for awhile. First, she went to Trader Joe's where she picked up some flowers (I hid behind the onions) and a bottle of wine, then to ACME in Chapel Hill where they had a beautiful breakfast (I had a delicious baked french toast. Thanks Aaron!) and looked like they had a great time (I hid behind the wall in the back, getting in the way of waitstaff, and went across the street, getting in the way of cars.), then we went to the Rock Quarry on the Eno (where I hid in a little divet along the trail), then to Nasher where Susannah had to look for her next clue in the gift shop (I hid in the employee locker room), then Susannah went to the main desk (when I hid behind two security guards, where she finally saw the lens pointed right at her between their shoulders! BLOWN! I even got the shot where she saw me), then finally to Parizade (where there was just nowhere to hide at all).
Now that they are properly engaged, we can take some photos. For their engagement session, we went back to the Eno (but a different spot). This time at the Cole Mill trailhead with the suspension bridge. It was super fun because they are hysterical, kept me laughing, and I got to play in the water with them. It was also the best because they are super adventurous and wanted to get wet! And the water was only a little cold but they were great sports.
Thank you to all the amazing peeps and businesses who made the proposal just incredible.
Aaron and Susannah! I am so glad that you found me (thanks Jordan and Mindy!!!!), that we get to be friends, that I get to photograph your wedding and for just being awesome!
I met Antoinette and Igor about two years ago, for another session. I liked Antoinette instantly. She's so laid back, funny, totally interesting and super nice. I declared her my new friend and I got to hang out with them a couple times. Unfortunately, life gets in the way and you don't get to hang out with your friends enough and then they go and move. I was so bummed, but very, very, very happy that I got to hang out with them one last time before they hit the road.
Love you all! Thank you for spending a beautiful morning with me and letting me meet little man. You have such a beautiful family. I'll see you in Connecticut for your next session!!!
What can I say, Laura and Robert are just good people. They celebrated their wedding at two great Raleigh venues (making it meaningful for both of them by having their engagement session in Durham and their wedding in Raleigh). All the details were just beautiful and helped tell their story beautifully. I think they are examples of who they are, with all that classy vintage flair. Laura got ready in the arms of all her ladies, laughing and joyous for her. They had the sweetest first look in the White Garden at the Arboretum and their ceremony was sweet and touching even though the day was sunny and hot! And then the party after totally rocked at the Stockroom! Everybody danced and danced and laughed and laughed. I am so happy that I got to be at this wedding. JOY!
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Getting Ready location: The Sheraton in Downtown Raleigh // Ceremony venue: JC Raulston Arboretum // Reception venue: The Stockroom at 230 // Hair and make-up: Bridal Bliss Salon // Florist: Tre Bella Florist // Cake: Simply Cakes // Catering: Catering by Design // Music: Anything Music DJs
Special thanks to Cheryl Navalinsky for assisting!!!!!
I love this family. I met them a year ago when Alicia was still pregnant with this little man and wanting some birth photos. It was quite the evening. Anyways, we got together and I got to see how this guy has grown up over the last year. He's huge. He's happy. And those fat, fat feet (They even have a hard time trying to find shoes for those things). We hung out for a little bit at home, went to the park, rode the swings (which he enjoyed for the first time ever or he was just hamming it up for the camera. I'll pretend it's the latter), took a ride on the train, and went for a carousel ride. It was a great time, but it really wore the guy out. He had to take a nap.
Love you guys.
p.s. I really love the completely unposed lifestyle sessions. They are real. They scream out, this is who we truly are. We love the perfection of the imperfect. It sings.
I met Marisa through a couple of my clients turned friends, Alicia and Lysandra. I guess they said some nice things because Marisa shot me an email, we chatted and she invited me to her wedding up in Dearborn, Michigan. I was super duper excited because she sounded like the nicest person over the phone and super laid back.
I flew up from Raleigh to Detroit and coincidentally, Lysandra and her family were on my flight. Neat-o! It was great to have someone to chat with during layovers and fun to make goofy faces at her little one, Calvin, from across the aisle.
When I walked into the hotel, The Henry, Autograph Collection and met Marisa for the first time. It was like we were already friends. There was so much excitement and laughter in the room, it was fantastic. Then I saw her dress. WOW! Amazing. Then I met Michael. He is so sweet and I could totally see how they are such a great couple. He is so welcoming and such a happy guy.
They had the sweetest first look. Sweetest. Michael's face when he sees her. Totally melts my heart. The rest of the day was incredible, with awesome family and friends, a band that totally rocked and kept everyone dancing, a little girl with an amazing voice who sings during the ceremony and the reception, and just so much love and laughter.
Congratulations you two! I am so happy for you both! And thank you for having me!!!
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Venues Getting Ready: The Henry, Autograph Collection // Church: Divine Child Church // Reception: Lovett Hall at The Henry Ford // Officiant: Father Ray Wodos // Hair: Mallory Wichman // Make-up: Geen Hanna // Florist: English Garden // Cake: Donna Doyle // Catering: Henry Ford Lovett Hall // Music: The Jerry Ross Band