Monthly Archives: August 2015

Bumpity, bumpity, bump! (re-post)

Memories of a loving uncle.

I fondly remember the random trips in his old pick-up truck, which always included driving over the rail-road tracks near his home. To turn this noisy event into something fun, he would sing a silly song which included the words, you guessed it; Bumpity, bumpity, bump! He always made me smile and have fun no matter what mundane activity we were doing. When we were together he made me feel like I was the most special little girl in the world and that he enjoyed every playful moment with me.

I was 10 years old when he died of a heart attack, only in his forties at the time.  He was too young to die and I felt I would also die of a broken heart from my loss. My deep sobs of pain would not comfort me or return my beloved uncle Raymond to me.

This photo is not of me, but this image is a great representation of my memory.  Photo credit Caitlin Elizabeth Photography

Girl in old truck

They say, “you won’t remember what someone said, but you will remember how they made you feel”.  It’s true, I don’t remember much of what my dear uncle said to me, but he was one of the people in my family that made me feel really loved.


Wedding – Charlotte City Club

Kara & Stephen’s wedding at the Covenant Presbyterian Church & reception at the Charlotte City Club 8/15/2015.

How They Met

Kara & Stephen met through one of her girlfriends when she was invited to watch a basketball game at his apartment with some other friends. He was a gentleman from the start, offering her his chair so she wouldn’t have to sit on the floor. They spent a lot of time together and a solid friendship had been established. Then Stephen revealed that he had liked Kara for a whole year, before she even noticed! It’s now been 5 years since they fell in love and they can’t wait to begin this new chapter in their lives! Kara says, “It’s been a long time coming!”

Charlotte city wedding

The proposal ( I just love proposal stories).

Kara says “I was at my first clinical rotation in Stockbridge, GA and it had almost been a month since the last time we had seen each other. Stephen hadn’t mentioned anything about planning a visit to come see me and I began to get frustrated with him thinking he didn’t want to come visit me. Little did I know, he had a plan up his sleeve for a surprise weekend trip in Atlanta. Long story short, he spilled the beans and told me about the surprise he had been planning to further prevent me from getting upset! Little did I know of the other surprise he had planned for the weekend!


Saving money, saving lives.

Saving money and saving lives, were both easier than I thought.

I remember when I was a child, whenever I would get money for my birthday or Christmas, my mom would always tell me that I should save some. Save, Smave! I was not thinking about my financial security at the age of twelve. I was thinking of all the things I wanted to buy! And any money I got would burn a hole in my pocket until it was gone!

How different my childhood was from these children below. water for life

Many years ago,  I worked for a financial planner. He also encouraged me to save (on more than one occasion).  I made an attempt and started a money market account that was earning some decent returns. But…something came up as usual and I liquidated my account. However, in my defense, I was a single mom raising two boys. So money was not flowing like milk and honey in the promised land!


Bridal Portraits at the Duke Mansion

 Kara’s bridal portraits at the Duke Mansion in Charlotte, NC.

Finally, I get to show off this gorgeous girl!

Inspiration & Design Photography_1547This was the perfect venue for this 6 foot tall model like beauty! Her style of sophistication blended beautifully with the details of the mansion.  I loved the romance & southern elegance of this session.

Her make up was done by Sweet Southern Glam and really accented her stunning blue eyes!

Her bouquet of white roses was done by The Blossom Shop.

Her dress. Oh my!! This  fit and flare style by Casablanca was P-E-R-F-E-C-T! It fit her like a glove and the style and detail went beautifully with the overall feel of the location.

Her veil was the one her mom wore when she got married. Ahhh, that is so special. I really enjoyed having her mom there for the session. Yay Judy! You did awesome as my assistant for the day!

I can’t wait to share Kara & Stephen’s wedding images, which will be featured this coming week!


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