Monthly Archives: May 2016

Engagement Session – Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens

Julius & Katrina’s engagement session at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

I met this lovely couple at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden for their engagement photos. The weather was hot and humid and very sunny!  To avoid full sun shots, I scouted for good light in unique places that I hadn’t shot before. I love when a situation stretches my creativity and I have clients that are game for whatever I want to try!Inspiration & Design Photography_2154

Katrina and Julius did a great job with harmonious clothing that allowed THEM to be the focus of the portraits. Katrina’s make-up was flawless and perfectly brought out her pretty features. One of which is her incredible smile. They warmed up quickly to my instructions & were natural & comfortable as they got affectionate, playful & snuggly.  Julius did a great job bringing out the joy in Katrina’s heart. She commented “yeah, I like him”. LOL!

She also commented,  “fake eye lashes are the Devil”.  I replied, “But they look so heavenly”! As we wandered the beautiful gardens Katrina limped along in her what I call, “sit & look pretty shoes”. Katrina however had a less affectionate term…TORTURE SHOES! Which she finally had enough of and swapped out for the comfy flats. I’m sure Julius was thinking how thankful he is to be a guy.

You guys were super fun! And in spite of the heat, torture shoes & devil eyelashes, you guys looked effortlessly happy & beautiful together. Thank you for trusting me to capture the essence of your love for each other. I can’t wait to photograph your wedding in September!


Lindsay & Wally – Cotton Gin Wedding

This Cotton Gin wedding in Monroe NC, was a charming laid back rustic style wedding in lilac & grey.

Wally & Lindsay met in high school  and they have been together ever since. Now seven years later, they proclaimed their love for each other through handwritten vows . But this couple’s deep love for each other doesn’t need to be spoken. You can see it in every touch, & every content smile. Wally is the quiet type, but when he looks at Lindsay, his eyes speak volumes. You know when you watch them, that there is a deep connectedness and comfort in each others company. A trust built through the years. A love built on a solid foundation of respect & adoration.

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Sarah & Darion – Alexander Homestead Wedding

A beautiful spring wedding at the Alexander Homestead Venue in Charlotte, NC.

This venue is perfect for an outdoor wedding. Lots of flowers & trees, a pond, a charming vintage home, an awesome rustic barn for your reception and more!

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After years of growing in their faith, as well as their love for each other, they were finally reading their handwritten vows to each other in a beautiful garden, surrounded by the love of family & friends! Darion proposed in Brookgreen Gardens. He caught Sarah off guard and when she turned around and saw him on his knee, she laughed out loud! She thought it was a joke! After so many years together and thinking he was going to propose previously, while on a trip to Disneyland, he certainly surprised her.

I loved all the special stories told during the reception. Stories that brought both tears & laughter. I love hearing about how people met & fell in love. It was evident by all the sentiments that were expressed, that this couple is deeply loved by many.  Both families seemed thrilled to be blended together!

Darion rocked some amazing dance moves, Grandma caught the bouquet, none of the guys wanted to catch the garter and the cupcakes were to die for! After a whirlwind day of beauty, love, laughter and fun, the bride and groom ended the celebration with a stroll through the streamers.

Congratulations Sarah & Darion, your wedding was perfect!! And you are perfect for each other! I  know God has special plans for your life. May you enjoy each moment of every day together…


Bridal Session – Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens

Sarah’s Bridal session – Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens

I have to say, I LOVE bridal sessions! And I LOVE gardens. So I was pretty much in Photography heaven doing Sarah’s Bridal Portraits. The weather was the perfect temperature, with a soft breeze blowing and soft sunlight filtered by hazy clouds.

bridal session at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens

Sarah’s fiance proposed in the GORGEOUS Brookgreen Gardens in Myrtle Beach, so another botanical garden was the perfect location for her bridals! She was a sweetheart to work with and I loved her enthusiasm and openness to get all posy after she warmed up to the camera.