Jeremy and Christina's Engagement Session: Four Oaks, NC

Jeremy and Christina's sunset engagement session at the Harper House and Bentonville Battlefields this weekend was wonderful! They are such a sweet pair - so down to earth, joyful, and really excited about getting married! We loved this session, and we were especially excited when they told us they wanted to incorporate Jeremy's pick up truck because it made for such unique and fun shots!! My other favorite aspects were Christina's gorgeous floral maxi dress and the huge, open field where we ended the session just as the sun set behind the trees - stunning!  

These two met through work at a milling company, and Jeremy's proposal story was pretty incredible! Since Christina is in charge of quality assurance and safety, Jeremy convinced the manager to call her to come out to the mill to look at a safety issue on the roof in the evening.  Once their manager went up to the top with her, he disappeared and Jeremy came out to propose with a gorgeous sunset view as the backdrop! He even arranged for Christina's brother to be up there with his drone to record it on video for them! I love the fact that he proposed at such a significant place for them (at work, where they met), as well as the fact that he did it on the rooftop at sunset, AND that he planned for the video of it!

We are really looking forward to capturing their wedding day in October! They are determined to place Christ at the center of their marriage,  so they plan on having a Christ-centered ceremony with a focus on the two of them becoming one family. We just love hearing that because of the abundant grace that we have seen in our marriage throughout the years from constantly trying to center our marriage and our family around Him. They are also going to have a lot of Southern touches and sentimental family items, so it's going to be a special day all around, and we can't wait to photograph the whole thing! 

Congratulations, Jeremy and Christina!!  So happy for you! 

Andy and Mandy's Engagement Session: Conway, NC

We absolutely loved shooting Andy and Mandy's engagement session in Conway on Sunday!  Mandy is a speech therapist, who I met when working as an occupational therapist a few years ago. I was excited to see her again, and I'm even more excited to be a part of her wedding day! There were a couple things that made their engagement session extra sweet and sentimental. First of all, we did the session at Andy's grandparents' house and barn - so meaningful! It was also a great location for the two of them because Andy is a farmer and hunter, so we were able to tie in some of his story.  Mandy said the rustic look of the property will tie into the decor of their house, making their engagement pictures perfect to hang on the walls! Finally, they incorporated a beautiful, heirloom quilt into their session. It has been passed down generations of Mandy's family whenever someone gets married. The pattern is "double wedding ring," which is so neat! My mom is a big quilter, so I always appreciate the time and love that goes into making something that beautiful! 

One of my favorite aspects of their love story is the way that Andy selflessly cared for Mandy after an accident on his farm. Andy was on the backhoe and it tipped into a canal full of water. Mandy thought he was trapped, so she jumped into the canal to save him. She felt her ankle crack and knew it was broken. Andy, who wasn't trapped afterall, pulled Mandy out of the canal, and they rushed to the ER, both covered in mud, to find out that her ankle was crushed. She had three surgeries and couldn't walk for nearly six months. Throughout this entire ordeal, Andy worked with her mom and sister to take care of Mandy, doing everything from driving her to work to going to all of her doctor's appointments. Love is all about beautiful, selfless actions like that, and it is evident that Andy will always be by Mandy's side, for better or for worse after that incident! 

Andy and Mandy are a perfect match for one another, and we loved how joyful they were together at their engagement session! It made me smile when Andy would whisper something to Mandy that had her crack up laughing with the most genuine, beautiful smile! We're counting down the days to their rustic wedding next month! It's going to be an intimate, laidback, fun day, and we can't wait!! 

Unveiled Couture Bridal Models at Fox Hollow in Washington, NC

This weekend I had the opportunity to capture some gorgeous bridal models before a bridal fashion show at Fox Hollow in Washington! Thank you so much to Unveiled Couture for providing the dresses and models, Gina from Fox Hollow for letting us use her beautiful venue, Southbound Vintage Rentals for the props outside, and Magnolia Photography for organizing the photographers! 

Fox Hollow is a relatively new venue, so I was really glad I got to check it out.  Plus, one of our sweet couples will be getting married there in June! As for the dresses, I loved all of them and can't decide which one is my favorite. I am a sucker for lace and ball gowns, but the beading on the back of the last dress in this post was exquisite too! Here are some of my favorite shots.

Sam and Rachel's Engagement Session: Greenville, NC

Sam and Rachel met through a dating app, and they ended up being a perfect pair! Sam proposed this fall in the Great Smoky Mountains, which couldn't have been a better place since they love spending time outdoors together, doing everything from camping to hiking to fishing. Not a bad backdrop either! ;) 

We really enjoyed our engagement session with them in Greenville a couple weeks ago! We pulled up to the Town Commons to find the finish line for a race and tons of people, but we were thankfully still able to find some great spots for their session. We then headed to downtown Greenville, and afterwards Pitt Brewing Company, where they love going out for drinks together! Sam and Rachel were both so much fun to talk with, and we were flattered that they chose us for their wedding since Sam is also a photographer! Also, these two know so much about some GOOD food. They left us hungry after our session after all the conversation about restaurants and meals, and they made us really want to go to Chef & the Farmer for a fancy date night! 

We are both really excited for their wedding at Rock Springs in Greenville in July! It's going to be beautiful!! For now, enjoy these pictures of this gorgeous couple - seriously, such models!!  

Joe and MK's Engagement Session: Davidson, NC

MK and I used to ride the bus together back in high school (along with Matt, whose wedding we did in the spring), but she was a few years younger than me, so I never really got to know her. She was a guest at a couple of the weddings we shot this year, we enjoyed talking with her at those weddings, and we were really excited when she asked us if we'd be a part of her wedding! Small word! 

Joe and MK met through a family friend, and they've been together for about a year and a half now.  Joe proposed after a strenuous hike to the top of Grandfather Mountain -she said he made her work for it haha! In all seriousness, I can't even imagine how she must have been feeling in that moment, surrounded by the most beautiful view while her man asked for her hand in marriage! While Joe and MK have enjoyed the wedding planning, their main focus has been on the marriage preparation, the ceremony, and the Sacrament of marriage, which is just so wonderful. We can't wait to watch as her grandfather marries them in April at a beautiful Catholic wedding! 

We did their session in the cutest area in Davidson! I found out about the back of this neighborhood when a senior asked to do her session there, and I fell in love with it! It is such a hidden gem, as you'd never know the red, covered bridge and cute paths are behind it, so I was excited when MK and Joe were up for doing the session there. Here are some of our favorites from their session!

Nic and Morgan's Engagement Session: Greenville, NC

Thomas and I are both enjoying this time of year with all of the engagement sessions and getting to know the wonderful couples whose weddings we will capture next year! Nic and Morgan are one of those couples, and they are just adorable together (see the pictures for proof ;) ! They're in school at ECU, and our time with them made us think back on our sweet days of dating and wedding planning while finishing up our undergrad degrees. So much work, but also so much excitement and anticipation!

ECU's campus was the obvious location option for their session because it is such an emotionally significant place for them. Nic and Morgan met on campus through doing a campus ministry together.  Not only did they meet there, but Nic also proposed at the fountain on campus! Back in April, Nic told Morgan he was going to pick her up for a date and suggested they take a walk on campus before going to dinner together. Little did she know, he went to buy her engagement ring that morning! They walked around campus for a bit and Morgan was completely unaware of his plans.  She even told him her feet hurt and wanted to go back to the car, but he convinced her to keep walking.  When they finally got to the fountain in the center of campus, Nic got down on one knee and asked Morgan to marry him! After asking several times if he was serious, she gave a resounding "Yes, of course!" She said she had never been so surprised in her life! She turned around to see Nic's mom and brother taking pictures, and then found out that Nic had arranged for their families and loved ones to celebrate together afterwards! So sweet!

From our time with them, we could tell that they are such genuine, caring people with hearts of gold! When they graduate, Morgan will be a nurse and Nic will be a PE teacher, both in fields where I think they are going to make a huge impact on others! Nic loves the way Morgan cares about others so well, and Morgan loves how Nic is steadfast in his beliefs and remembers that loving other people is what matters the most.  Seriously, such a sweet couple. We are so looking forward to their wedding in April, when we'll get to see their campus minister (who has known them throughout college) marry them in the church where Morgan grew up! 

Enjoy their photos from a perfect overcast day! The brick building in the pictures is the one where they met one another in their campus ministry! 

Elliot and Copeland's Engagement Session: Chapel Hill, NC

We met Elliot and Copeland while photographing Copeland's sister Mallory's wedding last year! Funnily enough, I initially thought that Elliot was their brother because he was included in their family shot, only to find out later that night at the reception that they were dating! Then we just recently found out that when they were in town for Mallory's wedding last year, Elliot had asked Copeland's parents for their blessing for their marriage! 

Elliot and Copeland met while working at an internship at the Meridian International Center in Washington DC, and that's where they will be getting married in December! How special to get married at the spot where they met!! They are a true power couple, both working in international affairs. They went to grad school together in ENGLAND, and they left us living vicariously through all of their European travels. Elliot's proposal was seriously straight out of a romance movie, as he proposed on the rooftop of their favorite restaurant in London, complete with champagne and cheers from everyone on the rooftop! 

We were supposed to do their engagement session over the summer when they were in town, but it ended up getting rained out, so I was anxiously watching the weather all week praying for the rainy forecast to go away since it was the last time they'd be here before the wedding! We were so thankful that the rain held off and that we had an overcast day instead!! We started at UNC Chapel Hill's campus in the arboretum, the same spot where Thomas and I had some of our engagement photos taken SEVEN years ago (um, when did that happen?!) It was so much fun to walk through campus for the first time in ages and reminisce on our college days! We then headed to Maple View Farm, which made Thomas and I want to go back there this summer to sit in the rocking chairs on the front porch at sunset with ice cream.

Copeland is just as sweet, generous, and thoughtful as her sister Mallory, so Thomas and I are thrilled to be a part of another beautiful Barnes wedding and can't wait for December! Enjoy the pictures from their session. Their outfit coordination is so on point I couldn't have picked better options myself! ;)