Mason and Sarah's Engagement Session: Greenville, NC

Oh my goodness, we just love our couples!! The giant mosquitos right now are no joke, and Sarah and Mason were serious troopers for powering through their session with smiles while getting ambushed by them! They are such a sweet couple - Sarah is a nurse and Mason is a police officer, and we love that they both have hearts of service for their community. These two met back in high school, just like us! While they didn’t go to the same high school, they were both involved in Young Life and met at a huge worship session in their hometown, Wilmington. Mason proposed under the moonlight at their favorite spot on the river, and they’re preparing for marriage and so excited to be spending the rest of their lives together! Congratulations, Sarah and Mason! We cannot wait to celebrate with you in April!! Here are some of our favorite pictures from their session!

Diamonds and Couture Event in Greenville, NC

Thomas and I were grateful for the opportunity to capture the luxurious Diamonds and Couture Event on Saturday and the chance to network with so many incredible vendors and guests! Naturally, my favorite part of the day was seeing the gorgeous wedding gowns! Thomas, on the other hand, absolutely loved checking out all of the exotic cars haha! We really enjoyed getting to catch up with one of our favorite hair and makeup artists again, seeing models that we worked with and the past, and chatting with some of the sweetest ladies from Bailey’s, Jefferson’s, and ASAP! It was also amazing to see the community pull together to give so many donations to the surrounding counties who have been impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Flo! It was an all-around incredibly successful and beautiful event!!

VENDORS:
Venue and Food: Nino’s
Dresses: Unveiled Couture
Jewelry: Bailey’s Fine Jewelry
Hair and Makeup: Katy Lynn Beauty
Men’s Attire: Coffman’s
Flowers: Jefferson’s
Table and Chairs: ASAP Tent Rentals
DJ: Cutty Styles
Invitation: Kerry from Longest Time Design

Rachel's Bridal Portaits at Forest Hall at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro, NC

I'm really excited to share some of my favorites from Rachel's bridal portrait session since she got married on Saturday!! I've had a few opportunities to shoot at Forest Hall at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro, and it's such an awesome location! They have a bridal suite for the bride to get ready, they have a really unique industrial space inside with brick and bulb lights hanging from the ceiling, and they have countless backdrops outside around the mills. I just love the magnolia tree and the beautiful flowers and landscaping! 

Rachel is an absolutely gorgeous bride!! I love, love, love lace, so naturally, I was a big fan of her lace dress with the intricate beading, the sweetheart top, and the beaded belt. Also, she picked out her veil when she didn't have her dress with her, and I can't get over how perfectly the beaded design goes with the lace/beaded design on her dress - so pretty!

Anyways, here are a few that I loved! I'm trying to make my blog posts a little more brief because I have a lot from the past few months to start sharing, including Rachel and Sam's stunning wedding! :) 

Chris and Heather's Engagement Session: Wilmington, NC

Chris and Heather's engagement session in Wilmington may be another new favorite session! We haven't been to Wilmington since we were looking at colleges many years ago, and neither of us really remembered much about it. What a perfectly charming waterfront town and a gorgeous location for a session!!  It was a wonderful choice for their session too, as it was the town where they had their very first date at the restaurant The Pilot House! We actually ended their session at The Pilot House, and we thought it was so sweet that they stayed to have dinner there afterwards! We had some iffy weather, and it was completely overcast for the whole session, but we were extremely grateful for the perfect timing of the rain holding off until right after we took the last picture as we walked back to the car!! 

Chris and Heather make such a great pair, and we really enjoyed our time getting to know them! Chris loves Heather's thoughtfulness, selflessness, and the way constantly thinks of ways to bring joy to others and to show her love for them.  Heather loves his positive attitude, sense of humor, and hard work ethic. They both clearly have hearts of gold, as Heather is a nurse and Chris works for Habitat for Humanity. We love that they're living out their lives in service to others, and we can't wait to celebrate their love in Wilmington in December!!  

Here are some of our favorite pictures from their sessions! I absolutely love cute waterfront towns and adorable couples, so of course I was loving these photos! Also, their outfits and colors were on point, Heather had her hair and makeup done for the session, and she looked incredible!

Heather's Hair: Set Blowout Bar in Wilmington, NC
Heather's Makeup: Blush Hause of Beaute in Wilmington, NC

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!!