Do you remember Courtney and Rich? We photographed their engagement session amongst the Christmas trees two years ago (can be seen HERE) and then shot their most beautiful wedding (can be seen HERE). When Courtney contacted me asking if I was available to do a session for them for their Christmas card this year, of course, I jumped at the opportunity.
We had big plans to do the session in a cotton field. As luck would have it, the fields of cotton had been freshly plowed when we arrived. And, it was blustery. It was a very blustery evening. In only a slightly panicked state of mind, I spotted an old wooden barn sitting next to a house. I thought it definitely couldn't hurt to ask the owner if we could borrow the property for an hour to shoot....and it didn't, as the property owner was just about the kindest man there ever was. And really, plan B turned out just lovely. The wind allowed the leaves to fall from the trees, creating a really magical feeling. I think I screamed at one point as I was shooting, it was so pretty.
I really, really like Courtney and Rich. Not only are they the cutest couple ever, they are the sweetest too. Being around them just feels very easy.
At the beginning of the session I caught wind (pun intended...ha!) that Courtney will soon be starting up her own interior design business, so I insisted we took a few head shots for her coming soon website. No doubt, she will successful...she is smart, has great style and is so kind. I can't wait to see things take off for her. :)
Thank you, Courtney and Rich - love you guys!
Hair and makeup by Kymm of Who's the Fairest.
Something about this....I really love it.
Love this. She is adorable.
This is the part that I was screaming because of how pretty it was. Almost looks like snow in black and white.
Oh, how I love December. Here is the game plan for the month:
1. Christmastime is HERE. I have a whole heap of fun Christmastime things we'll be doing this month, but I've decided to save those for a separate blog post. MAN, I love Christmas!
2. Gift shopping. Complete the rest of my Christmas shopping by the end of this coming weekend. It can and will be done.
3. Our Life By The Year books. This has been on the list of things to do for years....YEARS. Geoff and I have wanted to create a book of images that recap each year of our life together for so long now...for long enough. Over Thanksgiving break I created our 2009 book and ordered it through Artifact Uprising. I would LOVE to use our Christmas break to create another.
4. Growth Chart. Finish up the Ruler Growth Chart (similar to these) we started last month. The wood has been stained, but that's as far as we got. Need to finish this project up to start recording the height of these quickly growing kids.
5. Find Stockings. I'm on the hunt for some really cute, neutral colored, affordable stockings (around $20 each would be great). We are thinking we would like for each stocking to be different. So far, I've found this one (but bigger) from Target, this one from West Elm, this other one from West Elm, and this one from World Market. I should probably look on Etsy too. I haven't committed to any yet, as I'm afraid they won't go together. Anyone have any great stocking leads for me? :)
6. Potty Train. Oh boy. Here we go. It's definitely time. It's actually been time for awhile now, but we weren't about to undertake potty training during our busiest time of the year. So, while it isn't the ideal way I'd prefer to spend my Christmas break, it must be done. Alright, mamas and daddies....any tips/preferred methods to share with us?
1. Edit. While I would love to go into the new year with a clean editing slate, I'm just not sure that is realistic. I do plan to continue to buckle down to get as much as I possibly can done before 2014 hits. That is a tall order.
2. Holiday gifts. I just love giving our couple's gifts...especially in the holiday season. We also need to finish up our card and get that sent out. Another tall order.
3. Email. Oh, that blasted email. I need...NEED to get my inbox to zero before the end is here.
* If you blog your monthly goals, please feel free to link back your post in the comments...I would love to read what some of your goals are for the month!
Here are a few pictures from Thanksgiving 2013. Sweet, sweet times with this family of mine.
Well, I was 100% WRONG in my gender prediction for Emily and Justin's sweet baby. Baby Vivianne is, in fact, a sweet baby girl. And what a total doll she is! (See E + J's maternity session HERE).
It is such a delight to see our past wedding couples become parents and to witness them caring for their new baby. Emily and Justin were so great with Vivianne....photographing this precious family of three more than made my day. :)
Oh goodness, what a gorgeous wedding. Lauren and Patrick were married the first Saturday in October at Foundation For The Carolinas. We were so thankful to be a part!
Being a witness to how these two love each other and just how excited they were to be married was heartwarming. I think my favorite moment of the day was the look on Patrick's face when he first saw Lauren during their first look, and then the tears that immediately came to Lauren as he held her. It doesn't get any better.
Although, a close second to the first look was when Patrick busted out during the reception to perform the entire song of Ice Ice Baby. :)
Congratulations, Lauren and Patrick!
(A quick note about the vendors for L+P's wedding...I mean...dream team. Seriously, dream team.)
Venue - Foundation For The Carolinas
Planner - Katrina of Come+Together Events (of course, Katrina yet again nailed every aspect of this wedding)
Hair/Makeup - Lindsey Regan Thorne of Be Pretty (sweet LRT...love her and that baby bump!)
Bride's dress and veil - designed by and purchased from Angelo Lambrou
Groom's attire - Paul Stuart
Bridesmaid dresses - purchased from Twobirds
Invitations - Vera Wang
Florals - The Bloom Room (can you believe those florals?! The color!)
Catering - La-Tea-Da's (No kidding....La-Tea-Da's served up some of the best wedding food I've ever had. SO good)
Cake - Wow Factor (I've never seen a cake like that - Amy and team does it again!)
Lighting and draping - Sterling Events
Furniture - AFR Furniture Rental
Linens, chair and stemware rental - Party Reflections
Officiant - Patrick Maloy
Harpist - Jennie Eggleston
Band - Heather Hayes Experience (best band...ever. they are incredible.)
Live Artist - Ben Keys of Wed on Canvas (he did a LIVE painting of the reception - such talent!)
Light Wands - Flashing Blinking Lights
Videographer - Isabel's Corner Videography
From time to time ever since we've been married, I'll say something to Geoff about wanting friendships in my daily life that just feel effortless. That are just really easy. That you never feel awkward when there is silence. That you can just throw your kids in the car...everyone still in pajamas...and drive over to throw back some coffee and talk for a few minutes. That you don't feel guilt when you get busy and can't find the time to even send a response to a text...because you know that person understands. That you can have real, deep conversations and never feel an ounce of judgement. That you can invite yourself over and not have to feel nervous about outstaying your welcome.
Mary is one of those people for me...only, she lives in Raleigh. Scratch that...as of tomorrow, she used to live in Raleigh. :(
Rewind. I first met Mary ages ago while in college in California at The University of Redlands. I think it was something like spring of 2001 and I met her when she joined the sorority that I was a part of. It wasn't until my senior year in 2003 that Mary and I became really close when our apartments were located literally across the street from one another. Our time together was spent embarking on one shenanigan after another. I would tell you some stories, but you would certainly judge me. :)
Quite a few years after I had graduated, moved across the country, gotten married and had started this business, Mary and I reconnected and she had Geoff and I photograph her Bahamas wedding. She married the most fantastic Irish man...sweet Niall. And then the best thing happened....I don't really know how...but somehow, Mary and Niall ended up moving to and living in Raleigh, NC for Niall's job. Not even a three hour drive away, we found ourselves getting together for semi-regular visits through the years.
I can't effectively express the gravity of my gratefulness that is found in this continued friendship with my friend, Mary. I love her...dearly. I won't lie...my heart broke a little when Niall recently landed a new job in Chicago, IL. I mean, I truly couldn't be more excited for them as they take off to find their way on this next adventure as a family, but from the bottom of my heart will miss having her so near to me.
Mary, let's always be friends. Okay? Love you, sweet friend.
P.S. go have a look at Mary's photography website found HERE. :)