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Classy Chic Styled Bridal Shoot - Leslie Alford Mims House - 8.10.17 - Holly Springs, NC

I want to dedicate this entire shoot and post to my late grandfather who passed away shortly before this shoot took place. I like to think that the beautiful day and the magical photos were because of him. He always supported me and my passion for photography.   header

Another successful styled shoot in the books!

After a short break from a busy wedding / engagement season and months of planning this styled shoot I finally saw an amazing vision come to life. For this shoot I wanted to go for a relaxed feel to emulate a bride that's just happy to be marrying the love of her life and nothing else in the world matters.  I wanted the dress, the venue and the flowers to all have a classic, boho, romantic vibe. Picking out the dress was a little tough at first. Each bride's wedding gown is unique to themselves and I knew that I needed to find a dress that had a classic feel with touches of more modern looks. (Lace was a must!!) 

The amazing model of this shoot, Mari, did a wonderful job and trying on wedding gowns provided by Tre Bella Inc. in downtown Durham was so much fun. We narrowed down to a gorgeous Pronovias wedding down that had a beautiful silhouette and perfect for the shoot! I loved the lace sleeves and the long train that added wonderful movement to the photographs.

I am so grateful for the people at the Leslie Alford Mims House!! For one, it's a gorgeous venue that I knew would be a perfect fit for the shoot and I was ecstatic when they allowed me to use their space for my styled shoot.

My favorite part of the planning process was the flowers. At first I was stuck on light pinks, apricots, hints of ivory and dark greenery. However, I came across yellow Catalina garden roses and instantly fell in love! (And I really mean it, I love love loveeee yellow flowers!!) My plans for the flowers headed towards more romantic, rustic Italian feel with the ruscus and the olive branches for the greenery. The bouquet was lush, filled with yellow catalina roses, yellow stock, white garden roses, light pink astilbe, ruscus, olive branch, and sand dollar eucalyptus. With the bouquet I also had a garland made with pops of flowers to have along the table, garlands are always a nice touch to any wedding ceremony / reception.

On the day of the styled shoot, Mari went to Raleigh and had her hair and makeup done by Makeup For Your Day. I had worked with them on my last styled shoot and they did a fantastic job and did not disappoint this time!! Mari was glowing and was an amazing model during the entire shoot! I could not imagine anyone else as the bride.

Also special shoutout to Nikki from Fancy This Photography, who was my assistant during the shoot and helped out very much AND did the wonderful calligraphy.

I hope ya'll enjoy the beautiful photos! Stay tuned for more engagement shoots and wedding from fall 2017!

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Shannon & Ben Couple Session / Umstead Park / Raleigh, NC

One of my best friends Shannon is no stranger to being in front of the camera, she has been a spectacular model for in past photo shoots. We have discussed doing a couple session for her and her boyfriend Ben for a while and I was so glad that our schedules linked up so we could actually do it! Bracing the extreme heat (this has been one of the hottest summers) and putting on our smiles we ventured into the woods of Umstead Park in Raleigh. It was a gorgeous park, the light trickled through the trees beautifully! Although we did become victims to a chigger nest (their bites are vicious!!) we had a blast and the images definitely show the great time and the love between Shannon and Ben. Can't wait for more shoots in the Triangle!  

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Lindsey's Graduation Photos / NC State Campus Raleigh NC

This year, for the first time, I had inquires about shooting people's graduation photos for college. As I get older I am doing more senior photos, for high school, and graduation photos, from college, which I really like! Lindsey graduated from NC State this year, majoring in business management, and it was obvious by the way she was glowing that day that she was eager to begin a new chapter in her life! We covered the campus on a warm summer day and had a blast! Lindsey was a delight to photograph and I'm glad I got to spend my afternoon with her! I also love how beautiful the campus is too. Lindsey_GradPhotos_blog_002Lindsey_GradPhotos_blog_004Lindsey_GradPhotos_blog_003Lindsey_GradPhotos_blog_001