Apr
16

Wrightsville Beach Wedding: Lara & Robert

Categories: Weddings.

There is so much that could be said about Lara and Robert’s Carolina Yacht Club at Wrightsville Beach, NC wedding. You could not have asked for more perfect weather, a prettier location, a more beautiful bride or handsome and relaxed groom, or a better team to keep the day organized and running smoothly. I can’t imagine the Yacht Club has ever looked better. Lara’s taste is impeccable…from her delicate and feminine lace gown, to her elegant but simple gold Kate Spade flats, to the guys looking sharp as ever in khaki, and that beautiful ceremony and reception decor…it was all amazing. I am so grateful to have played a small part in their day and hope that these images help show how truly joyous and wonderful their wedding day was.

The full gallery of images is available for viewing and ordering here.

Event Design, Planning, and Coordination: Theresa Gausman, Premiere Events | Bride’s Dress: Mori Lee purchased from Fountaine Bridal | Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade | Bride’s Earrings: Van Cleef & Arpels | Bridesmaid Attire: Fountaine Bridal | Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Hair & Makeup: Bangz Salon | Florals: Theresa Gausman | Ceremony Music: Concordia Strings | Catering: Pine Valley Market |  Invitations & Ceremony Programs: The Fisherman’s Wife | Custom Napkins: Kamin Assoc. | Cake: Imaginary Cakes | Band: Phase Band | Lighting: High Performance Lighting | Rentals: Party Suppliers

Apr
14

A Boone Hall Charleston Wedding

Categories: Weddings.

This is the second time that I have been lucky enough to assist Paige of Paige Winn Photo at an intimate Boone Hall Plantation wedding in Charleston, South Carolina. Lauren, Zane, and their friends and families traveled from Tennessee for their small, romantic affair and it was beautiful from start to finish. I loved the vintage bus that Lauren arrived to Boone Hall in (and that Lauren and Zane did their first look on), ohhed and ahhed over their simple but romantic take on the Cotton Dock, and enjoyed Zane’s friends come together to make up an awesome band. Watching Zane’s two beautiful kids interact not only with Zane, but with Lauren and her family, melted my heart. Enjoy some of my favorites!

Apr
11

Featured!

Categories: Business & Photography.

Another couple of months and a lot of really wonderful bloggers to thank for sharing my awesome clients and their images!

In March, I Love Farm Weddings featured Molly and Kevin’s family farm engagement session…

Back in December, Every Last Detail shared Kris and Kristen’s funky yellow and gray art museum wedding! Loved this one :)

The Knot included Montie and Jimmy’s elegant Charleston wedding in their updated Real Wedding gallery!

In March, one of my favorites, Bayside Bride, shared Lena’s fun bridal session that even included her dog Carlos :)

In February, local blog A Lowcountry Wedding featured Jessica and Joe’s St. Simon’s Island engagement session…

Another local favorite, Coastal Bride, shared Haleigh and Brandon’s super style Christmas tree farm engagement session in March…

To kick off the year, Bayside Bride featured Holly and Adam’s mini engagement session in January. I love that they called it a Scarlet Woods session…so fun :)

Shortly after, Bayside Bride again shared another favorite engagement session – my best friend Bobbi and her handsome beau Lee at the gorgeous Running Hare Vineyard!

The Daily Dog Tag shared Jackson’s Cherish Session story with it’s readers just a few weeks ago in March…

Also at the end of March, Bayside Bride featured Megan and CJ’s cozy winter wedding…

Another easy favorite, The Lovely Find shared Steph and Kevin’s fun Creek Club at I’On Mt. Pleasant wedding in February…

The Daily Dog Tag also shared Tank’s Cherish Session story in January…

And finally, Style Me Pretty New Jersey shared Manda and Gary’s gorgeous Gatsby Inspired wedding in the beginning of March…

Apr
09

Downtown Savannah Wedding: Carty & Mark

Categories: Weddings.

I could not imagine a better way to start my spring wedding season than in Savannah! Carty and Mark’s wedding in downtown Savannah, Georgia was absolute perfection. Although the forecast threatened Carty’s plans for an outdoor ceremony in the days leading up to the wedding, Saturday came and we had the prettiest, softest light we could have asked for. From the Inn at Ellis Square, the Lafayette Square, to Vic’s on the River…Carty and Mark’s wedding day flowed so effortlessly and I’m so glad I got to be the one there. What I loved most about getting to know Carty and Mark was seeing how clearly they really are each other’s best friends. They fit together like the perfect puzzle pieces :) Enjoy some of my favorites from their gorgeous Savannah wedding!

The full gallery of images is available for viewing and ordering here.

Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero purchased from Bridal Mart | Bride’s Shoes: Dessy | Veil: Bridal Mart | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridal Mart | Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Invitations: Wedding Paper Diva’s | Hair & Makeup: Salon twenty-ten |  Ceremony: Lafayette Square, downtown Savannah, Ga. | Florals: Annette Jones | Transportation: Old Savannah Tours | Reception & Catering: Vic’s on the River | Cake: Baker’s Pride | Music: First City Events

Apr
07

MTH 1 Year Check Up

Categories: Business & Photography, Personal.

I really and truly cannot believe it’s been a year since Making Things Happen in Chapel Hill. Wow, the places you go and the things that change in a year. Life is amazing and I still stand by Making Things Happen as a real turning point for me. You can read my Review here and my 6 Month Check Up here. They just opened registration for October, so I encourage you to head over and check it out!

The conference and the ladies who run it have this way of rooting these wisdoms in you that are awesome. Making Things Happen was more about focus, direction, and confidence for me than it was about finding the surge to take a big leap of faith to start something new, like it was for many. I think everyone’s journey is different, and for me, I did not leave there some entirely changed person. You have to DO the work. But what I’ve realized so clearly in the last year is that life is all one big chain of habits. And it takes a long time to change habits and to instill new, more positive habits in your daily life. I still have so much I want to change, but the habits that I have changed and the way my mind has been re-wired over the last year has been so great and it’s really so remarkable to me how much I can so tangibly see the differences.

Like I mentioned at the 6 month mark, one of the biggest things that changed for me was how I used social media. You see, the root of the issues here are all about confidence and comparison. So changing this has made all of the difference. My list of people I follow on Instagram actually gets smaller each week rather than larger. Please don’t be offended if you’re not included. I am just feeling more and more mindful about the information I allow into my mind on a daily basis. I have continued social media free weekends and come Monday, I actually don’t even want to check Instagram…it’s amazing :) I am still only using Facebook for my business and it’s been wonderful like that. And since these changes, I’ve realized how much more I’m growing to value my privacy. I really don’t want people knowing what I am doing all the time. My thoughts. What my daily life is like. Life is good…life is actually great and I feel so daggone fortunate, but I’m finding that there is SO much satisfaction in knowing that for myself and not needing to show it to the world or hear praise, compliments, or criticism. Because quite honestly, I live my life for myself and for my family and closest friends and I am perfectly content this way. There are certain things that are meant to be sacred and the world has become so accustomed to putting it all out there, so I get that it’s a bit unusual now. I also get and understand that not everyone feels this way and that is totally okay :) I still stand by social media being such a positive business tool and for that I’m so grateful and I’m always learning how to use it to apply more and more to my business, but personally I am so much happier with more boundaries. This is one place where I believe less is not more. More boundaries = less distraction, negativity, self-comparison, etc.

“Create a life that feels good on the inside, not one that just looks good on the outside.”

An area I am still struggling with is staying on task and making the most of my time in the office. I think this is something any self-employed person who works alone and from home is challenged with, though. I’m getting better about this little by little, but it is still challenging for me to actually log out of email so that I’m not checking it as soon as I hit a wall in whatever I’m working on at the moment. So that’s an area I still need to improve on, and I’m open to suggestions. I’ve heard doing focused work for periods of 90 minutes and then taking a break is the way to go, but does anything else work for anyone? I still get most everything I need to get done each day and I feel like I’m always busy, but, I know especially with it getting warmer, getting my work done sooner means more time I can spend outside doing the stuff that really fires me up or dreaming about/working toward some other exciting projects.

However, on the whole I feel so much more at peace with my focus and direction both in my personal life and my business. I feel more and more like my business is serving my personal life and not the other way around. My family and quality time with them grows exponentially more important every year, and I feel like I’m continuing to lay a slow and steady foundation that is keeping that balance in check. So now the goal is to just maintain and continue to grow as an artist and in terms of quality, not in the way of quantity. The amazing thing about MTH last year, too, was that it was the first year that the second day was all about business, and that was seriously so priceless. I feel like it’s really changed the way I think about my clients, my brand, my core, and I consistently see the fruits of that labor on so many different occasions and in many different ways.

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”

My Making Things Happen Pinterest board is always a constant area of inspiration for me, and I really like having certain quotes in the back of my mind to keep me motivated and on the right track. I am just always so grateful that I took the leap and made the investment to attend MTH, and I’m so, so appreciative of the ways Lara, Gina, Emily, and the other guest speakers so candidly shared about their journeys. If you’re ever feeling stuck, like your day-to-day is not serving your life the way you want it to be, or that you’re just mulling along without purpose, I highly encourage you to read up more on MTH and the ladies involved. And of course, I’m always open to chatting more about my experience or answering questions about what MTH is about :)