This weekend was pretty much a family affair…from shooting my best friend’s engagement session, to my favorite family ever, to my friend from middle school’s wedding, I basically got to spend time with everyone from all different parts of my life. Holly and her fiance, Adam, are no exception, because Holly is actually my cousin. We don’t really know how far back we are linked, but somewhere along the way we are, and we both share the ever-so-popular Bowling family name :) Getting to catch up was so nice and I’m super excited to get to see the rest of her family next fall.
Since I won’t be back until nearly summertime and Holly and Adam needed a few photos for their Save the Date’s, they met me on Friday afternoon to stroll around my moms farm for a bit. Mid-day light is becoming my new favorite challenge because although it kept us away from a few spots, it made the boring ole woods look magical. Plus once you had their great choice of outfits and colors, and their awesome good looks, it was all perfect. Here are a few of my favorites until you see these two back on the blog in late June! :)
Another year, another awesome hour and a half with the Kinner family. In 2011, I photographed Eryka, John, and their three dogs. Last year, the kids joined in and Eryka and John were anxiously awaiting their first child together, baby Kai. This year, Kai is nearly a year old, Logan and Dylan are another year “wiser” and funnier, and I’m more grateful than ever that this crew keeps coming back. I don’t photograph families, but because Eryka and John appreciate the experience and truly CARE about their family memories, they are some of my favorite clients of all time. This year we met at one of my favorite locations, soaked in the sun, dealt with a little bit of some crazy wind, played in the leaves, and pretty much had a jolly ole’ time. By the end you’ll see why I love these people so much and enjoy hanging out with them yearly :)
secretly not-so-secretly loves having his picture taken, and Dylan is the funniest most free-spirited girl ever. I freaking adore them both.
And this little Kai monster? Absolutely delicious. What’s not to love about this squishy little human being?
Kai: “Nom. Leaves.”
Check out those zombie faces on the right. Even Kai got in on the action :)
To me, Megan and CJ’s wedding was everything an intimate fall wedding should be. With 50 some of their closest friends and family, Megan and CJ said their I Do’s in the church Megan grew up in, then spent the evening mingling and dancing at the Bistro at South River. Megan so tastefully chose the most perfect color pallet of oranges, purples, reds, browns, and golds and of course the colors still left on the trees rounded out the look so naturally. My favorite surprise of the day was when Megan and CJ’s dog Teddy made an appearance at the ceremony! He was the cutest :) And I just adored how often CJ snuck a peek at his beautiful bride during the ceremony, and how emotionally raw these two were with one another. For the reception, the Bistro was such a cozy setting and encouraged everyone to spend time together just enjoying the wonderful company and sweet occasion :) I was honored that Megan, CJ, and their families allowed me to be a part of their day. Enjoy some of my favorites!
Ceremony: Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church | Reception & Catering: The Bistro at The Golf Club at South River | Florals: The Little House of Flowers | Bride’s Dress: Allure purchased from Lillian Lottie Couture | Bride’s Shoes: Badgely Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff purchased from Lillian Lottie Couture | Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Paper Goods: Pretty Papers | Hair & Makeup: Julians Hair Designers | Cake: Sweet Hearts Patisserie | Limo: All Stretched Out Limousine | Reception Music: The Sound Investment DJ Company
Finding the words for this post will be no easy task because these two are so special to Dustin and I. Lee’s family grew up on the same creek as my family, so our families have always been friends and spent time together over the years. When Bobbi came into Lee’s life (around the same time Dustin and I started dating), crazily enough it was about a year into their relationship before we ever met. I had kind of figured we’d hit it off just fine, but since I was in college and traveling to see Dustin all the time, it took forever for our paths to cross. Then she asked me to take some pictures of her and her sister as a Christmas present for their mom, and the rest, as they say, is history. Ever since then we’ve been best friends, basically soul-sisters, and Bobbi was a bridesmaid in Dustin and I’s wedding. I (or we, if Dustin is with me), always try to spend time with them when we’re back in Maryland, and there’s never, ever a dull moment when Bobbi and I are together.
I could not possibly be more excited/flattered/honored/overwhelmed with gratitude that Bobbi and Lee asked me to not only document their engagement period, but their wedding too. When my best friends get married, we have a good time, and I can’t wait to be both the one who documents the amazingness of their day, as well as a guest, next May. Bobbi, Lee, their basset hound Elvis, and I had an awesome time hanging out at Running Hare Vineyard last Friday afternoon, and if you can’t tell…these two love to laugh and goof off together :) Enjoy a few of my favs!
Some of my couples might recognize Roxanne from this year. She’s my friend/fellow photographer/go-to second shooter and I think she’s awesome :) Back in August, she and her husband Trent welcome baby Jude into the picture and seeing Roxanne take on motherhood so well has been really inspiring. She’s an amazingly talented photographer and I can’t imagine running a business from home and being a mom, so I admire her a lot.
Even though I do not photograph families, I really wanted to take some pictures of her new little family around our farm because I know as a photographer, the opportunity to get on the other side of the camera like a real client is
rare non-existant. It was a little chilly so Jude was really laying on the stink eye, but that’s okay because I loved it :) Roxanne and Trent were kind enough to be patient with me while I shot a few rolls of film, too, which I really appreciated because I was pretty out of my comfort zone! I did bring my digital camera along, so while we wait for the film to come back, I figured I’d share some of my favorites from their session. Enjoy!
Although I have deep roots in Maryland where I grew up, I am absolutely in love with all things southern. I live on a farm in a small town in South Carolina with my handsome husband, my beautiful step-son, our two yellow lab fur-kids, and three spoiled horses. My blog is a journal of sorts. It’s where I can share all about the things I love so much: my family, our life together, and of course all of the amazing and wonderful people and pets whose story I get to tell.
I love collaborating with laid-back and down- to-earth couples who appreciate the value their wedding images will have for the rest of their lives, and I believe in unique weddings that are truly designed around two people and who they are together. I strive to create images that are emotional, organic, fresh, and genuine, but that will remain timeless twenty, thirty, or sixty years down the road. I believe in printed images, developing friendships with my clients, and having a completely relaxed and enjoyable wedding experience. Each and every story I get to tell is unique and I truly enjoy sharing all of the little pieces that together form this beautiful relationship.
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