Kim & Chad- A Wedding in Beautiful Asheville

“Every love story is beautiful but ours is my favorite” ~Author Unknown

Since this awesome couple just welcomed their first child into the world, I figured it was about time for me to share their beautiful wedding!  I have already blogged their engagement photos I took awhile back.. but just a refresher, Kim is a college sorority sister and the sister of one of my best friends.  I knew when she booked me that their wedding would be one for the books!

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Horses, Dogs, & New Mexico- A Photographer’s Dream

“Because of you, I laugh a little harder, cry a little less, and smile a lot more.” ~Author Unknown

I wish I had an adequate way to explain just how amazing my trip to New Mexico was.  To start from the beginning, I received a phone call from one of my favorite equine clients just as my maternity leave was wrapping up last year.  I wasn’t able to answer my phone at the time, but my clients (Jennifer & Sammy) left me a voicemail that basically said, would you be interested in going to New Mexico to take photos?  I of course called them back as soon as I had time to learn more!  They had a friend of theirs that they wanted to give a special gift to and they thought that I would be the perfect person to help.  After learning about all of the details and finding out that I would also be going to the All American Futurity with them (basically the Kentucky Derby but for Quarter Horses), I was so excited.

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Grandpa Jr & Baby Wesley- Our Last Great Memories

“Life brings tears, smiles & memories.  The tears dry, the smiles fade, but the memories last forever.” ~Author Unknown

These are the last photos I took of my grandpa.  Obviously they are some of the most important images to me as this was the first time my son met him and the last time my son will ever see him.  It was incredibly special to me that Wesley was able to meet my grandpa- and even more so when Wesley sat in his lap and turned around and looked right at him (please note the striped bib overalls I bought him just to wear for the occasion- it was hotter than heck that day so I only left them on for a few photos!).  I hate that he will never be able to see his home that was full of antiques, play on the farm, eat under the Budweiser beer lights, see my grandpa wiggle his ears, complain about how hot it is in the winter when my grandpa cranks up the heat, complain about how hot it is in the summer with no AC, go fishing at one of his friend’s farm ponds, be offered a pinch of tobacco to try (although I am pretty sure Welsey got a taste of tobacco while sucking on my grandpa’s finger… see below), play euchre around the dining room table, experience my grandpa’s sense of humor and hear all of the stories that my grandpa use to tell.  It truly is hard to lose the ones that we love, but having these photos along with the million others I took of him really helps me in remembering who he was.  My Grandpa Jr was my all-time favorite subject and one that I miss dearly.  Thank you to all of those that enjoyed his photos- he sure was one of a kind.

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Marcus, Julia & Abby- Life with a 1 Year Old

“Cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow, for babies grow up, we’ve learned to our sorrow.  So settle down cobwebs, dust go to sleep, I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.” ~Author Unknown

When Marcus & Julia contacted me about doing 1 year photos of their sweet little girl Abby, I had to check my calendar.Now having a little one of my own, I get it, time FLIES by.  It honestly felt like just yesterday that I captured them interacting with a smiling, cooing and non-mobile little baby.

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Molly & Shawn- A Beautiful NC Family Estate Wedding

“‘Cause all of me, loves all of you.” ~John Legend

Even though this beautiful couple’s wedding took place over a year ago (to all future wedding clients reading this, I was on maternity leave in 2015 so I did not take on any weddings!), the memories I have from their day are still crystal clear.  I loved everything about their special day that took place on Shawn’s family estate.. it was perfectly planned and full of special moments!

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