Weekend Wrap-Up: Birthday Edition

This weekend was my oldest brother's 36th birthday and my grandmother's 68th! Friday we celebrated Jihad with tacos (from the best taco truck in town), cake and ice cream. Fun fact, I make a cake for every birthday in my immediate family. It's almost always yellow or confetti with chocolate icing or if it's for my mom I may do carrot with buttercream :) On Saturday he headed out to DC for a sightseeing trip with my nephew's mentor group so my parents and I headed to Charlotte to surprise my grandmother for her birthday!

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Oak City Bridal | A Unique Bridal Boutique In Downtown Raleigh, NC

At the beginning of the year I told myself that my ultimate goal for business this year was to connect and meet up with other vendors. Since February I've been going to the local Tuesday Together meet-ups and I've met some awesome people! One of those people is Stacia Wilson. Stacia owns Oak City Bridal in the downtown, Oakview neighborhood of Raleigh and her boutique is adorable! If Joanna Gaines designed a bridal shop, it would be this. Simple, elegant, and modern farmhouse inside and out!

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Christopher & Tierney | A Classic Downtown Cary Portrait Session

Happy Monday friends! I'm so excited to be sharing Christopher and Tierney's portrait session with you today! I met these two back in April for lunch and I knew immediately that we clicked. We chatted about our growing businesses and how nice it was to be able to connect with people who share your passion. Time has flown by since that lunch date and our planned session came just in time for the hottest day we've had in North Carolina this year!

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The Groom's Guide

Yesterday I asked newly engaged brides if they had any questions that I could write a post about that would help them as they pursue planning for their big day. Well, while I was brainstorming I thought that this post for grooms might be a good place to start. More often than not, the wedding day turns into the BRIDE'S day and the groom doesn't get too much attention. I think there is a stigma that grooms don't really want to be involved in the process and yes, sometimes that's true. But it's not all the time.

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Calling All Questions | Bridal Edition

Happy Monday! Today I thought it would be a good idea to get to know a little more about what I can do for you newly engaged brides! If you look through my "For Brides" category here on the blog, you'll see that I love writing topics that help my couples have a great wedding photography experience. Today I wanted to open the floor to any questions anyone has or may be curious about when it comes to weddings!

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Weekend Wrap Up | Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University

Ever since I moved to Raleigh people have been telling me how beautiful Duke University is so last Friday I decided to go and check it out for myself. They were right. Not only the gardens are beautiful but so is the campus! I went to KEAN in NJ and although it was a nice looking school.. it ain't got nothing on Duke. It kind of looks like someone hired a Scottish architect in the gothic era to design it. It's really incredible

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The Wedding Timeline | The First Look and Romantic Portraits

If you've never heard of a First Look before, the simple answer is that it's when the groom see's the bride before the ceremony and they have a few moments to themselves to let it sink in that they're about to get married. It's been seen as non-traditional but it really is becoming a new tradition! The number one reason I recommend having a first look is because it allows for the couple to have intimate time with each other.

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Gear For Wedding Days

Today I thought I'd share a "What's In My Bag" type post with you guys! When I was first getting started I didn't know what all I would need to photograph a wedding. I researched soft boxes, flashes, tripods, lenses, and a ton of different camera bodies. Ultimately I settled on Nikon and got my very first camera: the D3200. I love that thing, LOVED it. But as I was doing my research I knew that if I wanted to grow with any type of photography career, especially weddings, that I'd need to buy a full frame body and invest in prime lenses. 

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My Photography Bucket List

I've never been out of the country. If I'm being totally honest, I don't even have my passport yet. I don't really know what I'm waiting for either. I mean, I know I want to travel and take photographs around the world. Not just for weddings but for pure joy! I love all different types of photography because it's capturing all of what this world has to offer. 

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The Wedding Timeline | Getting Ready and Bridal Prep

Originally, I was going to write one big post for this topic but I feel like it will be an easier read if I break it down. That being said, today I want to talk about the wedding timeline! If you are a newly engaged bride this series is for you. There are a lot of details that go into planning a wedding and although it's fun, it can also be very overwhelming. I want to help take a little bit of that off of your plate!

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Easter Weekend Wrap Up

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend celebrating Easter with family and friends! My parents, brother, nephew, and I went to Charlotte to have Easter with the rest of my family. It was a last minute decision but so worth it to spend time with the people you love. Good food, fun games, big laughs.. what's better than that? This isn't a long post but I wanted to post a few photos of all of the fun we had.

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February Snapshot, March Goals, and the March Snapshot

Happy Friday friends! The last two weeks have been a little bit of a whirlwind. I've been to Charlotte twice for three birthdays, family pictures, hanging with co-workers, and just having tons of fun! I decided to make this a combo post because throughout the month of February and beginning of March I was revamping my website so I never blogged the February Snapshot or March goals. So all of that will be wrapped into this post!

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