mint to be

I‘m jumping right into it today. Feet first. Head on. Ready to go {my bags are almost packed and ready to go too!}  Tomorrow, I’m Key West bound for weddings and will be gone for 11 days {I won’t even tell you how many suitcases I have…}  As excited as I am…I’m literally busting at the seems with excited to finally share Blaire and Bill’s Seaside and Alys Beach wedding with y’all.  You may remember seeing Blaire and Bill in the rules of engagement series and how Tropical Storm Karen attempted to throw their wedding day off course.  You may also remember…love never fails…and well, as you can see, Karen left quite the stunning backdrop for this couple’s wedding day that went off with an incredible hitch!  Even if I had no clue who these two were, I would be in love with them just from their images.  But clearly I do know and adore them….and that makes these images all the more beautifully special {read their engagement post for a “how we met” recap!}  The vendors {lead by the fabulous Shelby Peaden Events} from this stunning white and mint wedding, blew me away with how an entire wedding was changed to a day earlier without anyone noticing a single hiccup….seriously…it blows my mind!  As does this wedding…a couple and day that was truly mint to be!!

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Marilyn Armstrong Sharum -

Beautiful wedding, Gorgeous bride, and Fantastic wedding photos. Great job.

Rosanne Lewis -

Absolutely breathtaking beautiful! Hated we could not be there!

Amalie Orrange -

Holy moly that was a gorgeous wedding!!

peddle perfection

If you’ve ever been to 30A…bicycles most likely come to mind when daydreaming about the scenic little highway!  The Truman Show wasn’t filmed down here for no reason…it’s as picture perfect as it appears.  With all the traveling I’ve been doing over that last few months, I’m constantly being reminded what a priceless, tucked away treasure this little place is!  The white sugar sand has officially spoiled me.

Lindsay’s and my path crossed a few years back…and thanks to social media our paths never really wondered too far apart!!!  When I saw that she and Stephen were engaged, my heart skipped a beat with excitement for them!  When an email popped up early one morning a few days later about shooting their wedding, my heart beat right out of my chest!!  Just a few weeks later, Lindsay, Stephen and I met up in Alys Beach to stroll the cobble stone street for happy laughs and even a pupped a few bubbles in celebration of Lindsay’s birthday weekend!  The evening ended peddling a bicycle for two down the streets of Rosemary, white sand, a pink sky, along with a couple who is head over heels in love and adorable as can be….yep. it was perfection.  Thankfully time is flying by…which makes Lindsay and Stephen’s August Watercolor wedding just around the corner!

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Amy Riley Wobser -

Beautiful Session!

Natasha Hilgenberg Seaman -

You have such a great eye for beauty and perfection. Its the simple things and mini moments that make a silent photo sing with love and harmony, making them priceless. You seem to capture them all, I adore your style and pictures.

wakeful waves

1069 miles driven. 15 hours of Spotify tunes streamed. 12 hours of shooting. 10 cups of coffee. 4 days. 2am bed times. 0 active brain cells.  After an incredible weekend wedding at the Biltmore Estate, it’s back to the daily grind!!  Waking up this morning to images of Nikki’s laughter and her wave, has officially made my Monday.  Nikki and Adam’s Carillon Wedding has brought me to a bright and happy place with all the smiles, sweet moments, and beautiful details!!  I have another blog post for this week before I head to Key West on Thursday.  This week I suppose could be considered my pit stop posts as I drive by and wave {Nikki style of course}!!!!

Not sure it gets more drastic than going from the Biltmore Estates in the Mountains down to the Hemingway House in the Keys.  Stay tuned, keep in touch, and follow!

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Mary Griffith -

WONDERFUL PICTURES!

Judy Ishman -

What an amazing day and celebration so full of love. Beautiful pictures capturing every emotion!

evident exclamation

Growing up in Europe, we focused on Shakespeare and literature in school. Clearly, sentence structure has never been my strong suit. After years of studying play writes, I suppose it started to resonate with my emotional side and contributed to my love of writing (casual writing of course).  I’m sure a love for writing was the last thing on my mind while sitting in Mrs. Jones’ English class in the 6th grade at Marymount {Paris, France} and having to write a timed 1000 word essay on the motifs and themes in As You Like It.  Most likely…it was written through blurry eyes and on tear stained college ruled paper…because 2 hours wasn’t enough time to write everything I had to say!!  If Mrs. Jones saw my writing today with constant grammatical errors and the abundant abuse of exclamation points…she might be the one shedding tears.

I don’t know when exactly I began my incessant love affair with exclamatory exclamation points. I think it began during my corporate days.  Corporate business and I just don’t mesh well. One can only read so many emails a day that are inundated with stale remarks and every sentence ends in a period. Blah. I think everyone’s suits and pencil skirts were just a tad too tight…so much so, they forgot what it was like to be happy!!  It was evident that happiness had no place in emails.  I’m sorry, but if your emails are full of periods…it makes me wonder if you’re lacking serotonin or just plain ticked off!!  If you’ve ever received an email from me, you very well might be wondering if I’m cracked out on caffeine and in a place where it’s nothing but sunshine and dandelions! Which to answer that…not always, but usually…yes!!

Opening up Bailey’s very first email….there they were….a plethora of repetitive exclamation points!! I knew before ever reading one single word, that I was going to love this girl!!!!  And then I read the email….to which it was confirmed. I loved her!! Everything about Bailey was bright and happy! Even in emails…happiness is possible and so very contagious!

Bailey and Zach’s Rosemary Beach wedding day {put on by the fabulous Jen2 from It’s A Shore Thing} finally arrived!  At first glance…my assumption of the bright and happy Miss Bailey in emails, was exactly the same in person.  Going through their precious pictures confirmed that not only is Bailey bright and happy in her words, the same in person, but equally as evident in pictures!!! Her and Zach’s love is radiant in every possible way!

So while my emails and journal entries my be grammatically incorrect with poor sentence structure and end with an enormous amount of eye rolling exclamation points….if they bring about a bright happiness…then to me it’s a job well done!!!  And if my words don’t muster any cheer….hopefully happiness is found in Bailey and Zach’s wedding day images!

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growing in spontaneity

Every now and then…you just have to get away. To clear your mind, calm the noise, awaken your soul, challenge your creativity, and ignite your passion. It’s easy to get lost in chaos…never taking time to just be and refuel.

Over a year ago, I remember having the same feelings as I did this past October.  Needing more. While at times my reality is grounded in reason, I still have a spontaneous spirit and a heart for wonderlust.  Sitting at my desk one Sunday afternoon in October…the latter took hold, as I hit submit to being creatively inspired.

November arrived and I boarded my first flight out to LA for Junebug Weddings’ Fashion Forward Wedding Photography Workshop.  Even though I’m a wedding photographer, the element of fashion forward was slightly out of the box for me, but one I always found to be intriguing.  So I set forth to learn and be challenged from photographers who {each different from the other} I have admired and adored for quite some time.

Brian and Allison Callaway are photographers who I found a few years back…no lie…via twitter {@MrFrostings} and my guilty pleasure for The Bachelor. It’s the honest truth.   Stumbling upon their work, I was instantly captivated by how it put a genuine and bright smile on my face! Spending the afternoon with them, Brian and Ali were vibrant, infectious, full of laughter and so down to earth in their honesty of how they shoot and run their business as destination photographers.  Watching them interact with their clients and the way they saw light was eye-opening and gave way to a new perspective.

2012 was my first time to WPPI {Wedding & Portrait Photography International Expo} and while walking through all the prints hung from print competition, there was one image that caught my eye.  I’m not exactly sure how long I stood in front of this particular image…but it’s probably safe to say, people were most likely becoming concerned for my well being.  It was then that I learned of Roberto Valenzuela.  His romantically timeless images had left me truly speechless.  and I’m not one of few words. usually.  His work needs no words….I could sit in silence all day long and be in awe of his talent and the way he captures beauty.  However, I highly suggest he not remain silent…listening to him talk is entertainment in and of itself!  Learning from him was a surreal honor.

The every so lovely and incredible Sue Bryce.  I could probably spend a whole day talking about how not only can this lady capture a woman’s beauty in a way I’ve never seen…but her heart of gold is true beauty at it’s finest.  My words are far from doing any justice to the person Sue is…but by the end of day two…there I stood 3 feet in front of her while she spoke with unstoppable tears rolling down my cheeks.  Every word that left her tongue was empowering, encouraging, and so utterly raw, there was no way to walk away not being completely moved and challenged.  Mixed with her Australian humor, her words also brought an unquenchable laughter to my tear and mascara smudged face.  Sue left my heart with an irreplaceable warmth and encouragement…where in the grand scheme of things may be small…but to me…it was truly great.

As forever grateful as I am for all the photographers and vendors involved who gave and taught graciously, I have to give a huge thanks and big hugs Christy and Blair {of Junebug Weddings} for offering such a wonderful opportunity and experience.   My words of gratitude, I know, fall short for each and everyone one of these individuals….but for this girl who took a spontaneous step forward, now feels as though she stands a tiny bit taller!! So thank you! xo

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Photography Instructors: Sue Bryce, Roberto Valenzuela, Callaway Gable

Teaching Assistant: Nikki Closser

Venue: Vibiana

Decor Design: Revelry Event Designers

Tabletop Floral Design: Eddie Zaratsian Custom Florals & Lifestyle

Tableware: Casa de Perrin

Invitations & Paper Goods: East Six

Candy Table: Two’s A Party

Hair & Makeup: Tammy Yi

Wedding Dresses & Veils: RMine Bespoke

Floral Hair Crowns & Accessories: Celadon & Celery Events

Jewelry & Accessories: Enchanted Atelier

Models: Dylan Marie Quigg, Monique Victoria, Jamie Litt

Videography: Long Haul Films

Sponsors: Rayce PR, Fotofafa, ProDPI, Scott Robert Lim, WPPI, Peachpit Publishing, Rangefinder

Photographed at the Junebug Weddings Fashion Forward Wedding Photography Workshop.