Well, I am at a loss for words. If you know me, words are never an absent part of my life. I'm at a loss for words because well, look at Gabrielle and Whit. They are absolutely stunning, joyful, loving and carefree with each other and every photo shows it. I just sighed and aww'd the whole time I edited their engagement session that happened last month in Wrightsville Beach, NC. They decided to take advantage of the complimentary local session that I offer all my booked wedding couples. I usually offer the free cuddle session because...
A. It helps me get to know them better before the wedding.
B. Get them some practice in front of the camera and get their preferred pose vibes, aka do we like to make out in front the photographer or nah?
C. Give them an excuse to flirt with their fiance and have fun doing it. Helps engagement feel official and it's a warm up to the wedding day.
So I actually knew this couple a little bit as Gabrielle was a bridesmaid in a wedding we photo'd last year during Covid. She brought Whit as her date so I saw them shagging and doting on each other on the dance floor at that wedding and I just knew they were going to be engaged soon. She's also from my husband's hometown. So honestly, we just love each other already but I still learned more about their relationship during our beach hang out. They've been together a hot minute. Like 8 hot minutes. If minutes were years. They persevered through high school, college, job searching, house purchasing, a pandemic, engagement during a pandemic and well, nothing phases them. We even had a parking blip at the beginning of the engagement session. *Shout out to their super sweet friends for dropping them off at the session because Wrightsville Beach summer parking sucks.* But the total lack of parking thing did not even phase them either. They just poured all kinds of love into this perfect evening. Being married is full of adventures and weird unexpected blips like this one right? But it's also a whole lifetime of fun. We can't wait to photograph this duo next Spring.
Ah.... guess I wasn't at a loss for words after all. Thanks for reading my monologue. You can now proceed forward to this epic collection of Gabrielle and Whit's sunset portraits by the sea. Didn't even put one black and white photo in this post because the color and light was just too beautiful.
Have an amazing Labor Day weekend my friends!
Okay. Look at the photo of this beautiful lady below and tell me if you believe me when I say that gorgeous lady is a wife, grandmother, mother or stepmother of all these children. YES, honest to goodness, that is the deliriously happy truth that is Becky. She and I used to work together over graphic design projects until her recent retirement. She realized that for a couple hours only, that her entire family would be under one roof and that I lived in the same town of her vacation destination so she called me up to make sure this rare moment was captured...even if it was at 3 o'clock in the afternoon on a hot August day. It. Was. Worth. It. All the babies. All the snuggles. All the sweat. It made it that much more gratifying to capture the sweetest family at Figure Eight island in Wilmington, NC. So grateful to the Mitchener and Moore families for making my photographer and mama heart swoon.
I'm officially a mom because I LOVE family portrait sessions more than ever. Whenever I do portrait sessions involving young children, I am constantly invigorated and eager to figure out new ways to engage children with their parents. With all the distractions from nature, it can be quite the feat!
This Rumiantcev family trekked all the way from Seattle to visit the mama's younger sister who is a Wilmington native. The sister gifted this family a photo session in Wrightsville Beach because they couldn't get photos last year due the pandemic. Levy, the little one, hadn't been to the beach much yet so naturally, she was not letting her feet touching that strange gritty stuff. WAY too new and bizarre.
We used a few tricks: The mama's sister was the familiar voice for this sweet girl so aunty was behind the camera saying hi, jumping up and down and making everyone laugh. Then eventually we also used the classic bait trick. We stood her on the firm sand and had the parents step back and convince her to walk toward them. She did it! By hours end, Levy was comfortable with the new nautical scene! I felt so accomplished to witness these small steps toward mama and dada. *Heart swells with happiness*
So grateful to meet the amazing Rumiantcev family that shared the sea sky with me. They have the most beautiful blonde headed, blue eyed daughter that rocked the most precious curly-headed pigtails. Don't just take my word for it, check our their sunset session below.
Here's evidence of the sweet and proud sister loving on her niece throughout the session.
Kayla + Vann | Maternity Portraits | Baby Bump | Family Portraits | Greenfield Lake | Wilmington, NC
Kayla and Vann are extra special to me as I've known them since capturing their incredible 2017 home wedding (and that was back when that wasn't even a covid-19 trend yet)! They were so thoughtful and got me a custom wooden box with my logo on it and I've never forgotten about it. Thoughtful gifts like that are etched in memory!
Fast forward four years and now they are now expecting a little girl next month whose name will be Collins. How beautiful is that name? They wanted to make a babymoon out of their maternity session and ventured to Wilmington for the weekend. That Sunday evening we had our mini session at Greenfield Lake near historic downtown Wilmington, NC. Honestly, it was all kind of comedic because I had a family photoshoot before theirs and my car battery died at the first client's driveway so I had to leave my car at their house and uber to Kayla and Vann's session (my husband was with our sleeping baby so he couldn't get me as quickly as I needed). So we started the session 40 minutes late and by then the mosquitos were in FULL force, but didn't stop us from having the most wonderful evening by the cypress moss trees that blanketed the grassy lawns showing off their vibrant greens. Kayla and I just laughed about our mutual itchfest and massive bumps in the days that followed the session. So thankful to have captured this special milestone of theirs and extra grateful that they were so patient and understanding about the last minute mishaps. With how laid back they were about all of the craziness, it goes to show you how amazing they will be as parents.
If you check out all of their photos all the way through this blog post, you will be rewarded with a couple of photos from their wedding day in 2017 and I'm telling you Kayla and Vann just get better with age!!! They are blessed with those good genes😂 It is INSANE how well parenthood already suits them and I just cannot wait to meet Collins one day. Love to you guys! Congratulations again Kayla and Vann. Praying for the smoothest delivery for mama and babe.
Haven't aged a bit right?!!!
Okay, I'll admit. It's been a hot minute since I've seen the sunrise and it was no doubt a special start to the day because I got to meet the Quimby family in North Topsail Beach. Even though I'm a Wilmington, NC based photographer, I love to travel and meet new people outside the city limits. Their daughter was soaking in one of her first trips to the beach and was even hesitant to touch her toes in the strange gritty white stuff but by the end, we were all about the sandy snuggles. Thank you to this gorgeous family for the perfect Summer morning.
Summer of 2021 has been epic. Time to capture those sweet memories and get some portraits done at the beach on the last day of summer!
The End of Summer Short 'n Sweet Portraits by the Sea features a 15 minute portrait session at the South End of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. It is the perfect opportunity to get those family photos, headshots, glam shots done with no pains and aches! Everything is set up for you and you only have to show up and be a trooper for 15 minutes. Use the images for keepsakes, to update those outdated frames in your home, birthday gifts for the in-laws, upcoming holiday cards, holiday ornaments, prints or albums. Not that you need a reason to get photos done anyway.
We are now booking —End of Summer Beach Portraits— for Tuesday, September 21, 2021 in Wrightsville Beach. Click here to book your preferred time slot! Look forward to getting salty and sweet with you wonderful people.
When you get to do family, headshot and romance vibes all in the same sunset, it makes for a perfect evening for a photographer! The Cleghorns wanted updated photos of them after a few years of marriage and a few headshots for their professional lives. You better believe I snapped a little flirting during the middle of it all. My wedding photography mindset always trickles in, but I don't think anyone's every been mad to be kissed for a hot minute.
Thank you to Liz and Josh for thinking of me for your short 'n sweet session! (For those of you wondering, I do those short ones in Wilmington!)
Do you know that famous saying "A lot can happen in a year?" Well that phrase has never rang more true in the year of a worldwide pandemic. Sara and Patrick were the winners of the Covid-Wedding giveaway last Summer where they were awarded a free wedding of their dreams right here in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. The only stipulations for the giveaway was that you had to be an engaged couple whose plans had been curved by the pandemic. Several amazing Wilmington wedding vendors donated their time and spirit so these two could get married by the sea and it was one gorgeous and intimate island wedding.
Fast forward a year, and here I am documenting another milestone: Family photos with their first-born son! Wilder is seven months old and is wayyy too cute for me. I enjoyed seeing a mixture of both his parents in his already booming personality. See below for a photo of this ladies man in the making! HAH. Thank you to the Jacksons for sharing a sunrise with me.
The Holmes Family | Beach Portraits | Family Portraits| Shell Island Resort | Wrightsville Beach, NC
The Holmes Family decided to do a little beach get-away from their home in the city and rented an AirBnB condo at Shell Island Resort, located at the very North end of Wrightsville Beach. Sarah and Tom loved it so much I think they told me they extended their stay! What a compliment to our tiny but beautiful beach town. I so enjoyed this sunset beach session with them. Their 2-year old daughter was a delight to capture along with her little sister inside her mom's belly! I told Sarah she must get some maternity photos because she was looking like a model in her flowy white dress, sun-kissed skin and long luscious locks. Tom kept things so fun by constantly playing with his daughter which made for some sweet candids. What a gorgeous family. Thank you three for sharing this perfect summer evening with me!
June 12th was a magical day for Rachel and Pembroke's gorgeous coastal wedding. Thankful that the summer rain subsided just in time for their 5pm ceremony so we could get some golden hour shots that highlighted both the beauty of the sweetest couple and the beauty of their romantic venue on a family friend's private property in Wilmington, NC. Rachel and Pembroke met while in college at Chapel Hill and were actually supposed to get married this weekend last year, but because of Covid-19 pandemic, they opted to postpone a year so they could have all their loved ones there. It was WORTH. THE. WAIT! They also opted for a short 'n sweet ceremony that was orchestrated by their dear friend so it made the wedding that much more personalized. Rachel looked EXQUISITE in her gown and honestly, she was the most laid back bride of 2021. She was barefoot the entire night, which goes to tell you that she's too cool for anyone... except Pembroke of course.
So incredibly thankful to you two for including Sydney and I in the most special day of your life. Here's a gallery of sneak peeks that highlights a few random moments of the day... including some MAGICAL drone shots from Sydney. She whipped out her drone at the last minute when it stopped raining and it really made for some incredible scenic shots. It really is a game changer when you can have two perspectives. Pssst....Engaged couples, if you hire us, you can get drone footage of your wedding too!
More photos to come after wedding edits are complete— in the meantime, hope these sneak peeks will tide you over. Sending love to the Nash's.
Venue: The Stallings Home
Coordinator: Annie Schiffmacher of A.Maker Events
Officiant: Scout Thomas
Florals: Thurston at Coastal Succulent
DJ: Drew Walker, Acclaim DJ
Catering: Middle Of Island
Alcohol: Total Wine
Dessert: Ashley Pedzwater of Pink Baking Co
Hair and Makeup: Kelly at Wisp Salon
Rentals: L & L Rentals
Photography: Visuals By Helen and Aerials by What Sydney Sees
This sweet little birthday party for Jean took place on a gorgeous cottage porch in Wrightsville Beach, NC so all these photos were taken in a 10x10 space. It was all they wanted with all the new babies and small children so after you see this little collection of images, it will tell you that you don't need a lot for some sweet family photos!
After becoming a mom, I feel like it’s a thing that mamas rarely get their photo taken with their children so this was the sweetest Mother’s Day gift for Lynn and her three beautiful kids ♥️ Thank y’all for getting up at the crack of dawn for this fun sunrise beach session in Wrightsville Beach, NC!
Carson was an absolute dream to photograph right here on my old stomping grounds of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We started out her graduate session at the infamous Old Well with two of her closest friends before making the trek across campus and landing at the Bell Tower. During the last 10 minutes of her session, dark storm clouds were looming so we snapped some quick "LinkedIn" headshots before darting across the quad to my car and getting drenched in the process. Most fun jog in the rain I've had in a while!!
So proud of Carson for graduating with honors and getting an impressive internship at a Raleigh law firm RIGHT OUT OF SCHOOL. That is the hardest thing to do as a senior in college in this competitive job market and she accomplished it! Congratulations to this gorgeous and smart Tar Heel!
There’s a gorgeous new venue in town and it was PERFECT for Pauline and Ian’s waterfront wedding dreams. Because of covid restrictions, this was not actually their original game plan but man I think it ended up being a blessing in disguise. They just got home from their honeymoon and after I saw how smitten these two were on their wedding day, I can totally see sweet Ian bragging all week long “Hey I’d like to introduce you to my (gorgeous) new wife Pauline...” Thank you two for sharing your day with Sydney and me! ♥️ #sneakpeeks
The amazing crew:
Venue: Live Oak Estates
Coordinator & Florals: Do Me A Favor Weddings @domeafavorweddingsandevents
Rentals: Party Suppliers and Rentals @partysuppliersandrentals
And White Birch Rentals @whitebirchrentals
Catering: Middle Of Island Catering @moicatering
Cake & Cupcakes: One Belle Bakery @onebellebakery
Ceremony music: The Wedding Violinist @theweddingviolinist
Preacher: Pat Rayburn
Transportation: Azalea Limousine @azalealimousine
Hair and Makeup: Alice Lawson Salon @alicelawsonsalon
Power: High Performance Lighting @highperformancelightingnc
Lighting: Event Excellence Light and Sound @eventexcellencelightsandsound
Bars: Flying Cloud Bars @flyingcloudbars
Restrooms: Rent-A-John @rentajohn
Band: Irresistible Groove
Late night snacks: Chick Fil A @chickfila
Hotel Arrangements: Blockade Runner Beach Resort, Wrightsville Beach, NC @blockaderunnerbeachresort
Photography: Visuals By Helen @visuals_by_helen and associate What Sydney Sees @whatsydneysees
The SWEETEST first look that took place in the front lawn of Live Oak Estates. The oak trees provided so much privacy from the arriving guests so they were able to have a moment to themselves before all the wedding craze.
Meg and Tyler were supposed to get married on New Years Eve last year but because of the Covid-19 pandemic, they decided to postpone to Halloween weekend this year. But there's a plot twist! They were too in love that they couldn't wait any longer so these sweethearts decided to elope this past Easter weekend with their immediate family. They will still celebrate in October with all their friends so I have the honor of photographing them twice this year!
Between the beautiful backdrop at Centenary United Methodist Church in the historic downtown area of Winston Salem, North Carolina, the gorgeous blue skies, alluring florals by Green Bee Floral Designs, and a classy dinner reception at Forsyth Country Club, it was the recipe for the perfect day. I didn't even get to meet Meg and Tyler until their wedding day but that didn't mean a thing because it felt like we'd known each other forever after our day together. These two are absolutely stunning together... the camera just loves them. But don't take my word for it, see for yourself with this gallery of sneak peeks! Thank you both for sharing this sacred milestone with me!
The extraordinary crew of vendors:
Ceremony Venue: Centenary United Methodist Church
Officiant: Rev Bret Cogan
Name Cards: Calligraphy by Carole
Programs: Goslen Printing
Hair and Makeup: Danielle Usher and Melisa Londono
Gown + Suit Designers: Sassi Holford and Norman Stockton
Gown store: Ladies of Lineage
Veil: Monique Lhuiller Alexia's Bridal
Stylist: (Helped find Meg the gown) Whitley Adkins of The Queen City Style
Jewelry: Family rings with help of Ron Clein
Centerpiece + Bouquet Florals: Green Bee Floral Designs
Reception Venue: Forsyth Country Club
Acoustic Band: Drew Holgate
Rentals: Party Reflections
Music With Friends is one of my favorite ongoing clients in Charlotte, NC for two reasons: The women that run the club are incredible and the club itself is an amazing concept. A private music club so you can watch legendary artists several times a year in an intimate concert setting with an endless supply of food and drinks? YES PLEASE! I met the leadership of this club a few years back when Jess and I lived in Charlotte for a hot minute and kept the relationship despite our move to Wilmington since the majority of work can be done over computer and phone anyhow. MWF wanted to update their marketing materials since gaining a new executive director and man this project was a creative dream! The concert photos by Donna Bise are really what sell it in my opinion so I just glammed it up with blending the natural stage color throughout the design. The bits of casual cursive font gave it an exclusive vibe without it looking too fancy for the potential member looking into joining the club. So thankful to be a part of this team that provides extraordinary experiences!
The front and back of this bookmark insert show all the artists that the club has had over the 15 years they've operated. The backside has contact info for potential members. The smaller insert will hopefully provide potential members a way to fold and put in their pocket if they mean to reach out. A fun business card essentially. Dual marketing right there!
For logo projects, I try to listen to what my client is looking for and for Candy + Corks shop owner, she was looking for something whimsical and fun but also professional that would work well for a sign in front of her waterfront shop on the boardwalk in Duck, North Carolina. In the first draft, I like to offer sentiments of what they asked for and also offer a different vision of what they asked for in case they like something different than they had imagined in their head, hence the simpler, fancier ones in round one of logos. In the first draft PDF pitch to her, I also incorporated some photoshopped signs in front of her shop and some of her current merchandise with some logos I created so she could better visualize her future re-brand.
After a few days of thinking, she ended up loving parts of the first logo but wanted some different shapes, fonts incorporated. So Round 2 of logo designs went in a more specific direction:
And just like that, she said her eyes instantly drew to the 2nd logo in round two so we were blessed with a quick turnaround for this shop owner's rebrand! Can't wait to see how the sign turns out. Thankful for such a wonderful client that gave me the wings to experiment with my creativity!
Six weeks with our super woman 🦸♀️
It has been so incredible to have this time with our strong, sweet and growing daughter. It will be bittersweet to start back up on photographing weddings in less than three weeks but thankful to have a job I love to come back to. Leave a comment below to settle the never-ending debate: Do you think she looks more like Jess or more like me?
Peeking through the crib, watching her mama.
Fran and I did bible study together pre-covid and in just a few short months, I felt like I known her forever! She's so carefree, warm and welcoming, which makes for a wonderful mama-to-be. She and her hubby John Patrick are expecting a baby boy mid February and wanted to commemorate this milestone with maternity photos last month and oh man, oh man, it was the dreamiest waterfront session in Wilmington, NC. Not only did they color coordinate their outfits so perfectly with burnt orange and brown, their precious dog Peanut's fur coat even matched! Thank you to these sweet friends for trusting me to capture this sweet and fleeting moment in your life. I know I speak for all of your friends and family when I say we truly are so happy for you both. Jess and I can't wait for our daughter to meet your son one day very soon! In the meantime, we are praying for a healthy and happy delivery for mama and baby in these next few weeks.
No fancy photos in this blog post. Just a good 'ol post with iphone pics of our first born daughter! This photographer forgot her camera bag in the midst of all the 1 am commotion of water breaking and 8-minute apart contractions! Peyton Ellis Powell arrived early despite being breach and came into the world via c-section. Named after two strong and amazing women in our family, we can’t wait to watch her grow. We love you so much already Peyton. Lucky is an understatement.
Love, Mom and Dad
1/23/21• 4:40am •7 lbs 9oz 21 inches
The year 2020 summed up in the honest-not-so-sugarcoated version:
-Cancelled weddings and significantly lost income
-Rained out weddings
-Virtual and surprise weddings
-Elopements and giveaway weddings
-Salty sessions with first borns
-Family reunions and illegal family gatherings (who would have thought?)
-Adopted a sweet little lab puppy
-Niece and nephew birthdays and baptisms
-New babies in the fam
-My only first cousin and my Med school brother-in-law both got engaged to amazing women
-I have a healthy and cancer-free mother-in-law
-And ever so sweetly, Jess and I’s Covid-2020 baby is on the way, only one more month!!
To every single person that supported this small business in an insane year and to my amazing associate photographers, all the wedding vendors, thank you for being a bright light of joy, and for every ounce of your patience because I don’t think anyone knew what they were doing last year. Cheers to a fresh start. 🙏🏻💫
Tis' the Season to Spread Holiday Cheer!
15-Min Portrait Mini Sessions offered in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina and Wilmington, NC by photographer Helen Powell of Visuals by Helen.
It is the perfect opportunity to get those family photos done with no pains and aches!
Everything is set up for you and you only have to show up and be a trooper for 15 minutes.
Great to use images for Holiday cards, holiday ornaments, prints and/or album gifts.
CHOOSE BETWEEN THESE TWO HOLIDAY SESSIONS!
SALT AIR HOLIDAY SESSION
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2020
-15 minute photo session
-8-12 Edited Photos Delivered Via An Online Gallery sent to your Inbox within 48 hours after your session!
-Session includes staged wagon + holiday decor props (wagon, wreath, bows, tree)
-Bumbo seat will be provided for children who cannot sit up on their own in the wagon
-Can be for families or individuals
-Leashed pets welcomed
Venue: 917 S Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2020 from 2:30pm-4:30pm
TRADITIONAL HOLIDAY SESSION
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2020
-15 minute photo session at Carolina Girl Gardens Christmas Tree Lot
-Think beautiful live fir trees and twinkling lights surrounding the lot! You can also go ahead and purchase your tree while you're there and support a local business.
-Less is more! No props with this one since it's the 'traditional' option. We just need your beautiful selves.
-8-12 Edited Photos Delivered Via An Online Gallery sent to your Inbox within 48 hours after your session!
-Can be for families or individuals
-Leashed pets welcomed
Venue: Carolina Girl Gardens , 7026 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28411
Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020 from 2:30pm-4:30pm
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Have a wonderful holiday season everyone and I look forward to capturing your beautiful faces!
The first wedding we photographed this year was the last wedding we did that didn't involve masks. Feels like a lifetime ago. It is also one of the most memorable and breathtaking destination weddings I've ever had the honoring of witnessing. Congrats Hunter and Steve, you're published models AGAIN! Magazines and publishers love you.
Thank you Carats & Cake for the feature.
Check it out here! http://caratsandcake.com/hunterandsteve
Venue: Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
Jewelry: Poppy & Co
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Tie: Brackish Bowties
Hair: Kate Thompson — Set Blowout Bar
Video: Jiggy Productions
Flowers: Something Borrowed Blooms
Rentals: Wildflowers Bahamas
Light Sign: Hey Lights Co
Calligraphy: Mason Dixon Designs
Invites: Basic Invite
Officiant: Andrew Boyd + Tyler Cralle
Photographer: Visuals by Helen + Associate: What Sydney Sees
The sexiest micro wedding happened in Wilmington, NC this past weekend and I am proud to say that I was there for it. Anna and Adam hit the photographer trifecta: madly in love, genuine and insanely gorgeous. It was quite a joy to capture them in this new stage of life. I'm so thankful for Meaghan at Salt Harbor Designs for mentioning my name to these sweethearts as that led to this special day together. Anna and Adam got engaged a few months ago and decided on a short engagement because as we've seen with a world-wide pandemic, life is short. Why wait? So with the help of some amazing wedding vendors, family and friends, they pulled off an epic wedding in the heart of downtown historic Wilmington, NC. The ceremony and reception took place at The Atrium by Ligon Flynn, a venue that is an exquisite blend of something old and something new and was just the start of the many things Anna and Adam did right.
The perfect day started out with Anna getting dolled up by Sara at Melissa Kinnamon Hair Studio and then her slipping into the most pristine gown by Anne Barge. Once Adam and Anna shared a first look prior to the ceremony, we knew that all the nerves had subsided and they were ready to make it official! With a custom chuppah by White Birch Rentals and florals by Salt Harbor Designs, and poetic love songs by Dockside Strings, the stage was perfectly set for Anna and Adam. This wedding only had seventeen guests, all of which, were immediate family, but they had many, many loved ones watching virtually thanks to Sydney with What Sydney Sees helping with livestream video coverage. Following their interfaith ceremony of Christian and Jewish traditions led by Anna's father, they celebrated with some fancy champagne and snacked on a scrumptious display of eats by Spoonfed Kitchen, a local and popular restaurant in town. And we can't forget the sweet aftermath with a classy cake from Apple Annie's Bake Shop.
As if that wasn't all magical enough, Anna and Adam were able to pop over to the Cape Fear River waterfront and bask in a sunset glow as they exchanged some of their first kisses as husband and wife. It sure was a dream y'all. I'm telling you. Now will someone copy them, so I can do it all over again?
Here's a handful of sneak peeks that only show a portion of how perfect Saturday, October 17th was. Couldn't even get through all the raw footage because of the unusual overload of photos I took, so I know there's more magic to come.
Coordinator: Meaghan at @saltharbor
Florals: Jennifer at @saltharbor
Rentals & Custom Chuppah: @whitebirchrentals
Ceremony musician: @docksidestrings
Hair & Makeup: Sara at @melissakinnamonhair
Live streaming coverage: @whatsydneysees
Okay, y'all are going to be blown away by this, but Anna made her own wedding invitations and menu for the wedding. Yes, she hand glued the butterflies on there and Oh. My. God. I am in love with her talent! Someone tell her to make a career out of stationary design.
Nancy and Alex get MARRIED this weekend at Nancy's family cottage in Morehead City, North Carolina so this is a celebratory post highlighting their charming, romantic and joyful engagement session from last month. They even requested their beloved furbaby Maxie to be in almost every photo and this calm and sweet old two-year old golden retriever was born to model for these photos. You'll see for yourself soon enough!
Nancy and Alex met a summer house party and have been going steady for seven+ years now so needless to say, they were so comfortable and easy to capture. They were originally going to do their engagement photos in Morehead City, but decided to change to Raleigh, NC at the last minute because of a high wind forecast. Best spontaneous decision EVER! We captured some of their love at their first home in Raleigh and then ventured over to the North Carolina Museum of Art and trekked the grounds. Everywhere you looked was a picturesque backdrop waiting for beautiful humans to be in the foreground. Not only was the weather incredible, they also made two hours of photographing slip by so fast. Alex brought along a portable & rollable speaker so we had surround sound jams playing during the entire shoot. YES, I'm not kidding, it was like we were in a movie and every kiss DID cue romantic music!! Shout out to this sweet fiance for doing all this to make his bride smile. Cannot wait to capture you two tie the knot tomorrow. As for everyone else, thanks for reading my monologue and stay tuned for some sneak peeks from their wedding day!
After an amazing twenty minutes at their house, Nancy and Alex packed a beer in the cooler and we ventured over to one of the most beautiful public places in Raleigh: The North Carolina Museum of Art.