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Rachel & Charlie: North Carolina Wedding!

It truly is always a privilege to be a part of someone’s wedding day and I am so SO fortunate that so very many of my clients end up being my friends as well! But sometimes things go in the opposite direction- long time friends end up being clients! There is something particularly thrilling about watching someone whose journey I’ve been a part of walk down that aisle and step into the next stage of their life with a partner I couldn’t be more excited about!

Rachel was our neighbor-turned-friend in North Carolina and made the Thanksgiving journey to Williamsburg to be a part of Justin and my wedding all those years ago! To be a part of HER big day was just amazing and I am so excited to see where the life that she and Charlie are building together leads! Their wedding was a wonderful combination of beautiful and laid back, woodsy and girly, intimate and full of laughter! Rachel and Charlie called on their phenomenal support network of family and friends to be a part of their planning and it was incredible to see how much talent and ingenuity came forth! From the ceremony music to the floral arrangements to the addition of potluck-style contributions of food, their deep commitment to the idea of community really shined through every piece of their day!

The festivities took place at The Spruce Pine Lodge in Bahama, NC and despite the need to move the ceremony indoors due to rain (which called off the super-fun lawn games Rachel and Charlie had planned!), the day felt smooth and unencumbered!



Rachel’s dress!


And with a dress like that, amazing shoes are essential!


Rachel’s friend, Susan, gifted the couple with art! And not just a piece of finished art, but actually had the talented artist paint the wedding-inspired piece AT their wedding!!!


The rain cleared up enough for us to sneak outside for a few portraits!! LOVE!!!


Rachel and Charlie, thank you both so much for allowing me to be a part of your day!!!


The talent behind this fantastic day:

Venue: The Spruce Pine Lodge

Event Coordinator: M&J Services

Cakes: made by family with love!

Catering: BBQ by Hillsborough BBQ Company; Appetizers by Foster’s Market; Beer by Mystery Brewing; + variety of food brought potluck-style!

Celebrant: Rev. Barbara Lodge

Ceremony Musician: Dan Smith

Custom Printing: A Better Image

Floral: flowers provided by Bluebird Meadows and arranged by Charlie’s father and stepmother

Gown: by Hitherto via BHLDN

Shoes: Hey Lady at Tiffany’s via BHLDN

Suit: Jos. A. Bank

Rachel’s rings: Melissa Designer Jewelry

Charlie’s ring: Goldworks

Artist: Eleatta Diver



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RoxyApril 24, 2014 - 10:13 pm

Thank you, Cindy! You captured our day beautifully. I could feel everything I felt on our wedding day by looking at these pictures. You are such a special person, and I am so happy you were part of our special day too!!!

Aisha & Maqbool: Durham Engagement Session!

I got to know Aisha after we sat next to one another in an estate tax class in law school. Her dry sense of humor and easy laugh made what is arguably a less than entertaining class a lot more fun than it would have been otherwise! So I’m sure that you can imagine how excited I was to find out that she was engaged and even more excited to meet Maqbool and shoot a few engagement images  for them while I was in North Carolina! Maqbool’s awesome sense of humor and obvious affection for Aisha made me like hime right away and we had such a great time playing around at the West Point on the Eno park in Durham!


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AmberApril 18, 2014 - 3:17 pm

yay! i love it

aishaApril 22, 2014 - 4:30 pm

thanks for a fun afternoon! :)

Duong VuApril 22, 2014 - 4:38 pm

Aisha’s smile is so infectious, how can you not be excited for them?

Kenia LizamaApril 22, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Great pics, you two look amazing together. Love it :)

chaseApril 22, 2014 - 5:31 pm

Lovely photos!

Emily M.April 22, 2014 - 5:47 pm

Love these photos! What a beautiful couple and a gorgeous setting, too. Congratulations!

JuanitaApril 22, 2014 - 5:49 pm

Awwww, gorgeous pics!! I’m ready for some cake! :)

karenApril 22, 2014 - 6:58 pm

these are really beautiful photos! I like the natural settings.

Heather FlemingApril 22, 2014 - 8:50 pm

Beautiful pictures of a beautiful couple!

AbeerApril 22, 2014 - 10:32 pm

Awesome pictures. Aisha you look beautiful :)

Cheryl AmanaApril 23, 2014 - 10:09 am

What a lovely couple! Wishing them the best. Blue dress is hawt.

Kayla DavisApril 23, 2014 - 10:09 am


RebeccaApril 23, 2014 - 10:10 am

Beautiful pictures! Love is such a beautiful thing. :)

Owen SchmittApril 23, 2014 - 10:10 am

Get it girl! Awesome pictures!

Randi P.April 23, 2014 - 10:11 am

These pictures are gorgeous!

Leo DeMinoApril 23, 2014 - 10:15 am

Amazing pics! You two look lovely.

Clooney SmithApril 23, 2014 - 10:19 am

What a dashing couple. Wishing them happiness for many moons.

KellyApril 23, 2014 - 11:06 am

Wow! Aisha and Mac you are obviously very much in love! I love the mix of black and white and color photos, and the landscape scenery in them. I think that the essence of “you” (and your goofiness) has been really captured in these photos. I particularly love the one of Aisha kissing Mac! Beautifully done!

Vella PendergrassApril 23, 2014 - 11:56 am

These pictures are awesome, gorgeous!

MunawarApril 23, 2014 - 12:08 pm

You look beautiful.

ArtApril 23, 2014 - 12:49 pm

Great pics! Y’all look so happy together. My favorites are the ones on the bridge.

Wendy LindbergApril 23, 2014 - 3:11 pm

What great pictures! I’m a little upset you were literally 5 mins from my house!! ;) So happy for you both!!

Emma crewsApril 23, 2014 - 4:40 pm

I love love love these!!!!!!

Eddie M.April 24, 2014 - 8:20 pm

Congratulations you guys! Best wishes for a happy marriage.

PatApril 24, 2014 - 8:52 pm

Congratulations on your engagement! Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing!

Kellie LegoApril 24, 2014 - 8:58 pm

GORGEOUS! I love these pictures, Aisha! Congratulations to you both!!!! Can’t wait for the wedding!

WayneApril 24, 2014 - 9:04 pm

What a happy couple, Congratulations! Thank you for sharing!

jessApril 24, 2014 - 10:08 pm

These are stunning! Aisha you are simply gorgeous!!!!

Kathleen: Chapel Hill Portraits!

When I put the word out that I was headed down to North Carolina, former neighbor and fellow photographer Kathleen reached out to me about doing some headshots and fun portraits for her business! It’s always a blast to be able to collaborate and brainstorm with another photographer and we had such a great time playing around in the woods and then heading over to finish the shoot with some sweet horses! Kathleen’s daughter, Amelia, joined us…can you believe that when I met Amelia for the first time, she was three years old?!?!?! WHERE does the time go?!?!?!  We just had to sneak in a few fun shots of the two of them as well!


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Kathleen PaceApril 16, 2014 - 12:52 pm

Cindy! You did a wonderful job! The back lighting is so soft and I love the rays and flare you captured! The colors are beautiful and I love the vintage tone on the BW images! You are so talented! I am so lucky to have you photograph me! You really captured my spirit and I think this will give my clients a glimpse into my personality! Exactly what I was hoping! Your the best! XXOO