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!

 

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Rachel’s dress!

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

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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!!!

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

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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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  • BeccaMay 14, 2014 - 9:15 pm

    Her dress & shoes!!!!! Love them. Such a sweet, fun wedding beatuifully captured.ReplyCancel

  • 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!!!ReplyCancel

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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  • CassieJuly 27, 2014 - 8:15 pm

    Such beautiful pictures!ReplyCancel

  • JenMay 23, 2014 - 2:38 pm

    yay so exciting!ReplyCancel

  • AshleighMay 23, 2014 - 1:48 pm

    I LOVE the pictures! My favorite is the one with him kissing your cheek. You guys look so sweet together. Can’t wait till the wedding!ReplyCancel

  • LaurenMay 15, 2014 - 5:46 pm

    You both look so happy! The pictures are wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • KarenMay 15, 2014 - 5:25 pm

    The pictures are beautiful! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Phoebe ChesterMay 15, 2014 - 9:11 am

    Beautiful pictures, Excellent location for these.ReplyCancel

  • cassieMay 14, 2014 - 11:23 am

    Beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

  • Marion MerschMay 14, 2014 - 11:21 am

    Beautiful pictures! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • BeccyMay 13, 2014 - 9:01 am

    Love these photos! So cute, and such great colors!ReplyCancel

  • MollyMay 7, 2014 - 3:39 pm

    Oh my gosh! Those are absolutely precious! Aisha looks gorgeous and you captured their love so beautifully!!! I <3 West Point on the Eno. The lighting is especially lovely.ReplyCancel

  • TKMay 6, 2014 - 6:28 pm

    CongratsReplyCancel

  • ErinMay 6, 2014 - 12:55 pm

    Beautiful Aisha!!!! Love your outfits too, exquisite!!! So happy for you two!!!ReplyCancel

  • Maqbool HussainMay 6, 2014 - 11:41 am

    Cindy, Good Job!ReplyCancel

  • StephanieMay 6, 2014 - 10:33 am

    I love the contrast between the formal attire and casual background. It really makes the colors of Aisha’s dress pop.ReplyCancel

  • JeannieMay 6, 2014 - 10:32 am

    Pictures of Aisha and Mac are lovely. You captured their spirit here. I love how he looks at her and you have gotten that in a number of different poses. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • ElizabethMay 6, 2014 - 10:03 am

    Awesome pictures! I love the black and white.ReplyCancel

  • samanthaMay 4, 2014 - 12:44 pm

    i like these!ReplyCancel

  • cocoMay 4, 2014 - 12:43 pm

    prettttttty!!ReplyCancel

  • Bonita OBrienApril 28, 2014 - 12:53 pm

    Aisha I love the pictures, love the one where you are laughing at whatever he whispered in your ear!! Love, BReplyCancel

  • Grace JonesApril 28, 2014 - 12:12 pm

    These are amazing! I love how they have both color and black&white options. Also love the detail photos of them holding hands :)ReplyCancel

  • SarahApril 28, 2014 - 11:56 am

    Beautiful pictures in a gorgeous setting!!!ReplyCancel

  • Diego ConzalezApril 28, 2014 - 11:46 am

    awesome pictures! very happy for you twoReplyCancel

  • aminaApril 28, 2014 - 11:44 am

    awesome! you guys looks so happy! really great photos! congrats & best wishes! loove love love you!ReplyCancel

  • Michael NarutowiczApril 27, 2014 - 8:19 pm

    The park looks awesome, we need to go there and check it out!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn NormanApril 27, 2014 - 8:18 pm

    Aisha, you look beautiful! Can’t wait to see you guys again!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany NarutowiczApril 27, 2014 - 8:16 pm

    I love how happy you guys look!!! You are a beautiful couple and I feel blessed to call you my friends!ReplyCancel

  • Adrian EasleyApril 25, 2014 - 10:36 am

    great setting! now time to focus on planning! :)ReplyCancel

  • jessApril 24, 2014 - 10:08 pm

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

  • WayneApril 24, 2014 - 9:04 pm

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

  • Kellie LegoApril 24, 2014 - 8:58 pm

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

  • PatApril 24, 2014 - 8:52 pm

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

  • Eddie M.April 24, 2014 - 8:20 pm

    Congratulations you guys! Best wishes for a happy marriage.ReplyCancel

  • Emma crewsApril 23, 2014 - 4:40 pm

    I love love love these!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • 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!!ReplyCancel

  • ArtApril 23, 2014 - 12:49 pm

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

  • MunawarApril 23, 2014 - 12:08 pm

    You look beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Vella PendergrassApril 23, 2014 - 11:56 am

    These pictures are awesome, gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • Clooney SmithApril 23, 2014 - 10:19 am

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

  • Leo DeMinoApril 23, 2014 - 10:15 am

    Amazing pics! You two look lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Randi P.April 23, 2014 - 10:11 am

    These pictures are gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Owen SchmittApril 23, 2014 - 10:10 am

    Get it girl! Awesome pictures!ReplyCancel

  • RebeccaApril 23, 2014 - 10:10 am

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

  • Kayla DavisApril 23, 2014 - 10:09 am

    Beautiful!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl AmanaApril 23, 2014 - 10:09 am

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

  • AbeerApril 22, 2014 - 10:32 pm

    Awesome pictures. Aisha you look beautiful :)ReplyCancel

  • Heather FlemingApril 22, 2014 - 8:50 pm

    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful couple!ReplyCancel

  • karenApril 22, 2014 - 6:58 pm

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

  • JuanitaApril 22, 2014 - 5:49 pm

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

  • Emily M.April 22, 2014 - 5:47 pm

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

  • chaseApril 22, 2014 - 5:31 pm

    Lovely photos!ReplyCancel

  • Kenia LizamaApril 22, 2014 - 5:24 pm

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

  • Duong VuApril 22, 2014 - 4:38 pm

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

  • aishaApril 22, 2014 - 4:30 pm

    thanks for a fun afternoon! :)ReplyCancel

  • AmberApril 18, 2014 - 3:17 pm

    yay! i love itReplyCancel

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! XXOOReplyCancel

As I traveled south toward North Carolina, I did a super fast stopover in Williamsburg, Virginia! It’s a special place to me…many of my fondest childhood memories are from the period of time my family lived here and then, later, it became such a special place to Justin and I that we chose to get married there! While our wedding took place amid Williamsburg’s famous holiday decor in late fall, this time I was here in time to see the very first trees budding and the stir of life awakening to spring warmth! I had a session in North Carolina that evening, so I woke in the wee hours and wandered Colonial Williamsburg as the sun broke over the horizon…so magical!

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  • RoxyApril 15, 2014 - 2:27 pm

    These gave me chills. So beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Aunt SueApril 14, 2014 - 6:26 pm

    Love these pictures.ReplyCancel

While headed south a couple of weeks ago, I was able to spend a little time photographing Sarah and Paul near their home in Washington DC! While it was a blustery day and our time was limited, it was such a blast to be able to experience this slice of one of my favorite cities with them! Here are a  few of my favorites…

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Thank you so much, Sarah & Paul!!!

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  • Mum/BellaApril 14, 2014 - 12:14 pm

    Absolutely beautiful photographs. You two are so photogenic, and the photographer captures your beautiful energy so perfectly — it’s a joy to look at them…over and over and over again!ReplyCancel