This wedding was SUCH a blast to photograph! While Meridith & Ryan live in Ventura, California, they chose to return to Raleigh to celebrate their wedding (they both attended NC State University). Regardless of the stress that planning a “destination wedding” must have caused, they were both just cool as cucumbers and totally relaxed! It probably helped that they chose Marbles Children’s Museum as their venue…is it possible to take yourself too seriously when surrounded by the fun exhibits and bright colors? I feel privileged to have been able to photograph this wedding with the fabulous Meredith Perdue of & Unlimited Photography– she is always such a blast to be around and one of my very favorite people!

At Marbles!
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The flower girls were super cute!
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I love love LOVE the flowers that Meridith and her bridesmaids wore in their hair! They were so cheerful and bright!
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The dress!
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An emotional moment with her Maid of Honor…
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Meridith and her dad before the ceremony!
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There was a music festival going on outside, so we stopped for a hot dog!
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Ice cream instead of cake! Yum!!!
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Congratulations again, Meridith & Ryan!!

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Matt is the son of my Mom’s best friend, Robin. He’s a great guy who has his act so together that he will be graduating from high school this December…a semester early! His motivation to work so hard in school (as well as maintain a job) is his deep desire to travel the world! He is currently in Germany for his second summer working on his language skills and he has big plans to head to New Zealand after graduation!! He is so driven toward his goals that I felt compelled to tease him into taking some “senior pictures” while I was there just to remind him that he has a little high school left to enjoy!

The impromptu session started with a bang. We decided to do it out on the boat while we were out water skiing and since I didn’t have my camera gear with me (what!?), we had to come back to the house. I ran in for my gear while Matt and Robin ran in for a change of clothes and such. When we came back outside mere moments later, lo & behold- the boat was gone! It took a second for it to register to the three of us as we stood staring at the empty slip, jaws hanging open, and then Matt cried, “There it is!” and pointed. Sure enough, there was the boat, floating freely, making a break down the canal for open water! Thinking quickly, Robin jumped into her sit-on-top kayak that was very fortunately tied right to the dock and paddled after the escaping vessel. I’m quite sure that I would have been oh-so-helpful had I been able to stop laughing, but as it was, the idea of us staring so dumbfoundedly (is that a word?) at the empty slip while the boat quietly escaped had me in absolute stitches and I was utterly useless. I didn’t even manage to snap a shot of the drama (it’s a good thing I don’t work for a newspaper, eh?). Eventually, however, we managed to gather our wits about us and headed out for Matt’s session!

Without further ado, here are a few favorites…
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I love love LOVE his freckles!!!
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On our way home, we were treated to this AMAZING sunset!!
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Lila was merely days old when we took these photos! She’s just gorgeous…her tiny, tiny fingers and toes and adorable crossed eyes (they hadn’t been in use for long, after all!) and I just couldn’t get enough of her little sounds- seriously, even her cry was tiny!

Welcome to the world, Lila Ruth!
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  • Lila is 1!! » cuppaJune 30, 2010 - 8:35 pm

    […] audacity to continue to speed up!! I cannot BELIEVE that it was a year ago that I shot Lila’s newborn images! How is that possible?!?!? But a year it has been and she is officially a year old! I […]ReplyCancel

  • Lila: 3 Months! » cuppaOctober 29, 2009 - 3:07 pm

    […] to be with since the beginning! I had such a great time doing the family’s maternity and newborn photography, and I couldn’t believe it when Erin called to book Lila’s 3 month […]ReplyCancel

Josh and Brianne invited me into their home way back in February to take some shots of their son, Connor. It was my first-ever baby session and I had SO much fun! You can imagine how thrilled I was when they invited me back this month to do another session with their family! Josh was a classmate of mine in law school and is going on to get his LLM in tax law in Florida after sitting for the bar exam next month! With all of the big changes happening in their lives, I am so glad that they made a little time to stop and take some photos!

Here’s a quick peek!
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