When Stephanie first contacted me, she was merely looking for some headshots to get her acting career back on the move. But as we continued to talk, she revealed that when she an her husband, Joe, were married a few years ago, they’d been on a really tight budget and had simply paid a friend a few bucks to take some photos with whatever camera she had on hand rather than hire a wedding photographer. As you might expect, they weren’t thrilled with the result, so I suggested that Joe come along to the headshot session and we take a few pictures of the two of them as a couple. So we agreed to meet at the West Point on the Eno River…little did we realize that the annual Festival for the Eno was kicking off the next day, so the normally very quiet park was all abustle with people setting up sound stages, etc. Oops! But it ended up being a great session! Here are a couple shots…

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Viki and Terry’s story is one of those that is filled with near-misses and almosts, the kind that makes you hold your breath while you wait to hear how everything finally lined up and their love was able to take root. Their Virginia Beach wedding was a quiet family affair at a beach house with a fabulous view overlooking an inlet. I had such a great time photographing alongside Jen & Gary Mobbs of Mobbs Photography!

Here are just a few favorites from their March wedding!
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The view from the deck at the close of the evening…
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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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