Kate Turlington and Richard Mussewhite are the kind of neighbors that you dream about when you buy a house. Because they are not merely neighbors, they are friends…the kind of friends that you organize neighborhood yard sales with, have over for impromptu backyard bar-b-ques, and who you can trust implicitly with the care of your beloved, albeit CRAZY, dog when you go out of town! Kate is a successful professional petsitter (check out her website here!), but has nonetheless gone out of her way on numerous occasions to pop in on our Pickle when things have come up for us unexpectedly. We can’t begin to thank her sufficiently for the ease of mind that she has provided for us time and time again! Pickle is our baby, after all!

That said, you can only imagine the pleasure felt when Kate asked if I could take a few photos of her family. An opportunity to return one of the zillion favors that we owe! Yay!! Kate’s husband, Richard, has a son, Kyle, who lives in California and only is able to visit occasionally. It was so much fun to see Kyle, Richard, and Richard’s younger son, Thomas, all roughhousing around during the session…hilarious!! It began during the first part of the session at Duke Gardens, and continued right through the second part of the session in Kate and Richard’s backyard. You may recognize Kate from the images from Liz + Grant’s wedding– Kate is Grant’s sister! They have their incredible green thumbs in common and Kate has created a true garden out of her back yard! The best part of the backyard portion of the session was being able to include the rest of the kids…the four-legged ones! Marvin the mutt and Begonia the Sheltie make up the canine team, while Tallie (I don’t know what kind of cat Tallie is!) and Mari, the orange and white tabby play for the feline squad!

So, without further ado…

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  • Kate TurlingtonJune 9, 2009 - 8:18 pm

    Cindy, You are outta this world! For some time now, I’ve been envious of the lucky people whose beautiful photos you have taken and posted here, and my family and I feel incredibly lucky to now be a member of the club. You are a fabulous photographer and friend–THANK YOU a million times over!!!ReplyCancel

Amy Jo and Aimee have one of those winding stories that convince you that some people are just meant to be! Their friendship and relationship have survived their share of turmoil and hardship, but- finally!- they will celebrate their wedding next month in their home state of Iowa! I am so excited that the state in which they both grew up took the lead in the midwest to embrace the idea that consenting, committed adults of the same gender have the right to legally share their lives- I hope that soon it will be joined by every other state in our nation. Go Iowa!

Congratulations, Amy Jo & Aimee- I wish you both a beautiful wedding and a wonderful marriage!!


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When I met with Liz and Grant for the first time, Liz described their vision for their wedding as a “barefoot, backyard, bluegrass hoedown.” While I couldn’t have been more excited- I LOVE bluegrass music!- I had some difficulty envisioning the ideas that she and Grant shared with me and worried about such things as weather. As the days leading up to the wedding flew by, the forecast called for rain and my worry increased- especially when I got caught in a downpour on my drive to the wedding!

But as I pulled up to the house, I realized that I need never have worried! There was a beautiful tent set up to provide shelter from the weather, be it rain or sun, and I just can’t go on enough about how impressed I was by the small touches everywhere- candle jars hanging from trees, handpainted stones, fresh strawberries from the farmer’s market, etc. Liz, an avid environmentalist, went to the farmer’s market that morning and bought all of the flowers from a local grower- they were stunning! Grant, a landscape designer and plant genius, had planned and executed a pretty major overhaul of the backyard, and the curves and lines of his work made for a truly gorgeous backdrop. The feel was casual, but perfectly so- it still felt like a wedding, not simply a backyard bbq- but it was intimate and comfortable and the music was phenomenal!

Congratulations, Liz + Grant! We can’t wait to meet baby Turlington!

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  • Grant TurlingtonJanuary 20, 2012 - 8:51 pm

    What a phenomenal evening! Thank you.ReplyCancel

Last week was a little crazy in our house…the wonderful crazy that comes with loads of laughter and love and family and life. I officially graduated, shot my first solo wedding, Justin’s parents came to visit from New Hampshire, and my sister popped in from Texas with her boyfriend for a quick stopover all in the same 5 days! It was a little nutty, but I admit that I love nothing more than having my house full of people I love, even if our 900 square feet can barely hold them all!

My sister, Karissa, and James, her boyfriend, came up to North Carolina from Texas to look at some farm properties for a new (really exciting!) venture that they are planning for the coming year. While munching on the world’s best sandwiches at Foster’s, we decided to get some quick and impromptu photos after lunch before they had to head out of town. So we ran to Duke Gardens around the corner at 1:30 in the afternoon for some unplanned photography in the worst possible light of day…a fun challenge to say the least! My sister has always been a ham in front of the camera, but I was impressed that James was such a good sport about it…thanks for the fun session, you guys!!


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Things have been a little nuts, but I wanted to post a sneak peak from Liz + Grant’s wedding on Saturday! I have so much I want to write, but I will save it for the real post (it’s coming soon, I promise!).

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  • Justin GioJune 5, 2009 - 1:36 pm

    I want to see more now. I’ll wait here until that happens.ReplyCancel

  • Gary MobbsJune 1, 2009 - 2:05 am

    Beautiful!!! I wanna see more :)ReplyCancel