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I’ve been working on something….

Shhhh!  I have a secret and I’m finally ready to share it.  Well, not all of it, but the fact that it’s finally happening.  I’ve been working on something wonderful and I can’t wait to show it off!  What have I been working on you ask?

A new website!!!

I’ve always had a vision for my website that I just was never able to accomplish.  I never felt like my website and brand were a true representation of my business.  Finally, I’ve found a platform that has allowed me to create something beautiful and I can not wait to share it with you all!!

Be on the lookout next week for my website launch!  For those of you that can’t wait, here’s a little sneak peek of what’s to come…

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Janna and Michael’s Creedmoor, NC Wedding | Raleigh NC Wedding Photographer

Janna and Michael got married on May 16, 2015.  They have known each other for a very long time, and it was a perfect day to celebrate the long-lasting love that they have for one another!  The ceremony took place at Creedmoor United Methodist Church, which was very special to the bride since she has been attending this church  from the time she was a little girl!  I love when brides and grooms incorporate a special location into their weddings. It makes the day even more meaningfull than it already is!

Their wedding was filled with a bunch of beautiful do-it-yourself details!  I had a blast photographing the day!  Janna and Michael are such a beautiful and fun couple, I wish them both the best in their forever together!  ❤

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My baby boy.

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The further along I get in this pregnancy, the more I can’t help but notice how quickly my little man is growing up.  I’m sure every mother goes through this the second time around, that feeling of having to give up one “baby” to bring another into the world.  While I know that’s not how it works and Brayden will always be my baby boy, the time of him being our “only” is coming to an end and it’s making me want to cherish every bit of him over these next couple of months.

The fact that Brayden has matured so much this year in every way possible doesn’t really help.  He is getting taller, talking so much more, playing pretend in a way I’ve never seen him do before, really listening when I talk to him and asking questions about the world.  I feel like this all happened over night!  He is becoming a little boy who is full of personality!  He is as silly as a little boy should be and makes us laugh all the time.  He is constantly going, and keeps us on our toes.  He is the sweetest little thing, saying hi to everyone and being so polite saying please and thank you.  Even when he has his bad days, he always says he’s sorry.

The one thing I am most proud of when it comes to my little man is how incredibly full of LOVE he is.  He gives the best hugs and kisses and he loves on his Mama, Dada, puppy Leo, and his little sister Peyton (in Mama’s belly) all day long.  I can tell how excited he is for his baby sister to arrive and it’s the cutest thing ever.  He always says hello, goodbye, and goodnight with big hugs and kisses.  He makes my heart burst all day long!

Things will be changing in a few months, and while this little girl is going to bring so much joy into our family, I want to make sure I remember him right now, the way he is in these last few months as a family of three.  Our baby boy who fills our hearts with so much love each and every day, and always will.

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Janna’s Bridal Session, Creedmoor, NC | Raleigh NC Wedding Photographer

Michael and Janna got married this past weekend and I had the pleasure of capturing their beautiful wedding!  While I work on their wedding photos, I’m so excited I finally get to share Janna’s beautiful bridal session with you all!  The session took place at Janna’s church, which is not only the church her family has been members of for many years, but also the church that her and her new husband got married at this past weekend.  She has had so many wonderful memories at this place, it was a meaningful location to shoot her session.  Hope you all enjoy!

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How to Make Your Wedding Unique: Part 2 – Think Outside the Box

In general, weddings are all pretty similar.  There’s a ceremony, food, reception, and dancing.  When planning their wedding, every bride and groom should take a second to ask themselves “what makes our wedding different from all the rest?”.  A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about how details can set your wedding apart from the rest.  For my second post on how to make your wedding unique, I’ll be taking a look at how you can think outside the box to come up with some fun ideas that will make your wedding stand out!

Thinking outside the box when it comes to your wedding can be tough!  With a little tool called Pinterest, we have access to so many real wedding ideas, it almost seems as if everything has been done already.  I’ve come up with a little exercise for brides and grooms to help them think outside the box when it comes to their wedding day.  First, start off by breaking down your wedding day into all the major pieces.  Then, think about the weddings you’ve been to and write down the way they approached that piece of the wedding.  Finally, now that you have a list in front of you of all the things you’ve seen before, brainstorm your own list of things you have never seen before but that you think could be a lot of fun to add to your wedding day.

To help you out, below I’m going to break down a wedding into each major part and give you some ideas on how to think outside the box!

1.  Venue – This is an important one.  The venue sets the tone for the entire day.  Write down the venues that you have been to quite a few times.  Now think up some other places that could make a great wedding venue (even if you’ve never heard of someone having a wedding there!).  Are there local parks that you have a special connection too? What about an old building or historic house? A family farm? Maybe even a great restaurant that you love?  The options are endless!

2.  Food – A lot of times the food goes along with the venue, but there are still ways to make it different.  Maybe, instead of a sit down dinner, you decide to do more of a cocktail reception with lots of amazing hors d’oeuvres.  Maybe you’re a more casual “bar food” type of couple and offer nachos or a great burger as the meal.  Food is a great way to showcase your personalities, so don’t brush it off so quickly.

3.  Attire – You can have a lot of fun with what to wear, and this is a great place to make your wedding unique.  You could let your bridesmaids pick their own color dresses.  Maybe the guys just wear vests instead of a full suit.  The bride could shock everyone and walk down the aisle in a full color dress!  The options are endless here, and it’s your wedding so you can go as traditional or unique as you like.

4.  Decor – I’ve already touched on this in my post It’s All in the Details, but the overall decor and details of a wedding are what really makes it stand out.  Come up with some details that show off you and your fiance’s style and personalities.  The littlest detail can make a huge impact on your guests.

Finally, I want to add that just because you’ve been to a venue before or seen something done already doesn’t mean that you have to rule it out completely.  This is your wedding and if the venue, food, attire, or decor fits your personalities, go for it!  You do not have to make every aspect of your wedding different from the rest.  The point of this post and exercise is to help you identify fun ways you could make your wedding unique. It’s then up to you to pick and choose which ideas you want to follow through with.

I know it might sound like a tedious task, but just doing this exercise can get your brain working and get you excited for planning your big day.  It will make you want to put in the extra effort to come up with something out of this world that your guests will love!

Happy planning! ❤

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