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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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How to Make Your Wedding Unique: Part 1 – It’s All in the Details

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?”.  There are a lot of answers to this question, which is why today is the first part of a series of posts I’ll be doing on how to make your wedding unique.  Check back over the next few weeks for more of these posts!

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Weddings are filled with tiny details.  Flowers, rings, centerpieces, decor, all of these things add to the look and feel of a wedding.  Unique details are something that can set your wedding apart from all the other weddings your guests have been to.  The trick is, finding the perfectly unique details that reflect both you and your groom and give your wedding the look and feel you are going for.

weddingdaydetails3The first thing to think about is your style.  Are you more modern, country, chic, or a mix?  Your location will also play a big factor in the style of the wedding.  Are you getting married at the beach, in a barn, in a city loft?  Once you’ve determined the style you’re going for, you can then find details that will fit within the style of your wedding.  Pinterest is a great resource for finding fun details, and remember you can always find something on Pinterest and then tweak it to make it your own!  For example, at a wedding I recently photographed, the bride and groom displayed photos of their parents and grandparents on their wedding days.  This is such a beautiful detail and it was so awesome to see all the generations of brides and grooms.  They had more of a country-style, and were getting married in an old chapel that had a very rustic feel to it.  They chose to display these photos in a windowpane that had an old barn wood style.  They also used a lot of burlap and antique style details when setting the decor for their wedding.  A bride and groom who are getting married and having more of a modern wedding could do the same thing, however they could use a more simple and sleek picture frame with clean lines to display the photographs.

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Another thing to remember is it’s not just the details in the decor that can make a wedding unique, but everything from the flowers to the attire can include special details.  Tie a locket around your bouquet, or wear a special pin or jewelry to honor loved ones that are no longer with us.  Use an accent flower or something else in your bouquets that not many people have seen before (I just had a bride who used cotton in her flower arrangements).  The most important thing to remember is that there are no rules or boundaries.  Your wedding is just that, YOUR wedding. Think outside the box and make your guests say “wow, I’ve never seen that before!”.

Finally, don’t forget to find a photographer who is going to capture all of these amazing wedding details you worked so hard on!  Make sure they are aware of the details ahead of time so they know what needs to be captured and can figure out the best way to photograph your day so that these unique touches are reflected in your images.

Be on the lookout in the next couple of weeks for my next post, How to Make Your Wedding Unique Part 2 – The Venue!  Happy planning!

xo
Lauryn

Lauryn Alisa Photography
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Be Spontaneous.

This past weekend my mom came down to visit and we had a blast! We were out and about all day every day.  On Easter Sunday, after Brayden hunted his eggs and found his Easter basket, we really didn’t have any other plans for the day.  It was lunch time and absolutely gorgeous outside.  Someone said “we should have planned to take a drive to the beach today”.  Almost immediately we all looked at each other and I knew we were thinking the same thing, well why not go now?  So we all packed up into the car and made the two-hour drive down to Wilmington. It was a perfect day, walking along the river, sitting outside eating a delicious seafood dinner on the water, and finally stopping by Wrightsville beach to dig our toes into the sand for the first time this year.

This is something I’ve always loved about our little family.  We’re not afraid to be spontaneous.  Mike and I find ourselves doing things like this all the time.  Whether it’s unexpectedly taking a drive down to the ocean, trying new restaurants, or deciding at the last minute to go to a concert or event, we are always looking for new and exciting ways to spend our time together.

This weekend got me thinking about how being spontaneous is so important in all aspects of our lives.  We are creatures of habit.  We build routines and stick to them, and while this is a great tool to keep us productive and on track, sometimes it can cause life to become mundane.  If you feel like you’re in a funk and just can’t get out of it, the best advice I can give you is to get out there and do something spontaneous!  It doesn’t have to be something crazy, just get yourself out of your daily routine, out of your comfort zone, and try something unexpected and exciting.  Once in a while, it’s okay to break the rules we’ve set for ourselves!  I bet you’ll find it to be an incredibly refreshing experience.

With some help, my mom was actually able to snag a semi-decent shot with my camera of Mike, Brayden and I (and my 15 week baby bump) in Wilmington this weekend.  It was nice to actually be in the picture this time! 🙂

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Guess what?!

We’re having a baby!!  Baby T #2 will be arriving at the end of September and all of us are so very excited to welcome our new addition to the family.  Brayden can’t stop talking about his baby brother or sister who is in mommy’s belly!

I will be 15 weeks tomorrow and so far this pregnancy has been very different from my first.  With Brayden, I felt great throughout the whole 9 months.  This time around, baby kept me feeling pretty sick for the first few weeks (which explains why it’s been so quiet around here lately), but thankfully the second trimester has me feeling MUCH better.

So, I’m sure you’re wondering, what does this mean for all my wonderful clients?? As far as weddings go, I’ll be shooting weddings through the end of June, and then picking back up in November.  I’ll be planning to take all other types of sessions through August.  September will be on a case by case basis, depending on how I’m feeling.  Finally, I’ll be taking the month of October off and starting up again in November (maybe with some fall family mini’s?).

If you are interested in a session sometime before I go on leave, don’t hesitate to contact me ASAP!  My months of May and June are almost ALL filled up. It is never too early to book your session!

The spring is bringing some beautiful weather and I’m so excited for everything to pick up over the next few months!

For now, I’ll leave you with some adorable pictures of big brother Brayden looking at a picture of his new baby brother or sister!

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Oswalt Wedding at All Saints Chapel | Raleigh Wedding Photographer

“Live a life less ordinary with me.  Live a life extraordinary with me” – Carbon Leaf

Kelsey and Kevin are perfect for each other.  They love sports, to travel and see new places, but are also happy just relaxing at home playing games.  From the moment I met them I could tell that they balanced each other out, they truly complete each other.  It was such an honor to be a part of their wedding day.

Their wedding took place at All Saints Chapel in Raleigh and was filled with amazing details, many of which the bride created herself, and both of their personalities just shined through!  Despite the fact that it was a frigid high of 32 degrees on their wedding day, they fought through the cold and we had so much fun!  Their bridal party was full of big personalities, their guests were all ready to party, and everyone danced the night away until they were kicked out.

I wish Kevin and Kelsey all the best in their new adventures together!

Venue: All Saints Chapel
Catering: Empire Eats Catering
DJ: Anything Music DJ
Officiant: Jason McKenzie
Cake: Party Delights
Hair: Britt Cregan
Makeup: Nicole Nelson
Photographer: Lauryn Alisa Photography
Second Photographer: Niki Matthews-Wilbanks

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Remember to Have Fun

Relax and have fun.  It seems like such a silly thing to have to tell yourself, but I find myself doing this all the time.  Between trying to run a business, trying to be a good mother to Brayden, and trying to be a loving and supportive wife to my husband, there is always so much going on that I find “having fun” isn’t the top item on my to-do list.  I’m sure most (if not all) of you could say the same thing.  But what’s the point of being whoever it is we are if we’re not going to have fun while doing it?

The same goes for Brides and Grooms on their wedding day.  If I could give only one piece of advice to newly engaged couples, I would tell them this one thing.  Remember to have fun!  Not just on your wedding day, but during your entire engagement.  I know, it sounds so cliché, but there is a reason why as a bride-to-be you hear this over and over again. During the planning process, you will be stressed and overwhelmed, there is no doubt about that.  Take time to enjoy it!  Go bridesmaids dress shopping with your friends and before trying on the good ones, have everyone try on the ugliest dress they can find.  Break up a day of vendor meetings by having an afternoon brunch with your parents and in-laws.  Get away from it all and go out on a date with your future husband, making a rule to not talk about the wedding the whole night.

When your actual wedding day comes, the day you have spent months planning for, the most important thing you can do is remember to have fun.  Drink champagne, eat all the delicious food, kiss your new husband or wife, and dance the night away.  You put so much work into this one day.  Take a second to yourself, look around at the beautiful event you put together for all your family and friends, and then get out there an enjoy every second of it!

I’ll leave you with this fun bridal party photo.  This crew knew how to have fun and their wedding was full of energy.  I can’t wait to share the rest of their photos with you next week! 🙂

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