Father Daughter First Look- Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church

When I worked with Tara and her mom to develop a wedding day schedule, they made time for this father daughter first look. It took place in the bridal room at Our Lady of Grace in Greensboro, and hands down it was one of the most emotional moments of 2017.

I can still remember her dad turning around and catching her breath and the quiet sounds of Tara’s sisters crying a little bit. There was not a single dry eye in that room, including mine. I had to work hard to keep it all together behind my camera.

Every wedding season, there’s moments I go back to over and over again and for any reason. Remembering the good moments keep my spirit going, they help me refocus on what’s important when the news is full of who said what, and who’s finger is most itching to press some buttons.

In some ways, marriage and weddings and fathers and daughters prove that love still wins the day. We need weddings to bring us together and remind us that marriage is about more than us, and that fathers and daughters are evidence that love is serious business- they’re the stuff that proves that marriage is important.

The moment a dad sees his daughter on her wedding day, ready to walk down the aisle is probably one of those moments where it all come full circle to him. I could be talking out my ear, since I’m not a dad, but when my daughter passes a milestone, my husband remarks that all these memories will be flipping through his mind on her wedding day.

Whether or not your a mom or dad, you parent for these milestone moments. They’re for both of you to catalog and remember forever.

“Fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers be good to your daughters too.”

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5 Wedding Dresses under $1000

I’m a big fan of wedding gowns and today I scoured the interwebs looking for 5 wedding dresses under $1000. I think wedding style is really important, and I think being comfortable trumps almost anything when it comes to your wedding day. You want to move, dance, breathe, sit, and be. You don’t to be constantly adjusting, taping, bustling, or whatever else you can think of to do. A dress should move with you, don’t your think? Anyways, as an added bonus, each of these dresses will photograph elegantly and beautifully as well. A lighter more fitted dress looks amazingly beautiful hanging in front of a door or a window.

5 wedding dresses under $1000

I’ve a made an effort to find dresses that are really elegant, and look very expensive, while still sitting comfortably in a budget you like. If you’re anything like me, I adore beautiful and elegant dresses and they’re made even better with prices that stick in my budget. With the exception of one dress, each of these options allow you to still have the experience of trying on your potential wedding dress. I think that’s a really important moment to have with your mom or friends.

So without further adieu, here they are! Enjoy these 5 Dresses under $1000 and I hope you find the dress of your dreams!

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The Gloria Dress- Bhldn

The Gloria dress is just stunning. I love the champagne color, the beading, the straps. I love everything. This would be beautiful on the bride who’s planning an intimate evening wedding at a restaraunt, or in a wine cellar.

5 wedding dresses under 1000

Available at BHLDN

Hand Beaded Sheath Beaded Dress From the Wonder by Jenny Packham

It’s hard to believe this sheath is from David’s Bridal, and that Davids Bridal even carries Jenny Packham. Or should we be surprised that Jenny Packham allowed herself to be found at David’s Bridal? The whole thing is kind of curious in a way. But in any case, this is perfect for the bride looking for casual elegance for her wedding.

5 wedding dresses under $1000

Wonder by Jenny Packham is sold at David’s Bridal.

The Muse Skirt– Lace and Liberty

What I really like about Lace and Liberty is that they have a collection of seperates, and you can really create your own style. Lace and Liberty is perfect for the bride looking for something comfortable and little bit whimsical. I can see this dress at a garden wedding, or a forest themed wedding.

 Embellished Tulle Gown – Needle and Thread

I love this elegant casual gown. It’s perfect for intimate morning or garden wedding. I love the tulle, and I love embroidering. And it has to be so comfortable.

5 wedding dresses under $1000

Available on NetaPorter.com

Chi Chi London Gilded Grace Gown– Modcloth

I love this knee length dress. I could see it in a lot scenarios such as a wedding in a brewery, or any alternative venue really. It’s elegant and sassy, and has a great price tag to boot.

5 wedding dresses under $1000

Available on mod cloth

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Oaks at Salem Wedding Photos

These Oaks at Salem Wedding photos are just what we need on a dreary winters day. I look back at this wedding with warm memories, and I can’t wait to shoot there again. The Oaks at Salem is beautiful modern estate, perfect for an estate wedding in the heart of Raleigh- Durham. The venue has lots of locations to keep your style modern and bucolic, and always elegant. They’ve done everything right here from the large and airy brides room, to the lake side ceremony site, to room for guests to spread out and enjoy themselves. It’s definitely a place you’ll want to put on you wedding venue list. You’ll never regret your Oaks at Salem Wedding Photos if you choose to marry here.

This particular wedding a beautiful fall day, and there was plenty of love. Kyle’s family has roots in Lebanon, and they all danced to a traditional Lebanese wedding dance, which I loved. Kirsten was radiant in her beautiful trumpeted gown, and brides maids and groomsmen were a huge pleasure to work with. I love how everyone showered Kyle and Kirsten in love and support. It’s clear that they had a strong connection not only to their family but also to their friends. I think that friends can take you a long way when you’re away from home, and you find a group of people who can support each other as you make your way in the world. The bond was unmistakable.

After the final dance was open, Kyle and Kirsten made their way into their new life in a beautiful sparkler exit. I’m a huge fan of sparkler exists, and this was one of my favorite exits in the last couple of years. I love the brightness, the smoke, the kiss. There’s nothing not to love about this exit, or about these Oaks at Salem Wedding photos.

 

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Intimate Eno River Engagement Session

I first met Allie and Mike at  Bittersweet in Raleigh. We bonded over craft beer, and wine, and  all the amazing plans they have for their wedding. We made plans for a beautiful and intimate eno river engagement session. And in early October, just as the leaves were beginning to turn, we met up and made these images. And I love them.

Mike Proposed to Allie with a book he hand crafted in a lab at NC State from wood. It tells their story, and at the end, there’s a small space where he hid the ring. When he brought out this book at the session, I was blown away. The bespoke quality of the piece was amazing. The love that went into it was evident, and Allie and Mike were both so proud of that moment they’d shared.

Like many of my other couples, Allie and Mike are outdoorsy, adventurous people. They love camping, hiking, traveling, and when they’re not working, they’re making plans and then making those plans happen. So when I suggested that we head over to the Eno and hang out in the river, I was a little hesitant. Not everyone is excited at the suggestion of fording a river, but Mike and Ally said, “Let’s do it!” and I was thrilled.

The Eno River was quiet that day. The water was low, the river made it’s way past us as we hiked around and waded over it. As the sun set, we made our way over to the suspension bridge and the log cabin, and we ended there, making our way home to an enormous full moon making it way over the trees and across the sky. I’m really thankful for couples like Allie and Mike, who look for natural and intimate photos, and an engagement session that really brings out what they love when they’re with the one they love. Being part of their lives and photographing their weddings is an honor, one that I don’t take lightly.

Enjoy the highlights of Mike and Allie’s Intimate Eno River engagement session.

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