Biltmore Wedding Photographer {Asheville, NC}//February 20, 2014

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We had the pleasure of photographing a gorgeous wedding designed by fellow Style Me Pretty Little Black Book members, Mariée Ami, talented event planners from Birmingham, Alabama at The Biltmore Estate in January.

The day was magical and perfect (and chilly!) We couldn’t be happier for these two. While we’ve been asked to withhold posting the full wedding, we’re happy to share a little bit of the beauty of the day with you.

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Stephanie & Brad – Charlotte NC Maternity Photographer//February 11, 2014

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My friend Stephanie is a dreamer, adventurer, risk-taker, beauty creator, designer, and a very quickly successful business owner. Not long ago she started her own magazine, Inspire Weddings & Marriage, which you can now find in many retail stores in the SouthEast! Knowing a bit of her journey with wanting kids, I can’t tell you how much joy I have knowing that she is pregnant with not one, but TWO healthy babies!

The level of wonder, beauty, excitement and love that these two already possess for their babies is mind boggling and inspiring. … And they have an adorable little pup, too!

Stephanie, I am SO proud of you, friend … and excited too!

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Durham NC Winter Wonderland Wedding at The Cotton Room {Shelley & Wesley}//January 27, 2014

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Venue: The Cotton Room
Wedding Planner: Come Together Events
Dress: Lana Addison
Shoes: Badgley Misckha
Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier
Groom and Groomsmen: Mens Warehouse
Flowers: Fresh Affairs
Cake: The Art of Cake
Band: Spare Change
Harp: Amy Kortus
Rentals: CE Rentals
Lighting: Jeff Simpson
Invitations: Minted
Ornaments (favors): Pink Toast Ink
Fur Chair Backs: Wildflower Linens
Getaway Car: Loni’s Antique Cars

 

Working with Katrina of Come Together Events, I expected nothing less than a Wintery, whimsical bit of perfection for Shelley and Wesley’s wedding at The Cotton Room in Durham, NC … and she delivered. Their day was full of beauty and warmth as the candlelight warmed the faces of their guests and carried the night through beautiful moments of affection and love. Submerse yourself in the beauty of their magical winter wonderland wedding.

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From Shelley, the bride:

“At first I had NO idea where to start! My first step was to find a planner who I trusted and understood my style. Katrina, with Come Together Events, was the perfect fit for me! Our vision came together easily, and fast! I wanted my wedding to be different form the norm. I have always loved the atmosphere and energy around the holidays so a winter wedding seemed to be the perfect idea!

I wanted a winter wonderland kept very simple with original details. The Cotton Room itself is beautiful and unique, I knew I couldn’t go wrong.  I envisioned all white flowers with amazing lighting. Magical was the feeling I wanted to achieve. We used white as our base board but incorporated a lot of textures to add depth. This was done through multiple linen selections, fur back chairs and hints of sliver and crystal. Katrina and Fresh Affairs made my vision come to life.

I truly believe it’s all in the details and having people by your side you trust. My wedding day was more than I could ever have dreamed of and I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Our “snowy” exit lead to happily ever after.”

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Eve {infant} – Charlotte Infant photographer//January 15, 2014

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Kendra & Will – The Grand Bohemian Asheville NC Destination Wedding//December 30, 2013

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Venue – Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville

Coordinator – Sara Fields, Wedding Connections

DJ – A Bride’s DJ

Hair – Emily Wells

Makeup – Wendy Ballance, Blush

Officiant – Melissa Smith, Trillium Ceremonies

Flowers – Flower Gallery

Cake – Short Street Cakes

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Wasson Family Christmas//December 26, 2013

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Style Me Pretty Feature//December 25, 2013

We’re so honored to be a part of Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book, a collection of some of the top wedding vendors in the nation. It’s a privilege to have one of our recent, gorgeous weddings featured! Thanks, Style Me Pretty. And Merry Christmas to all of you!

Go check out the feature here!

 

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A birth story//December 13, 2013

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For as long as I can remember, I have wanted kids. Then Michelle’s labor happened all over my memory. :)

It was a Monday night at our normal Monday night spot, Savages, waiting for Michelle to come join us after she ran to Target for some final baby items. My phone ran. It was Michelle. Her water broke, and her husband was still at Crossfit and not answering his phone.

“Are you standing there in Target?”, was the first thing out of my mouth.

“No. I didn’t make it there … I took a nap on the couch instead.”, She replied.

“Oh, thank God.”, I said, picturing her standing in the middle of an isle with baby things in hand, staring down at her feet.

I wasn’t packed and ready – my camera gear wasn’t charged, my overnight bag wasn’t packed. I was prepared for this to happen even if we were 4 hours south, in Evansville, with Dave’s family for Thanksgiving later that week. I was even prepared to drive the 4 hrs back in the middle of the night, if that’s when she went into labor … but not now. I wasn’t ready now. But neither was she. Neither was Britt. … and in hindsight, neither was baby girl.

Relieved that I wouldn’t have to disrupt Thanksgiving with my in-laws, yet excited, nervous, and anxious for her to endure her very first labor, I left Savages to head over and keep her company.

We talked through all the things she needed. We made lists. Delegated tasks. Canceled appointments. Continued calling Britt (her husband.) After she was feeling more peaceful and calm, and had gotten ahold of Britt (and like a champ, told him he was welcome to finish his workout!), I hopped back in the car to run to Target and then home to pack up my gear.

Full target bags, my overnight bag, and camera gear in tow, I arrived back at their house an hour later.

… And 24 hrs later (25 from when her water broke), “Baby Girl Husman” arrived.

Michelle’s labor was long, difficult, intense, disappointing (for her), and scary (for us). These images reflect a lot of changes in their birth plan, including Pitocin (because of risk of infection with her water breaking so early), and eventually an epidural, which was one of the hardest decisions for them to make after laboring all through the night and being nowhere close to pushing. There were many moments throughout labor where I found myself overwhelmed by the power and beauty of love, the pain and endurance of the human body, and the miracle and frailty of life.

Michelle is my hero. She will forever remain one of the strongest women I know. As I watched her power through contractions that didn’t give her a break for hours on end (once the Pitocin  kicked in), I sat there amazed at her strength and determination. The way that Britt cared for her, supported her, encouraged her, and loved her through the pain still brings tears to my eyes.

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Labor was hard on both Michelle and baby girl, especially in the final minutes. Shortly after her arrival, baby girl was swept away and surrounded by LOTS of NICU nurses and doctors. Meanwhile, Michelle continued to lose a lot of blood and eventually a specialist surgeon was called in. I will never forget the moment that I realized something was wrong with this precious little new life, and then moments later, capturing that same realization on Britt’s face as he looked on his new daughter and all the nurses bustling about around her. 2013-12-12_0108 2013-12-12_0109 2013-12-12_0110 2013-12-12_0111 2013-12-12_0112 2013-12-12_0113 2013-12-12_0114 2013-12-12_0115 2013-12-12_0116 2013-12-12_0117 2013-12-12_0118 2013-12-12_0119 2013-12-12_0120 2013-12-12_0121 2013-12-12_0122 2013-12-12_0123 2013-12-12_0124

Four days in the NICU and an amazing surgeon later, both Michelle and the baby are doing well. They have named her Oden Kai, with beautifully poetic meaning – an ocean of creativity (my interpretation.) Both Britt and Michelle are totally smitten, as am I … even if we end up adopting instead. ;)

To see more of this beautiful girl, check out her infant session here.

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