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STEPHANIE + ZACH – Castle Ladyhawke Wedding

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Stephanie and Zach were married on a STUNNING October day in the mountains of North Carolina at Castle Ladyhawke. The light and love was in abundance. : ) I know I use “love” a lot to describe things, but I can’t help it… I LOVED shooting this wedding and witnessing the magic between this couple.

Bride’s dress: Danielle Caprese
Bride’s shoes: Christian Louboutin
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Jenny Yoo
Groom’s attire: Calvin Klein
Groomsmen attire: Vera Wang
Makeup: Shantel The Make-Up Artist
Hair: Tiffany Kardos
Florals: Occasions By Emily
Coordinator: Michelle Nelsen of Occasions By Emily
Ceremony music: Allegro Music
Cake: Icing on the Cake
Band: Empty Pocket
Videographer: Aaron R. Morrell of Grae Skye Studio
Caterer: The Colorful Palate
Invitations and programs: Sofia Invitations and Prints
Rings: Tiffany & Co. and JB Lacher Jewelers
Transportation: Elite Limousine

From the very beginning, I just knew I was going to be friends with these two. Stephanie was so bubbly and authentic and sweet. Ever since that first Skype chat, through the dozens of emails we’ve shared, Steph always remembers to wish me a good day/week/month. : ) During that first chat, of course I remember her telling me about the plans for their wedding, but above all else, I remember the feeling that I took away from that talk: she was SO EXCITED to be marrying the love of her life and for friends and family to be there to witness it. I mean… what else are weddings all about?! After I met Zach at their engagement session, I understood why she was so excited: he was so kind, thoughtful, funny and CHILL. They are a perfect match, IMHO. ; )

Zach and Stephanie’s wedding day was so perfect. The personal vows they exchanged, the florals, the quiet moments during the first look, the GORGEOUSNESS of the fall leaves, I could go on and on… It was breathtakingly beautiful. Please enjoy my many favorites (so hard to narrow down!) from their wedding. And thanks so much to Jenny Tenney for helping me capture their day!

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I LOVED STEPH’S OUTFIT! Her dress, her shoes… So many of the details had sentimental value. For example, the earrings she wore had one diamond from her grandmother’s engagement ring and one diamond from her great grandmother’s engagement ring. The lace wrapped around her bouquet was from her grandmother who passed away, and the handkerchief was from Zach’s paternal grandmother. So special.

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Such a thoughtful and fun groom’s gift!

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Steph, you are so gorgeous!

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The girls were looking at the drone flying above in this photo. : )

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The first look was so incredibly sweet!

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I LOVE that I caught Steph winking at a guest here!

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Somebody loved that the cake had THREE different flavors…

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December 16, 2014 - 10:39 pm

Wendy - These pics are awesome we couldn’t be there. But what a beautiful day for them ..

THE HUGHES FAMILY

This session was really special to me. I met Nicole when I was working at the Star-News (and subsequently her husband Mike), and we became fast friends. The hubs and I would hang with them regularly when we lived in North Carolina, and then we moved to New York and didn’t get to see them as much. Fast forward seven years and we’re still great friends. : ) When I was still pregnant with Brooklyn, Nicole (along with my friend Mary) threw me the most awesome baby shower at Gather. Even when a long period of time goes by without catching up, we fall right back into place with the Huggies (as my husband calls them!). So thankful for their friendship and SO happy for their new addition Emmett Aubrey.

I got to photograph this little sleep dictator (his mama calls him that!) at three weeks old. He has the most amazing neck strength! And the cutest little baby lips ever. Enjoy my time with this lovely family. : )

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I believe there isn’t anything more cute than a baby yawning!

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We traded babies for a few frames. ; )

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December 15, 2014 - 1:02 pm

Brenda Parker - These are wonderful. Love this family. Love your photography.

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Sherry Hughes - We are so delighted to have little Emmett as our grandson. You have captured the love in these pictures. They are terrific!

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Carolyn Diane Brown - These pictures are terrific! Can’t wait to hold Emmett again and the Hughes…..Soon

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Joyce Burdon - Beautiful pictures…….beautiful family!

THE HUERTAS DEL PINO FAMILY

I’m pretty lucky that my camera connects me with such sweet people. I LOVE my time with this crew… Every. single. time. I photographed Meagan & Oscar’s wedding day back in 2012 and Mary Grace’s newborn photos when she was just 15 days old. How is she already almost one?! Mary Grace was pure delight during the shoot; the wide spectrum of faces she gives are hysterical and kept me giggling the whole time. And her parents got her a smash cake for the shoot! It was my first time (officially) photographing a baby’s first encounter with cake, and I really enjoyed capturing all of her expressions! Scroll down for goodness from the shoot. : )

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Like this face… holy moly how precious is she?!

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I LOVED HER OUTFIT!

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SO. FUNNY.

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“I have finally had sugar and I declare that I like it!” : )

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December 10, 2014 - 1:09 pm

TRISH - THESE PHOTOS ARE JUST PRECIOUS!

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Sarah - Adorable! I think you’ll have a hard time convincing Ryan to let Brooklyn have a smash cake though.

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Photo fan - Those expressions … way too cute! Now, I need to go eat.

KIERNAN: NEWBORN

I always treasure photographing my brother’s family because I don’t get to see them all that much. I photographed Dylan when he was a month old, Julia when she was a little over three weeks old, and now Kiernan when he was a little under three weeks old. All of my brother’s kids are gorgeous, so I had a hard time choosing favorites. : ) Enjoy!

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The frame on the right CRACKS ME UP. They look like they just saw a ghost!

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A favorite outtake on the right…

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Kiernan was a little pooped out by this point. This series is so funny…

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I like to think Kiernan is giving a fist pump and saying “YESSS! ALL DONE!” in this photo. : )

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December 10, 2014 - 1:16 pm

TRISH - NO WORDS CAN DESCRIBE HOW I FEEL ABOUT THESE PHOTOS! TRULY TOUCHING!

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