Let's start this off by stating that this session was one of my all time favorite family sessions this year! Everything from the outfit changes, to the best personalities trickling down from parents to the little one, it was a dream for me. I have known Jada for many years now, and it is so surreal to see her in her element, as one happy and amazing mama. I loved getting to know her family and was over the moon that I could do this session for her and her husband.
We started the session inside the beautiful archway located at Coker Arboretum in Chapel Hill, NC. I adore how whimsical this little gem is, and it just went perfect for the style and look that I was hoping to portray. We then explored the actual Coker Arboretum which held super lush greenery, and the best pops of oranges, yellows, and reds that any fall lover would fall in love with. I don't think this family could have picked better outfits to match with the environment!
With all of my family sessions I make sure to not only take images of the entire family together, but also with each grouping, like all of the siblings along with a couple of mom and dad. This way my clients can have not only a different variety, but can also use each set for different occasions--like a birthday announcement, etc. The family used some of these images for their Christmas cards, and I have to admit, this is what makes me smile the most. I normally always have a favorite image from each session, but with this one it was hard to pick just one. Which one is your favorite?!
Over the course of the year I have become so close with this lady; in all seriousness, she has my heart. From us both planning our own weddings to actually sharing the same circle of friends (how did we not meet each other until this past year?!) she and I have become two peas in a pod--well, at least in my eyes. My business has taken me all over to countless countries, and many states across this nation, but the best place is to the home of a friendship. I know, that sounds so corny and cliche! I can't help it! What I am really trying to say is that this journey has been so much more than entrepreneurship; it's been about making some great relationships with some great people. Jayme [& Elliott] have definitely fallen in to that category.
Jayme sported a custom embellished and totally romantic Martina Liana gown received from Lana Addison's Bridal Boutique located right here in Cary, NC. Her tousled up-do paired with her soft and natural beauty made for a breathtaking site, don't you agree? I have to admit, my favorite part of her attire was her Betsey Johnson shoes! Oh my how I love Betsey; no wonder Jayme stole my heart so early, ha!
We enjoyed our day at the beautiful and historic Carolina Inn; it was so much fun walking the halls and basically playing dress up--a precursor to the wedding, what girl doesn't want to wear their dress twice?! I love how all of the colors of the Carolina Inn came out, especially when I saw the film after it was developed. The halls give off a romantic feel, and it meshed so well with Jayme's wedding day look!
Venue The Carolina Inn
Gown Designer Martina Liana
Bridal Boutique Lana Addison
Florals Teacup Floral
Engagement Ring Diamonds Direct
Shoes Betsey Johnson
Hair Blown Away Raleigh
Earrings Kate Spade
Film Processing Richard Photo Lab
Alterations Olga's Alterations
Alyssa and Zack are true Carolina fans and wanted to show this part of their love story off. These two are tieing the knot in Western Virginia in December this year, and Oh My God do I think they will make a beautiful bride and groom! We started off the day at Kenan Memorial Stadium on UNC Campus and then ventured out to the garden outside for some very sweet and serene images. I am so thrilled how these came out! If it's one thing I have always said, it's that I have the best clients a girl could ask for. These two were the epitome of sweet and I had a blast getting to know them a little better during our engagement session.