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bridal suite with purple couch

Sharing my gift of photography with the ladies at The Mims House in Holly Springs, NC, has been one of my favorite things I’ve done professionally this year. They successfully renovated and opened a beautiful old house as a wedding venue this spring, and it’s quickly gaining popularity among wedding photographers for so many obvious reasons. Two of which are the darling owners: Priscilla of Orangerie Events & Brooke of Belle’s Catering.

They took this broken down, old property, and turned it into something lovely. You walk through the front door and southern charm oozes from the walls. I had the privilege of photographing it during their renovations last winter when only a few rooms were finished (see that post here). I knew then they had something special. Coming back a few months later and seeing the finished product was so amazing. The transformation of the unfinished spaces was unreal!!!

I so love this venue, and can’t wait to photograph a wedding there!! I see an intimate elopement in the near future…any takers? Pretty please, wink, wink.

Enjoy this space and if you’re looking for somewhere to host your wedding, event, party, anything definitely go tour it! Even if you’re just being nosy, go check out one of their regular open houses!

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Auntie & niece at a gender reveal

Thank you all for the love and support you showed my sister when she shared her story a few weeks ago. All the comments, notes, shares, like, did not go unnoticed. They meant the world to both of us, and we could feel the giant hug from all of you all day long.

This pregnancy came with more nerves than excitement for her. That for me was probably the most disappointing thing to watch. She never got that “I’m pregnant” moment because of the doubt the first two reasonably caused. The excitement and confidence has grown, as she’s moved along in the pregnancy, and it’s been beautiful to see.

Because it’s been such an emotional journey, she wanted to do something to celebrate the gender and the successful pregnancy with friends and family, so decided to host a gender reveal party. But this wasn’t your typical reveal. She and her husband planned out a series of games to make us work for the answer! They divided the group into two teams, and we played family feud against each other with baby/kid themed questions like “Top 5 things new moms wish new dads would help out with more”. They had 4 “reveals” set up (cupcakes, piñata, silly string, and balloons in a box) on the premise that only one of them was correct. The winning team got to choose a reveal and hoped it was the right one.

Little did everyone know that they were all wrong! Towards the end of the 4th game, with 3 wrong reveals already tried, they had their dog Emma come running out with a blue ball that said “it’s a boy!”, and then waited until someone noticed. Kyle and I were in on the game (not the gender), but even though I knew to look for the ball, Kyle said it took me 5 minutes of Emma carrying it around to notice it! Once I saw it, I couldn’t keep it together, picked it up and ran it over to my mom and Shane’s mom with tears streaming. Their reactions were priceless.

Their twist on revealing the gender was so much fun! And finding out I’m having a new little nephew was more emotions than I could handle. Everyone except me and a few other people guessed boy, and even though deep down I’ve always pictured Carter raising little boys, but I was still totally shocked!

Carter & Shane are going to make the best little boy parents, and I can’t wait to snuggle that munchkin until my arms fall off : )

blue denim baby jumper

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  • Michele Swicegood Demetriou - September 2, 2015 - 3:07 pm

    Precious and so exciting ! You’re going to love being parents to a boy!

  • Torri Miller - September 2, 2015 - 4:53 pm

    How precious, I had already heard about the Event from the Paternal Grandma Susan, but it is wonderful to put the pictures with her story. This child is going to loved & spoiled in the best of ways. Congratulations to you all

  • Amy Orcutt Pickering - September 2, 2015 - 9:25 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!!

  • David Phyllis Sullivan - September 3, 2015 - 1:01 am

    Congratulations!!! Such a sweet reveal!! A very exciting & joyous time now for you both & of course grandparents!!!

  • Khaki Duggan Weber - September 3, 2015 - 8:08 pm

    YOu two are awesome!!!

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Geometric bridal shower styled shoot

I’ve been waiting to share this styled shoot since I photographed it months ago!!! But that’s the nature of styled shoots. They have to remain secret until they’re featured for exclusivity purposes. This one was finally featured yesterday on Bespoke Bride!! Revisiting these photos month after I took them has been so much fun!! I almost forgot how modern and stylish this shoot really was!

Priscilla’s vision of a modern bridal luncheon came together beautifully. Detailed with geometric shapes, rock candy, a black cake (!), pink champagne! It was fun to spend the afternoon with this crew of vendors and capture their beautiful skills with my camera! And photographing at the Mim’s house is always a treat : ) Blogging this reminded me I never blogged the most recent Mims House photos I took for them, so come back Thursday to see those…there may or may not be two of the cutest puppies you’ve ever seen in that post!!!

If you’re looking for a good wedding vendor all of these get our stamp of approval:
Styled by: Orangerie Events
Venue: The Mims House
Flowers: Brides & Bouquets
Cake: Sugar Euphoria
Caterer: Belles Catering
Mini Desserts: The Mini Bar Baker
Hair & Makeup: Joanne May

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Teal high chair ice cream cake smash

I’ve started a new hashtag #adascreamsforicecream. There are only a few pictures on it, because I’m trying to be a good mom and not let her have it very often. But she’s hard to resist. That cute little face, that squeal when she sees it. She is definitely our daughter. We semi live our lives around where we can find ice cream, and more than once have tried to figure out a way to get back to San Francisco as a business expense, simply to eat their ice cream again. There are many reasons I could never go vegan, but ice cream is probably the biggest : )

When it came time to plan Ada’s first birthday bash, we had no choice but to let her have an ice cream sundae. Plus, cakes are overrated anyway. Half the time the icing is too hard for the kid to break through and they end up crying from frustration. Not to say we wouldn’t ever do it, just there was no debate once we found out how much she loved the sugary frozen treat. Oh sweet girl did she love it! She loved it all the way up until her fingers froze, which is probably why we don’t see more ice cream smashes. Her face though when she saw that sundae, nothing will ever beat that face. It was worth the frozen fingers and all.

Between life right now, the house potentially being on the market, and moving, we didn’t have time to plan her an actual party. My mom graciously offered to host a family cookout in her back yard so we could at least celebrate, my sister decorated because she’s the queen of pinterest decor, and we borrowed a cute high chair from a friend who so graciously let us turn her vintage chair into a sticky mess. It was simple, private and perfect. Better than any first birthday party I could have planned that’s for sure. Maybe year two we’ll throw her a big bash, but this year it was a small smash for our Ada bug.

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walking on the beach with birds

Meet Jess & Will. She was my roomie for Creative at Heart in January, a together they’re the very talented husband & wife wedding photography team of Bulloss Photography based in Virginia. When Jess emailed me a few weeks ago to photograph them during their family vacation to Oak Island, I did everything I could to make it happen!! What a sweet compliment from such an amazing photographer!

I traveled down there chasing rain drops with my mom and Ada in tow for company. Praying the whole time we’d get a break in the weather and would get to see some sunshine. Jess & Will were waiting for me in the driveway when I pulled up with big hugs, just as the rain decided stop. We ended up having 2 beautiful hours to photograph on the beach and waterway of the island. The wind may have been slightly insane, but there was no rain and we saw the sun!

I love these two, their hearts, love for each other, and passion for the creative industry. Their happiness was evident in every single image, and I’m so honored to have been the one to capture it. Thank you two for being my friends and thinking of me! Maybe we’ll have to make a trip up your way for pics of us soon : )

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  • Jessica Bulloss - August 26, 2015 - 8:40 pm

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!! SO IN LOVE WITH THESE!!! 😀

  • John Goodwin - August 27, 2015 - 9:50 pm

    Very nice work! Some great moments here that they will treasure forever.

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