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Meadowbrook Hall Wedding, Rochester, MI // Lauren and Billy


Lauren and Billy met years ago when they were both working a wedding at Meadowbrook Hall. So although they now live here in North Carolina, it was fitting to travel back to Michigan and get married in the same place their love story began.

I had so much fun being back with Lauren’s extended family (I shot Lauren’s sister Colby’s wedding back in 2013), and it was great to meet Billy’s family for the first time. Lauren and Billy’s ceremony was the first ever in the front circle of Meadowbrook, with the historic facade of the building as a beautiful backdrop.

It was a gorgeous day for a wedding, and I loved reliving it while editing these images. Congratulations Lauren and Billy!


















Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts Wedding, Winston-Salem, NC – Ann Howell and Kevin

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At the end of June, I was so happy to travel to Winston-Salem, NC to photograph Ann Howell and Kevin’s wedding. Ann Howell was in the 2011 Teach For America corps with me, and, chatting in the months leading up to her wedding made me wish I had known her better during our time in TFA. She is so cool and creative, and put her creativity into all of the lovely details of this wedding. The bride made the bouquets herself from farmer’s market flowers, and all of the reception decorations were her own inspiration and design! I loved the whimsical feel of all her handmade details! The ceremony was at St. Leo’s Catholic Church, the church Ann Howell grew up attending, and the reception followed at Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. Here are some of my favorite shots from this awesome day!

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I am usually not a big cupcake fan, or frosting fan in general, but let me tell you – these cupcakes were amazing!! And most impressively, the mother of the bride made the cake and frosting, so I will be asking for the recipe.


All these handmade details really spoke to the art teacher in me. The polaroid “photobooth” was particularly awesome as well!


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I don’t know if it’s a southern thing, but ALL of these guests were amazing dancers! Even the kids and teenagers! I’ve never seen that at a wedding up north, and it was so fun to watch.


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Thanks again Ann Howell and Kevin! I had a blast!


Ceremony Venue: St. Leo the Great Catholic Church

Reception Venue: Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts

Bride and Bridesmaids dresses: J. Crew

Hair: Molly at Cheveux Salon

Cake and cupcakes: Mother of the Bride

Music: Fessa John Hook


Sneak Peek :: Winston-Salem, NC Wedding – Ann Howell and Kevin

I’m having so much fun editing this wedding! I can’t wait to share more photos with you later in the week, but for now, here’s a sneak peek of Ann Howell and Kevin’s wedding reception at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in Winston-Salem.

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Topsail Beach, NC Family Portraits – McSorley Family

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A couple weeks ago I met up with the McSorley family while they were vacationing on Topsail Beach. You may remember Joren and Crista from when I photographed Joren’s homecoming here. Check out a few of my favorite shots from this family session!

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Pendleton, NC Backyard Wedding: Kelsey and Ryan

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When I was teaching with Teach For America, I was living in Roanoke Rapids, NC. I recently had the opportunity to go back to that neck of the woods and shoot Kelsey and Ryan’s beautiful “wedding in the woods” on Ryan’s family’s property in Pendleton, NC. It was so nice to be back in rural NC, traveling down all of the backroads past the open farmland, country houses, and, most importantly, no traffic! Kelsey and Ryan had so many wonderful details that transformed the wooded property into the perfect venue for a wedding. Thanks for including me in your special day, and congratulations Kelsey and Ryan!



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Historic Downtown Wilmington Maternity: Joanna and Will

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A few weeks ago, I spent a lovely evening in downtown Wilmington with my friends Joanna and Will, shooting their maternity session along the riverwalk. The weather was absolutely perfect, and since it is still spring, downtown hasn’t become too crowded with tourists yet. This was my first opportunity to shoot downtown, and the scenery, between the bridge, the riverwalk, the old buildings, and the battleship, is just beautiful. Joanna and Will’s excitement and love for their new family shows through the photos. We had our session pretty late in Joanna’s pregnancy, as you can probably tell, and the Richardsons have since welcomed baby William into the world! I’m so excited to meet him! You may see some photos of him on the blog one day, but for now, check out the rest of Joanna and Will’s maternity session

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Wilmington Maternity Sneak Peek: Will and Joanna

Here is a sneak peek of Joanna and Will’s maternity session on the riverwalk in downtown Wilmington! Check back soon for the full post!


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Wrightsville Beach Child Portraits: Baby L

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Guys, I think 1-year-old babies just may be my new favorite subject. A couple weeks ago, I photographed this sweet girl at Wrightsville Beach. I love it there early on a Saturday when all the crowds and tourists haven’t invaded yet. Baby L is in a discovery stage right now where everything is new and exciting. I had so much fun just letting her do her own thing and capturing every moment of it. And she sure does make the funniest little faces! I’m so excited to share her session with you!

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She kept trying to eat the sand and the grass. But she looked cute doing it!

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See? SERIOUSLY cute faces.

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Meadow Brook Hall Wedding, Rochester, MI: Colby and Bryan

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On July 19th, I had the absolute pleasure of photographing the wedding of my good friends Colby and Bryan. I met Colby while working with Teach For America in Eastern North Carolina, when she became my Manager, Teacher Leadership Development. I am really lucky to have had an MTLD who became a friend, and especially grateful that she and Bryan chose me to document such an important time in their lives: their engagement, wedding, and hopefully babies and other milestones in the future!

I traveled to Michigan a few days before their Friday wedding and got to spend some quality time with Colby’s family and some of the bridesmaids and groomsmen (which made the wedding even more fun having gotten to know everyone!). I was hoping to escape Boston’s heat wave, but it was just as hot all week in Michigan, and we were watching the forecasts closely hoping the chance of thunderstorms for Friday would go down. The outdoor ceremony was postponed during a brief shower, but in a wedding miracle, we got all the photos done outside! The Meadow Brook grounds are so beautiful, it would have been a shame to be limited to indoor shots. The bride and groom looked stunning, and their families and the bridal party made for a really fun celebration. Thank you all for being so welcoming! I’m so glad to have been a part of such a special day!


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Love when brides have unique shoes!

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Annnnd here’s a bonus shot of the groomsmen giving me their best “blue steel”

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Bryan’s expression as he sees Colby for the first time is so sweet!


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First stolen moment as husband and wife

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The bridal party certainly had some fun entering the tent!


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Thank you again to Colby and Bryan and their families! I had so much fun in Michigan with all of you!

Vendors that helped make this such a beautiful day:

Venue: Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, MI

Dress: Elizabeth’s Bridal Manor

Hair: Glitz Salon

Makeup: Bella Blush

Flowers: Bill Hamilton Designs

Ceremony Music: Ryan James (cousin of the groom)

DJ: Mike Staff Productions

Medoc Mountain Engagement Session: Colby and Bryan

The week before Christmas I had the pleasure to shoot Colby and Bryan’s engagement session at Medoc Mountain State Park in Hollister, NC. (I LOVE that it’s warm enough to shoot outside in late December!) It was my first time to the park, which is about half an hour away from where we live in Roanoke Rapids, and I will definitely be going back to hike more of the trails and enjoy the scenery! Colby is my Manager, Teacher Leadership Development in Teach for America, and Bryan is a Roanoke Rapids police officer. But they didn’t meet here in NC. They started dating three years ago in Michigan, meeting through Colby’s little sister and Bryan’s little brother, who were dating at the time. Bryan proposed just a couple weeks ago back in Michigan, and they’ll be married there this summer. They were such a fun couple to photograph! Bryan kept Colby (and me) laughing through the whole session, and that, combined with their obvious love for each other, created such natural photographs. The fact that they could both quit their day jobs and become models didn’t hurt either 😉

I had SUCH a hard time narrowing down my favorites from this shoot, but here are a few!

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Thanks to the iPhone panorama feature!

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