Morgan and Lauren’s engagement session took place in Durham, North Carolina at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. We eventually made our way over to Duke University where we caught the most magical sunset lighting. It was the perfect back drop for the cutest couple! I can not wait for their October Wedding this year in Raleigh, North Carolina!
Tanner and Julie had their wedding on a beautiful November day in Greensboro, North Carolina. Their wedding ceremony was held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church with a reception to follow at the UNCG Alumni House. Everything about their wedding day said classy, classy, classy! I loved working with them both and was honored to capture the beginning of their story as husband and wife!
I absolutely loved working on this shoot! It is everything I want my brand to stand for : Romantic, Timeless and Classy. It is also extra special because it has been featured on Grey Likes Weddings! You can view the full feature here : http://www.greylikesweddings.com/uncategorized/perfectly-pretty-inspiration-shoot/
From the Editor :
Modern, clean, organic, with a nod to European elegance—this was the vision for Perfectly Pretty led by AMANDA BLAIR BY DESIGN. A soft color palette with mostly neutrals and a pop of dusty rose quartz keeps things light and feminine. A textured tabletop feels light and fresh while PLUME EVENTS dressed the look with arrangements in soft pinks, mauves, and hints of purple undertones. The tablescape florals were low and lush – “growing”, spanning the entire table length. Lucky for us, the team enlisted ALAINA RONQUILLO PHOTOGRAPHY to capture the look in these lovely images.
Photography: ALAINA RONQUILLO PHOTOGRAPHY // Planning and Design: AMANDA BLAIR BY DESIGN // Florals: PLUME EVENTS // Stationery: ALLEY & CO. // Venue: THE LESLIE-ALFORD MIMS HOUSE // Dress: NEW YORK BRIDE & GROOM // Dinner Jacket: JCREW // Hair and Makeup: WINK HAIR + MAKEUP // Cake: SUGAR EUPHORIA // Boutique Rentals: COTTAGE LUXE // Plates/Glassware: CE RENTAL // Napkins/Runner: LA TAVOLA FINE LINEN RENTAL // Ring Box: THE MRS. BOX // Ribbons: SILK & WILLOW // Models: Adelyn and Seth Boling // Table Linens: PARTY TABLES
Adam and Amanda’s wedding took place on September 15th at Berry Hill Resort in South Boston, Virginia. And yes, that happened to be the weekend of the Hurricane Florence madness. But let me tell you…that hurricane did NOT get in the way of this wedding. The rain held off the entire day until the reception. It could not of been more perfect!
Luckily, my husband came along for the journey so I wouldn’t have to drive alone. We headed up to Virginia on Thursday to beat the storm. It also happened to be our Anniversary that day too! So we also took advantage of the situation and looked at it as a mini anniversary getaway. If not, we probably would of been trapped in our home in Raleigh with no power!
Berry Hill Resort was absolutely beautiful. It was so quaint and historic. Every room in the mansion was different and had its own character. I hope it will not be my last time visiting this beautiful venue!
Some of my favorite moments from Adam and Amanda’s wedding day :
1.) Amanda wanted to have a first look with her bridesmaids. And the look of her bridesmaid’s faces when Amanda walked into the room was priceless. It was such a sweet moment!
2.) I love when my couples decide to have a First Look or “First Touch” moment. Both Adam and Amanda hid behind a door only being able to hold each other’s hands. They didn’t see each other before the ceremony, but this intimate moment was the perfect way to just say “Hi” and to check how the other is doing. Some times that’s all you need on a busy wedding day.
3.) Adam and Amanda’s First Dance! They both surprised their wedding guests by dancing the Fox Trot to Frank Sinatra’s, “The Way You Look Tonight.“ They did such a great job and I loved capturing those moments!
4.) Their wedding guests and family. I felt so welcomed by each of their family members. They were just the sweetest! And they sure did know how to party. You coudln’t get them off the dance floor. But that just made my job extra easy and more entertaining!
Overall, their wedding was absolutely beautiful. Berry Hill Resort did not disappoint…even if it rained just a little. Congratulations to the happy couple! Thank you for choosing me to capture your special moments for generations to come!
Congratulations! You're ENGAGED! You've probably hired a wedding photographer and scheduled a date for your Engagement photos. And then you probably went on Pinterest searching " Engagement Photo Outfit Ideas " Well I'm here to make this easy for you!
What better person to ask, than a photographer who sees things from behind the lens. Through out the years, I have learned all of the tips and tricks to choosing the perfect outfit to nail your session! So here are my favorite 7 Tips to choosing the perfect outfit!
1.) CHOOSE LIGHT COLORS
Light colored clothing always photographs better than darker clothing! That doesn't mean you can't wear black or dark colors to your session. I'm just saying lighter colors reflect more light onto your skin and photographs nicely! So consider neutral tones, pastel colors or cool hues. And you can always add a pop of color with your accessories! ( You can't go wrong with a flowy white or cream colored dress! )
2.) SOLID COLORS
Solid neutrals photographs better than prints. Prints, patterns and graphics can be somewhat distracting in photos. But it doesn't mean ALL patterns are bad. Just remember, the larger the pattern, the better. Take plaid for example. The smaller checkered print plaid appears much busier in photos than large print plaid. Same rule applies when it comes to florals and stripes. The larger the floral print, the better! So if one of you decides to wear a print, I would recommend the other to wear a solid neutral to balance each other out!
3.) COORDINATING vs MATCHING
Wear colors that complement each other instead of the "matchy matchy" look. Avoid both wearing the same color top to bottom. For example : Both wearing denim bottoms with a white colored top. Mix it up!
There are many different ways to add some personality into your Engagement photos. Have fun with some accessories! It can be anything from a hat, a statement jewelry piece, or a bold lipstick color. Layers and textures are your friends! Layering different pieces and mixing in textures are always a great way to accessorize your outfit!
5.) TREAT YOURSELF!
Always wanted to get your hair and makeup professionally done? Here's your moment! I can't think of a better time to feel extra special and dolled up than taking pictures with your fiancé! Ever try fake eyelashes? Go for it! It makes all the difference in those pretty close up photos! Even consider getting a manicure to show off that new ring bling! And if you really want to stand out, "borrow" a jaw dropping dress from an online rental website like Rent The Runway or Le Tote !
Want to add a little something to you session!? Let's treat your session like a Styled Shoot! A styled shoot is where we incorporate a few more vendors, props and creatives into the mix. It adds a little more flare to just the basic photoshoot. Examples can include : Adding a mini bouquet ( this one is my favorite! I have a lot of florist friends that I would love to recommend ) , adding an invitation suite or your save the date card, a ring box and ribbon for some pretty ring shots, a cozy picnic display with your favorite wine and cheese platter, incorporating a bicycle/car/motorcycle into your photos, a basket full of wildflowers, etc. The list can go on. But if you're interested, let's make it extra unique and special!
7.) BE YOU!
This is the most important tip! Be true to yourself and make this a fun experience! Wear something that makes you feel beautiful and comfortable! If you know you look and feel great in a certain color, wear that color! If wearing heels makes your feel more confident, rock them! Just be true to you!
Okay...So now you know the tips to picking the perfect outfits. And you might be thinking..." Well hopefully I don't look awkward behind that camera!" Don't you worry about a thing! I got you boo! Yes, I will tell you what to do with your hands. Yes, I will adjust your arms or legs into a more flattering pose. Yes, I will make your fiancé feel comfortable even if he dislikes taking photos. Yes, I will pose you in a way that feels natural and not too "posy" or staged. Yes, I will make you both look GOOOD!
Have any other questions? What's my favorite online dress shops!? When can I schedule my Engagement Session with you? Just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org