Some of you might remember Wrigley from Lori+Hassan’s engagement session back in January! Wrigley, a little Jack Russell Terrier, is an adddorable bundle of energy the love of this couple’s life! So Lori, a very faithful and wonderful client of mine, wanted to surprise Hassan with a session of Wrigley for his birthday on May 3rd. :) So we took these back in the verrry beginning of March (which is why these photographs look a little more wintery than recent) and I’ve been waiting to share them with you! But Lori broke a few days before Hassan’s birthday and showed them to him early, so I’ve been given permission to blog them now, hehehe.
So here’s Wrigley! Wrigley enjoys her green polka dot ball, cheering for UNC, and dancing around in her tutu. She is the most lovable energenic bundle of cuteness!! And for your information, Wrigley is named after Wrigley Field, as Hassan is a big Cubbies (and baseball!) fan.
Surprisingly, Wrigley isn’t motivated by treats. She was more motivated by this little polka dot ball, so I’d have to play tug of war with her in order for her to cooperate for the camera. But I was more than willing since she’s such a sweetheart! And I’d much rather take pictures of doggies doing their own thing than forcing them to sit still and pose. :)
Best. Picture. Ever.
Happy (early) birthday, Hassan!!! We hope it is a good one!! :) :)
Horray for Molly+Carla!! :D When Molly and Carla first found me, Molly and I spoke on the phone for over an hour… mostly talking about things not related to wedding photography. But it’s very important that you get along well with your photographer since they’re in your face all day, so it’s a good sign when you can just sit down and talk! Anyway, Molly and Carla live together in Charlotte, NC and will be having their wedding in Asheville, NC. They really wanted engagement portraits in Charlotte, so we were trying to figure out a way to make that happen when I realized that Geoff and I were going to a show at the Fillmore in April! So my two Asheville weddings this year (both couples live in Charlotte) were able to get engagement pictures last weekend as we ran around Charlotte, visited Ikea, and saw Coheed and Cambria. :) It was a great weekend!
Molly and Carla are both nurses and awesome and hilarious people. I don’t think I’ve laughed this much during a session in a long time! They kept apologizing for their awkwardness (which was non-existent) and cracking up. The result is that their pictures are very natural and adorable and I love them! Kudos to them for wearing awesome happy clothes too and driving Geoff and me all over the place. :) You guys rock!! We can’t wait for your wedding and we hope you loooove these!
Do you see what I mean about the cracking up yet? They’re adorable. Also, uptown Charlotte (which is downtown…) is an awesome place for engagement photos. I was kind of nervous because I hadn’t shot there before, but actually I found it really fun to be like, “OOOOooo, look at this, let’s shoot there!” without thinking of ways to make it different from other sessions I’ve done in the same location.
Molly is blue shirt/tan vest, Carla is red shirt. Hello, awesome Charlotte mosaic wall!!
Geoff: “It looks like the Death Star.”
Molly: “It’s very popular in Charlotte.”
Me: “Death Stars?”
Molly: “…No. The sculpture.”
Me: “Oh! Right.”
How lovely are these ladies! And so so so in love. Also, they both have rings, which is pretty awesome. Molly proposed to Carla, but afterward became jealous that she didn’t have a ring too, so they got one, hahaha. Which is more fun for me because it’s like double the ring shots on their wedding day!
After we shot uptown, we hopped on over to NoDa, a hip little historic section of town with a bunch of bright funky walls.
Thank you to Molly and Carla for being the best sports ever! We saw a graffiti wall and wanted to shoot there… but then realized it was just a GIANT SKULL FACE. So, of course, we still wanted to shoot there… despite unsure looks from our lovely clients. :) As Carla said, “…Because nothing says ‘engagement’ like giant skull teeth.” Exactly. Thanks for being good sports… as we know you’ll probably use this picture for nothing, hahaha, but we just love it!
We made it to their hospital rooftop juuuust before we ran out of light for some skyline action! These gals were troopers. Thanks for having us all the way over in Charlotte, and we’re excited to reunite in Asheville in October! :D
Amy and Dan are a lovely couple who did not let a few tornadoes spoil their outdoor wedding. :) How great is that? Yes, Amy and Dan were to be married in an outdoor ceremony at the Arrowhead Inn in Durham, NC at high noon when the weather channel was predicting, I kid you not, a “100% chance of severe storms.” That’s not a very good percent. :D But we got there and took pictures of Amy getting ready and, miraculously, despite them repeatedly announcing tornado warnings on the radio, it was merely overcast and their wedding was held outside at high noon against all odds. :) We were even able to take family and friend photographs AND the newlywed pictures afterward! It didn’t rain until the reception luncheon (when the lights went out briefly), but that was really all that happened. They were so lucky!
Their venue and their vendors couldn’t have been more wonderful, and neither could Amy and Dan’s fantastic family and friends. Amy’s family traveled in from Japan and they were married by Dan’s brother, a high school principal. It was all very sweet and low-key, just like the beautiful couple themselves. :)
Amy is the definition of a blushing bride… not only because she is getting married, but because she is pregnant. :) Amy and Dan are expecting a baby girl in August!
This family is a family of cameras. I think everyone there had a camera, large or small, video or still. Below and to the right is our handsome groom, taking photographs of his lovely soon-to-be wife getting her hair done. :) Amy is a high school music teacher trained in classical singing, but she is hoping to one day become a photographer as well! And we will most certainly welcome her into the ranks because she is a wonderful person. :)
Amy looked gorgeous! Very beautiful, natural, and happy. :)
Proof that, even as tornadoes ran rampant through parts of Raleigh, the sun did come out that day (during their first kiss!) for perhaps a few seconds:
I can’t resist me a willow tree. ;)
Amy and Dan held a beautiful indoor luncheon for their wedding reception inside the Arrowhead Inn (the innkeepers are lovely and make EXCELLENT food!).
In conclusion, I had a wonderful day with you, Amy and Dan, and wish you the best of luck in your life and marriage! I do hope that I get to meet that baby girl soon and of course see you again. :) Thank you and congratulations! I’ll leave you all with these wise words of wisdom…