I went to Corey and Joe’s house to photograph the arrival of their newborn baby girl Harper, and arrived to find an elated set of parents, one very beautiful girl, and two VERY EXCITED DOGGOS! Corey told me that she’s always wanted to be a mother and it shows! She was surprisingly awake and looking fabulous and I think she was running on 100% excitement. And AS SHE SHOULD BE because Harper is a little bundle of adorable joy. She was a trooper through the entire session and multiple costume changes, and also gets along well with her two doggo siblings, Sandy and Bailey. Harper is the proud owner of a little dreamboat of a nursery – completely with sweet wooden toy camera! – that her parents put together for her, as well a series of what I’ve determined to be extremely cute baby clothes (there were too many that I wanted to put her in, and while we didn’t get to all of them, we DID get to the fox pants, thank goodness). Joe was also super excited to have a baby girl, and together him and Corey make a great couple and great parents (Joe was super sweet to make sure Corey was eating during the session, but then I promptly took her breakfast and put it in the closet, sorry). Can’t wait to see what adventures await Harper, and what a fierce little photographer she may become.
Back in 2017, one of my most popular sessions I shot involved a pit bull named Wilma and her love for destroying large, plush animals and sleeping on the couch. Geoff and I fell in love with Wilma, as she’s one of the most RIDICULOUS and charismatic dogs we’ve ever met, as well as the laziest (also recently proven when Jessica e-mailed me a bunch of pictures from Wilma’s daycare, of which she’s laying down in literally all of them while other dogs run all over her). Wilma has a brother, Britton, who is kind of anxious and can be shy, so he was not part of the first photo shoot, but Jessica and Dustin decided they wanted to try to make it work for their wedding photos on Thursday (they were married at the courthouse on Thursday, and did photos at home with the dogs, then had their wedding reception party on Saturday). AND IT TURNS OUT THAT BRITTON IS EQUALLY AS RIDICULOUS BUT ALSO LOVES CAMERAS. Wilma, perhaps upset that she wasn’t the sole star of the afternoon, spent most of her time with us staring intently at a lizard on the deck, while Britton hammed it up repeatedly. When Wilma wasn’t staring at lizards, she was busy violently shaking off her beautiful floral collar and then rolling around in the yard to the point where nobody could get her up.
Normally I might feel kind of bad writing an entire paragraph about their dogs instead of about their wedding but I 100% know that Jessica and Dustin will not mind. But now that I have discussed their dogs, whom I adore, I will discuss Jessica and Dustin, WHOM I ADORE. I feel like someone who wears glitter shoes that say “FRENCH FRIES” doesn’t really need an explanation as to why you love them but I will attempt anyway. Jessica exudes the most happiness and enthusiasm of anyone you’ve ever met. And in an entirely way too negative world, I love her. She is everything great and happy and positive and wonderful. She also likes incredible art, and sends it to me, for which the walls of my house are eternally grateful (the cat art here is by Casey Weldon, which were thank-you cards to her bridesmaids, and the plant art is by Angela Deane, which were also gifts to her bridesmaids). And Dustin LOVES Jessica and I’m fairly certain it’s for all the same reasons, and they make each other laugh so hard, and then it makes me laugh and I truly just want to hug them all the time. Dustin likes really old cars (one of his Volkswagens that he’s fixing up makes an appearance in this shoot) and working on sound equipment, and I appreciate men who have cool hobbies and like to work with their hands. Together, their house is incredible and joyous and they have a 70s built-in oven that’s chartreuse. Regretful that the 8 of us (four people, 2 dogs, 2 cats) were not married but will settle for friendship instead.
Date: April 27, 2019 Ceremony Venue: Wake County Justice Center // Raleigh Reception Venue: Neuse River Brewing Company // Raleigh First Dance Song: “I Only Have Eyes for You” – The Flamingos Jessica’s Occupation: Hospitality Dustin’s Occupation: Sound Engineer How You Met: Through Jessica’s Brother Honeymoon: Savannah, GA DJ: DJ Nyce Florist: Teacup Floral Cake: Cupcake Shop Caterer: El Molcajete Food Truck, Southern Harvest Hair: Bride Makeup (Ceremony): Michelle Clark Makeup Coordinator (Reception): Amanda Scott, a Swanky Affair
Team Emmerika has been gracing our blog for quite a while and we are ever thankful for them being clients but also our friends. And now, in addition to their fur family, they have added a little boy named Felix, who we couldn’t be more excited for. He doesn’t quite know it yet, but he has the BEST parents. And by the best parents, I mean THE BEST. Geoff was out of town for work one weekend and they came over to our house with bags of food and made me dinner, dessert, and left me snacks (they’re aware of the fact that I’m helpless at cooking and came to rescue me). They are so sweet and thoughtful but also make the best food imaginable and I’m convinced they could take over the Raleigh culinary circuit if they tried. Erika, in addition, regularly makes the best cupcakes for every conceivable occasion and to this day makes the best gluten free cupcakes I’ve ever tasted.
Generous doesn’t really even begin to describe them, but it’s a start. They’re also loyal and caring and constantly positive, and both of them have the most adorable smiles of all time. We love them. They are so cute. So Felix, you don’t know this yet, but you lucked out big time. Your parents are going to kick ass. They are going to teach you all about comic books and good movies and pop culture and you’re going to eat the best food and they’re going to be so fun and we are SO EXCITED FOR YOU. Also, you have a great extended family and friend group (Grandma Helen and Aunt Kacie pictured here!) and an adorable group of furry siblings. You’re going to have the best life, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for you, but we are 100% sure it’s all good.