Raleigh Wedding at Melrose Knitting Mill

From the first time I met Missy for coffee I knew that this wedding was going to be incredibly stylish and sophisticated, but also so laid back and joyful. These two have impeccable taste (as you can see below!) but I can promise you that the decor was not even close to being the most important thing. The moments that stood out to me at this wedding were family-oriented. Missy’s very distinguished dad turned out to be the center of attention on the dance floor (knowing Missy I shouldn’t have been surprised!) and the wedding was officiated by Missy’s brother-in-law, who had the most adorable daughter — her American girl doll had a matching flower girl dress. <3 And of course, Mark and Missy so obviously care for and love and respect each other, and that came through in every element of their wedding day. But the blog is also here for the pretty stuff, so you can bet I’m still sharing lots of gorgeous details below. Enjoy!

Venue: Melrose Knitting Mill | Florals: Expressions of Love Florist | Rentals: Cottage Luxe | Cake: Simply Cakes | Dress: Vera Wang | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair & Makeup: Rachel Hohlefelder | DJ: Bunn DJ Company | Transportation: White Horse

Second Shooter: Emily Patterson

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Raleigh Engagement Session

SO EXCITED about these two. Julianna’s brother is married to one of my absolute best friends, and I really just love them all and can’t wait for this wedding! Brandon and Julianna are the absolute kindest people — I so enjoyed walking the arboretum with them, and don’t they look great together?! Just about two more months until they tie the knot! Enjoy a few highlights from their engagement in the meantime.

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Cozy Lifestyle Session in Cary

Ahhh these two! I can’t believe it took me so long to blog this session because I am SO in love with these images. A little backstory: a few months ago, Stephany found me on Instagram and sent me an email asking about mentoring. She had just gotten a new camera and wanted to learn how to use it! I was so excited to have her over, and we spent a full morning chatting photography and life and Instagram — Stephany also mentioned that she was having trouble feeling excited about living in Cary, where they had just moved. Me: “Aw, this area is so great! Where did you move from?” Stephany: “Hawaii.” <insert laugh-cry emoji> Turns out these two have been all over the place and are wayyy cooler than me. Stephany is actually from Costa Rica! Seriously, go follow her on Instagram at @stephsalanel. Part of the reason Stephany wanted to learn more about photography is that she is a nanny for the most adorable little girl, and she already takes the sweetest most creative photos of her! I’ve so loved following along. Anyway, when Stephany asked me about a lifestyle session I was obviously like YES. She and her husband are absolutely adorable and so natural together, not to mention their house was gorgeous! They have since moved, which made these photos all the more special for them. Anyway, I hope you enjoy a few of my favorites from this cozy lifestyle session in Cary.

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