Tesi + Josh // Max Patch Mountain NC Engagement Session

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Tesi + Josh // Max Patch Mountain NC Engagement Session

There’s no place I love meeting my clients at more than the North Carolina Mountains. That area truly has my heart.

I met up with Tesi + Josh in Asheville before we rode together to Max Patch Mountain. I was extra excited for this session because I met Tesi years ago in art school, but I had yet to meet her other half. Even with knowing absolutely nothing about Josh beforehand, I knew he had to be amazing in order to make such an impression on Tesi. Both of them are so easy to be around. I think we were together for about 6-7 hours total and we never ran out of things to talk or joke about.

We all had our hearts set on Max Patch Mountain, but almost went with another plan because Max Patch was supposed to be covered in snow. It sounds beautiful and all, but apparently it was so much that we probably wouldn’t be able to make it up there. We all agreed that something was telling us all to just go anyway and risk it. We were so weirded out and surprised to see that most of the snow had melted just overnight. There was one little snow covered area left for us….just enough to add a little variety to the scene. They stomped through some snow, tip toed through water, and even got their nice shoes covered in mud — and did it all with joy.

These two babes are getting married this weekend at Summerour Studio and I’m so dang excited to hang out with them again! I’m already eager to share their wedding photos that I’ve yet to take, but for now, enjoy the outtakes of their dreamy engagement session <3


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Kristin + Russell // Pennsylvania Greenhouse Engagement Session

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Kristin + Russell // Pennsylvania Greenhouse Engagement Session

I feel so silly even admitting this, but this blog post has been a draft since last July. ONE YEAR Y’ALL. How have I not shared these goodies already? Kristin + Russell invited me up to Pennsylvania for their engagement session. Kristin & I drove around for hours exploring until we landed on the perfect spot, Ott’s Exotic Plants in Schwenksville PA. The old family greenhouse was otherworldly and I literally almost cried when I had to leave without any plants.

To keep the plant theme going, they’re getting hitched at Terrain in Glen Mills PA — which is a garden center, plant supply store, greenhouse cafe, and event space all in one. It’s a photographer and plant mom’s heaven.

Kristin, Russell, and their family treated me like their own family, and we left close friends. One year down and one year to go until we see each other again and create some more magic!

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Daniela + Trent // Unexpected Tennessee Elopement

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Daniela + Trent // Unexpected Tennessee Elopement

Daniela + Trent had original plans to elope in Alaska sometime this or next year. Back in February, they received the news that Daniela's mother was diagnosed with advanced ALS, so they decided to get married that weekend in Tennessee so that her mother could witness them saying their vows. With only two days notice, I cleared my schedule and traveled up to meet them. I had never met them or their family, but I knew how important this day was to them all. Their families helped throw everything together last minute (and did an amazing job). Someone put together a bouquet while someone else made a cake. After Daniela + Trent helped each other get ready, her mom arrived. She could barely move or talk, but you could see her feelings through her eyes. Like everyone else, she seemed to have mixed feelings -- full of happiness for the couple, yet a little but fearful about it possibly being the last time she had with them. While it rained, everyone gathered in a 500sqft tiny cabin to see Daniela + Trent say their vows. There wasn't a dry eye in the room. I could tell that their Alaskan elopement plans were not a concern; they were right where they wanted to be. Daniela's mom passed away about 4 weeks later and I am so thankful to have been able to document some of their last moments with her.

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Nadine + Tim // Wellington, New Zealand

Nadine + Tim // Wellington, New Zealand

It's crazy how the internet + photography has the capability of showing us so many new faces and places. These two beautiful souls are incredible photographers themselves. We originally met them in a photography Facebook group and later they oh so kindly hosted us while we were in their hometown of Wellington, New Zealand. I sure hope that wasn't the last time we get to see them. Nadine + Tim, if you ever find yourselves in America, know that you have a place to crash with us here in Georgia.

Paige + Jake // Intimate Cape Cod Elopement

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Paige + Jake // Intimate Cape Cod Elopement

Calm. That is how I would describe this day in one word.
Sadly lots of times the day feels rushed and stressful for everyone involved. This day was different.

Although Paige + Jake got ready in two separate houses, the relaxed mood in each was identical. They both got ready with only one person, Paige with her sister and Jake with his brother. When they came together with only a few of their favorite people, that mood remained the same. The ceremony was quiet and sentimental. They said their vows in front of Jake's grandparent's house and his grandfather married them. Every moment seemed intentional. Even the occasional soft breeze seemed queued to add to the moment. The weather matched the tone of the day; the clouds created a soft, even light over every surface. It looked like the calm after the storm. The rain held off until we all gathered under the tent for dinner, talks, and dancing -- but even then it was light enough to only add soft background noise. It was seriously one of the dreamiest weddings we've ever been to. Patiently waiting for our paths to cross theirs again and for another trip to Cape Cod; both at the same time sound quite nice. ♥

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Kaitlin + Trevor // Athens, Georgia Engagement Session

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Kaitlin + Trevor // Athens, Georgia Engagement Session

Reminiscing on these QT's engagement photos while we put the final touches on their wedding gallery. Bout time I blogged something.

Someday soon I'll just live over yonder, bring you
Coffee to taste, crossword puzzles to ponder and I
Hope you're well, and you know that I love you, though I
Write so seldom, and call every blue moon, there's some

There's some tall Georgia boy
Searchin' out a freckled girl with style
Wait 'til tomorrow

Someday soon when we hail from Atlanta, we won't
Need some Christmas to spend time together, and I
And I hope you're well and you sleep every evenin', never
Lyin' awake, for you're dreamin' of children

There's some tall Georgia boy
Searchin' out a freckled girl with style
Wait 'til tomorrow

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Amber + Tyler // Mt. Rainier Elopement

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Amber + Tyler // Mt. Rainier Elopement

Amber + Tyler are one of those couples that you feel like you know because their love shines so bright from afar. When we met them for their engagement session, we felt like we already knew them. I guess some would say that is just the internet playing its part, but I think it's just that their personalities are so care free and easy to be around. I have been a fan of Amber and her amazing work since I was about 18, so the day they asked us to document their elopement was a bit surreal to say the least. For years I kept up with Amber's photography and even personal life through social media. Sometimes I would come across her posts online expressing how much she loved her job photographing weddings, but how she wondered when it would be her turn to get married. She publicly prayed for her then future husband. I always hoped it would be someone like Tyler, just as radiant and sweet as herself. It was such an honor to roam around the woods and mountains of Washington with these two and finally, actually, get to know them a bit better as they said I do. Cheers to Amber + Tyler, and to them going on plenty more adventures such as this one throughout their lives together.

 

+ Makeup by the talented Intensify by Patience (who just so happens to be Amber's sister)
+ Dried florals by Westerwisp 
+ Bridal gown from Fabulous Frocks in Atl

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Hillary + Jeremiah // Blue Ridge Mountains

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Hillary + Jeremiah // Blue Ridge Mountains

We got to explore the mountains with Hillary + Jeremiah and celebrate their one year wedding anniversary. We were all worried about the rain, constantly checking the weather the days leading up to the shoot. I remember texting Hillary and saying "hopefully it'll be cloudy, maybe rain a tiny bit, and then the clouds part and the sun will shine through" and that is exactly what happened! We had sunshine, rain, stormy clouds, sun rays beaming through the sky, fog, and even a rainbow all within two hours. When it started raining, hiding and stopping the shoot didn't even cross their minds. They just began dancing around in it. Hillary + Jeremiah, we hope your first year of marriage has reflected the fun and spontaneity that you two showed us that day.

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Jaquie + Andy // North Georgia Maternity

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Jaquie + Andy // North Georgia Maternity

You guys may remember Jaquie + Andy (blog post here) because their story basically blew up the internet. The morning we woke up to emails from hundreds of news companies and blogs, we almost cried with joy because Jaquie's story was being told to the world. I have chills as I begin to describe my admiration of these two. Jaquie is by far the strongest and most determined woman I have yet to meet. She went from being paralyzed from the neck down and told that she would never walk again -- to standing, walking, dancing, and is now a month or so shy of giving birth!! One day she will run and we will be there to document that as well. Andy is one of the kindest souls and his selflessness shines through to Jaquie daily. Watching the two of them together is so incredibly refreshing and inspiring.

We know that baby Olive will be a perfect mixture of their two souls and personalities. I'm so honored to be able to be in the room when Jaquie gives birth soon and witness the joy that Olive will bring to their entire family. 

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Sara Sophia + Danny // A Magical Fairytale Wedding in Columbus, GA

Sara Sophia + Danny // A Magical Fairytale Wedding in Columbus, GA

Sara and Danny are one of our most unique love stories to date, as they have now finally celebrated the love they have shared for years with their dream wedding. All of their children were present for this day and had a very large part in making it feel so special (wait until you see Sara’s first look with her daughter). The tenderness of Sara compliments the toughness of Danny in such a way that you can see truly how they make each other whole, forming one unbreakable and whole union. Sara is quite the talented creative herself, something that shows greatly through all of the amazing details of their wedding. The celebration that took place on this evening was a night we will always remember; one filled with a tearjerking father-daughter dance (Danny and their daughter Sophie) and ending with Danny trying his first ever alcoholic beverage while Sara smoked a hand-rolled cigar with her gals by the evening fire. We couldn’t be happier with how deeply their love shows through the photos we were so graciously able to capture throughout their day.

Sara + Danny, we hope to always be the “scene kids taking your photographs".

Izzy // A Nesting Mother

Izzy // A Nesting Mother

When Izzy told me that they decided to not know the sex of the baby until he or she is here, I knew that she would be the perfect subject for this vision I have had stuck in my head for quite a while now. Since I assumed she wouldn't be able to "nest" in the same way some other mothers typically do (fill up a room with pink and dolls, or blue and toy trucks), I decided to collaborate with Chris Taylor of 34 Degrees North and get him to custom build a human sized nest right in her backyard. If I have read Izzy properly, she is somewhat like me in the sense that we like to spend time alone to recharge and reflect on things. I hope that until baby comes, she can sit by the creek in this nest and mentally prepare for life with a new little one around. And when he or she is finally here, they can sit together and bond while I re-create these images.

-- H

Paige + Jake // An Asheville, NC Engagement Session

Paige + Jake // An Asheville, NC Engagement Session

Alec normally does the talking but I'm gonna take over for this one because it's special. I met Paige on my first day at the University of Georgia. It was an 8am 3D Design class. My first art class. My first opportunity to prove myself and get into the art program. That morning, I was so bummed. I had recently gotten a retainer that I had to wear at all times and it made me talk with a lisp. I had recently ran from a "ghost" while sneaking into an abandoned meat factory with my friends and injured my foot, so I was wearing a dorky boot. I had recently gotten a horrible haircut. And on top of that, I am not a morning person. I knew for sure I wouldn't make any friends. Luckily, I chose to sit beside Paige that morning. I've never told her this, but she made my first semester so much better than I expected. We talked daily (in basically our pjs because duh we had to be there at 8am) about how tired we were, how stupid some of the projects were, and how much we liked dogs since we found the right ones. Years later, we get an inquiry from her to shoot her engagement photos and Cape Cod wedding. We traveled to Asheville to see her for the first time in forever and to photograph them. We literally can't wait to visit Cape Cod and be a part of their intimate wedding ceremony. I haven't found many things, but this is one of the good things the came from me going to college. Cheers to Paige + Jake. Y'all sure are cute.