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This Thanksgiving I’m Thankful For Memories

I have started writing this blog post at least 10 times and then have erased what I was typing because I haven’t been exactly sure how I wanted to start it.   Truth is, if I’m just being transparent and honest this Thanksgiving I’m somewhat of a hot mess.  A huge piece of my heart met Jesus just a few days ago.  She was one of the strongest, hard headedest, caring woman I knew!  She was a force to be reckoned with when she needed to be,  and shaped me into the woman that I am today.  I lived with my Grandparents most of my life and have such great memories, but have hardly any pictures to document those memories.

I remember always having extra people at our house.  It seems we always had someone living with us that didn’t have somewhere else to go.  My Grandfather was in a wheelchair, so Nana would hire someone that was salvation army, to come work at the house to do repair work or yard work, etc about once a month… it seemed that after that, within a month or so, that person would just start showing up for dinners or food.  There were many of those people that just stayed in touch.  Before I was born, I was told she was driving home one day, I think it was near Christmas, and saw a solider in uniform walking carrying his bags and she pulled over and he was trying to get to a hotel to stay the night… she said absolutely not, he could come stay at her house and get a hot meal… this was just the type person she was… you were going to be fed and taken care of… And gracious day could she cook!  We always had a huge Thanksgiving meal at our house and everyone would come.  We’d have a house full of people and not one person would take pictures… and now all I can do is tell my children about it.

My kids will never know Nana like I knew and remember Nana.  They won’t know what the house looked like that I grew up in.  There are no pictures of all of Nana’s decorations.  The woman LOVED decorations!  Every. Single. Holiday. Didn’t matter if it was Easter, Valentines Day, or Christmas.  We have a couple from Christmas…. but not many… But when I say she loved decorations…  I mean at Christmas we’d have people that lined up down our street to come to see our house.. our house was in local contests and even was on the news for their decorations… it took weeks to finish the decorations…   For Easter, we had to put plastic eggs hanging from all the trees, etc… everything was decorated!

I noticed when I was going through, getting pictures ready for her service that there were multiple pictures of her as a little girl.  There were more pictures of her as a child then there were of her and I together and she was born in 1943.  I think it would be safe to say that is probably true for at least 85% of the population.  As adults, we don’t want our picture taken.  We’re going to wait… until we lose more weight, or until we have the time to get coordinating outfits together, etc… as adults we always have excuses not to be in the picture… but we’re going to make sure we have pictures of our kids!

Let me assure you there will come a day… where your children may be the ones wading through boxes of pictures, clinging to the hope that they can find pictures of the two of you together.  My Dad passed away at 57.  I remember the same gut-wrenching feeling with him.  I would encourage you don’t let this be your children.  Take the pictures.  So today, after you’ve cooked all day, and you’re exhausted, and you just want to sit and lounge and take a nap, before all that… take a picture!   When I got to the point where I was old enough to start really taking pictures myself, Nana had had a massive stroke and had slowly started progressing with dementia and while we had pictures they weren’t while she looked “healthy.”

Please continue to pray for our family, as we go through the holiday season, and cherish each memories you make today.  I am surely thankful for my memories.  Especially pray for my sweet babies who are having such a hard time with Nana being gone.

We are thankful for each of you and look forward to 2019.  You may have noticed over the past few months we have not been very active on social media.  I SO need to do better with that haha… I promise I’ll try and work on that in the new year!  These last few months have been trying and long, between two hurricanes, remodeling our home due to water damage to our floors (happened before the storm believe it or not, because we have that kind of luck), me having major surgery,  and Nana’s passing, we are ready for a new season filled with joy and calmness!!!

 

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!!

 

Cassie’s Bridal Portraits

I am so excited that I finally get to share these with you!  We took these a few weeks ago and every since I’ve been dying to share them!  Terry and Cassie were married yesterday so now we can finally share these with you!

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In the picture above Adam was squished in a corner with a flash to make sure Cassie’s face was lit up…. sometimes when there is no light we create our own!  If only people saw what goes on behind the scenes to make sure the shots turn out!

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In this shot, Cassie’s very small Matron of honor was hiding directly behind her… once she got her dress fixed, the walkway was so narrow she couldn’t get back around her without stepping on her dress so we just had her sit on the ground and hide… again, no one would ever know what goes into these shots!

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For this picture we may or may not have moved a barricade that was blocking the stairs that said do not enter… it was worth breaking the rules to get the shot!

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I had dreamed of taking images at this venue for a few years and it just never worked out that we could get there.  When we met with Cassie for her initial consultation we talked about locations for her bridal portraits, she was sold on the location.

We initially scheduled her pictures for October… we called to make sure they didn’t decorate for Halloween and they said they didn’t…fast forward to the day before her pictures she called to verify what time they closed and found out the entire castle was decorated with spiderwebs and pumpkins for a fall festival.  So we had to reschedule to just a few weeks before her wedding!

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It was worth the wait and the rush to get them edited and canvases ordered before her big day!

We loved the fireplaces!

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These by far are my favorite pictures to date!  We absolutely love weddings and everything about them!   Tis the season for engagements!  So if you know someone who becomes engaged over Christmas/New Years…. or if you know someone who is already engaged please be sure to send them our way!   There is no greater thank you than the referrals to others!

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Cassie was an absolutely beautiful bride and her wedding day yesterday was gorgeous!  I will be posting later some of the beautiful pictures from her and Terry’s special day.

 

Nancy and Keith’s Happily Ever After

Nancy and Keith were married October 10th at  “Memory Maker” in Ocean Isle Beach.  Memory Maker is one of the most beautiful beach houses I’ve ever seen.  You can check it out here.  It made the perfect backdrop for their special day.  When I sat down with Nancy the day before her wedding she said you do know it’s going to rain right?  Of course I tried saying maybe not… we’ll wait and see.  Trying to give her a glimmer of hope that every weather station we looked at was wrong.  Most brides would have had a complete fit that their wedding wasn’t going to happen just as they had planned out on the beach.  But not Nancy.  She and Keith both, were so easy going and willing to just go with the flow.  The morning of her wedding I had hope that maybe just maybe the rain would hold off but by lunch time it was pouring and continued to do so most of the night.  At least though, they say rain on your wedding day is a sign of good luck!

Getting ready…

Their wedding party was so much fun!  You wouldn’t know that some of these shots were taken with Mr. Smitho or myself standing in the pouring rain to get it.

We had to get creative with the bridal shots and the shots of the bride and groom due to the rain.  We wanted them to be unique, also wanted to show the venue and setting , and to hopefully make it so that you didn’t see all the rain.

The reception was so sweet.  I have to admit I became quite misty eyed watching Nancy and her Daddy dance.  It was such a precious moment when her daddy became emotional.  One of my favorite pictures of the reception is the guys catching the garter.  If you can zoom in on their faces.  They were hilarious!

So despite the rain and all the unforeseen circumstances Nancy and Keith’s day was perfect!  She was so gorgeous!  I told her she looked like Katie Holmes.  She and Keith were so perfect together and you couldn’t help but feel the love they shared for one another.

Congratulations on your wedding!  We wish you many years of happiness!

 

 

Allman Wedding

I am super far behind on blog posts!  With Good reason!  I have been busy with doing sessions and editing and all the extras that goes with a busy season of a photographer!  Man have we been busy!  So my goal is to try to get caught up on some blog posts so our most recent work isn’t just seen via facebook.  So a lot of these images if you tune into our FB page which we highly recommend you do… ok actually we insist… so go here now and like our page!

We offer a few different wedding packages.  Some that include just the ceremony.  Some that include getting ready and the ceremony and some that include the entire day.  Chelsea and Zeb were here from out of town and intended on having their reception back at home with their family and friends. So we just covered their getting ready and ceremony.

I knew the first time I met Zeb and introduced myself and he immediately gave me a hug that they were going to be a dream to work with!  Thankfully, I was right!! He and Chelsea were so down to earth and genuinely sweet.

A few from before the ceremony

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I said on Facebook and this still rings true… the skies on their wedding day were some the bluest most beautiful skies I’ve seen!  The weather was absolutely perfect.  The weather in southeastern NC can be a little temperamental, but for their special day it was a dream!

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Zeb, Chelsea, and sweet Zayleigh (LOVE her name!)  were so incredibly sweet and we were so fortunate to be able to capture their gorgeous day!  Congratulations you guys!