Hartrick Wedding

downtown cary

IMG_9777.jpg
 
 

What a happy day.

Rachel and Bennett’s wedding was in downtown Cary and was absolutely beautiful. All day it was calling for thunderstorms. While the girls were getting ready, it started raining, but suddenly cleared up for the rest of the day and was gorgeous!! It ended up being the most perfect day.

Let me tell ya—these two have some of the sweetest families and friends. The love in that room was so apparent, and it was beautiful to see everyone come together to celebrate two of their favorite people. There was a lot of laughter, love, and partying, and it was the bestttt.

Also shoutout to Chatham Station for having the most beautiful natural light EVER. Literally a photographers dream.

 
 

venue: Chatham Station

photographer: Laura Sydney Photography

videographer: Kissing Toad Productions

dj: Dow Oak Events

dessert: Publix & Loco Pops

caterer: City BBQ

bartenders: Brewmasters

rentals: CE Events

de Serres

downtown wilmington, north carolina

IMG_2702.jpg
 
 

What a beautiful day.

First of all, almost half of my weddings this year are in Wilmington and I am NOT mad about it! I love the beach and the entire Wilmington area. There are so many cool places for photos and SO many beautiful venues!

I loved Belle Vue in downtown Wilmington because it has incredible natural light and is PERFECT for intimate weddings like the de Serres wedding. Aaron & Erin (yes, that’s right) had their families and closest friends gathered together to celebrate their wedding day with them. Their families were so so sweet, and it was beautiful to see the love in that room!!

These two lovebirds met in a gym and have been inseparable ever since. Aaron moved to California while they were dating, so most of their engagement was long distance (like across the US long distance!!). Right after their wedding, Erin joined Aaron in California to start their new stage of life together. They are so sweet together, and I am so happy they can finally be together as husband and wife!! Also can we just acknowledge that they literally look like models?!?

 
 

Venue: Belle Vue Wilmington

Caterer: Sweet & Savory

Cake/Bakery: Nothing Bundt Cake

Stationery: SydneybethDesigns

Dress: David’s Bridal

Shoes/Jewelry/Accessories: Lulus & BHLDN

Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse

Spencer & Julia

IMG_2382.jpg
 
 

We took a trip to Grayson Highlands & it was the best! There were wild horses, mountains, and loooove.

Not only was it absolutely beautiful, but meeting Spencer and Julia was so fun! They are such a sweet couple and I can tell they have a lot of fun together. We explored the mountain, took a little hike, found the wild ponies, and had a blast. I love these photos so much and the adventure behind them!

 
 

Rachel & Bennett

chapel hill engagement

IMG_8791.jpg
 
 

Rachel & Bennett are the cutestttt.

They are so sweet, and I can tell they are just so ready to be married. We had the best morning together at the Coker Arboretum in Chapel Hill!

As you can see, they look into each other’s eyes with so much love & admiration. I cannot wait to capture their wedding in June!

 
 

David & Dana

Downtown engagement || raleigh, nc

IMG_8360.jpg
 
 

i absolutely loved spending my saturday afternoon with david & dana!

we explored downtown raleigh and also went to the spot they got engaged (Boylan bridge!). obviously, they have so much fun together and were constantly joking around and laughing together. i know their wedding is going to be SO fun and i really just cannot wait to watch these two get married in October!

 
 

Braswell Wedding

IMG_2484.jpg
 
 

This December wedding was absolutely magical.

I am so happy I could second shoot for Chloe Bram Photography!

Everything about the day was perfect. From the hot chocolate bar and Christmas trees to the beautiful mugs at every place setting, this day felt like a winter wonderland & seemed like it was right out of a Christmas movie.

Taylor & Bailey were so excited all day to finally get to the altar to commit their lives to one another in front of their closest family and friends. After the ceremony, the whole gang celebrated with wood fire pizza, heart warming speeches, and LOTS of dancing!!

Weddings are the best!! I know Taylor and Bailey have a lifetime of happiness ahead of them!

 
 

Erin & Aaron

engagement || wilmington, nc

IMG_4697.jpg
 
 

Aaron & Erin. Yes, you heard correctly! That’s why during our shoot, I had to say “girl Erin” & “guy Aaron.” But hey, whatever it takes ;)

This engagement session in Wilmington still has me swooning. It was literally such a beautiful, warm day, even though it was late December. These two are pushing through a long distance engagement, and I know they are so excited for their May wedding to be here soon. Aaron and Erin met at a local gym, and they definitely noticed each other at first sight. After a few weeks of chatting at the smoothie bar at the gym, Aaron finally asked Erin out for frozen yogurt, and the rest is history!

Before the shoot they said they were bad in front of the camera, but I beg to differ. I think you’ll agree!

 
 

Baba Wedding

Bear Creek, NC || The barn at woodlake meadows

IMG_6478.jpg
 
 

Photographing weddings is pure bliss. I love having the opportunity to capture such a momentous day for these sweet couples! Every wedding has its differences, but I love seeing how my couples’ personalities come out in them.

The Baba wedding was the perfect October wedding. Capturing Michael & Rachael’s wedding day was extra special to me since I have known them for so long and practically grew up with Rachael in our elementary & middle school days. I not only loved photographing the day, but I also loved watching them commit themselves to one another in front of their closest family and friends.

The Barn at Woodlake Meadows was a beautiful venue for their wedding day and everything ran so smoothly! There were animals in fields, a beautiful lake, and a hoppin dance floor!

Here’s some evidence to show how beautiful a day it truly was:

 
 

shoutout to the incredible vendors:

venue: The Barn at Woodlake Meadows

wedding planner: Stephanie Milosh at Beauty & the Budget Events

photography: Laura Sydney Photographer

videography: Katie Billheimer

caterer: The Barn at Woodlake Meadows

baker: Simply Cakes

DJ: Will Jackson

hair: Nicole Findle

makeup: Tiffany Carnes at Makeup by Tiffany

also, always thankful for my second shooter, Chloe, from Chloe Bram Photography!!

Stockwell Family

newborn || cary, NC

IMG_4591 4.jpg
 
 

I never knew how much I could love a baby that wasn’t mine! Watching my sister have her own little baby boy is wild. Time goes by so fast, but it is one of the most beautiful things I have ever been able to see. John and Ally have been the best parents, and I know that little James is going to grow up so stinking loved and spoiled by his family!

We are so grateful to have this new little addition to our family & Uncle Matt and I cannot wait to teach him how to prank mommy & daddy once he’s a little older ;)

 
 

Mason Stonecipher

Fuquay-Varina || Newborn

IMG_2987.jpg
 
 

I love being a photographer because I get amazing opportunities to meet families and watch them grow. Whether it’s the beginning of something (an engagement, wedding, or sweet new relationship) or a 50th wedding anniversary, it is beautiful. I had the pleasure of taking Michael & Corina’s engagement photos a while ago, and then we did second session when they added a second puppy to their family. This September, this sweet couple was blessed with the most precious little baby boy! Michael & Corina are such natural parents, and I know Mason is going to be loved sooo much forever and ever.

 
 

Paul & Heather

cary, nc || in-home session

IMG_2373.jpg
 
 

These two lovebirds are some of my favorite people.  I am so happy they found one another!  Heather and I got to work together for over a year and it always made us laugh how similar our lives were.  From planning businesses to planning our weddings, everything seemed to be in sync.  Better than all of that, we both scored amazing men who we get to spend our lives with!! 

Paul and Heather's love is sweet, fun, and tender, and I loved being able to capture them cozied up in their own home.  

 
 

John & Ally

apex, nc || maternity 

IMG_0173.jpg
 
 

This session has probably meant the most to me because these two (three!!!) are so near and dear to my heart.  My sister met John at college and fell in love so fast.  Fast forward almost three years and here they are-- one month away from having their first little baby! (my niece or nephew!!!) 

These two are more in love than ever & I know that they will make the best parents in the entire world.  Thankfully they have recently moved 15 minutes from Matt & I, so we get to see them more now too! 

Wow, I am just so excited to be an aunt and to watch my sister & her hubby raise a child together! 

 
 

Emily

raleigh,nc || senior

IMG_9838.jpg
 
 

I have absolutely loved senior shoots! What an exciting time for these teens as they enter into the last year of school before heading off to college. I remember my senior year was my favorite year of high school because was full of big decisions, deep friendships, and hard goodbyes. It wasn't always fun or easy, but it was such a year of growth that I would never trade for anything! 

Emily was such a sweet girl to work with!  She has the sweetest smile and was full of joy and laughter during the entire session.  I love how creative her mind is and how much she enjoyed pointing out spots in Raleigh for her shoot. I know that she will do amazing things as she enters in to her senior year of high school and when she goes off to college next year! 

 
 

Luke

Raleigh, nc || senior

 

IMG_8421.jpg
 
 

Luke graduates from high school this May and is so excited for the next chapter of life.  I have known Luke for years since he is my friend's younger brother, and sometimes it amazes me how quickly time goes by! 

Although it is crazy that he is already going off to college, I know Luke is going to thrive in whatever he does. I loved hanging out with him while we took his pictures because he's just a stand up guy. And the biggest surprise was... his girlfriend was getting her senior pictures done at the same place at the same time!! (So yes, of course we had to snag a couple pictures of them together)...Great couples think alike, huh? :)