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Grab a cup of coffee or tea, and enjoy exploring through some wedding, engagement, and life inspiration as well as tips for fellow photographers!

recent journal entries

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Well, this past December Jordan and I experienced the biggest surprise of our lives. WE’RE PREGNANT!!! I still can’t really get over the fact that this is all happening because it truly feels like the best dream ever. Throughout the years of our relationship, especially as we approached our wedding day, Jordan and I would […]

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Goodness, this session was fun! Cari and Alex came into town from the Raleigh area to squeeze in their sweet engagement photos before the holidays. They told me they wanted to do something a little different since they didn’t quite consider themselves to be beach people. But, they often make trips to Wilmington because they […]

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Wedding dress shopping was one of my favorite parts of the wedding planning experience!! It was such a fun excuse to get some of my favorite women together and to try on some of the most beautiful pieces of clothing I’ve ever seen. It certainly felt a little surreal being a “bride” and getting waited […]

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This engagement session was very special for so many reasons. Gina and Dillon are sweet friends of mine, so Gina and I had been dreaming of the day we would one day be taking her own engagement photos! Little did we know that Dillon was planning a surprise proposal this fall (which included surprising Gina […]

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One of my biggest goals for 2020 in addition to hosting The Prosper Workshop is to dive a little deeper into education. I remember what it was like when I was just starting out in this journey, so eager to learn and soak up as much information as I possibly could. I was always on […]

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Jeni + Matt chose to do their engagement session at Greenfield Lake in downtown Wilmington because it holds a special memory for them. It was where they had their second date! Greenfield Lake is a beautiful trail about 4 miles long (around you guessed it, a lake), so they each brought their dogs to take […]

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Karmina + Nick’s wedding day was unlike anything I’ve seen before! When Karmina and I got on our timeline planning call, she mentioned that she would like me to be at her “getting ready” location because they would be holding a Lebanese tradition of her father walking her out of his home for the last […]

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Liz and I were texting almost every day in the week leading up to her and Mike’s engagement session and hoping that the weather forecast would clear up in our favor. She had been sending me outfit ideas and I gave her some suggestions on places for hair and makeup. I really really love it […]

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Oh, these two!!! They are the most precious. I was absolutely thrilled that I was able to connect with Juliana + Austin for their engagement session. I hosted an Instagram giveaway for an engagement session several months ago…and Juliana happened to be the winner! Our schedules didn’t align until October, but I am so glad […]

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I had “Sheila and Mike” written on my calendar for October 26, 2019 for around a year and a half. So it’s safe to say that I was incredibly excited when this wedding day finally arrived! Everything about it was incredible, and even though the forecast looked iffy all week, we ended up having the […]

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wedding photographer serving the carolinas + southeast
 | based in wilmington, nc |

Among my other titles are:  fitness instructor, podcast co-host, latte lover, and rescue mom. I love connecting with people and getting to know my clients beyond our time together, and consider it an honor to capture some of the most exciting moments of their lives from behind the lens. Your joy brings me joy and I am so excited to meet you!

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