CLARE + HAMILTON - Claxton Farm Wedding

Ohhhh these two. THESE TWO. I think these two people are SO selfless and SO wonderful. Their wedding day is one of my all-time favorites! No exaggeration. Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0001

Clare and Hamilton's wedding was so, SO wonderful. Everyone was so chill yet so ON TIME. This makes for a super happy photographer. : ) Everything about the day was dreamy. Some favorite things that come to mind...

-The weather. It was a PRISTINE day, and the temperature was perfect. -The emotion. During the ceremony, Clare's hilarious uncle officiated and had all the guests laughing. I love it when an officiant throws in personal anecdotes about the couple's relationship; it makes the ceremony so much more special. Also, the couple's sweet vows to each other choked up quite a few (including me). -The rustic, beautiful tablescapes. Along with the gorgeous florals from Sweet Earth Flower Farm (love their sustainable methods!), Clare's mom and sister worked hard on the decor and it was SO lovely. -The attire. I LOVED Clare's dress and the fact that all the ladies in the wedding party (including the bride!) wore boots making it easy to walk around for photos. : ) And the guys looked pretty handsome too. ; ) -The band was excellent, which made for a rockin' dance floor full of guests! -The venue. This is my fourth time photographing a wedding at Claxton Farm, and I LOVE taking in the gorgeous scenery and the serene atmosphere each and every time.

Bride's dress: Allure Bride's shoes: Frye Bridesmaids' dresses: Anthropologie Groom's attire: Charles Tyrwhitt Groomsmen attire: own clothing Bow ties: Tangled Ties shop on Etsy Hair and makeup: Ananda Salon Florals: Sweet Earth Flower Farm Coordinator: M7 Event Solutions Ceremony music: Alec Gross Dessert: S'mores by the bride and groom Band: Risse Caterer: M7 Event Solutions Invitations: Rings: Eternity Wedding Bands

Clare and Hamilton, it was an absolute pleasure to be with you on your special day. Your wedding will forever be in my memory as a true testament of the love you share for each other and for your family and friends. Thank you for trusting me with such a beautiful day! xoxo.

And thanks to Jennifer Callahan Photography for shooting with me!

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These ladies are so gorgeous!Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0019Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0020

Of course we had to take a photo in front of "Carolina." : ) Clare and I met in college (yay UNC!).


What studs!Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0028Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0029Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0030Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0031

Loved the groomsmen gifts. Each flask had a personal nickname!Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0032Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0033Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0034Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0035Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0036Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0037Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0038Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0039Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0040


Clare, you're stunning even when you get emotional. Such a beautiful moment...Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0042Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0043Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0044Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0045Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0046Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0047Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0048

I don't think this gorgeous smile left her face the entire ceremony. Love it!Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0049Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0050Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0051Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0052Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0053Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0054Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0055Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0056Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0057Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0058Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0059



That burst of sunlight was ahhhhmazing.Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0062Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0063Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0064Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0065Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0066Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0067Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0068Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0069Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0070Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0071Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0072Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0073Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0074Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0075Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0076Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0077Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0078Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0079Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0080





Washington-DC-wedding-photographer_0085I should probably explain this one: the couple's shared last name is McNutt. These signs were cleverly made for the women's and men's bathrooms. : )





KAT + MATT - Claxton Farm Wedding

In late July, I had the honor of joining Kat & Matt and their families in Asheville, North Carolina to photograph this lovely couple's wedding day. Aren't they beautiful?

I know Kat from my college days at UNC. When we met, she was the editor of the Blue & White, and I was a photographer for the magazine. I remember meeting with her after an assignment to get feedback on my photos. She was really helpful and one of the sweetest editors I'd met. : ) I'm so proud to have been chosen to photograph her and Matt's wedding. It's truly the biggest compliment EVER to photograph a visually talented person.

Bride's dress: Justin Alexander Bride's shoes: Bridesmaids' dresses: Groom and groomsmen attire: Macy's Makeup: Blush Asheville Hair: Lola Salon and Gallery Florals: Blossoms at Biltmore Park Coordinator: Cortney Jackson of Asheville Event Company Cake and cupcakes: Patty Cakes Bake Shop Pies: Just Simply Delicious Invitations & programs: DIY by the bride Rings: Kirk Kara, bride; Macy's, groom

Kat and Matt were married at St. Eugene's Catholic Church in Asheville, and the reception was held at Claxton Farm, where I never tire of shooting. : )  When I think back about this wedding, two words come to mind: casual elegance. Everything was gorgeous and everyone was having a ball! No fuss, only fun. I LOVED the florals (a little too much, if that's possible) and the atmosphere. I also LOVE that Kat and Matt both come from big families (Kat is the youngest of seven sisters!). Photographing the kiddos at this wedding was a treat.

I wish all the happiness in the world for these newlyweds -- they definitely deserve the best! Enjoy some of my favorites, y'all.


Kat, you're so gorgeous!

ADORE this series of Kat's mom and dad and all the grandchildren.

Nephews - love!

Kat and her sisters - double love!

FAVORITE. Hands down.

Their photo booth prop and guestbook table was amazingggg.

I love how they laugh with each other. I saw them sneaking looks at each other like this all day long!

Each sister gave a toast that was so touching (and funny at times!).

These ribbon wands were meant for the exit, but I love how everyone used them to dance. : )

SASHA + SINIŠA - Antler Hill Barn Rehearsal Dinner

One word: SINASHA! : ) This is the term everyone used to affectionately describe this happy couple during their rehearsal dinner. I got a nice giggle out of it. I traveled up to Asheville, North Carolina to photograph Sasha + Siniša's rehearsal dinner at Antler Hill Barn at the Biltmore Estate in early May. Despite the random cold, un-spring-like weather, it was a beautiful event. I particularly enjoyed all of the heartwarming toasts. Every family member/friend/guest who spoke about Sasha + Siniša had such lovely things to say -- about them individually and as a couple. It really was endearing. Enjoy a glimpse into their special night!

Siniša's family is Croatian, and I loved all of the Croatian touches -- the table setting names, the appetizer flags, the authentic desserts.

How adorable is Sinasha's nephew?!

Everyone got a good laugh when Sasha's dad needed a music stand to hold his mile-long roast/toast. : )

Ahhh the wonders of technology. One of Sasha's bridesmaids couldn't be there due to pregnancy, so she pre-taped her toast and a fellow bridesmaid played it for her!

Featured: Rustic Wedding Chic - Meghan + Thomson's Wedding

Meghan + Thomson's stunning Claxton Farm wedding is featured on the fabulous Rustic Wedding Chic blog today! This wedding was the perfect blend of country + chic. I adored it! Go check out the full feature on Rustic Wedding Chic HERE. :)))

VICTORIA + BEN - Castle Ladyhawke Wedding

I am terrified of birds. T.E.R.R.I.F.I.E.D. I'm not sure how this fear originated. How did I survive this wedding, then? I think it was because Ben and Toria were SO sweet and fun to photograph that I momentarily forgot about the birds and clicked my little heart out. ; )

Victoria and Ben were married in early November at Castle Ladyhawke, a gorgeous venue tucked away in the mountains of North Carolina. It was truly a magical event. The details were awesome: a LEGO-inspired castle cake, a rockin' invitation suite and fresh blueberries in Victoria's bouquet, to name a few. And moments that I remember as extra special were the couple's SUPER sweet first look and a HAWK delivering the rings to the ceremony. Insane(LY amazing!).

Bride's dress: Jim Hjelm, purchased from Wedding Angels Bride's shoes: RSVP Bridesmaids' dresses: LightInTheBox Groom's attire: Express Ties: Original Penguin Groomsmen attire: Express & Bonobos Hair and makeup: Mallori Smith of FaceofMakeup Florals: flora events Cake: Debi Hall of Just Simply Delicious Caterer: Colorful Palate Paper suite (invites, programs, save the date): bride's sister, Melissa Shelnutt Rings: Sabri Guven Fine Jewelry Photobooth: ShutterBooth Falconer: Chip Gentry of Hawk Manor Falconry

Toria & Ben, thank you for having me on your special day. I'll truly never forget photographing your wedding... maybe you've cured me of my aversion to birds. : ) And thanks to Tye Harris for second shooting for me -- always a pleasure!

Love this photo!

"Whatever souls are made of, his and mine are the same." -Emily Bronte

Reading personal vows.

Hawk ring bearer WHAT?!

Sister love!

Loved that the couple watered a Bonsai tree during their ceremony.

Gangnam Style. Enough said.