Frank & Chelsea Condemi | Carolina Wedding Photographer

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Our hearts absolutely melt over this photo.  It wasn’t posed.  They are just that incredible.

Frank & Chelsea had a Thursday wedding that was *to die for.* We love that weekday weddings are becoming a thing! If you haven’t already, check out their engagement session here! You will swoon. Promise.

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We can make you this promise: anytime you see photos like these, the emotions are real. The laughs, cries, silly faces are all real. And they will forever be.  And that makeup?  That’s the amazing work of Michelle Clark.  She’s a Raleigh-based makeup artist and total joy bomb.  We loved having her along for this day.

 

 

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CHELSEA’S DRESS. Just all the yes. And we absolutely love capturing clients with all of the personality! 😉

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You will always hear us talk about how much we love first looks. They’re so intimate & emotional. We loved the privilege of being present for the first time Frank & Chelsea saw each other.

 

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Frank & Chelsea have large families that are really important to them.  They were wonderful right-hand men and women in every single aspect of this day.  We could not have asked to spend time with better people.

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Can you blame us for loving them so much?!

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Their grand champagne and sparkler exit was perfect. We could not have had a better time with these two!  A huge thank you, for letting us create images in the middle of your reception time.  It’s amazing what 15 minutes outside with us can make possible. 🙂

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Thank you, Frank & Chelsea, for letting us share this day with you. We had an absolutely incredible time!

 

So much stinking love,
Amaris & Adam

Brandon Cooke | Raleigh Portrait Photographer

 

 

 

We met Brandon in 2014 and snapped this photo.

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It’s okay…his green eyes have us mesmerized, too. There are not enough great things we can say about this guy. He is seriously one of our favorite people to be around. This year, he got ahold of us again for some acting portfolio shots. Oh, the difference a year can make!

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We had a great time gallivanting around Raleigh, creating some magic for his portfolio. Brandon, we can’t wait to see where your talent takes you!

 

xo

Reece & Kellay | Carolina Engagement Photographer

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It’s no secret we love to shoot in spaces our clients hold near and dear. Reece & Kellay took us around her family’s land and we had a blast! Not to mention, it was *beautiful.*

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Reece & Kellay are getting married in December at Vintage Church (a place we hold near and dear 🙂 ).

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The coolest part? In 2010 Reece lived in Kenya for 6 months. He and his host family are still in contact and they are raising money to get them to the wedding! If you’re interest in helping, visit www.reeceandkellay.com for more information.

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Thank you, Reece & Kellay for showing us around and dancing in front of our lens! We can’t wait for your December wedding!

 

xo

Frank & Chelsea | Carolina Engagement Photographer

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Meet Frank & Chelsea. You know how Amaris always has incredible hair? You can thank this girl. Amaris was thrilled (*like really, really thrilled*) when Chelsea asked her to capture their day. She is such a joy bomb we know their day will be just as great. When they walked up we had one of those “do we really know people this cool?!” moments.

They’re having a Thursday wedding at the Magnolia Plantation in Charleston. Thursday? Yes, Thursday. We hope this catches on as a trend. Vendors aren’t busy and prices are cheap. Thursdays are what’s up.

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We wandered around Charleston, got snacks and drinks, snapped a few photos. They changed, we grabbed some coffee and shot some more. The entire day was dedicated to relaxing, having fun and getting genuine photographs. It’s definitely a new favorite way to do things!

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We love anyone who will dance in front of our lens. Frank & Chelsea killed it.

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(^One of our new all time favorite photographs. Swoon!)

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Yes, we do know people this cool.

 

 

xo

 

 

Megan’s Bridal Session at Leslie-Alford-Mim’s House | Carolina Wedding Photographer

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It’s okay if you’re drooling over that dress. Just don’t drool on yourself. 😉 When Megan confirmed Leslie-Alford-Mim’s House to be their wedding venue we did a chair dance. Even more chair dancing commenced when we were able to get in for her bridal session! This house is absolutely one-of-a-kind and gorgeous. Mandy joined us for a hair & make-up trail run. We think she did pretty great. 🙂

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Megan put a lot of thought into the details, which we love! A good friend designed the invitations and programs (check back for their wedding blog, it’s hilarious). And what’s a wedding without hot pink shoes?!

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We all agreed it was difficult to pick a favorite. BUT this:

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Curious as to WHY it was so difficult to decide? Here are some more pretties for your enjoyment.

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Anyone who knows Megan will tell you how infectious her laugh is. We were cracking up all day! It’s great to spend quality time with our brides as they’re dressed up, chatting about their day. It’s a fun time to relax and let them be themselves in front of our lens. Not to mention, Mim’s House as a backdrop doesn’t hurt, either. 😉

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We had some *incredible* help from our friend, Adam, on this session as well! His creative eye is insane. We are always so thankful when we can work with him on events. All around the session couldn’t have gone any better and a huge chunk of that is due to him. He sent over a few favorites.

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Can’t lie- we basically lost it over this stair photo.

BIG thank you to Leslie-Alford-Mim’s House for having us, Mandy for hair & make-up, and Adam for keeping us on our toes. If you love these, just wait until you see their wedding day. <3

 

 

xo

 

The Grebow Family | Carolina Family Photographer

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What’s better than a giant field with white puffy clouds?! Mixing it with this sweet family, of course! Meet the Grebow family.

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They have the *cutest* little girls.

 

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Have you ever asked a child if they can cross their eyes? If you haven’t, you need to. Right now. It looks a little something like this:

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The girls love their momma! And each other. Which makes picture time a breeze.

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Happy Friday, everyone!

 

 

xo

Chris & Sarah | Carolina Engagement Photographer

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Chris & Sarah are two of the goofiest people we have ever met. In just 24 days they’ll be saying “I do” at The Hudson Manor in Louisburg, North Carolina. We trotted around the grounds for their engagement session and laughed our tails off.

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The Manor has a resident cat who followed us around all day. He would plop down, ready to be pet! How could we say no?!

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As former NC State Alums we connected and had a great time. 🙂 Chris knows exactly how to make Sarah laugh and it is precious to watch.

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We can’t wait for your wedding day! <3

xo

Watt & Alyssa | Carolina Wedding Photographer

Watt and Alyssa were married in June at The Bradford in New Hill, North Carolina. The venue is *stunning* and fit Watt & Alyssa’s style perfectly! Even though it rained not once, not twice, but THREE times (!!) we were able to set the ceremony up outside and everything fell into place. We are completely smitten over all the details from their big day!

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This bridal party was nothing short of wonderful and we totally love the robes Alyssa picked out for her girls.

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Before the ceremony, we spent some time with each of them. Alyssa is just as gorgeous on the inside! We had a blast snapping a few bridals before she walked down the aisle. (Yes, we’re swooning over this couch with you!). Watt and his groomsman were total joybombs. These two had the greatest people surrounding and supporting them.
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The rain finally subsided and the ceremony was underway. There was so much laughter and magic.

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How sweet is Watt’s reaction?! It’s safe to say everyone was overjoyed & ready to *party.* Their reception was nothing short of fantastic. We adore the script they chose for these details:

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These people know how to party. Want to play Where’s Amaris!? She loves sneaking into a shot every now and then. Plus, she loves to dance! 😉

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Did you spot her?! Third picture up- in case you need a little help. 🙂

Watt and Alyssa made their grand exit in style. We didn’t expect anything less!

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Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Watson Williams! We are so thankful you let us spend this memorable day with you. We can’t wait to see where life takes you! <3

xo

Wall Family | Carolina Family Photographer

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We recently did a family and maternity session with the Wall family. They are some of the kindest, genuine people we have photographed! It was an absolute joy bomb to run around with their little one and help them capture the *almost* arrival of their newest.

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Sarah is such a beautiful momma! And boy, oh boy…if you ever wanted to see some baby blues:

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Thank you, Wall family, for letting us be part of this special time. <3

xo

Ryan & Julia | Carolina Wedding Photographer

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In June, we watched Ryan & Julia tie the knot at the Timberlake House in Louisburg, North Carolina. The entire day was a total joy bomb. Julia looked *stunning* and Ryan looked sharp in his dress blues for the ceremony. In typical North Carolina summer fashion, it was blazing hot…blaaaaazing. I ended up changing clothes. As if wedding days aren’t crazy enough, there were ANTS in my dress! We still have no clue how they got there! Rain, shine, ants…through everything the hosts of the Timberlake impressed us with their kindness and gracious spirits.

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This was our first wedding at the historic Timberlake and holy.moly. The details are amazing! They could not have chosen a better place to celebrate their love.

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The details of their wedding perfectly matched the house. The flow of everything together was perfection.

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The pear preserves were HOMEMADE by Julia’s family. Are these not the cutest party favors you’ve ever seen?! Everyone involved in this wedding was incredible. Gracious, kind, funny, welcoming. We could feel the love and support surrounding Ryan and Julia. Before the ceremony they chose to do a first look {woo!}. We had a blast capturing this fun, emotional moment between them! The bridesmaids got their own sneak peek. 😉

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Alright, we’ll shut up {not for long…}. More pretties!

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Meredith girls unite!

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Now for the fun part: the party! These people know how to get.down.!

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How can you not love a bride enjoying a cigar with the guys?! We liked it so much we invited Ryan and Julia to get back into their wedding gear and hang out with Southern Smoke {be on the lookout for that post!}.

Congratulations, Ryan and Julia! Thank you so much for letting us share in this amazing day with you <3

xo
Amaris