DESTINATION WEDDING IN NEW JERSEY | BRIAN + KARINE

Oh man. What an adventure! Brian and Karine’s destination wedding in NJ was 1 weekend, 24 combined driving hours (several of those in DC traffic lol), 1 flat tire,  1 second-shooter (my wonderful friend Julia of Amore Vita Photography), and ultimately 3 crazy but fun days of working with one of the sweetest couples on earth! Brian has been a friend of our family for many years. He moved to Louisville, KY to attend Southern Seminary, and met Karine when they were neighbors and both working in ministry. They spent many months getting to know each other as friends, unable to discuss the possibility of dating due to the obligations of Karine’s internship. But the minute her internship was over (literally, the minute), they had a relationship-defining talk and soon after, Brian proposed! We met Karine for the first time here in South Carolina, when Brian brought her to town after their engagement. A few months later, we got to take their rainy-day engagement photos while we were in Louisville 3 weeks before their wedding for Michael and Melissa’s wedding! And in July, I got to capture their sweet, backyard wedding in Karine’s hometown in New Jersey. It was blazing hot, but such a wonderful day regardless. It was beautiful to see how perfectly each of them fit in with the other’s friends and family. It was encouraging to see so many friendly faces in a brand new place. And it was an absolute blast to watch the Charleston Southern crew breaking it down HARD on the dance floor (as they do). We’re so thrilled for these two, and know they’re meant for great things. Enjoy some of our favorites from Brian and Karine’s wedding!

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CHARLOTTE, NC MATERNITY SESSION | MATT + MOLLY

How is it even possible that God has given us the opportunity to have had so may AMAZING clients over the past 7 years? I truly have no idea. What a privilege to be able to be a part of such momentous milestones in so many lives… it’s truly humbling! We met Matt and Molly at a bridal show over 5 years ago now! We spent the next year and a half after that on pins and needles, waiting for their big day as we got to know them. Literally ALL of their other vendors can attest to the fact that their names “Matt and Molly” were never said amongst us without a smile or an “Awe!” These two are just that sweet. They were fearless at their engagement session and had an absolute blast being silly (and maybe trespassing a little)… they took us out to dinner after their wedding, just to tell us again how much they loved their images… when we opened our studio, there were there in support.

And now here they are, expecting their first baby! We had so much fun being able to capture these images as they step into this next, most incredible chapter in their lives. And we can’t wait to snuggle that sweet girl once she makes her debut. Enjoy a few of our favorites from our maternity session with Matt and Molly!

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CHARLOTTE, NC MATERNITY SESSION | JASON + KRISTEN

Sometimes, there are no words. We know… we’ve been those people to whom you just have no idea what to say. There are seasons of life you develop certain expectations for, not the least which is pregnancy, and preparing for your first baby! You never expect to be one of those people who gets terrible news about that baby. That’s the kind of thing that happens to other people, but not to you. And then, all of a sudden, it IS happening to you. You’re half-way through a pregnancy that seemed normal and healthy, and out of nowhere, you’re blind-sided by a doctor telling you that your precious baby …of whom you’ve been dreaming, for whom you’ve been planning, registering, decorating… is not healthy.

2 1/2 years ago, Brian and I were that shell-shocked couple in the doctor’s office. And for the last half of their pregnancy, Jason and Kristen were that couple as well. Kristen was referred to us through Be Not Afraid, a support-organization for families who receive a poor prenatal diagnosis. I know from experience that, once you hear the doctor tell you just how unhealthy your baby is… that you may never have the chance to hold her alive… your entire world comes crashing down around you. All the things you were looking forward about impending parenthood start to disappear. You cancel your baby shower… you withdraw from birthing class… you pack away all the sweet little clothes and baby things that have been finding their way into your home.

Maternity photos are one of the only normal “pregnancy” things you can do that makes complete sense after a prenatal diagnosis.

Because no prognosis can change the fact that, as your baby is alive inside your womb, you ARE her parent. Even though their daughter was not yet born the day we took these photos, Jason and Kristen WERE her parents, even then! She was alive and worth celebrating just as much as any other baby on-the-way would be. And that was worth remembering. Capturing.

This is why we do what we do. Because life is life. Whether or not some pompous, purist doctor deems it worthy does not change that fact. All life deserves to be celebrated, documented, and remembered. Even if that life is short, or different than what we expected for ourselves.

We’re thrilled to complete this post with the news that Baby Emmy was born alive, breathing on her own and is home now with her Momma and Daddy! We waited to post these images until after her birth, and now we’re so glad that we did so that we can end on a celebratory note. We even had the chance to meet this sweet girl the day she was born, and see the face her parents had only dreamt of meeting the day we took these maternity images. We hope that all of the images we captured of Jason, Kristen and Emmy will serve as a precious reminder, no matter how long or short a time they have with their girl, of how vibrantly she moved when she was inside her Momma’s womb, and what it is to love something this fiercely!

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