I love big families and I love when big families celebrate the holidays together! This early morning, post-Thanksgiving session was in a beautiful Raleigh neighborhood and was full of four generations of beautiful family members ranging from 3-months-old to 92-years-old. This family all convened in Raleigh but traveled from Asheville, Ohio, and Texas to celebrate Thanksgiving and decided to commemorate this big visit with a portrait session. This family was full of love and snuggles with sweet grandchildren while parents and grandparents were just trying to soak in all the sweet memories. Thanks for letting me be a part of your holiday + welcoming me with warm hearts into your home! Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas + a Happy New Year!
There is something to be said for a family named Truelove. Never have I seen such a genuine family that truly is full of love. Sarah and Greg have such an authentic love and it clearly radiates down to their two awesome kids (who I will forever want to be best friends and play pals with forever), Audrey + Stevie, who just shared endless amounts of hugs and kisses which makes them the sweetest brother and sister in the history of brothers and sisters!
We met at Pullen Park in Raleigh, which is the first amusement park in North Carolina, established in 1887. This was the most incredible place to go and have a family session, especially with an almost 7-year-old and 4-year-old. We romped around the park, played in the leaves, climbed the caboose, and of course, rode the famous carousel and train. The sheer childlike joy on Audrey + Stevie's faces made me melt inside a yearn for my childhood years! It was a fun and energy-filled day at the park with a family with such an honest love for one another! Thank you for this insanely fun day, Truelove family!
Meredith + Brett got married yesterday! I was beyond blessed and honored to take her bridal portraits back in May and be a part of her special day since Jerry + I weren't going to be able to make it to her wedding at the Cotton Room in Durham. The pictures I've seen so far have been beautiful, Meredith! Her bridal session was just a taste of the beautiful Christian ceremony + reception awaiting her and her new husband. We met out at Meredith College in Raleigh, Meredith's alma mater (a lot of Meredith going on!), just in time to soak up the golden light radiating through the trees. Meredith is a natural, Southern beauty and her groom is one lucky man! We shot all around campus in the amphitheater, the magnolia trees, the chapel, and the gardens surrounding the chapel to give Meredith ethereal and gorgeous bridal portraits. Her dress is decadent--luscious silk with a silver + ivory double lace overlay, rhinestone buttons down her entire back and ornate jewels that cinch her waist and drape across the sweetheart neckline. Her shoes were a fun pop of robin's egg blue and her coral + pink bouquet epitomize Meredith's outgoing and bubbly personality (check out the goofy photos at the end of the post)!
Meredith, you made a beautiful bride and Jerry + I wish you and Brett all the happiness and love in the world as you embark on this new chapter of life! Have a great honeymoon!