Mallory's Winter Flourish Wedding Invitations

When I received Mallory's wedding invitation in the mail, I knew I had to come up with a creative way to photograph the pieces since they came out so beautifully. While it took a team, a service, and a strategy to execute my vision- I couldn't be happier with the way they came out. 

The Thought Process

After some deliberation, I decided to photograph these invitations at Starlight Meadow on an antique door using only soft, natural light. I thought that this combination would produce the upscale, vintage look that I had envisioned the first time I opened the envelope. The calligraphy and flowers assist in heavily accompanying this vision, as well.

The Other Creatives

It takes a team to strive for vintage perfection. I reached out to some local and talented creatives I know to help me achieve the vision for this project. The flowers were provided by Lou Ann over at Southern Petals and featured white lisianthus with ivy and pink, yellow and white mother of pearl roses. These invitations were created through using the Winter Flourish design set. The calligraphy was done by the amazingly talented Alex Caldwell. Wedding photos are still in the lab but Mallory's bridal session is coming next. Until then, enjoy.

More About Minted.Com is a site to help you find the best designs and work from independent artists to make something uniquely yours. For Mallory's invitations, I decided to utilize their service because I wanted something unique, lovely, and absolutely gorgeous. Minted helped connect me with independent artists, like myself, so I loved their service- not just using it but, the impact of it. 

Thank you to all the other creatives on this project. Mallory's wedding photos are still in the lab but Mallory's bridal session is coming next. Her wedding and bridal session are just as unique and beautiful as these invitations. Until those are posted, enjoy.


Hudson Manor Estate wedding venue in Louisburg, NC restores facade

I've had the opportunity to photograph quite a few weddings at The Hudson Manor Estate in Louisburg, NC. It is a beautiful venue for a wedding and the owners have received awards from The Knot for "Best of Weddings 2013 -2017" and the "Couples Choice Award" from Wedding Wire 2010 - 2017.  

It is North Carolina's most award winning wedding venue and it is worth a visit if you are planning your upcoming wedding. The venue has lake and pastoral views and lush gardens create a nice backdrop for any outdoor ceremony. Ceremonies can be held in either the Columned Garden, Lakeview Covered Veranda or Wedding Chapel for a spring, summer or fall ceremony. Winter wedding ceremonies are held in the on site wedding chapel where dimmed lighting, decorative mouldings and stained glass lend an air of old Southern charm. 

A few weeks ago, I visited the venue to photograph the recent renovations made to the front of the manor house. It was restored to its original design and now features beautiful custom ironwork for the front balcony and lower railings. This will make some new opportunities for some nice images. If you are interested in exploring all the venue has to offer, contact Melissa at or call at 919-219-9139.

(Top: Old facade; bottom new facade)

Chris & Beth: A beautiful rustic outdoor wedding in Mount Olive, NC

Yesterday, Chris and Beth had an amazing afternoon for their wedding in Mount Olive, NC and I was fortunate to be with them to tell their story. Here are a few teasers from the day with lots more to come soon. Chris and Beth, it was so much fun to work with you and your full collection of images is going to be beautiful. Until then, enjoy.