Oh.My.Goodness, ya’ll, lemme tell you! This ENTIRE family is SO amazing. They were all truly such good hearted, loving people. Every single one of them. Not to mention super beautiful and that land, oh my lawd, love!!

We spent a couple hours on the family’s property in Brier Creek, NC. It was such a beautiful day. Between the family, the land and the light, it felt so magical. I’m always so honored to be apart of all of these amazing people’s lives, even for a couple hours. It’s such a beautiful thing and it means a lot to me. This is far beyond a job. I’m so passionate about amazing people, capturing honesty, realness, rawness, just love. It’s truly amazing. I have people tell me time and time again they are so lucky to have found me, I feel the opposite. This makes my heart smile. I hope you can feel the love and magic, while looking at these, just as I did on that beautiful day.

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First of all, oh my goodness! Seriously, THIS is why I love my job, friends. When you feel like you’re ALWAYS saying time and time again how fricken awesome and amazing your clients are, you feel like folks start thinking you’re just a robot or you say that about every client, but the truth is, my clients truly ARE amazing! See, (I’m about to reveal a “secret”), just like my clients screen me to be sure I’m a good fit, I do the same. I am a down to earth, naturally kind person, that truly LOVES amazing folks, I love capturing in photographs what you can literally feel being there, with them. Which is their love and their excitement for one another. I want to capture all that sweet goodness, the rawness the pureness, in that moment, as is. I am truly passionate about my work. It means a great deal to me to photograph and work with people that are busting through the seems with love and passion about their life, their partner or whatever else! It’s beautiful, it’s real, it’s love. Ahhh!!! I’m so excited for this beautiful journey I’m fortunate and so honored to be on.

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Veroniqe and Tom are literally everything I just described, they are both so kind hearted and so fun. The love I felt from these two literally made my day. I was having a horrible day leading up to the shoot. I wasn’t feeling my normal happy, creative, excited self. Dudes! Lemme tell you, when these two showed up, within the first 5 minutes I was definitely like “We got this” haha, it was so awesome. It’s so inspiring. I think that’s my favorite part of my job seeing, capturing and producing the love that already exists. We choose Lake Wheeler Park, in Raleigh. They love each other so much and it truly makes me feel amazing to have been able to document that.

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Raleigh lake engagement, Raleigh wedding photographer, raleigh engagement photographer, brandi leigh, wedding, lake wheeler park, lake wheeler photo shootYes, yes I was basically laying down in the mud and water to get this shot but I mean ..you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do for the sake of love and art. Am I right?:)

 

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Jeniffer and Patrick are seriously one awesome, in love, couple!! I literally loved meeting these two.

Jeniffer chose the Little Rose Garden for her shoot. If you are following me on my Facebook Page then you will remember several weeks back I announced that I would be doing a “spread the love” shoot that I would be offering absolutely free, in hopes of ‘spreading the love’. Which means, doing something kind, giving back and reminding others to do the same. So many days and times I see people being so rude and unkind in pubic. Just at the grocery store, shopping mall etc. There’s no reason for it. It’s horrible and it hurts my heart that folks can sometimes lose sight of focusing on what’s important, kindess. My only request in return for the shoot was to do something nice for someone else, whether it be something as small as holding the door for someone, paying for their coffee or anything else kind and thoughtful. Jeniffer and Patrick ‘won’ this shoot and I am SO happy they did. I was able to meet two absolutely beautiful souls that are genuinely good people.  <3 <3 <3Destination Wedding Photographer, Raleigh Wedding photographe Destination Wedding Photographer, raleigh wedding photographer, north carolina wedding photographer, portrait photographer, carolina photographer, top photographer

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Ahh!! Ashley is simply stunning. She is one of the sweetest and most kind hearted people I have ever met, she’s truly beautiful, inside and out. We have been friends for years and I was so honored to be able to capture baby number 3! When deciding on the location for our shoot, of course I choose a nature filled, unique location. Ashley killed it in the perfectly colored Free People dress.

I, of course, brought along my bag of goodies and decided to use my Prism and a few other goodies:)

 

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So, this is Ashley’s rendition of what I was doing while taking the photo!! Hahaha! So funny!

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Oh Happppy Day!!

Melanie and Daniel have to be one of the SWEETEST couples that I’ve had the honor of photographing! These two are so adorable together and I’m so happy and honored to have been apart of their day. Their wedding was filled with love, family and God. All of which are so incredibly important to them. They picked the sweetest little southern venue, The Sutherland, in Wake Forest, North Carolina for their day. With an outdoor ceremony in front of the venue and all the reception fun under the gorgeous pavilion around back of the estate.     

I mean, are they not the cutest?!  And can you tell it was over 100 degrees?! Shew, we sure could, but man was it worth it!!:)

The Sutherland Is a charming southern venue. I have photographed multiple weddings here. It’s such a sweet, romantic venue that kind of feels like home. Ashlee from the Sutherland, is the Special Events Director and she is AH-mazing. Literally. So sweet, professional, down to earth and oh-so-helpful. Seriously, to me, the staff and vendors are a big part of any wedding day and how helpful + kind hearted they are can influence the mood of your wedding day, tremendously.

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If you can even imagine, Melanie’s inner beauty is just as beautiful as her outer beauty. Pearls and Lace, so dreamy! I literally get so happy when a beautiful wedding day comes together. I LOVE what I do. We were walking along the estate while doing Melanie’s bridals chatting and hanging out and I literally squealed so loud when I saw this Wisteria hanging. Y’all, this girl was excited. Like, maybe too excited.

Shooting through nature is literally love for me. If I can incorporate nature, I’m going to. At any given time at a wedding you will see me shooting through all kinds of random, possibly weird things. It’s SO much fun and I get excited about creating something new and wonderful.

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Melanie seeing her little brother for the first time all dressed up. This seriously makes my heart smile.  <3 <3

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Melanie and Daniel came together to say a prayer and exchange love notes to each other, just before walking down the aisle.

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