Magnolia Ridge Photography: Blog https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog en-us (C) Magnolia Ridge Photography krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) Sat, 04 Apr 2020 21:56:00 GMT Sat, 04 Apr 2020 21:56:00 GMT https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/img/s/v-12/u610805071-o453473355-50.jpg Magnolia Ridge Photography: Blog https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog 120 80 Fall Stories: Free Download-Bucket List https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/9/fall-stories “A fallen leaf is nothing more than a summer’s wave goodbye." ~Unknown

This weekend is the last Hoorah of summer, but the weather is already singing sweet fall. The heat may be holding on in NC, but the leaves are showing changes, the morning air is crisp and cool. All I want to do is drink warm latte's and plant mums while placing pumpkins (real and fake) EVERYWHERE. If there is a spot I can put a pumpkin, it gets a pumpkin! Fall is my absolute favorite!

Stephen's favorite holiday is Halloween and we have been planning out costumes for different events for awhile now. (Stay tuned for a special edition Halloween Bucket List) We will have to make our annual pilgrimage to the Spirit Store in the next week or so. Just like summer there are so many traditional fall activities that are perfect family moments and photo opportunities. We do not get to do them all because Fall is actually our biggest wedding season so we are strapped for time on the weekends.

Like summer, I am going to make an effort to do a FEW from my personal fall list. What screams fall to you? Hot cider and trips to the apple orchard? Pumpkin patches and lattes? Cotton candy and a county fair? We hope you enjoy our free downloadable bucket list OR make your own with our blank copy! Tell us what's on your personal fall bucket list in the comments! 

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) Bucket List Downloads Fall Photography https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/9/fall-stories Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:15:00 GMT
Summer Recap: Show us your Summer Bucket List https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/9/summer-recap-show-us-your-summer-bucket-list “To say it was a beautiful day would not begin to explain it. It was that day when the end of summer intersects perfectly with the start of fall.”

– Ann Patchett

It always makes me a little sad when the heated days of summer come to an end. The slower sizzling afternoons by the pool, the laughter and fun of kids around, and the long evenings with friends by a grill. I miss my kids and the slower work days but at the same time there is always a little bit of freedom and a return to a schedule that makes me feel more productive. 

I hope you were able to use our downloadable Summer Bucket List or create one of your own! We would love to see your photos from your adventures! Link us to your blog, album, page or post a photo in the comments! 

“With all these lovely tokens of September days are here, with summers best of weather and the autumns best of cheer.”

– Helen Hunt Jackson

Enjoy a few moments from our Summer Bucket List and come back next week for the Official Fall kickoff and free Fall Bucket List Download! 

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) bucket list Summer https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/9/summer-recap-show-us-your-summer-bucket-list Sat, 14 Sep 2019 00:29:39 GMT
Peach Dreams: A Little Girl's Fairy tale Wedding Comes True https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/9/peach-dreams "To have your childhood dream realized is a really big deal." Maya Rudolph

You hear it often. "Every little girl dreams of her wedding day." "Every little girl's dream dress". I know some children and teens plan their weddings. I remember keeping notebooks of magazine clippings and drawings for everything. One for my wedding, one for travel, and one for interior decorating. This was before Pinterest (actually BEFORE internet though I hate to admit that!). I can't possibly be the only one! What did your dream wedding look like when you were young? 

Now it is much easier with Pinterest and online files to dream of weddings. My daughter LOVES being a flower girl and dressing up for photos and she often talks about what she will do for her wedding. So what would it look like if a little girl had a dream come true? Would it translate into an adult wedding? We all know some little girls would pick a rainbow theme and ride in on a unicorn and really with the capabilities of today's trends, that is not totally out of the question. Like all little girls though, my daughter changes her mind daily. She is consistent on many things but she goes through phases on colors etc. One month it is everything PINK, the next she loves all things AQUA or MINT. 

This summer she was all about Peaches and Giraffes. (She's always loved giraffes and has a herd of them on her bed that she rotates for nightly cuddles). Some amazing vendors and I decided to make a little girl's dream wedding a reality and it was beautiful! I hope you journey with us for this look at a Little Girl's Peach Dream Wedding. Be sure to watch the video here: It's a magical story! 

It all begins with an idea. Every wedding does right? A Walk through a peach orchard with your favorite dude...aka Max the Giraffe imagining dancing on your wedding day with your groom sparks a lifelong dream of what your romance will be. Millstone Creek Orchard in Ramseur opened their beautiful orchard to us at sunset to dance amongst the trees and dream peachy dreams.

We invite you to a day of Peach Wedding Play in this dreamy wedding styled session! Invitations by the AMAZING Taaenoelle and Co!

The sweetest dreams turn into a beautiful wedding. An amazing stage was set at The Longhouse Event Venue in Stokesdale, NC. Anna, the amazing director there collaborated with me from day one on developing the ideas for this summer shindig and we were so excited when this Peach Dream wedding inspiration hit. We sent our very own Pinterest Board to Dahlia's Floral Designs (of Clemmons area) and Rosa Mae's Catering who provided some amazing decor, flowers, and food to compliment what Anna had designed. A gang of kids ready to play in party clothes provided by Suburban Made and Black Tie Formal Wear topped off by styling from Reflections Hair Salon (all of High Point).

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What would this dream wedding entail without the future version of Katie to enjoy this childhood vision? Lauren and Nate were the perfect couple for our story! Dresses and accessories provided by Songbirds Consignment were perfect for this sweet southern fairy tale.  

What would a child's play day (or adult reception) be without cookies and custom drinks? NM's Cookies and Bungalow and Brews are always a perfect treat for any party or event! 

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We want to thank ALL the vendors who were inspired with this session and assisted not only on their parts but on the production side. In addition to the above, Amanda K Creative handled video and to the parents of all our sweet kids who came to play, thank you, thank you, thank you. We hope your sweet kids enjoyed working with us too! 

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We will send you on your way to dreamland, with a royal exit fit for any bride but especially a little princess with a carriage ride into the sunset by Dorvit's Carriage Rides. It may not be a unicorn but these beautiful gypsy horses and pristine carriages are definitely a dream come true!

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We hope you are all dreaming of beauty and fairy tales and that they all come true for you. All of these amazing vendors are here for you and we hope we inspire you for your beautiful days to come! Comment and tell us what you think of our "A Little Girls Dream Come True: Peach Dream Wedding". 

 

 

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/9/peach-dreams Sat, 07 Sep 2019 00:27:55 GMT
Summer Inspiration: Vintage Cactus https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/7/summer-inspiration-vintage-cactus A creative person has to create. It doesn't really matter what you create. If such a dancer wanted to go out and build the cactus gardens where he could, in Mexico, let him do that, but something that is creative has to go on.

Katherine Dunham

The summer is in full swing, and even perhaps on the downhill slope toward fall. The longest day of the year has past us and people are starting to wilt like cut flowers at the end of the long dry days. My grass crackles under my feet as its parched blades weep into the dry dust. Every day I get hopeful that a pop up storm will give us some relief but they all continue to miss us.  cactus, inspire, styledcactus inspiration This hot dry weather makes me think of dry deserts, prickly cactus and the colors of a canyon. What fabulous inspiration for a wedding. Cactus and Succulents have seen a trending increase over the past few years (showing up strong in 2017) and are not showing signs of departing anytime soon so items are readily available to help you create the perfect mood. You can bring in this theme just a little or a whole heckuva lot! Pair it with modern, traditional, rustic or vintage. We chose to bring in a vintage vibe in this BOHO Glam Cactus styled Session!  I hope this encourages you to find your own style and explore possibilities for your big day! Check out this amazing list of vendors who came together for this!

Venue: Blandwood Carriage House

Rentals: Eventful NC

Cake and Accessories: Rosa Mae's Catering

Photography: Magnolia Ridge Photography

Flowers: Keepsake Bouquets

Bridal Gown: Songbirds Bridal, Formal, & Consignments

Groom's Attire: Black Tie Formal Wear

Videography: Mechanical Eye Films Videography

VIDEO CAN BE WATCHED HERE

Planning and Decor: Amanda K Events & Designs

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) cactus inspired Photography styled https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/7/summer-inspiration-vintage-cactus Fri, 19 Jul 2019 13:00:00 GMT
The Why of Christmas in July https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/7/the-why-of-christmas-in-july "When you sing Christmas in July, you rush the season." ~Édouard Blau 1892

Did you know the Theory of Christmas in July dates back to 1892 from a French play? It was further ingrained when churches started doing Christmas programs in July to increase donations for presents to be distributed for charity at actual Christmas time.

Through the decades various industries, companies and organizations have used “Christmas in July” as themes to kick off campaigns, create awareness ahead of the season etc. For example, the US POSTAL Service in conjunction with the military who used the theme in 1944 at a luncheon in NY, to kick off an overseas mailing campaign for service personnel.

In more recent years, it has become an annual tradition for companies like Hallmark and QVC to coincide with item releases such as the keepsake collection of ornaments.

Christmas in July is not exclusive to the United States and merchandising opportunities but celebrated (in small amounts) around the world in places like Denmark, Canada, Australia, MadagascarBolivia Papua New GuineaParaguaySouth Africa and New Zealand.

Many people go as far as having small celebrations, small scale decoration and even presents. For an actual Christmas in July celebration many people use July 25th but July 12th is also popular as the halfway point to Christmas (Half of 24 (Christmas eve) is 12 and Half of 12 (December) is 6/July).

Recently, I have seen some beautiful white trees with RED and Blue décor to celebrate 4th of July and Christmas in July simultaneously. While we do not go so far as doing an actual Christmas celebration, I do enjoy watching the Hallmark movies, browsing store selections and seeing what is poplar for the year décor wise.

More importantly we start getting active on our Santa Portrait Group (Facebook) and booking our time slots for Santa/Holiday Photos. This is the time of year I have to start organizing our Holiday Calendar, making sure paperwork is filed with the Parade organizers for our float and will often have a tent at a local festival. This year we will be in Kernersville at the 50th Anniversary of the Kernersville Raider’s Carshow! GO RAIDERS!

I also lock in our official Design tweaks to our Santa set and start shopping for items needed. I like to go Antique shopping at this time of year to bring in “new” vintage toys for the set. I have already picked up a few new pieces and am so excited about the updated set(s).

Now, we ALWAYS get a little flack for being so GUNG HO Christmas (even though I try to keep social media blasts low key). There’re always some naysayers with their undies in a twist when Hobby Lobby puts out their Christmas merchandise but here is what I have to say about all that. People who craft, who decorate professionally, who build sets or basically do ANYTHING that relies on holiday items to earn income HAVE to be 6 months ahead of the holidays to profit from them. (I know, I said the evil P word. While I love photography -another P word-, I do have to make a living so yes, Santa Photography needs to contribute to my income no matter how much fun I have doing it!) Honestly, when people show up at those fall festivals, and Santa sets in November, I don’t hear any complaints about everyone being prepared (look another P word).

So enjoy a refreshing blitz of Christmas during the draining heat of summer, and check out our available dates and book your time slots! Our Snowy window will be back better than ever this year and our set is getting an upgrade and going traditional in colors! As always, we will be working with our amazing Hall of Fame Santa Jac!

 

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) Christmas July Photography Santa https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/7/the-why-of-christmas-in-july Sat, 13 Jul 2019 01:04:06 GMT
Kurt and Sarah's Homerun: A Baseball Themed Wedding https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/6/baseball-themed-wedding “Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.”
Yogi Berra

 

So what could be better than a baseball themed wedding? This is no three strikes your out situation. This was a HIT IT OUT OF THE PARK, HOME RUN love story! Kurt and Sarah had this outwardly relaxed demeanor upon our first meeting. They were organized and on point, and how could they not be? They hired an amazing planner to oversee their day! The details were amazing and they were relaxed and confident from beginning to end. Every moment was beautiful, detailed and fun. 

One of the most amazing parts for me as a photographer, was the extra time built in between their traditional church ceremony and the reception. Most weddings we are confined to 45 minutes to an hour on site for formal photos. We had just over 2 hours for formals with Kurt and Sarah and had the best time moving locations and photographing SO MANY portraits and just having FUN on their day! 

Despite the rain, these are by far (and maybe because of the rain) some of my favorite photos. Locations, extra time, a fun relaxed group all made for AH-mazing wedding photos. For Video Highlights of their day go HERE! Check out this group of vendors and enjoy photos of their big day! 

Cake: Cake and all things yummy

Florist: Bo-ty florist

DJ: A&A 

Wedding Planner: Coordinating dreams 

Ceremony: St. Leo's Catholic Church

Formal Photos: Reynolda Gardens

Reception and Catering: Historic Brookstown Inn

Photography: Magnolia Ridge Photography

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/6/baseball-themed-wedding Sun, 30 Jun 2019 04:35:00 GMT
Summer Stories: Part I Free Download Summer Photo and Bucket List https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/6/SummerBucketList Summer Stories: Part I Free Download Summer Photo and Bucket List

It’s summer time!! Time for vacations, stay-cations and heat. For me, that also means getting my work done around kids, extra yard work, and gardening. I have a slightly slower wedding schedule since I do not book as many in the summer because my kids are young and at home. So this is a great time to enjoy vibrant summer colors: blues, hot pinks, citrus yellow, vivid greens, a time to take in all the beauty, the heat and ICE CREAM!

Even though I have a lighter wedding schedule, I often feel my work schedule picks up in other ways. We do a ton of bridal sessions and engagement sessions for our fall and spring wedding clients. We do more meetings plus I am in holiday planning mode so that my sets etc are ready to go while I’m in the middle of crazy fall wedding season. This business rarely slows completely down, just the to do list changes a bit.

I tend to get caught up in business and put it first. My clients are important to me but so are my family. So this summer, I decided to not just make a “project” list of things I want to get done, but a BUCKET list of things I want to do. Traditions like going to the drive-in theater. Fun moments that inspire me from my own childhood: eating watermelon on the porch. Basically a list of colorful summer inspired moments that I want to share with my kids. I’m going to take it one step further and try to get a few “perfect” photos that capture each of those moments. I’m notorious for not photographing my own kids. When I get home from work, I put my cameras away and occasionally remember to “snap” a few photos with my phone. I’m really noticing that my kids are growing up and I am not capturing that for myself as much as I should be. You would think as a photographer, my kids would be well documented but I guarantee they have fewer photos of themselves than any of their peers! (I know, bad mommy!)

So I would love to learn all about your summer plans! What inspires you? Comment and share what is on your summer bucket list. To inspire you, here is my Bucket List as a free download. You are welcome to use this for your own summer inspiration or use my blank template I created to make your own customized version!

I can’t wait to see your summer!

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/6/SummerBucketList Sat, 22 Jun 2019 00:06:28 GMT
Is YOUR nose RED? https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/4/is-your-nose-red Have you ever stepped foot in a Walgreens drug store? If you are like me, you have. They are a 24 hour haven of last minute sanity and prescription medicine. If you have ever dashed in for last minute Easter Candy, (not that I have, that Easter Bunny is on the ball, I swear!) or frantically picked up some waterproof mascara before a sappy movie with the girls (of which I also have no experience whatsoever...) than you are probably familiar with the Red Nose Campaign! Walgreens partners with Comic Relief Inc. to raise over $60 million dollars since 2015. The money and donations are used to provide children with food, safe housing, vaccinations and medicine.

"The Red Nose Day Fund provides grants annually to charities who demonstrate they are doing work in the US and overseas to help end child poverty." You can find out more information about the campaign on the website

I am all for giving back. We (the family behind Magnolia Ridge) have been blessed many times over and continue to work with amazing couples. We work a lot with animal charity programs as they are close to our heart but we have also walked and contributed to such events as The March of Dimes and The Colon Cancer Walk, The Hero Run (Dress as a Superhero to raise money and awareness for Lung Cancer). 

It was a distinct pleasure to photograph the wedding of a Walgreen's Pharmacist back in 2017 who had the heart to incorporate the company charity into her big day! Red Noses at a Wedding! This playful couple was so much fun through the whole day but it really made my heart happy to see how willing and eager they were to create awareness and support this charity! Let's get ready to celebrate Red Nose day on May 23rd, 2019 with a look back at all the Red Nose Fun at their wedding. Don't forget to go to Walgreen's and pick up your Red Noses and show them off at work, play, and social media on the 23rd!!!

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/4/is-your-nose-red Fri, 26 Apr 2019 12:00:00 GMT
Do You Give Grace? https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/4/do-you-give-grace Grace: (n) Courteous goodwill, (v) do honor or credit to by one's presence

Why is a Wedding Photographer talking about giving grace? Because no matter how hard we think someone or something is hard on us, we are always hardest on ourselves (and our own children!). I see it all the time. Parents want the perfect picture with Santa but are unsure how their child is going to react or get upset/try bribery, apologize for behavior. I promise you. Santa and I? We have seen it all. It doesn't bother us and we have the patience to deal with the situation. Child is nervous and doesn't give a true smile in every photo? It's okay. It's a moment in time and children have moods, emotions, moments as they learn to adapt to their environments, react to situations and pressures. Are we as parents giving our children grace when needed or expecting too much of them in the situations we put them in? Are they upset about an outcome or are you? It's okay to expect or want but we need to know when to apply grace to others and ourselves.  baby crying, portraits, nocryingPortrait Session Shenanigans

Mother-in-law, grandmother, bridesmaid, whoever causing issues or being difficult on your wedding day? It's okay. Do not apologize to us for their behavior. We have seen it all and we know how to deal with difficult family and friends. We will do our best to diffuse and create moments of happiness for photos so you don't look back and see sour faces. The thing is, we are accustomed to dealing with these situations and its okay, I promise. Breathe and give grace. Don't let others affect your moment. 


People get so caught up in perfection. The perfect wedding, the perfect portrait, the instagram worthy/ pinterest perfect event and moment to share and remember.  The definition of Perfect: (adjective) conforming absolutely to the description or definition of an ideal type. So really what is perfection? It is OUR own preconceived notions of what we think we want. Where do we get those notions? From other peoples weddings? Other people's portraits? Are we measuring our own moments against an entirely different set of personalities, situations, and moments that have nothing to do with us? Has social media done more harm than good when it comes to the idea of what our life moments SHOULD BE? If you look at the definition of Perfect when used as a verb: to bring to completion; finish/ make flawless or faultless, then we know that each of our moments are technically by definition perfect. No need to compare them to something else that we think should be the ideal. Each wedding, each portrait session, each recorded moment is brought to completion and can be considered flawless or faultless if we do not focus on those aspects we wish to believe are flaws. 

As photographers, we think we have to take perfect pictures on vacation, keep up with social media, show these picture perfect photos all the time, but when I am not at work, I am just a mom. I do not take our camera's on vacation. I use my cell phone at birthday parties. I do not post a blog post for a month because I get busy editing and working with clients, and going to my kids' soccer games. LIFE HAPPENS and LIFE is NOT PERFECT. Give yourself the same grace that you would bestow on someone else or that you wish someone would give to you. Life does not have to be overwhelming or meet someone else's standards. Sometimes it just needs to be full of flaws and grace to be a PERFECT moment. 

Ephesians 4:7 NIV

7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.

This week, I am giving myself grace. Grace for not keeping up on my blog, for choosing time with my family and taking a short vacation, and grace for actually enjoying it. What are you giving yourself grace for this week? 

~Krista

 

 

 

 

 

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Date The Wedding- A night of Fun, a night to plan! https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/3/date-the-wedding--a-night-of-fun-a-night-to-plan I've discussed a lot about bridal shows this year. From How to Get the Most out of a Bridal Show to a line up of some of the Local Shows and which may be best for you.  Today, I get to actually SHOW you a unique bridal show. For the past five years, I have been part of a unique wedding planning experience at Date The Wedding.  

This show is different in that all the vendors (one of each type) actually does their full job, as if this were a real wedding situation. The "guests" arrive as if they are coming to an actual wedding. They get passed appetizers, time to meet vendors at small tables, and then a wedding "ceremony" styled fashion show. appetizers, waitstaff, catering, weddingPassed appsRosa Mae's staff sharing appetizers Models are styled by professional bridal/tux shops  and hair and makeup by a wedding beauty artist. Flowers and decor by a local shop. In the past, we have had real officiants but for the recent show our wonderful DJ was Master of Ceremony. He and our planner gave many tips on planning the perfect day and what goes on behind the scenes. 

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After the fashion show, I discussed what goes into the formal session and actually let them witness and ask questions while I photograph the models. Guests get to enjoy a full buffet dinner while eating/discussing with other couples and vendors. One lucky couple gets to practice their cake cutting skills for the big day. 

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The night is concluded with a "reception" of dancing, photobooth fun and prizes. I've always loved the concept of this show because it is so relaxed. The couples really enjoy it and unlike some of the other shows, there is never any overwhelmed "deer in the headlight" glazed expressions. They were engaged, having fun and getting ideas as well as falling in love with the vendors.  photosreception funphotobooth and group photos to end the night photosreception funphotobooth and group photos to end the night

This year, I was particularly invested in this show as my daughter modeled as a flower girl. She had the best time. I hope you enjoy a look back at this year's show. These vendors are ALL AMAZING and you can't go wrong. 

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Our videographer had an emergency gig and was unable to attend so I did a little bit of video work. You can see the video here! 

Vendors:

Songbirds Bridal Boutique and Consignment

Black Tie Formal Wear

Rosa Mae's Catering

Keepsake Bouquets and Decor

Amanda K Designs and Events

DJ Paul Cordts

Snap Post Photobooth

Blandwood Mansion and Carriage House

The Longhouse

Magnolia Ridge Photography

Suburban Made

Amethyst Vacations

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) Bridal Show Engagement Event Photography wedding https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/3/date-the-wedding--a-night-of-fun-a-night-to-plan Fri, 15 Mar 2019 12:00:00 GMT
A Winter Wedding for Kayla and Dylan https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/3/a-winter-wedding-for-kayla-and-dylan We delivered this sweet wedding a few weeks ago, but it is worth revisiting for a blog post! This wedding was full of fun and quirky nerdy aspects which we always love! Stephen had a blast hanging out with these groomsmen playing with light sabers (and the sabers even went down the aisle this time!). It was another icy cold winter day but the temperatures didn't stop everyone from having a great time. Keeping it simple and relaxed, this couple was all about the love and being with their friends and family. What better way to begin your life together than snuggled in a warm venue with your favorite people!

If you missed their video go see it here!!

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) Castle Photography Wedding https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/3/a-winter-wedding-for-kayla-and-dylan Fri, 08 Mar 2019 22:51:37 GMT
Past, Present, and Future: Creative Maternity Session in a Graveyard. https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/3/past-present-and-future-creative-maternity-session-in-a-graveyard When you think of a maternity session, you think of pastel gowns, bright airy days, soft smiles, holding hands over rounded bellies, sweet booties. As a society we so often look forward, breathlessly awaiting that NEXT. The next session showing a sweet bouncy baby, the next holiday to see posed holiday themed children's photos, the next wedding in a family to ooooo and ahh over a lovely bride. Sometimes, the past is briefly touched on through a token: a grandmother's baby bonnet passed down, a picture of a loved one on a bouquet. How many times do you really take that idea of what has come before, and meld into one image with what comes after? This has long been a running dialogue in my head. Something eternally beautiful about an elegant woman on the cusp of birth giving homage to those who brought her here. 

 

"Birth is not the beginning, Death is not the end." ~Zhuangzi

 

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I have a few people in my life who can attest that I've long wanted to do a maternity session in a graveyard, and then came Laura. My beautiful friend who is so vivacious and would look stunning in red. The perfect contrast to a dark colorless winter day amidst old stones. The perfect graveyard where many of my own ancestors are buried, that has a huge historical impact on the area, and gave us appropriate permissions and rules for our session. With this crazy weather we have had, we even ended up with a perfect day. It all came together perfectly and the impact the photos have had on my art and passion for what I do are incredible. 

 

 "Birth and death are not different states, but they are different aspects of the same state." ~Mahatma Gandhi

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My assistants were invaluable and while the photos may look serious, I promise we had a blast (and maybe one day, I will get a blooper reel put together but that's another post for another day.) This entire session could not have been pulled off without the full crew and I'm excited to say I am looking forward to future maternity sessions. I would love to design a creative and engaging session that is perfect for you. 

I hope you love this as much as I do! Leave me some comments and tell us what you think of this out of the box maternity session! XOXO~Krista

For more from this session be sure to check out the video! 

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) creative dark gothic graveyard Maternity maternity https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/3/past-present-and-future-creative-maternity-session-in-a-graveyard Fri, 01 Mar 2019 23:55:36 GMT
Bridal Show Extravaganza: What, When, Where https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/2/Bridal-Show-Extravaganza Have you been to a bridal show yet? If you just recently got engaged on Valentine's Day, you may not have had that pleasure, but all the Christmas Brides probably know what I'm talking about. It is the time of the year that we love, (meeting new brides, the excitement and love in the air) but can also be overwhelming for everyone (trying to talk to so many people without making anyone feel hurried, rushed, overlooked, brides feeling like there is so much to do, so many choices, so much money for everything). We get it. WE do! We've been the bride and groom but we've also been at A LOT of bridal shows in the past several years. A LOT. We have met so many couples in various stages of planning.

Some of you will have attended or been in weddings (with a few having had a wedding before) and some of you may never have been to a wedding so are even more overwhelmed by this process! While some of you will choose to get a planner right off the bat to help you navigate this world of vendors, colors, overlays, chargers, flowers, and venues, many will choose to go it alone. (Either way, we are always here to help!) In fact, before your take off to your first/next bridal show read our blog post on How to Get the Most out of Bridal Shows here! 

So let's get to the point, where do you go? Which shows are the best? They are all good in their own ways. It really depends on which services you need, what your budgets are and what your schedules allow. So let's run through them fairly quickly. For the sake of keeping the field narrow, we are going to confine it to the immediate Triad and only shows that we have shown/are showing at for this year. (I know that is not all encompassing but trust me when I say, you do not need to be even more overwhelmed).

We will start with the largest: The Carolina Wedding Show. Three locations, twice a year. Greensboro and Winston-Salem in January/Feb and August. This is a large show with hundreds of vendors at large locations such as the Fair grounds and the Coliseum. It's a maze of curtained 10 x 10 booths with a center stage. Multiple vendors of each category often with "purchase now sales pitches". This is a fast paced show with a large crowd of attendees that works well for the "seasoned" bride who knows what she is looking for and has direction for her wedding. The newer brides can often get inspiration but it can be very overwhelming with all the options and people. If you did not attend this show already, catch the next one in August (but if you haven't been to a show, maybe hit a few smaller ones first!) Some of you reading this probably met us at the Greensboro Coliseum Show on February 2nd. 

Eat, Drink and Be Married Bridal Show at Castle McCulloch. This show is at a larger venue every other month alternating between Tuesday nights and Sundays so it works well with a lot of schedules and because it happens consistently is easy to find time to attend. This show is medium in size. Attendees can be the same quantity as The Carolina Wedding Show but with far less vendors and a spread out open layout. Not quite as overwhelming but still multiple vendors of each category for choice (though 2-4 of each vs 10-15 of each at CWS). This is a good all around show. Still enough for choice but not too large for the newly engaged and did I mention the food? AMAZING and Plentiful food and fun prizes with more chance to win! The next show is March 17th. What better way to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day than good food, planning your wedding and an early start to the drinks at the Castle Bar? 

Date The Wedding. This is a small intimate show in a completely different format from any other show in the area. It has one of each vendor actually doing their work to put on a wedding. Rather than an actual wedding, it uses models for a ceremony style fashion show. A full sit down meal reception that includes cake, dancing, bouquet toss and ends the night with prizes. This show is loved by both seasoned show goers and new brides because the format is informative, not overwhelming and relaxed. Several grooms say this is their favorite show because it includes them and they get a "date" with their bride all while planning their upcoming event! This is one of our favorites because it is at smaller venues with limited tickets so it is very intimate and we get to know the couples and they get to know us. Next event is March 3rd from 5-8pm. Definitely check out this show! 

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Randleman Wedding Expo: Sponsored by the Randleman Chamber of Commerce. This is a county wide show featuring many of the area/surrounding area vendors. It is about the size of a venue show but not tied to a specific venue or vendor. Wonderful vendors, good food, intimate atmosphere. This year it will be held at the local high school to avoid any weather issues as many of the venues in that area are outdoor venues. We will not actually be there but will be represented at the booth of Amanda K Events. Amanda is an amazing vibrant personality that plans/coordinates weddings. She is a wealth of knowledge in the industry. Go see Amanda at the Randleman Show on March 10th! 

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Venue/Vendor Open Houses and Bridal Events. Many of the venues now host their own open houses and bridal events, inviting some of their favorite vendors to set up and meet brides and grooms. These are perfect for the couples interested in or already signed up at those venues. If the larger shows seem overwhelming these smaller shows are probably perfect for you. A few coming up that we are attending are: The Longhouse Open House and Art Show on March 16th, The Adaumont Farm Bridal Show on March 3rd (day time and we will be at Date The Wedding that evening),  Rosa Mae's Open House on March 21st.  Open HouseLonghouse

Keep an eye on our Instagram for more places we will be attending through the year, as well as, your favorite venues/vendors to see if/when they will be hosting open houses/shows. No matter what show you choose, stay calm, breathe, relax and enjoy the process. Don't forget to visit our previous blog post on How to Get the Most out of a Bridal Show! Have fun and Happy Planning!  bridal show, open houseOpen House

 

 

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) bridal show Castle Engagement Event triad wedding https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/2/Bridal-Show-Extravaganza Fri, 22 Feb 2019 18:46:10 GMT
A Perfectly Decorated Wedding: Heather and Rick https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/2/a-perfectly-decorated-wedding-heather-and-rick When you are getting married in a castle, you really don't need any decorations. It's a castle...but like many of our beautiful venues around here, it can be so much more. Maybe I am a bit biased, but there is just so much that fresh decor can bring to any space. Candles in vases are beautiful and I love the glow at night, but fresh flowers and greenery will always have my heart at weddings. Call me traditional, but I love fresh floral wedding decor (especially when combined with a little bit of nerdy or whimsical). Heather did an amazing job choosing a beautiful fresh look that contrasted with the dark and hard lines of her venue. Absolutely breathtaking on a cold winter morning. With a full complement of amazing vendors, her wedding was simply superb. Congratulations to Heather and Rick for this beautiful intimate wedding! 

Vendors: 

Rosa Mae's Catering

Keepsake Bouqets

DJ Paul Cordts

Magnolia Ridge Photography

Castle McCulloch

Officiate: Jac Grimes with All Faith's Wedding Officiates

Can't get enough of this wedding? We can't either! Check out their wedding Video Fusion here! 

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) Castle Event McCulloch Photography reception Wedding wedding day wedding decor https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/2/a-perfectly-decorated-wedding-heather-and-rick Fri, 15 Feb 2019 14:00:00 GMT
Valentine's: A Day to Indulge https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/2/valentines-a-day-to-indulge Whether you hate or love Valentine's day, it is definitely a day for love. Everyone is focused on that one word. How do you show your love? Does it have to be for a partner or potential partner? Can it just be for your friends? Gal-entine's has become quite popular in the past few years. I had honestly never heard of it up until this year but its a thing especially with the younger crowds! Billed as February 13th, its a day of girl bonding and pampering with your pals! 

If you are looking for the perfect idea on what to do with your loved ones, visit my friend Amanda's blog post! She gives some great advice on how to show your love and indulge yourself as well with innovative date nights!  Amanda, Cheerwine, Amanda

Let's get back to the day of indulgence though! What do you think of when you think of Valentine's Day? Diamond rings, romantic proposals, heart shaped boxes of chocolates? Maybe you are more of a card and flowers type of person. Candlelight dinner with wine? What speaks to you when you think romance? Do you want time in a simple setting or fancy jewelry and reservations? A couples massage perhaps? I think anything you choose, speaks to you and what you like to indulge in!

This is a good way to think about your wedding too! Maybe your ideas on what a romantic day means to you will inspire you for your upcoming engagement/proposal/wedding day planning!

My friend Amanda with Amanda K Events (previously mentioned and blog post linked!) and I got together with help from a few bakers and created a perfect setting that would work well for your gal pals or your loved ones. Even kids would enjoy our love "tea" party! Take this theme and go wild for birthday party, baby showers, bridal showers, or just an afternoon stress reliever to celebrate life!  tray of sweets

We enjoyed putting this together to inspire you on this Valentine's Day! Share with us your own romantic ideas or "tea" party photos! We would love to see where your romantic imagination takes you! 

Check out our behind the scenes video where we show you our set up, taking photos and preparing flat lays to match our theme for instagram! 

Thank you to our awesome participants:

Location: Blandwood Carriage House

Cake, linens/table decor and Cupcakes: Rosa Maes Catering

Cookies: NMs Cookies and More

Amanda K Events

Magnolia Ridge Photography

Also used: Cheerwine and Krispy Kreme 

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) Blandwood Flatlay Photography Romance Styled Valentine https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/2/valentines-a-day-to-indulge Thu, 14 Feb 2019 03:29:41 GMT
Why the Wedding Industry is an Amazing Small Business Community https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/2/why-the-wedding-industry-is-an-amazing-small-business-community I am not a small business owner by myself. I may own a small business but I have an entire network of amazing people who are in this with me. This industry is not just a bunch of small businesses with a common goal/client etc. The Wedding Industry over the past 6 years has given me friendships I can’t imagine my life without. This industry has made me stronger and shown me generosity and kindness and support that I never imagined I would know. They inspire me daily.  Vendors, photoboothVendor PilePiling in the photobooth with some of my faves!

Other business owners who will DROP what they are doing to SAVE A wedding for one of MY CLIENTS that they have no loyalty or connection to simply because I ask it of them to make a couple have a great day. Do I have to be the hero, No. I could leave it to someone else or let the cards fall as they may….but I KNOW I have this AMAZING network of people who WANT me to SUCCEED and WANT to make Happy Wedding days for others. This is what we all do, and we love it.

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I know I can often fix terrible situations by a simple phone call to one of these amazing people. A groom leaves his tux pants in another state? No problem, my sweet tux shop owner will run them to the venue just because I asked her to and she wants this couple to have a perfect day. A company messed up an invoice date and forgets a cake? My friend (who was not the caterer for this wedding) will drop what she is doing to go to the store and pick up a cake and cupcakes etc for 120 people so my bride doesn't have to cry on her wedding day….ALL BECAUSE I ASKED it of them and they are dedicated to this industry.

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Photographer doesn’t show up and they call me? I will rush right over and help them too. My second comes down with the FLU, my photographer friends jump in for me too. BECAUSE WE ARE AN AMAZING INDUSTRY who WANT EACH OTHER TO SUCCEED AND GROW. I can not tell you how blessed I am with friendships in this industry. How much these other business owners mean to me and have grown with me. Friendships that have developed far beyond a wedding day but are now some of my closest friends both inside and outside of work. People I can talk to, hang out with, ask life advice in raising my children as an entrepreneur.

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Get to know your industry. SUPPORT your other vendors. CREATE your network. It will be one of the most valuable things you can do for your business and yourself and other people. Community over Competition people…because it may take a village to raise a child as the saying goes, but it also takes a community to make a business successful! I will fight for these businesses to be successful, just as they fight for me and mine. Thank you to the many amazing businesses/owners/employees who have become my friends, believe in me and helped me to make some amazing situations into wedded bliss for couples. Thank you to all our clients who have put their faith and trust in us knowing that we will do whatever we can to make your day perfect. This is why we network, this is why we refer the ones we do, because we know they believe in the best for the client, the same as we do!

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I wish I had photos of ALL the amazing vendors but that would be a huge post and I do not always get to capture photos of people behind the scenes! If I left you out, you still mean the world to me, these images were handy! LOL

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/2/why-the-wedding-industry-is-an-amazing-small-business-community Fri, 08 Feb 2019 14:30:00 GMT
First Wedding of 2019: Triona and Brad https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/2/first-wedding-of-2019-triona-and-brad When you think of "wedding season" we often think of Spring. The old adage of a "June Bride" has been so ingrained that people just assume May and June are "wedding season." While May is one of two busiest wedding months, wedding season typically starts around the end of March. January and February rarely have more than one or two weddings for us. This year, we were blessed to have several weddings during the winter months so we kicked off a WINTER wedding season with a January 13th wedding. 

Brad and Triona are such an awesome couple. From their fun engagement session to their wedding full of their love for each other as well as all the fandoms they are passionate about. We had such an amazing time with them and wish them an absolutely beautiful life full of love and happiness! 

Want to see a little more of this awesome couple? Check out their wedding video HERE! (And yes, we realize the video quality is poor but we are not videographers! We know where our strengths are, it is definitely still photos. LOL)

Venue: Castle McCulloch

Caterer/Linens: Rosa Mae's Catering

Decor: DIY

DJ: Paul Cordts

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) Castle Engagement Event McCulloch Photography Wedding https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/2/first-wedding-of-2019-triona-and-brad Sat, 02 Feb 2019 02:04:07 GMT
How to Prepare for your Bridal Portrait https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/1/how-to-prepare-for-your-bridal-portrait YOUR big day is here…no, not your wedding day. YOUR DAY. The bridal session day. The day where its ALL ABOUT YOU and your dress. Here are some tips to make your bridal session day successful. Vintage Sunset Country Field Bridal GownCountry BridalSunset Bridal

1) Get plenty of sleep the night before. I think that goes without saying but its easier to be calm and rested before your portrait day than it is the wedding day. Revolution Mill, Bridals, Bride, UrbanUrban BridalsUrban Bridals at Revolution Mills Castle Bride, sunnyCastle BrideBridal Session on a sunny day at the Castle

2)Drink plenty of water for the few days prior and on the day of your session. Bathe, Bridal, WaterBridal in BatheBathe Bridal Session

3) Have your bag packed with all of your essentials and double check it!

  • Hose/garters
  • Shoes
  • Jewelry
  • Veil
  • Undergarments
  • Dress
  • Hair accessories
  • Bouquet
  • A white sheet or clear shower curtain to protect dress from certain ground situations (Some photographers bring these items)
  • Any other props you have discussed prior with your photographer

4) Arrive to your hair/makeup appointment on time. If you are doing your hair and makeup yourself, allow for extra time just in case there are distractions etc. You don’t want to run late and be stressed out! Even if you are an exceptional makeup artist, I do recommend having your make -up and hair done. It’s a great way to stay relaxed and stress free and feel pampered during this process. (Even I don’t take my own family portraits but hire other photographers!)

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5) Allow for time to get dressed on location. Sometimes getting into dresses take longer than you expect and you can get frustrated and stressed out especially if your photographer or venue have you on a strict time slot (we try never to book a bridal session too close to another commitment so that we never have to rush but some of the venues do have specific time slots that we have to adhere to!) vintage, bride, gown, studioVintageBride in Studio

6) Bring an assistant or ask your photographer if they will be able to help you. This is a per photographer basis. Some photographers prefer to be alone with the bride so as the bride is not distracted and has their full attention on the session. I actually like having a Maid of Honor, mother etc. tag along as they are always super helpful with carrying trains or umbrellas if it is (god forbid) rainy and keep the bride relaxed. It helps me get to know the bride more and more people that are key players in the wedding get to know me. Makes wedding days much more fun! If you do bring an assistant please make sure they know not to use their phone/cameras during this time.

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7) Have fun and enjoy the process. Do not be shy or self-conscious…because it really is all about you on this day. All of the attention is yours so yes, everyone is looking at you and envying your beautiful bridal glow!

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) bridal gown bridal posing bridal session https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/1/how-to-prepare-for-your-bridal-portrait Fri, 25 Jan 2019 15:45:00 GMT
How to Get the Most out of a Bridal Show https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/1/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-a-bridal-show It’s wedding season. In January you ask? Well yes. Actual wedding event season kicks off in April. That’s when the majority of weddings take place (spring and again in fall). In NC, the “June bride” is more like the May Bride and the October Bride. Seriously. However, wedding vendors everywhere are on high alert and pushing themselves to the bone starting in January with wedding shows, consultations, booking appointments, follow ups, etc.

So why are we so busy at this time of year? Well, to start with, let’s look at some statistics (weddingwire.com):

  • 40% of engagements happen between November and February. Usually Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s and Valentine’s.
  • 50% of weddings each year usually occur on the same 25 days. Those Saturdays from spring thru fall are snatched up quick at the most sought-after venues/vendors.
  • Most couples book their vendors 7-9 months out

Country Club WeddingTee OffTitleist on the green at this Country Club Classic Wedding Having analyzed the data, we can see how 40% of couples who just got engaged hit the wedding shows hard at this time of year and start selecting/booking their vendors. We are all a little busy right now meeting new brides and grooms (and I love every minute of it!).

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One of our favorite things are bridal shows. We get to meet people face to face for the first time. They can be VERY overwhelming for a new bride and groom though. So many people, vendors, etc in one place. It starts to feel like a daunting task to plan your wedding. So here are a few pointers to help you navigate your way through wedding shows.

  1. Bring a bottle of water. A lot of bodies, sometimes small spaces means HEAT. Yes there is usually food and refreshment to be had but you may not always be near the right area when you get overheated or thirsty.
  2. Wear layers. It may be super cold outside but again it can get really hot inside some of the venues with all the people. You may need to take a layer or two off inside and bundle up outside.
  3. Do not eat a huge meal before you come. There is always some amazing food to be had and if you really want to taste test a caterer/baker etc. you don’t want to be so full you will get sick with just one bite of something! Free Cake, cake, contest, wedding, bridal showFree CakeCake Registration at Bridal Show
  4. Bring pre-printed address labels. Include: names, phone, email, wedding date and if you already have some vendors/venue booked include that information too! There will be countless opportunities to enter drawings for wedding related prizes and services. Do not waste your time filling out cards when you can peel and stick a label! 
  5. Allow for time to actually look at the booths and speak to the representatives there. If you come in the last few minutes and rush through you will not have a basis to decide if you felt comfortable with someone, felt good about the services etc. Speaking from a photographer’s point of view, you may like my work but do you like me? As someone who will be with you, posing you, in the room while you are getting dressed, etc. personality can go a long way to making your day even more outstanding.
  6. When you really like someone/something, make a note on their information or the brochure you are given listing your vendors. When you get home, while everything is fresh, go through your bag of goodies quickly and pull out the information you made notes on or you remember really well. Once you are ready to go through it, you will have your top picks already separate and won’t struggle to remember thoughts/feelings a few days later.

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I hope this information is helpful to you. RELAX, have fun, enjoy each other and this phase of your life. We have a wonderful wedding industry in this area with some amazing vendors. Photographers, venues, planners, caterers, florists…the list goes on and on. There are plenty to choose from and you should have no trouble finding the vendor that is perfect for you and your beautiful day. Congratulations and we hope to meet you soon!!

 

~Krista and Stephen Smith

 

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) bridal Show Engagement Photography tips tricks Wedding wedding planning https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2019/1/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-a-bridal-show Fri, 11 Jan 2019 23:15:00 GMT
Passion Project 2018: Postpartum Depression https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2018/3/passion-projects-2018 I am stepping outside of my normal ALL THINGS wedding this year (in more ways than one but let's start with this!). While weddings are the most dear to my heart photography wise, there is an issue that I feel I must address this year. Postpartum Depression and the stigmas that cause women not to seek help. Different cultures and communities have their own stigmas toward mental illness and that is true too when it comes to postpartum issues. Postpartum depression is actually one of the key factors that brought me down the road of owning Magnolia Ridge Photography and I will be sharing my story with you at a later date. 

This year my goal is share the stories of women in our community who have experienced PPD (PostPartum Depression) in its many forms to help normalize the conversation so that women can seek help. Why do this on a photography blog dedicated predominantly to the wedding industry? 1) Because I can. 2) Because brides will often be faced with this issue within a year or two of marriage. If my followers or brides who may visit my page REMEMBER this project or ONE of these blog posts, then maybe they will seek the help they need when it is time. 

Our stories are not the same. The symptoms are not always the same. Not everyone experiences the thoughts of harming their child or suicide but some do. Anger and Rage are a very common symptom and unfortunately it is often taken out on those closest to us including our husbands and partners. I hope you journey with me this year meeting the mothers of our community. Share their stories, talk to your friends who have just had a baby. Ask them if they are okay. If you need help, please feel free to contact me through this website. I will be happy to talk to you online or if you are local, invite you for coffee/tea and help find resources for you. I am hoping to share an entire post of resources as well. 

Please help me support these mothers and future mothers who need our help in normalizing PPD and not being afraid to find the help they need. 

To start off our series, I want to introduce you to Su. Su is a strong woman I met at my children's pre-school three years ago. She is vivacious and outgoing. I had the pleasure of sitting down with her recently and we shared our stories. I am going to let her tell you her story in her own words as I share pictures of her and her beautiful daughter Lennox from a pretty winter day in January. Leave a comment and show Su some love for being a strong and amazing mom in our community! If you would like to share your story, please contact me. ~Krista

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"My first time experiencing PPD was my second child.  My first daughter. There was a horrible thunderstorm outside.  I was home alone with my two children. My son, who was three and a half at the time, and my daughter who was four months.  The lights had gone out due to the storm and my son just couldn’t understand why were in the dark. So he starts to ask twenty questions per minute.  I was frantically trying to find matches or a flashlight or something that would help me through the obstacle of toys that were on the floor. By this time, we’re five minutes into the blackout and my daughter starts hollering, which in-turn makes my son start crying.  And I start yelling. I still can’t find light. And they wouldn’t stop. Now I feel anger. I just want the noise to stop. And in a split second, I’m standing at the top of my stairs thinking, “If I throw her down the stairs, she’ll stop screaming”. The feeling was strong.  I just wanted to be able to think in silence. At that moment I grabbed my son by the arm and yanked him into the bathroom right behind us, where I crouched down in the tub with them and cried until the lights came on one hour later. The next morning, I showed up at my Doctor’s office without an appointment begging for help. I was prescribed something for anxiety.

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Fast forward Ten years later, and my surprise “menopause” unplanned miracle arrives in the form of a beautiful baby girl.  She filled a void that I was unaware existed in my life. My two other children were old enough to help. This was going to be a breeze.  But I was now almost Forty years old, starting over with a baby. My life consisted of nursing a newborn, changing diapers, catching up on last season of “This is Us” at 3 A.M.  On top of my older children’s busy extracurricular schedules. I was managing two hour stretches of sleep at a time. I went back to work at the Preschool ONE month after I had her.  The preschool was my happy place, I would have help with the baby because she would be in the nursery and I felt a sense of fulfillment that I didn’t feel at home. So, utterly exhausted, I returned to work ONE MONTH postpartum.  I even continued babysitting children that I had previously babysat for years after work because I didn’t want to let their mother down. All while extraordinarily sleep-deprived.

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One morning, I’m driving the three children to preschool.  The two I babysat and my own. There were three car seats in my back seat.  I didn’t see the red light that I ran and was sideswiped by a huge pick-up truck on my driver’s side door.  Airbags deployed. My car smoked. And could you believe not one child cried? By the grace of God, the only one hurt was me and it was due to the airbag.  But what hurt the most was having to call these children’s mom and tell her that I had just had an accident.

Once home, I cried for days.  All I could think about was that I almost killed someone else’s kids.   I was without a car, I was tired and I had nightmares about this episode turning out so differently.  I became severely depressed and lost my will to live. Thank Goodness my baby was still a newborn and slept most of the day because that’s all I did.  A week later, I went to my doctor and told her what I was feeling. She listened and cried with me. She prescribed an anti-depressant that helped take away the darkness (along with prayer) within a week.  

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I’m thankful for a doctor who knew how to listen.  I’m grateful for a God who shown me signs when I should step back and be still.  And I’m blessed to have three beautiful children who show me love when I feel unworthy."

Thank you Su for sharing your story. You are such an amazing person and I'm so glad you have had a hand with my young children. I hope your story speaks to someone and they find hope in your words. 

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2018/3/passion-projects-2018 Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:30:00 GMT
Is Chateau Vie perfect for your wedding? https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2018/3/is-chateau-vie-perfect-for-your-wedding I love discovering venues, new or old. Sometimes the best are new venues at old locations. They bring a permanence and longevity to your nuptials. You just get the feeling that a place that has been around this long and has seen so much of life is good luck for a lifetime of happiness! Recently, Chateau Vie opened its doors to vendors to get a preview of this soon to be hit for triad weddings. In just a few weeks, owners Tyler and Mary Rhodes, have already started on some amazing changes and upgrades to this property and booked several weddings. Brides are scrambling for these special introductory prices for their 2018 weddings. 

The property has seen many weddings over the years but the original owners of the estate found it was time to retire and move on. Tyler and Mary, having another venue in Walnut Cove, stepped in and I'm sure the rest is soon to be history. We were honored to take the first photos at Chateau Vie at the Vendor open house. A quick styled shoot was organized by the industrious Katy at Songbirds Consignment and Bridal. We really are blessed to work with such an amazing network of vendors all over the triad that these things can come together quickly. With two amazing models (Lauren and Cameron) this turned out to be a wonderful experience and I'm sure brides will find the same on their big day with beautiful photo opportunities and owners who are focused on the details. We can't wait to see some weddings out here! 

We hope you enjoy this first look at Chateau Vie. We envision some beautiful weddings here. If you decide to make this THE PLACE for your special day keep us in mind to capture it for you! 

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Songbirds Consignment and Bridal

Black Tie Formal Wear

Keepsake Bouquets

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) barn event north carolina wedding photography walnut cove wedding wedding photography https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2018/3/is-chateau-vie-perfect-for-your-wedding Sun, 11 Mar 2018 20:33:30 GMT
The Husband and Wife Photography Team You Want to Know https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2018/2/behind-the-camera Before we head into a busy spring season, I thought this would be a great time for our clients and future clients to get to know a little more about us. Many of you have met us, talked with us, even hung out with us at events! You are friends, friends of friends, friends of previous clients, future friends we connected with at a bridal show. Some of you are just passing clients sharing a moment of your life and moving on. That's okay too! We treasure all of our stories: the stories we tell for you!  McIntee Images PhotographyShawn McIntee with McIntee Images Photography

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The moments of our lives are marked by the moments in yours. Profound right? Think about it though. We capture your memories, your moments, your stories and that IS our story. We are the story tellers and our lives revolve around a schedule of other people's moments and stories. Neat right? Is that all of our story though? No. Of course not. Just like your wedding day isn't all of yours. There is LIFE beyond what your career is, what your wedding day is, etc. So it is true for us as well. We are not just North Carolina based wedding photographers. 

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You want to know that on your wedding day, you are getting the most professional service but also be comfortable with the people who are there. If you have met us, then you probably already know a few things about us. We are quirky (okay, so Stephen is a nerd, I'm normal...I swear). We are passionate about what we do. He tells bad jokes and I roll my eyes at him...a lot. We are happy. 

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Some of you may have delved deeper into our lives during conversations and know that we have been together for going on 14 years, married for almost 12 years (this October). We run a business together (at least I let him think he helps...HA HA!), we work together, and we are raising two crazy kids and all that entails. We are constantly building something (he is anyway), renovating something, or getting into a new project around our old house. We are pretty much ALWAYS together. We are more than business partners, parents and spouses. We are best friends who occasionally drive each other crazy. 

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Stephen hails from the Crystal Coast region of NC from a military family and served the Marine Corp himself right out of high school. I am a farm girl from the triad area and try to visit the family farm near Pilot Mountain as often as I can. We both love to garden in the summer and I enjoy cooking, baking and canning when I have the time.  family photography in Pilot Mountain

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We balance our time between work, home, family, ballet, soccer, gymnastics, church, school (kids) and the gym. Stephen loves to run charity 5k's ( I love to watch him do it!) and go to Comicons. I commit my time to a lot of charity causes and working with our community partners like Northwood Animal Hospital to raise money for pets in need. I am passionate about supporting women through Infertility, Miscarriage and PPD because we have been through all of that ourselves. So you will see occasional posts about that. My hope is that by normalizing the conversation, people will feel secure in seeking out help. I have two large Passion Projects in 2018 that follow the lines of these topics. I hope you will join me in supporting them. 

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When we do take a break from all the craziness our go to relaxation is a new Star Wars or Super Hero movie with our friends or sitting around a fire with S'mores and wine. 

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know us just a little bit more. We have been the bride and groom, the young couple and all too soon we will be the parents of the bride or groom. (They are young now but already time is flying by so I for see this path coming all too quickly). Together we have photographed 150 weddings in the past 6 years. We are so excited to get to know each of you more and share your stories. 

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2018/2/behind-the-camera Tue, 06 Feb 2018 19:33:33 GMT
The Blogging of Art and Business in 2018 https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2018/1/the-blogging-of-art-and-business-in-2018 NINE.  That is the number of blog posts I have in draft form from last year that I never published. NINE. I have ideas, thoughts, photos that I want to share, but I get distracted in the work of taking, editing, and delivering. In other words, the blog is the first thing to go when I get busy. It's a labor of love but not one that I feel I HAVE to do when compared to delivering wedding photos in a timely manner.  Wedding Veil night shot at Castle McCulloch

Unfortunately, another thing that goes out the window when I get busy is my personal and creative photography. The shoots I do just for me because I LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY. I LOVE being an artist and the camera is my tool. I think being creative is VITAL to staying relative. I always want to be the best I can be for my clients and continue my passion of photography.  Mermaid water photography

In addition to my personal creative shoots, my personal life photography goes out the window. You know the saying, "the mechanics car is always the roughest to run" or "the electricians house has the worst wiring?" It's so true about the photographer's kids. The last thing you want to do is drag the camera equipment around with you when you go to the zoo or the park or whatever with the kids after shooting two weddings that weekend...so like every parent in America I rely on my cell phone...if that. My kids are stunning. I need to spend more time with them and my camera. 

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This year, I am vowing to find that creative spirit I have let slide the past two years. To work with people on projects that give me that creative outlet to explore, develop, and learn. To take the time to BE CREATIVE and work on my ART not just Work. I LOVE weddings and capturing Love. I LOVE working with my clients but I want to be MORE for myself and for them.  Mother and Daughter wedding day moment

So I am excited on some pending projects I have for this year and will be sharing them with you through my blog, because writing my journey and sharing the process and the steps is also a way of expressing myself. I hope this year to inspire and create in addition to working with you. So I hope I can keep to my New Year's Resolution and blogging through the year. I am looking forward to you joining me! vintage bridal portrait

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2018/1/the-blogging-of-art-and-business-in-2018 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:30:00 GMT
Santa Photography: Christmas in July https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2017/7/santa-photography-christmas-in-july While the heat of summer is on us, it's hard to think about Christmas being right around the corner but the days go fast, especially when you have children! It is NEVER too early to start preparing schedules for events including family and Christmas photos as photographers' schedules fill up fast.

I was just looking at my calendar the other day and I only have 3 weekends between now and 2018 that do not have a wedding or event scheduled. THREE!! Of course, me being the lover of all things Christmas, I was so excited to book my tickets for the Polar Express last night. Even more exciting was my night time sighting of the head elf himself at Castle McCulloch on Wednesday...SANTA!!! I KNOW HIM!!! Santa and I are so pleased to be bringing a full Santa EXPERIENCE to Castle McCulloch this year. We are not just doing Santa photos, we are creating an experience, family tradition and ART To remember it by. Over the next few months, we will be releasing our new Art, meeting with families, and filling out our calendars. It is NEVER too early to schedule your experience. This year we will have 1 hour sessions on November 15th and 16th from 4 to 7pm. That is 8 spots total, 2 of which are already booked. SIX more families can enjoy the Magic and Art of Santa with Magnolia Ridge at Castle McCulloch this year. 

We look forward to talking with you and showing you our new traditions (Santa's Magical Gift created by Larry Hersberger), set and experience. 

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2017/7/santa-photography-christmas-in-july Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:14:31 GMT
How to Display and Photograph the American Flag https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2017/7/how-to-display-and-photograph-the-american-flag There are many subjects in the photography world that draw a line in the sand on what is right and what is wrong. Example: Train track photos. They are illegal but every year we see more of them because people think they look cool. We also see more deaths because people are photographing on train tracks. 

One of the subjects that is highly debated is the use of the American Flag. While it is deemed patriotic to use the flag in photos, the WAY it is used can be very disrespectful and thus the arguments begin. It's Art, it's pride, etc. So let's just break it down before everyone runs out to post their patriotic photos tomorrow. We had a little photo-session ourselves and photographed some wrong and right ways to use the flag. A huge thank you to one of our adorable couples Lauren and Chris for volunteering for this session at the Carolina Field of Honor on a cloudy/stormy evening! 

The American Flag has been in use since the 1800's when legend has it George Washington, George Ross, and other members of the committee commissioned Betsy Ross to sew a new flag design. The American Flag with stars on a blue field was adopted and flown June 14th, 1977. The current flag with the 50 stars has been flown since 1960. 

So while we like to argue whether wearing the flag, laying on the flag etc is okay for the sake of art, there is actually a federal flag code that spells it all out for us. Public law 94–344.

The flag should be displayed from sunrise to sunset unless illuminated from darkness. There are proper ways to display in parades, with other flags, suspended, from a building and even on staff's with other flags. Take a few moments to look these up.


When photographing the flag, There are definite rules as to not insult our nations colors.
* never photograph the flag upside down
* never use as drapery for furniture (or even over a motorcycle)
* never use printed or disposable items such as napkins with the flag on them (so our 4th of July parties are all kinds of breaking this code!)
* should not be used in advertisements
*Never photograph a flag wrapped or draped/ technically any clothing displaying the flag is inappropriate use (We used a scarf printed as a flag..which technically would be inappropriate any way you look at it, but with so many clothing companies printing the flag on items, people have become desensitized to the flag being used in this way.) 


* should not be photographed as a costume or athletic uniform (only official personnel or patriotic organizations should have patches)
* never photograph the flag with any mark, number or drawing of any kind on it or attached to it 
* The flag should never be photographed being used for holding or being covered by anything (Rings, newborn swaddles etc)


* never photograph the flag on the ground or any part touching the ground (Laying on the flag)


* never photograph a torn or tattered or dirty flag

While these rules may seem silly to some, there is a level of pride in our flag and our nation we should uphold. We have service men who join, fight and die for this country and this flag is the symbol of their bravery, our continued freedom. The federal code does not have any punishments for breaking the rules, so no, you will not go to jail for wrapping up in a flag in a photograph but if you love the flag enough to use it in photos, do you really want to disrespect it in doing so? 

The following photos are acceptable ways to use the flag in a session. Honoring our nation or someone's patriotism is a beautiful and admirable thing. Let's just be careful how we use the flag in sessions for our servicemen, patriotic holidays etc. Happy Independence Day from all of us here at Magnolia Ridge Photography!   

 

 

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2017/7/how-to-display-and-photograph-the-american-flag Mon, 03 Jul 2017 15:19:59 GMT
A country Wedding done Right: Loralynn and Matt https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2017/5/Loralynn-and-Matt Loralynn and Matt are a REAL country couple. Not the kind you meet that have the pressed jeans and brand new boots. Come on. We have all met them. Pretty new truck but have never seen the inside of a working barn in their life. Yea. Loralynn and Matt, however, have that laid back country vibe, are at home in the outdoors and found the perfect barn venue for their sweet country wedding. Trendy touches of blush and burlap, but all their own. 

How can you not like any wedding involving mason jars? No really. I love mason jars before it was cool (I actually can in them...gasp!) and have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to the useful little glass containers of country glory! A little casual, a little traditional, a lot country, and a WHOLE lot of fun! Take a walk (because these boots were made for walking!) through the wedding of Loralynn and Matt! 

 Caterer: Thyme to Cater
Florist: Faye Jones
Director: Lori Anderson
Wedding dress: Davids Bridal
Tux/Suits: Men's Warehouse
Cake: Lindsey Brown
Dj: Brian Saunders
Officiant: Rev. Marty Tobin
Makeup: Carlie Suggs
Hair: Taylor Hohn
Honeymoon: Myrtle Beach

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) Barn Burlap Country Farm Mason Jar Millikan Photography Wedding https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2017/5/Loralynn-and-Matt Fri, 26 May 2017 13:00:00 GMT
Styled Shoot at The Meadows at Walnut Cove https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2017/5/styled-shoot-at-the-meadows-at-walnut-cove I love styled shoots. I've said it many times before, but its my chance to play wedding. I would get renew my vows every few years if my husband would go for it, but his favorite saying is "I made that mistake already." All in fun. As many of you know him (he is my second shooter and co-owner) he finds himself hilarious. 

Instead, I play with dreamy venues, color combo's, etc. by styling shoots. This particular shoot, I was not the lead on, but hey, any excuse to take pretty pictures of beautiful people at stunning locations. After all, I'm a wedding photographer, that is what I do for a living! 

This past week on a very warm (think mid summer vs late spring) day, we headed up to the recently opened . A beautiful private setting with water, pier, and shelter this location can accommodate a large or small wedding from spring to fall, rain or shine. I'm excited to get back to this venue for an actual wedding, but until then, enjoy these photos and imagine your wedding here, decorated with lots of flowers, at sunset, maybe with fall leaves in the background, the fire-pit going, pumpkins ...then call for a date to book them and me because that will be one fabulous wedding!!

Models: 

Melina Davis

Brian Farris

Catering and Decor:

Rosa Mae's Catering

Tux:

Black Tie Formal Wear

Dress:

Songbird's Consignment and Bridal

Makeup and Hair:

Reflections Salon

Flowers:

Keepsake Bouquets

 

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) Styled Venue Wedding https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2017/5/styled-shoot-at-the-meadows-at-walnut-cove Mon, 22 May 2017 12:15:00 GMT
Ellie and Greg: Castle McCulloch Wedding https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2017/5/ellie-and-greg-castle-mcculloch-wedding I met Ellie and Greg last year to do their engagement session at City Lake Park. Slightly shy but adventurous of spirit, they were a couple who complimented each other so well.

I spent some time with Ellie during the winter for her bridal session. She was a glowing bride. She was ready to marry her love and it showed in everything she said. This was a sweet love story coming together before my camera, and the big day had not even arrived yet! 

Sometimes you meet couples who are so similar there is no diversity, but then sometimes you meet a couple like Ellie and Greg. Yin and Yang. You know they are going to make it because he will be her calm in the storm. She will be his light in the dark. They will go through the years laughing and enjoying life together. 

The uses of vibrant orange and blue (carried through from their engagement session!) made for a bright and happy wedding that really fit the couple! (and made for great photos!) Congratulations again to Ellie and Greg! Thank you for letting us be a part of your story! 

 

Catering, Cake, Flowers, Decor:  Castle Catering 

Some Decor: DIY

DJ: Paul Cordts

Planner/Coordinator: Paul Cordts and  Lori Jones

Dress: David's Bridal

Tuxes: NY Bride and Groom in Charlot

Photography: Magnolia Ridge Photography (of course!)

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) bridal castle engagement photography wedding https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2017/5/ellie-and-greg-castle-mcculloch-wedding Thu, 18 May 2017 13:45:00 GMT
Red Nosed Wedding: Walgreens Campaign https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2017/5/red-nosed-wedding-walgreens-campaign Have you ever stepped foot in a Walgreens drug store? If you are like me, you have. They are a 24 hour haven of last minute sanity and prescription medicine. If you have ever dashed in for last minute Easter Candy, (not that I have, that Easter Bunny is on the ball, I swear!) or frantically picked up some waterproof mascara before a sappy movie with the girls (of which I also have no experience whatsoever...) than you are probably familiar with the Red Nose Campaign! Walgreens partners with Comic Relief Inc. to raise over $60 million dollars since 2015. The money and donations are used to provide children with food, safe housing, vaccinations and medicine.

"The Red Nose Day Fund provides grants annually to charities who demonstrate they are doing work in the US and overseas to help end child poverty." You can find out more information about the campaign on the website

I am all for giving back. We (the family behind Magnolia Ridge) have been blessed many times over and continue to work with amazing couples. We work a lot with animal charity programs as they are close to our heart but we have also walked and contributed to such events as The March of Dimes and The Colon Cancer Walk, The Hero Run (Dress as a Superhero to raise money and awareness for Lung Cancer). 

It was a distinct pleasure to photograph the wedding of a Walgreen's Pharmacist who had the heart to incorporate the company charity into her big day! Red Noses at a Wedding! This playful couple was so much fun through the whole day but it really made my heart happy to see how willing and eager they were to create awareness and support this charity! Stay tuned for more photos from their entire wedding, but until then, let's get ready to celebrate Red Nose day on May 25th, 2017 with a glimpse at all the Red Nose Fun at their wedding. Don't forget to go to Walgreen's and pick up your Red Noses and show them off at work, play, and social media on the 25th!!!

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2017/5/red-nosed-wedding-walgreens-campaign Wed, 17 May 2017 12:30:00 GMT
Kylie and Jim: Romantic Castle Wedding NC Wedding Photographer https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2017/4/kylie-and-jim-romantic-castle-wedding-nc-wedding-photographer Nothing like getting back into blogging habits with a beautiful wedding to kick off the spring wedding season! While this isn't our first wedding of the year, it was our first of the spring wedding season! Kylie and Jim were an absolutely adorable couple who were obviously head over heels in love! The evening was filled with laughter (my face hurt from laughing over the maid of honors toast about Jim being a guy who likes trucks and rocks but you probably had to be there)! 

A slightly nerdy couple after our own hearts, they had just enough quirkiness to their elegant traditional wedding to really bring out their personality and keep it fresh and modern! Congratulations Kylie and Jim and thank you for letting us be a part of your beautiful love story!

Photography: Magnolia Ridge Photography (of course!)

Cake: Baby Cakes via Castle Catering 

Catering: Castle Catering

Flowers: Riché Wiley

DJ: Tyler with Anything Music

Dress: Demetrios Bridal

Tux: Destination XL

Shoes: Vans

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2017/4/kylie-and-jim-romantic-castle-wedding-nc-wedding-photographer Tue, 25 Apr 2017 01:12:11 GMT
Monica and Beau Engagement Teasers! https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2016/10/monica-and-beau-engagement-teasers Facebook has been giving me and other small business owners trouble with posting photos on our business pages the past week. I have tried repeatedly posting teaser photos from a wonderful engagement shoot over the past two days without any success, so I am going to post them here, and share the blog. I have too much to do, like editing the rest of this session and multiple weddings to mess around with facebook!! Maybe, just maybe, Facebook did me a favor because it forced me over to my blog which has been severely neglected in this busy fall wedding season! 

Without further ado:

 
Congratulations Monica and Beau! I can't wait to share more from their engagement session that had some TRULY unique aspects that very few couples could pull off!! We are going to have a great time at their 2017 wedding!!
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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2016/10/monica-and-beau-engagement-teasers Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:27:15 GMT
Family Vacation 2016 https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2016/8/family-vacation-2016 So here is a peek into our personal lives. The people behind the cameras. Stephen and I have been married 10 years this year. (12 years together total). We have two beautiful children ages 5 and 3. This year, my parents faced some serious medical issues, so we decided to take them with us on vacation and let them have a much needed break right along with us. My parents' are an integral part of our business. My mom babysits the children on the weekends so that we can photograph weddings. My dad is right there when I need something built or done that we just don't have time to get to. 

Really, we would not be where we are without them. I learned how to run a company at their knee. My dad is an engineer that ran his own amazing company for 27 years with my mother at his side doing all the accounting/office management etc. with her finance degree. I (Krista) was raised, literally, in the small business world, working in the office since I was about 12. So I can honestly contribute my passion for my business and a lot of aid to my parents. It was nice to have a relaxing vacation with them spending part of the week with us. 

We rented a house in the Lake Lure area of NC. A beautiful cabin overlooking the lake. We spent a lot of mornings on the deck drinking coffee and a lot of evenings on that same deck drinking wine! We went to see the Biltmore house in Asheville, did some shopping, but mostly just relaxed on the lake and played with the kids. 

The kicker is: We didn't take our cameras! WHAT? We haul those things around night and day so when we vacate, we step away from them. We rely on one of our old dslr's that's light weight with just a basic lens and our phones. Yep. We are just like every other tourist when we vacate. Snapshots are the order of the day. So here is a peak at the few pictures we actually did take. (seriously, we try to leave the cameras and phones alone so we just spend time together). 

Nanna and Poppy taking the kids for a paddle boat ride back to the cabin from the "beach area". 

The kids at Biltmore! Those crazy skies ended up dumping on us about an hour later!!

My adorable parents at Biltmore!

This amazing little church we found on the way to Asheville. I need a bride to put on those steps and bridge!!

 

Can not believe I am posting pictures of me in a bathing suit but this is pretty much the only thing I did....throw my children in the air...I should have amazing biceps now. "Mommy throw me!"

Katie and her poppy!

Stephen (my pirate) whisking away our children to explore the lake. (I sat on the dock and fed the fish who got a little frisky with my toenail polish). 

We found this great little waterfall the evening before we left. I actually WISH we had had our equipment with us as it was almost dark and was such a stunning place. 

Katie was a little unsure of the fast moving river An inside pic of the cabin we stayed at (and fell in love with). 

First visit to a pub for the kiddo

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2016/8/family-vacation-2016 Mon, 08 Aug 2016 17:10:08 GMT
Hannah and Kevin: Sunset Romance https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2016/8/hannah-and-kevin-sunset-romance I met Hannah and Kevin last year at the Carolina Wedding Show. There was an instant connection and we started our journey toward their wedding together. From the outragously romantic fall engagement session at their original venue, to the sunset bridal session on a private farm. Two sessions that became my favorites in their respective categories. Always with the perfect sunset lighting and with two people who could not be more photogenic if they tried. This couple is absolutely stunning. 

Their wedding day dawned beautiful and the organized chaos began! The colors were bright, the sun was shining, and this wedding was perfect on a hill top in Eden. 

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2016/8/hannah-and-kevin-sunset-romance Tue, 02 Aug 2016 14:00:00 GMT
Heather and Kyle: Once Upon a Disney Story https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2016/8/heather-and-kyle Heather and Kyle are the epitome of the classic love story. Her prince charming sweeping the princess off on his charger. What better way to celebrate, than a disney themed wedding? They took Disney to a whole new elegant level with cinderella colors, diy centerpieces and a gown fit for a princess. 

This whole wedding was elegant and fun with a lot of love from family and friends. Mr. Disney could take some lessons from this couple! 

Vendors:

Castle Catering

Castle McCulloch

 

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2016/8/heather-and-kyle Mon, 01 Aug 2016 13:00:00 GMT
Leah and Jeffrey: Friendship is Magic https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2016/7/leah-and-jeffrey What happens when college dorm mates meet, hang out, fall-in love surrounded by all their friends? They get married and have a giant party. Leah and Jeffrey are a match made in college heaven with a story that will go down for the ages. This adorable couple is so obviously in love and in tune with each other. 

This guest list was young and vibrant and full of fun. They kept the wedding relaxed, romantic and active through the whole night and I'm pretty sure they carried on at one of their old haunts off Spring Garden afterwards.

Vendors:

Rosa Mae's Catering-Linens, Cake, Food

Keepsake Bouquets

My Beautiful Wedding

DJ: Friend

Venue: Castle McCulloch

 

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2016/7/leah-and-jeffrey Sun, 31 Jul 2016 12:38:27 GMT
Amanda and Richard: S'more Love https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2016/7/amanda-and-richard "Where there is love, there is life." ~Mahatma Ghandi

Amanda and Richard planned a perfect afternoon intimate family oriented wedding at the lovely 105 Worth Street in Asheboro. They said I do surrounded by their children and close friends and family. With the help of Serenity Weddings, Amanda coordinated an amazing team of vendors to oversee her day. She didn't miss a detail and included intimate moments such as presenting family and bridesmaids with custom necklaces through her Origami Owl services. Every detail had her intimate touch and you could feel the love fill the venue till the old brick walls bulged (only figuratively...do not worry it is still in tact for all of you future brides!)

How can I not add a wedding that has S'mores as their favors to my favorites list (not that I actually keep one)? (also, the groom's favorite dessert, but I will choose to believe that it was because they know I'm a fan as well...Richard and I are kindred S'mores spirits!)

Take a stroll through this afternoon affair and delight in love and family. 

Vendors:

Wedding Coordinators/Planners: Serenity Weddings

Catering/Baker: Rosa Mae's Catering

Florists: Keepsake Bouquets

Venue: 105 Worth Street, Asheboro, NC

DJ: Anything Music

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2016/7/amanda-and-richard Sat, 30 Jul 2016 12:49:05 GMT
Koral And Zac: A Knight and his Lady Wedding Story https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2016/7/koral-and-zac “Then a begging brother in a tattered brown robe said a blessing on his sword, and a maid kissed his cheek. 'They are for me,' "Why?" He asked Pate. "What am I to them?" "A knight who remembered his vows," the smith said.” 
― George R.R. Martin

 

If ever there were a story of a dashing knight and a fair maiden, it would be Zac and Koral. You can not be around these two without feeling their romantic hearts and their deep love for each other mixed in with an overlay of charm and fun, this was definately a fairytale wedding. From the sword play, to the romance novel kisses, love filled the old Castle. Photographing them was a breeze as their body language was automatic and their touch was posed enough. 

We definitely feel this couple will be one for the story books and we are as always honored to have captured a part of their fairytale. Congratulations Zac and Koral and we hope to watch your adventures in life continue!

Caterer and Linens: Castle Catering

Event Coordination: Kandace Whicker

Florist: Bennett's Baskets and Bows plus DIY

 

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2016/7/koral-and-zac Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:49:46 GMT
Chandreika and Larry are Engaged: A Styled Picnic https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2016/7/chandreika-and-larry We typically think a styled shoot as something made up/set up to show a theme or inspiration using models. These are often used to the benefit of the vendors so they have advertising material etc. Sometimes, a styled session can be for clients using a special theme/circumstance to illustrate thier story. 

Chandreika, her best friend and event coordinator Kenyatta Johnson, and I sat down to discuss her engagement shoot, we worked on the story aspect in great detail. We wanted to tell the story of their love in a date type manner. So we used the things in their life that they enjoyed to tell a romantic tale of basketball games and romantic dinners. A relaxed couple who enjoys just hanging out. 

Kenyatta set up a beautiful romantic picnic in the park while we were on the basketball court shooting. The entire picnic part was a complete surprise to Larry so it was really fun stepping back from posed photos during an engagement shoot to more of a candid wedding style shoot for a bit. 

Not only do they have pictures of their engagement that tell the world a little about them but they now have this moment...this event...this romantic date and time to remember as part of their story (and it is all captured!)

This was a wonderful session and I thoroughly enjoyed working with all of them! Congratulations Chandreika and Larry!! (I'm still sad that I'm already booked and will not be able to photograph the amazing wedding in Jamaica!!...literally crying over here lol)

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2016/7/chandreika-and-larry Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:46:18 GMT
The Love Song: Katharine and Richard, Crystal Gardens, Jamestown NC Wedding https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2016/7/katharine-and-richard Katharine and Richard's love story is a song written in the stars. Thier love and life is surrounded by the music they both love and play, their family and friends and evident in the way they look at each other. They are two very in sync people. A lovely couple that was so fun to work with and be around. 

Their beautiful spring wedding was full of sun and laughter and playfulness from the first look to the exit this was a fun filled group. Thank you for choosing us to tell your story. We hope your life will be filled with love and music all of your days. 

Venue: Crystal Gardens, Jamestown, NC

Caterer: Rosa Mae's Catering

All Faith's Wedding Officiates of the Triad-Jac Grimes

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) Castle Photography Wedding https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2016/7/katharine-and-richard Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:51:06 GMT
The Longhouse: Styled Shoot for Open House Event https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2016/7/the-longhouse We have expressed our love for styled shoots before. One of the things I love most, is being able to style and help coordinate a styled shoot. It lets my creativity flow and I love working with other vendors to bring a vision to life! I was honored to be a part of a styled shoot ahead of an Open House event for a beautiful venue in Stokesdale, The Longhouse. We had an amazing group of vendors come together to bring this shoot to life. Check out these photos and come out next Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 6-9pm to see this venue for your big event and check out these vendors as well as other vendors. 

Venue: The Longhouse

Catering/Linens: Rosa Mae's Catering

Flowers: Keepsakes Bouquets

Fudge Favors: Fudge-a-Little

Small Farm Benches: Hauser Rental

Dress and Boots: Songbird's Consignment

Veil and Jewelry: Vi-Style

Swing: Magnolia Ridge Photography

Model: Amaris Kirby and Jager Antinou-Davis (doggy model)

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) styled shoot https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2016/7/the-longhouse Thu, 14 Jul 2016 17:57:39 GMT
Shea and Derek: Romantic Farm Wedding https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2016/7/shea-and-derek-romantic-farm-wedding Shea and Derek's wedding day dawned with gray skies and rain showers but their light airy decor and simple elegant wedding kept the day beautiful and bright. The coral, gray and ivory wedding party attire was a beautiful contrast to the wood tones of the venue. We all love those beautiful blue carolina skies but the gray really made this wedding dreamy and soft. Starlight Meadows was the perfect venue and one of the best wedding barns to photograph. The staff was super helpful and the lighting was amazing! What a perfect spot for a country wedding! The wedding party flowers by Keepsakes Bouquets were stunning as well! All together a beautifully put together wedding day! 

Congratulations Shea and Derek! 

 

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) Country Farm Photography Spring Wedding https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2016/7/shea-and-derek-romantic-farm-wedding Wed, 13 Jul 2016 19:36:07 GMT
Tiffiney and Blake: A Blessed Love Story, Roxboro, NC Wedding Photographer https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2016/7/tiffiney-and-blake We met Tiffany and Blake at a venue Open House for Sunset Ridge Buffalo Farm in Roxboro, NC. Sunset Ridge is a little gem of a venue off the beaten path perfect for outdoor gatherings with its beautiful island gazebo surrounded by buffalo pasture and a large tented area for larger gatherings. We knew this was going to be a fun wedding with thier talks of Harley Quinn meets Lord of the Rings. Throw in a little Star Wars and a lot of Harry Potter and our little Geek Hearts went Pitty Pat. 

They did not dissappoint with geek details either! A sorting hat with wands to find your seating arrangement, fun centerpieces and bold colors, and above all, a really fun wedding party that was willing and excited to get into various themed poses. (Always one of our favorite parts of course!)

On the day of the wedding, we had some amazing storms with sporadic brilliant sun. This was not cause for wedding panic though, because this gave them not one but TWO rainbows with one being a double! Now how many weddings can say that they were triple blessed with rainbows on their wedding day? This is a sign of long lasting forever love if I ever saw one. 

Without further ado, the wedding of Tiffany and Blake! Thank you for choosing us to not only tell your story, but be a part of your beautiful day!

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) Geeks Wedding https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2016/7/tiffiney-and-blake Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:16:24 GMT
Robyn and Chris at The Boathouse, Beaufort, NC: NC Wedding Photographer https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2016/7/the-boathouse-wedding One of our favorite weddings this year was Robin and Chris. From the bridal session with Robin out on a local farm to traveling to Beaufort, NC for their beautiful water side wedding at The Boathouse, this was a fun and loving group. There was never any of that rush to and fro, get from one thing to the next when it came to their big day. While they handled a schedule fairly beautifully, small instances (like a long boat ride, a threat of storms, etc) did not ruffle them, and they enjoyed EVERY moment with their close friends and family making EACH and every moment  a memory. 

I (Krista) was the fortunate one to get to go on the boat with Robyn for her grand entrance down the pier. I have to say, that may have been the most pleasurable hour at a wedding...EVER. No offense to other brides who we have had a great time with, but the salt and sea spray in my face, dolphins jumping behind the boat, cruising the coast line with just the bride and her dad...you really can't get any better than that! It was such a joy watching her relax and in turn get excited and nervous. A gamut of emotions in that short period of time. 

Thank you Chris and Robyn for allowing us to be a part of your amazing story. We loved every moment with you and hope to continue to watch your story grow! 

 

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) Wedding destination https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2016/7/the-boathouse-wedding Tue, 05 Jul 2016 18:23:35 GMT
The Lily Pad: A Styled Shoot https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2016/6/the-lilly-pad-a-styled-shoot We LOVE Weddings. I think that is pretty obvious. Sometimes, it is nice to "cut loose" and be creative in our own way. Styled shoots are a great way to do this. We work closely with other vendors to create visions and then let our creativity loose to inspire brides and grooms, try new tricks, play with lighting. 

I love coordinating styled shoots but I also love being invited to participate at one by another vendor who has had a vision. In the past few weeks I have had the opportunity to do both. First up, the beautiful styled shoot coordinated by Sharon of The Lily Pad. She had the amazing vision to bring together three planners for three ceremony sites on the property, three sets of models and three photographers. 

WAIT...WHAT?? That's right. I got a couple of beautiful people to work with, keys to a golf cart and the run of the property with all kinds of set ups, flowers, props etc. A morning of heaven for a photographer basically!! 

I can not thank all of the vendors enough for their creativity and work together and especially Sharon for putting this all together. The Lily Pad is a stunning venue and I can't wait to shoot another wedding out there! Until then, enjoy these photos from our fun styled shoot and check out these vendors that helped make it happen!

Venue: The Lily Pad

Happy Tears Video

Wedding Planners:
Elizabeth with The Wedding Maid
Tonya with ABBA Designs
Jessica with Left Lane Productions
 
Tuxedos:
Sammy with TN Boone Tuxedos
 
Bridal Gowns:
Katie with Songbirds Consignments

 

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2016/6/the-lilly-pad-a-styled-shoot Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:30:00 GMT
Whitney and William at The Light Horse Plantation, NC Wedding Photographer https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2016/6/whitney-and-william Brides often get a little panicked when storms are in the forecast on their wedding day, especially if an outdoor ceremony is involved. Whitney and Williams day dawned with the most amazing (and sometimes disturbing) cloud formations with patches of brilliant sun. Whitney never batted an eye. She was so calm and organized and unruffled. It was amazing. We hung out, we took our photos, we watched the skies. Jennifer with Knot Your Average Events and her team kept everything running smoothly and the call was made to move the wedding up. 

In an industry when it is not a-typical for weddings to start late, it is rare for one to go early, but it was pulled off beautifully. The ceremony was carried off with an amazing sky overhead and dark rumbling thunder across the field. We managed to grab some of the formal photos before the rain started to fall. The night went on with dancing and laughs, a few quick photos outside between rain showers. This couple made the most out of EVERYTHING including when a circuit was tripped and the ballroom lights/music were killed toward the end of the night. 

One of their friends launched into soaring opera and serenaded the couple by the light of our equipment and the wedding continued with hugs and beautiful voices and sing a longs that really made the ending all the more perfect. 

The vendor list was extensive but perfect for this wedding and the lighting provided by Ray Mietus with Steel Impressions was unbelievable. One of the prettiest ballrooms I've seen when it was all said and done. Make sure you scroll to the end to check out some dance shots with the lighting transformation! 

Vendors:

Venue: The Light Horse Plantation

Knot Your Average Events: Wedding Planning/Coordination

Steel Impressions Music and DJ Services

Flowers: ABBA Design

Catering: Western Steakhouse

Cake/Dessert Bar/ Favors: Sweet Sensations

Minister: Pastor Ken Tilley

Videographer: Dream Builder Productions

 

 

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) Photography Wedding https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2016/6/whitney-and-william Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:26:51 GMT
Dana and Elliott: Penn House Wedding, NC Wedding Photographer https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2016/6/dana-and-elliott We teased Dana and Elliott's beautiful Penn House wedding back in May, but now take a gander at all their details and traditional charm. This was such a fun group. I highly recommend choosing an engagement session with your wedding photographer. (Even if you have already done one with friends). As a photographer, we get to know you so much during your engagement session. We learn your insecurities and strengths in front of a camera so that on your wedding day we know the best posing for the two of you, how you interact and everyone is comfortable on their big day. We were so excited to work with Dana and Elliott after their engagement session and we were able to bring out some items from the engagement session (the Charlotte Hornets hats) and make sure they were captured for their wedding day to continue their story. These small details are going to help make those memories and carry your story through your whole life together! I hope to see a lot more of this adorable couple in front of my camera in the future (other weddings, maybe even a few babies a long the way...). I'm just saying! LOL

The amazing team that made this wedding amazing:

Venue: The Penn House (seriously check it out, its an amazing venue)

Coordinator: Kandace Whicker at Kandace N' Kompany

Flowers and Decor: Bennett's Baskets and Bows

Cake:  D’signer De’lite by Anita Harris 

Catering: Piedmont Catering

Videography by Kayo Bracey

DJ: Thomas Bracey 

Magistrate/ Officiate-  Christopher Alexander

Make –up Kay Glamezon- Kennitrish Bracey

 

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krsmith194@gmail.com (Magnolia Ridge Photography) https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2016/6/dana-and-elliott Tue, 21 Jun 2016 15:05:36 GMT
Ashley and Guy Wedding, Benson, NC https://www.magnoliaridgephoto.com/blog/2016/6/ashley-and-guy I have spoken some about Ashley on our Facebook page, but I am so excited to introduce her full wedding today. Ashley's wedding is the third in this group of friends that we have photographed. We have had one wedding per year where we see her for the past three years and I am hoping that we get to continue that tradition because I can't really imagine not having a wedding next year where we don't get to hang out with Ashley and Rebecca and Samantha. (So if you are in that social circle, get to gettin' engaged ya'll! Then call me. LOL) 

We traveled to Benson, NC about 45 minutes towards the coast from Raleigh. A very small town with beautiful historical homes where we found this renovated victorian that was an adorable and elegant wedding venue. It was a gem of a venue with it's fanciful decor and wrap around porch. The traditional ballroom worked well for receptions, and the outdoor theater style ceremony was perfect. 

A very traditional and elegant wedding surrounded by family and friends that suited Ashley and Guy very well. You can tell from spending the evening with them that they are loyal to their circle and will be there through thick and thin for them as well as each other. I'm looking forward to seeing this couple grow. 

Congratulations Ashley and Guy! Thank you for choosing us to tell your story!