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I don’t always post when my photos are published in magazines, but when I do, it’s because it’s Southern Bride & Groom magazine – THE wedding planning Bible for local brides! I’ll be sharing a number of photos from the 2015 edition of the magazine over the coming days, and I’m excited to start with this “The Apple of My Eye” feature – a stunning six-page display of eye-candy styled by A Southern Soiree and pulled together by an amazing creative team. I’m certain you’ll agree that these are the best of the best and that the entire team knocked it out of the park with this one!

The Creative Team:  STYLIST A Southern Soiree  |  VENUE 128 South  |  FLORAL DESIGN  Fiore Fine Flowers  |  DESSERTS One Belle Bakery  |  FOOD & COCKTAILS Scarborough Fare Catering  |  BRIDAL GOWN Pronovias from The Wedding Dress Shoppe  |  BRIDESMAID DRESS Savvi Bridal  |  GROOM’S ATTIRE Bernard’s Formalwear  |  HAIR & MAKEUP Makeup for Your Day  |  SPECIALTY RENTALS Party Suppliers  |  SIGNAGE & PLACECARDS Calligraphy by Carrie  |  PHOTOGRAPHER Renee Sprink Photography Southern-Bride-&-Groom-shoot-Apple-1 Southern-Bride-&-Groom-shoot-Apple-2 Southern-Bride-&-Groom-shoot-Apple-3 Southern-Bride-&-Groom-shoot-Apple-4

Duke-Chapel-Bridals-11I‘m so happy to finally be able to share Bella’s gorgeous Duke Chapel bridal session. She was such a beautiful bride – so pretty on the outside but even more so on the inside with her sweet spirit and beautiful heart. And then, of course, there is the dress. Ahhh. That dress. Bella wore a stunning Monique Lhuillier lace sheath dress with detachable full tulle overskirt from Alexia’s Bridal Boutique. Hair and makeup was by the always fabulous Makeup for Your Day and the gorgeous bouquet was from Embellished Blooms.

Winds and rain threatened during her session, but she was all smiles throughout the entire thing. We started at the Chapel in an effort to dodge the impending rain and ended it at the stunning Washington Duke Inn.  Enjoy a few of my personal favorites.

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NCMA-engagement-photo_Reggie-WhitneyFor Whitney & Reggie, a casual friendship turned into love. They both attended James Madison University, but didn’t meet until they started working together at the mall. What started as a friendship quickly became more, though neither really realized it at the time. Reggie graduated first and moved back to North Carolina while Whitney continued with school, even studying abroad in Spain during her last year. It was then that she realized how much he meant to her and how much she missed him. Shortly after her return to the States, Whitney and Reggie were reunited with each professing their love for each other and vowing to never be apart again. Little did she know that a proposal was in the works.


And not just any ordinary proposal, either. It was one that Whitney calls “the most memorable experiences” of her life. Having gone to dinner one evening, a caricaturist was drawing for the guests when Reggie suggested that they have one drawn. Always game for most anything, Whitney was expecting a cute but funny rendering of the happy couple. What she did not expect, though, was a drawing of Reggie on bended knee proposing. Shocked, she turned to see life imitating art in that moment — the love of her life really was down on one knee beside her holding “the most beautiful ring.” Of course, she said “YES!” as all of their family and close friends ran out to share in the happiness of that moment that was the beginning of the rest of their life together.

Here are a few of my favorites from their North Carolina Museum of Art engagement session!


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Fletcher Park Raleigh engagement photoTheirs is a classic high school story of “bad boy” and “good girl”…that never quite came together. Though each was aware of the other and had piqued interest, Wayne was a class or two ahead of Susanne so they never ran in the same social circles. Years later, however, their paths crossed again at the Wellness Center, where Susanne was on staff and Wayne a member. Susanne now admits that she did enjoy seeing him walk through the doors and looked forward to the ever-friendly and oh-so-cute Wayne stopping by the front desk to chat. A year or more went by before they started dating, and here they are, in 2015, married two months and loving everything that married life has to offer.

Today’s snowstorm seems to offer the perfect #throwbackthursday moment. Let’s rewind to their super fun Fletcher Park Raleigh engagement session in last February’s snow!

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Katelyn blog

Who would have thought that a mutual obsession for restaurant Crazy Fire Mongolian Grill would lead to a beautiful love story? Well, this is certainly true for Katelyn and Chris! After meeting there at Chris’s going away party when he was moving to Lincolnton, the two stayed in touch until Chris finally moved back to Raleigh. One lunch date at Crazy Fire when Chris moved back, and the two have been inseparable ever since. For Katelyn and Chris, their story is a happy one. It’s a fun one. It’s one full of love. They are best friends, extremely open with each other, and always keep each other laughing.

Although nasty Virginia weather cancelled Chris’s elaborate plan to propose to Katelyn while on a zip line tour, he did not let that stop him, and quickly made the best of the situation. It was the perfect time- Katelyn’s entire family was together – he couldn’t wait any longer to ask her to marry him. When the two went to lunch at California Pizza Kitchen with Katelyn’s entire family, Chris completely surprised her and proposed in front of the whole restaurant. Of course, Katelyn said yes, and the wonderful couple could not be happier!

They will tie the knot on Saturday at Jones Chapel at Meredith College, so watch for wedding updates soon.

Here’s a look into their Pullen Park Raleigh engagement session last summer.

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