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amyWell, I’m just tickled pink…literally….to introduce you to a new face here at RSP. This is Amy, my PR/Social Media Intern. 

She’s been with me for about three weeks now and I already can’t imagine what I would do without her! She is a sophomore at NC State (GO PACK!), where she is studying communications with a concentration in public relations. And she’s not just a pretty face – she’s smart, too! She maintains Dean’s list status and is a member of  the University Scholars Program. As a member of the Eta Kappa Chapter of Delta Gamma Sorority, she is the Director of E-Communications, and was awarded “Most Outstanding New Member” for 2014.

She’s already jumped from the frying pan into the fire and is posting on social media, helping prepare upcoming blog posts, photographing “behind the scenes” when I’m working with clients, etc. She loves all things fashion and photography (talk about a girl after my own heart), has a great eye for design and is extremely creative when it comes to marketing. And, if you  were at the Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase a couple of weeks ago, you likely met her and her bubbly personality there.

Amy is originally from Hamilton, New Jersey, but quickly settled in to the southern way of life. She loves monograms, “Jacks” and even says “Y’all” now! Help me welcome her to the RSP family!


I am so not good at keeping secrets so when Grace Ormonde accepted this styled shoot late last spring, I was ready to shout it from the rooftops! And then the publicist said it would be appearing on their new Web site to come later in the summer.Wait. What? Summer??  Then, like anyone who has ever built a new Web site can attest, it was delayed. To fall. And then to winter. Which was awesome, because they really wanted it to debut on the new site. And I really wanted to have it debuted on their new site. I mean HOLY COW!!! This is GRACE ORMONDE! But WAIT! That meant I had to keep this secret. Like, for months!!!

So I’m TICKLED PINK to finally be able to share this amazingly gorgeous shoot with you as it appears on Grace Ormonde Wedding Style. It’s a nod to all things Chanel so expect a lot of pink, frilly gorgeousness, and I hope you’ll find a little inspiration from it! And keep watching because I’ll be sharing more photos from the shoot in the near future.

A huge THANK YOU to Grace Ormonde for loving it and believing it was worthy of being published on the new site. I am excited, honored and humbled beyond belief. And an even bigger THANK YOU to the incredible team who pulled this all together. Your vision and hard work is greatly appreciated. I am blessed to get to work with professionals like you day in and day out! OXOX ~ R

The Creative Team: Location: Sir Walter Virginia Dare Ballroom, Raleigh, NC; Photography: Renee Sprink Photography; Event Design: Monica Noa, Nouveau Events; Hair and Makeup: Makeup for Your Day; Floral Design: Embellished Blooms; Cake: Jessica Alexander Designs; Stationery: Opus 1 Weddings; Linens: CE Rental; Rentals: Baileys Fine Jewelry; Jewelry: Charlottes, Inc.; Wardrobe Stylist and Bridal Salon: Traditions by Anna; Shoes: Karen Millen; Tuxedo: Bernards Formalwear; Models: Elizabeth Safrit and Tom Roach

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I‘s “back to school” week here in Raleigh so what better time to post a few Raleigh senior pictures? Meet Cameron from Raleigh Charter High School. Cameron was great fun to photograph. He has a wicked sense of humor and is known for his awesome head of hair! Enjoy a few favorites from his session. Raleigh-Senior-Pictures_Cameron0001 Raleigh-Senior-Pictures_Cameron0002 Raleigh-Senior-Pictures_Cameron0004 Raleigh-Senior-Pictures_Cameron0006 Raleigh-Senior-Pictures_Cameron0007 Raleigh-Senior-Pictures_Cameron0009 Raleigh-Senior-Pictures_Cameron0010 Raleigh-Senior-Pictures_Cameron0013 Raleigh-Senior-Pictures_Cameron0015 Raleigh-Senior-Pictures_Cameron0016 Raleigh-Senior-Pictures_Cameron0017 Raleigh-Senior-Pictures_Cameron0018 Raleigh-Senior-Pictures_Cameron0020 Raleigh-Senior-Pictures_Cameron0021 Raleigh-Senior-Pictures_Cameron0022 Raleigh-Senior-Pictures_Cameron0023

Today is the happiest day of my life.” ~ Yates Creech

This was Yates’ Facebook status the morning of his wedding to Kara. And it kind of encapsulated the entire day. For Yates. For Kara. And for all of those who love them and who came to witness their vows to each other.

Ever since Yates met Kara, he has been deliriously happy. Giddy, even. In fact, from the time he proposed (see their proposal story here), Yates never stopped smiling. He just couldn’t wait for their wedding day. Not because of the wedding itself, but because at the end of the day, they would be married and starting their new life together. And this thought alone made him happy. Even though rain threatened their River Run Country Club wedding – and eventually fell off and on throughout the day – nothing could dampen their spirits. Nor dim their smiles. Friend after friend and loved one after loved one piled into the church Surrounded by friends and close family, Kara and Yates promised to love, honor and cherish each other; to always put the other first; and to never forget to smile!

If Yates seems familiar, you may remember him from his sister’s wedding post from a couple of years ago. Oh how I love this family!

Yates and Kara – oh how I love you two! The way you look at each other….the way you smile at just the mention of the other’s names….love for each other and your happiness makes me happy. I am thankful for your friendship and appreciate you making me part of your family. I am honored and humbled to have been part of your day. May all of your days be filled with love and happiness and may you always make each other smile! Much love! OXOX ~R

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The hardest thing about photographing bridal portraits — especially with a bride as statuesque and gorgeous as Taylor — is waiting months until the wedding to be able to share them with the world! Now that Taylor and Jarrod are married (wedding photos coming soon), I’m so happy to share her Prestonwood Country Club bridals with you! She looked beyond amazing in that gorgeous Old Hollywood-style gown by David Tutera and her flowers by Fresh Affairs were stunning. Pure perfection! Prestonwood-Country-Club-Bridals_Taylor0001 Prestonwood-Country-Club-Bridals_Taylor0003 Prestonwood-Country-Club-Bridals_Taylor0002
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