Heather and Garrett were married in a tiny town on the water called Swansboro. It's the happiest little place. A couple blocks make up the downtown and it's complete with all the necessities..a deli, a diner, a couple convenient stores, and the kindest people. Nothing over the top. Just enough. And, truly, Heather and Garrett live their lives with a similar philosophy. Two of the most down to earth people I have had the opportunity to get to know. And their wedding was a refelction of just that. Two people simply in love. Celebrating in Grandma's backyard. A yard that saw Garrett grow up and then marry the love of his life.
Heather and Garrett's wedding day was just "them." Superheroes in the boutinerres...salt and peper shakers from Heather's age old collection dotting the tables, wild flowers and simple dresses. No wedding-day-have-tos. Just "them." Heather happens to be an incredibly talented designer and she crafted all the paper goods and signs you'll see in the photos. You can check out her stuff right here.
I love a gray day. Especially one that ends with a tiny bit of sunshine. So thankful to have met Heather and Garrett and to have had the opportunity to document so much that is good.
About a year ago I had the opportunity to photograph The Schultzes. With Boone in all of his blue-eyed glory being tickled into sheer joy by his dad...and Cheyenne expecting a baby girl...I just didn't think it could get much better than that. But a year later, Boone manages to be even cuter than his former self and Crew -- with her wonderous blue eyes and sweet smile. But even in all their cuteness, something bigger leaves an impression on me. I want to bottle up a little bit of what these guys have and do extensive research on it. There is just a true sense of freedom and joy welling up inside these four. It can't be contained. Boone is living this incredible little life where his uniqueness is encouraged and Crew is loved more than her little self can even comprehend. And, yet, there is a sense of balance. Of intentional parenting. And just a sweetness that you can smell from a mile away. Such a joy to witness these guys in action. I'm beyond blessed by their friendship.
Cheyenne and Geoff are incredible artists and they run their business with so much heart. It makes the world a better place. Truly an honor to document these guys loving their adorable offspring.
There's something about those moments before the moments. The ones where a bride is peacefully preparing to celebrate an occasion that is going to change the rest of forever. A collection of small but memorable minutes that equal something important. I love the beauty that comes before the real thing. Though the real thing is pretty spectacular too.
Lori. A beautiful bride in beautiful light. Getting ready for something real.